By Rich W Woods
So far, I have found the LG G Flex 2 to be an amazing phone. To be completely honest, I found it to be less than exciting when I first heard about it, but when I finally got my hands on it, I realized more and more just how practical and intuitive the curved display is.
Then there’s the OnePlus One. The OnePlus One was one of the hottest phones of 2014, a flagship in its own right, selling for half of the price of its competitors.
Almost a year old, how does the OnePlus One stand up to competing flagships? With the LG G Flex 2, LG G4, Samsung Galaxy S6, and HTC One M9, the OnePlus One is facing down a whole new generation of Android phones. Can it handle the action? Let’s find out.
LG G Flex 2 vs OnePlus One: Specs
|LG G Flex 2||OnePlus One|
|CPU||Snapdragon 810, 2 GHz Quad Core, 1.5 GHz Quad Core||2.5 GHz Quad Core Snapdragon 801|
|GPU||Adreno 430||Adreno 330|
|Display||5.5″, 1080p, 403 ppi, AMOLED||5.5″, 1080p, 401 ppi, LCD|
|Body||149.1×75.3×7.1-9.4 mm, 152 g||152.9×75.9×8.9 mm, 162 g|
|Camera||13 MP, 4128×3096, 2.1 MP Front||13 MP, 4128×3096, 5 MP Front|
|Video||4K UHD – 30 fps, 1080p – 60 fps, Front 1080p – 30 fps||4K DCI – 24 fps, 4K UHD – 30 fps, Front 720p – 30 fps|
|Storage||16/32 GB, Expandable to 128 GB||16/64 GB|
|RAM||2/3 GB||3 GB|
|Battery||3000 mAh||3100 mAh|
I say this every time I write up a comparison with the OnePlus One and I’ll say it again. Please don’t comment with “Yea but for the price…” It’s a pet peeve of mine. If every time I compare the OnePlus One to another phone and the OnePlus One loses then it’s justified by the price, then we may as well consider the OnePlus One a mid-range phone. If the OnePlus One is a mid-range, that’s funny because you should see the abuse I take when I compare the OnePlus One to a mid-range. It’s like I just called their mother fat.
We can also spend a moment talking about the processors in these phones. Most of the super smart Android fanboys know about the Snapdragon 810 processor. You know, it’s the one where, six months ago, you said “If the HTC One M9 uses anything besides a Snapdragon 810, it’s shit” and then two months ago, you said “The HTC One M9 is shit because it uses a Snapdragon 810.” Yes, it’s that one.
The reason our super smart Android fanboys have been so flip floppy, well, other than the fact that our super smart Android fanboys read a couple articles and think they know everything without ever spending more than five minutes with a device, the Snapdragon 810 is gaining a reputation for overheating.
First of all, we must define overheating. In practical terms, it means that the phone locks up until it cools off. In the terms of the Snapdragon 810, it throttles a bit. With the HTC One M9, you can run AnTuTu benchmarks over and over and the score goes from around 52,000 to where it bottoms out at around 40,000. You can see this in the HTC One M9 review.
The Snapdragon 801 in the OnePlus One comes in at around 44,000, so we can see that with the HTC One M9 starts at well above the OnePlus One but falls below it in performance.
The LG G Flex 2 does not, probably because it uses a plastic body and doesn’t conduct heat like the metal body of the HTC One M9. Well, I shouldn’t say it doesn’t. When the LG G Flex 2 bottoms out at around 44,000, it seems to run neck and neck with the OnePlus One.
Battery tests are battery tests. We have a slightly larger battery on the OnePlus One, and given that the Snapdragon 810 does use more battery power when it heats up, it’s not entirely surprising that the OnePlus One gets higher scores.
On the other hand, you can’t put too much stock into battery tests because it really depends on how you use the device. Also, the battery test I did with the OnePlus One was done while on Android 4.4 KitKat, since I’m stuck in this nightmare with OnePlus customer service.
Geekbench 3 has two settings, with the dim screen toggled on and off. Have a look.
|LG G Flex 2||OnePlus One|
LG G Flex 2 vs OnePlus One: Rear Camera
Both the LG G Flex 2 and the OnePlus One use 13 MP rear cameras, which is plenty as it allows for a 2X lossless zoom. The LG G Flex 2 has laser focus, which allows the image to be very sharp, much like it is with the Galaxy S6 or the iPhone 6; however, the Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6 use phase detection autofocus, which won’t work as well as laser focus at night or in a fog.
Another important fact is that the OnePlus One has a larger aperture, coming in at F/2 while the LG G Flex 2 comes in at f/2.4. Aperture is the opening of the lens, so a larger aperture allows more light to enter, allowing for better low light performance.
The OnePlus One also has native support for keeping RAW photos. You can think of a RAW image as the digital equivalent. If you know how to process them, it’s the greatest tool you can have. If you don’t know how to process them, it’s useless to you.
Android 5.0 Lollipop came with an API for RAW photos, so any phone running Lollipop, including the LG G Flex 2, has access to that API. This means that you can use a third party app to take RAW photos.
Another issue is video. The OnePlus One is the only phone I know of that records “true 4K” video, or 4K DCI, although it’s only 24 fps so it comes out a bit choppy. They both record 4K UHD at 30 fps; however, the OnePlus One taps out after about eight minutes because it tells you that you’ve reached the maximum file size. The LG G Flex 2 records 1080p at 60 fps, which is my preferred method of recording video. I find it to be the best balance between resolution and frame rate. The OnePlus One only records 1080p video at 30 fps.
|LG G Flex 2||OnePlus One|
I think the LG G Flex 2 is the clear winner here. There were just so many photos in there where you could see the OnePlus One tap out to bright light. Then there were others where it looked like a yellow tint over the OnePlus One photos. Then, in the nighttime photos, you can see that some of the OnePlus One photos were out of focus, and of course, that flash.
LG G Flex 2 vs OnePlus One: Front Camera
The front camera is one of the main reasons I wanted to do this comparison. I have long considered the 5 MP front camera of the OnePlus One to be the best on the market; however, I’ve been impressed with the 2.1 MP front camera of the LG G Flex 2. Let’s check it out.
I think it’s really close here, but the OnePlus One still takes the front camera. They do both have amazing front cameras in their own right.
LG G Flex 2 vs OnePlus One: Conclusion
The LG G Flex 2 is ultimately the better phone. It has a better processor and a better camera. Also, the curved design is absolutely amazing and intuitive. It’s something I really can’t describe and you really just need to try. When showing it to friends, I would load up my Twitter feed and hand it to them to scroll through it. As soon as they start to scroll, they get it. It fits the contours of your finger.
Of course, the OnePlus One is a great phone as well. Considering that the OnePlus One is going to be a year old next month, it’s still a strong contender and will continue to be for some time. Another reason that I hate it when people say “yea but for the price…” is because customer support from OnePlus is just so bad. The OnePlus One is a buy at your own risk phone.
Ultimately, you can’t go wrong with either device, but comparing is what we do and it’s what we did. The LG G Flex 2 is one of the best devices I have ever used, and that’s just the end of it.