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

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.

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

A gimmick for sure
It definitely looks useful
Can't tell just yet

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Galaxy Round
  • Display 5.7" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(16h talk time)



1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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.

4. Smokin

Posts: 120; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

this. +1

5. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 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.


Posts: 225; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

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

19. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 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.

23. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

i LOVE OLED unbreakable SCREENS

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.

25. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Don't we all want that

2. sss_ddk

Posts: 76; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

what if we start using our phones as an ashtray!

3. cameogt

Posts: 88; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

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

11. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Rome wasn't built in a day...

21. Tommy1960i

Posts: 144; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

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

6. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 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

7. Diazene

Posts: 129; Member since: May 01, 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

8. Diazene

Posts: 129; Member since: May 01, 2013

I wonder why some people think flexible screens are unbreakable?

9. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 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.

16. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Or you know, unbreakable screens.

10. abhijithkumar.nit

Posts: 47; Member since: Apr 09, 2013

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

12. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

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

14. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

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

27. fanboylemonkiller

Posts: 16; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

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

15. brober

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 05, 2013

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

17. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 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 ;).

18. silencer271

Posts: 254; Member since: Apr 05, 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!

26. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Why try to start a flame war...?

20. Tommy1960i

Posts: 144; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

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

22. djripster

Posts: 141; Member since: Dec 10, 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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