03 Apr Is the Edge Going over the Edge?
The new Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is currently the new craze. It was announced a while ago, there were pictures, even videos of prototypes available on the Net, some of the prototypes were shown during trade shows and the rumour mill was buzzing without an end. At some point Apple tried to grab the attention away with their own version of an Edge model, but their concept never went beyond a concept, despite the iPhone 7 gossips still proclaiming fantastic stories that will most likely not happen. In any case, right now, after the HTC One M7 stunned the world with innovation, Samsung did it here with the Edge.
How edgy is the Edge?
The Edge claims perhaps the highest price for a smartphone, aside from some bloated iPhone variants. In that perspective, it is expected that it provides the top of the line features, which it does: 5.6 inches with a resolution of 1600 x 2560 pixels and a 524 ppi pixel density on a Super AMOLED screen; 32GB or 64GB storage with up to 128GB more per microSD and 3GB of RAM; Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad-core 2.7 GHz Krait 450 chipset/CPU with the Adreno 420 GPU, 16MP 4K camera with all the whistles, the S Pen stylus in the latest incarnation a fingerprint sensor and anything else there was to pack in the casing, including a fast charging, removable 3000 mAh battery.
Are the specs reasons enough to get the Edge?
If you really think about it, aside from the display on the side and the notifications and all kind of other stuff being displayed there, the Edge is not much better than the Note 4 and probably not as good as the upcoming Note 5. The only reason why you would prefer the Edge is, well, the gimmick with the edge. Is that by itself reason enough to purchase it? The only real answer to that is ambiguous: Yes and No. While you would be better off with the Note 4, which is significantly cheaper and just as powerful, the gimmick is something you would be bragging to your friends and peers about. The novelty effect will wear off at some point and you will either love the Edge or hate it.
If you would rather have a great phone with a stylus Pen, then you should take Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or wait for the Note 5. If you would like to try out something new, but still like to have the pen, then take the Edge. Otherwise, take the new HTC One M9 or Samsung Galaxy S6, give the Motorola Nexus 6 a glance if phablet is your choice, have a look at the forthcoming Sony Xperia Z4, which is rumoured to be “the next big thing” or the iPhone 7, which is supposed to feature a display screen similar to the Edge. The best idea would be to go to a store and simply hold it in your hand for a bit. If the whole action on the side is not disturbing your game, then give the Edge a shot.