- Zippy performance with no lag
- Curved design makes it easier to hold and use
- Excellent color reproduction and brightness
- No noticeable difference between curved screen vs. normal screen
- Processor warms up quickly due to TouchWiz interface
With fierce competition among Android smartphones, Samsung's Galaxy Round stands out from the crowd as being the first "flexible" phone with a curved display, beating out the LG G Flex by a couple months. The term flexible is a bit of a misnomer as reviewers explain that the phone is not actually bendable. At 5.9 x 3.2 x 0.3 inches, the Round almost has the same dimensions as the Galaxy Note 3, but due to the overall curved design of the Round, reviewers actually found it more pleasant to hold, use and put in their pockets.
The 5.7-inch display offers the same 1080p HD resolution and 386ppi pixel density as the Note 3. As with all Samsung devices, experts found the colors vibrant though a touch oversaturated and the screen bright and easy to read. Still, reviewers couldn't see any obvious benefit of a curved screen over a standard one. As Trusted Reviews states, "On a TV, it's about creating greater image depth…but that's simply not going to work on a screen this size."
At the core of the phone there's a 2.3GHz quad-core processor and 3GB of RAM. The combination of the two provides an experience that Sam Mobile describes as "one of the fastest devices we've used." Critics did not notice any lag when multitasking or using processor intensive apps. Their only issue was that the device would get warm during heavy usage, mainly due to Samsung's TouchWiz interface. A 2800mAh battery keeps the phone running for 4.5 hours in battery draining tests. In real life testing, reviewers clock it more in the 11 hour range for moderate usage. For added insurance, the battery is removable so users can keep an extra charged battery on hand if necessary. It also comes with 32GB of internal storage and a micro-SD slot.
Most reviewers agree that while the Samsung Galaxy Round is a solid performer, the curvature doesn't necessarily make it stand above other Samsung phones or even other Android phones. Tech Radar states, "Yes, the screen is fantastic and it has a zippy overall performance, but there's not much to gain from having curved screen apart from sitting nicer in the hand…" Android Authority adds, "it's definitely not worth buying the Galaxy Round for its shape alone…However, even if you ignore the curve, the Round is a great phone."