The company that’s always on the hunt for the next big thing may be responsible for the next big trend. Are curved displays the next step in the evolution of smartphones? Here’s the unboxing and first impressions of the Samsung Galaxy Round!
For such a large device, it does feel light to hold, and the design aesthetics are helped by the inclusion of the leather-like textured plastic back cover similar to what is found on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Overall, if we needed to describe the Galaxy Round in one word, we’d say pretty.
While setting up the phone and hitting the left or right arrow keys, there is a little bit of a shake when the device is kept on a surface. But the movement is minimal, and shouldn’t draw away from the typing experience in any way. Since this was the first experience with a curved display, we did expect it to feel weird to hold and use, but with its familiar textured faux leather aka plastic back, it felts somewhat familiar to Samsung devices released as of late – particularly the Galaxy Note 3. But, being that it has a rounded back, the Samsung Galaxy Round felt surprisingly comfortable, with the curve causing the phone to sit snugly in your hand.
Worth mentioning also is the fact that for such a large device, the Galaxy Round feels very light. With its curve, you do get to reach more parts of the screen, even if only slightly more, compared to “straightened” smartphones with a similar size.
Of course, when it comes to a Samsung smartphone, a feature-packed device is expected, and the Galaxy Round is no different. A lot of new features are included in the Galaxy Round to take advantage of the curve, such as Quick Glance. If the smartphone is kept on a flat surface, tilting it to one side will pull up a small notification window, giving you a quick glance (get it?) at your notifications. Other functions that can be set up included changing music tracks, view album lists, and more, by tilting the phone left or right. A better look at the various features of the smartphone will be a part of the detailed hands-on review that will be coming very soon!
It’s obvious that specifications isn’t what makes the Samsung Galaxy Round stand out, and the only device it should really be compared to is the LG Flex. Let’s take a look –
|Samsung Galaxy Round||LG G Flex|
|Display||5.7-inch, Super Flexible AMOLED, 1920 x 1080, 386 ppi||6-inch, Curved P-OLED, 1280 x 720, 245 ppi|
|Processor||2.3 Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Adreno 330||2.26 Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Adreno 330|
|RAM||3 GB||2 GB|
|Storage||32 GB, expandable||32 GB, no expansion|
|Battery||2,800 mAh||3,500 mAh|
|Cameras||13 MP rear, 2 MP front||13 MP rear, 2.1 MP front|
|Networks||4G LTE-A/GSM||4G LTE-A/GSM|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, IR, USB 3.0||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, IR, USB 3.0|
|OS||Android 4.3 Jelly Bean||Android 4.2 Jelly Bean|
|Dimensions||151.1 x 79.6 x 7.9 mm, 154 grams||160.5 x 81.6 x 8.7 mm, 177 grams|
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