Banana smartphones and foldable displays

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I still have no idea what the benefit of a curved smartphone is. I have spent some time thinking about it, and I still haven’t been able to figure it out. The phone simply looks and feels like a banana in the hand. Apart from that…

Foldable displays are a little bit different. If manufacturers can make the rest of the components foldable so that a tablet can be rolled up like a newspaper, that would be something. At least, I can think of some possible merits in that.

Okay, carrying a banana smartphone would make you stand out, for sure. That’s a point for coolness. If anyone knows any other benefits of owning or using a banana smartphone, kindly chip in.

Mister Mobility

I started blogging about mobile in 2004 as a fun way to share my passion for gadgets and mobile services. My other interests include digital media, speaking and teaching, photography, travelling, and dancing.

0 thoughts on “Banana smartphones and foldable displays

  • Jan 6, 2014 at 11:34 pm
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    I read that a smartphone having a curved display offers a more immersive video watching experience… More like in 3-D mode

  • Jan 7, 2014 at 6:22 am
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    Google being my friend…..

    //The curvature actually causes a series of optical effects that result in improved contrast, color accuracy, readability,
    and overall image quality — especially under ambient light that usually makes smartphone screens almost unreadable, such as daylight or fluorescent office lighting.//

    It is interesting to see how the tech world seems to vacillate.

    First, we had the extreme drive for miniaturization in mobile devices from the days of mainframes. We shrank these things up to a point, paused, and started reversing like a pendulum.

    Now jumbo sized phablets and tablets are the craze.

    We had curved television screens. Then came the advent of flat screens. Now some TV manufacturers are reintroducing curved TV screens, claiming similar benefits as those in the quote above.

    Same thing is now happening to smartphone (and possibly tablet?) screens.

    I suppose actually using a device with some curvaceous curves will convince us of its merits, if any. I doubt there is any.

    A demerit could be, unless these rotund screens are also gorilla, the likelihood of your screen shattering to smithereens in a drop.. would increase dramatically.

    My take is, this may actually be a matter of manufacturers trying to spice our lives with variety, than any other thing .

    But then…

  • Jan 7, 2014 at 7:37 am
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    A demerit could be, unless these rotund screens are also gorilla, the likelihood of your screen shattering to smithereens in a drop.. would increase dramatically.

    The concave nature of the curve will most likely be beneficial in this case in my thinking because it will prevent the device from ever falling flat on its face than when it is flat or a convex curve. I think this is actually one of the most important benefit of this curved screens and I mean strictly when the curve is inward rather than outward.

  • Jan 7, 2014 at 7:50 am
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    If my O level Physics is serving be right, pressure increases as surface area DECREASES.

    With phones having pot belly, the area I’m contact with the ground REDUCES on impact with the floor.

    That would put more stress on the glass, on impact, increasing the likelihood of breakage.

  • Jan 7, 2014 at 9:37 am
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    If my O level Physics is serving be right, pressure increases as surface area DECREASES.

    With phones having pot belly, the area I’m contact with the ground REDUCES on impact with the floor.

    That would put more stress on the glass, on impact, increasing the likelihood of breakage.

    You are very correct there Eye.Bee.Kay but this is glass we are taking about here. Glass is very brittle meaning or in technically, very inelastic. the slightest pressure will set it off for breakage. the threshold pressure for breakage is so low that dropping say a mirror facedown from very small height will cause it to shatter with the distributed pressure having no real benefit but actually exposing larger area for breakage than when dropped on the edge.

  • Jan 7, 2014 at 9:42 am
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    hmmmmmm I look at this phone and all i can think of is how do I carry it around ??!!?? it doesn’t look like something that would fit comfortably in a pocket meaning it has to have a special case that hangs where>>?? haba! too much complication abeg !!!

  • Jan 8, 2014 at 1:07 pm
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    I still have no idea what the benefit of a curved smartphone is
    Maybe for bragging rights?
    Dude A – “Hey, check out my new Samsung Galaxy S5 😀 ”
    Dude B – Pulls out curved smartphone “Yo, but mine has a cool curved surface…and I’m the only one in the office with this type of phone”

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