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Samsung Galaxy Round unboxing and first impressions

Are curved displays the next big step in the evolution of smartphones? Check out our unboxing and first impressions video of the Samsung Galaxy Round!
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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 RoundLG G Flex
Display
Samsung Galaxy Round
5.7-inch, Super Flexible AMOLED, 1920 x 1080, 386 ppi
LG G Flex
6-inch, Curved P-OLED, 1280 x 720, 245 ppi
Processor
Samsung Galaxy Round
2.3 Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Adreno 330
LG G Flex
2.26 Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Adreno 330
RAM
Samsung Galaxy Round
3 GB
LG G Flex
2 GB
Storage
Samsung Galaxy Round
32 GB, expandable
LG G Flex
32 GB, no expansion
Battery
Samsung Galaxy Round
2,800 mAh
LG G Flex
3,500 mAh
Cameras
Samsung Galaxy Round
13 MP rear, 2 MP front
LG G Flex
13 MP rear, 2.1 MP front
Networks
Samsung Galaxy Round
4G LTE-A/GSM
LG G Flex
4G LTE-A/GSM
Connectivity
Samsung Galaxy Round
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
LG G Flex
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
Samsung Galaxy Round
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
LG G Flex
Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
Dimensions
Samsung Galaxy Round
151.1 x 79.6 x 7.9 mm, 154 grams
LG G Flex
160.5 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!