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First Samsung Galaxy Round hands-on appears

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First Samsung Galaxy Round hands-on appears
Samsung's curved Galaxy Round phone got announced today, and immediately got a hands-on treatment, showcasing how the phone looks apart from the press renders, and delving deeper into the usage modes made possible by the curved display.

It gets sized up with the Note 3, looking very much alike, save for the stylus silo, and, of course, the bendy nature of the Galaxy Round. Fumbling around the interface looks as typical as on any Android phone, and the user demonstrates once again the Roll and Gravity effects Samsung made possible with the curved phone. 

Anyone willing to guess what are those bendy things shown at the end? They look like a prime candidate for LG's new Curved Battery technology that might be going into the G Flex handset, and the into indeed says LG, but we give up on the other hieroglyphs there.

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posted on 09 Oct 2013, 07:55 26

1. amiaq (Posts: 509; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)

What is the point of this phone? Can someone tell me? seriously.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 07:56 5

2. rawbow (Posts: 428; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)

It's curvy ... I mean i'm smh too

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 08:28 9

9. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)

Beyond being a stepping stone for future ideas, smh too.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 20:33

38. GadgetsMcGoo (Posts: 168; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)

No. Sony called and they want their 1980's Trinitron Cylindrical Cathode Ray Tube technology back. Next Samsung will introduce a phone with a pin-cushion screen. LOLZ

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 08:46 3

14. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

they should have curved it like the galaxy nexus or the nexus s (curved upwards) instead of this

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 08:01 11

3. intos (Posts: 90; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)

personally i dont see any use of this phone ...just a stupid marketing ,for one more time for stupid customers...

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 10:11 2

22. shahrooz (Posts: 702; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)

it's thinner and lighter. we need to see power consumption too. don't let the name fool you. it's not all about flexibility

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 11:12 3

25. donfem (Posts: 639; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

And the fact that you do not understand why it was designed makes you what? S....d? Customers come in all forms, sizes, shapes, colors, i.q levels and much more. What some like, others will dislike. So is the world.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 11:42 1

26. JC557 (Posts: 1318; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)

The curve can help alleviate stress should it fall, it can also fit more of a display in the same frame (and with proper programming/ production it shouldn't distort), but the curve is kinda... in the wrong section.

I prefer it if the it curved from top to bottom so that it contours to the face better, kinda like the Galaxy Nexus.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 08:34 2

11. oOps.. (Posts: 34; Member since: 26 Jul 2013)

Just put it in the back ur pocket pants and imagine ur *** added features :)

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 18:43 1

35. GeekMovement (Posts: 2135; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)

yeah... one side bigger than the other i guess.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 19:43

43. ncarlosmiguel (Posts: 206; Member since: 14 May 2013)


posted on 09 Oct 2013, 09:20

16. rallyguy (Posts: 620; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)

Probably just a R&D phone. Kind of like the Mega phones.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 09:46

19. asulect (Posts: 131; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)

This will give you those beautiful crosseyes that your always wanted.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 11:42 1

27. akki20892 (Posts: 3900; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

if u wanna know they will release video of this device to explain design, like nokia do.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 11:45

28. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

Nothing. Just a gimmick that Samsung can say, look at what we did... Serious note though, only place for a flexible display to be more useful is a phone that is able to fold, bend, or transform shapes. Other than that.... a curve screen is just annoying to look at. Only tv or big screen should have curve screen...a phone? b*tch no.... Let's put 5000mAh in a phone please!!

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 18:54

36. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

They say it uses less power and it's unbreakable unlike a GLASS screen. I prefer OLED screens this is the phone I've been waiting for since their orginal prototype back at CES 11'.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 08:02

4. Diego! (Posts: 550; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)

I still can't believe why Samsung didn't stick to this designhttp://www.phonearena.com/news/Watch-Samsungs-entire-CES-keynote-and-marvel-at-the-YOUM-flexible-displays_id38556 instead of the Galaxy Round they showed, which is pointless!

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 08:06

5. danwatson (Posts: 117; Member since: 03 Jan 2012)

A tiny bit of bend might actually be cool but this is WAY overkill. It needs to be almost un-noticeable.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 08:06

6. chunky1x (Posts: 270; Member since: 28 Mar 2010)

Useless feature. Just stick with regular S4 or Note 3.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 08:16

7. poping (unregistered)

don't waste time developing this...

a google glass like alternate display for the fone and a remote pad (size of a coin) to control it would be nicer...

