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

Useful innovation or a gimmick, what do you think of the curved display on the Galaxy S6 edge?
Samsung currently has all eyes on its Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge flagships, with an imminent launch next 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, but we wanted to ask you what do your really think about the functionality that the S6 edge display brings to the table - useful innovation or a gimmick? Take your pick, and sound off in the comments.

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

It is useful
18.25%
It's a gimmick
35.1%
I don't care, it's cool
46.66%

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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)

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118 Comments

1. brar.arsh

Posts: 202; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

I dont't care, It's super cool.. (Y)

6. waddup121 unregistered

It ain't a gimmick, if anything. It's a big huge step of innovation to future smartphones that will be released. A curved display can do wonders.

15. phljcnth

Posts: 556; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

True. Samsung is being very bold about smartphone tech. It may be a hit or a miss at times but I'm glad they're creating the trail to something more useful and innovative.

33. nodes

Posts: 1160; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

yes. but Samsung implementation isn't good.

65. memeON1

Posts: 34; Member since: Nov 26, 2014

Is there any other "implementation" that is better than Samsung's at the moment?

70. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I would say it's a gimmick for the present, but like you said it is a step toward innovation of future. I would like to see bendable smartphone, and not LG Curve.

72. FluffyBled unregistered

We have bendable phones already(iPhone 6 plus). Looking forward to foldable ones :P

20. SmartNingen

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

It's not that useful. But it's cool and I want it. The same however can't be said for wireless charging. It shouldn't be there.

31. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Why not?

87. Ashoaib

Posts: 3297; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I dont care about the features, S6 edge is super sexy... I can fully ignor the usefulness of curved display over the sexy looks of s6 edge... note 4 is full of features and I am hardly using half of it anyway.

62. dirtydirty00

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

how come when the media looks at an apple product the glass is half full, but when viewing android the same glass is half empty? Did we have articles debating if the metal unibody on the iphone 4 was useful or a gimmick? Or was it just praised bc it looked nice and felt good? Why does the curved display have to be 'useful'? Can it not exist just to look good? Im sure if apple made the first edge type phone it would be revolutionary and be praised for the great look without even given the thought of the use. give samsung a break. the curve doesnt need a use. the use is that it looks amazing. it looks better than the iphone. there i said it. it does.

98. JohnK

Posts: 117; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

Well said. Unconditional love and praising of Apple have to stop. Journalists should be as objective for them as they are for others. Cold reception during HTC M9 conference should happen to Apple keynotes too given what they bring "new' each time.

114. praveen1033

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Yes its true...most of the tech sites are biased towars apple. I was shocked after seeing that the engadget review of s6 said camera of iphone 6 and 6 plus are better than that ofs6. The only tech site i believe for idevice reviews is GSMArena.

94. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

If that's the reason why this phone is so freaking sturdy, then it definitely is not a gimmick.... But other than that I don't see it as useful. Anyway aesthetically looks very nice

2. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Its a gimmick. Not a game changer, but cool innovation tho. But lack of microSD sucks.

40. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

UFS 2.0 is there for you.

45. Awesoman64

Posts: 292; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

The iPhone is waiting for you :P

47. AppleCultist

Posts: 335; Member since: Feb 18, 2015

There's no reason to get the iPhone now. The S6 is faster and smoother than iOS. Check speed tests. The S6 has a far better quality screen. The S6 also feels better in hand and doesn't get its screen cracked by a slight drop like the poorly-built iPhones do. Apple phones feel as cheap as a Honda or Hyundai and have about as much reliability as American cars.

54. Awesoman64

Posts: 292; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

First of all, iOS is smoother and more optimized than TouchWiz. Second I agree that it has better screen quality but it doesnt mean that the iPhones arent Third iPhones also feel good in the hand and you are as well dumb if you drop your phone Lastly iPhones dont feel cheap. I even tried the 5c and it felt really good. Yeah but sure, pursue your dreams of Android domination.

74. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Spreading Apple propaganda here? LoL Everything from Apple is ok for iboy although it's from 2012 spec. Everything don't feel cheap because iboy pay for premium price already.

97. Busyboy

Posts: 732; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Why do fandroids keep saying Apple has 2012 specs? The camera on the i6 is 8mp ( I know mp doesn't mean s**t) yet it beats most smartphones today. It has a dual core processor that beats most smartphones today. Also has one of the most accurate displays, if not the most accurate. But yeah, it's a 2012 phone

81. keekai05

Posts: 116; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

You're already rotten 6ft under but your Android domination will not even happen. Troll harder please

112. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

The one thing I love about Apple is having quality apps than Google play.

3. AppleCultist

Posts: 335; Member since: Feb 18, 2015

After seeing the S6 Edge in person at Best Buy a few days back, I gotta say I'm impressed with how the phone looks. It's the best-looking smartphone I've ever seen and many of my Apple cultist friends sadly agreed. This might be how all future flagships look 2-4 years down the line. There's no way for any other manufacturer to compete with Samsung in phone design if they stick with flat screens, so Apple and others will slavishly copy Samsung.

96. TheOfficialOpinion

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Here is the thing though. No one denies that the phone looks amazing. Hell, I'd go as far to say the S6 Edge has one of the best if not the best designs I've ever seen. However, seen is the key word. The point of this article is to ask if the curve is more USEFUL than normal one would be? And to be honest, we all will have to use one for a great amount of time to make sure the adjustment will be awarding. Like no doubt, it looks cool as f**k. But, will I enjoy the user experience that much more just because it looks good or because it's that many times more useful?

4. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Its innovation. I don't see how people call it gimmick. When Apple make something or patent they call it innovation.

14. maherk

Posts: 6942; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Well, you can tell from the past week's articles that PA are back on Apple's payroll.

95. TheOfficialOpinion

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

You are truly an idiot. You are suggesting the very site you go to for fast up-to-date mobile news are being paid by Apple to RAISE QUESTION as to whether or not a new design choice is a gimmick or not? Hell, I'm planning to buy an edge, but sometimes wonder if I'd enjoy a flat screen better. It's understandable for them to ask their readers. However, one thing is official. In your eyes, Samsung can do no wrong.

22. Awesoman64

Posts: 292; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

For me, the one thing that Apple did right in the whole smartphone world is the first iPhone. Without iPhone, the smartphone industry would be dominated by the not so inspiring OS's that existed at the time. Apple did a game chaner with it. When it came out, the Android were worried about the project. So they decided to make Android better by adding more features. Without the iPhone, who knows what Android would be?

25. maherk

Posts: 6942; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I can't argue with that. Apple does also set trends, whether we like it or not, it is a fact. From the different color options, gold phones, fingerprint scanners, memory choices, compact and simple boxes, and bunch of other cool stuff that adds to the experience of shopping for a phone. I am not saying Apple invented those, but they brought them back to the market and made them a necessity to offer when releasing a phone.

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