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Samsung announces curved Galaxy Round

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The Galaxy Round features a 13MP camera—just like the Galaxy S4 and Note 3. This is the view from the top of the phone, showing the curved design.

After months of teasing and speculation, Samsung has finally announced its curved smartphone. The Galaxy Round is a 5.7-inch device with a curved 1080p, AMOLED display. Like its Galaxy S4 and Note 3 predecessors, the Galaxy Round features a 13-megapixel camera.

Aside from resembling a banana or potato chip, the Galaxy Round's unique shape allows for a different user experience. According to Samsung, the device is more comfortable to hold than flat phones and users can take advantage of some features unique to the curved device.

From Samsung's official blog:

As a result of its unique curved design, users can take advantage of round integration experiences like the Roll Effect that enables the user to check information such as the date, time, missed calls and battery easily when home screen is off, and the Gravity Effect for creating visual interaction with the screen by tilting the device. For music, the Bounce UX enables users to control their music. When the GALAXY ROUND’s display is off while the music player is running, a short press to the left of the device will play the previous track while a short press to the right will play the next track. For pictures and videos, the Side Mirror feature enables users to gain access to list of the album content with a left and right tilt. 

The large screen size of the GALAXY ROUND provides additional benefits to users. Useful One-Hand Operation features bring a user’s most desired controls closer to a preferred side of the screen. The device enables enhanced multitasking capabilities that allow users to fully utilize the larger screen through Multi Window, a feature that enables users to open more than one application on the screen, run simultaneous multiple instances of the same application or to easily share content between applications.

The Galaxy Round is currently only available in Korea in a "luxury brown" color for 1.09 million won (about $1,013 USD). No word yet on whether the phone will be available internationally.

Comments

Total comments: 144
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Luxius Radius

This is a "good" thing because
as Aldous Huxley, Author of Brave New World,
said at University of Berkeley
it will keep the people to "Love their Servitude."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PbhkML007Q

1 upvote
JJ Rodin

How is a curved phone related to photography? Does it give the camera a wider FOV?

Its still a cellular phone & camera, yawn !!

2 upvotes
The Customer

It makes people want to take pictures of it with their cameras, because it is curved.

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ManuelVilardeMacedo

USD $1,013. That's kinda steep for a phone, isn't it?

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Sdaniella

no, that's not steep
but prices for a Vertu mobile phone, are steep, very steep:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vertu
costing more than many people's homes or fancy luxury cars.

here is an android o/s, vertu: $10,500 (cheap for a vertu)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vertu_Ti
made out if real titanium alloy, not just titanium colored plastic

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pavi1

Wow. Just what I have been waiting for.

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jkokich

Oh, and $1,000?????? IT'S A PHONE!!!

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Jote

People are spending more than $1000 on non-contract iPhones in Poland, so... yeah.

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JadedGamer

No, it's a small computer that also can make calls.

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HowaboutRAW

$1000 when calculated at an exchange rate.

And there's no information on when the machine will be available outside of South Korea.

Then what JadedGamer posted.

I'm betting if one of the big cell companies in the USA uses it, the smartphone will sell for less, like $650 to start without a contract.

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jkokich

People complained about the old curved iPhone, and now... Sheesh...

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qom1215

What is the display made of, plastic? Is it going to scratch easily?

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Claudio NC

They do it with a cling film, is very delicate, best not to touch it!

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HowaboutRAW

qom1215:

Um you know it's possible to make curved glass, see that thing call a car's windshield for an every day example.

Of course a curved glass screen would cost more to replace.

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sharkcookie

CRTs were curved, just the other way and for those who remember them, they picked up a lot more reflections from the environment. It acts similar to a curved mirror that shows a wider view. In terms of readabilty a curved screen isn't a good idea.

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Andy Crowe

CRTs were convex to showed a "wider" view behind them, this screen is concave so will show a narrower view (like a magnifying shaving mirror) so in theory should be better for reflections than a flat screen.

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Just another Canon shooter

In theory, no much difference. You get reflections less often but they are more focused.

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Stollen1234

not true

Apple was first with Iphone 5s bending and curving like your body

http://www.google.de/imgres?sa=X&biw=1280&bih=852&tbm=isch&tbnid=3Yzof9YEJDzGyM:&imgrefurl=http://www.phonearena.com/news/Apple-iPhone-5-users-complain-of-soft-bendy-frame_id38062&docid=bLoOBF4aqraXEM&imgurl=http://i-cdn.phonearena.com/images/articles/73816-thumb/iphone-5-plie.jpg&w=678&h=228&ei=Q9RWUsqCIIHRtQa1x4CoDQ&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=705&vpy=228&dur=3175&hovh=130&hovw=387&tx=231&ty=64&page=1&tbnh=105&tbnw=282&start=0&ndsp=29&ved=1t:429,r:4,s:0,i:94

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Digitall

Advantages of a curved mobile phone? 1 advantage. Put in the back pocket of our jeans. anyway, if we put bad we can break it easily. I do not see any benefits, which becomes more of a different gadget.

