As most of you probably know, I use a ton of different phones. I don’t like the idea of sticking to one brand and one company when there’s so much great tech out there to check out. Last week, we published our review of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge over at IntoAndroid.com, and as I was writing it, I kept thinking about how the S6 edge compares to what BlackBerry is bringing to market at the end of the year with its Slider smartphone. As weird as it sounds, using a Samsung device got me excited for an upcoming BlackBerry device.
In case you’re unfamiliar with the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, its most impressive physical feature is its dual-curved display. This same screen concept is being used on BlackBerry’s Slider, which has led us to believe Samsung and BlackBerry are hardware partners for this upcoming device. The S6 edge’s curved display is absolutely gorgeous. There’s no way around that. It’s a 5.1-inch QHD screen (2560×1440 pixels) and everything looks fantastic on it. Unfortunately, since the display curves back, the sides of the device are too thin. It wasn’t as comfortable to hold as the regular S6. This leads me to believe the best way it could be improved is if it was slightly thicker. You could do this simply by adding a sliding keyboard to the back of it (See where I’m going with this?). I get the feeling the Slider is going to be a really comfortable device in the hand whether its opened or closed.
Another downside of the S6 edge that I think BlackBerry will improve on is how much the dual-curved display is implemented. The S6 edge has a couple of little features that use the sides of the glass but they don’t really take full advantage of the hardware like I’d personally prefer. It’s really more cumbersome than it is useful. BlackBerry, on their part, has told us its Slider’s dual-edged display has a purpose. It’s not there just for looks, and I’m betting they put it to good use for extended productivity. Whether it be tied into notifications, the Hub, or better multitasking, when BlackBerry adds a feature or hardware, it’s usually for a reason.
Obviously until we get some leaks or official news about the Slider we won’t know exactly what the Slider’s display will do, but I’m guessing you guys may have some ideas about that too. Drop a comment below and tell us what you think BlackBerry Slider’s dual-edged display will do.