Review: Samsung Galaxy Note Edge for Sprint
The Note Edge from Samsung is the Galaxy Note 4's more tempting cousin. Where the Note 4 is a safe choice, the Note Edge is a bit riskier thanks to the unknown value of the Edge Screen. The hardware is fantastic. It's a well-designed and well-built phone. Its dimensions may make the Note Edge too big for some, but it should appeal to anyone who likes phablets.
The main screen is superb, the battery life good, call quality excellent, and signal/data performance among the best as far as Sprint phones are concerned. The buttons and controls function well, and the removable battery and memory cards will certainly have their fans.
Samsung and Sprint's apps are functional, but I find them overwhelming at times. The core Android features are all good, especially thanks to recent updates from Google.
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The real question mark with the Note Edge is of course the Edge Screen. Is it worth it? I like that there are a dozen different Edge Screens to use, and that Samsung extended the usefulness of some apps into the Edge Screen's real estate. I think it could do a lot more with respect to notifications and accessing settings menus or tools within other apps. We can only hope Samsung will extend the functionality of other apps to the Edge Screen over time. The curved screen could offer a lot more utility than it does, but it offers enough that I wouldn't brand it a gimmick. At the very least, think of it as a unique way to multitask on the phone.
If you like phablets and have been considering the Note 4, I'd encourage you to check out the Note Edge first.
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