Reminder: LG G Flex and Optimus F3Q on sale now

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LG’s latest phones are here. One is a gigantic, curved, bendable phablet while the other is a more mid-range, physical QWERTY-equipped horizontal slider. Both – I’m sure – will attract small portions of the market. Although, it’s hard to see why anyone would stump up for the G Flex.

LG’s gigantic banana is $0 down, with 24 monthly payments of $28 on EIP, taking the full price of the phone up to an eye-watering $672. Specs wise, it has a  6-inch, 1280 x 720 resolution display. Powered by 2GB of RAM and a 3,500 mAh battery, and a 2.26GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, it’s no slouch and offers plenty of storage space with a capacity of 32GB. It’s available to buy on T-Mobile.com or in stores from today.

As well as the G Flex, LG’s new Optimus F3Q is going on sale. It’s very much a mid-range phone. It’s got a 4-inch, 480 x 800 resolution IPS LCD display (233ppi), 1GB RAM and just 4GB of storage space, although it does have a Micro SD card slot. Its biggest selling point – for those who miss them – is a full QWERTY keyboard. It’s $0 down and 24 monthly payments of $13, taking it just over the $300 mark. Like the G Flex, it’s available from today at T-Mobile.com.

Let us know if you’re planning on picking either of them up. As a complete side-note (inspired by the physical QWERTY), do you think Magenta should release a T-Mobile G3, or has the horizontal sliding phone died a death now?

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  • auser72

    Nope, I’ll stick with my Note 3

  • Mike

    I’m trying to pick up an F3Q for mom, but every rep I ask about it has never heard of it and asks if I meant the Flex. I guess they only receive training on top of the line devices.

    • Nik

      Sorry to hear about the ignorance of the employees at your local tmobile retail store. I’m a rep at one but known as ‘Knowledgeable Nik’ because I know everything about every device. I’m constantly having to educate my peers and management about every device… I wish they would take some time and learn about the products we are selling

      • Mike

        Did it release today? No store I’ve talked to has it.

        • Chris

          Probably did a web release. I’ve seen T-mobile do this lately. Web release and select stores 1 week before it hit all stores.

        • Mike

          Their website says it’s on backorder. How do you screw up the release of a middle of the road phone? Nobody wants it so nobody will notice? I had one moron tell me on the phone they got one in, but when I get there…sorry, that’s a display model. Another moron said he had a few. I get there and they have accessories, but when he comes from the back with the phone it’s an F3. IDIOTS!!!

  • JB

    Hopefully thepantherlady is still getting a Flex and will give the rest of us her honest assessment! :-)

    • thepanttherlady

      I am and I will. :) Will try to pick it up tomorrow or Friday. Let me know if there is anything in particular you want me to check out.

      • Stone Cold

        No no no no no.

        • thepanttherlady

          Sorry, you’ll have to type a little slower….hehehe. :)

      • Billy

        Don’t get it! I for one usually get the latest that releases on tmobile, for example when the Z1S could be ordered online only I did, but, returned it cause to me the camera sucked! I was thinking real hard about buying the Flex but I currently have the Note 3 and to me it doesn’t make sense! Not because I have the Note 3 but because I’m thinking about all the other phones that’s coming to tmobile this year!

        As hard as it maybe (I’m hardcore phone freak) I’m going to hold out on the Flex for that Samsung Galaxy S5, iPhone 6 (possibly), HTC M8 (possibly) and Samsung Galaxy Note 4!

        Don’t get me wrong I like the idea of a self-healing phone that can bend/flex but I’m gonna wait until they perfect it a little more!

      • Bklynman

        The camera,how fast it is when you put the apps u want installed
        on it,let’s us know after u had it for aweek or 2, how it is.:-)

      • Zacamandapio

        I thought you were a Xperia lady.

        Oh well, let us know how it went.

        • thepanttherlady

          Still have my XZ1. JUMP! is a waste if you don’t use it so I’m going to use my first one on the G Flex while I wait for the Xperia Sirius release.

