If you’ve been eagerly anticipating Samsung’s announcement of the Galaxy Note 4, then the wait is finally over. On September 3, the manufacturer officially took the wraps off the brand new flagship device, and with it unveiled the new specs people can expect to abuse later this year when the phone officially goes on sale. While I haven’t seen a lot of positive or negative statements regarding the new flagship just yet, I think that has more to do with the majority of the focus being shifted off the Galaxy Note 4 proper, and instead put on the Galaxy Note Edge.
That isn’t to say that the Galaxy Note 4 is a worse device. Because it isn’t. By and large the two handsets are exactly the same, save for one big difference: the curved edge of the display, which will allow the owner to interact with notifications and other bits, all without manipulating the main part of the display.
Actually, while this isn’t the first time that Samsung has tried this sort of thing — you haven’t forgotten about the Continuum have you? — one of the key elements that caught my attention about the Galaxy Note Edge was the concept that you can be watching a movie or something on your new phablet, and be able to see an incoming notification just on that curved edge.
So if you’re watching something and you know that you’ve got an important email coming, but you’re also being inundated with other notifications, you’ll be able to see without stopping what you’re doing if you need to actually check out the email or not. That’s pretty cool. Is it enough to really work a phone around? I guess that’s up to personal preference.
It’s a cool concept, I’ll admit that. It’s pretty great that we’re starting to see curved displays in 2014, so it’ll be even more exciting in the next few years. And while just having an extra bit of display just for notifications probably won’t appeal to a lot of people out there (it certainly didn’t for the Continuum), the Galaxy Note Edge is a better phone than the Continuum ever hoped to be. So, maybe the display size, resolution, processor, memory, camera and whatever else can sell someone on the upcoming flagship, and the curved display bit is just icing on the cake.
This is one device that I’m going to have to see in person before I make a final judgment call on it. An idea can be pretty great, but the execution can be muddied up in the final stretch. Will that happen with the Galaxy Note Edge? I certainly hope not.
Though, for the record, I’m going to say that looking at the image at the top of this article, and seeing the way the icons are lined up, and the ones on the far right are upside down doesn’t give me a giant vote of confidence? That’s a terrible joke. They are upside down, though. Or am I supposed to keep flipping the phone on its back and on its face to get notifications? That would be . . . interesting. It makes sense if you’re holding it, sure, but hopefully those notification icons change direction when you set it down.
In any event, how do you feel about the Galaxy Note Edge? Do you plan on picking one up, or are you going with the Galaxy Note 4? Let me know!