Poll results: Samsung Galaxy Note Edge: is the edge merely a gimmick?

A few days ago we asked you to share your thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, a device with a wrap-around screen that extends over its edge and looks unlike any other. We ourselves were divided on the functionality: cool OR gimmicky (or both)?

Samsung showed the new handset at IFA 2014, and promised to bring it to market sometime in October with some of its own work on the new Edge display. It is also opening the extra space of the edge to developers to use for third-party apps, and we expect to see more functionality introduced as more apps come in.

With all this, though, interestingly enough, it seems that you, our readers, are equally double-minded about the Note Edge's new features: the opinion is practically divided in half. Yes, slightly more people actually consider it to be a meaningful advantage, but an alarming number of folks also consider it to be nothing but a gimmick. Hm, with such huge difference in opinions, it seems the best idea would be to wait until the device arrives on store shelves to have a more definite opinion.

The edge of the Galaxy Note Edge: gimmick or not?

Gimmick, nothing more!
Meaningful innovation, love it!

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Galaxy Note Edge
  • Display 5.6" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 3.7 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, Quad-core, 2700 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(18h 3G talk time)



1. district11

Posts: 126; Member since: Apr 17, 2011

Still looks nice :)

25. walnuttt

Posts: 153; Member since: Apr 11, 2014

This ain't gimmick this is what you called "innovation" unlike iphone 6 and 6 plus the only innovation is uhmmm "bigger screen", "expensive price", and a so so 2012 specs lol. Whoever said Edge is a gimmick is surely a moron troll fanboy

27. seret6

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

Is phonearena pais agent of samsung?

47. Cicero

Posts: 1137; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

No, is a paid agent of Apple.

32. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I'm saying it's a gimmick. I could make a phone with a stylus the shape of a part of the male anatomy and say it's innovation because it hasn't been done before. It however would not change the way the phone functions or or how it is used to set it aside from the rest of the competition that may odder the traditional shaped stylus. It's the same for this display of the Edge phone. It doesn't really have a need. It's cool, it's different. But it actually changes nothing about how a smart phone is used or works.

56. Immolate

Posts: 310; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

Your hypothetical penile pen may not change how the phone is used, but it might change how the pen is used. Just sayin'.

62. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Oh sh*t! You have no idea how much your statement made me laugh right now!!! Thank you.

74. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

The usual 'know it all' attitude without even actual touching or using the phone. Notice I have not made any comment on iPhone 6, that because I have no actual experience in iOS 8. This poll show that half of PA readers are as such. 'Dumb ass Mr. know it all.'

75. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

You're completely ignoring the other half who thinks this is "meaningful innovation" without having touched the device either... You're no different from the PA readers with their "know it all" attitude.

41. aspleme

Posts: 30; Member since: May 18, 2014

Well... my first smartphone was almost a Samsung phone, but despite the specs, I decided I didn't like the feel of the Samsung interface. I've played with Motorola phones, but avoided them because of poorer camera performance. I've owned multiple HTC and LG phones and have even considered Nokia, though Windows and weaker specs has always turned me off more than the camera has turned me on. The edge allows display of information or apps that could easily be placed at the base of the phone, a widget, or the notification pulldown. To read anything on it requires the phone to be turned sideways. It is also asymmetrical which throws the visual balance of the phone, may alter the feel, and limits functionality for left-handers. It's the biggest gimick on a phone since Samsung introduced Smart Stay.

42. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

@walnutt So nobody else has right to have different opinion?

55. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Looks better than the boringeverytimethesame design of the Note 4 yea

2. Hallucinator

Posts: 391; Member since: May 24, 2010

I'm a Apple fan, but I love the look of the Edge. Don't care if it's a gimmick, it looks nice.

5. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

So you voted pro Edge ???? Cool story iBoy. LOL

9. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Really? You actually like the look? Damn, opinions really vary widely with this phone.

3. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

How this poll could be valid? When all the iboys here are voting industriously ALWAYS against Samsung.

12. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

FYI, I voted gimmick and I hate Apple. I just don't see a relevant use of the curve. It's 100% pointless at the moment. I think the tech is cool, and I love Samsung displays, but Samsung simply wanted to show off what they're capable of with this phone yet there was no actual need that could only work with this type of display.

18. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Take it easy. If I was voting on such useless polls, I would vote gimmick , too. But that was NOT THE POINT of my comment. Read again why I called this poll USELESSS.

28. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I'm not upset or anything. I'm simply stating that not all down votes are pigheaded "iBoys". And I simply provided one perspective explaining how one might choose to down vote. I'm sure every poll has people voting just out of spite for a product or brand. That being said I couldn't say that all polls are useless just because of those types of people.

36. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

I've NEVER said that " all down votes are pigheaded "iBoys"." Did I? Well. If there is way, to take out the iVotes (and they are many because iboys always vote) the result would be very VERY different, though.

44. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I never meant to imply that you said that "All the down votes were from iBoys". I'm saying there are valid reasons to think the phone is stupid.

38. matrix_neo

Posts: 334; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

It maybe pointless at this moment but Samsung tried it, they want to explore and test this new feature as what they did when they started the Note 1. I don't think it's a gimmick because you can use it in everyday lives. This extra screen saves you from using the main screen. For now there are few apps are supported )correct me if I'm wrong) but in due time with the help of devs, it will be more useful and for sure others will follow suit. Still early to judge, wait for a year maybe. I voted yes because it's new and Note 4 edge has tons of features that hardly enough you can find with other smartphones.

50. willard12 unregistered

I believe it scrolls/tickers notifcations, sports scores, stocks, weather along the edge without needing to unlock the device. It has several uses, meaning it can't be 100% pointless. You may not personnally like or have any use for the points. But, it is innaccurate to say it is pointless.

67. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Actually there is some use for it. I do a lot of reading on my phone, and every time I get a message, I have to leave the phone app and go check my message, or pull down the notification bar to see who sent it. having it always there on the side, will let me see the message instantly, even when in other programs - and I can read it quickly before it disappears, leaving the notification icon behind. I can also see it being useful for switching apps. Instead of having to hit the home button, then going into the app, you can access it from the side panel because its' always there.

24. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

All this jumping on a company bandwagon hate stuff is so stupid. Some people like different phones for different reasons. When you call someone iBoy, WPFAN boy or anything like that you just seem like a moron.

30. Armchair_Commentator

Posts: 222; Member since: May 08, 2014


4. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

I think all the lefties voted as gimmick and vice versa......:D

7. rsiders

Posts: 1976; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Lol no kinda love for the lefties.lol Me being one of the minority but it's all good.

51. AustinPaul

Posts: 155; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

I'm a leftie and I think it's awesome. I've got a Note 3 and am generally used to using both hands anyway. Then again, it's no big deal for me to switch hands either.

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Wow. it's nearly an even split. I think it's cool tech with absolutely no purpose as the only thing that they use the space for, the vertical menu, could just as easily work on a traditional flat screen as well as a the curved one. I'm actually shocked that so many people think that this is meaningful innovation. Until they show me a killer feature that cannot be done on a flat display it will only be a gimmick.

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