The mobile-device war is about to get interesting. At Nokia World 2011, held in London last week, the company introduced the Kinetic, a phone that is controlled by bending it. Folding the top of the screen makes the device scroll upwards, and folding the bottom makes it scroll down; bending the phone inward and outward will zoom in and out of photos, or play or pause music. Trying to steal some of Nokia’s thunder, Samsung has announced it will be selling its own flex-phone in early 2012 and will be rolling bendy technology to its tablets soon afterwards.
Both companies are using a version of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) in this technology. OLEDs are carbon-based and emit light when a small amount of electricity is applied. Samsung’s version, named AMOLED (Active-Matrix OLED) is slimmer, faster, and––according to Samsung––virtually indestructible, having been folded over 100,000 times and hit by a hammer and losing only a tiny percentage of pixels.
I have to tell you, seeing the pictures and watching the video of people bending and twisting the phone had me very excited. With a less rigid phone, there is likely less damage when it hits the ground (and the screen won’t shatter when stuffed in a back pocket), but the drawback is that the phone may not be operated with one hand.
What say you? Would you like a flexible phone that could be twisted and bent to your heart’s desire?
Author: Susan Hallinan