Samsung Galaxy Round unboxing and first impressions

November 21, 2013

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!

Unboxing

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The Samsung Galaxy Round comes in a large box, since the smartphone is itself is quite big, and features a curved display, that curves from left to right. Opening the packaging reveals the Samsung Galaxy Round, and immediately noticeable in the concave design of the device. Even though this is one of the first curved smartphones to be announced, holding it in your hand doesn’t feel as odd as one might expect, but will nevertheless take some getting used to.

Also included in the box in USB 3.0 micro-USB cable, a dedicated USB 2.0 AC charger, a spare battery with a secondary battery charger, and Samsung earphones. The primary battery is also in the box and needs to be plugged into the smartphone.

First impressions

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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.

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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.

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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!

Specs comparison

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
Display5.7-inch, Super Flexible AMOLED, 1920 x 1080, 386 ppi 6-inch, Curved P-OLED, 1280 x 720, 245 ppi
Processor2.3 Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Adreno 3302.26 Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Adreno 330
RAM3 GB2 GB
Storage32 GB, expandable32 GB, no expansion
Battery2,800 mAh 3,500 mAh
Cameras13 MP rear, 2 MP front13 MP rear, 2.1 MP front
Networks4G LTE-A/GSM4G LTE-A/GSM
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, IR, USB 3.0Wi-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
OSAndroid 4.3 Jelly BeanAndroid 4.2 Jelly Bean
Dimensions151.1 x 79.6 x 7.9 mm, 154 grams160.5 x 81.6 x 8.7 mm, 177 grams

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What do you think of the Samsung Galaxy Round? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

Comments

  • AdaDuku

    I prefer LG Flex than this…

  • Mike

    I immediately want to go out and not buy this…

  • Balraj

    I read both flex n round article
    Thankfully no bias…
    Lg flex wins,I don’t like the round

    • Shark Bait

      I’m with you on that one. Galaxy barley seems curved on the front and is exaggerated on the back

  • Paul Williams

    Not sure that I care about either one…

  • Blowntoaster

    Prefer this to the G Flex. The UI on the G Flex is a major drawback.

    This one has better viewing angles and screen judging by the pics. yes, the self healing back on the LG is cool, but the faux leather on this one (as on my Note 3) is nicer in the hand and cooler overall.

    Seems like LG went for the wow, and forgot about rounding off the device overall.

    Samsung played it safer.

    Galaxy Round is just better overall.

  • hakjfahka

    this looks great! thanks. sammobile also mentioned it feeling very nice on the hands

  • Bone

    154g is ridiculously light for such a large device, thin flexible screen for the win! You do realize Ankit that you’ll have to drop them, don’t you? Either that or give’em away! :)

    Also, can you test what DisplayMate pointed out, that under sunlight the curve helps reducing reflections big time mainly cause bothering light hits at a lower angle plus your head shadow covers most of the curved glass’s reflectibility over the regular one where it still reflects on the sides… or something like that.

  • Shark Bait

    I hope Sammy patent the life out of this so when apple make one they can be all up in their face with “you copied our curved rectangle bitches!”

  • Joe Hothouse

    This looks interesting, but hopefully to get some apps and gamers into it, maybe they can make the leaning to one side or the other a controller response to games and apps. Would be interesting in a racing game or my son pushing on the left to wind back the Angry bird and push right to fling him. Just a thought.

  • BB BB

    The first of many odd phones bound to hit the market in the near future while apple still struggles to launch a flat phone with a screen larger than 4″