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SummaryIf trends in the tech world are anything to go by...

If trends in the tech world are anything to go by, your next mobile phone will look nothing like the one you are holding in your hand now. Welcome to the world of curved screens. The curved smartphone seems to be the next hot thing with the Koreans taking the lead. Samsung (Galaxy Round) and LG (Flex) already have two such handsets in the market, and the buzz is that Apple is developing two new iPhone models, which will include bigger screens with curved glass. According to Bloomberg, the two models, planned for release by Apple sometime in the latter half of 2014, will feature larger displays with glass that curves downwards at the edges. So is the curved smartphone something we will have to get used to? It certainly seems like the next new trend in mobile devices, but the big question is how do consumers feel about the model, how easy is it to operate and, more importantly, view.

Those who feel positively about the curved versions say the biggest advantage is that it increases sound and voice clarity, and eliminates the deadspot (the small area where the phone is too far from the mouth and not close enough to the ear), which is why many people need to hold the device close to the mouth to speak and be heard. The curved screen, according to those who have tried it, enhances sound and voice clarity, and operates like a traditional phone—the curve allows you to replicate speaking into the receiver on a landline phone. Others point to the fact that the curved screen makes consuming media a much more enjoyable experience. A first-person report in Gizmodo said curved smartphones are not just a marketing gimmick, they substantially improve the display performance of smartphones. Going into some detail, the report says the curved screen has better screen readability in bright sunlight, increases magnification and also affords better screen privacy.

However, there is the other side, so to speak. The Galaxy Round created considerable buzz in tech circles when Samsung released it last month in Korea. At first glance, the Round looks quite similar to the Galaxy Note 3 with similar design cues. The only visible difference is the curved edge of the device and the absence of an S Pen. It bends lengthwise in a vertical arch that looks deep enough to send the phone rocking

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