The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is the first of its kind which has come up with a unique wrapped around screen on one of its edges which pretty much justifies the name ‘Edge’. We have seen this as a concept long before but Samsung has made it possible to put it in their device which can actually act as a secondary display and you can actually control the secondary display separately from the main display. The secondary sleek display is meant for a quick shortcut to apps and information or news that ticker.
Samsung launched the device alongside Note 4 and both are having specifications which are pretty much same but the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge has an ‘Edge’ over Note 4. Apart from this it has the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage which comes with a 16-megapixel camera with optical stabilization and an S Pen Stylus which you can always use for some minute and precise selection on the screen and take down notes.
Be careful with the Edge screen as you may touch some icons accidentally. Well, that’s the challenge!
There’s no doubt about the fact that the Note Edge’s curved screen is a revolution but wait, that’s not the end of the story. You need to be real smart to hold the phone and use it as it requires extra attention and you need to make yourself habituated to a particular way of handling the phone so as to avoid any accidental pressing of some applications stuffed on the curved screen. It is actually difficult for a right-handed user as the right side of the palm is likely to touch any of the icons on the curved edge. As the right edge of the phone has been converted to a screen the power/lock screen has moved to the top which is really hard to reach but its volume keys on the left are easy to press.
What happens if you drop the phone on its edge?
Not to worry much. Samsung Galaxy Note Edge as a slightly protruded metal frame that protects the edge from being damaged. If you drop the phone on its edge having the curved screen then the metal frame will hit the ground first which ensures a safe landing. Samsung has also made the glass hard enough to be on the safer side. So you may consider the phone to be strong enough on the edges at least and stop looking around for some YouTube videos on “Drop Test for Galaxy Note Edge”.
The handset comes with features, design and body material very similar to that of Note 4. It has the similar faux-leather plastic cover, tough metal, protruding camera with a large physical home key. You would simply love the physical home key which has the Fingerprint Scanner and the S Pen which is much easier to take out than before as reviewed by the Galaxy model users.
Samsung introduced the Note 4 to be the first phone with color-accurate AMOLED Screen and Galaxy Note Edge has just followed its path but with some extra ppi i.e 525ppi versus 515ppi on the Galaxy Note 4. The Samsung Galaxy Edge has a large enough 5.6 inch Super AMOLED Screen with 1440×2560 pixels Quad HD resolution which is meant to be more sharper than the Note 4 technically. The Galaxy Edge’s screen has an additional of 160 pixels for the edge which is bright and crisp enough.
The color temperature is great; screen is very accurate and has the perfect balance between the reds and blues. The Gamma being 2.8 is still great when compared to Note 4.
The Note Edge has a maximum brightness which goes up to 498 nits for better outdoor viewing and can be reduced down to 1 nit for night time viewing to avoid tiring your eyes. Samsung’s sensibility towards its users’ eyes has always been appreciated.
The most amazing feature of Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is its Edge Screen which can act as an independent screen even if you do not switch on the main 5.6 inch screen. It is packed with several predefined templates stuffed with widgets which you may use to pin on the Edge Screen as per your requirements. It’s like a shortcut to access the mostly used apps and widgets and you can wake up the independent sleek screen by swiping left and right. The complementary screen can hold up to 7 panels like:
- Quick Shortcuts (like Dialer, Contacts, Camera, Internet etc)
It can hold up to 7 shortcuts.
- Social Media notifications and live information streaming from Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Finance etc.
You can access tools like ruler, flash light, countdown timer, recorder etc by swiping down from the top and can access the settings for each panel by swiping up from the bottom. You can access the apps on the main screen by tapping the shortcuts on the edge screen or get information on any updates on the main screen by tapping a particular app on the edge screen.
You can always personalize your lock screen by putting your own text and images which can be accessed from the “Express me” panel. You can also download additional panels that are available on the web to get a more personalized experience.
