Samsung Galaxy Note Edge 32GB
Key Features : Expandable Storage Capacity of 128 GB, 2.7 Ghz APQ 8084 Quad Core Processor, 3.7 MP Selfie Camera, 16 MP Main Camera, Android v4.4 (KitKat) OS, 5.6 inch Super AMOLED Touchscreen, 4G (LTE) – (Cat 6) 300 Mbps HSDPA.
S Pen features combined with Edge - if you love looking at notifications 'on the Edge'
It doesn’t take long to realize how the curved edge changes the way you handle this phone. Unlike the Note 4, which comfortably balances its large frame with the slightly curved back and raised corners, wrapping your fingers around to grip in one hand has a slightly pinching effect. It’s not as comfortable to hold as the Note 4 or the iPhone 6 Plus. That’s down to the fact that it now replaces the anodized aluminium trim on that side, creating a more unbalanced feel.
Surprisingly, though, the extra screen segment doesn’t make the Note Edge much heavier. The Edge weighs in at just 174g, with the Note 4 a couple of grams heavier at 176g. It’s only a fraction thicker, too – 8.5mm vs 8.3mm on the Note 4. Everything apart from that second screen is the same.
Look & Feel
That means the Edge retains many of things that made us love the Note 4. The faux-leather plastic back – minus the horrible fake stitching of the Note 3 – gives the Edge a nice, assured grip and the back is removable so you can get to battery, the micro SD card slot and of course get your micro SIM card in place. Disappointingly, however, the slightly raised corners, which gave the Note 4 an extra degree of protection, are gone.
The buttons are largely in the same place and the home button packs in Samsung’s improved Touch ID-rivalling fingerprint recognition sensor. The exception is the standby button, which is now at the top of the phone to accommodate the curved screen. That makes it more of a stretch reaching a finger up to it, which is irritating
For S-Pen users, the Wacom-powered stylus is still intact of course, housed in the same compartment. Around the back you’ll find the same small speaker and camera sensor with heart rate sensor just below.
If you cover up that second screen, this is the same outstanding display from the the Note 4. It’s a slightly smaller 5.6-inch Super AMOLED panel. It has the same Gorilla Glass 4 protection that Samsung sneakily unveiled without telling anyone.
It has a 1,600 x 2,560 screen resolution. Hence, you get an extra 160 pixels courtesy of the curved edge. The 524ppi (pixels per inch) pixel density is less than TrustedReviews Phone of the Year the LG G3 (534ppi), but what really matters here is that clarity is still exceptionally impressive. This is one of the best smartphone displays available.
You get the same immensely bright, vibrant and sharp results as the Note 4 and can enjoy those fantastic black levels when watching films watching. Colours are punchy and perhaps out of the box a little too colourful. This is easily solved in the display mode options found inside the Screen settings.
Pros & Cons
- Beautiful, high-resolution curved display
- Outstanding camera
- A more accurate S-Pen
- Battery life lower than Note 4
- Limited number of Edge apps in the market
- Comes with outdated OS & you need to perform Over the Air (OTA) updates for more recent version of software