LG just released a smartphone with top of the line specifications, a phablet form factor, and a top-mounted “ticker” display called the “Second Screen”. Now, we all know LG isn’t the first device with a secondary display: this concept has been around since the heyday of the flip phone, where said phones had a little LCD screen on the back. With so many different approaches taken by various OEMs towards creating secondary display experiences, how does LG’s way of doing things fare?
A year ago we saw Samsung debut a device with an auxiliary curved display. The Galaxy Note Edge, along with the S6 edge that followed it intrigued many technology enthusiasts and regular people alike. Devices with curved displays on the side in a sea of rectangular cookie cutter devices are definitely refreshing, but I can’t help but feel like Samsung isn’t using these displays to their fullest potential. The Note Edge brought a few Edge Display features, but the S6 Edge Display experience was quite watered down in comparison.
Of course, sheer feature count has been one [...]
So, let me channelize my inner Seinfeld as I ask the question, “What’s the deal with designer made smartphones?” I mean, over the years we’ve seen fashion labels and automobile companies work with phone manufacturers to come up with some branded devices. And let’s face it, more often than not they end up being quite tacky and ridiculous. They would like us to believe that they’re some kind of exclusive, limited edition works of craftsmanship, but the results are almost always a tacky mash up of uncomfortable and gaudy hardware bits and baubles coupled with mediocre half baked [...]
When I got my current daily driver, the Xperia Z3 Compact – it was one of the very limited options there were, if you were looking for a phone with flagship level specifications in a smaller form factor. If you’re looking for a device in the same category today, almost a year later, your options will still be very limited. In a mobile technology space that’s becoming increasingly competitive, it’s surprising how so many OEMs have a formulaic way of managing their smartphone portfolios. As a result of this approach, almost all of the flagship level devices that [...]
Over the years, the ways in which we interact with our mobile devices have changed drastically. In the beginning there were keypads, buttons and dials. Then came the first generation of touch devices with their now-primitive touch interfaces that were basically miniaturized renditions of desktop UIs, like Windows Mobile. This was the heyday of the phone stylus. The stylus provided a more direct and precise way of interacting with the devices, and as the Galaxy Note line of phablets shows us, can still be put to good use.
Fast forward to today, and the smart devices we use are [...]
Ever since the world has been using touchscreen based smart devices, the world has also been caring about smart device displays. Being the primary mode of interacting with your smartphone or tablets, it’s one of the factors that goes into choosing what devices we would like to buy, or think of buying, or argue about. When we talk about smartphone displays these days however, we tend to focus on one thing in particular- the resolution.
Indeed, display resolution on a smart device we have to use or put up with on a minute by minute basis of our daily lives is quite important, and [...]