Samsung Galaxy Note Edge ReviewSamsung Galaxy Note Edge 9
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
- S Pen tip ejector tool, reserve S Pen tips
- User manual
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).
151.3 x 82.4 x 8.3 mm
6.14 oz (174 g)
153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm
6.21 oz (176 g)
158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm
6.07 oz (172 g)
143.5 x 73.3 x 11.2 mm
6.21 oz (176 g)
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?
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
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|
|Apple iPhone 6 Plus||574
|Samsung Galaxy Note Edge||496
|Samsung Galaxy Note 4||468
|Motorola DROID Turbo||248
The numbers below represent the amount of deviation in the respective property, observed when a display is viewed from a 45-degree angle as opposed to direct viewing.
|Maximum brightness Lower is better||Minimum brightness Lower is better||Contrast Lower is better||Color temperature Lower is better||Gamma Lower is better||Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better||Delta E grayscale Lower is better|
|Motorola DROID Turbo||50.8%
|Samsung Galaxy Note Edge||53.2%
|Samsung Galaxy Note 4||68.8%
|Apple iPhone 6 Plus||84.7%
The CIE 1931 xy color gamut chart represents the set (area) of colors that a display can reproduce, with the sRGB colorspace (the highlighted triangle) serving as reference. The chart also provides a visual representation of a display's color accuracy. The small squares across the boundaries of the triangle are the reference points for the various colors, while the small dots are the actual measurements. Ideally, each dot should be positioned on top of its respective square. The 'x: CIE31' and 'y: CIE31' values in the table below the chart indicate the position of each measurement on the chart. 'Y' shows the luminance (in nits) of each measured color, while 'Target Y' is the desired luminance level for that color. Finally, 'ΔE 2000' is the Delta E value of the measured color. Delta E values of below 2 are ideal.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
The Color accuracy chart gives an idea of how close a display's measured colors are to their referential values. The first line holds the measured (actual) colors, while the second line holds the reference (target) colors. The closer the actual colors are to the target ones, the better.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
The Grayscale accuracy chart shows whether a display has a correct white balance (balance between red, green and blue) across different levels of grey (from dark to bright). The closer the Actual colors are to the Target ones, the better.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
2. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2275; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)
Damn it,, too many cons. I'm glad I got the ip6+
60. T.Law (Posts: 414; Member since: 10 May 2014)
These cons are pretty insignificant compared to #bendgate, #burngate, #crashgate and #staingate.
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.
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?
65. afraaa (Posts: 138; Member since: 23 Oct 2014)
we are glad too u have a phone ;) .. indeed !
6. wilsong17 (unregistered)
What the iPhone 6
68. walnuttt (Posts: 153; Member since: 11 Apr 2014)
yes the IP6 and IP6+ is what you are talking about, right???
89. theo14461 (unregistered)
I couldn't agree more. Let's produce something to make money. This phone is outrageously priced on T mobile.
41. roldefol (Posts: 4242; 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.
46. MEeee (Posts: 351; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
Soon Apple will follow Samsung again just like with phablets.
9. Pattyface (Posts: 1612; 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
12. AustinPaul (Posts: 67; 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.
13. Spedez (Posts: 450; 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?
19. pegasso (Posts: 274; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)
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.
59. SonofAndroid (Posts: 10; Member since: 25 Jun 2014)
Well you gotta start somewhere. Rome wasn't built in a day.
79. tyson3 (Posts: 49; 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
14. Arčijs15 (Posts: 8; Member since: 07 Sep 2014)
I don't like Samsung Galaxy note Edge TouchWiz but I like the design
92. newsman (Posts: 21; Member since: 12 Jan 2015)
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23. robocopvn (Posts: 412; 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 ??
27. Mels13 (Posts: 103; 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.
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.
62. rubyonrails3 (Posts: 266; Member since: 01 Oct 2014)
Do you know that iPhone is more powerful than Note 4/edge?
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
33. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)
The Galaxy Note Edge is such an awesome beast.
40. Teeeyoo (Posts: 97; Member since: 13 Jul 2013)
The edge maybe a gimmick for some but there are reasons why it's there. Some people may find it useless, some people will make use of it. I personally like the edge and it's a great start for something that might become a signifant feature for samsung phones and others may follow.
44. simpleas (Posts: 196; Member since: 30 Apr 2014)
I love TouchWiz and Samsung. Thank you for the Note 4. And soon, ill also be getting the Gear VR.
45. sniper1087 (Posts: 508; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)
I can only imagine if you were to break the glass how expensive will it be to get it replaced.
47. Blazers (Posts: 428; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
How does the iPhone end up being mentioned in EVERY android thread. If it's as insignificant as people say, then why is it always brought up? The opposite of love is not hate, but indifference. Since google and MS fanboys can't stop talking about it, that means they do care about it. It's like a guilty pleasure for them lol.
50. elitewolverine (Posts: 5183; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)
Most MS fanboys don't troll iPhone threads, most, there are some. But you see it much more in these threads.
Its a way to make sure their love of something doesn't go without notice, after all you need a bad one to perceive a good one.
