Would you have bought this LG phone?

Would you have bought this LG phone?Today's smartphones are pretty special, but the one thing the phone market doesn't have these days is the sheer scope of different form factors and executions available back in the day.

Think about it: clamshell phones have disappeared, QWERTY has had its day and concepts like this crazy triple-screen phone from LG will probably never see the light of day.

LG applied for a patent for the above concept back in 2010, with the idea being a pair of slide-out panels that would emerge horizontally from the sides of the phone in landscape mode.

Those additional touch-sensitive screens would potentially serve any number of purposes, including operating like a soft keyboard or control panel when appropriate, or acting as extra viewing screens for multitasking. It could have been a real winner when it comes to gaming, come to think of it.

With three years having elapsed since the patent filing date, we have to assume LG has abandoned its three-screen phone plans, though Japan's NEC has stuck its own neck out with the tri-display Medias W released at the start of the year.

It'll hardly sell millions, but it's nice to see a bit of variety in what is becoming very much a me-too industry these days.

What do you think – is the lack of tri-screen mobile action from LG a sensible move, or just another example of the narrowing wedge of consumer choice?

Via Engadget

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JanSt / MOD  Mar. 27, 2013 at 12:17

This particular 'study' aside, yes, I think a bit more variety in designs would be nice...
But obviousy we're in the copy cat phase where every phone looks like every other phone when the screen's dark.
Where's the high-end Android slider? Qwerty?
And I guess the flops Xperia Play and the P-tablet taught OEMs a lesson?

And look at some of the comments in the threads about the Yota phone!
It's like Design Xenophobia...omg, no, no.... we's gone die...
Many commenters haven't grasped the potential of the Yota and instead wine about scratches and, hilariously, potential battery drain - the very thing the eInk screen should cure.
Was it LG who had that dumbphone with the transparent slide-out touch keyboard?
That is already halfway to the design above... it was just ahead of its time with cr*p hardware, But essentially that slide-out keypad could change function in different situations:
dialler in the phone app, keypad, game controller, extra screen to zoom into articles on a website...

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 27, 2013 at 12:19

http://www.freshgizmos.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/lg-gd900-with-transparent-keypad.jpg

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 27, 2013 at 15:13

http://www.freshgizmos.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/lg-gd900-with-transparent-keypad.jpg
I actually thought about buying one of those, but I got a Tocco Ultra instead.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 27, 2013 at 16:29

I had one for 1 hour, but the slide was rubbish... every part reacted to touch...

spruceyb  Mar. 28, 2013 at 09:04

I really would like a dual display phone. One nice IPS or similar panel and an eInk one.

However it's not likely to happen.
One big reason all these phones are starting to look the same and we have almost no slide out QWERTY style is the fact that adding moving parts increases the amount of parts that can go wrong.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 28, 2013 at 09:42

I really would like a dual display phone. One nice IPS or similar panel and an eInk one.

However it's not likely to happen.
One big reason all these phones are starting to look the same and we have almost no slide out QWERTY style is the fact that adding moving parts increases the amount of parts that can go wrong.

Well, Yota beg to differ - claim their phone will launch in Q3/Q4 in Russia and EU

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