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MikeFairbanks

They should have called it the Samsung Tuit. That way people will say, "Sooner or later I'll get a round Tuit."

3 upvotes
babalu

Sit on it (by mistake) when it rests face down on a hard surface and crack it goes.

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frenchdream

It's called "round", which we usual imagine as somehow "spherical". However it looks rather "cylindrical", which is "round" indeed, but only when appropriately projected onto a 2D surface, not in the 3D of your hands!

However, looks nice for people loving the feeling of a phone close to their body.

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Rockaw

Congratulations, Samsung on your first original idea. Very cool.

Hopefully, the shipping version will not have over a second of blank screen before the time appears with the roll effect.

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qom1215

I think it should have some delay. You don't want it coming on every time it rocks.

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HowaboutRAW

There are several optically excellent to extraordinary lenses for the NX mirrorless system–given Sony’s attitude toward the optical quality of lenses for the Nex system, Samsung stood out there. NB: this is photo website.

(Albeit: Fuji, Panasonic and Olympus do ship some nice lenses, but to get optical excellence you’d have to go with the PanaLeica lenses–while Samsung got to that Zeiss/Leica optical level with one of the NX lenses.)

That Samsung ISOcell sensor seems promising for a small sensor in a cellphone camera.

So this idea that Samsung simply copies is bogus.

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HiRez

Original? Maybe. Very cool? No. Please tell me what the point of this phone is. Don't confuse coming up with something not currently available with coming up with something useful.

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HowaboutRAW

HiRez:

Well the curve may act to shade the screen in some overbright situations.

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wictred

1000$ is a steal.
I guess we'll soon see the new Galaxy NX2 android camera:

Curved Touchscreen.
Curved EVF.
Curved Body.
3000$.

3 upvotes
HowaboutRAW

And unless you live in South Korea, you can't buy this phone.

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ecm

It strikes me as a solution for a non-problem; I've never thought, "Jeepers; if only this phone was CURVED somehow I could get it in my pocket". If it's not comfortable or it doesn't fit in your pocket, perhaps a smaller phone? Or looser clothing? I dunno....

3 upvotes
gefrorenezeit

As often with Samsung - they have found something and built something but do not know what to do with it nor what we are supposed to do with it..... Great! ;)

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Sirandar

The curved shape may be very handy as it may handle better and fit body parts better .... Also, when face down the screen is no longer the lowest point so scratching may be reduced.

looks like the edges may break easily when the phone is dropped ....

Won't know until I have one in my hand to try.....

The other features seem gimmicky but again you never know.

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peevee1

It is the first Samsung Android phone which I actually like. The shape means that it will be much more natural in the pocket around my leg, in my hand or around my face - not a flat slab, and for a phone that big it matters a lot.
Back looks like leather (although knowing Samsung they probably saved 25 cents and it is actually not a real leather) - also much smarter decision then their usual plastic or even painted metal or glass, making a case basically unnecessary, saving on total weight and size.
Looking for time/weather by pushing on it slightly instead of picking it up and turning up is handy.
Now, bring it to T-Mobile, in pure Google (Nexus) form. Screen might be little smaller to.

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Claudio NC

... yes, and maybe even cook better and with more uniformity your biological cells with the radio frequency, really nice!

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Goodmeme

@ claudio. Do you have a reference for your inference of the dangers of radio waves on human cells? As I understand it, there is no evidence to suggest harm, however people are advised to limit use by children due to thinner skulls and developing brains etc?

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HowaboutRAW

@Goodmeme:

A quick websearch of the terms "Swedish cell phone study" yields results like: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/40764.php

One of the problems with studies of this question: Cancer doesn't simply develop in a year or two, and vast numbers of people have not been consistently using cellphones for several hours a day for 20 years. In another 10 years or so there'll begin to be a big enough sample to test.

I certainly don't like the zinging numbness in my hand and arm when I talk on a cellphone for some hours during the course of a day; but that's only anecdotal. (No doesn't happen with a landline.)

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Claudio NC

Part 2 of 2:

So what are the other targhets, the purposes for these new cool curved shape?
Swinging the microchips of the phone, the picture of the baby in the cradle?

Once upon a time the spherical surface of cathode-ray TVs tube, then came the cylindrical Sony Trinitron, and finally all the current flat devices, with fast amazing quality increases.

And now what do they do?
They bend the screens to make them concave?
It's ok for a big TV, but for a phone? ... no please, if they are not flat and with no antislip on the back.
Ergonomics please, more brains, long experience, and less child-engineers, too much games-oriented!

