The latest Note device from Samsung came as a suprise to us this morning (3rd September, 2014) at the keynote. In addition to the Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Gear S and Gear VR, Samsung caught us by suprise with the Galaxy Note Edge. This was a totally unexpected and there’s actually something that makes this phone stand out from the other smartphone offerings out there.
What makes this device so special, is that it has something you have probably never seen before that makes it different, and that’s the curved display that rolls off to the edge of the device. There is a little section of the screen that curves around the edge of the device and operates independently from the actual usage of the phone. For example, while browsing and using normal apps, there are shortcuts and simple “widgets” that’s right there for easy access, while opening the camera gives you the full camera viewfinder on the screen and this little curve becomes the area for the shutter, controls and filters to sit. It also partially acts a secondary notification area that you can glance at.
This is something we’ve never seen much before and it is actually very well implemented. It seems as though Samsung really took the time to sit and think through exactly how they would implement this and make it as convenient and easy to use as possible. The design of it actually looks really simplistic and clean which is something we’ve never known Touchwiz to do. This iteration of Touchwiz on the whole just seems a lot cleaner and easier on the eyes.
Spec-wise and feature-wise, this device is just as powerful and has the same features as the Galaxy Note 4 including the S-Pen, except for the one main difference which is the 5.6″ screen instead of 5.7″ like the Note 4.