Samsung Note Edge – Half a Day Later – my thoughts

So its been just over half a day since receiving the Note Edge. My last post covered my views after 4 hours and the night clock edge mode.

So now its been a bit longer. Obviously, I was sleeping for 6 or so hours but I was still fiddling with the Note Edge. I now have 135 apps/games installed and about 12gb free storage left. For the time being I am not installing Nova Launcher as I want to experience the Edge the Touchwiz way for a while.

The number one question I have been asked is “Is the edge panel really worth it, or what can you do with it”. I feel as it everyone is missing the point slightly. You are not spending £700 on just the curved edge panel! You are also buying a phone that has the best display (its better than the Note 4), arguable the best camera on a smartphone, handwriting recognition and everything the Note 4 includes, which is a massive amount. The curved edge is part of the overall experience and design.

The design is both software and hardware. In my opinion, the Note Edge hardware design is superior to that of the Note 4. And just in half a day, for the first time ever on a Samsung device the software feels well balanced. Somebody at Samsung has actually looked at all the menu and options, order of options and tweaked them rather well. This makes the Note Edge from a software angle feel more polished than the Note 4. I really thought it would be buggy and not as finished. Instead it is the complete opposite.

There is one potential shortcoming. I hold the Note Edge in my right hand. That makes operating the curved panel a breeze. There is an option for the panel in the settings that allows for the edge to be rotated so that enables left handed use. With the curved on the left, there is a pull up menu for the home, back, and recent keys. The issue here is not all apps will work properly upside down. For me however, it is a non issue. In fact, this particular point is the only negative so far.

You can hold the phone and the curved edge will not activate which was one concern I had before I got the phone. It only activates when you flick the edge or swipe it. Palm rejections work flawlessly. I also was concerned about using a car mount. There is enough edges on both sides for this to allow the mount to grasp securely on both sides.

What I am going to try and do is have the Note 4 side by side and see what precisely has been altered. For now I am content with my final phone.

Update – I’ve had a chance to compare the settings menus between the Note 4 and Edge and they are identical except for the Edge having the extra menu for the curved edge panel.

4 thoughts on “Samsung Note Edge – Half a Day Later – my thoughts

  1. It just struck me that the edge is not so much about notifications as much as it is about moving the entire bottom section of the phone up to the side.

    With this edge feature, you no longer need to have a physical home button, because all it’s functions are replaced. The edge is:
    – your “on” button
    – it takes you to the home screen
    – you can put the “long press” voice functionality there.

    The edge function also puts your dock and app drawer all on the side as well

    With this Samsung could move to devices with less bottom bezel area. And that would mean smaller phones for a given screen area.

    The key of course is whether the fingerprint scanner concept can be dumped. Personally I find them annoying. Even the supposedly great one on I phone I find unreliable. It isn’t 100% reliable and forget about it if your hands are wet or you have gloves on etc. Turning on your phone is such a basic function and I don’t think the scanner is really a good way of doing it.


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