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Claudio NC

Part 1 of 2:

This is a good technological exercise an end in itself that brings little or nothing useful in a mobile.
It would be nice to those in the habit to keep it in the pocket of jeens, on the nice bum of the girls, or on the front side for the boys, doing roll eyes girls in amazement, thinking about a so large size.
If the glass could become sufficiently reflective, it might be of usefull to women (but not only to them) to sure to still have a good makeup ... with the help of a sort of live-view enlarger monitor!

That said, just to say something hilarious though certainly not new, in practical use in the hand, it may be fine, but if used leaving him leaning on a table (or down on the floor in Japan) this becomes surely a definite annoying torment, unless to insert it in a case that makes flat the back and non-slip also.

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Paul Guba

Huge phones are all the rage in Asian market. However a curved phone becomes inherently thicker. However you can see that Samsung lacks any real innovation.

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peevee1

In you pocket it is actually thinner, unless you are a robot and your leg is flat.

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T3

That "roll effect" that the video shows sure is slow. Total gimmick. If you're going to reach over and "roll" the phone, why wouldn't you just grab the phone and pick it up?

Plus, the phone seems awfully thick. I wonder if they actually had to make the body thicker to reinforce the curved glass design?

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Plastek

But... erm... what for? Looks fugly, doesn't bring any benefits to the user, and only takes more space in pocket/bag than a regular phone.

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tt321

Makes it more comfortable to put into a trouser pocket?

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Plastek

With such a huge screen it's not comfortable already. Nearly 6" screen... that barely fits the pocket, if at all.

Besides - will they release an American version of it? With far more shallow curve to fit a pocket on a huge ass more easily?

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JohnEwing
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ManuelVilardeMacedo

At least you had time to yawn. I fell asleep instantly.

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corvaja

wow, true innovation right there. still though, I don't get why they needed a round display for all those nice rolling gestures and not just a curved backside. :D

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babalu

...found out what this feature is good for; it's called the "CSE",
"Craddle Sway Effect" ; sway it once, it shows the time ; keep
swaying it, and it goes to sleep .

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ivan1973

Roll effect? what stupid feature is it? On second thought, it may be useful for disabled people who are semi paralyzed and have problem pressing button on the phone.

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dgrogers

Does it come with a mini skateboard?

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (Oct 10, 2013)

God, what a ridiculous gimmick.

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M Jesper

You say that like it's a bad thing. :)

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f8andshowup

What a total gimmick. This will fail.

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iShootWideOpen

The phone looks crooked, like Samsung management.

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WhoozOn1st

Curved in wrong direction for Cinerama. Maybe curve it at all four corners for IMAX? People could hold 'em right up to their faces for that "immersive" video experience!

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Shamael

do they make one for left handers ;-))))

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RichRMA

Why not curve it the other way, and wear it like a big bracelet?

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Plastek

On a leg? Cause that would be the size of it knowing Samsung.

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Spectro

that's cool, but it makes the phone thicker so that is a moot point.

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HowaboutRAW

Only if you limit your thinking to chords on circle is it thicker.

Translation: It's only thicker if measuring from a hard surface facing the convex face of the phone.

It's a bit harder to make a battery or external case for it though.

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pedroboe100

Where is Apple getting their curved screen now?

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (Oct 10, 2013)

Apple wouldn't produce such a stupid phone.

Also, Apple doesn't use Samsung displays in the iPhones anymore. The iPhone 5, in fact, had only one part made by Samsung, and it wasn't the display.

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supeyugin1

Yeah, it's a CPU, and some other parts as well.

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jcmarfilph

Ugly but pretty sure it will take better picture than a 4th placer iPhone. =D

2 upvotes
Funduro

Galaxy Curve would have been a more common sense name.

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graybalanced

I know DPReview commenters are off the rails when they complain about a curved phone handset. I used to use one all the time...

The Bell Model 500 rotary dial telephone was invented in 1951 and used by millions of Americans over the decades. Its handset was curved.

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Plastek

You do realize it was curved in different axis, right?

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adhall

The corners of the phone look a little vulnerable to me. Could easily break... I guess we'll find out soon enough.

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stulevine

Umm, why? Looks totally dysfunctional.

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sensibill

Really, I have never seen a product from a manufacturer I give my money to (several Samsung cameras and phones in the past few years) that makes as little sense as this.

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Vaards

I have rather new phone, but... I change them once per five years. Would I need to change phone now - it would be the best option! I can imagine better placement in pocket (it gets around leg). It is more safe for cracks - when it fall down, screeen is inside, not like all thes cracked Iphone screens what we see in hands of our friends.

