Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Review
Call quality is fairly good on the Note Edge: the earpiece is sufficiently loud, and voices sound mostly clear and natural, but if we had to pick the nits, we’d say that sound is a slightly bit muffled.
On the other end of the line, call quality was not as good: it is sufficiently loud, but there is an audible hiss.
The Note Edge has a large, 3000mAh battery that will easily last you a full day even under heavier use.
Our impressions are that the phone can easily last throughout a full day of use, even under heavier use, and battery life is similar to that of the Note 4. And if you are not using it very intensively, you can expect two days off the charger, which is definitely a good achievement. Add to that the fact that as you get more familiar with the edge screen (and if you use it a lot for quick glance information), you can expect to squeeze out even more juice out of the phone's battery.
We should note that the Galaxy Note Edge has the benefit of a user-removable battery. You also have Samsung’s Ultra Power Saving Mode that turns the screen black and white, and caps the processor for some extreme power savings. It cuts access to all apps but the basic ones, but it keeps a browser and mobile data usable, and still manages to deliver more than 10 hours of juice with just 5% battery left.
We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.
It’s clear that the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is a niche, limited-edition phone that is a lot about showing off the futuristic-looking curved rim, and all the little things it can do. It’s also not a device for everyone, with an astronomical price of $399.99 on a 2-year contract, or $945.99 off-contract. However, it will be available on all four major US carriers in the middle of November, so it’s not impossible to get either.
Those who want to buy it over the Note 4 have just a single reason, and that is the showy, curved edge. For all else, the Note 4 is a nearly identical sibling of the Note Edge, with largely the same performance power and camera capabilities. And yes, if you want to have your phone always show off how different you are, that might be a good device. The edge screen also makes multitasking a bit quicker, and it is nice to have for quick glances at notifications.
After using it for a while, though, the edge seems to serve more as a gimmick and a show-off feature rather than something that brings a substantial benefit to functionality. And it definitely does not justify the high price of this concept-to-reality phone.
- Very sharp and nicely calibrated screen in ‘Basic’ mode
- Edge screen is a show-off, and it makes for quicker multitasking
- Excellent images and video from the 16-megapixel camera
- Fast performance
- Plentiful 32GB of internal storage that is also expandable via microSD cards
- Fast charging support
- S Pen support
- Ridiculously overpriced
- Edge screen does not bring any substantial benefit to functionality
- Edge makes it hard to hold without accidentally touching the screen
- Lock screen button hard to reach at the top
- TouchWiz still not perfectly smooth
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16 MP (Single camera)
3.7 MP front
- Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, 3GB RAM
- Storage 32GB, microSDXC
- Battery 3000 mAh
Android 5.1 Lollipop