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We've all long known that curved smartphones were coming, it was just a matter of when. Yet once Samsung unveiled the Samsung Galaxy Round, the hot dog shaped device still managed to catch us off guard. Quite frankly, the handset from Samsung's South Korean competitor, the LG G Flex, which is curved from top-to-bottom (rather than left-to-right) looks more like what we had in mind when we thought of curved screens. The first set of images we shared were credible, but they didn't reveal much. Now Argentinian broadcaster Telefe has thrown up a hands-on video of the device, and journalist Federico Ini has shared with the Verge far more detailed photos of the device.

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The G Flex, with its 6-inch display, has a slightly larger screen than that offered on the Galaxy Round. If the latter has much in common with the Galaxy Note 3, the former borrows heavily from the G2. Like that device, the G Flex comes with a 13MP camera, and it relegates the power button and volume controls to the back.

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I'll admit, we were hard on the Samsung Galaxy Round when it was revealed earlier this month. Ryan called the thing a taco, and as Jeremiah put it, "it looks like someone took a regular phone and left it in the microwave for about 20 seconds too long." But we're willing to keep an open mind. What do you think - do you prefer the curvature found on the Samsung Galaxy Round or the LG G Flex? Since neither device is scheduled for release anywhere outside of South Korea, we've provided a poll below. Most of you may never get to vote with your wallet, but you can still share your thoughts.

Which type of curved smartphone would you prefer?

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Source: The Verge

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • patt

    I would get the phone (G2) which is similar If only it didn't have the ugly back buttons eh..

    • Albin Hermansson

      You mean the Verizon one? Because the other variants look awesome.

    • Kevin Collins

      How often are you looking at the back of your phone?

      • Jadephyre

        It's not looking at the problem, it's a usability problem. I doubt that people will easily adopt this system.
        I remember when the first "Laptops" had a trackball and mouse-buttons on the outer casing, that was a nightmare to use.

        • patt

          Exatly Jadephyre. The back buttons were the only reason why I didn't upgrade to that phone even though specs and everything is great.

          Other might like it , I don't know maybe :)

          • Andy Stetson

            Did you get a chance to get hands on with one? I was torn about it, but after trying it out, yeah, it was a little awkward at first, but now i get super annoyed at my wife's silly side button S3, and even more so at my N7, since i can't knock on either of their screens (yet).

          • Jadephyre

            I just think that at 6 inches it is too large for an external user-interface such as this. Most people can't even properly grip a device that large, and moving the button from the side all the way to the back is in my opinion a bit baffling.
            I wonder how many people will drop their phone due to this.

        • Kevin Collins

          I own a G2. I've owned about 30 other smartphones. I haven't had any issues using the buttons the back. In fact, with the double tap to wake feature LG included, its actually much easier to use than other phones I've tried. It does feel "weird" the first day, but after that its as normal as anything else.

  • RitishOemraw

    Stupid poll! I'm special and need a 4th option! :P

  • VoiceofSky

    the fact the 3rd option is there means i have to vote it .. :)

  • FunkyMonkey

    Nexus S was curved this way too, kinda, don't see all the hype about THIS particular conception

    • Kevin Collins

      But the actual amoled was flat - this is a true curved display.

      • Alecs

        yep the exterior glass is much more thicker on a side

  • Thomas’

    It looked so nice - and then I've seen the backcover -_-

  • wickets

    How that feels in a pocket and how banged up the glass gets because of the curve is going to be interesting to see

    • FritoDorito

      The screen appears to be covered with plastic, not glass.

  • mauric

    I think they should go into another direction, maybe like Samsung showed last year with the curved edge.

    These phones in this form are just scary, accidentally sitting down on one of these and they'll break for sure....

    Oh did i mention that the g2 flex looks hideous.

    • wade_county

      I agree, this makes more sense.

  • Jadephyre

    Oh for crying out loud... is that back-cover becoming the norm on LG phones after the G2? It looked hideously uncomfortable there, and it doesn't look better here. I'm all for unique design, but this in my opinion is the wrong design choice.

    • Albin Hermansson

      keywords: in my opinion

  • andy_o

    Smartphones should be oblate spheroids. Come on now, get with the times.

    • http://zmyaro.com/ Gamer_Z.

      No, they should be concave. It would decrease compatibility with face and pocket, but increase compatibility with cereal and soup.

      • Angus Marshall

        Or did you mean convex, to allow the cereal and soup to run off rather than collect?

        • http://zmyaro.com/ Gamer_Z.

          I meant they could make the first phone you can eat soup and cereal out of :P

  • Matthew Merrick

    If this thing came to the US (or unlocked with T-Mobile friendly bands) id try it out. I've been looking for a compelling Phablet upgrade, and im becoming disillusioned with Samsung.

  • Guest

    Top-to-bottom like Galaxy Nexus

  • mikeym0p

    The LG's curve is more practical than Samsungs. However I'd prefer a flat slab phone as the curve makes accesssories a nightmare.

