The idea of LG with the screen of the G6 was clear in the presentation of the device: put on the market a smartphone that can display more content on your screen. This is because the device comes with a longer display, which offers a scale of 18: 9, not 16: 9, as most smartphones that we have available in stores today. However, this is not always going to happen.
For a screen feature like this to work 100%, it doesn’t necessarily depend only on LG. That is, YouTube will, for example, maintain the best-known standard aspect ratio of the market in its videos, which is 16: 9. Well, at least so far it is still so.
However, LG already has support for services like Netflix and Amazon, which already allow using the 18: 9 scale. For that, the G6 user just needs to activate something called «Application sizing», as shown in the screenshots below. Each time you use an app that supports 18: 9 format, an icon will appear in the corner of the screen identifying that such service can use this feature, also known as FullVision.
Therefore, it is not a mystery that, while the most used standard is 16: 9, LG G6 owners will rely only on apps and services native to the manufacturer or select partners to take advantage of the 18: 9 ratio. Some examples are the largest display of content on the screen, as well as the use of the camera application which, in «Square» mode, allows you to use half of the screen to see the image being captured and, at the same time, quickly see the preview of the photo or video.
It is worth remembering, however, that the 18: 9 standard has been used in other areas, especially in the film industry. This means that this scale will soon be adopted as the new standard in the market. Therefore, LG is ahead of most manufacturers, but it will not be the only one to offer such an option, since Samsung must opt for a new scale on the screens of the new Galaxy S8, which can arrive in the 17: 9 format (a medium really weird term).
Opinion by Camila Rinaldi
I wanted to see all the new smartphones using the 18: 9 scale starting today!
Finally, my experience with this new format on a cell phone screen, such as the LG G6, was very good. At first it was difficult to understand the dynamics of the device. But when I realized how to use the services that take advantage of this feature, I have to say that I wanted to see all the new smartphones using the 18: 9 scale starting today!
Are there any advantages to the curved edges of the LG G6’s screen?
However, this article refers to the advantages provided by the curved edges of the screen, and the fact that we have an 18: 9 scale is not directly linked to the rounded corners of the display. So, what is the advantage of having them?
According to Ian Hwang, product designer for the G series, this choice was made in favor of greater resistance to the screen from falling. That’s right, LG’s internal tests have shown that most of the impact of a fall is at the edges of the screen. Thus, if the corners of the screen are curved, the impact on it will be less, making the chance of having the broken display glass less.
The LG testing team said that after 50 cycles of the device’s drop test, the G6 managed to have a functional result 70% of the time, while competing devices suffered screen cracks in 100% of the falls. But of course, I could not perform this test to confirm any results, but my experience says that, necessarily, a smartphone will not have the screen cracked whenever it falls to the ground.
Another reason raised by our team, is the fact that we can have a better grip of the G6 with the screen with curved edges, which would not have happened if the manufacturer had opted for the dual-edge design, such as the Galaxy S7 Edge. Thus, the effect generated when we are consuming some type of media, such as videos, in theory should be practically the same.
So, did you find the curved screen option on the LG G6 a good choice? Do you think you can really save the screen in case of falls?