Poll: do you miss the old style Edge Panels?

When Samsung introduced the very first Edge smartphone — the Galaxy Note Edge — back in 2014, it was quite a different beast from what we're used to seeing nowadays. It was only curved on the right side, and its arch reached all the way, almost to the back of the phone. Physically, this meant that the phone barely had a frame on its right, but had some extra display space to work on the actual curve. Thus, the Edge Panels looked (and still do, for those of you that still rock the good-old Note Edge) very different to the ones found on post-Galaxy S6 edge smartphones.

So, here's a quick rundown of what's different. On every Edge phone from the Galaxy S6 edge all the way up to the Galaxy Note 7, the Panels are pulled out when the user swipes in from a specific "handle" point either on the left or the right of the screen. The size, positioning, and transparency of the handle can be customized in Settings, so it allows the user to tweak it to their needs. Once an Edge Panel is out, it takes up about 25% of the screen, sideways, and blurs the rest of the display. With panels, such as Favorite Apps, Favorite Contacts, Weather, Tools (ruler, flashlight, etc.), the feature works more as on-demand alternate widgets, which you can pull out at any point, no matter what you happen to be doing on the smartphone right now. However, once out, they pretty much negate anything happening in the background, despite the fact that they are not fullscreen.

On the original Note Edge, the panels were thin slits of actionable widgets, which resided on the very arc of the display. Due to their size, they were capable of showing limited amounts of data, but on the flip side, they were always visible. If you were to enter an app that runs in fullscreen, the Edge Panel would automatically retract, but swiping in from any point of the right side of the display would call it back out. No blurring, no obstruction, you could have both the main display content and Edge Panels displayed on-screen, and use both.

Granted, there weren't many Edge Panels made for the Note Edge, and 3rd party developers kind of gave up on them, seeing as Samsung seems to have done the same, but there was some multitasking potential in there.

All that said — which version of the Edge Panels do you prefer?

Which style of Edge Panels do you like more?

Bring back the old Note Edge style!
The new style is much better!
I really don't care about Edge Panels.



1. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I never had the Note Edge, but I did get to use it. I didn't like it and glad I didn't buy it. The S6 and S6 edge models are perfect...especially the S6 Edge+ IMO. Until I get my Note 7 and compare it to my S6 Edge+, I can't say the Note 7's curve is better. The Note Edge offered cooler features, but it also had a larger edge. with the smaller ones, you can't have those or it just wouldn't look right if you did.

2. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

That was probably the last time the edges had any true use case, sort of like the V10's ticker display. It was totally different and unique both in aesthetics and function, in fact, it acted as a totally separate screen, something which couldn't be mimicked by a flat screen. For example, 1.you get controls on the top of the screen when watching a video, 2. You get notifications running while you're in an app, 3. News panel when you're in another app, scrolling right through 4.camera controls on the panel when you're shooting/snapping, 5. Calls, displaying at the edge panels when you're doing something else 6. Messages displaying on the edge without obstruction. 7. In fact, you could practically be doing 3 different things at thesame time on the edge screen and on the main screen all in one go (without even actually doing multi-window). All while the display is on. Then all of a sudden, samsung decides to scrap it and replace it with this useless gimmick of a display which doesn't have any practical use cases that couldn't be done on a flat display. *facepalm*

3. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Well, I like the current aesthetics better actually, but its just that aesthetics. But, In terms of function, there's just no comparism tbh. I'm now expecting samsung to incoperate it in the S8Edge like they always so. Remove features only to bring it back and and charge you for it. Like they've mastered recently. samsung has been in the business of removing (subtracting) not adding since the galaxy s5 days.

4. elvis_17

Posts: 32; Member since: May 26, 2016

Bring back that cool looking edge

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It was a gimmick to me.

7. aegislash

Posts: 1517; Member since: Jan 27, 2015


6. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1832; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

The first note edge had so much potential but sammy abandoned it... Just imagine if we had dual edge's like the original note edge... That would be freakin awesome!! Oh well hopefully my note 7 arrives soon!!

8. Tuxedo

Posts: 356; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

LG G Flex curvature makes more sense to me. LG just didn't push hard enough. Instead we get this chopped off screen that all it does is distort the image and make things harder to use.

9. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 969; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Edge screens are a complete gimmick. Shortcuts? You can do that without curved glass. Only reason I got the S7 Edge was bigger battery than the S7, and it still doesn't last long enough. Note 7 can also be skipped, especially since the battery is worse than S7 Edge. Edge screens are for looks only at this point.

10. mariow2015

Posts: 49; Member since: Jan 08, 2014

I currently have the s7 edge, while my brother has the OG Note Edge. Whole I do feel they really have the design perfect right now, the function and convenience was much higher on the original Edge than now. That's just my opinion though

11. Alacorn

Posts: 17; Member since: Jul 24, 2016

I really liked Samsung Galaxy Alpha, too bad the throw that idea out.

12. ajith25

Posts: 20; Member since: Mar 07, 2016

I want big edges on both sides(dual edge). The curve is more on note edge. But s7 edge or note edge is having small curved edge on both sides. If there is bigger dual edge display it would be awsome

13. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2265; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

the first note edge was the best, the others like s6 edge s7 edge are garbage. .

14. boriqua2000

Posts: 258; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

Im using the note edge now and i wish samsung would release this phone again with updated internals. This is the way a edge screen phone is supposed to be. I can control my music with the edge panel without having anything popping out and covering the screen like the new wanna be edge phones do now. There are too many reasons to love the note edge panels over the new style to list them here

15. rkoforever90

Posts: 463; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

note edge was better , i was planning to get one when it came but unfortunately it went out of stock

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.