Apple's relatively cheaper variant, the iPhone 5C, was released in September 2013. The LG G Flex, on the other hand was released a month later than the iPhone 5C.
LG touts its LG G Flex as a device that features innovative design and a sleek, curved exterior as well as a handset that offers better voice and sound quality. In addition to the unique vertical curve design, the LG Flex also features a rear key to avoid accidental powering off of the device. The handset also boasts a "self-healing" coating on the back panel that provides the ability to recover from scratches and dents.
For readers who are planning to buy either a LG G Flex or an Apple iPhone 5C handset, here is a specification and price comparison in Australia.
Display and Size
The LG G Flex comes with a huge screen size of about 6 inches, while the iPhone 5C has a smaller roughly 4-inch screen. The LG G Flex houses a "Curved POLED (Real RGB)" display, i.e. a curved/bent body and display. Meanwhile, the iPhone 5C features an IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen.
The LG G Flex has a resolution of 720 x 1,280 pixels, with a pixel density of 367 ppi. The iPhone 5C, on the other hand, has a relatively lesser screen resolution of 640 x 1,136 pixels, with a pixel density of 326 ppi. Nevertheless, the iPhone 5C features Retina display, which is known to provide a good contrast ratio equivalent to 800:1.
The iPhone 5C handset has a thickness of 0.35 inches when compared to LG G Flex with 0.31 inches. In addition, the iPhone 5C weighs only 132 g, while the LG G Flex weighs 177 g.
Hardware, Software and Storage
The LG G Flex is powered by a superior quad-core Krait 400 (Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset) processor clocked at 2.2 GHz, with a 2 GB of RAM. The iPhone 5C, on the other hand, is powered by a dual-core, Apple A6 processor clocked at 1.3 GHz, with 1 GB of RAM.
The LG G Flex runs on Android 4.2 JellyBean (upgradable to higher versions) on top of LG's own Optimus 3.0 UI. Meanwhile, the iPhone 5C runs on Apple's proprietary iOS 7 software.
The iPhone 5C comes with a 16 and 32 GB of built-in storage, whereas the LG G Flex comes with a 32 GB of built-in storage. Both handsets do not support microSD card.
The LG G Flex houses a superior 13-MP rear-facing camera unit with LED Flash, whereas the iPhone 5C houses a standard 8-MP rear-facing camera with LED Flash. Also, the iPhone 5C comes with a 1.2-MP front-facing camera, but the LG G Flex has a slightly better 2.1-MP secondary camera unit.
It is worth noting that even though the iPhone 5C's captured images are quite good in broad daylight, it fails in low-lighting conditions.
The LG G Flex houses a solid 3,500-mAh battery unit, while the iPhone 5C houses a 1,507-mAh battery unit. The LG G Flex can pack 15 hours of talk time, whereas the iPhone 5C can provide only 10 hours of talk time. In addition, the LG G Flex churns out a stand-by time of 30 days, while the iPhone 5C can only provide 10 days of stand-by time.
The LG G Flex supports micro-SIM, while the iPhone 5C supports nano-SIM type.
The iPhone 5C comes in five shades pink, blue, white, yellow and green. Meanwhile, the LG G Flex comes in titan silver shade.
Both phones support Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n 5 GHz and USB charging. Additionally, the LG G Flex supports NFC, while the iPhone 5C supports TV-Out and mobile hotspot.