Poll: Do you prefer flat or curved screens on smartphones?

Apart from foldable phones and the eventual rollables, smartphone OEMs typically have a choice between curved screens or flat screens. Usually, it all comes down to aesthetics, although fans of both screen types will probably argue about usability. Unfortunately, OEMs don’t often give consumers a choice, so if you want a specific phone model, you’re pretty much stuck with whatever screen type the OEM chooses.

The upcoming Pixel 8 Pro is rumored to change things up and likely feature a flat screen. With that in mind, we want to know which screen you prefer on a smartphone.

Samsung essentially popularized the curved smartphone display with phones like the Galaxy Note Edge and later models. Eventually, many other OEMs started using the curved display on many of the top Android phones, and it’s typically saved for the top models like the Galaxy S23 Ultra, almost as if the curves themselves convey “premium.”

This is something Google seems to have embraced with its recent Pixel launches. With the Pixel 6 Pro and Pixel 7 Pro, the company equips both models with a curved screen, while the non-Pro models got flat screens. Essentially, if you prefer flat screens, the Pro model might look less appealing despite the better specs, or alternatively, you might want the more affordable Pixel but you’d be stuck wishing it came with a curved panel .

With the Pixel 8 series, it looks like Google is settling for one display type. With the latest leaked renders of the devices, it appears to be both the Pixel 8 and The Pixel 8 Pro will use flat screens, much to the disappointment of those who prefer the curved aesthetic. It’s unclear why this change is being made, and perhaps Google will explain when the phones launch later this year, but it looks like curved screen fans are taking an L this year, especially with Samsung’s ever-flattering Ultra screens.

Tell us in the poll comments or on social media why you prefer one over the other.

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