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge has come up with the edge screen which is intended to attract attention and publicity but on the other hand Samsung delivers a clear message to its competitors about the possibilities of its near future devices with more futuristic implementations of AMOLED screens. Though the edge screen makes multi-tasking faster by having shortcuts and extending battery life to some extent by quick glances on missed notifications so that you don’t need to turn on the main screen always but the overall concept does not make much of a sense as you can always have the notifications and the full app on the main screen. Samsung does not seem to have created the edge screen just to save some battery life; it is a showcase of the future possibilities by Samsung.
Interface and Functionality
The TouchWiz custom user interface of Samsung Galaxy Note Edge runs on Android 4.4 KitKat. It’s just as bright as the Note 4 but comes with a secondary rim having 7 panels with even more shortcuts. The rim is actually used to display the notifications instead of showing it in the top bar. Now this makes sense. You don’t need to unlock the phone to look at the notifications. That saves battery life.
You would love to experience the fingerprint scanner which you need to swipe down just as it used to be in the previous version but has improved over slightly. Other basic functionalities like Calling and Messaging along with the common apps remain the same as they were in the Note 4. You won’t experience any change here due to the edge screen.
The S Pen has already been improved as we experienced the change in the Note 4. It detects 2,048 levels of pressure in Galaxy Note Edge in comparison to that of Note 3 which used to have 1,024 levels. In spite of all upgrades you will still get annoyed while taking notes on the Galaxy Note Edge due to lags.
The S Health comes up with features to contribute to a more health conscious lifestyle. The Galaxy Note Edge has got all the new features which were available on the Note 4 like the SpO2 blood oxidation sensor and the UV meter.
Processor, RAM, Memory & Connectivity
The Galaxy Note Edge has put itself among the top Android performers with its powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 system chip along with a 3GB RAM. It comes with 32GB of internal storage space which others think of offering.
The stunning smooth performance of the phone is supported by a 32-bit chip featuring on the quad-core Krait 450 CPU. It runs at a clock speed of up to 2.7GHz. There has not been a huge improvement in the CPU power but you would love to experience the high-end applications as well as the high-end games on the device.
The Note Edge which is featured with 4G LTE is capable of speeding up to 300Mbps for downloads. It has got Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, Wi-Fi and an infra-red beamer to use the phone like a remote for your TV, AC or any other remote controlled electronic devices.
The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge has a 16 megapixel rear-facing camera with optical image stabilization just as what we have in Galaxy Note 4. It is really great when talk about 4K UHD video recording with the capability of 2160p at 30 frames per second and 720p at 120 frames per second. With Optical Image Stabilization the video recording capability has become great on the Note Edge and Note 4 which the Galaxy S5 and Note 3 didn’t have. Video recording at 4K has become more powerful with Optical Image Stabilization which used to be Digital Image Stabilization in the earlier devices where the users experienced bad quality recording due to minor shakes in the hand-held devices.
Galaxy Edge has got an F1.9 aperture which provides 60% more brighter imaging and widened angle from 77 degrees to 90 degrees and is capable of capturing great selfies at 120 degrees of Wide Selfie Mode. Samsung improved the front-facing camera’s low light imaging to a great extent. Now you can capture group selfies with the wide-angle lens even at low light. The panorama mode goes up to 120 degrees and can capture almost everything at a single shot.
The Galaxy Note Edge has got a 3000 mAh battery which is slightly smaller than the 3220 mAh battery of the Note 4. It is having the Fast Charging capability and Samsung claims that now you can charge up to 50% in about 30 minutes. As we have previously mentioned that the company claims that the notification on the Edge Screen reduces the battery consumption due to less usage of the main screen hence saving some power by keeping the main screen idle for some of the most common activities.
Samsung has released Galaxy Note Edge much as a prototype with limited edition and we can call it a preview of what Samsung is going to come up in the near future and may use this edge screen technology in the upcoming devices like Samsung Galaxy Note 5 or the Samsung Galaxy S6 for example. Samsung seems to be experimenting with the tremendous capabilities of this edge screen while they are very much open to the developers to come up with great widgets to be placed on the edge screen. The Note Edge is undoubtedly a great phone and the first of its kind.
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