Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review
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Writen by mobile88 Editor: By Andre Chan, on Monday, March 02, 2015
We have finally come to the trump card of the Note Edge. Revolutionary or gimmick? Before we get to that, let's review what the Edge Screen is all about.
At first glance, the Edge Screen seems to be just an extension of the normal display but they are two separate screens really. The Edge Screen has its own set of screens (called “panels”) that do things such as showing the time, date, temperature, your notifications, your favorite shortcuts and more. Swipe to the left and right to change panels.
What's cool about the Edge Screen is that you can download additional panels online if you want more than just the ones provided. Some of the panels which are available for download now include useful ones such as task manager, widgets, device information, breaking news to fun ones like memory match and puzzle mini-games. There're even practical ones like a mini ruler! Our favorite feature though, is the night clock, which transforms the Edge Screen into a time-teller that can be easily viewed while lying on the bed. Handy.
From left to right: Customizable quick launch panel, Yahoo Sports panel & Memory Match mini-game panel
Another thing that makes the Edge Screen a plus point is that it complements the standard screen to offer a better and more immersive viewing experience in some instances. For example, in the camera app, all the controls such as the shutter button and settings toggle are all located at the Edge Screen, leaving the standard screen as the viewfinder free of any clutters. The same applies in the video app. As any incoming notifications will be shown on the extra screen, distractions can be kept to the minimum.
All things said, if you ask us whether its worth to splurge the extra RM500 for the Edge Screen when you can just get the Note 4 instead, we wouldn't say “go for it”. As much as it can do some pretty cool stuffs, we suspect that once the novelty factor wears off, some users will not really bother about it. Sure, the notification alerts and night clock are very useful features which will be used everyday no doubt but there aren't that many features that warrant such a hefty investment. Until more useful features utilizing the Edge Screen that people cannot live without are introduced, its best to keep your hands in your pocket for now.