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


Curved screens? Talk about the future happening today. If you asked us a few years ago whether we want them the answer would surely be a unanimous yes. However, the technology came and it seems to find it hard to really get traction.

The latest attempt at bringing it to the mass market is the shocking new Samsung Galaxy Note Edge: a phone with a wrap-around curved screen that extends over one of the edges and gives you options like these: use it for multitasking to switch between apps quickly, or just use it to always see the weather, or as access to additional buttons, or Twitter, or basically anything that developers enable. It's open for devs to work on, after all. Great, isn't it?

Nonetheless, the reaction at our office was surprisingly divided. You'd expect the oohs and aahs, but practically a good half of our staff responded with yawns and yells about this being another gimmick by Samsung. We're tough: we've seen many devices and we want meaningful innovation. Is that it? Since we're basically divided on the issue, we're curious to hear your thoughts: is the edge of the Galaxy Note Edge merely a gimmick or is it in fact meaningful innovation? Don't forget to also tell us why do you think what you think in the comments below!

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

Gimmick, nothing more!
49.1%
Meaningful innovation, love it!
50.9%

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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)

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95 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

It's going to pave the way for other screens in the future.

7. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

It is gimmick like the heart beats sensor. Even the flexible screen is gimmick because I could not find any noticeable benefit from it when it is used as a cellphone display.

13. torr310

Posts: 1698; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I think for now it's a gimmick, unless the owners report they get benefits from it. Only time will tell.

46. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Time won't tell anything. It'll be a gimmick now and forever. You can have all those same exact features without bending the screen.

65. kryme

Posts: 469; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

i hope samsung dont read ur comment and decide to just do one thing for ever... i'm happy that samsung is willing to push the boundaries and not play it safe prolly end up like like nokia.... persons like u were tell samsung they lost it wen the decide to make a 5.3 inch smart phone... and now we cant find a sub 5 inch flagship phone.... SAMSUNG did that... by taking a chance and just push things further... so chill if u not use ur RIGHT hand then u using the WRONG hand... dont see why u fighting technology.... when the first touch screen phone was release i kno u prolly like "how stupid is that... a phone without buttons...i like the feeling of pressing buttons" but someone had to take a chance

69. LGmobile

Posts: 9; Member since: May 04, 2014

Don't worry. Samsung won't even care about those noobs.They're quite busier than you think; making new commercial ads and submitting new patents.

72. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I appreciate your comment, but I reserve the right to be critical. Just the other day I commended Samsung with the 50% charging in 30 minutes. Now I'm calling the edge as I see it...a gimmick. I'll say it once again, you can have all those same exact features without bending the screen. I'm all about new technology, but I don't agree with throwing in random technology just for the sake of doing it. And just for the record, screen sizes were already on the rise with or without Samsung. Don't make yourself look stupid. You had your 4.3 Droid X/Evo 4G (which was huge then), later 4.7 inch devices, and even the 5inch Dell Streak a full year before the original Note was even announced. You need to CHILLLL

74. LGmobile

Posts: 9; Member since: May 04, 2014

Samsung didn't just throw that in; the curved edge was planned meticulously over 2-3 years.And as you and I saw in their announcement some practical uses of the curved edge was introduced. They also announced the SDK so I think its too early to judge whether the edge is a gimmick or not. Lets wait till its actually available for personal judgement.

87. Topcat488

Posts: 1419; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

and now we cant find a sub 5 inch flagship phone.... SAMSUNG did that... I hate to bust your bubble, but the "Dell Streak", was the first 5" phablet.http://www.phonearena.com/phones/Dell-Streak_id5018

70. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Please shut up. When Samsung released the original Samsung Galaxy Note, idiots like you were trolling "lol no one will ever want a phone that big ha ha ha ha" and yet most phones are not at 5+ inches, even your precious iPhone will be near 5 inches. Samsung is testing the water with this device, at least they are trying to do something creative. I suppose you think we should all go back to flip phones if you think change is bad.

73. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

There's nothing wrong with the vertical menu bars (I actually like them), but Samsung bent the screen for no damn reason. It'll look cute in commercials though: "iDon't have a bendable screen..." Now I think we should all go back to flip phones because I think Samsung's implementation was a failure? It's past your bed time Rory. get some sleep and come back tomorrow, maybe you'll start making some sense...

95. misterlindsey

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

Pretty sure they just went PAST 5 inches... Lol

85. Anonn

Posts: 230; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

No you definitely cant!. You can have the phone in a cover and screen off but still get useful info from the side screen, like sms, stock prices, weather, caller ID, and many other notifications, all with the screen off and cover on. Just put it on the table and enjoy the benefits without having to lift or turn on the phone

17. sid07desai

Posts: 290; Member since: May 03, 2012

i agree. as a left handed user, it would be cumbersome to reach that side of the screen. ans even if i rotate the phone 180 degrees, i wouldn't be able to access home button. Samsung should've put some thought into that.

86. Anonn

Posts: 230; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

They already put some thought!. Left handers must use their right hand while driving to shift and control the radio and so on. Even pro race drivers have manul shift in the right side. So, they will just get used to it! Simple!

47. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It is a straight up gimmick because all it is is an extra chunk of screen. The main purpose of this was to show off their flexible screen tech but its easily replicated by just adding another segment of screen on a device. So it neither displays innovation nor the benefits of a flexible display. It is absolute failure as far as new innovations are concerned.

57. joe1blue

Posts: 169; Member since: Jul 25, 2013

People use to think on screen keyboards was gimmicks until they were developed in better wasy, we should look at the effort and appreciate it even if it is just a test.

62. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Lol yeah a test that'll cost the consumer AT LEAST $299 + tax in addition to a two year contract. The only people who thought on screen keyboards were gimmicks were Apple competitors that didn't want you to buy the iphone like Motorola with their Droid. Whether or not you bought all that BS was up to you. I sure didn't.

59. TheMoltenD

Posts: 109; Member since: Jul 13, 2014

Flexible screens are NOT a gimmick, they are very durable and make the cost of repairing a damaged screen significantly cheaper!

44. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Spoken like a TRUE fanboy. I'm not saying it's a gimmick, it has its uses, albeit unconventionally weird.....but hardly innovative, like WOW-innovative

55. WendyFromCircus

Posts: 40; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

The phone that edge one side but not both is looking like our mouth keep on edging one side due to stroke, I don't want a stroke phone tho :)

75. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

damn, you went for it

91. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Let the Fandroids have their bent screens, you will see all their junk phones posted on craigslist within a couple of months looking to trade for a iphone 5s.

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31598; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I wouldn't call it a gimmick, as much as I would an experiment. Samsung is trying something new, that something I give them major credit for. They push the envelope, if it homers, it homers. I'm not a fan of the look at all, but kudos Samsung, it may just catch on.

20. AntiFanBoyz unregistered

Right on jedi!

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31598; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yep, I think they're on to something.

28. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

its called I-N-N-O-V-A-T-I-O-N

34. darkkjedii

Posts: 31598; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Don't know why you even bothered to post that, but mmmmkay (in my Mr. Mackey voice).

23. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

gimmick - ╦łgimik - noun a trick or device intended to attract attention, publicity, or business. Technically anything done now to differentiate any device qualifies as a gimmick...

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 31598; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I termed it an experiment, not listed in your definition.

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