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Straight shaft will usually last longer as far as the shaft goes because there is no bend and the flex drive shaft does not rub or wear as much (you can also get solid drive shaft on the straight ones). Also, some say more power to the head on the straight shaft. Some say the bent ones are easier to use and reach over obstacles with. The straight one lets you reach out farther and under objects better...
A straight shaft trimmer has a gear box and spins the opposite way of a curved shaft because of this. You are usually limited on power also from a curved shaft. Straight shaft is the only way to go IMO.