I have held the view that the Samsung Galaxy Note (Video review) is the most productive of all Android devices. It has been able to maintain that edge over the years thanks to its high performance quotient and, f course, the superb stylus. Now, the Note has given itself another edge and that too in a very literal sense.
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
I was lucky to be at the global launch of the Note Edge just before IFA last year. Understandably, there were a lot of oohs and aahs in the halls as the phone with the curved glass and the edge display was revealed. It was a premium phone all the way, along with the Mont Blanc and Swarovski covers and accessories. But I have since wanted to test if the edge display, which is always independent of the larger screen beside it, was really practical.
Specs: 5.6-inch (1600×2560 pixels ~524 ppi) Super AMOLED screen | 2.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 with 3GB RAM | 32 or 64GB interal storage expandable up to 128GB | 16MP rear camera, 3.7MP front camera | LTE, Bluetooth 4, wi-Fi direct, MHL | 3000 mAh battery | Android version 4.4.4. KitKat OS
Price: Rs 64,900
Does the Edge give this phone an edge?
Yes. As I said before, the Galaxy Note, especially its latest version the Note 4, is a phone that ticks all the smartphone boxes and ticks them well. So, the curved glass display is an additional feature that adds more value to the phone. Yes, a lot of people will find this feature gimmicky, but I thought there were a lot of practical uses. For instance you don’t need to interrupt whatever you are doing if a text message or notification comes in as that will appear on the edge screen. Plus, you can use the screen to passively keep a tab on your mail, news alerts, stocks, sports scores.
Even otherwise, the most used apps like mail, browser, Google Play and the like are on the edge when the phone is on, giving you quick access. It also helps that the edge screen is very customisable. You can add or remove panels, use that space for a night clock and even have a separate screensaver for it.
Are there any flaws?
While there are no big flaws, you tend to feel that the curved screen makes the phone more fragile. Everyone who saw the phone in my hand asked what will happen if it falls? Here we would have to go with Samsung’s credibility and believe that they do know how to make good quality displays.
The other quirk I found was that while the edge screen shows icons even when the phone is locked, you can’t action anything with the same unless you unlock the phone. Then there is no point of showing the icons here in the first place.
What about the rest of the phone?
For all practical purposes, the Note Edge is the Note 4 with a curved screen added to it. The one significant difference between the two models is the display where the Edge seems to be a bit better, while the Note 4 is a bit bigger. Plus, the Edge, strangely, has a smaller battery, when you would have thought an additional display would mean adding more power. Since the Note 4 is already a top notch phone, you don’t really need to think much about the rest of the phone. It has high-end processing that allows smooth multi-tasking, a great camera and the best stylus in the business. The smaller battery and the extra display clearly takes a few hours off this phone, but it easily lasts a day.
Who should buy this?
Well, this is an expensive phone. So let’s start with people who have a lot of disposable income and would like to use the same to stay clear of the others. Plus, the phone will add value for those who need to be on top of what is happening around them, in the markets and on their phone.
Give it to me straight: Buy or Don’t Buy?
Absolutely, if you can afford it.