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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Review

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Review

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Review
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Review
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Review
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Review
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Review
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Review
Introduction


The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is a one-of-a-kind, limited-edition device that stands out with a screen that wraps around one of its edges, hence justifying the ‘Edge’ name. We’ve seen curved-screen phones, and other trickery in devices, but it’s the first time that you get such an ‘edge’ that acts as a secondary display that you can control separately from the main screen. You can use it for notifications, quick shortcuts to apps, as well as a quick ticker for information that you care about - stocks, weather, sport scores, and so on.

Apart from this important little detail, though, the Note Edge - introduced alongside the Note 4 - looks very similar to its sibling. It is powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 system chip with 3GB of RAM on board, features an identical 16-megapixel camera with optical stabilization, and plentiful 32GB of internal storage. The Note Edge also comes with the signature S Pen stylus that you can use to jot down notes and make more precise selections.

How does this combination of a wrap-around ticker screen, S Pen functionality, and powerful hardware combine in the Edge? And how big of a change does that little edge make to everyday use? Is the much higher price justified? Read on to find out.

In the box:

  • Wall charger (with fast charge support)
  • microUSB cable
  • Headset
  • S Pen tip ejector tool, reserve S Pen tips
  • User manual

Design

The Note Edge with its curved rim is a bit of a challenge to handle as you have to be careful to not touch something on the edge screen accidentally.

The curved rim is what defines the appearance of the Galaxy Note Edge: it changes the way you hold the phablet, and the way you use it. One simply cannot overlook the added curve: it requires you to pay extra attention to the way you hold the phone and do it in a specific way in order to avoid accidentally pressing something on the curved rim (and while we got used to it after a while, we imagine this could be an issue for many). Also, with the edge screen being on the right side, the power/lock key is now moved to the top of the phone, making it inconveniently hard to reach. Apart from that, physical keys (also including the volume rocker on the left) are clicky and easy to press. In case you’re wondering what happens if you drop the phone on its edge, we should say that there is a metal frame that is slightly more protruded, so it would hit the ground first. This and the fact that Samsung has stressed that it uses a special, strengthened glass for the Note Edge, should be a reassurance.

Save for the bent rim, though, the handset is designed very similar to the Note 4: it has a similar, sturdy metal frame, a faux-leather plastic back cover that you can easily peel off, and a slight camera hump. Up front, you have the large physical home key that houses the fingerprint scanner.

Nestled in the bottom left edge of the Note Edge is the signature S Pen. It’s the same one as in the Note 4, and it is now easier to take it out (it was a bit of a struggle to chop it off on the Note 3, for instance).


Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
5.96 x 3.24 x 0.33 inches
151.3 x 82.4 x 8.3 mm
6.14 oz (174 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

Samsung Galaxy Note 4
6.04 x 3.09 x 0.33 inches
153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm
6.21 oz (176 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Apple iPhone 6 Plus
6.22 x 3.06 x 0.28 inches
158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm
6.07 oz (172 g)

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Motorola DROID Turbo
5.65 x 2.89 x 0.44 inches
143.5 x 73.3 x 11.2 mm
6.21 oz (176 g)

Motorola DROID Turbo


To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


Display

The Note Edge comes with a vivid, 5.6” Quad HD Super AMOLED display with a 160-pixel wide section for the edge. Switch to Basic screen mode, and you have a pleasingly accurate display.

The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge comes with a 5.6-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD), with an additional 160-pixel wide section for the edge. Technically, this means the Note Edge’s screen is a bit sharper than its sibling Note 4, as pixel density comes in at 525ppi (versus 515ppi on the Note). In reality, both are identically sharp-looking, making even tiny text appear very crisp.

The Note 4 was Samsung's first phone with color-accurate AMOLED screen and the Edge follows in its footsteps. In its Basic mode, the screen is very accurate, though not perfect. Still, we really like what we see. . The color temperature is also pretty natural, just a bit on the cold side at 6800K (above the reference, 6500K value that represents neutral, accurate balance between reds and blues). Gamma, at 2.28, is just slightly above the 2.2 reference spot, more accurate than what we have measured on the Note 4, which adds slight artificial contrast. As other Samsung AMOLEDs, you can select between different screen modes, and the default Adaptive mode still flaunts punchy, but overblown, inaccurate colors, for people who want them.

As with the Note 4, the Note Edge display maximum brightness stands at the very respectable 498 nits. This contributes to very comfortable outdoor viewing and it is actually a little more than the peak brightness of the Note 4. At night, you can also reduce screen brightness all the way down to 1 nit, so that the screen does not tire your eyes with excessive glow.

