By Joe Levi | August 7, 2013 11:11 PM
Specifications are all about speed and performance, how many apps you can install, and how much entertainment can be carried around with you. They really don’t do much of anything to make your device more useful — only faster. That’s a good thing, but it doesn’t make the phone any more convenient.
Let’s switch gears for a moment. Using your phone naked (read: without a case on it, what were you thinking?) may be the “best way” to use it, or the way the manufacturer intended you to use it, but inevitably I find myself putting some kind of a case on my smartphones. Unlike many, I prefer cases that cover the screen, even though it means i have to go through one more manual operation to be able to use the device: flipping the cover open before turning it on.
Eventually devices and covers started to become useful. Tablets would automatically turn the screen on and off when you opened and closed the cover, respectably. Certain phones from Samsung got the same treatment with the “S View” case. Samsung actually improved the “on/off” functionality of standard “smart” cases by providing a window through which you could see basic information, and even interact with the device — to a certain degree. I liked that. A lot.
Then I got to see the LG G2′s QuickWindow. This accessory improves on Samsung’s concept significantly. Although it’s not protected by a sheet of plastic like the Samsung version, the area exposed through the opening in the LG QuickWindows can house widgets that you can swipe and scroll through. You can double-tap the area to wake the phone, and you can use basic features of your phone even without having to open the cover. That’s convenient!
Some will complain about the extra power this will drain from an already limited battery, however, since only the area that contains the “widget” is illuminated, you’ll actually end up saving power when compared to opening the cover and using the device in full-screen mode.
Convenient. Simple. Intuitive. Power-saving. And to top it all off, it provides extra protection your phone’s screen and looks pretty good all at the same time. What more could a geek want?
What about you? Do you think this kind of “smart cover” is just a gimmick, or are cases that add functionality while they’re protecting our devices the wave of the future? Make sure you let us know your thoughts in the comments below!