The "1-Minute" Review
- Awkward for left-handed users
- Uncomfortable grip
- Questionable support for curved display
When it comes to phablets, Samsung’s Note series has ruled the roost for some time. With the next wave of phones coming out, they’ve decided to try something a little different. One look at the Galaxy Note Edge is all it takes to see the difference. With it’s unique curved display, Samsung is touting increased convenience and new features other devices cannot offer. Does it live up to the hype? Let’s see what the reviews have to say.
With a 5.6-inch display, quad-core 2.7Ghz processor and 3GB of RAM, the Note Edge is definitely a beast in the specs department. Add in a Quad HD (1600-by-2560) display, NFC, Bluetooth, 4G LTE support and a MicroSD card slot and you have a phone that firmly carries the flagship label and price. Reviews noted that performance on the whole was snappy, lag-free and able to handle anything you can throw at it. In combination with the curved display and the S Pen, multitasking on the phone is simple. TechRadar called it, “is great to use and looks fantastic.”
The curved display is more than a simple eye-catching gimmick. It is actually an independent second display. What is displayed depends on your settings and what you might be doing at the time. From playback controls and sports tickers to full-on games and alarm clock apps, the curved section of the display has plenty of uses out of the box. Reviews note that Samsung plans to make it possible for developers to use the curved display shortly as well.
One small caveat to the curved display is that it is only on one side of the phone. TechRadar noted that left-handed users would need to flip the phone upside-down to effectively use the screen. Even then, CNet says, “the asymmetrical shape isn't one hundred percent balanced.” Many reviews also noted the straight edge of the phone feeling sharp and slightly uncomfortable in their palms.
The S Pen has been a major part of what helps the Note series stand out from other phablets. On the Note Edge, the S Pen can interact with the curved display and comes with increased sensitivity and multiple tip styles. For example, the highlighter function allows you to highlight text like you were using a mouse on a computer for simple web clipping or note taking.
Overall, the phone has received positive reviews. Most reviewers note that unless developers actively decide to support the curved display that it might not receive many updates as far as functionality is concerned. However, all agreed that is more than a gimmick and worthy of considering. When it comes to new devices, this is definitely one of the most unique around. Engadget stated, “It's a very sleek-looking device, and I found it hard to stop staring at it.”
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Samsung released the Galaxy Note Edge on November 14, 2014.
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Samsung backs up the Galaxy Note Edge with a 2 Years parts & labour warranty.
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