The Samsung Galaxy Round Reviewed

While the LG G Flex is stealing all the limelight for its self-healing features and bendable body, the Samsung Galaxy Round still packs in an array of very noteworthy features. Here is a closer look at the first commercially available smartphone with a curved display.

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It Is Very Similar To The Note 3

For those who are a little short on time, here is a quick take on what the Samsung Galaxy Round is all about. Essentially, many would call it a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with a curved screen and without the S-pen. Its looks, size, features and specs are very similar to the Note 3 (check out our full review of the Note 3) making it perfect for those who are looking for fancy oversized phone.

How Is It Different From The Note 3?

So how is the Round different from the Note 3? For one, the speakers are located on the back casing of the phone instead of being at the bottom. Another major difference can be found in its battery. Instead of using a 3200 mAh battery like the one found on the Note 3, this curved phone makes use of a smaller 2800 mAh battery, probably due to space constraints. To make up for reduction in battery power, the Round not only ships with a spare battery but also with a portable battery charger as well! We think that this more than makes up for the 400 mAh difference in battery power.

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The biggest difference however, would have to be the curved display on the Round. Both the Galaxy Round and the Note 3 have 5.7-inch 1080 x 1920 HD screen but the fact that the Round is curved makes a lot of difference in how the phone feels when in use. For one, it measures just 0.31 inches in thickness and weighs 5.43 ounces, which is a tad slimmer and lighter than the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Despite its similarity in size and design, the experience of using the Galaxy Round is significantly different from that of the Note 3.

The curved profile makes the phone feel smaller than it really is. The curve makes it fit more snugly in your hands and in your pocket. Many have also reported a more comfortable typing experience. The curve is said to make typing on the oversized phone slightly more comfortable for those with smaller hands. In terms of viewing content and images on the curved display, the experience was very similar to that on a flat display and didn’t take long to get used to. They only notable difference was the distorted reflections on the screen that is caused by the curved surface that can be a little distracting at times. Then again, it is just a small quirk to get used to.

Specs Summary

For those who are interested in know the specs of the Samsung Galaxy Round. Here is a quick rundown. This model comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, an Adreno 330 graphics processor and a 13MP camera. The device currently ships with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

Overall

All in all, we were glad to discover that the curved screen and shape of the Samsung Galaxy Round have an array of practical functions, rather than just being another functionless, gimmicky frill. One of the biggest downside of oversized smartphones is that they can be awkward to use. Curved displays seem to tackle this issue head-on. The Galaxy Round would make an excellent buy for anyone who is looking for a more comfortable version of the Note 3, or any oversized smartphone for that matter. The fact that it ships with an extra battery and a portable charger is also a big selling point. Through this phone, we definitely see curved phones becoming staples in the smartphone market in the near future.

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