Samsung’s Galaxy Note Edge puts an interesting, innovative, and sadly inessential new tweak on one of the best large Android phones available today. Little that made the Note 4 so excellent is lost here, but what you gain is cool in premise yet lacking in execution, with few great reasons to actually use it. And for $100 more than the Note 4, whether it’s full price ($800) or subsidized with a contract ($400 typically), we’re not convinced that it’s worth the cash or trade-offs.
That doesn’t change the fact that the Note Edge is based on an excellent phone, so what’s here is still a great, powerful, and incredible useful Android device. Early adopters who can’t shake off the curve as a novelty shouldn’t be disappointed with the overall experience of using the Note Edge. However, it still feels like a work in progress — a tough ask for an expensive smartphone.
But Samsung may very well be on to something here, and with a lot more refinement and support from external software makers, the curved side may yet prove its worth in a successor. Here’s hoping, at least.