With sales of the recently released iPhone 6 and 6 Plus rumoured to have topped 21 million within two weeks – and the number of smartphones in use around the world reaching 1 billion and projected to double by 2015 – you might be thinking that there’s not much left to expect from the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. Haven’t Apple, Blackberry and LG done pretty much everything one could reasonably expect from a smartphone short of hologram projection? So the question is, what makes the Samsung Note Edge so special?
What makes the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge so special?
The biggest change is undoubtedly to the exterior design of the device. Every other smartphone ever released has featured a flat screen, with the controversial exception of the accidentally bendable iPhone 6. But the Samsung Galaxy Edge features a wraparound screen that adds another dimension to smartphone use by adding the Edge Screen UX. The Edge Screen features five different displays which you can rotate between with a simple swipe of the thumb.
The app toolbar allows the user to select frequently used apps for the edge, giving you instant access to messenger services, contact information, the Smart IOS 16MP rear camera and others. The notifications screen shows you incoming calls, messages and other notifications without interrupting your current activity. The Ticker Board screens live sports results, news stories, stock trends and Twitter feed, and Quick Tools lets you pull out a torch, stopwatch, voice recorder, ruler and other tools in a second.
The user can even personalise the Edge Screen to make their device more individual to their tastes by uploading images, designs and text onto the screen. The S Pen also allows you to write along the edge, adding your own drawings and phrases with the S Pen optimised features.
The Edge Screen UX creates a product unlike anything currently available, and is arguably what makes the Galaxy Note Edge so special. But even without this feature, the Note Edge is a powerful, top of the range device with a 5.6” Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display, the latest Android 4.4 OS, 4G capability, and a 2.7 GHz Quad-Core Processor.
The recently released iPhone 6 Plus followed Samsung’s lead with a 5.5 inch screen, suggesting that the days of ‘smaller is better’ in technology are far behind us. The Note Edge, measuring 5.96 inches by 3.24 inches, will have everything we could currently expect of a high-quality Samsung product, plus the brand new curved display which sets the device apart from anything we’ve seen before.
According to a Samsung executive earlier this month, what makes the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge so special is that it will be a ‘limited edition concept’. Rather than a mass produced device like previous Samsung products, including the new Galaxy Note 4, the Galaxy Note Edge will be released only in selected markets, and most likely under controlled release. Unlike the iPhone, you won’t see one of these in the hands of every commuter on your way to work.
So Samsung Geeks, keep your eyes peeled for the release of the anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note Edge in late October. It could be a significant date in Samsung history.
For a demonstration of the Note Edge capabilities, go to http://www.gottabemobile.com/2014/09/29/galaxy-note-4-vs-note-edge-5-things-buyers-must-know/