Old vs. New: 4 things the Galaxy Note Edge's side panel did better than the LG V10's ticker
Ah, the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge — Samsung's first "Edge" design that wowed the world with a display that is curved on one side, creating room for a secondary display used for app shortcuts, notifications, and different app controls. Unfortunately, Samsung chose to simplify the concept in favor of creating a more symmetric and ergonomic design with the Galaxy S6 edge and Galaxy S6 edge+. Gone are the Edge panels, as the two new models make use of a shallower curve and offer a more "core" set of functions, such as calling up favorite apps, favorite contacts, night clock, and a news ticker.
Near the end of 2015, LG introduced the V10. A large smartphone, which had a 2.1" secondary screen accompanying its 5.7" display, projecting notifications even when the phone is sleeping, and offering home to a few separate panels of its own – favorite apps, recent apps, tools, and a customizable owner name or message. Seeing as these features are very similar to the ones the Galaxy Note Edge had, it's hard not to draw comparisons between both concepts. So, let's see how the old battles the new – here are 4 ways in which we think the Note Edge's Edge Panel is more useful than the LG V10's ticker.
The Note Edge's secondary screen is off to the right side of the smartphone. It's easier to reach at any time – even when the user is handling the phone with one hand. The LG V10's secondary screen is to the north of its gargantuan 5.7" display, making its "favorite apps" panel useful only when the user is holding the device with both hands.
The Note Edge gives the option to developers to code different panels for it. Granted, not many have jumped at the chance, but there are some options out there in the Galaxy App Store – volume controller, used Data meter, a complex panel, which acts as a task manager and favorite apps shortcut, et cetera. Some are good, some are bad, but the choice is still there. The V10's Secondary Screen is limited to what panels LG shipped it with.
The LG V10's Secondary Screen can hold up to 5 shortcuts to your favorite apps. The Note Edge's panel is scrollable, so you can easily have an entire home screen's worth of apps placed on it.
Samsung stock apps on the Galaxy Note Edge make use of the Edge Screen by moving some of their options buttons to it. The S Note app has all the settings migrated to the Edge, the camera has its settings moved around to it, et cetera. It doesn't sound like much until you are met with a larger viewfinder or more writing room in the S Note app. Due to its placement and size, the V10's ticker can hardly offer the same.