With LG coming out with the worlds first curved, flexible smartphone its no surprise that it would attract a lot of attention. One of the things I've seen a lot about G Flex's curved display is how it takes a traditional smartphone viewing into an immersive enterntainment experience. I have to agree with that statement, As a self proclaimed movie buff I really enjoy watching content on the G Flex the 6" screen really helps too. What is nice with the curved display is it reduces ambient light reflection
I found a great article on Gizmodo that delves into curved displays on TV's and Mobile devices and how a curved display can improve your viewing by hitting the sweet spot. Below are a few snip-its from that article that I thought were pretty interesting.
This example I've done myself and yeah that curved display does make a difference.
Curved Display Reduces Ambient Light Reflection
A quick example: Turn off your cell phone screen and look at the display. See all that reflected light with your head back-shadowed in the center? That's reflected light that diminishes the image emitted from the phone, requiring you to boost the screen brightness which draws more power which accelerates battery drain.
But a curved phone, much like a curved TV, reduces the open angle of the screen, which blocks out some side light while reflecting another portion away from the viewer's eyes. And, more importantly, the concave shape of the phone (when held in portrait mode) causes a slight magnification effect. So when you're looking at a curved phone screen, that magnification effect is horizontally expanding the reflection of your head by a factor of at least 2x, blocking out additional light reflections and requiring less luminescence from the screen to overcome the ambient light.
Hitting the Sweet Spot
My wife and I love going to the movies and watching them in our theater room and me being a technology nerd I am always looking at ways to improve our viewing experience.
Here is brief explination of the keystone effect and why curved displays reduce perceptual adaptation..
"When you watch a perfectly flat TV screen, the corners of the screen are further away than the center, so the eye sees a double trapezoidal (keystone) distortion of the screen rather than as a rectangle. But the image you actually see appears perfectly straight because the brain corrects for the keystone distortion—which is actually much larger than the pincushion distortion from a curved screen. So after watching for a period of time the brain will presumably compensate for the very subtle curve of the screen in the same way that it straightens out the trapezoidal screen.
In other words, when faced with a less than ideal viewing angle the brain performs what is known as "perceptual adaptation" or more commonly, "getting used to it." It accounts for the differences in the incoming visual information versus what it normally would be and "adapts" that information to better fit with the mental model.
So, for example, when you first get a new glasses prescription that's way more powerful than what you're wearing, everything appears heavily distorted at first. Eventually you get used to it and everything appears "normal." The same thing happens when you watch TV from an angle; at first it looks like a keystone, but after a while you get used to it. With a curved screen, that adjustment happens faster, because there's less too adjust for."
When it comes down to it the LG G Flex is hands down one of my favorite devices to watch movies and TV from. It really does lend to that immersive media experience! I am a fan!
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