Poll results: curved display on the Galaxy S6 edge - useful innovation or a gimmick?

Poll results: curved display on the Galaxy S6 edge - useful innovation or a gimmick?
Samsung currently has all eyes on its Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge flagships, with an imminent launch this week, but it's the Edge that picked everyone's attention with its unorthodox side-sloping display, that is the only thing which separates it from the "plain" S6, if we don't count the slightly different dimensions, and the larger battery.

Galaxy S6 edge comes with a flexible AMOLED panel that has a plastic, instead of glass substrate, and bends over both the left and right edges of the new flagship, utilizing Samsung's proprietary 3D Thermoforming method. Besides the cool factor, these edges can glow in different colors depending on who the caller is, for instance, among other cool things, which you can review in our walkthrough of the things you can do with the S6 edge side-sloping panel out of the box below.

While you can argue about the practical applications of such a curved solution, the cool factor is undoubtedly there, that's why we asked you last week what do you really think about the functionality that the S6 edge display brings to the table - useful innovation or a gimmick? Well, about 47% of our respondents don't care how useful it is, as long as it looks cool like it does. The second largest segment, however - 35% - think that the dual-edged display is a gimmick, while just 18% have found it to be useful. We wonder how would the attitudes change when the display's novelty factor wears off in a few months, too.

Useful innovation or a gimmick, what do you think of the curved display on the Galaxy S6 edge?

It is useful
It's a gimmick
I don't care, it's cool

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Galaxy S6 edge
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2600 mAh(26h talk time)



1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Seems gimmicky to me. I don't see the added benefit of a curved screen.

7. Simona unregistered

For me it looks cool nice and futuristic

42. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Exactly it looks cool & Futuristic.. more over it will be a start to more Advance technology to come in Smartphone market.. Way to go Sammy :-)

10. AnTuTu

Posts: 1620; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

To you it will always look gimmick until Apple introduces in its phones and suddenly it will be a ground breaking innovation for iFans.

22. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

Everything is a gimmick until Apple copies it.

11. AnTuTu

Posts: 1620; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

These sort of true inventions take the Tech forward not how many rows of icons you can fit on one screen.

20. bucky

Posts: 3790; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

No, it's a gimmick as of right now although it does look nice.

2. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

From esthetical perspective, it is very cool. From functional perspective, it is a clear gimmick.

8. Simona unregistered

It has function ...

9. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

But limited.

12. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

and almost useless too

39. gaming64 unregistered

Plus you can only use one edge so yes, gimmick and not useful.

15. sgodsell

Posts: 7431; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

There is a sdk for the edge. Samsung has released it. Its just needs people to find something and then implement it. So to say its limited is stupid on your part.

29. singhkaran9830 unregistered

Very limited function,until samsung releases its API for developers.

3. drunkenjay

Posts: 1696; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

i voted for cool =D

6. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

better than just voting for 'D' lol

4. Galen20K

Posts: 577; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

You know what, there is Almost no benefit to having the curved screen but I just think it looks really interesting. Having said that, I've gone with the 64GB regular GS6. That Light refraction on the edges of the Edge would have driven my OCD nuts, I still think it looks cool tho. It's just not for me.

5. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Gimmick or not, good luck dropping it on even a flat surface.

16. g2a5b0e unregistered

You clearly haven't seen the drop tests for it yet.

40. gaming64 unregistered

Who the hell would drop their phones?

17. sgodsell

Posts: 7431; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It is using the toughest protection to date. Gorilla Glass 4. People have thrown that screen face down on the ground and it comes away a winner. It is 50% stronger then Gorilla Glass 3.

13. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

It looks cool and nice as well as futuristic but YES its a Gimmick, there is ALMOST (note i said Almost) no benefit to having the curved screen apart from its looks.

14. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Definite gimmick. Plus, that edge is going to make the phone a lot less durable.

18. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

have you seen any of the drop tests for this phone? Any at all,in the past few days?

33. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The shape of the glasss does not dictate its durability factor. You're stupid and you're a troll.

19. phljcnth

Posts: 556; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Honestly, I don't really use that often the edge features of my S6 edge. But it really looks cool and pleasing especially when scrolling. I wouldn't really care now if it's a gimmick or not.

21. JesseJames

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 22, 2015

Oh come on now, of course its useless. Lets face it, the only reason why the edge is in such high demand compared to the regular s6 is because the edge simply looks bad ass and thats all there is to it. No one cares about edge specific features, they just care about having one of the best designed phones you can get right now.

23. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

same applies to cars too.

24. DBounce

Posts: 172; Member since: Apr 26, 2014

It's clearly useless... unless you ever swipe horizontally, and no one ever does that.

26. TerryTerius unregistered

if you use Android, you swipe horizontally pretty much all the time considering that's how you pull out menus in a fairly large number of apps. Especially Google's services.

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