        • Zacamandapio

          And I thought I was a little off.
          :D :D :D :D
          Wow. You’re very (Xperia) Serious.

  • morbid

    If someone releases a high-end phone with a slider keyboard I’d get it. But these mid/entry level specs aren’t that appealing. Though I think I might get that for my mom.

  • mreveryphone

    Okay here’s my opinion, picked mine up today… Hence my name… And I was pleasantly surprised. First off the curve is more pronounced than I thought it would be, the millions of YouTube videos and reviews don’t do it justice. But it’s comfortable to hold and handle. It makes my note 3 feel kinda 1999ish if you will. Even though it’s a 6 inch phone the curve helps out a lot… A LOT! I compared the screen to my g2 and I will say yes it’s all of 720p but lg did a great job with getting the most out of each pixel. Holding the phone in landscape and browsing is a wonderful experience, the phone feels like it’s coming to you well because it is. Watching movies and Netflix is just as wonderful that curve just makes everything jump off the screen. It will be interesting to see how these QHD screens will look with this curve. My honest opinion is go to your local T-Mobile store and check it out, it might not be for everyone but it’s definitely for me! It’s going to be hard going back to flat phones!

    • thepanttherlady

      Thanks for posting this. I’m going to get mine tonight, can’t wait. :)

      • mreveryphone

        You just made my day I finally got a reply from you lol! No problem. You are going to enjoy it! Now I don’t know how I’m going to go back to “flat” phones like the GS5 G3 or Note 4…

        • thepanttherlady

          How’s this? Two in one day! LOL I admit, the curve is the biggest thing that intrigues me with this phone. I don’t generally put my phone in my pants pockets but do watch a lot of movies. If my thinking is correct, it’s going to be one comfortable phone to hold when doing so.

        • mreveryphone

          Lol. I keep mine in my front pocket and it feels no different to me, but I don’t wear skinny jeans either so I couldn’t speak on that. You will definitely enjoy the movie experience! I’ll be waiting for your feedback once you get yours…

        • thepanttherlady

          Is that a G Flex in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? I soooooo couldn’t resist!!! =D

        • mreveryphone

          Lol

      • Stone Cold

        No no no no no no no no lol. :)

      • mreveryphone

        Have you noticed that you can turn the brightness all the way down and the screen is still plenty bright?

        • thepanttherlady

          Yes, but I don’t like that the white has a blue tint and the screen looks grainy. Will be keeping it to test it out for the next week or so then it’s going back.

          Love the curve and the speaker seems plenty loud.

        • mreveryphone

          Right, coming from 1080 screens its a little pixilated, will see if I keep it… I doubt it seeing these QHD screens in the pipeline

    • Chris Fisher

      I used my first JUMP to get this phone. Having JUMP makes it easier to try out phones like this as I can just change to another phone once more in the coming year. I’ve only had it since last night but so far I am much happier with it than I thought I would be. I’m still not over hiding it when my coworkers come close so I don’t have to deal with them asking what in the world I was thinking. The 720p screen does not even look bad. I wish it was higher resolution so the keyboard would not take up so much of the screen when texting. Other than that, very impressive so far. I’ll miss the “knock” to wake the phone up and put it to sleep when I move to another phone.

      • thepanttherlady

        I laughed at the hiding it part! Heck, I just had IT ask me when I was getting it because they want to check it out.

      • mreveryphone

        Try SwiftKey, you can adjust the keyboard size…

        • Chris Fisher

          I appreciate it. I will try that. I’ve been a Swype guy since the HTC G1 and have stuck with it since. You are the second person today to suggest SwiftKey so I think it is time to try it out.

        • thepanttherlady

          I’m also using SwiftKey as my preferred keyboard.

        • el_perezo

          I also been using swiftkey. Its a god send.I did have one question. Do you or anyone know how to put the dedicated number row key? Ive seen it on some 4.5 beta which is gone now.

