Until recently, the most exciting piece of flexible technology to hit the market was a bendy keyboard. Unsurprisingly it didn’t catch on.
When I was at college, a friend of mine claimed his 1st Generation iPod Touch snapped in half when he sat down on it. Urban legend or not, it pricked my interest (and scepticism) in malleable technology.
And with LG and Samsung releasing their bendy phones this year, I think it’s only right I provide you with five reasons why you don’t need a flexible Smartphone.
Creating flexible Smartphones requires complex technology. Unfortunately this technology is still in an early phase, and is not on a mass production level. This keeps costs high, and until there is a demand, be prepared to flex your bank balance to flex your phone.
Take the LG G Flex for example. It will cost you £690. And what are you getting for you money? A huge 3,500mAh battery and a 6-inch OLED display. But half of you don’t even know what OLED means, and the LG G Flex’s specifications are quite similar to other high-end Androids, without the £690 price tag.
2. Define flexibility
For those seeking a truly flexible Smartphone experience, put your pre-ordering gun back in its holster. As innovative as it is, the LG G Flex and the Samsung Galaxy Round are simply curved Smartphones.
If you look up the definition of flexibility you’ll see: “capable of bending easily without breaking”; if you were to bend the LG and Samsung phones enough, you’ll break them.
Queue memes and fail videos of bendy smartphone customers trying to fold their new toys, only to be left with half of the latest technology in each hand.
Very rarely does a day pass when you don’t see someone who has a devastatingly smashed screen on their Smartphone. How would a flexible screen hold up to the rigours of life? Will the ability to flex minimise the damage caused by accidents?
Look at it this way, imagine your flexible phone as a piece of paper. The more it’s folded and opened back up again, the weaker it becomes. Apply this principle to the flexible Smartphone and it’s difficult to see how a ductile screen won’t begin to show some cracks.
4. Ask yourself the question
Have I ever been in a position where I’ve thought: “If only my Smartphone were flexible?” Unless you are an on-call contortionist, I’m guessing the answer is no. Being able to fold a phone doesn’t offer any obvious advantages to the majority of users. I can only think of one. Being able to rapidly fold away the screen when you’re looking at the more dubious content your Smartphone can provide.
5. Switch yourself on
Technology is fantastic in its evolution. However, right now the Smartphone market is stagnant. There are no fronts that manufacturers are competing on, other than brand identity. Flexible Smartphones are pretty much a marketing ploy to get people to spend their money on technology instead of more important things like Wireless tickets.
We don’t need flexible Smartphones, but we’ll be made to think we do.