Review by Sunetra Chakravati,3/23/2015 3:36:42 PM
Look and feel
Ease of use
Amazing battery |
Brilliant for work because of the S Pen |
Unweildy size |
Non-premium looks |
By Sunetra Chakravarti
After the debacle of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and during the launch of the Galaxy Note 4, Samsung announced the Note Edge.
Initially released only in Korea, it wasn’t destined to reach the UK, but it has since arrived.
Samsung are known to do that with their handsets: Galaxy S5 had a S5 Active, an S5 Zoom, S5 Mini and so forth, so it wouldn't have been too left-field.
However, this time their variation on a flagship was slightly different. They knew that if they heated glass to 800 degrees, it would curve and bend that screen leading to a seamless curved display and so they went for it.
Big and brash. Our review unit was a blue-y white plastic with the faux leather and stitching that are by now all too familiar. The screen is covered in Gorilla Glass 3 and the right side slopes over to form the strip screen that gives the Note edge its oomph.
The Note Edge is a shade wider than its older cousin, Note 4 and as per usual, I had imagined that using the phone one handed would be a pain. But that wasn't so. The presence of the widgets on the right edge of the phone meant that it was suddenly very easy for petites like me to take ownership of larger phones without having to endure sniggers from co-passengers.
As I said, it is reminiscent of a waterfall- it has that kind of a drop to it. The side of the glass is edged in metal and the edge acts as a separate screen to the main one.
You can customise the slim screen by adding your choice of effects and write something so when the screen is off, a small swipe will tell you, in your own handwriting whose phone it is.
The sliver of a screen has a whopping 2,560x160 pixels and is AMOLED powered so incredibly crisp and bright.
With a new type of screen, a new type of software is mandatory. Samsung have unveiled the Revolving UI which, as the name suggests, gives you a carousel of options on the edge of the phone with the swipe of a finger.
Last year, Samsung had opened up Revolving UI to developers and you will see several apps that go on the ribbon of a screen but they are very limited. Phone, texts, camera, setting and weather apart there weren't any that caught our fancy but the UI was incredibly responsive to swiping fingers and we had massive fun scrolling through.
Even though the Note Edge houses a quad-core processor and not octa-core ones like a slew of recently launched flagships, the phone was quite fast and responsive. I had no issues even when furiously live tweeting the launch of Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge from Mobile World Congress. It could have been better and there were some long seconds but nothing that held up our work.
An amazing 525ppi density makes consuming media a joy. Deep rich colours with very accurate black and whites makes the display on this flag-bearer one of the best to come out of Samsung’s stables.
The 16:10 aspect ratio at 2550 x 1600 pixels owing to the curved screen makes it a hard to beat number in the Android market.
I wasn't sure about the Note Edge before I reviewed it. Easy to brush off as gimmicky, the phone is clearly not that. Samsung are pretty sure about going down the ‘edgy- path in their pursuit of greatness as witnessed with the launch of the Galaxy S6 Edge.
Yes, the number of apps on it aren't too many but the edge brings in a second level of functionality to the phone that was increasingly not possible with the ever increase in the size of handsets.
Phablets aren’t for everyone. They can be too bulky and unwieldy for some, while others might not like the idea of carrying a door stopper around in their pockets.
The Edge shows the path towards making the phone work harder in a more manageable size and even though first versions aren't the most polished and best looking, Samsung have done a great job with the Note Edge.