Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review

Borderless aesthetics

 

We are eagerly awaiting the official release date of the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge in what appears to be the most radical mobile phone design of the year and there are big questions as to whether this smartphone will sell better than the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

 

The borderless aesthetics provide a new angle on design as the screen bends over one side of the phone to create a notification bar for quick access to frequently used apps, alerts and functionality settings.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

 

It’s far more than just a twist on smartphone design though as you can use this notification strip without opening up the phone’s case or read your messages or alerts without interrupting a video that you might be watching.

 

In fact the specifications are so similar between the Galaxy Note Edge and the Galaxy Note 4 that it would be hard to justify recommending the Note 4 over the Note Edge.

 

Edge Screen

 

So let’s take a closer look at what’s in-store in our Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge design

 

The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge will be available in charcoal black or frost white, both of which have that leather-look textured effect on the rear case. Your colour choice will surround the Quad HD Super AMOLED display that measures 5.6-inches and has a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels plus another 160 pixels on the edge display.

 

Precise colour saturation

 

The display offers precise colour saturation and high contrast to offer an optimised experience for web-browsing and e-booking. If we were to question anything about the curved edge display it would be will left-handed users find it tricky to use?

 

Optimised web browsing and e-booking

 

Inside there is a 2.7GHz quad-core processor with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal memory that can be expanded with a MicroSD card of up to 64GB. All of these design features come together in a shell that is slightly thinner and lighter than the Note 4 weighing 174g and having a thickness of just 8.3mm.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge features

 

The Galaxy Note Edge is powered by Android v4.4 and this is complimented by the usual addition of bespoke Samsung designed features.

 

Samsung have worked hard to create a better visual and more practical user experience and the result is natural multitasking with multi-window views of recent apps, split window mode and pop-up window mode where a small screen appears in the corner of the display. You can also create a personalised design and information stream with live information and photos from the picture gallery.

 

Natural multitasking with multi-window views

 

The advanced S Pen now has improved touch and feels like a real pen when writing. Smart Select works with the S Pen to capture content and text from anywhere and you can put this together and then share and save the information.

 

Smart Select

 

There is also a new Photo Note feature where you can capture an image and then edit notes, change colours or add in memos with the S Pen.

 

Photo Note

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Camera

 

The Galaxy Note Edge camera will deliver another high-end experience that is on a par with the experience delivered by compact digital cameras.

 

Smart Optical Image Stabilisation

 

A 16MP resolution coupled with Smart Optical Image Stabilisation delivers great results even in the dark with a sensor that captures 60% more light. Fast autofocus is also welcomed along with 3 microphone directional video recording.

 

 

Capture 60 percent more light

 

The secondary camera has a 3.7MP resolution and the 90 degrees capture mode is perfect for video calls on Skype. You can however switch to a wide-angle mode where a 120 degree field of view allows for goup selfies or group video calls.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge battery life

 

The 3000mAh battery is assisted by a new fast charging system that is 30% faster than before. This means that you can charge the Note Edge to 50% power in just 30 minutes.

 

 

50 percent power in just 30 minutes

 

If a power source isn’t available then you could switch to ultra power saving mode which preserves battery power by limiting the number of apps running in the background and by applying a grey-scale theme to the homepage.

 

Ultra power saving mode

Written by: Michael Brown


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