Review: The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

I have a dream that one day technology will evolve to a stage where devices bear similar properties to that of slap-on wristbands; something you can wear on your wrist as a cuff and then unroll into a solid smartphone or tablet.

Until that day becomes a reality, we can satisfy ourselves with the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. When the Note Edge was announced I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it, as it marks the evolution of smartphones.

First the stats: the 5.6-inch phablet runs on an Android 4.4.4 operating system, powered by a quad-core 2.7 Ghz CPU. The device features similar cameras to the
Note 4, a 16-megapixel rear and a 3.7-megapixel front-facing camera — though it trumps the iPhone 6’s 8-megapixel rear and 1.2-megapixel front camera. The Edge also features a removable 3,000mAh battery.

Unfortunately, Samsung’s love affair with plastic continues with the Edge. Fortunately, that helps drop its weight to 174g.

The similarities between the 4 and the Edge continue with their screen resolution (1440×2560 pixels), memory (3GB RAM) and storage (32GB).

The Note Edge, simply put, is a Note with an Edge. Luckily, that slightly curved corner ups the device’s desirability by at least a 1,000 OMG-WOW points. The device looks absolutely gorgeous and it was hard to find someone who wasn’t genuinely impressed with it. After using it immediately after the Samsung Note 4, I can honestly say I’ve forgotten all about the Edge’s straight cousin.

So what’s so great about its second screen? Users can customise the vertical ribbon with additional panels that, for example, display a custom message, a specific list of apps or a Twitter feed. Users can also download additional panels to feature breaking news from CNN and to monitor data usage.

Despite being a ridiculously good-looking phone, it seems Samsung was testing the waters with this device. With the new Samsung Galaxy S6 launch around the corner, a teaser image released by the company earlier this month hinted at a device with a larger curved screen.

If you do pick up this phone, make sure you never drop it. Galaxy owners with shattered screens know how much a replacement costs (upwards of Dh800), so you can imagine how much they’ll charge you for a curved one.