The Edge: innovation or gimmick?


Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Review
The curved, wrap-around section of the Note Edge screen is tiny in comparison with the large, 5.6-inch main display, but this tiny complementary screen packs a lot of interesting and new functionality.

First, we ought to say that the edge itself can act as an independent, secondary screen that you can wake up without turning on the main, 5.6” display. In order to wake the edge screen when the main one is off, swipe left and then right. This is a quick way to check for missed notifications, as well as for other info you have pinned to the edge, and it also comes with energy-saving consequences.

The rest of the time, when the main screen is on, the edge display acts as a complementary screen that can hold up to 7 panels. You can pin the following things to it:

  • Quick shortcuts (customizable, you can pick 7 shortcuts to pin to this panel)
  • Notifications (customizable)
  • Information from apps like Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Finance, Facebook, Twitter, S Health, etc.
  • Small games

You can tap on shortcuts to open apps on the main screen, as well as tap on informational panels (like a sports score) to get more info about something in the browser.

Each of these panels comes with two menus: swipe from the top to bring a selection of tools like a ruler, stop clock, countdown timer, flashlight, and sound recorder; and swipe from the bottom to access the settings for the edge display.

In addition to all of this variety, you can also download additional panels from the web to enable things like S Planner, RAM usage information, and so on.

You also have the ‘Express me’ panel, a special panel that is displayed when you have the lockscreen on, and it basically allows you to put your own text and image as a way to personalize the experience.

The edge screen is clearly a gimmick in the sense that it seems designed with the clear intent to showcase the possible futuristic implementations of AMOLED screens and to attract attention, but since this is not merely a concept device (the Note Edge is a limited-edition phone, but it is available to buy on major carriers), it is also a testing bed for such somewhat crazy ideas. Apart from the mere coolness, though, it’s hard to find any substantial improvement in usability that comes with it - having quick shortcuts to apps always at hand is probably the biggest one, as it makes multitasking faster, and quick glances at it to see missed notification and save battery by not turning on the main screen are nice, but using it as a ticker for other apps does not make much sense when you can as well have the full app on the main screen.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge 496
(Good)
1
(Excellent)
unmeasurable
(Excellent)
6719
(Excellent)
2.28
4.48
(Average)
3.87
(Good)
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 468
(Good)
1
(Excellent)
unmeasurable
(Excellent)
6667
(Excellent)
1.97
1.56
(Excellent)
3.1
(Good)
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 574
(Excellent)
4
(Excellent)
1:1376
(Excellent)
7318
(Good)
2.18
3.05
(Good)
3.82
(Good)
Motorola DROID Turbo 248
(Poor)
9
(Average)
unmeasurable
(Excellent)
6594
(Excellent)
1.84
7.32
(Average)
3.86
(Good)
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posted on 06 Nov 2014, 09:53 8

2. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2285; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Damn it,, too many cons. I'm glad I got the ip6+

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 20:01 16

54. soldier1969 (Posts: 20; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)


Isheeple lol.

posted on 07 Nov 2014, 08:44 6

60. T.Law (Posts: 417; Member since: 10 May 2014)


These cons are pretty insignificant compared to #bendgate, #burngate, #crashgate and #staingate.

posted on 07 Nov 2014, 10:25 4

61. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


aw how cute...i don't know whether to laugh at you or feel sad for you...but one thing's for sure buddy....i def pity you! Insecure much (and possibly regretful) ...about your bad purchase?

posted on 07 Nov 2014, 23:59 2

65. afraaa (Posts: 138; Member since: 23 Oct 2014)


we are glad too u have a phone ;) .. indeed !

posted on 27 Dec 2014, 22:30

83. royjones (Posts: 10; Member since: 27 Dec 2014)


Well,Well,Well.... where's samsung now?? their stores are closing one by one... everything they launch Flops... if you buy a samsung now.. you'll be left by yourself (future proof) .... like a nokia ,blackberry.amazon fire......good luck.

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 10:06 4

5. adecvat (Posts: 282; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Pointless device

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 10:16 27

6. wilsong17 (unregistered)


What the iPhone 6

posted on 09 Nov 2014, 06:54 2

68. walnuttt (Posts: 153; Member since: 11 Apr 2014)


yes the IP6 and IP6+ is what you are talking about, right???

posted on 16 Jan 2015, 17:49

89. theo14461 (unregistered)


I couldn't agree more. Let's produce something to make money. This phone is outrageously priced on T mobile.

