Edge cellphone concept has glass keypad

Despite the fact that mobile phones are carried by everyone at all times, designers like Chris Owens continue to push the limits of design with cellphones just begging to be broken. We saw the whole debacle as people began to drop iPhones which resulted in cracked screens, but now we see concepts like the Edge, which includes a sliding glass panel for the keypad.

The phone is thin, includes a touchscreen and has a glass panel keypad that slides out of the phone when needed. It certainly looks amazing, but the moment the phone is dropped, you are out of luck. When will designers find a happy medium where phones can be functional, look good and still be durable?

Of course, given the conceptual nature of this phone it isn't likely to be a reality, but hey, the iPhone was once a conceptual design as well, so who knows?

Via Tuvie