Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Hands-on, Photo Gallery

by Chetan Bhawani 12

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

Unique? It indeed is. But not wholly as a package, as the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is unique with only the curved right edge that hosts a display extending from the front. Otherwise, it is the Galaxy Note 4 with almost everything being the same, from the Quad HD display, to the S Pen. The Galaxy Note Edge isn’t for everyone, but for geeks who love to do more than just the standard usage.

The curved side display comes with loads of options, and the panel can be changed with combinations of app shortcuts, settings or even can show the time and notifications when the phone is idle. A perfect one because you don’t really have to wake the entire screen for checking the time, or to go through the notifications. But, lets just talk about the device on initial use.

Design wise, except for the curved edge on the right, the Note Edge is exactly similar to the Note 4, with faux leather back, plastic front and the metallic side frame with the brushed look. The S Pen is there as well, with that being embedded in the bottom back. The metallic frame continues just behind the curved edge, and that is where it gets a smooth roundish edge, to give a good grip. With no space on the right, the power button is pushed to the top, quite appropriate for the reason that it is easier to press a button on the top when the size of the device is huge.

The volume rocker button stays on the left, and both these buttons are good at feel with tactile response on pressing. On the top, there is a headset jack, an IR blaster and a secondary mic. The bottom frame has dual microphones and the MicroUSB port, and the back comes with a similar combination to what you see on the Note 4 – a 16-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a heart rate sensor. Obvious that the entire device cannot be made thicker to match the thickness of the camera sensor, thus you see a protruded camera on the back. The speaker grill is located towards the bottom, and the S Pen pocket is in the bottom, with enough space to place your fingernail and pull the S Pen out.

The front comes with the sensors, front camera and earpiece on the top and standard home button with finger scanner in the bottom, on the either side of which there are touch-based navigation buttons. The remaining space on the front above and below the display is all filled up by thin lines, just like they were in the Galaxy Note 4.

What is the most interesting here, is the curved edge. But it’s too early to conclude about its functionality and issues. There is obviously an issue that we notice, with the side display being touched unintentionally when the screen is active and you are trying to lift the device. But there are many functions and interface tweaks that Samsung has made to make the user experience better. The edge has 160 pixels for itself, and that is enough space to touch any of the shortcuts or settings easily. The touch response is great, and it feels too smooth on the curvy edge while pulling down the strip of quick settings from the top.

TouchWiz won’t impress much, but it is getting better and better, and we did see tons of changes in the Galaxy S5, from the previous flagship models. Samsung is continuing with this new design structure, but you still might not feel well adjusted to it, if you are a geek looking for intuitive features and options. But if you are looking for a simple one, TouchWiz has never been confusing.

Samsung calls the curved display as “Edge screen”, and there are several panels one can set and choose to show up in the edge screen. For example, you can choose to have the S Health stats, Favorite websites, Notifications with weather info, Emergency alerts and more. Samsung even offers the user to download more panels, if these aren’t enough. Good thing that it isn’t limited, and I’m sure once the developers get a hold of this, exciting stuff will be seen ahead.

The phone is swift in performance on initial use, and the display is bright and good, as it has been the case with AMOLED displays on Samsung smartphones. The camera as well doesn’t disappoint, and we’d be doing a camera review very soon. The availability of the Galaxy Note Edge still remains limited, and we are testing the one available in Japan, through NTT Docomo.

So far, the Galaxy Note Edge is a classic device, and one of its kind. The curved edge has a lot to say, and everything else in the Edge is high-end and you already know how powerful the Galaxy Note 4 is, the Note Edge is no different.

Chetan Bhawani

Chetan Bhawani is a dentist, a tech blogger and a passionate writer in the field of technology. He keeps himself connected to the web for the entire day, of course except when he's dozed off! Add +Chetan Bhawani on Google Plus for more!

