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Diatribe: Who Needs A Flexible Cell Phone?

01/07/2014

LGFLEXI find smartphones to be amazing.  I never dreamed that I’d live in a world where I could carry a device in my pocket that would allow me to make calls, send letters, see weather radar, take pictures, record videos, lock my car door or adjust the thermostat in my house.  While I’ve grown to be completely dependent upon my smartphone, I still struggle with the fact that I can’t balance it on my shoulder and I cannot keep the screen from becoming constantly smeared with face prints.

The first flexible cell phones to hit the U.S. market will start showing off their curves this spring.  The LG G Flex was introduced yesterday morning.  In addition to looking really cool, the G Flex will have a six-inch screen, 13-megapixel camera and OLED display.  It will run Andriod’s Jelly Bean operating system and be available to AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint customers.

AT&T says the new visual and ergonomic benefits will enhance the smartphone experience and provide an immersive video experience with reduced glare and the unique shape is comfortable in the palm of the hand or against the contour of your face.

T-Mobile notes the self-healing paint feature on the back of the of the OG Flex that is desiend to help recover from the wear and tear of daly use.

While pricing for the new phone has not yet been announced, rumor has it that carriers plan to be “flexible” <groan> when it comes to the cost.

It’ll be interesting to see how successful this new phone turns out to be.  I can see where it would be beneficial to have a flexible screen when watching videos and making calls but not for any of the other many things that we do with our smartphones.  Surely, this is just another in a long line of marketing schemes intended to get us all to trade up to get the newest features whether we need them or not.  I don’t want a flexible smartphone to make watching videos a better experience, I want a smartphone with a screen that stays clean and a battery that lasts all day.  Show me those features and then I’ll get excited.

Would you consider purchasing a flexible smartphone?

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8 Comments
  1. I am not one of those “Oh Look a new phone I must have it” people, so, No, I won’t be buying a flexi-phone.
    Because the minute I did, there would be another new phone, and the sheeple would be in line for that one.

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  2. It depends on what the actual benefits are. When I read the post title my first thought that #1 benefit of flexible was it’s durability and ability to survive drops. Ultimately, I think it’s too early to see how this technology will be accepted – if the phones perform even a fraction less then their competition then they won’t survive.

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    • It seems to me that the entire purpose of the flexible phone is to enhance viewing of online video content. The concept, as I understand it, involves curving the screen to eliminate glare and concentrate light. I learned long ago that I don’t want to the be the first kid on the block to have the latest gadget because that kid is the first kid to have outdated equipment.

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  3. I am one that will use something until it is less functional. I was reminded by scientist who said what we are holding in our hand is more powerful than the computer on Voyager. I thought that was cool.

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  4. thedogs'mother permalink

    Youngest Son needs a phone that bounces. He also needs a phone that walks out of
    wherever it was hiding and yells, ‘Oi! Over Here!!’ He also needs a phone that does laundry and dishes but that is probably asking too much.

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    • thedogs’mother has it right. A very common refrain in our house, “have you seen my phone?”

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  5. If you have an iPhone or any Apple product, they have Find iPhone which you turn on and then does several things. If your phone is lost or stolen you can send an erase command so that no one has either access to your phone or you information (it needs to be turned on). The other big feature is GPS based and if your phone is on with help you locate it using another device.

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