Why curved displays are a good idea

| March 5, 2014

Why curved displays hugely increase image quality and daylight visibility

Believe it or not, curved displays aren’t just a simple marketing gimmick, they were made with a purpose in mind. Even though they might seems silly and odd at first, curved displays cause a series of optical effects that actually improves contrast, color accuracy, readability and image quality overall, even under ambient light that makes the screen almost unreadable, like daylight or neon lighting.

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How can curved displays help seeing the screen better?

It’s simple. Due to their curvature, the amount of reflection that you see on the screen is drastically reduced, this being one of the biggest advantages that come from viewing on a curved screen. You can test it out yourself by finding a store that sell TV’s with curved display. Just stand in front of one and see if you can spot any reflection, then to this while watching your normal screened flat TV, I guarantee that you will notice a huge difference in the amount of reflections that you can spot on the screen.

Because of this effect curved displays are ideal for reading in ambient light. If you go outside on a sunny day and try to read something on your smartphone you will notice that it’s almost impossible without turning the luminosity to max even though this drains the battery in a couple of hours. Well, if you do this with any device that sports a curved screen you’ll see that this problem will be of the past. Curved displays 1, standard flat displays 0.

Won’t curved displays distort the image?

Only if you view them at specific angles you’ll find that images get distorted, just like on a standard flat screen. The best viewing angle is straight is by looking straight at the device, if you tilt it (this applies to both standard screens and curved displays) you’ll see that the images get distorted. If you don’t believe me you can try this for yourself and see how much an image loses quality and proportions when being viewed at an angle. Curved displays don’t distort the image, even if you’re looking straight at the device. Manufacturers specifically made them so that there won’t be any difference at all when viewing any kind of media on your handset. In fact, curved displays drastically improve image quality by reducing the number of reflections and, because of their curved nature, increase the crispness and contrast of any kind of viewing material.

When will smartphones with curved displays be available?

The question here is more like “When will curved displays be a standard in smartphone technology?” The answer to the latter I don’t know, and nobody will know for sure when our society will be fully accustomed to curved displays, but at least I can give you the answer to the first one. There are already two devices that have such a screen: the LG Flex which also has the ability to bend itself so that you won’t have any problems putting the device in your pocket and the Galaxy Round. Both of these devices are high-end powerhouses and are worthy of trying out.

What does all this mean?

It means that technology is evolving. Curved displays are the next step to a much better smartphone. We have already maxed out on specs and it will take a breakthrough to max them up even more. Now researchers are dealing with things like ergonomics, increasing readability and other stuff that can be improved and curved displays are here just to fix some. Just go out and test a smartphone with a curved screen, don’t be scared, it won’t bite. Sure at first it will feel weird and awkward but you’ll get used to it. If you’ve already tested such a device please write in the comments sections what do you think about curved displays.

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