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Are flexible screens going to be something useful, or just another gimmick?

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Are flexible screens going to be something useful, or just another gimmick?

With an impending release of at least two devices with flexible screens (or curved, if you will), courtesy of the South Korean tech duo, LG and Samsung, hype appears en-route to its peak, until, finally, it will inevitably plateau as emotions give way to facts.

Said to have finally mastered what can be best described as tech out of fiction, the aforementioned two rivals have finally entered the latest stage of their rush to market – mass production, and soon: at least partial availability to the everyday consumer.

At a time like this, it appears only natural that we start asking some rather essential questions. Surely, the usefulness of the new technology, for example, is a top concern for most anybody reading about it, and we have tried to emulate a few case scenarios where we could see flexible screens being useful. Were those exhaustive, and more importantly – convincing? Are flexible screens going to be something useful, or yet another gimmick? You tell us

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

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posted on 08 Oct 2013, 02:30 30

1. BattalBoy (Posts: 12; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)

Even if you can't actually bend the phone or the screen isn't curved I think it is still a very good idea becasue the phone can be thinner, lighter and the screen won't crack. Can't wait.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 09:42 5

18. laheelahee (Posts: 213; Member since: 09 Apr 2012)

wow, a 1st comment that actually captures the point!

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 13:58 2

33. ghaniosman (Posts: 78; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)

whatever it might b but its gonna b an amoled for sure..so cheers

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 10:46

28. techaman (unregistered)

its not a good idea for curved unless it liquid metal body plastic curved will brake when stood on or sat on hard surface, normal until that new tech for nano batteries and soft boards are perfected, normal looking phones with this is way better for now foled screen will make it lighter cheaper and unbreakable screen for heavy use and impact resistant, cant wait for drop tests hahaha, its this or sapphire screens which cost $11 per screen vs corning gorilla glass 3 at $ 7

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 02:34 4

2. DONUT (Posts: 433; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)

i think for now, it would be more of a gimmick. but in the future when the full potential of it can be realised, than it would be more useful

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 10:42

27. techaman (unregistered)

ok again its 14 year old tech its not new being made for phone developing since 2003 its less power then lcd and led and most others.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 00:59

37. DONUT (Posts: 433; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)

like i said, FOR NOW, it is going to be a gimmick. until technology develops to the point where the full potential of a flexible screen can be realised (like the Samsung concept of a phone and tablet in one), i dont think it would be THAT useful now. i know it has its benefits like being less power hungry and etc, but it is a fact that RIGHT NOW, the full potential of flexible screens cannot be realised yet

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 02:44 1

3. techguyone (Posts: 208; Member since: 18 May 2013)

No shattered screen, but no scratched screen? we'll have to see on that one I think.

Else why have we all been clamouring for Gorilla glass the last few years...

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 11:14

29. 14545 (Posts: 1676; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

That's my thoughts. If it is "less" breakable since you don't have to use glass, I don't see how it couldn't be useful. I mean I don't see anyone folding this up and putting it in their pocket, but if it is power efficient, and more resilient, I'm game.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 02:46 7

4. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

It definitely looks useful.

Displays can be made physically thinner-stronger-durable-cheaper, allows room for larger batteries and other upcoming hardware technologies to reside inside, makes the phone lighter and we will be able to see much thinner phones in recent future than current one as trend is going for record slimness. :)

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 12:26 1

31. GoogleSafariFox (banned) (Posts: 100; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)

You nailed it! Hope the Samsung Flexible screen phones will be awesome!

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 02:57 1

5. Cyberchum (Posts: 749; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

Once it makes my phone break and scratch proof and allows room for bigger battery, it's one great innovation. No more shattered dreams, no more constant flat batteries, yummy.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 03:00 9

6. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

Every innovation is definitely useful, of course if its used in its best way.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 03:10

9. PunyPoop (Posts: 752; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)

+1 to you emad!

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 03:06 2

7. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2195; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)

not useful,... in what way useful? its just a start for now but it will be useful in near future..smartphones are just a sample, specs gets improve and screen also. so LG and SAMSUNG will just have to open the gates of flexible screens...

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 10:37

25. techaman (unregistered)

the tech has been in development for 10 years for phone use back then it was green shades for videos, its useful for weight almost indestructible by normal means, less power no glass screen protecting needed,
if you dont see a use for this in all phones and tv, cars navi. then you should not be on this website. sorry to sound rude.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 10:40

26. techaman (unregistered)

also forgot to say foleds are grown so its way cheaper to make a phone, plus no more returns with broken screens loss of money for companies, both sides, wrap around your arm for watch and arm bands. clothing ect.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 03:08 4

8. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

Will be useful for sure, just depends where will be used.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 03:20

10. Jalil (Posts: 40; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)

Let's wait to be released and then we should judge.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 03:44 1

11. mayur007 (Posts: 577; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)

Almost every thing is gimmick in the starting phase..

because its not mature enough to have daily task ..

for eg windowsphone 7 & 8 - they are still :P

like samsung smart eye thing which they introduced in Galaxy Series (s3 s4 note 2 and 3) still by the time everything will become usefull and mature for daily task

screen display , software, firmware or OS

the only reason is adaptation(fast or slow)

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 10:33 1

24. techaman (unregistered)

i have been following foleds screen since it started 14 years ago trust me when i say its not in a starting phase.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 04:21 1

12. SprintPower (Posts: 74; Member since: 29 Dec 2008)

It is a step. Another innovation that will lead to another, and another. It is progression. Gadget now, foundation of must-have technology later.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 04:45 2

13. Epicness1o1 (Posts: 280; Member since: 30 May 2013)

it is useful beacuse the screen wont crack,the phone will be thiner and lighter,but what about the apps,how are you going to play games,type messages with that curved display,thats the question

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 04:55

14. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 597; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)

If the screen ain't protected by glass will the OLED be broken if accidentaly hit by a sharp object?

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 06:21

15. Ishmeet (Posts: 111; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)

There's the corning's willow glass for protection of such screens. It is designed such that it can bend in air without breaking.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 10:29 1

22. techaman (unregistered)

no still will not work corning willow is still a second screen you have to have foled screens so they wont brake and power consumption is dropped

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 10:31

23. techaman (unregistered)

its covered with a plastic semi hard film you would have to use knife blade hard, like all phones it would damage the area it hit, unless you had sapphire protecting screen.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 07:17

16. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)

As long as they don't scratch and feel odd when swiping, it can only bring improvements.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 07:41 1

17. DOODpls (Posts: 13; Member since: 08 Sep 2013)

Do a hammer and knife test when that phone is released

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 10:28

21. techaman (unregistered)

hammer test yes but not so sure on the knife depending on the plastic coating over the foleds.

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