6 reasons not to buy a smartphone with a curved screen
Technologies / / December 19, 2019
Samsung, Huawei, OnePlus, Oppo produce more and more smart phones with curved screens. Fashion they introduced Samsung with the old Galaxy Note Edge, and other manufacturers have picked up the idea and began to develop with a perseverance worthy of a better cause.
For example, the gadget Oppo Waterfall touch screen edge reach almost to the back cover. As with Vivo NEX 3, which does not have even the volume rocker. But then all went to your Xiaomi Mi MIX Alpha - Just look at this monster.
Curved screens look very nice. But in practice, the disadvantages they have much more than the pros.
1. Increased fragility gadget
Smartphones, and so is not particularly robust devices, if of course we are not talking about a protected samples. And gadgets with curved screens even more fragile. If an ordinary smartphone with a plastic or metal frame will fall and hit the edge of the floor, it still has a chance to survive. But at the glass side of the gadget with a curved display exactly crack.
SquareTrade company known for conducting drop tests of various smartphones. Its staff investigated the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S10 and found that even though these devices and stronger than its predecessor S8, Still their edges crack easily if dropped.
2. High price
Smart phones with curved screens cost a large sum than their counterparts with conventional flat panels, because such displays are difficult to manufacture. Moreover, since the rounded edge of the fragile, there is a question of the cost of repair in the event of a fall.
According to the dataWhy Samsung and iPhone X Screens Are Too Expensive to Fix specialized resource iFixit, curved displays to repair more expensive than flat. And the replacement process itself of such screens more time consuming.
3. Difficulties with covers and protective films
Pick protective accessories for the smartphone with a curved screen - even that task. The usual case it is, of course, we can try to pull, but it will close edge of the display and the gadget will cease to look beautiful.
A special covers for these smartphones do not cover the edge and does not protect them, so that it is unclear why they do need.
Same story with filmsDesigned to protect the display from scratches. To stick a piece of glass or plastic to the flat panel is very simple smartphone. But on a curved surface to strengthen the defense, leaving no ugly bubbles, much more difficult.
Some companies that manufacture protective accessories, go to various tricks to still cover the curved display protection. For example, a variant of WhiteStone. Put smartphone into a special tray, fill it with "liquid glass", put under an ultraviolet lamp... But why is it so difficult?
Many protective films for curved screens have a sticky surface only at the edges - in the middle of the air remains, which leads to a decrease in the sensitivity display. Zagg, one of the manufacturers, has created yet protectionWhich is glued more or less normally, but the price tag at their accessory bite.
However, even if you have managed to stick to the film gadget is perfect, fun is not over yet. Some users have complained that on a curved screen protective film easier behind.
4. Inconvenience in management
When you hold the smartphone with curved edges of the screen, it is very easy to accidentally touch the bend. This causes false positives sensors.
Especially frustrating when you're using applications with side menu, retractable right or left, and such programs in the majority of Android. When you are trying to seize the smart phone back and making a wrong move with your finger as it travels. It's annoying.
Or, for example, you drive your finger across the screen to scroll the text, but rather increase it. All because the abusive hand edge of the screen, which keep the smartphone and the device records two simultaneous touch - it is also a known problem.
However, with the help of special applications, eg EdgeTouch from the same Samsung, you can adjust the "dead zone" on and off the sensitivity of the screen edges. But the question arises: why did add smartphone features, which then have to disable via "crutches"?
5. The disadvantage in the use
Due to the fact that the screen is bent, the device becomes uncomfortable to hold. At an awkward-grip having said false pressing, but the main thing - let fly the gadget easy. And as we have said, fixing a curved display is more expensive than a simple replacement of the flat panel.
Particularly difficult to keep the device in a horizontal position, for example when watching video or take a picture. In this case, the grip falls on the sensitive edges. Add more and the fact that the glass rounded verge quite slippery.
6. Doubtful extras
Curved screen brings many difficulties. But perhaps their unique chips with more than outweigh the disadvantages? Certainly not. Take, for example, a known function of illumination faces. It works like this: you put the smartphone face down, and when you notice comes edge of the display light up. And you can see right away that you have a new unread message.
This, of course, fine, but why put down the smartphone screen? So more likely to scratch it. In addition, you do useless function Always On Display, which is available on many flagship with a curved screen - but it is much more informative than the twinkling edge. Well, if your smartphone is worn cover, edges and lighting not visible.
Or another feature that is present in the Samsung smartphones with beveled edges - Edge panel. Slide your finger along the edge of the screen - and there will be a menu with frequently used contacts, app icons, weather forecast and other good.
This is also a good and useful. That's only for the realization of such a menu does not need the curved edge of the screen: the same third-party application makes Edge Action, which can be installed on smartphones and flat panel.
In the end, the curved edges are useless because of the small thickness of modern smartphones to simply have nothing to stick. Do you really need a few more centimeters of wallpaper, wrapped around the phone?
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