A lot of people have questioned the use of the curved display on the new Galaxy S6 edge. Samsung has talked about different news and Twitter feed tickers as well as notifications, the night clock, and colour-coded contacts, but the company this week explained a little more about why it decided it needed those edges in the first place.
A post over on Samsung Tomorrow details a research study that the company conducted into how smartphone users feel about checking their phone for notifications while in conversation with another person. According to Samsung’s study, 76% of people think it’s rude to check their phone mid-conversation. Enter the S6 edge and its ‘People edge’ feature that allows you to assign different colours to different contacts. These colours will light up the edge of the display when the phone is face down. So if you assign ‘pink’ to your mom, you’ll know when she’s calling without having to take your phone off the table.
The study was carried out around the world (in the UK, Germany, France, the USA and South Korea) and covered a sample size of 1217 people. While it’s an interesting way to highlight the S6 edge’s display, the same effect could have been achieved with an LED notifier that can be customized to each contact. If people were looking for a less obtrusive way to check their phone, an LED will do. They don’t need a curved display that adds $100 to the price of the phone. That said, the number of meaningful uses for the edge display are limited, so it makes sense that Samsung would want to justify its existence to some extent.
Check out our hands on with the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge for more on the curved display and the hardware powering these two phones.