LG V20, HTC U Ultra, who knows what else: what do you think about secondary ticker screens?

LG V20, HTC U Ultra, who knows what else: what do you think about secondary ticker screens?
So, LG did a weird little thing with the V10 — it stuck a tiny, secondary screen on top of the phone's main display. Used for notifications, quick shortcuts to apps and utilities, or just an always-on clock screen, the ticker has found its niche of fans, despite the fact that many would rather see it move to the bottom of the phone, where it's more easily accessible.

The feature was also present on the successor — the LG V20, and can also be seen on the brand-new HTC U Ultra. So, it seems it's going to stick around for a while.

In 2015, when the V10 was announced, we asked you what you think about the then fresh concept – the ticker screen. 40% said "gimmick", 60% went with "useful". We wonder whether these numbers have changed since.

A ticker screen on top: gimmick or useful?

Gimmick!
18.55%
Could be useful if it was under the screen / easier to reach
16.99%
Useful!
64.46%

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24 Comments

1. androiduser

Posts: 510; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

Gimmick

2. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Like the edge screen too.

3. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

They're both side trays.

4. maherk

Posts: 6768; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The Edge screen is more about fitting a bigger screen a smaller body, and also about design. No one really buys them for the software added to the Edge variants. But I love how you immediately assumed he is a Samsung fan and had to bring the Edge display to this comment section.

7. androiduser

Posts: 510; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

Exactly, my brother bought the s6 edge because it looked cool.

14. bighandssmallpockets

Posts: 99; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

Me too! Upgraded to the S7 regular and don't miss the edge at all. Kind of bummed S8 will be edge only. Might have to go back to HTC, Moto or others.

8. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

In what part I assumed he is a Samsung fan? You're the one who's assuming. How did you know that person is a male?

9. maherk

Posts: 6768; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Maybe because you felt triggered by his comment and had to bring Samsung's device into the discussion? Let's not kid ourselves here, you have a long history in attacking anything Samsung whether the article is about them or not.

11. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Look, if you cant stand Samsung being compared to other brands then this site is not for you. You are in PHONEARENA. Arena means to showcase theater, musical, or sporting events. This time it showcases phones. The term "arena" is also used loosely to refer to any event or type of event which either literally or metaphorically takes place in such a location, often with the specific intent of comparing an idea to a sporting event. Such examples of these would be terms such as "the arena of war" or "the arena of love" or "the political arena". In many fighting games, the stage that opponents are fought in is also called an arena. So if you're always irked about something compared to Samsung then its not my problem anymore. Its the freaking internet. Not all shares the same views as you coz everyone doesnt share the same experience like yours.

12. maherk

Posts: 6768; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

You need to chill lol I was just pointing out how you always deflect everything and find a way to show your hate to everything Samsung.

15. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

You always assume things. First, you assumed a Samsung fan. Then a gender. Now, my state of mind. Then my stature for Samsung. I am chill just as you. And why is it always hate? I dont hate Samsung, in fact I use a Tab A6 for work. I just said "like the edge screen...", "theyre both side trays" where's the hate in that?

20. marcolorenzo

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 19, 2016

I also love how you immediately assumed he made his reply because he thought the OP was a Samsung fan when all he did was point out the only other type of secondary screen. The door swings both ways my friend and all you did with your defensiveness and accusation was betray your own fanboyism.

5. mobiledigger

Posts: 110; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

I think it would take time to learn to use it but it could turn out to save some time in some tasks

6. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

i habe to use a smartphone with this kind of displayfor more than a week to give an objective opinion but i think it will be like the edge features n my s7 edge " cool at first but nothing more and i will using it after 2 days "

10. liberalsnowflake

Posts: 273; Member since: Feb 24, 2017

Samsung edge screen is a gimmick

23. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

The Samsung Note Edge was promising but turned out to be gimmicky because of lack of support. Samsung itself didn't support it much at all!

13. kick413

Posts: 162; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

v20 user. At first i thought this was just a cool gimmick, I use this screen a lot more now instead of turning the screen fully on

16. Mixkhata1

Posts: 162; Member since: Feb 26, 2017

Secondary screen, edge display, 18:9 displays, VR on mobile phone, and QHD on anything less.than 6 inches are PURE gimmicks.

17. talon95

Posts: 992; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

AOD is so much better. Edge features are part of the main screen even if they're a gimmick as well. Both add functionality to existing hardware, instead of paying extra to do half as much.

18. Mixkhata1

Posts: 162; Member since: Feb 26, 2017

Nope. AOD is a sucker for battery. Seriously, are we this much lazy that we can't even press the power button to look at the time? This feature.comes at the expense of battery life and that is something.i'm not willing to trade

19. maherk

Posts: 6768; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Obviously you don't own or used an S7/S7 Edge. The battery drain issue was fixed in the 1st week the S7 was released. It barely drains 1% every 3 hours.

21. Jeggy

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 15, 2017

I bought the LG V10 a year ago because it was much cheaper then the competition and I really love its design with its removable silicon back cover. Back than the secondary screen was only a curiosity for me but I gave it a try anyway. After a year I find myself using the secondary screen more often than I was hoping. I use it mostly for switching inbetween apps. If I am using the phone and I recieve a notification the notification appears on the secondary screen with a little preview, if the message is important I can instantly open it from the secondary screen and I really like it. As a former Lumia user I really appreciate the "GlanceScreen-like" mode when the secondary screen always shows basic informations like time, battery, notifications and so on. This phone is one of a kind, I like the design of V20 as well but for now I will stick to V10 as long as possible because its nice silicon cover and stainless steel sides. I don´t know if LG will be doing more V-series phones with secondary screens but I sure hope so.

22. TA700

Posts: 83; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Had initially looked upon it as a gimmick but it ended up being quite useful at times.

24. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Gimmick or not I like it.

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