Five years ago, we looked at Samsung’s Galaxy Note Edge, the first phone to feature a side-curved OLED screen. It had little practical function, but it looked great and served as Samsung’s useful technical proof of concept. We can describe it as a little step down the path to folding phones. Vivo has brought the idea of curved screens to the next level with the launched of Vivo Nex 3 a “Waterfall FullView show.”
Okay, we’re here in 2019 and we’re just about having foldable phones, whereas every Samsung flagship now has an OLED display with curved edges as a standard design function.
Bezel and Notch
Previous Vivo Nex phones focused on creative ways from pop-up selfie cameras to secondary displays to avoid bezels and notches. They felt experimental but pragmatic as well. Of course you would prefer to have a seamless display, all things being equal, but with many of these features now commonplace, the Nex 3 can’t claim to be shooting to solve any particular issue. Its only aim is to look
The development of the Vivo Nex 3 is an effort to outsource Samsung. There’s that curved screen, of course, but recent Galaxy Notes are highly reminiscent of the tall build and hard lines of the handset. The screen has a large chin at the bottom, a larger bezel at the top, and indeed, if you look at the head-on camera, almost no bezel at the sides. Nonetheless, curved screens are not for everyone, even on less dramatic angle phones. The curves inevitably distort the picture, which with light backgrounds is most visible. The real surprise is that the digital buttons are excellent. The right edge of the phone has a pressure-sensitive strip in the middle with a textured section for the sleep-wake button and up-down volume icons on either
Flaws and Disadvantages
There’s not much more to say about the Nex 3. It has many of the same disadvantages as other phones from Vivo: overbearing software in iOS style, no wireless charging, and a terrible mono speaker at the bottom.
The waterfall display of the Nex 3 has no practical benefit, but there is not much of a drawback either. Vivo has done a good job of making the Nex 3 easy to use without compromising how you would expect a phone to function, so the only thing that really matters is whether you like the way it looks.