  • Shanky Yadav

    Its is same that of samsung galaxy note 4 . it has all the features of note 4 except the screen on the one hand side which seems good but dor people who are with this innovation but not for common people but not for common people as some of them are happy with note 4 but it do a little more than note 4 its side screen has lots of features to explain and in touch with something in very easy way . it comes with dual microphone at the bottom and volume still stays at the left however this is little better than note 4 but still not popular as note 4.

    • Some things were mad different like the silver ring on the back was painted white all around and the battery and size are a little smaller. There is also buuton placement difference as well IR blaster. These are just a few other things different

    • Android

      Yeah but the level of innovation is more in this device. The ring around the whole device is elegant but to me i dont like it as much. Also OIS inst in the Note edge and therefore will not take pics with ease like the Note 4. Also battery is smaller in nOte edge and therefore means less screen on time.

  • The edge is the shining epitome of creative innovation. While there may be some comfortability draw backs and complaints of pricing, a brillisnt device like this is truly worth it since the user experience us increased by 100 percent and multitasking is made much easier. People must buy into this tool so it can thrice. There are a plethora of widgets available for the beautiful edge screen and more developers need to make there own to make the edge a serious necessity. I love everything from Samsung especially this and I can’t wait for this to hit western markets! Great hands on!!!

  • Android

    Wow OMG The galaxy Note edge eminently contemporary device from Samsung and it is displaying Samsung’s finest technologies. The design of the phone is exhilarating and very modernized with cutting edge material. The phone had seemed like it was imminent to pop up soon after a few years but Samsung brought the future to the present.The phone is exclusive from Samsung but Samsung has beated every to the books. Touchwiz on this phone offers many of the same design and featured on every other galaxy phone released this year but the bar on the side of the phone makes Touchwiz looks even better and add it own little gimmicks or shall we say features because are actually very useful. The design isnt all that flawless and many questions are unanswered about this. How are you supposed to hold the phone, will it be able to take great photos even without OIS,does the smaller battery and side bar screen mean that the device is cant last a day. I hope all of my questions get answered by Phone Radar in the next article they are making about this device. The edge is goind to be the new next component of Flagship phones next year or should i say fad…. Anyways this is a great device by Samsung and their level of innovation has stunned us all!!

  • Oh i wasnot know that about battery

  • Nikhil Narkhede

    Samsung is always 1 step(not to forget LG Gflex) ahead of other giants when it comes to actually implemening the latest technology in new smartphones . people actually dont see curved displays of much use in todays world . but i’m sure this will be the pioneering step to change the conventional way of manufacturing smartphones .

  • Nikhil Narkhede

    Samsung and LG(not to forget LG G3) are always keen and first among the other giants to actually implement latest advancements in technology in their smartphones .But people now a days dont see curved displays of much use but i’m sure that this will be the pioneering step to change the conventional way of manufacturing smartphones and other products .

  • Nikhil Narkhede

    SAmsung and LG(not to forget LG Gflex and G3) are always keen and first among other giants to actually implement latest advancements in technology in their smartphones and other range of products . Now a days people dont see curved displays of much use but i’m sure that this will be the pioneering step to change the conventional way of manufacturing smartphones and other products .

  • Nikhil Narkhede

    SAmsung and LG(not to forget LG Gflex and G3) are always keen and first among other giants to actually implement latest advancements in technology in their smartphones and other range of products . Now a days people don’t see curved displays of much use but i’m sure that this will be the pioneering step to change the conventional way of manufacturing smartphones and other products .

  • Nikhil Narkhede

    SAmsung and LG(not to forget LG Gflex and G3) are always keen and first among other giants to actually implement latest advancements in technology in their smartphones and other range of products . Now a days people dont see curved displays of much use but i’m sure that this will be the pioneering step to change the conventional way of manufacturing smartphones and other products .

  • thebrain

    The most innovative smartphone for a very, very long time. The curved screen is easily arise some curiosity. I wait to read your full review with the advantages, disadvantages and practicality of having a screen like that who brings novelty in the world of smartphones.