Do Samsung's curved 'edge' displays bother you when watching video?


Samsung hinted at it when introducing the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge as completely different handsets - one with 5.1" and the other with 5.5" displays - and yet it was surprising to learn that the Note 7 would eventually be issued in only a curved display form, marking the first exclusive usage of a flexible display in a major smartphone line. 

Thus, Samsung may seemingly not bother with the "edge" moniker anymore, save for an eventual S8 edge, and simply issue its larger screen flagships with curved displays, sloping to the sides. That's all fine and dandy - even if you find the Edge UX of dubious practical use, there are plenty of aesthetic arguments for this, especially since Samsung now also curves the back of its glass-and-metal phones for the ultimate design fusion. 

There is, however, one scenario when plenty of users are complaining that they are getting distracted by the curved display - watching videos on your phone. If the Note 7 lands with a 5.7" screen indeed, you'd be hard pressed NOT to watch video on the big, beautiful display, but if it's only in a flexible panel iteration, the top and bottom part of the image will be falling off a cliff, as you can see in the header above.

That is why we wanted to ask you if watching videos on Samsung's dual-curved displays of late bothers you in any way. The sloping footage at the edges distorts the picture somewhat compared to a completely flat display, yet the curve is pretty minimal so there could be plenty of people that aren't finding this annoying. Tell us in the poll below, and sound off in the comments.

Do Samsung's curved 'edge' displays bother you when watching video?

Yes, I find it distracting
46.74%
No, not really
53.26%

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Galaxy S7 edge
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3600 mAh(36h 3G talk time)
Galaxy Note 7
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh

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79 Comments

1. Amroze

Posts: 597; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

No it doesn't for me, but for others, maybe....

6. maherk

Posts: 6768; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Same here, but it does bother me when I am trying to pull the side menu of an app, play store for example. Anyways, it will be fun watching all those who dislike Samsung vote yes.

59. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yep, several trolls will do it for revenge.

60. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

It does, that's why I picked the regular S7.

65. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

All those who dislike Samsung will vote yes. But there are many people who prefer the flat screened variant over the curve. Samsung is just making it really hard by making the edge variant have more battery.

11. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

it doesnt matter for me, since there is nothing to see there anyway.. the things u need to see in a videos is in center of screen, not in the curved part

68. xperian

Posts: 418; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

What if the video has subtitles

78. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

subs always above the curve

79. monoke

Posts: 1156; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

He obviously doesn't care for subtitles as he mentioned there's nothing to see there. These screens come in 5.5 - 5.7 but apparently only the center portion is relevant for viewing? OK.

12. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 670; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

I really like OLED screens since Samsung brought the S6 to market. However, I would like a phone like LG G Flex 2 with Samsung Panel much more. Watching video on such a curved screen with a Samsung display must be a dream.

28. DetroitTech

Posts: 66; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

How the heck would watching a video on a curved screen be a dream? Are your eyes curved on the side of your head or something...? Last time I checked Human eyes look straight on... Maybe if we had 52 inch phones and you were sitting 2 feet away but the curve would need to be the opposite direction... I can not understand this..

44. tedkord

Posts: 17302; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The curve he's referring to minimizes reflections. Plus, the curve makes the video more immersive, same reason movie theater screens are curved these days.

64. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

The curvature has nothing to do with immersion; it's for reducing distortion at the edges of the screen. The distance from the projector to the middle of the screen is shorter compared to the edges. By curving the screen, the distances become similar.

72. Shadocx4

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Theaters screens are curved more like a LG G Flex, not like a Galaxy S6e/S7e/S6e+. Right ?

37. shield

Posts: 834; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

LG G Flex 2 It has a P-OLED which is better than the SAMOLED

43. ebilcake

Posts: 1227; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Nope.

51. hurrycanger

Posts: 1759; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Not in picture quality. Been owning one for 10 months. Display is crap when comparing to many Samsung phones. Even my cousin's Galaxy J7 with 720p display looks better. Same story when comparing to my old Note 3. It's a huge difference.

13. torr310

Posts: 1645; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

You are right... it bothers me just by looking at it. The curved screen might be useful to some people but it's useless to me.

20. maherk

Posts: 6768; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Then don't look at it and get yourself the non curved variant. I understand that you don't like it, but some are acting as if Samsung are only offering an Edge variant and pointing a gun at you guys forcing you to buy it.

26. DetroitTech

Posts: 66; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

Um according to all the media sites they are only offering an edge Note... ... Hopefully they come to their senses though.

29. maherk

Posts: 6768; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

For now, they are giving people 2 options. But yeah, that would be stupid move if they only offered one variant, especially coming from a company that is known for giving people whatever their budget is and what they want from a phone.

42. torr310

Posts: 1645; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

People who don't like the curved screen need to speak up and make sure they hear that. Yes, Samsung is "still" offerring both flat and curved screen, but it bothets me they seem to think the curved screen is the trend and the future. They are doing this maybe just because want to do that on purpose of differentiate themselves from the.competitors.

61. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

What's worse is people assuming Samsung is the only one offering curved edge phones. While I don't own a Samsung phone, I quite like the curved edges of my BlackBerry Priv, I don't understand why people don't like curves, I mean I like those in women already so it's an easy translation.

73. Shadocx4

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

There is a flat variant of the Note 7 ? And the flat Galaxy S7 has a smaller screen, so no thanks.

47. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The curved design makes the device look more attractive. That is its 100% same identify on every model. That si where it is 100% equally useful no matter who buys it. Samsung didn't need to assign a feature to it. That is what is useless. The curve itself is not useless. Its being used to make the design look better. It does that perfectly.

63. torr310

Posts: 1645; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

It also bothers me by giving the regular S7 curved edges. If you own one and have been tried to look for a glass screen protector to fit well, you know it's the pain in the ass and I am still waiting for one now! Don't get me wrong, I have been a Samsung user since Note 2, and then S5, S6, and S7. I am not really bashing Samsung but I really hope they make the product works best for most people. Any 2.5D screen may feel and look better by just a little bit, but to find a good glass protector/case combination is just too much work and less choices out there. Not to mention needs to spend more money to get them. All these might make sense in one direction, but might also make nonsense from the other direction.

77. Psykotik_Dragon

Posts: 81; Member since: Dec 21, 2013

That's the fault of the 3rd party accessory makers for not making more stuff for what is a very popular device nor samsung because they did the screen. I see this all the time at work, people complaining about lack of cases as if Samsung was telling the accessory companies they can't make anything for their devices...tell THOSE companies you want more accessories, more cases, more screen protectors

2. WeezyF

Posts: 155; Member since: Jul 09, 2015

Doesnt bother me too! It definitely bothers other people though. How i wish they made a curved phone like the galaxy round

5. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

The distortion is even worse on the Galaxy Round.

3. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

this poll should tell us exactly how many people own an edged smartphone..but we all know that wont be the case

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