  • Bklynman

    They should come out high end G3,but who would the go to make it.HTC,stated they are not making anymore phones with a real keyborad. It should have at least
    4.3-4.5 screen,and 8 to 10 mxp,camera double flash. etc. Maybe Moto?
    Now that Google no longer owns them,funny no mention of the sale on here.
    Not buying any of these phones, waiting for the new ones which use the 700 band.
    Happy with The Amaze I got from ebay,along with brand new HTC hd 7,I got as a backup phone. So I am good for now.

  • Pete

    I really want a high spec physical keyboard phone. Not a mid range one.

  • Chris Fisher

    I *really* miss having a physical keyboard. I agree with Bklynman that it would need to be a decent sized screen around 4.5″. I would grab a high end phone with a keyboard in a second.

  • cubana323

    im available to jump already dnt know if i should get this or xperia z1s!! ugh decisions ,decisions lolz ima be stopping at the tmobile store nxt week n see whats up,what phone u guys recommend can i get an honest opinion which u guys think is better?

    • thepanttherlady

      What are you looking for in a phone?

      • cubana323

        i just want a good displAY good camera but every review i read on the new xperia z1s says the screen aint that good. is that true? i never had a sony phone i always had samsung ,apple,htc,lg .

        • thepanttherlady

          I do not have the XZ1S so I can’t speak on the screen. I have the XZ1 which is the international version and don’t have any problems with it. It’s much better than the XZ. If viewing angles is a pet peeve of yours then you won’t like it. I usually look at my phone straight on so it’s not an issue for me. Keep in mind the XZ1S is also glass front and back so if you’re hard on phones it may not be the one for you. I definitely suggest you check them both out so you can decide which you prefer.

        • Chris Fisher

          I was going to say the same thing about the viewing angles on the Z1S. I took a look at it while in the store yesterday and the reviews appeared to have it right. Unless looking straight at it the view was not great. I think you should physically look at both and see what you think. The Nexus 5 is also a nice looking phone (not to confuse the issue!).

        • Omarc Boyer

          I think i will get the xperia z1s haha cuz when im on the train i hate it when people sitting next to me try to look at what im doing on my phone been there before lots of times ugh its like really eff off n mind ur own business now i now with the xperia z1s i wnt have that problem cuz they wnt be able to see.

        • cubana323

          SAME here ugh hate it when im on da bus n people sittin nxt to u or in da back be trying to look at ur phone,think ill get the xperia also so they cant see.

        • thepanttherlady

          I don’t know if they still do but Verizon used to sell privacy screen protectors for their phones. You can see the screen straight on but it blurred out the screen for any other angle. Loved them!

    • mreveryphone

      Get whats best for you… What might work for someone else might not work for you. But I recommend the g flex

    • el_perezo

      Dont bother with Sony Xperia z1. Very slippery and hard to hold. As big as note 3 without the luxury of 5.7 inch screen. And both units i got had touchscreen issues. The display is beautiful though. I just got the flex and ita hands down the best thing since sliced bread. And ive had every single premium phone on tmobiles line-up.

      • cubana323

        Well i just took the plunge and got an xperia z1s, very nice phone trading in my old s3 was very easy. Sorry to hear yours had touchscreen issues the one i got dont touchscreen works perfect. AND mines not slippery to hold haha so far its been ok in my hand nada slippery.

  • Grace

    Way too expensive for that f3. And while it may have 4GB, only 1.2GB are available for the user. That is way way to small.

  • http://www.jaredmucha.blogspot.com/ Jared Mucha

    I went today and picked up my G Flex from a tmo store! Very excited, and think it’s a great phone.

  • jury_rigger

    Really wish T-Mo would allow subsidized phones. I couldn’t care less about $0 down. In exchange, I’d gladly agree to a 2-year contract. TMo seems to think “no contracts” is a selling point when it’s the opposite. Gimme a cheaper phone and lock me in.

  • Nick

    +1 for the subsidized phones.

    I like the LG Flex, almost hate to go to almost a year old phone though.