48. derivativex (Posts: 176; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)
I'm not sure if phonearena answered my question if this unit was a purchased one or is it a loaned one for review if u guys bought it which seller did u get in from?
57. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Nice review Victor, but why it's 0.3 lesser than Note 4 ranking?
I think the Edge's images are li'l warmer than Note 4. Which phone's images are exactly closer to the real world.
And and who's that gorgeous girl in the Color poster? Everytime this question comes in my mind, so please tell me. ;)
67. Mels13 (Posts: 103; Member since: 23 Jun 2014)
Speaking about prices all the phones r overpriced.But Iphone 6+ with 8mp camera.1gb ram,720 resolution and bending design costs the same as Note that is more specs-reacher.So why Note edge must cost lower than mid-specs Iphone?
70. rubyonrails3 (Posts: 266; Member since: 01 Oct 2014)
Nice one Han, still iPhone beats in performance and benchmarks BTW you didn't add one thing Apple is #1 brand value, people pay for brand but also iPhone still don't let you down in anywhere, camera 8MP but outstanding better than even note 4 note 4 just can resolve more detail but its not as consistent as is iPhone, iPhone is iPhone cuz apple makes one or two phones a year and high end.
71. Philipand96 (Posts: 97; Member since: 12 Jul 2014)
When Samsun phones are reviewed I sense a lack of i'm partial (to another brand) ity.
Here are the 3 PHONEARENA Galaxy S5 negatives.
Lack of premium construction materials
Unbalanced screen colors
Fingerprint and heart rate sensors could be better
The comments are opposite in another "ARENA" re #2 "An awesome display got even better"
My take on #1 is this skin (covering) on humans is the largest organ
Plastic or metal covering on a phone is so insignificant in amount used to be the defining criteria of premium / or non-premium is desperate ?
Those who wish to keep the phone pristine use some short of case
If someone could explain what this means "Lock screen button hard to reach at the top"
Which surprisingly is NOT a negative on the iPhone 6 +
You are paying for PREMIUM SPECS on the Galaxy note, and not just a PREMIUM PRICED re issue phone
The iphone6, 6 plus are both the Iphone5 (2012) re-released with a larger display!
How anyone can say the iPhone 6 is an upgrade comparable to the Note 4 when it is just a tweak of the 2012 iPhone5, proof http://www.phonearena.com/phon
I can't comment on the other spurrious looking negatives as I have yet to test it fully
73. MickLuvHP (Posts: 23; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
Tbh,Galaxy Note Edge is impressive. But its high selling price will make those more price sensitive consumer think twice when buying it. iPhone 6+ cost the same or more but in terms of resale value, the iPhone will be far better.
When comes to pricing of the phone, its also determine by the value of the brand and the uniqueness of the phone too.
78. craiger (Posts: 5; Member since: 22 Nov 2014)
The funny thing is that both devices send and receive texts, emails, access the internet, keep your calendar events, etc.......... I've never seen a single person stand in line for days on end for anything other than an iPhone. Undeniable appeal regardless of specs
66. drschmalzy12 (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Nov 2014)
Why do people with the iPhone constantly post non sense.
First off, the plus is massive in size compares to the note 4 and the edge and the best part is the screen is smaller and not as good on top of it. I was thinking of getting the plus until I attempted to use it. I couldn't even reach 3/4 of the screen with my thumb. The phone is longer than the note 4 and wider than the note 4. It is huge for no reason. Why would I want a phone where I have to use two hands for everything. I have big hands on top of that. The note 4 with a bigger brighter screen is smaller in size and just so much sleeker. Not to mention how much faster the note 4 is compared to the plus. I like apple and android but apple failed in the plus. Only reason there doing good in sales is because apple fanatics finally get a decent size screen. Everything else about the phone is outdated. So much slower. I don't get it. And the edge looks awesome not just a gimmick to make a screen like that takes time and is amazing. Kudos to Samsung. And the price tag is high but who buys phones out right anymore? The iPhone plus is even more expensive. Idk but apple fan boys drive me insane.
72. NFSHesham (Posts: 269; Member since: 04 Feb 2014)
Who buys a phone outright?
Anyone who is out side of USA, Canada, UK and any country whose telecom operators don't offer contracts
In addition you pay less for the device if you bought it outright than of you bought it with a contract
74. Bertelgeus (banned) (Posts: 126; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)
I see the third consecutive earnings shock coming.
84. royjones (Posts: 10; Member since: 27 Dec 2014)
heres real.... 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.
77. JEverettnow (Posts: 228; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)
I love the note series, but as I am holding this phone in my hand I can't help but loathe and despise it. It is very awkward and pointless. The little edge toolbar is pointless. You can get the same shortcuts on the left side as well so you end up having 2 toolbars doing the exact same thing! For left handed users it is even more awkward. They actually have you turn the phone upside down to use it if you are left handed. The screen is 100% pure gimmick.
87. Cyagocaliz (unregistered)
Not the enemy of Xperia Z3 and iPhone 6 Plus. Next.
90. theo14461 (unregistered)
This phone will be introduced into the most gimmicky hall of fame for 2014.
93. mirexcool (Posts: 65; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)
bought this one on Aliekspress:http://goo.gl/a08Q1Т very good phone