Curved screen smartphones could catch on, if Apple embraces them

“This week we saw disappointing sales of the ‘world’s first’ curved screen smartphone, Samsung’s Galaxy Round, and to be honest, it doesn’t come as much of a shock,” Lee Bell writes fro The Inquirer. “If Samsung’s apparent attempt at gaining publicity with the tagline, “the first curved display” wasn’t enough to make me think the whole concept isn’t a complete and utter gimmick, then the leaked Galaxy Round sales figures of under 10,000 over a month after launch definitely was.”

“The launch seemed like just an attempt for the firm to steal a march on LG, which just days later announced its first curved screen smartphone, the G Flex, or be ‘the first’ irrespective of what it is the firm’s trying to achieve,” Bell writes. “Don’t get me wrong. There are in fact some benefits to a curved display on smartphones. The small curvature is the key to a series of optical effects that mean light is reflected away from your eyes, thus reducing glare. This is said to improve the readability of the display.”

Bell writes, “I think the only way curved screen smartphones will catch on is if Apple integrates the tech into its smartphone ecosystem as standard and not as an alternative to its flagship, like Samsung has with the Galaxy Round. Consumers trust Apple to provide a limited but reliable choice of handsets, unlike Samsung, which could be accused of drowning the market with devices.”

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22 Comments

    1. Well, do you want to drive a porsche or a kia?

      Apple products resell, for several years after you bought them. They have a much higher resale rate. Especially their computers. You can’t do that with a windows box.

    1. The only advantage that I see in the use of a curved screen is a very wide large monitor setup. Say, a replacement for three monitors. Currently I have an iMac 27 inch in the center of my set up with a 23 inch monitor on the left side and a 42 inch high definition TV on the right. I have to slant my two side screens in order to see the screens well. We are talking about an 80 inch wide curved monitor, which would be crazy expensive. But then again, I would buy that screen if I was swimming in money.

      A curved screen for a small phone is useless, and pretty much awful when used in landscape mode.

  1. I still don’t know what the benefit is. has anyone explained this and demonstrated what it’s benefits are? I mean I am neither for it against curved devices, I just don’t know enough about them.

  2. Marketing a curved display just because it is curved makes zero sense to any consumer. The first question is “Why?”, and Samdung doesn’t provide any answer. It’s more like, “Hey, it’s curved, it’s therefore cool, so buy it!”

    The only reason Apple adopting a curved display would work is because Apple would only adopt a curved display it it had a significant benefit to the consumer, and then Apple would communicate that clearly to its customers. Samsung has no idea how to communicate the advantages of new features, it just expects you to buy because the features are there.

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