Call Quality


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.

Battery

The Note Edge has a large, 3000mAh battery that will easily last you a full day even under heavier use.

The Note Edge has a fairly spacious 3000mAh juice pack, slightly smaller than the 3220mAh battery on the Note 4.

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. 

On our battery life test, the Note Edge scores a good, but not great 7 hours and 8 minutes, slightly less than the Note 4. Let us remind you that our battery test runs a simulation of average smartphone use with a custom script that runs without any screen-off time and the score we have represents the battery life of a device under average non-stop use. We also set display brightness at 200 nits (a level of brightness that makes indoor use convenient) on all devices for our test, in order to have comparable and consistent results.

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.

hours Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
7h 8 min (Average)
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
8h 43 min (Good)
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
6h 32 min (Average)
Motorola DROID Turbo
10h 42 min (Excellent)

minutes Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
82
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
95
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
171
Motorola DROID Turbo
126


Conclusion


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.


Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • 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

PhoneArena Rating:

9.0

User Rating:

9.3
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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: 794; 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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