Mobile phone manufacturers are aware that are tied to a format that lends itself to few innovations and radical changes. A rectangle that can be finer, less large, with a material or another but always with straight lines that rarely are curved, especially if they are in the front, where the screen is.
In the past two years we have seen how some have dared to fold these lines and get a factor differently. Samsung has been one who most strong has opted for a curve and after what seemed a timely experiment, done becoming more one option when you buy your flagship. The curve appears in the Samsung Galaxy S6 but is it as useful as bright?
Background: Note Edge and Galaxy Round
It is not the first time that Samsung decides to manufacture a cell phone with curved screen. After the discrete experiment with Galaxy Round in South Korea, tried it with more managed in the Note Edge presented at IFA last. A more discreet curve, on the right side of screen and aiming to give us very timely information.
It was nice, but as we saw in our analysis, not contributed much to the day to day. Aware of this, Samsung decided to give less prominence to the use of the curve but they were clear that they wanted to be a key element and that Edge was not a timely experiment.
Aesthetically I don’t dislike but when you pay an important difference for something in particular, you expect more of it. The end result with the Edge Note was to discover that fill it with features and possible uses not resulted in a better user experience. However, it seems that they have been unwilling to throw overboard the development behind those panels and they did so. With the S6 we have a version with two curves instead of one.
It is true that Samsung are not the first or the only ones in trying to mobile with curved screen. LG also tried with two generations of G Flex but always making a very clear differentiation with respect to its flagship: G Flex walked away from the G3 G Flex 2 will also be less ambitious than the G4, a terminal that finally not bet on the curve.
Samsung has decided to plunge and although it does so without sacrificing the flat screens, so offering it jointly, with two models, to a higher price (innovation and development are paid) and with a more centered in the design proposal and not so much in what we can do with it.
The present: the S6 Edge curves
After the failure of the Samsung Galaxy S5, the results of Koreans thus endorse it, knew that they had to strike a blow at the table, get rid of label that mobiles would fail in factor form and the choice of materials. With other manufacturers by pressing in design, was a matter of time that gave the jump but they needed something more. Already had it in his hands, Yes, the curve on the screen.
With that in mind, they decided to take a leap in the Samsung Galaxy S6 and its Edge version. A curve on each side of the phone to refine the design, but not to redefine the use of the curve. Aesthetic feature, a priori risky commitment.
The curve in the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge has very specific uses as know who has called us or writing by issuing a light at the edges, something that we will see when we have the phone face down on a flat surface. None of the menus side with a lot of options which, in the end, do not bring anything positive.
Both in hand as in photos the curve looks good, is attractive but need to know that their use is very limited. This a priori may seem a constraint for a phone, the Edge, which is more expensive than the normal model. However, in spite of everything seems to liked the idea.
Samsung said at the presentation of the S6 Galaxy in Spain, half of the reservations that have been made were with the Edge model. Good news people like, knowing that the curve is differential on an aesthetic level and does not add much and that is, ultimately, to a Samsung which has not been completely fine in 2014.
After having tested most phones with curve on the screen, being the S6 Edge the last, for the time being I am skeptical regarding this. Samsung has done well to step back on functions and focus more on design, but today if I had to choose the same mobile with screen flat or curve have very clear my choice: I’ll stick with the straight lines, for the time being.