Curved displays have the potential to solve outdoor viewing problems and improve smartphone battery life
The slight curvature of the screen might seem useless and we are also guilty of writing the feature off as a marketing gimmick, however that slight curve allegedly allows for tangible improvements in display performance. The biggest improvement happens when you view the display outdoors as it has much less reflection and is much more easier to read than a conventional flat screen.
This works by first cutting short the 180-degree angle of a flat panel and thus blocking a lot of the ambient light reflections and second by reducing mirror-like reflections.
Getting more in-depth, the explanation is that the curvature also blocks ambient light reflections and actually magnifies your face in the frame. Usually, ambient light reflections are what’s really bright and in the way out in the sun. Your face is usually the dimmer part and since it’s nearly 2x magnified there is less reflectance and the screen is easier to read. Interestingly, that magnification and ‘focus’ on your face starts to blur after 8 inches, and as one often holds a phone at a larger distance, the reflection from your face gets further dimmed and out of the way.
With a slightly more ‘matte’ texture, the concave display on the Galaxy Round brings huge improvements to outdoor legibility. Having better readability also means the screen can adjust to lower brightness and save hugely on battery.
These are two tangible benefits of a display curved like the one on the Galaxy Round. Now, what we’d want is actually a flexible phone that we could bend when outdoors and keep flat at other times, but that’s still way off. Here’s to dreaming.
9. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
With the right price, even an expert can do anything for you.
All the things that DisplayMate say is very reasonable, but for better outdoor visibility and battery life something like Whitemagic Display or Assertive Display is a better solution than curve display.
11. Tommy1960i (Posts: 99; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)
I wanna check if it's comfotable to view the screen. I don't care about outdoor capability. I want just a nice display with 450 ppi. :)
13. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2166; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
I suppose we should just take your word for it since you must also be an expert who has thoroughly researched & tested these different technologies.
16. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
I guess I don't need to do more research and testing because Assertive Display and Whitemagic Display is a proven technology not just some marketing BS.
Curve display + matte texture may be able to give you a good outdoor visibility and battery life, but you will also get a wierd and poor viewing angle.
You don't need to be an expert just to know which solution is much better, just use your brain that's all you need.
18. tedkord (Posts: 4719; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
And still no evidence, just for say so.
Now who should we listen to - a reputable test lab, or some random guy on the internet... Hmmmm.
This is going to be a tough one.
23. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
Lol... I think you should read my post #9, especially things i said about displaymate and this is what displaymate says about curve display.
“It also improves screen privacy because the curvature makes it harder for other people to see the screen (unless you intentionally turn it to show them).”
With Assertive Display or Whitemagic Display tech you will not have problem with viewing angles.
Let me ask you something can you show how Displaymate doing their test lab??? because it's very difficult to trust someone claims (even though he's an expert) if i couldn't see the proof.
24. tedkord (Posts: 4719; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Displaymate is a well-known, very respected test lab. They break down their methodology on their website, you can find it there if you care to look. whereas you still have not posted anything other than your opinion, which you are entitled to.
34. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
Lol... i still can't find any detail on how displaymate doing their lab test.
From what i read everything they say is just a theory and the possibility of the curve display without any real life proof or comparison with other display tech.
But On the other hand Assertive Display and Whitemagic Display is a technology that has been proven in theory, lab tests and in real life situation.
Real life proof is much more trustworthy than any expert theory.
25. Finalflash (Posts: 1720; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
Poor viewing angles is not a problem for AMOLED, that is why this situation is very lucrative advantage for samsung.
35. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
I'm sure you didn't read the article. This is what DisplayMate says about curved display on galaxy round..
“It also improves screen
privacy because the
curvature makes it harder
for other people to see the
screen (unless you
intentionally turn it to show
them).” in other word poor viewing angles.
20. Tamer81 (Posts: 26; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)
Like the Nokia Lumia 1520 which is due soon!
28. .TROLL (banned) (Posts: 14; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)
Another cheap plastic from Samsung™
Why not charge consumers the extra £20, $30 more and provide quality Sapphire™ glass material than this fugly looking curved, rounded device? A rear flat back design looks really contemporary when relaxed on table! If it's the curve device it would be akward to text and type, and dial!
32. akki20892 (Posts: 3434; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
did you see Lumia 1520 buddy. it's a awesome device.
2. ArtSim98 (limited) (Posts: 2738; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Future e-readers might be quite cool. They could look exactly like books/magazines. Would be awesome!
26. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)
"These are two tangible benefits of a display curved like the one on the Galaxy Round. "
I'll give you and to PA, some more:
1. The curve on the Round, helps to reach easier the corners with the thumb.
2. Better feel in the pocket, because follow the body curves.
3. Less breakable display , because can not fall on the flat display, but hit the edges of the frame insread.
4. Aerodynamic make more possible to fall on the back.
31. akki20892 (Posts: 3434; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
perfect for back pocket...........lolllllllllllllllll
33. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)
Yes. And not only in the back pocket, but in any pocket. Big phones don't stretch the edges of the pockets so much.
5. The arch of the hand palm fits to the arch of the phone. That makes the big phones to feel smaller than the same size flat phones. Right?
3. cezarepc (Posts: 564; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)
What they didn't say is that reflections are reduced at some angles and amplified in some angles. When light hits the screen at the right angle there would be an annoying streak of light on the screen. Flat screen is the way to go, flat but can bend to avoid cracks.
4. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3009; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
I don't think Galaxy Round is going to be a good device for reading or watching...the angle is too closed or narrow.
Perfect example would be a version of LG flex with a resolution of 1080p.
5. cezarepc (Posts: 564; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)
Agree. LG's take on it gives better viewing experience. Imaging that on a 10 inch tab, man IMAX in the house.
6. androiphone20 (Posts: 1422; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)
this is a step forward, meanwhile HTC is saving people's asseshttp://m.cnet.com/news/cell-phone-takes-bullet-for-gas-station-clerk/57609800
14. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8240; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Totally irrelevant if it doesn't pertain to the article.
17. androiphone20 (Posts: 1422; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)
oh, it's you papa smurf. hello... friend
8. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6408; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Just wish u guys out there will stop complaining bout viewing angels. who would look at their phone sideways for?
10. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3009; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Now you gonna hear people complaining about bad angles when viewed straight on!
12. akita256 (Posts: 80; Member since: 26 Jan 2012)
A different view of the curved screen:
19. tedkord (Posts: 4719; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
That was a review of the phone. Displaymate didn't review the phone, simply stated the inherent benefits of a curved display.
15. Xenaz (Posts: 88; Member since: 28 Apr 2013)
Still doesn't sounds convincing to me to have a "slightly-curved" phone, I will stick with the conventinal "flat-display" phone until Samsung or anyone else released a "trully" flexible display phone like Samsung's Youm display concept in CES 2013 which is either a scrollable/foldable phone
21. _Bone_ (Posts: 2125; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Naysayers owned again. It's a subtle curve yet comes super handy in everyday use, I want to get one!
29. .TROLL (banned) (Posts: 14; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)
Improve battery life, lmao. Why not use high end battery like RAZR Max™
We the public pay a high price, and are willing to pay Premium for a device, but in return we expect the device to be fitted with the very best, quality products.