Curved screens are nothing new to Google’s Nexus family of smartphones — or are they? The second iteration of Google’s flagship phone was made by Samsung. It was called the Nexus S. It’s successor was the Galaxy Nexus. Both had curved screens. But that’s not entirely true, is it?
Both the Nexus S and the Galaxy Nexus had curved glass, but that glass covered flat screens, thereby providing only the illusion of a curved screen. Perhaps that’s just semantics, and it’s all in the past anyway.
When you jump forward to today we have a very different situation: both the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 5 got rid of “curved” screens in lieu of “flat slabs”. However, we’ve seen a trend among the Nexus family: they are generally based on another phone the OEM has produced or is producing. The Galaxy Nexus was pretty much the Samsung Galaxy S “2.5”. The Nexus 4 was essentially an LG Optimus G. The Nexus 5 was very similar to the LG G2. After those phones were released, we started seeing devices with real curved screens and even curved phones — not to mention flexible phones!
All this makes us wonder, should this year’s Nexus smartphone use LG’s curved-screen technology?
Yes, to all things curvy!
Whenever you’re actually using your device, it’s never against a flat surface, it’s always against you. Admit it: your hand is curved, your face is curved, even your butt is curved. A curved phone only makes sense! It feels more natural and much more organic than monolithic slabs.
When held in-hand, the curve fills the palm. It feels like it belongs there. When you hold it to your face, it follows the gentle curve from your ear to your jaw, bringing the microphone closer to your mouth for (arguably) better audio and less background noise and distortion. When you’re done with your call and slip the phone back into your pocket it hugs your thigh or posterior (that sounds dirty, but it’s not). This puts less pressure on the screen, and potentially reduces the “crack” factor that an otherwise flat phone would have when placed similarly.
Curved is the future of all things, therefore, absolutely yes! This year’s Nexus should use LG’s curved screen technology!
Flat is the new curved
Have you all gone mad?! Yes, your hand is curved. Yes, your face is curved. And yes, even that finely toned backside of yours is curved. All that doesn’t amount to a hill of beans! Where’s your phone now? Sitting on your flat desk? Or is it sitting on a flat Qi wireless charger? When you watch a movie, are you holding your phone in your hand, or is it propped up against something flat?
When you walk outside and you want to get the direct sunlight off your screen, do you want to simply tilt it one way or the other like you do with a flat screen, or do you want to spend much longer trying to find a certain angle that doesn’t shoot the light right into your eyeballs from that concave screen?
When you put your phone in your pocket, do you ever drop it in your shirt pocket? Come on guys, as much as you want to say you work out and have pecs that Arnold Schwarzenegger would be proud of, that pocket works better with a flat phone, doesn’t it? And don’t get me started on cases… Flat is much more convenient. It’s tried and true, and ultimately, flat makes for a great smartphone experience that isn’t all gimmicky like curved phones are.
Should it be a curved screen Nexus 6, or flat?
It’s not easy writing about why curved is better than flat, then turning around and arguing the opposite point in the same article! Ultimately, it doesn’t matter what I think — what do you think?
Which is better, curved or flat? When scouting out your next device, how much emphasis do you put on that spec? Is Samsung’s “curved the other way” approach more to your liking?
Head down to the comments and let us know not only what you think, but why you think your stance is “right”.