Samsung QLED curved tv and Samsung QLED flat tv

Curved vs. Flat TV : The TV Shopping Showdown

Nov 15. 2017

The great TV shopping debate: curved vs. flat TV

It’s an all-too-common scene: Cate and Frank are looking for a new TV for their living room. They’ve agreed that a Samsung QLED TV is what they’re going to buy, but they’re still figuring out what kind of screen they want.* So they’re discussing the differences between curved or flat TVs to determine what would be best for their purposes. While both want to make sure the overall viewing experience is superb—hence the choice of a QLED TV—there are other things to take into consideration. Let’s go over the talking points and see where each person stands in the curved vs. flat TV debate…

A Package box of Samsung QLED curved tv and Samsung QLED flat tv

Are curved TVs better for an immersive view?

The crisp details and lifelike colors on a QLED TV screen provides images on screen that pull you into the content, but the curved and flat have different strengths in specific situations. For example, Cate loves watching movies so an immersive experience is important. “There’s nothing quite like curling up with a bowl of popcorn and a good film on the weekend!” she tells Frank. She knows that a curved TV offers cinematic immersion without picture distortion, and that appeals to her. Not to mention that the curve of the screen follows the natural curvature of the eye so the edges of the curved screen enter the field of vision and the whole screen is seen, enhancing that immersive experience and making a long movie or an at-home mini film festival awesome.
“But Cate,” Frank says, “you know after work I crash on the couch and catch up on games I missed.” Indeed, Frank likes to kick back and watch TV after a long day. The flat screen on a traditional-style QLED TV means he can see every point in the game well from nearly any pose he’s relaxing in. Even though that frequently turns into sprawling across the sofa and falling asleep.
They both bring up important considerations, and the good news is that both curved and flat QLED TVs provide an immersive view because of the amazing combination of 4K, HDR, and QLED screen technology! That said, curved TV offers a truly cinematic experience that’s ideal for movie-watching, while flat TV gives a clear picture from many viewing angles, which is good whether you’re on the couch or moving around.

Samsung QLED curved and flat tv providing immersive viewing experience which is perfect for movie or sport watching

Looks better when off: curved vs. flat TV

Sure, QLED TV offers great picture quality when watching, but what about when it’s not TV time? Well, Cate favors unique, unusual pieces when she’s shopping for the home, and that’s why curved TV’s chic shape suits her style. “I really like that the shape is so different from the typical TV. It’s eye-catching even when we’re not using it!” Surrounded by her favorite decorations, in Cate’s eyes, the curved TV is an ideal centerpiece for the living room.
On the other hand, Frank goes for a modern, minimalist vibe that the slim profile of flat TV fulfills. He subscribes to the less-is-more philosophy and although he likes watching TV, he doesn’t necessarily want it to be noticeable when it’s not in use. “The flat TV seems to disappear into the background, which I like better,” he explains. “Plus it’s classic, and the sharp angles offer a really sleek profile.”
So, both QLED TV styles are stunning due to the boundless 360 design, meaning from the front of the TV to the back, it’s a striking piece that will look great in the home. And as Cate said, the curved TV’s shape is unique and really stands out on its own. While Frank points out that the ultra-slim flat TV provides a subtle but sleek style. Depending on if you’re looking for something more individual or more classical, either shape will look great whether or not you’re watching TV.

Comparison between Samsung QLED curved and flat tv on the Gravity Stand

Curved or flat TV for stunning interior design

Along those same lines, the TV becomes part of the home’s interior as a whole. It’s not important to just look good when off, but also as part of the room. Because he’s a minimalist, Frank wants to utilize the wall space in the living room by installing a wall mount. He can use No-Gap Wall Mount to get the flat TV sitting nearly flush against the wall for a clean look. “Plus, if it’s mounted, there’s less need for a cabinet to put the TV on top of, which gives us more space and less surfaces to dust. You know dusting the TV is a pain…”
“That’s a good point about dusting, but if we position the TV correctly, it’ll look so beautiful that dusting won’t be such a chore!” What Cate means is that she wants to show off the curve of the TV and add an art gallery vibe to the living room. She envisions doing this by placing it on the Gravity stand, a curved and striking stand that holds the TV from the rear. She loves how it has a touch of sophistication as the TV appears to float in mid-air over the stand.
Curved or flat TVs can be mounted on the wall or placed on a stand for a display that suits the home’s interior best. Additionally, both curved and flat TVs have the Invisible Connection, which tidies up the space around the TV by allowing you to put consoles and devices out of sight.§ This not only help cut down on the tedium of dusting, but also streamlines the look of the TV to suit both styles.

Interior image of Samsung QLED flat tv on the wall, and Samsung QLED curved tv on the stand

So the winner in the curved vs. flat TV debate…

As we see through Cate and Frank’s discussion, both flat and curved QLED TVs offer stunning, lifelike picture quality available in a variety of sizes. So whether you’re a Cate who loves the immersive experience of the curved TV or a Frank whose eye for design wanders to the flat TV—there’s no wrong answer. It’s all about what you like to watch, how you like to watch it, and how it suits your interior! And while we hope this cleared things up for you a bit, it seems like Cate and Frank are still deadlocked and the debate could go on for awhile, so let’s leave them to it.

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  • *  Samsung QLED TV is a Quantum dot-based TV.
  •   Measured from the rear end of the TV, the gap may differ based on the installation, QLED model, and wall type. Wall mount sold separately and Q9 generates 6mm gap.
  •   Gravity stand sold separately.
  • §  The ‘Invisible Connection’ refers to a single, transparent optical cable connected to the One Connect Box integrating external device cables, but it does not refer to the power cable of the TV or cables connected to other devices such as sound bar.