The Galaxy Note Edge is an innovative and powerful smartphone for those who can afford the hefty upfront cost. Offering great performance, a wealth of productivity services and a unique curved display, the Galaxy Note Edge would be a five-star product were it not for the average battery and old software.
Innovative curved screen, great performance, good camera, S Pen stylus
Average battery, older Android version, expensive
Screen: 5.6in, 2560x1600, 524 ppi, QHD, Super Amoled capacitive touchscreen
Processor: Quad-core 2.7GHz Krait 450 Qualcomm Snapdragon 805
Storage: 16GB or 32GB, expandable with microSD card up to 128GB
Battery: Li-Ion 3000mAh
Camera: 16MP rear-facing, 3.7MP front-facing
The Galaxy Note Edge is often viewed as an experimental device with its 'Edge Screen' that curves round the phone's right side.
Specifically the handset is viewed as a test case for the Galaxy S6 which, according to rumours, will feature similar display technology.
With this in mind, and the Galaxy S6's expected launch at Mobile World Congress less than a month away, interest in the Note Edge has gradually grown.
However, Samsung has a strong record of loading its handsets with gimmicky, and ultimately useless, technologies, and many have justifiably wondered how the handset's unique Edge Display works and whether it's a positive addition.
Design and build
Visually, beyond the curved screen, the Note Edge is all but identical to the Galaxy Note 4 and features a glass front, metal sides and fake leather finish backplate. The only major difference is that, unlike the Galaxy Note 4, the Note Edge's backplate is not removable.
Some may bemoan the lack of access to the battery, but we found that the locked plate made the handset feel significantly sturdier than most Samsung handsets, which can feel slightly cheap.
Like any phablet the Galaxy Note Edge is outright huge in the hand, measuring 151x82x8.3mm and weighing 174g. The size will be a sticking point for people who aren't used to phablets as they are close to impossible to use one handed.
This is even more apparent on the Note Edge, particularly for left-handed people, thanks to the right-hand placement of the curved display and the software changes made to Android by Samsung. More on this later.
In terms of features the Galaxy Note Edge is fairly similar to most Note family devices and comes with a dockable S Pen stylus and a fingerprint scanner in the physical, front-facing home button.
The Galaxy Note Edge's main display is one of its best features, and the 5.6in, 2560x1600, 524 ppi, QHD, Super Amoled capacitive touchscreen cements Samsung's place as a leader in smartphone display tech.
The contrast, sharpness and brightness levels are great, and colour balance levels are suitably realistic. This remained true when viewing icons and text on the flat face and curved side of the display.
Viewing angles were also impressive, and in general we found no serious problems with the display.
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