Curved screen… please no!

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  • #8185
    dave
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    Who needs a curved screen, its just a gimmick. Please put in a flat screen, less reflective etc…
    The content gets distorted and the edge of the screen gets pressed when you try to just hold the phone.
    Just as the Samsung S10 with its curves has a bad grip the S10E has a narrow bezel bud hold more nice in hand.

    If I would have the choice, I would love to see
    – Qi (Wireless Charging)
    – Dual Sim + MicroSD ( not shared)
    – Low price version 399 Euro ( 32 GB / 4 GB)

    Hopefully the Pro1 will be just awesome.
    Keep up guys!

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    #8244
    doktor.oswaldo
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    +1 for the normal Screen

    But do not mix it up with other features. I am not in for the Qi it is also a gimmick.
    I am in for the price drop a normal screen should allow!

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    #8250
    murak
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    +1 for “normal”, non-curved screen.

    I remember from one of the hands-on videos floating around that Fxtec might change screen manufacturer, so maybe there is still a chance (however slim) that we might see a flat screen with normal edges.

    Flipping the screen up to reveal the keyboard while the screen is on seems problematic if the edges are curved, feels like I might accidentally open an app or change something. But then again I have not tried the phone so it might not be an issue. From the videos I see a lot of unintentional screen touching though… Fxtec seem to have made the flip-up mechanism spot-on, so it would be a shame if the curved screen made using the device less user friendly.

    Durability is another concern, but again time will tell if this is a problem at all. Might be sturdy as hell who knows :)

    Price… I don´t know if a curved screen drives the price up or not, but if it does I wonder how many potential buyers would rather have a flat screen and a somewhat lower price. Heck, for me they can use the flat screen and keep the money saved themselves since I really want Fxtec to succeed!

    #8260
    Slion
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    I too was a flat screen purist until I saw a Samsung S7 Edge and decided to get one for myself, which I’m still using. I think it brings just the right amount of bling without getting in the way. Though the fact that you may have to push directly on the screen, to open and close it, is a genuine usability and solidity concern. I would just be happy with a flat screen as long as it is AMOLED. However I’m guessing the panel they are using for the Pro1 is just off-the-shelf standard component these days. It could be that a similar flat screen would be more expensive and harder to source.

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    AnnieC
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    I usually like rounded shapes but I still think that a screen should be rectangular and flat, especially on a device that is meant for productivity and work. A rectangular, flat display is predictable in every way. You can easily describe the shape and size of a screen like that with a few parameters, there is no room for error or tricks.
    It’s guaranteed that every pixel from from top-left to bottom-right will be displayed the same way, you don’t have to define safe zones where you can be sure that content will not be clipped. It is the most efficient form factor.

    It’s funny that after we have reached a point in display technology when we can easily create good quality and cheap displays where no part of the image gets clipped or distorted, marketing departments bring out screens which have notches, holes and curves everywhere.

    After a decade of creating content for older CRT displays that weren’t flat, nor completely rectangular I was so happy when LCD screens became available to everyone, never would have thought that we will voluntarily create displays that have the same problems(and more) we had almost 20 years ago.

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    #8378
    sic_zer0
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    Personally I would embrace curved displays if the screen protectors were on par with flat ones, other than the corners being clipped a small curve to the edges hardly feels like a problem. And I’m sure there’s people who like it, no matter what marketing departments do it is people who are buying them driving the trends to survive.

    #9530
    jason
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    I have to agree with this one it just doesn’t suit a curved screen but that’s when they keyboard is in use. When just using it portrait it does look ok.

    But I will be landscape most of the time so I’d prefer without overall :)

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    Keyahnig
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    I don’t really care if the screen is curved or not.
    The curved screen might actually help that the top row on the keyboard is less cramped.

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    jason1
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    I’d definitely prefer not to have it as well. I don’t care about bling one bit. I just want functionality. Curved screens reduce that as well as making it impossible to protect 100%. Maybe the next model won’t have this? Either way, it’s a compromise that I’m willing to live with for a nice QWERTY once again (with headphone jack).

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    dikomix
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    No curverd, smaller screen. qwerty is no problem with small screen, i have motodroid 4 and that has good qwerty for write.
    I use it because no qwerty good phone is on market.
    today is no problem with the RAM and storage in small size.
    If I first read about your phone spec, great CPU, RAM, qwerty I am happy, but later I read the size my big happy is change to smaller happy…

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    BB_Priv
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    I for one fully support a curved screen. The keyboard is “retro” because it works. A flat screen would be retro just for the sake of being retro.

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    #10084
    windraver
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    flat screen is easier to grip/hold without “touching the screen” when the keyboard is retracted.

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    QWERTYAndreas
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    I would say this is a minor detail, which is (should) definatly not be a deal-breaker.

    I think its a good design, and a phone needs to be practical – yes – but also look good.

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    EskeRahn
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    On the suspected problems with interacting with a curved screen while opening, I would say we should wait and see how things actually work. I heard none of the previews complaining on it.

    Doing a little calculus on “Dimensions: 154 x 73.6 x 13.98 mm” and “5.99-inch 2160 x 1080” gives us that the display area is 68.0mm wide so that would leave 2.8mm bezels on each side. And this might well be enough for pushing the edge NOT to interact with he display.

    On a Samsung S8- the similar calculus gives 1.8mm side bezels on each side, and here I do experience occasional unwanted interaction. So hard to say if the extra mm is enough to remove the problem or not.

    But IF it should be a problem, I guess it could ‘easily’ be solved by software, by making a thin zone ignoring touch and act as display only.
    It could be of user selectable size, and perhaps dynamically change size, so it was zero width once opened or in portrait, and inactive ONLY when closed in landscape shortly after a rotation from portrait or a move to landscape from being still (i.e. lift from table). So it was only inactive shortly before an expected attempt to open.

    ADD: A less advanced version could be to be able to select to have the device act not as the 18:9 but 19:9 or even 20:9 while closed, and thus simply not use the long edges while closed. That is adding “software bezels”.

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    sic_zer0
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    And it’ll be the only curved phone that has a keyboard to hold on to, that definitely solves some of the problems i have with the near 1:1 phone to screen ratios of the Android rectangles on today’s market. Could well imagine using the keyboard just as a handle or stand for uses like YouTube watching.

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