Đánh giá galaxy note edge

I would very much lượt thích a flexible điện thoại thông minh that I could scrunch up like paper & stuff into a pocket. I don’t quite know why I would like that, but it feels lượt thích something that the future should create.

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Samsung’s wild Galaxy chú ý Edge is a tiny step toward that eventuality. The screen’s glass remains firm & immovable, of course, but it protects a flexible OLED display that curves around the side of the device. At first it looks lượt thích your phone has melted in some sort of Daliesque nightmare, but it’s lượt thích having two screens in one — the regular flat portion as found on any điện thoại thông minh, và the crazy curved strip that shows anything from trending Twitter topics to lớn a burger-flipping minigame.

Samsung reportedly considers the Galaxy cảnh báo Edge a “limited-edition concept” for now, due to lớn its “technology-intensive” design. It’s not the first time the company has pushed out a high-tech sản phẩm that feels lượt thích an experiment — witness last year’s concave sầu Galaxy Round, or any of the six smartwatches the company has announced in the past 14 months. But Japan’s biggest carrier, NTT Docomo, released the phone last week anyway, và I’ve sầu spent a good khuyến mãi of time trying khổng lồ work out the benefits of its bent screen.

So, here I am, with a Galaxy cảnh báo Edge stuffed inlớn my pocket. I don’t quite know why it exists, but it feels like something the Samsung of today would create.


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In almost every way, the Galaxy chú ý Edge is a Galaxy lưu ý 4: mostly the same specs, mostly the same software, mostly the same kiến thiết. But there’s one obvious difference — its curved OLED screen is an absolute knockout, even more so than the lưu ý 4’s. It’d be hard to lớn make the argument that this isn’t the best smartphone display khổng lồ date, with amazing, vibrant colors and crazy px density. It’s also the most impressive element of the cảnh báo Edge’s design; the iPhone 6’s glass curves a little at the sides, sure, but the Note Edge takes the infinity-pool effect khổng lồ the next màn chơi. Look at the phone from the left & the screen seems to go on forever.

The Galaxy lưu ý Edge"s screen seems lớn go on forever

The curvature of the chú ý Edge’s display feels a little odd at first, but the unfamiliar thumb movement soon becomes second nature. You can put the chú ý Edge on a table without it rocking, you can hold it in your hand without accidentally triggering the touchscreen, and you can slip it inkhổng lồ a pocket without difficulty. The display is actually higher resolution than the Note 4’s; while it’s slightly smaller, the curved section adds an extra 160 vertical pixels, making for a 16:10 image at 2560 x 1600. This means there’s no compromise when using the cảnh báo Edge — even if you ignore the curved display area, you still have the same usable screen space as a cảnh báo 4.

Ignoring the curved display area is something you’ll soon get used khổng lồ. While it does look impossibly cool at first, the concept doesn’t change the basic điện thoại thông minh experience all that much. Here’s how it works: on the home page screen, the curved area is taken up by one of a series of widgets that you can flip & swipe through. When you’re in an tiện ích, this column is shrunk down to lớn a tiny strip with a customizable message written in a tacky font, & you can swipe in from the right to lớn bring up the full-width widget over the edge of the phầm mềm you’re using.


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The widgets can contain a few things. The most obvious is a list of app shortcuts, letting you jump between apps with a swipe and a tap. The next default tells you the weather và displays the icons for any apps that may have unread notifications. The other two widgets that I’ve sầu found myself leaving on are a location-based danh mục of trending Twitter topics — cool, because it’s not something I’d usually check myself — & one linked khổng lồ S Health, which reads out step and distance data from the pedometer. These are all simple tweaks that sometimes come in handy without blowing the mind.

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Other uses for the curved screen columns include a tốc độ dialer, which might be a good feature for someone who makes more phone calls than me; a news ticker, which I didn’t use much because it works exclusively with a Japanese service called The News Cafe; và a disturbingly detailed weather ticker that I switched off because its ominous predictions of "discomfort" và "dry skin" were a little upsetting. Audio apps make use of the extra space by bringing up a column with play, skip, and pause controls whenever something is playing in the background.

There is an ứng dụng store for the Edge screen, but at the time of writing it was populated with a gr& total of two widgets. One is a Samsung-made game called Tiny Burger, where you have khổng lồ staông chồng your burger khổng lồ the customers’ orders as quickly as possible; I can only assume the idea is that you secretly play it next to a spreadsheet when your boss is sitting to your left. The other downloadable widget is, hilariously, a single vertical bar that displays RAM usage và nothing else. If, after buying a phone with 3GB of RAM, you find yourself stricken with worry over how much of that remains miễn phí on a minute-to-minute basis, the cảnh báo Edge may well be for you.