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 08:26 2

8. mottykels (Posts: 379; Member since: 15 May 2013)

what ever sammy

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 08:33 4

10. Eonnaydra (Posts: 217; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)

Dead on arrival.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 08:39 1

12. mr.techdude (Posts: 569; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

So Sammy would say this would change the way we hold phones today at how it curves in ur palm or maybe they did it so they can stop hearing from the consumers that amoled displays are very reflective of sun light so they made the sides curved to stop the sunlight from hitting the display. Who knows.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 08:43 5

13. mr.techdude (Posts: 569; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

Hey guys haven't u guys noticed that Sammy is starting or already doing the same mistake as HTC is doing like HTC back in 2011 have hit there biggest climax of shares and released around 11 smart phones in clouding the HTC flyer and that's when there profits started slipping because of releasing to many gadgets and I think Sammy is doing the same thing.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 10:04 1

21. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3630; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

Valid point, but just remember periods are our friend. Kinda hard to read.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 08:55 3

15. HASHTAG (unregistered)

Y'all need to stop sounding like little babies! If you don't like it, then simply go to a different article. You have yet to experience and yet you're already judging it badly. I personally think it's a great device and would grab it if I could.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 09:26 3

17. MEeee (Posts: 330; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

Haters are just jealous because their brands are not the first to release curve display just like with phablets.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 09:34 1

18. nbringer (Posts: 180; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)

Same people saying the same things on every Galaxy Round article... I wonder if they are the same guys who bashed Note all over the place when it was first announced. You guys must remember some (of you) bashed the entire smart phone idea at some point in the past.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 10:00

20. alaahershy (Posts: 34; Member since: 02 Jan 2013)

whatever you are trying to do samsung. you do it wrong

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 10:44

23. AnukulVcool (unregistered)

stop showcasing your idiocy samsung, we don't need a proof :P

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 11:07

24. ngo2dd (Posts: 896; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)

The curve back would make it easier to hold but many phone have curve backs so what is the point of the whole phone being curve?

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 12:59

29. frazaco11 (Posts: 23; Member since: 23 Aug 2013)

Nothing more tha gimmick , what's the point ?

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 13:09

30. softfurryanus (banned) (Posts: 232; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


posted on 09 Oct 2013, 15:17

31. chemhaz (Posts: 161; Member since: 04 May 2012)

It will fit nicely in the pockets of people who wear tighter fitting (skinny) jeans as it is contoured to a leg, a$$ and even chest pockets. I know of a few younger people at work who will appreciate the curved design.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 15:30

32. xmusicianguy (Posts: 96; Member since: 13 Jul 2011)

I can see that being a pain to hold against the face. Better design was the Galaxy Nexus.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 15:59

33. cR203 (Posts: 199; Member since: 27 Jan 2013)

I am a big samsung fan but I can't really see the main point of this phone. I know there will be people who love the curved style but I think it's unnecessary.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 17:40

34. steelew (Posts: 191; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)

Yea! A curved back that will rock on the table every time I put it down...no thanks. I finally have a flat phone (almost...GS4). I see no benefit in this except it might conform to your leg better when its in your pocket. If you're going to spend money making a phone better, give it more ram, better battery life, a better low light camera, MORE THAN 16GB OF INTERNAL SPACE, make all phone have expandable memory, unlock all phones, offer a "root/unroot" switch in the software, put a flashlight toggle in the notification toggle list (my pet peeve), don't make the "metal" bezel out of plastic, quit bragging about gorilla glass when every other iphone, samsung and HTC phone that has it rocks a broken screen (...every single one I see!), make a new USB standard like apples lightning connector that is REVERSABLE!, give me the ability to raise the maximum volume of this quiet SOB so I can hear it. That would be great.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 19:13

37. 9thWonderful (Posts: 232; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)

big deal. a curved phone. i don't buy phones based on how fragile or how tough they are. if i drop it...i expect it to break & if it doesn't i got lucky. it's a curvy S4 w/a bigger screen. moving on.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 21:47

39. Shinydesert (Posts: 62; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)

Geee...As much as I like Android and Samsung I am getting a little tired of this brand. So much in the market, and so frequently.
I am not ranting here.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 21:55

40. Android4Ever (Posts: 86; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)

People will always hate what they don't understand...

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 04:20

41. dmakun (Posts: 306; Member since: 06 Jun 2011)

It's only the beginning of greater devices to come. Anyone remember the reception the original Galaxy Note had upon its introduction a few years ago? I read someone's earlier comment "dead upon arrival", I sincerely think NOT! If you know Samsung well enough then you'd know they never gamble on ventures like this. I'm expecting this do well by the time its launched and usher in a very successful generation of innovative products.

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 19:25

42. Obama (Posts: 13; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)

I think it's time for a change.

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