  • Taylor LaBrier

    The Galaxy Round would contour better to someone's leg in their pockets. The LG Flex would just bow out and look weird. "Is that the LG Flex, or are you just happy to see me?"

    • Samuel Hart

      "Can't it be both? :D"

  • Hugh Johnson

    Two things I am most uninterested in 1.) the BBM app 2.) Curved cell phones

    • Udayan Banerji

      I just used the tilt gesture on the curved phone to check my BBM messages. My life is now complete.

      • Hugh Johnson

        You turned me around, I am now a believer!

  • datguy

    dat thumb...

  • MrJigolo

    Hope it's an RGB OLED.

  • Faris Fitri

    I like my phones to be flat,and perhaps with an unbreakable screen.

  • JMS55C

    Here is the problem with both devices...

    With the Round, it's good for your pocket, crap for your face.
    With the G Flex, it's good for your face, crap for your pocket.

    Conclusion: Eat bacon.

    • sdny8

      The gnex had a slight curve to it and its the most pocketable phone I've owned. Including smaller devices.

      • merman1983

        Agreed, this less severely done would be just fine.

    • Herman

      Why not both?

      .. nevermind, that would be even worse, as far as that's possible.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

      Well, bacon will make me curvier. Good idea.

  • brkshr

    I only like the left to right, if the phone is huge, like a note 3. That way it will conform to my leg while it's in my pocket and not look like I have a hardcover book in there. Otherwise, I'm not big on the curved displays. The GNex was curved enough for me.

  • didibus

    What about both? Curve top-to-bottom and left-to-right, make it into a bowl like shape.

  • Paul Giang

    Curved glass sucks, it will ruin the viewing angle depending on which phone. How about skip to a better innovation and create a phone which actually allows the whole device to flex around. I would be excited for that!

    • John

      That would be freaking amazing!!!!!

      • szabox

        how about a smart phone which can be used at least for 4-5 days with a single charge? :)

        • Paul Giang

          A partially solar powered back plate?

          • szabox

            awesome idea.... but, i think this long(er)-lasting battery is not in the center of any manufacturer's interest, because of consumerism... :( the more you buy, the bigger the profit...

            just see a "flagship" device.. after all you will find some "disabilities" too next to the high-end specs... and its absolutely understandable from their point of view, because nobody would buy any new "innovation"... and I think one of these "disabilities" is the battery :(

          • James Francis

            What you write about batteries is not entirely true. Companies are actively working on creating so-called super batteries, but it's not easy. The battery tech we use today is essentially still the same as the original concept (much how most of today's combustion engines are still essentially the same concept as those invented a century ago). We've reached limits in battery technology and only manage to squeeze a bit more juice in every time we improve the design.

            There are several 'super batteries' under development, but they require expensive materials like carbon nanotubes. In a decade or so we'll likely see brand new battery designs in consumer products. But there is no conspiracy - it's just not an easy problem to solve.

          • HopelesslyFaithful
          • Guest

            That would be very expensive when damaged. Dropping a phone right now might mean replacing a cover, or just keeping the scratched cover. Damaging a solar powered black plate means you loose a entire feature completely and if you're not within warranty then the repair would be expensive. Manufacturing solar black plate into a phone would also change its thickness and cost.

          • Paul Giang

            You're definitely right about that, I am not saying they should produce them. We're a long ways away from solar power on a phone being a viable and consumer friendly choice. But currently the only other way to achieve multiple day battery life is if you're using a beastly sized battery which already costs nearly $100 depending on when and where you buy one.

          • James Francis

            That's been done. Puma even had a phone like that a few years ago.

          • HopelesslyFaithful

            but how would that work...it sits in your pocket -_-

        • ltredbeard

          I'm still waiting on a that phone that had an e-ink screen on the back, but I know I'm the minority.

          • ElfirBFG

            YotaPhone! I'm with you in wanting it.

            e-ink is amazing, I have no idea how people use tablets to read on. It's slow to refresh, but for notifications and bulk text it'd be perfect. My Kobo Glo stays charged for weeks with daily reading and backlight usage.

          • ltredbeard

            That's the one! I agree, it is slow, but easy on the eyes.

    • James Francis

      The big problem is the battery - we don't have a flexible power source that can handle a phone and be mass produced.

  • Hamza Javed

    They should make flexible oled smartphones rather than cuever ones.
    http://softtechinformed.blogspot.com

  • Matthew Fry

    Yay! My taco vs banana poll!

    I was oblivious to the innuendo when I suggested it, but either way one is shaped like a taco the other like banana.

  • Logan

    Curved displays would be better for a tablet that is centered around movies.

  • kashtrey

    No one gonna say anything about what appears to be LG's version of Apple's TrueTone dual LED colored flash?

  • fonix232

    I actually like it, even more than the Galaxy Round. One little wish: make it smaller.

  • TRACE

    Press shots were sooooooo much better than the real thing

  • Phillip Bee

    Neither .. no point.. We got flexible displays in an inflexible phone .. and worse battery life .. pass !!