Camera

The 16-megapixel OIS camera on the Note Edge captures beautiful images with pleasing colors and a lot of detail, plus it does 4K video.

The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge comes with a 16-megapixel main camera with optical image stabilization, as well as a 3.7-megapixel front shooter. Unfortunately, when it comes to important details like the sensor used in the Galaxy Note Edge, Samsung is not sharing any details publicly except for the resolution and the 16:9 native aspect ratio. In terms of optics, the lens on the Note Edge has a focal length of 31mm (in 35mm equivalent) and an f/2.2 aperture.

The camera app on the Note Edge is also very similar to the one on the Note 4 with one notable exception: the edge. On the Note Edge, the on-screen camera shutter key and some other key settings are displayed on the edge itself. What this does is free up space on the main screen so that you have the full display to better compose your shots, but there is little added value apart from that - it does not make reaching for the button any easier (but nor does it make it much harder). For all else, the camera app is identical to the one on the Note 4: snappy and rich in options. Admittedly, some of the advanced options we were used to seeing in Samsung phones pre-Note 4 have been removed, and the experience is less cluttered, but you still retain manual control over things like ISO, white balance, and exposure.

When it comes to image quality, the Galaxy Note Edge captures some great-looking images with pleasing colors and an impressive amount of detail. The 16-megapixel snapper also does a good job with dynamic scenes. Indoors, pictures turn out pretty sharp, with low levels of noise (and optical stabilization seems to help here), and color rendering is also nice. The Note Edge's single LED flash lights up the frame fairly well, but it introduces a slight bluish cast. Interestingly, if we’re to compare images from the Note Edge side to side with ones from the Note 4, the similarity is striking - images turn out nearly identical.

The 3.7-megapixel front camera does a decent (but not stellar) job with selfies, and by default it does apply a ‘beautify effect’ to images (something that you can adjust).



Taking a pic Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec) Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge 2.9
2.9
351
278
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 2.8
2.8
353
273
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 1.93
2.1
435
293
Motorola DROID Turbo 2.8
4
409
358

When speaking of video, the Note Edge can record 4K at 30 frames per second (fps), or 1080p at either 60 fps or 30 fps. 4K looks great: with nice colors, rich in detail and with a high, nearly 50Mbps bit-rate, plus you get to use the digital zoom option (you have up to 8x times zoom) while retaining a lot more detail than when you zoom in 1080p. 4K does have its small quirks, though - you can still record only 5-minute long clips at most, and you have to keep in mind that those recordings turn out very large in size. 1080p video quality is also very nice, and in both 4K and 1080p, the optical stabilization adds extra smoothness. The quality of sound recording is very good on the Note Edge that features three microphones for better noise cancellation.



Multimedia

The accurate screen on the Note Edge is a nice asset for image enthusiasts, and the spacious display with edge controls makes it easier to fast forward and skip back in videos.

The spacious, 5.6-inch screen of the Note Edge makes it a great device for media consumption - be it watching a movie, or browsing through images.

First, for images, the Note Edge is a particularly good fit because of its nicely calibrated display that shows photographs as they were meant to be seen. The stock Samsung gallery brings cloud integration, as well as a nice, two-column layout for easier navigation in your image gallery.

For videos and music, the stock Samsung apps have all their controls moved to the edge screen, something that we find to be convenient, as all of the main screen remains reserved for the content and you can enjoy it with less of an interruption.

Sound quality via the single loudspeaker on the back of the phone is fairly loud and clear, and you can even hear some depth to tunes, which is nice. Still, this is not a speaker that can match the industry-leading clarity and depth of a device like the HTC One (M8).

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge 0.41
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 0.41
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 1.014
Motorola DROID Turbo 0.45
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge 87
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 85
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 71.6
Motorola DROID Turbo 74


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90 Comments

94. talon1812

Posts: 17; Member since: Oct 07, 2014

Biased review. I bought one shortly after it came out. Only con to me is I got the AT&T version and no root solution exists to this day because of its esoteric status. Really gets attention from everyone and I'm not an attention w***e. Still use it after 3 years and swap my sim with other phones.

93. mirexcool

Posts: 65; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

bought this one on Aliekspress:http://goo.gl/a08Q1Т very good phone

91. mariusmuntean

Posts: 26; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

very nice but way to overpriced!!

90. theo14461 unregistered

This phone will be introduced into the most gimmicky hall of fame for 2014.

87. Cyagocaliz unregistered

Not the enemy of Xperia Z3 and iPhone 6 Plus. Next.

86. alrightythen

Posts: 35; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Piece of s**t! Go apple!

85. john.scott

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 22, 2014

Awesome Look.

77. JEverettnow

Posts: 228; Member since: Mar 11, 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.

75. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

iPhone wins again! lol

76. soldier1969

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

Isheeple get real.

84. royjones

Posts: 10; Member since: Dec 27, 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.

74. Bertelgeus

Posts: 126; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

I see the third consecutive earnings shock coming.

66. drschmalzy12

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 08, 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: 297; Member since: Feb 04, 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

63. KonaStang4.6

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Galaxy Note Ridiculously Overpriced©

67. Mels13

Posts: 119; Member since: Jun 23, 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: 375; Member since: Oct 01, 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: 103; Member since: Jul 12, 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" Ridiculously overpriced 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/phones/compare/Apple-iPhone-5,Apple-iPhone-6,Apple-iPhone-6-Plus/phones/7378,8346,8908 I can't comment on the other spurrious looking negatives as I have yet to test it fully

73. MickLuvHP

Posts: 23; Member since: Oct 26, 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: Nov 22, 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

57. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 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. ;)

48. derivativex

Posts: 176; Member since: Jul 15, 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?

47. Blazers

Posts: 790; Member since: Dec 05, 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: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 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.

45. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

I can only imagine if you were to break the glass how expensive will it be to get it replaced.

44. simpleas

Posts: 196; Member since: Apr 30, 2014

I love TouchWiz and Samsung. Thank you for the Note 4. And soon, ill also be getting the Gear VR.

40. Teeeyoo

Posts: 99; Member since: Jul 13, 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.

33. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

The Galaxy Note Edge is such an awesome beast.

31. derivativex

Posts: 176; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

If this phone will be available here in the middle east I'd buy it in a heartbeat

23. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 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 ??

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Galaxy Note Edge
  • Display 5.6 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera)
    3.7 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 5.1 Lollipop

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