Curved Phones = Gimmick

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by MBX, Nov 23, 2013.

  1. MBX macrumors 68000

    Sep 14, 2006
    Seeing many curved Android phones coming out these days. What's the point, except "we can do curvy phones"?
  2. inselstudent macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2012
    Gimmicky as long as it's just a curved phone, but the technology required to build it is the beginning of bendable phones and imagine a phone that you could slap around your wrist and use as a watch, then remove it and use it as a fully functional phone. Dunno, but in my mind it seems like a pretty cool idea. Maybe I should patent it.
  3. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009
    I've watched some video reviews on curves phones and most don't think it's a gimmick. One review claims typing feel more natural and effortless. Others say looking at the screen(like watching a video or gamming) you won't noticed it's curved. There was one review that mentioned a con about viewing from an angle, but that can just be that specific phone and not all curved phones. There was also another con about not being able to utilize the curved space, resulting in smaller battery.

    I really have no opinon about curved phones until I see and hold one myself.
  4. Lloydbm41 Suspended


    Oct 17, 2013
    Central California
    Seems as though the following items were construed the same way, when they came out:

    Finger print scanner on a phone
    capacitive, touch-screen keyboard
    Mobile apps
    digital wallet

    Gotta start somewhere, right? Oh yeah, and all the rumors are pointing to Apple going after a bendable or wraparound larger display on the iPhone 6. So if the iPhone gets it, will you still consider it 'gimmicky'? Just curious.
  5. fredaroony macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2011
    Many? Hardly...
  6. JeffiJers macrumors 6502a

    Sep 12, 2012
  7. lazard macrumors 68000

    Jul 23, 2012
    It's a gimmick...which is why Apple is looking to implement it in their next iPhone.
  8. walie macrumors 6502a

    Nov 15, 2010
    I think its awesome. A curved screen results in less reflections in the light and the way that LG phone can flex under pressure and go back to its original shape is pretty awesome.

    Also, phones with huge screens were once considered (and still are in certain crowds) a gimmick. Which phone do you have again OP?
  9. Zotaccian macrumors 6502a


    Apr 25, 2012
    It's a gimmick until Apple does it.

    Like x86 cpus.
  10. cube macrumors P6

    May 10, 2004
    Even if not flexible, it is not a gimmick. It fits your body better.

    Now, the LG I might agree, because even if flexible, the screen can break because it reaches the edge.
  11. MBX thread starter macrumors 68000

    Sep 14, 2006
    Hmm seems many here like it then.

    I just don't see a point in curvy phones. Maybe I just like it to be straight to display the UI perfectly. But for mainstream regular consumers the little difference in the screen bending UI isn't an issue.

    I agree though for a smart watch it's well applied and necessary.
  12. benzslrpee macrumors 6502


    Jan 1, 2007
    it's a gimmick because the current batch of phones are curved just to show they can do it like someone pointed out previously. i have only seen the example of using the curvature to skip song tracks by laying it flat on a table and tilting in various directions...

    same with iOS 7's parallax effect. it was fun for the first couple of days and then i switched it off cause it was useless

    fits better? less reflections? more natural to type? how bout quit making phones with super huge screens? i can palm a basketball but i can just about barely type on my Nexus 5 one handed without the phone feeling like its about to drop

  13. cube macrumors P6

    May 10, 2004
    That is designed for two-handed operation. If you want to use just one hand, buy a small phone.
  14. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    I had a curved phone, then went to a flat screen, and the curved phone just felt a little bit better and a little but more natural. Not enough where I'd notice it on a daily basis, but enough where it I stop to think about it, I can tell you which I prefer.

    It's not groundbreaking, for sure, but it's the little things all put together that make a phone a joy to use - a responsive UI, screens that can be used with gloves, wireless charging, NFC, and yes - curved screens.
  15. Vetvito macrumors 6502a

    Sep 30, 2012
    That G Flex with self healing back looks sweet. I'd get one.
  16. b166er macrumors 68020


    Apr 17, 2010
    I think it's more a proof of concept. Right now I'd call it useless. But the idea is going to lead to other advancements. The smart phone market is so plump right now we are at a point where the end user has become the R&D. It's cheaper for some companies to just rush out a device and see what sticks for next time.

    Remember when 3D cameras were supposed to be a big thing for phones? Thank god that one didn't stick.
  17. Technarchy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2012
    My Nexus S 4G screen was curved.

    It's a gimmick at worst, dubious at best based upon my experience.
  18. cube macrumors P6

    May 10, 2004
    Thank nothing. I still want a 3D phone.

    I bought a 3D camera with auto stereoscopic screen and it is really cool.
    I also have a 3D monitor.

    This kind of product is what is needed when you have weak sales because people start seeing no reason to get new gear. But it should be properly marketed.

    Now there is a lot of people with 3DTVs.
  19. charlesdayton macrumors 6502a

    Oct 24, 2011
    Has anyone questioned why the LG Flex and Galaxy Round curve in different directions (horizontally and vertically). If it had any advantage all phones would curve in the same direction (ie. horizontally to better fit the pocket or improve grip, or whatever benefit curve had). I don't see any benefit to curved screens. Curved screens on CRT TVs and monitors where replaced long ago by Flat front CRT such as Trinitron, then then Plasma and LCD. Curved displays on old TVs distorted the images.
  20. cube, Nov 24, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2013

    cube macrumors P6

    May 10, 2004
    No. It makes sense.

    If you put the phone in your front pants pocket or inner jacket pocket, buy the Samsung.

    If you put it in your outer coat pocket, buy the LG.

    If you put it in your back pocket, buy either the LG or Samsung depending on the direction that you prefer, assuming it fits.

    If you put it in your front shirt pocket, buy the Samsung.

    Other pockets, check.


    I think the shops need some hard flat seats and some untethered dummies.
  21. spinedoc77 macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2009
    It's a gimmick, probably the most apparent one I've ever seen. If someone actually buys this phone specifically because it's curved they aren't the sharpest tool in the shed.

    Now FOLDABLE screens, that's a different story. Foldable screens will truly change the smartphone/tablet environment IMO.
  22. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    Curved phones are gimmicky because they are only going to exist because the phones are getting bigger and harder to hold. And the only reason the phones are getting bigger, is so that they can stick a bigger battery in them because of 4G LTE.

    3D phones? There was two of them already by HTC and LG.
  23. cube macrumors P6

    May 10, 2004
    Yes, there were already 3D phones, but besides the 3D, nothing I would buy.

    There's nothing current.
  24. Explicitic macrumors 6502

    Oct 26, 2012
    The curves of the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus were very slight and not the same as the G Flex or Galaxy Round. The Nexus devices had curved glass, the new LG and Samsung have curved displays.

    Anyway, these phones are the stepping stones to bendable phones...which will hopefully be more useful.
  25. b166er macrumors 68020


    Apr 17, 2010
    I get what you're saying... but what about people who don't necessarily always place their phone in the same exact pocket every time? Which is to say, everyone I know. Yes I'm a left pocket guy, but sometimes it's in my car dock, on my desk, or in my breast pocket. Oddly enough, the "slate" style that basically every phone uses is pretty versatile for all those situations.

    I don't think anyone is trying to curve a screen thinking "wow, now it will conform to a certain pocket!"

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