Would you pick a curved smartphone like the LG G Flex 2 over a flat one?

Would you pick a curved smartphone like the LG G Flex 2 over a flat one?
Many are the traits making the LG G Flex 2 an outstanding smartphone. Without a doubt, the handset's shape is the most striking among them as the vast majority of smartphones on the market conform to the same form factor; they're all, you know, pretty flat. 

The LG G Flex 2, in contrast, flaunts a curved profile topped with a flexible, P-OLED display. As a result, the handset is pleasant to hold and use, all while being less prone to damage resulting from an accidental drop. And the microphone is brought closer to the user's mouth during calls, which should improve the quality of phone conversations. 

Long story short, the LG G Flex 2 is quite the attention grabber. But it is not the first curved smartphone – we had the Samsung Galaxy Round and the LG G Flex before it – and it likely won't be the last. This brings us to tonight's $64,000 dollar question which asks whether there really is a market for curved smartphones. A market that's big enough to justify tech companies' efforts in developing such unorthodox handsets, that is. Would you, guys, buy a smartphone like the LG G Flex 2, or do you not see much benefit in its rounded shape? Feel free to vote in our poll below and let us know! 

Would you buy a curved smartphone like the LG G Flex2?

Yes, shut up and take my money!
29.47%
No, I don't see why I should pick a curved phone over a flat one.
31.6%
Shape doesn't matter that much to me. If it's a great phone overall, I'd get it.
38.93%

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G Flex 2
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(18h 3G talk time)

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18 Comments

1. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

I understand the reason of having a curve TV. Since our eyes like the center of the circle and curve TV will fit it better and feel more real. However, I dont see the benefit of having the curve phone and the benefit of watching video in landscape with Flex or Flex 2 :D I vote No

3. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Actually with a TV the argument is less solid for curve. The problem is that a curve optimizes for a single viewer, if more than one person watches TV, or if you watch TV from different locations in your room, having a curved screen is more of a negative than a positive. For computer monitors it makes much more sense, especially as large as these screens have grown. The 34" curved monitors are amazing and really the curvature makes these screens possible and eliminates distortion which you'd have to deal with on a flat screen. For phones you have a similar thing as with monitors. The mouth closer to mic argument is ok, though I don't think it's that big of a deal. The big thing which curve does on phone screens is scatters and distorts reflections. In practice this turns out to be a much bigger deal than expected and makes displays much more legible in situations where a flat screen would get glared out by reflections. That being said, I don't think a curved screen should be a deciding factor unless you absolutely love or hate it in a purchasing decision.

9. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

trustedreviews has the opposite opinion on curved screen: The curve exaggerates reflections: If you’ve ever stood in front of one of those trick mirrors at a fun park, you’ll know that shaped glass can do weird things to reflections. It’s the same deal with a curved screen. Anything bright – especially direct light sources – has its reflection on a curved screen stretched and distorted across a wider area of the screen than would occur with a flat screen.

6. LARPkitten

Posts: 8; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Benefits (IMO) of a curved screen: - More comfortable to hold - More ergonomic for one-handed use - Better simultaneous proximity to both mouth and ear during calls - Contoured for back-pocket storage

10. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

yeah but how well does it fit in your front pocket, thats what I would like to try and see how it feels

15. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

I believe that's all true and probably more shatterproof but the cons: Watching a movie or whatever you'd have to hold the phone precisely in front of you or the experience will be less than flat. Like when you watch in bed not holding the phone or resting it against the side etc. Reflections could get very heavy because of the curve Imo the cons make the pros obsolete as it makes the thing most people are buying it for less comfortable

2. nh1402

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

Its easier to reach the whole display with a curved phone. I have a Nexus 5, and by todays standards that's kind of small which is ridiculous, now I have big hands, but even I can't reach the top corners of the phone without stretching.

4. Nebice

Posts: 68; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

well i would probably buy the 3gb ram model, but at a price of probably 700€~ its not worth it...

5. bodzio1809

Posts: 407; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

No useless QHD in Flex. That's why flex>laggy QHD G3.

7. zachki17

Posts: 294; Member since: Sep 14, 2014

There is 3verion of g3 .. Cat.6 G3 is way better then norml g3

8. bodzio1809

Posts: 407; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

Yes. Still QHD on less than 6' is totally useless.

12. Nebice

Posts: 68; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

even on 6' its useless since most gamers "only use" 1080p monitors ... dont get whats with the QHD hype

14. bodzio1809

Posts: 407; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

True. Numbers everywhere :) I would want fullHD even on 10' tablet. "Only" hd would be good for me up to 6'. If you won't look for pixels you won't find them.

11. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

1080p + S810 is definitely going to be way faster than 1440 + S801...

13. pavsidhu

Posts: 214; Member since: May 20, 2014

Curved phone screens are great for phablets, the screens easier to reach.

16. majedlutfi

Posts: 38; Member since: Feb 07, 2013

It's a great phone (the best out there)i would like to buy it even if it's not curved

17. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

If it were waterproof, I'd take it.

18. tokuzumi

Posts: 1900; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Not my cup of tea.

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