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 10:24 7

8. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 15696; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Gimmicky this phone seems to be.

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 13:32 17

34. tedkord (Posts: 13020; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Actual innovation seems to confuse you.

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 15:53 3

41. roldefol (Posts: 4362; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I'm with Mxy on this one. It's an interesting design, but it's still a gimmick. If you have to retrain yourself how to hold a phone just to take advantage of the "innovation", it's gone too far.

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 16:20 6

46. MEeee (Posts: 354; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Soon Apple will follow Samsung again just like with phablets.

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 10:25

9. Pattyface (Posts: 1645; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


I really wanted to try this phone but that price is out of control whether it be on carrier or outright. I'll stick with my thoughts of getting the n6

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 10:43 1

12. AustinPaul (Posts: 69; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


I love the look of the curved screen. I was planning to get this after my N3, but ended up with a Moto X as a stopgap to the N5 or S6. I like the promise this shows and hope to see it more fully formed in the next iteration.

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 10:48

13. Spedez (Posts: 480; Member since: 29 Aug 2014)


" the edge seems to serve more as a gimmick and a show-off feature rather than something that brings a substantial benefit to functionality"

Did somebody actually think otherwise?

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 11:31

19. pegasso (Posts: 285; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)


IMHO,
for now, the curved screen is a gimmick.
the functions of that curved screen can be easily substituded with separated secondary LCD screen.

so, until someone could come up with better idea of how to unleash the full potentials of that curved screen,
the Note Edge is just for feature show off.

posted on 07 Nov 2014, 06:54

59. SonofAndroid (Posts: 10; Member since: 25 Jun 2014)


Well you gotta start somewhere. Rome wasn't built in a day.

posted on 01 Dec 2014, 18:59

79. tyson3 (Posts: 53; Member since: 15 May 2012)


After using the phone several days I have to disagree with your statement.. It really does serve a purpose and switching between apps, emails and reading updates on the side is awesome. I was shocked how it makes navigating through this phone so simple and fast. the only hangup is the battery drains fast but charges even faster! overall a good phone and really works well

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 10:49

14. Arčijs15 (Posts: 8; Member since: 07 Sep 2014)


I don't like Samsung Galaxy note Edge TouchWiz but I like the design

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 10:51 1

15. DeusExCellula (Posts: 1309; Member since: 05 Oct 2014)


Seems like a left handed phone

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 11:42 5

20. Mels13 (Posts: 105; Member since: 23 Jun 2014)


I just ordered it :))))

posted on 29 Jan 2015, 11:05

92. newsman (Posts: 21; Member since: 12 Jan 2015)


What technology is only now do not invent. But this is the most best invention of all time that ever was! check it out favewallpapers.com/11979-future%20technology-futur​e-technology.html

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 12:11 14

23. robocopvn (Posts: 444; Member since: 10 Mar 2010)


2K screen, snapdragon 805, 3gb ram, 16 MP back and 3.7 MP front cameras. curve edge screen (so unique) at this price is ridiculous overpriced ??

how about a fruit with 720p, 1gb ram, dualcore, really bad screen-size ratio hmmm ??

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 12:44

27. Mels13 (Posts: 105; Member since: 23 Jun 2014)


People just dont reolize how hard to make this curved screen instead of normal and its completely new feature.And its not useless at all as some says.

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 12:46 3

28. eN16HTMAR3 (Posts: 253; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)


Haha. Your right. You could get a iPhone 6+ that would have less power / storage space than the Note Edge and still spend $750.00 outright. Now if you wanted the iPhone 6+ w/ 128 GB's then thats 950.00 retail. So I dont see how the retail price is considered bad given that crappy phones still demand almost a G retail.

posted on 07 Nov 2014, 10:38 1

62. rubyonrails3 (Posts: 291; Member since: 01 Oct 2014)


Do you know that iPhone is more powerful than Note 4/edge?

posted on 07 Nov 2014, 11:52 4

64. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


How exactly?

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 13:27 2

31. derivativex (Posts: 176; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


If this phone will be available here in the middle east I'd buy it in a heartbeat

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

OS: Android 5.1 5.0 4.4
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Display5.6 inches, 1440 x 2560 pixels (525 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera16 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, Quad-core, 2700 MHz, Krait 450 processor
3 GB RAM
Size5.96 x 3.24 x 0.33 inches
(151.3 x 82.4 x 8.3 mm)
6.14 oz  (174 g)

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