Nishitkohli
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Curved screens are a new technology and as far as these go they are some of the best development in smartphones in the past few years. They are so much better looking and fit in nicely with the new trend of curved corners and rounded backs, allowing us to use truly gorgeous smartphones.

But there's a practical side to them too and it's not a minor one. The main problem with smartphones these days is handling - as we get to consume more and more multimedia through our smartphones the screens get bigger and bigger, resulting in phones that are hard to carry in pockets and hold in hand.

What the curved displays get you is a narrower body for the same screen size. With every maker waging war on bezels these days it only makes sense to embrace the other technology that leads to the same effect. Curved phones are more easier to slip in tight pockets too, as a nice side bonus.

I'd strongly disagree that screen replacements are more expensive solely because of the curve. An iPhone X display will cost you just as much as a Galaxy S9 one, if not more. And that's despite the fact that, as I already mentioned, this is a relatively new technology so things will only get better.

It's the same thing with the accidental touches - palm rejection is so good that this problem oIt all began when Samsung unveiled its first-ever smartphone with a curved screen, the Galaxy Note Edge. It was a jaw-dropping device in an era when almost all smartphones were looking dull and pretty much the same. It also offered extended functionality on the edge. Almost a year later, the Galaxy S6 edge was announced with more features and curvature on both sides of the phone. And here's where things started to go downhill.

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Every phone released after that, not only Samsung handsets, was just adopting this particularly expensive trend without offering any extra value. I mean, have you tried to repair a curved panel? It sometimes costs twice its flat counterpart to get it replaced. Also, by extending that far to the edge, they are more prone to breaking as smartphones tend to land on their edges.

I can't deny that the Galaxy S8 and all Galaxy devices that followed are gorgeous to look at but they don't really offer any extended functionality - they are just hard to hold, plenty of users complain of accidental touches with the palm and it's virtually impossible to put a good glass screen protector on top. After all, not everyone can afford a screen replacement after an accidental drop. Oh, and most protective cases cover the side of the curved screens taking away the only thing they are good at - being pretty.
Some may say that they don't use a case because they like to show off the great design, which is absolutely fine by me. But hear me out: what else does the curved panel offer you? Distorted YouTube videos, less grip on the sides and it gets in the way of some apps' UI - theyreally serve only as a fashion statement. I may seem like I'm nit-picking because the distortion when watching videos is barely noticeable but if I'm spending near $1,000 for a smartphone, I expect flawless viewing experience.

We start seeing more and more devices with curved screens lately - the Oppo Find X, Nokia 8 Sirocco and the new Mate 20 Pro is also rumored to have one of those, and that really worries me. I get that smartphone makers want to make their phones look good and different, but let's not take away the functionality away, shall we? Samsung has minimized the color shift on its phones although, it's still visible when you look at the screen center on or a little bit from the side, but any other phone that's not Samsung just looks awful under a certain angle.

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GalaxyTeam
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Vka
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you have not felt the viewing experience of curved edges, just turn your phone is s8 or s9 or plus or note..to entertainment mode ,just put AKG headphone in work and try to see in Netflix ..you will certainly feel what I mean to say...no other companies have till now offered best curved view as samsung..even nokia sirraco fails....I chose s8 plus bcz for me..it seems that video tends to pops out of screen..that is all for all penny I spent..small screen mobile s8 or S9 have more such experiences..do not get offended..it's my personal feel and thoughts..
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Nishitkohli
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you are also true
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