You can now have the curved end of the Note Edge face any side you wish. Here's how

You can now have the curved end of the Note Edge face any side you wish. Here's how
Ah, the Galaxy Note Edge – Samsung's innovative take on the smartphone screen design, which adds a curved end at one side and gives it a separate functionality. Some find it great, others find it to be nothing but a gimmick, and another group thinks it just looks cool. Of course, you can be any combination of these.

Whether it's a useful feature or not, remains to be seen, once the device gets more widely adopted, but there is one thing that is already clear – some people prefer the curved Edge Screen to not be on the right bezel, due to the way they are used to holding their phones. Of course, seeing as Samsung has announced that the Note Edge will only be a limited edition device, we wouldn't even dare think that the company might start offering separate units for people who wish to have the Edge on the left side. Still, it seems the company has been pondering on a solution none the less.

Now, if there is one thing we've learned a couple of years ago, it is that people really dislike it when a phone manufacturer tells them how to hold their mobile devices, and it seems Sammy has also picked up on that lesson. So now, it has pushed a 140 MB update for its Note Edge line, which, among some performance tweaks, allows users to turn their device upside-down and still be able to use it normally. The on-screen image turns around, TouchWiz gives us access to software navigation buttons, hidden in a pull-up drawer at the bottom of the screen (though, the hardware ones, which can now be found at the “top” of the device, are still functional); and, of course, the Edge Screen ends up being on the left-hand side of the display.

Of course, there are still some limitations to holding your phone this way. For example – the microphone and speaker, obviously, do not switch sides, so one would have to spin the handset around, before taking a call. Furthermore, it just looks kind of weird and we would imagine some users would rather not be caught in public looking like they can't figure out that their device is upside-down.

Still, this makes us wonder – is it possible the Galaxy Note Edge 2 (if such is made) could have some kind of symmetrical design, sporting microphones and speakers on both ends of the display? If Samsung insists on keeping the Edge Screen on just one side of the device, this would be a logical, not to mention – a pretty cool, design step, assuming there is technology to support it.

What would you say to a Note Edge 2 that can be spun in any direction and still look the same?

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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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16 Comments

1. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

"Now, if there is one thing we've learned a couple of years ago, it is that people really dislike it when a phone manufacturer tells them how to hold their mobile devices" I don't know... It didn't hurt sales any, at least!?!

2. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

It's still not any less awkward to hold. Maybe they should make it so that it only works with the S-Pen or something, to avoid accidental taps.

3. gagakiller

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

THE GIMMICKIEST PHONE EVER MADE

6. Edward_bly

Posts: 278; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

Grow up...

7. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

What happened to you? You are hating Samsung so much after purchasing iPhone. BTW such types of phones are made for trial basis to test the market.

12. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

nah I agree, the Note Edge is a stupid gimmic why the hell would you pay so much extra money for no extra specs, and a smaller screen?

4. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Next time I'd like to see edge screen on both sides with ability to use the edges as part of the main display. Think this phone looks awesome but I'm probably going to get the Note 4

5. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

I still wonder why Samsung made a phone with a very cool feature for vertical UI and touch... and felt compelled to include a pen and make the price crazy high. This would be a very interesting Nexus alternative at $650-700.

8. notoffended

Posts: 16; Member since: Apr 24, 2013

Whoever says the side screen is a gimmick are wrong.. Its useful in many ways.. Its the most beautiful phone. Hoping samsung provides colours soon.

16. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

gimmick... until proven wrong... What are the useful ways to use it?

9. Rajanvir

Posts: 56; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

Brother of LG G Flex from another mother

10. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Its useful but not essential.

11. bradley8795

Posts: 64; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

Make the speaker like the bone conductive one on the Sharp Aquous line and put miss at the top and bottom, remove the Samsung logo from the front of the phone, so it's never upside down, and switch to on screen buttons only...Done.

13. Bertelgeus

Posts: 126; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Innovation!!!!

14. memeON1

Posts: 34; Member since: Nov 26, 2014

It may work if they have on screen button and speaker grills much like HTC then mic on both upper and lower bezels.

15. tyson3

Posts: 59; Member since: May 15, 2012

I thought for sure this phone was just a gimmick but after buying it and setting it up I can say it is a great phone. You won't believe how useful it is until you're using it daily. It makes everything so simple. Great phone and in my opinion the best phone out!

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