Diatribe: Who Needs A Flexible Cell Phone?
I 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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