Galaxy Note Edge Review Roundup

Galaxy Note Edge is now rolling out in the United States and Samsung has also made the handset available for pre-order in the UK, with the rest of Europe to follow through November. The device is also in the hands of reviewers and as you can see by this quick cross section, the Note Edge seems to be a solid smartphone, but most reviews think it is a definite first attempt, while there is no getting away from the expense of buying the Note Edge.

My brief time with the device left me impressed, although I share the general view that the Edge will be the reference points for future devices of this ilk. That of course should not stop the early adopters, and the truth is they will still be getting a stellar smartphone, just one not without its issues. Yahoo Tech in its review argued that for some the added side strip screen could be a bit pointless as a notification bar, especially with apps likely to remain scarce.

The Note 4 is the best big-screen smartphone on the market, and the idea that it could be even better is intriguing, but I just can’t bring myself to say that the Note Edge is a superior device. Yes, it does make jumping between apps easier, and being able to take photos without half the screen being covered by the camera controls is great. Being able to control my music from the Edge Screen is pretty convenient, too. But in the end, the Edge’s price is simply too high to recommend over the Note 4. The benefits just don’t outweigh the $100 premium the Edge has over the Note 4.

Gizmodo shared a similar view and could not justify the extra cost, considering that the Edge has some significant limitations next to the cheaper Galaxy Note 4.

If the Note Edge was the only new Note phone, this might be a tougher call, but since it’s not, the decision is easy. The Galaxy Note Edge is not a total disaster by any means, but you should definitely just get the Galaxy Note 4 instead, and maybe use some of the money you save to buy a bedside alarm clock and a book of conversation starters.

The Wall Street Journal also raised the subject of the extra sided screen and argued that it could be a redundant feature for some. The publication offered that the device is not needed, although did commend Samsung for at least experimenting.

Giving 110% can sometimes be too much. The Note Edge may appeal to Android lovers who enjoy customizing their phones. With the side screen, you get 160 precious new rows of pixels to add a launchpad for apps or a Times Square-like news ticker. Some people may find creative uses for the space, for instance by personalizing it with a pencil-thin animated picture. The unusual design certainly attracts attention. But to me, the Note Edge ends up being yet another distraction in the arms race for our attention. I’m glad Samsung is experimenting with new designs, but the Edge just tacks on new territory to an already cluttered phone landscape.

Here are some other choice cuts from around the web, starting with Mashable:

The edge panel itself is a well-thought-out piece of technology. It’s not buggy in the slightest, and it was an expert at responding to my finger taps – it hardly ever confused an edge tap with one on the main screen, and there were virtually no “false positives” from my palm, even though it appears to rest dangerously close to the panel as you hold it. Certainly, the Note Edge won’t force a wholesale rethink of smartphone design. But I could see it becoming the defining feature of a sub-brand of Galaxy phones. Given its size and price premium, it should be considered Samsung’s dreadnought class.

CNET wrote:

The Edge is a phone made for righties and adapted for the southpaws among us. A setting to flip the icons 180 degrees lets lefties turn the phone upside down so they can swipe and tap on the Edge display with their dominant hands. Since that orientation now puts the home button and navigation keys along the top (and well out of reach), you can swipe up to surface some on-screen navigation controls. It’s a workaround that seems to do the trick. With a product as daring as the Note Edge, a lot could have gone wrong. In this case, most of the technical stuff went right. The problem is justifying the high price and swooshing body shape compared to the more straightforward phones out there.

BGR said the device was simply not worth the cost:

But would I buy one myself? Definitely not. $400 is too steep an asking price for this phone. Period. The Edge panel doesn’t currently add $100 of value in my opinion, and I simply don’t have confidence that this is something third-party developers will be quick to embrace so they can add additional value to the Edge panel.

Finally TechCrunch added that it is not a necessary product but is still a welcome one:

As far as gimmicks go, however, I’m fine with this one and consider it a step forward. It’s a beautiful phone, well built, and usable enough to rival any other phablet. It’s not going to win any hearts and minds over less exotic devices (it’s $400 with contract on AT&T and about $840 unlocked, which could turn some off) but it does have a definite edge and it?s the shape of things to come.

source: Yahoo, Mashable, CNET, BGR, TechCrunch, Gizmodo


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