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Samsung's first 'curved' smartphone hits S Korean market

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Curve display and chassis maybe easier to grip but more difficult to to operate with just one hand.

I think, this time, Samsung is making it curve just because they could (technologically), not because they should.

1,000 USD price is not worth it.

The reason why I am not buying Surface Pro and Windows 8 phone is because of over-price tag. Exactly the same reason applies to this Curve Samsung SmartPhone.. The products are conceited enough to be over-valued with several more hundred dollars than their equals in other brands. So I am sure, I will not be buying this curve smartphone, perhaps till I die.

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So I am sure, I will not be buying this curve smartphone, perhaps till I die.

Just wait till Apple comes out with their version.

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the next step is to strap it on the forearm like a watch. It would be a lot more comfortable than a flat, rigid phone.

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great innovation news until you read the last paragraph:

Curved displays are already commercially available in large-screen televisions offered by companies including Samsung and LG.

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Even I'm not so sure about curved screens. And that's a lot coming from me considering I'll try almost anything that's not an iPhone / iPad, which I hate and loathe. This is quite a gamble.

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The curved TV seems interesting.. not so sure about the curved phone, but at least they're doing something interesting.

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it makes perfect sense. I imagine you'll be able to enjoy a large screen and still be able to jam it in the front pocket of your jeans with no discomfort.

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It's just a show me product that will go on sale only in S.Korea, letting everyone know that they're working on the better products in the future which will be wearable, before Apple gets all the credit and they end up in lawsuits again. It's a working project.

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interesting, let's wait and watch ... and not be too judgmental right from the outset.

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what? take me to korea!!!

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Just read a rather amusing review of this phone on C-Net. While the techies are impressed by the technology they have no idea why the screen is curved. Their closest explanation was, so it fits in your back pocket easier. How many people carry their phones in their back pocket? The C-Net rating was not very high.

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so it fits in your back pocket easier.

I thought it was curved so when you are lying on your bed late at night and your deep into mails, games and internet while your eye lids are getting heavier and heavier, your arms start twitching, and when you drop the phone on your face the curve will let the phone stick to your forehead without startling you

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"the next step is to strap it on the forearm like a watch.

Yeah, the men can wear it right next to their bracelets, lol.

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hold on isnt Apple meant to be the innovator here, how dare Samsung steal there idea, can smell another lawsuit brewing

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A curved display is also less likely to shatter a large area of the screen when the phone is dropped, something I think a lot of us with cracked screens would appreciate.

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They did this with a cell phone in SK in the past and it failed. It's not exactly form-fitting for the pocket.

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Samsung has no idea - just copy the leader.

This and that watch thing are DOA.

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the next step is to strap it on the forearm like a watch. It would be a lot more comfortable than a flat, rigid phone.

That makes no sense. The curve is concave. In fact a curved display makes no sense as is evidenced by the posters here speculating on why a curved display is better. It has no purpose. This pretty much demonstrates the philosophical difference between Samsung and Apple. Samsung do stuff because the can (their smartwatch is near useless, who needs a curved phone) whereas Apple design products for people, with features that are useful.

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That makes no sense. The curve is concave.

Yes, but it wouldn't be a big leap to make one that is convex, or one that is very flexible in the future.

Samsung do stuff because the can (their smartwatch is near useless

I believe Apple was the first company to announce smartwatches (if not, then around the same time as Samsung). I think the only benefit of a smart watch is saving 2.3 seconds from fumbling around in one's pocket and taking out the phone to use.

Would saving just a few seconds in using a phone make people want to go and spend money on a 400 dollar companion gadget? Probably not. But when costs inevitably falls in the next few years and most smartphones start integrating flexible screens, wearing smartphones just seems to be the next logical step.

Steve Jobs was all about saving time. He wanted the boot-up times to be reduced in his computers so he persuaded his engineers to reduce it by saying that decades of time could be saved if one summed up the saving of boot up times from all devices.

It has no purpose

On that point I disagree. Its purpose is to build hype and to sell phones, and with its 1000 dollar price tag, they're obviously not selling to 90 percent of the market. There are people with money to burn who just want the newest and latest fad just because it's the newest and latest. Not to mention that they want to show off.

This pretty much demonstrates the philosophical difference between Samsung and Apple.

Steve Jobs was Apple. R.I.P.

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Reviews are rating it poor, as usual.

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