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vladimir vanek

what the...? I mean, what's wrong with the world today? Do we need hundreds of phone models in every tenth of inch of screen diagonal? flat, round, black, red, white, blue, with this and that OS, with all sorts of resolutions. one with LED flash, another one with dual LED, and a third one with bi-color dual LED. oh yes, and a xenon of course. those with 8 mpix, 10 mpix, 13 mpix, a water resistant one, crush resistant, made of plastic, made of metals, made of glass... And most importantly, a new one every few months? why don't they make a flawless design, say in 5 different specs and that's it? cooperation instead of competition? and focus on more important things, like saving the planet, feeding people and living happy lives without all those twitters and facebooks even in our bedrooms? sorry for my essay, I'm just tired of this neverending competition that brings nothing but pulling out some money out of everyone's pocket as often as possible.

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SamKnopf

Your idea has been tried. It was called the Soviet Union, and most people who lived there didn't like it.

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KariIceland

Companies are not supposed to feed people nor save the planet, they are here for profit

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KariIceland

Samknopf, you seriously do not know much about the soviet unions history do you? Nor what socialism vs communism is.

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falconeyes

Vladimir may be right. But the cure is more challenging tasks to direct talent and capital towards. The current redundancy is a sign that we are running low on vision or goals. Or on mechanisms to fund visions or goals. It used to be a political task, now it is investment banking.

Having said this, I think Samsung's flexible display technology is a break through. Not the phone, but the technology behind.

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graybalanced

Without competition, we simply wouldn't have the advanced state of smartphones or the computers we're using to type these comments. Competition is what makes new ideas come out and test which ones work and don't work in the real world.

Nobody is forcing you to pull money out of your pockets. I kept my first smartphone for over three years. I have home theater components that are a quarter century old. The only person handing over money is you, when you choose to.

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HowaboutRAW

falconeyes:

Um just to be clear this screen tech has been around in smallish displays for years now--it's active matrix organic LED, AMOLED.

It's also a 35 year old Kodak invention. Last month both LG and Samsung finally announced the release of big 55" AMOLED TVs--at least one of which is curved--both retailing for some thing like 9,000usd.

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nerd2

Some people just dont understand the concept of choice.

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Saleen1999

for graybalanced...most of us didn't grow up with computers and technology and we got along fine without them. So most of us an live with or without it and still do great so I think that is the point that the OP was trying to make.

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HowaboutRAW

Saleen1999:

Many people in their 40 and even 50s grew up with computers. Microsoft+Dell+Blackberry have learnt the hard way that angering a lot of people who are familiar with computer tech, and in a place to make mass purchasing decisions, is not a way to increase, or even maintain, a good market position.

Apple and Google didn't engage in the same stupidity. And both certainly have their flaws, but neither is shipping backward looking, crash prone, unstable gear.

This Samsung (Google OS) phone is just a slight variation of an Android phone--a market which Samsung already dominates. Is it likely to replace every Samsung Galaxy S4? No. Samsung is simply testing out the market for an idea: "Are a lot of people more comfortable holding a smart phone that is cupped to their hand?"

The OP's point was about having to replace every piece of gear every ten minutes, so a different point.

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itsastickup

This is seriously interesting to me. I love large phones but they are just too big on the leg (front pocket). And in HTC's case, way too heavy.

If this phone has Samsung's legendary plastic light-weightedness then I'll be seriously examining its specs. I just hope the audio is not as rubbish as the Galaxy S line and their bogus poorly implemented Yamaha and Wolfson chips generating thumping distortion and high output impedance. Just use something off the shelf, Samsung. REaltek etc have been true hifi for years now.

Otherwise it's back to iphone for me, I'm afraid.

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AbrasiveReducer

I have a table that does this.

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Wye Photography

Very suitable for your bum pocket. I wonder does the curve fit a really huge ass or a small ass!

17 upvotes
Tan68

looks like a radius suitable for your first a-word.

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groucher

But why would a donkey need this?

6 upvotes
Ben Raven

If Samsung expects to sell this phone in the US, it had better be for a huuuuge ass . . . and preferably expandable !

11 upvotes
tkbslc

sweat pants don't have back pockets anyway.

3 upvotes
cgarrard

You made me laugh hysterically at work Wye. Thanks for this.

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babalu

hysterically is the correct word.

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ManuelVilardeMacedo

I'm sure Mr Hugh Jass would love this phone.

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Johnsonj

Exciting times! Can't wait to see what's available when I'm in the market for a new smartphone in about a year.

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JDThomas

Curved phones with little notches cut out for your fingers!

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babalu

They are on the right track. Keep on bending the gadget, till you finally can go ahead and fold it like a handkerchief and stuff it in your breast pocket to look like Rudolph Valentino .

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JadedGamer

The Nintendo DS phone! Foldable smartphones, they must be made... again (after the Nokia 9000 series)

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Trollshavethebestcandy

Use it as a flask. Drink from the headphone jack and a skinny straw.

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Plastek

More likely: Use it as a shovel.

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