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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge: Pros and Cons

Android OS v4.4.4 (KitKat)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 APQ8084
Adreno 420
3 GB / 32 GB
5.6 inch (1600 x 2560 px)
16 MP, 5312 x 2988 px, autofocus, optical image stabilization

Samsung announced the launch of the Galaxy Note Edge smartphone in 2014. The manufacturer is offering this smartphone with 5.6 inch Super AMOLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 APQ8084 SoC, and 3 GB of RAM. The Galaxy Note Edge comes with Android OS v4.4.4 (KitKat) pre-installed. The AMOLED display provides deep blacks, vibrant colors, fast response times. This phone has only one rear-camera (16 MP, 5312 x 2988 px, autofocus, optical image stabilization) on its back for photos and videos. Is the cost justified by its features? I'll strive to answer that by the end of my review.

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This article shares our personal experiences and thoughts about using the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge smartphone. We hope to offer helpful insights to others interested in this device. The specifications below are from the official manufacturer data, but we also consider user reviews. If you've seen any mistakes or things missing in these specifications, please let us know.

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge specifications

BrandSamsung
NameGalaxy Note Edge
ModelSM-N915
Release date2014

Weight, dimensions, colors

Weight6.14 oz
Dimensions5.96 x 3.24 x 0.33 inch
Colorsblack, white
SIM typeMicro SIM

The weight of the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is still considered to be lightweight and portable. A micro SIM is larger than the current standard Nano SIM card but smaller than the older SIM card size.

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System, chipset, performance

OS versionAndroid OS v4.4.4 (KitKat)
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 805 APQ8084
CPUQuad-core 2.7 GHz Krait 450
GPUAdreno 420

The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge comes with Android OS v4.4.4 (KitKat) out of the box. Google regularly releases new versions of Android. They have new features, improvements, and security updates. The quad-core mobile CPU can provide fast and efficient performance for mobile games. Smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices use Adreno GPUs.

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Display type, size, resolution

Display typeSuper AMOLED
Screen size5.6 inch
Resolution1600 x 2560 px
Multitouch supportyes

The Galaxy Note Edge's AMOLED display has deep blacks and vibrant colors. It also has fast response times and features like Always-On Display. The 5.6 inch display make this smartphone pocket-friendly. The display size is the diagonal distance from one corner of the screen to the opposite corner.

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Memory, storage

RAM3 GB
Internal storage32 GB
Memory card slotmicroSD

The smartphone has 3 GB of RAM. It can run many apps at once without much lag or slowness. The needed RAM amount for good performance depends on factors. These include the OS, the apps, and the services you use. Generally, a smartphone should have a minimum of 32 GB of internal storage. The Galaxy Note Edge has 32 GB. You can expand the internal storage of the Galaxy Note Edge (32 GB) by using a compatible microSD card.

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Cameras, flash

Main camera16 MP, 5312 x 2988 px, autofocus, optical image stabilization
FlashLED
Selfie camera3.7 MP

You may have budget limits. Or, you may prioritize other features over a multi-camera system. If so, this single camera setup can be a good choice. The Galaxy Note Edge offers optical image stabilization (OIS) for their rear camera systems.

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Connectivity, network, wireless

GSM 2G bands850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Network coverage2G / 3G / 4G
Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetoothv4.1, A2DP, LE
GPSA-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
NFCyes
FM radiono
USBmicroUSB 2.0, USB host
Headphone3.5 mm jack

Worldwide, people use 4G networks. They have become the standard for mobile networks in many countries. The Galaxy Note Edge supports the latest Wi-Fi standards. You can use Bluetooth to connect your Galaxy Note Edge smartphone to many Bluetooth devices. The Galaxy Note Edge has a GPS receiver. Many fitness and activity tracking apps rely on GPS. It is used to accurately measure and record outdoor activities.

The Galaxy Note Edge has a built-in NFC chip, which allows it to support various NFC applications and services. The 3.5 mm headphone jack allows you to connect wired headphones or earphones to the device.

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Battery type, capacity, charger

TypeLi-Ion 3000 mAh

The Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery gives the smartphone a good battery backup. The Li-ion is a low maintenance battery. It does not need periodic full discharge. You can simply buy a new battery from the open market and interchange it by yourself.

Features, sensors, specials

Sensorsaccelerometer, barometer, compass, fingerprint, gyroscope, heart rate, proximity
SpecialsCorning Gorilla Glass 3

Today, smartphones come with many sensors. They help make the user experience better. The Galaxy Note Edge smartphone has an accelerometer. The fingerprint reader is a biometric security feature found in Galaxy Note Edge smartphones. Corning Gorilla Glass is a type of chemically strengthened super-glass.

Verdict, pros and cons

Every phone has its strengths and weaknesses, and this Samsung phone is no exception. As with any device, there are aspects that shine and others that fall short. By examining both sides, we can paint a complete picture of what this phone has to offer. Let's explore its standout features and areas for improvement. Remember, this is just my opinion, and yours might be different.

Pros

  • Super AMOLED display
  • microSD slot
  • optical image stabilization (OIS)
  • Corning Gorilla Glass shield

Cons

  • single camera setup
  • no 5G support
  • no Type-C USB port
  • low-capacity battery
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Lucas Bradley I'm Lucas Bradley, the founder of the Phone42.com site. I love technology, especially smartphones, and I've been working with tech stuff for more than 20 years. This means I've seen a lot of changes and have learned a bunch about what makes a good phone. On Phone42.com, I look at all kinds of phones. They can be from big, well-known companies or new ones trying to make their mark. I want to help people understand what's new and cool in the world of smartphones, in a way that's easy to get.
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