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The people have spoken: flexible screens are here to stay... probably

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The people have spoken: flexible screens are here to stay... probably
On Tuesday we wanted to poll what your preliminary attitudes towards flexible screens were, if only to have a before and after that we can go back to as this new era unfolds. Well, the results are in and you have spoken, so let's see what the combined wisdom of our readership indicates.

Perhaps most importantly, most of you definitely thought that flexible screens will be useful. Notice the past tense? That one is because of the newly announced Samsung Galaxy Round has kind of failed to excite, and we can tell that from the feedback the curvy phone got on PhoneArena and elsewhere. Of course, the optimistic among you still have something to look forward to – who knows, perhaps you'll deem LG's offering more worthy, though for now there's no reason to believe it'll be something drastically different from its local rival.

About a third of you erred on the side of caution, admitting that there's simply no telling whether flexible screens are here to stay just yet. Smart, and probably the wiser thing to do.

Lastly, a quarter of those that took part in the poll pulled the trigger rather instantaneously and called flexible screens a gimmick, a possibility not a hundred percent out of the question. That being said, even if the dream of truly useful flexible (and we mean actually flexible) displays doesn't come to fruition in the near future, we still think that there are plenty of reasons to be excited about the new tech.

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Are flexible screens going to be something useful, or just another gimmick?
25.07%
435 votes
(435 votes) A gimmick for sure
43.17%
749 votes
(749 votes) It definitely looks useful
31.76%
551 votes
(551 votes) Can't tell just yet

1735 votes

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posted on 11 Oct 2013, 03:28 21

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8306; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Just give me a flagship phone with an unbreakable screen, large lasting battery and the latest version of Android and you'll have my money.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 03:47

4. Smokin (Posts: 120; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


this. +1

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 03:57

5. _Bone_ (Posts: 2129; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


And that's flexible display for your, unbreakable screen, thinner lighter profile that allows larger battery. We only need Sammy to do a Flexus.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 05:03 1

13. SAYED-EJAZ (Posts: 224; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


Flexible is usefull when a 5inch phone can make it to 10inch tablet because of flexibility . :)

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 08:19

19. Miracles (Posts: 502; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)


They probably already have something like that. But I doubt they'd put it out in the market, cuz people won't buy another phone after that. It'd only hurt their business.

So that why we saw Samsung put out the 'Round'. Its not fooling nobody.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 09:28

23. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6502; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


i LOVE OLED unbreakable SCREENS

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 09:38

24. techaman (unregistered)


its foled flexible organic light emitting diodes i remember the first time i seen them in mit and other places amazed that was 10 years agolove wear we are going with this tech, i think it needs to be on a arm band.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 10:29

25. donfem (Posts: 533; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Don't we all want that

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 03:38 1

2. sss_ddk (Posts: 61; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


what if we start using our phones as an ashtray!

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 03:47 1

3. cameogt (Posts: 88; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)


i love the idea of "flexible" display. but not the likes of Galaxy Round. i thought it's a gimmick.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 04:34 3

11. brrunopt (Posts: 508; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Rome wasn't built in a day...

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 09:08

21. Tommy1960i (Posts: 99; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)


Well, I kind agree so we will see ho they will perform on market.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 04:01

6. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 441; Member since: 11 May 2013)


Flexible display.. The meaning of such that people really want to see isnt yet achievable.!!
We need flexible battery too we need flexible parts more and more! Just accept that for now only durability is lifted

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 04:16

7. Diazene (Posts: 123; Member since: 01 May 2013)


some people thought 3D phone screens would be useful as well

flexible screens sure are useful, not because of their physical flexibility, but because of the flexibility of their use, I mean, they're thin and light

but I still don't like OLED

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 04:20

8. Diazene (Posts: 123; Member since: 01 May 2013)


I wonder why some people think flexible screens are unbreakable?

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 04:22

9. JMartin22 (Posts: 1116; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


It's a gimmick or it's practical, it all depends on how manufacturers tread when incorporating it into applicable use. If the aspect is geared more towards flashy marketing sensationalism and less towards thought and concept; then we'll have our answer.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 05:29

16. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8306; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Or you know, unbreakable screens.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 04:26

10. abhijithkumar.nit (Posts: 44; Member since: 09 Apr 2013)


This technology has great prospect but samsung's execution is bad to say the least!

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 04:40 1

12. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2666; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Yes...Its definitely looks useful for durable, stronger, cheaper screens, allow larger batteries, different new hardware inside and lighter phones.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 05:17 2

14. wando77 (Posts: 288; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


Can't wait for apple to invent flexible screens in 3 years time

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 14:45

27. fanboylemonkiller (Posts: 15; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


samsung makes apple screens so its not really apple who invents anything

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 05:18

15. brober (Posts: 3; Member since: 05 Sep 2013)


Need to distinguish between "flexible" meaning consumer can manipulate the shape and "curved" or "shaped" meaning the manufacturer manipulated the shape.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 06:16

17. Chris.P (Posts: 276; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


It's a topic of discussion at the office already. I agree, at this point it appears we may have to go with curved or whatever, since flexibility communicates a rather different (and cooler) concept ;).

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 07:54

18. silencer271 (Posts: 185; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Love it. The people think its worth it vs isheep websites thinking it was a horrible idea because its not made by apple. Stick it!

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 11:04

26. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8306; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Why try to start a flame war...?

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 08:57

20. Tommy1960i (Posts: 99; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)


How are we going to use this phone, I mean its cool but is it practical?

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 09:18

22. djripster (Posts: 124; Member since: 10 Dec 2011)


I can see how the Galaxy Round is easy to hold because of the curved display, but I feel portrait texting will be hard with these ergonomics...

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