On principle alone I don't like the curve. I was always sensitive to geometric distortions, especially in the CRT days where getting a set without distortions was near impossible, and playing videogames, especially 2D side scrolling ones was a nightmare.
Like I said in my first post, I "forced" myself to at least try the curve because I wanted an OLED, and purchased the LG 8800 OLED. Whenever I went to the store and saw curved displays I balked at them and really just wouldn't have ever considered one, and yes they seemed to distort the picture at the store....
However, after about a week, I started to really notice that I could focus over the entire surface of the screen and see more of the image from corner to corner without moving my eyes. The Sense of Depth to the image was also very apparent to me. I have a bunch of TV's in the house, and most of them are still flat. I am on my third curved display, the Samsung JS9500 and it's curve is more pronounced then the OLED and I think it's even better. I have not been bothered AT ALL with any geometric distortions with actual content, be it video games, movies, sports, etc. The only time I notice a slight bowing is when there is a scrolling ticker on the screen, like news channels have.
I can tell you that for me, the curve does have it's benefits and it doesn't matter what people on this thread spout or what science they bring up, the curve is NOT a gimmick. There are very real perceivable advantages, and I've had friends over and they all liked the curved image and most of them said things like "it's making the image 3D without glasses, etc"
Is the curve for everyone? NO. The curve has the greatest benefit if you sit close to the TV. I sit about 6 feet away from my 65" Samsung JS9500 and to me it's perfect at that distance. I do sit closer then the average person but I'm used to projections screens at 110", but had to go to a TV because of a move to smaller place. Viewing a curved TV from a side angle DOES introduce distortions and is unpleasant. If you have a dedicated area and only watch with a few other people, then I say go for the curve or at least try it before just outright dismissing it! I hope that they offer TV's in both curved and flat......some situations the flat will be better, and some situations the curve will be better.
If you like to be immersed, and have that extra 3D like effect to the image, then I say go with curved, and try it. I bought my OLED expecting to hate the curve and return it within 30 days but guess what, once you try something you may actually like it, (please don't start gross **** now) I just find it really annoying when people talk and talk about stuff they haven't experienced themselves, and no seeing the curve at BB is not experiencing it.
You would think that if the curve was so bad as many claim, then you would have a flood of users returning there sets and getting a flat alternative.....not seeing that happen. If you scan the owners threads for sets like the JS9500, you will find many DO like the curve and see a real benefit to it.
EX. I did not buy the Sony 75" because it was flat. If the Sony was curved and didn't have those dumb speakers, I would have bought it.