Curved displays — practical or used just for looks?
Ever since the Galaxy Note Edge in 2014, Samsung's been betting hard on smartphones with curved displays. The Note Edge lead to devices like the S6 and S7 Edge, and then with the S8 this year, both the normal and Plus models are equipped with display edges that curve over the side.
It's clear that Samsung isn't going to stop curving its smartphone displays anytime soon, but that raises the question of whether or not there's any real purpose to this trend. There's no denying that curved displays on phones look nice, but do they offer any real benefit over ones without them?
One user recently posted this question in our forums, and this is what some of you had to say.
Now we'd like to hear from you – What are your thoughts on curved displays?
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Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.
Is there a benefit to a curved screen? Sure, it's the only way you'll ever have a bezel-less designed phone..
More fragile (there's a reason the Active has a flat screen)
Harder to protect
More slippery Me no want.
Similarly I will not buy a 2:1 screen, as reading the Web page of this site and others becomes a challenge. Maps and satnav are harder to see, games look wrong. The only "benefit" I can imagine (told to me by the sales staff in shops) is watching movies - but I cannot imagine why I would do that on a phone.
*sarcasm follows* Oh great, it is taller. SFW.
The small curve on the S8 doesn't bother me like it did on my S6 edge.