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Old Nov 29, 2012, 04:48 PM   #1
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What do you guys think about a phone with screens on both sides?

Would this be possible? I think it would be pretty cool, you could have different ***** running on each screen, and have the phone detect which side you were using. Seems like the back of the phone is wasting hella space atm, why hasn't apple thought of this yet?
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 04:50 PM   #2
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Seems like a dumb idea since you can only see one screen at a time.
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 04:55 PM   #3
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Maybe no screen but additional touch area could be nice.

But get me NFC first ...
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 05:03 PM   #4
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If Steve Jobs wasn't rolling in his grave we probably would already have this.
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 05:06 PM   #5
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Too funky, but one of those screens where I can see clearly outside in full sunlight would be good.
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 05:12 PM   #6
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Looks like somebody already beat you to the punch (still don't like the idea, but that's just me) ...

http://www.indiegogo.com/popslate
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 05:22 PM   #7
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Seems redundant. They should add something new, like a cup holder.
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 05:32 PM   #8
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Actually might be a good idea. Could be surfin the net on one side, texting on the other. Or playing a game on one, side, texting on the other, and so on. Could see this coming to an android first. Will the consumer go for it? Don't know but usually somebody like HTC will try it.
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 06:01 PM   #9
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If Steve Jobs wasn't rolling in his grave we probably would already have this.
I doubt he'd go for something this tacky. This would also reduce Apple's margins since they'd have to pay for 2 screens for 1 device. And can you imagine the amount of complaints if 1 screen gets a scratch or both shatter? Not to mention battery life.

I can't see a use for this
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 09:42 PM   #10
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No, they could just raise the price of the phone, hell i'd pay for it. Right now the whole back side is being wasted.
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 09:51 PM   #11
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I hesitate to say this because I once said I didn't understand why you'd want your music player combined with your phone, but I don't understand the need or purpose.
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 09:53 PM   #12
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I think the God or whatever should put eyes on your ass, so that your back side is not wasted.

So how can you going to hold your phone? Okay, you can say the phone will disable the "back screen" when you're holding it normally... but then what's the point of having the second screen.

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Old Nov 29, 2012, 10:04 PM   #13
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Not to mention battery life.
I think the idea is that the screen that you are not currently using automatically deactivates, similar to how a proximity sensor automatically deactivates the screen when you hold it near your face.

If one screen is always disabled at any given time, and they are sharing the same processing power, how would this use any more battery?
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 10:54 PM   #14
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Would this be possible? I think it would be pretty cool, you could have different ***** running on each screen, and have the phone detect which side you were using. Seems like the back of the phone is wasting hella space atm, why hasn't apple thought of this yet?
No.

Because Apple doesn't like creating gimmicky, overly complex and completely useless things like that. The less bells and whistles attached to the device, the better.


Why haven't people figured this out by now?
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 03:17 AM   #16
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No.

The less bells and whistles attached to the device, the better.


Why haven't people figured this out by now?
Right because the original iPhone had less bells and whistles than all the other smartphones at the time.

Yeah that Nokia N95 was sporting a capacitive touch screen and full mobile browser, yet the iphone came along with a more simplified WAP browser
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 03:52 AM   #17
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Terrible idea.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 04:02 AM   #18
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 07:54 AM   #19
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If Steve Jobs wasn't rolling in his grave we probably would already have this.
If he was alive he'd be belittling you for the idea. The only way this would be at all appealing is to have a Vita type setup with a multi-touch backing on the device. Two screens are beyond useless as, as others have said, you can only view one at a time.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 08:10 AM   #20
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why hasn't apple thought of this yet?
Why do you think they didn't? Thinking of an idea and considering it worth pursuing are two entirely different things.

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What do you guys think about a phone with screens on both sides?
Sounds like a waste to me. Other than being "cool" what would be the use? How would one use screens on both sides at the same time?

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Right now the whole back side is being wasted.
How would a screen make it not wasted? A person can still only view one side at a time. A second screen that adds significant cost to the device and can't be seen or used while the other screen is being used would be a waste.

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hell i'd pay for it
That's great. One sale isn't a justification for a mass produced product. What percentage of the market would buy it? That's why Apple hasn't done so.

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Old Nov 30, 2012, 08:47 AM   #21
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Uses for a second screen on the back :

1) Present an image of you being interested in the person you're with, while you're busy using your phone on a date

2) Put LCD/OLED on the main side, and e-Ink on the other. Use the first side for normal usage, and the low power e-Ink display for reading books etc.

3) Wrap the entire phone in Samsung's curved AMOLED displays. Change the entire color / background / animation of the phone body itself to fit your mood. Something like this early 2007 Nokia video at the 1:04 mark ...



Or the 2006 Nokia Aeon "full surface" concept:

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Then there was the 2008 Plica dual-screen concept where the second / rear screen could be rotated forward to become a tablet:

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And Microsoft's future vision of a two screen / section phone that snaps together. Useful if you want to talk more privately into one piece while viewing the person's image on the other ( 00:20 mark)...



Dual screen concepts pop up all the time.

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Old Nov 30, 2012, 09:01 AM   #22
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I'm not the most OCD person about my iPhone. I do have a case on it, it's not an otterbox but it does the job well enough without making it bulky. The thing is, where would you put a case on a phone with a screen on both sides? The answer is that you couldn't....could you imagine how many phones would just be destroyed in one drop or at least scratched consistantly?
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 09:08 AM   #23
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I think it is horrible idea. It increases the cost, size and chance of breaking something while decreasing the battery life. I'll pass.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 09:26 AM   #24
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If Steve Jobs wasn't rolling in his grave we probably would already have this.
If Steve Jobs was still here the iPhone 5 would look and work exactly like it does right now.
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Actually might be a good idea. Could be surfin the net on one side, texting on the other. Or playing a game on one, side, texting on the other, and so on. Could see this coming to an android first. Will the consumer go for it? Don't know but usually somebody like HTC will try it.
Or u could just blow your brains out before its released lol
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