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Samsung has also updated a couple of its own apps to work with the cảnh báo Edge’s screen. The camera app moves most of its controls to lớn the curved edge, leaving an uncluttered viewfinder image. And S lưu ý, the note-taking phầm mềm designed for the stylus, does much the same: the various tools và features are shifted khổng lồ the side, giving you more space on the virtual page. These are both good ideas that work well most of the time, but they haven’t been fully thought out — I missed a few good pholớn opportunities when notifications came in và overlapped the shutter button. In fact, displaying notifications on the curved screen is an all-around bad idea; you have sầu khổng lồ read them sideways if you’re holding the phone in portrait mode, & you’re still left with the typical Android clutter at the top of the screen afterward.

If you swipe down from the top of one of the Note Edge’s columns, you’ll get a các mục of quick-access tools as with Control Center for iOS. These include a flashlight, a stopwatch, a timer, a voice recorder, và — brilliantly — a ruler. Some of these can be pretty useful; I used the timer when cooking &, while on iOS I’d have sầu lớn keep jumping in and out of the full-screen Cloông chồng phầm mềm, on the lưu ý Edge I could catch up on my Pocket queue while checking in on the time with a simple swipe from the side. And, in another reasonably sensible example of simple functionality, you can use the curved edge as a nighttime clock with the rest of the screen switched off.


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But beside all of this, the most important thing khổng lồ know about the Galaxy Note Edge is that while it does feel like a crazy, experimental device, it’s also just a really solid điện thoại thông minh. It’s based on the Galaxy lưu ý 4, the lachạy thử in Samsung’s pioneering line of gigantic phones, and also the company’s best điện thoại thông minh to lớn date. There are a couple of differences: the chú ý Edge’s screen is a tenth of an inch smaller at 5.6 inches diagonal, & the battery is a little less capacious at 3000mAh. Although the lưu ý Edge always made it through a full day, I wasn’t as impressed with its endurance as David was with the Note 4’s; this appears lớn have sầu been an issue with some international versions of the lưu ý 4, too, so mileage may vary worldwide.

Most importantly, the Galaxy cảnh báo Edge is just a really solid smartphone

Otherwise, everything is pretty much the same. You get Samsung’s lademo software, which this year is a slightly more restrained blover of useful features and frustrating gimmicks. You get a 16-megapixel camera, which doesn’t quite match up lớn the iPhone 6’s but still performs better than just about any other Android smartphone I’ve sầu seen. You have sầu the trademark S Pen stylus và attendant software, a quality Samsung feature that I actually really like.

And you also get Samsung’s new part-metal design direction, which I’m not as enamored with as some of my coworkers. It’s certainly an improvement on prior efforts from the company; the metal frame makes the phone feel far more solid and look a lot less tacky than the giả plastic chrome trlặng of old. But the rear of the phone is still thin plastic, this time etched with a cheesy pattern that Samsung’s designers would have sầu you believe sầu emulates the finest leather from Togo. The absurdity of that statement aside, I suppose I should just be grateful that there aren’t any imitation plastic stitches this year.


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None of the phone’s exclusive features alone, or even in combination, are likely to lớn be a selling point for most people. The Galaxy Note Edge is yet another example of Samsung iterating in public, releasing a hàng hóa because it can flex its supply-chain muscle before deciding whether it should. And you know what? In this particular case, I’m okay with that.

The Galaxy cảnh báo Edge is a great phone because the Galaxy Note 4 is a great phone

The Galaxy cảnh báo Edge is a great phone because the Galaxy chú ý 4 is a great phone, and the head-turning gimmickry of the curved screen does very little to compromise that fact. Make no mistake — I don’t think phones with slightly bent displays are the future. If you buy the cảnh báo Edge now & ride out the two-year contract, at the over of năm nhâm thìn you’ll probably still be the only person you know with a phone like this.

But there’s no reason khổng lồ think that any other năm trước Android phone would leave you better off. The most pessimistic assessment possible of the chú ý Edge is that it’s a slightly cooler-looking version of the best Samsung phone yet. Assuming no major difference in price — which may be a bad assumption — I’d pichồng this over the lưu ý 4 just because it’s more fun and interesting to lớn use. I can see why others may prefer to lớn stick with the known quantity of the cảnh báo 4, though.

So no, Samsung hasn’t proven the curved-screen concept to lớn be anything cthất bại lớn essential yet. But if we’re ever going khổng lồ get to a future beyond near-identical flat slabs of glass, we’ll need products lượt thích the Note Edge along the way. After all, it wouldn’t vị for us all lớn be the same.


Our nhận xét of Samsung Galaxy lưu ý Edge


Verge Score 8.4 out of 10

Good Stuff

Astonishing displayHead-turning size factorBasically a Galaxy cảnh báo 4

Bad Stuff

Battery life decent, but a step down from the lưu ý 4Not many apps that make use of the screenSamsung"s software is still too overbearing