The event started around 15 to 20 minutes after the indicted start time(10am) as the organisers would like to wait for more latecomers to arrive. Thereafter, the emcee introduced us to the event and the itinerary for the morning. It started off with the editor of Hardwarezone.com introducing to us about the general trend of smartphones, including the history of the mobile phones. Next, it was the Marketing Manager from LG, a Korean guy, who talked about the features of LG G Flex. The emcee did tell us to take notes as there would be a prize giveaway for five lucky winners in a Q&A session. Right after the introduction, we were given the chance to play with the test sets and interact with the LG staff (I presumed they were product managers) on the mobile phone.
To know more about the product features, I think this video done by Hardwarezone.com would be the best in self-description.
After playing around with the 15 sets of user sets and lunch, five participants walked away with a LG mobile printer.
As a first time participant, I think I came with some hopes and expectations. Unfortunately, I would have to say overall the launch’s turnout was not that great (maybe afternoon might be better?) and the event was not really well executed. There were technical glitches and we had to wait a fair bit while they sort out the laptop and TV connection. Frankly, although it was for a smartphone, the tv set was from LG. I don’t think it reflects well on other brands. There were too few dummy sets for go around with. 15 sets for maybe twice or more of the number of participants (I don’t know why but it felt less than that. Maybe there were hoarders who refused to let go). Overall, I find the programme rather long when it could have been shortened down to one and a half to two hours at most.
As for the phone, I found the LG G Flex to be quite good in terms of the ergonomic design. With a 6-inch screen size smartphone, I expected some difficulties in carrying it in your hands. However, this was not so for LG G Flex and I realised that perhaps it might be due to the curved design that makes it easier to hold despite its size. The screen resolution is good, and the best part is I can see the image clearly even when I am watching it from the side. Usually it is difficult to view the video unless you are facing the screen directly. But this was not a problem for LG G Flex.
The LG G Flex also has a function that allows its smartphone to transform itself into a universal remote control and literally turning your house into an intelligent one. It can connect to TVs and other electrical appliances, including non-LG brands. Quite a nifty function and reduce the number of remote controls lying around the house.
All participants were given a copy of the Hardwarezone November issue magazine and a 16GB LG USB that is compatible with android smartphones and pcs. Cool!
Looking forward to my second tech event!