The First Phone With a Curved Display:- The Samsung Galaxy Round launched on October 10,2013 as the first smartphone with a curved display, narrowly beating LG G Flex which was released a month later. It wouldn’t be surprising if many people considered the release of this phone as a pure gimmick, just to shows off Samsung’s curved AMOLED display that Samsung has been working on for years. That would really be a mistake as this phone is one of the most comfortable phones to hold due to its curved structure and has the specs to back that up. So is this phone worth the investment? So let us do a quick review on the important features of this phone, curved display aside.
Design and build quality:-
The design is much similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the curved display being one of the most notable differences. It is a little thinner than the Note 3 and weighs about 14 grams lesser too. You will get the classic Samsung layout with the Galaxy Round: the physical home button with the capacitive back and menu buttons on the flanks, the volume rocker button on the left. The removable back cover is made of textured plastic, which gives it a nice feel when holding with the hand. With the curved design, the centre of gravity comes at the phone’s centre which is important for the tilt action features of the phone
The Galaxy Round is equipped with a 5.7 inch Full HD display, with a pixel density of 386 ppi. The display is one of the best on the market, and there is not much notable difference when compared to the Galaxy Note 3 display. One might think that the curved display might distort the viewing a little bit, but when viewing the display you will quickly forget that it is a bent display, as it looks exactly alike the phones with a flat display.
Hardware specifications and Performance:-
The phone is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chip, comprising of a quad core Krait 400 clocked at 2.3GHz and the powerful Adreno 330 GPU. It is provided with 3 GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage with an option of expanding it via the microSD card slot.
These tremendous hardware specs enable the phone to breeze through anything thrown at it. There is no lag whatsoever when performing any actions, and it performs well in the Samsung’s multi window feature as well. The call quality is pretty decent, and the phone’s loudspeaker is very loud.
The phone comes with a 2800 mAh battery, which is quite adequate for even a heavy user. For a normal user the battery can last up to 2 days on a fully charged battery.
The phone comes with a 13 megapixel shooter on the rear and a 2 megapixel camera on the front. The picture quality was more than decent. The camera provided good colour reproduction and produced good details on almost all of the pictures. Also video recording at 2K resolution is supported and the video quality, as expected turned out to be pretty good.
Although many people might not like Samsung’s TouchWiz interface, it provides quite a lot of features that might become quite useful. Features like air gestures and multiwindow multitasking might become quite handy.
Round comes with some features making use of its curved display. When placed on a flat surface, you can tilt the phone to see the notifications, or to skip tracks when listening to music. The skipping of tracks works only with Samsung’s default music player.
Samsung Galaxy Round can be considered as a redesigned Galaxy Note 3 with a curved screen and without the S-Pen. Besides from the curved screen which feels great, the phone is backed up with excellent hardware, and if you can live without the stylus provided in the Note 3, this phone is worth a buy.