Its hell of a powerful smartphone with Samsung's best graphics. New edge screen feature make the phone look beautiful and add some edge screen features in software.
Front camera is best for taking selfies.
Thumb scanner protection make it more secure and reliable suorce for storing your information.
It can also be used as a remote control.
This is basically a Galaxy Note 4. The only difference is the addition of the Edge screen technology. In every other aspect it's the same phone. For the purposes of this review I will simply focus on the Edge screen as plenty of reviews are available on Amazon for the standard Note 4.
Having the additional Edge screen is more than just a gimmick. Samsung have done a really good job integrating the additional screen and making valuable. For example, when in camera mode for example, the edge hosts the controls rather than having to use the middle of the screen. This frees up more space but also adds some nice features. The shutter button moves to the top right acting like a hard button. You can add your favorite football team to the Yahoo sports app and it will display latest news and scores or have Twitter updates scrolling across or simply have it as dock for your most used apps.
Notifications all come on the edge screen, along with several optional additional edges (panels as they are referred to) which you are able to scroll through independently of the main screen. At the time of writing there were 8 available to download from the Galaxy Store with several more in development and one or two now becoming available through the Play Store. You are even able to edit the scrolling text along the edge panel and change the wallpaper.
There is no other phone like it out there. Everyone that has seen it wants to talk about it and it really is cutting edge :-). I have enjoyed exploring what it can do and it's the first time I've been truly excited about a new phone for many years.
The phone deserves 5 stars because of the innovation it brings, the quality of build and the simply unbelievable amount of features that Samsung includes from the finger print scanner to the heart rate monitor to the top end technical specifications. I also love being able to add a 128GB micro SD card to add to the 32GB of build in storage.
If I could knock half a star off however I would because of the battery life. I came from an LG G3 which had superb battery life, easily giving me day and a half with my typical heavy usage. To compare, I do exactly the same thing on the Edge phone, loaded it with the same apps and widgets but find i'm out of juice by about 7-8pm every day. This is a real problem for me and I hope further battery efficiency will come with future updates. The other negative is the occasional lag. I put this down to Samsung's bloaty Touchwiz software but I understand this is a problem with many Samsung phones.
Overall there is enough on this phone to justify the upgrade from the current crop of top end phones. The Edge screen is the first really interesting new feature I've seen on a phone for a long time and it provides enough intrigue and options to make the phone interesting.
Couple the phone with the official Samsung Flip Case and the Edge screen becomes even more prominent displaying relevent information when the case is closed.
Android version: 4.4 / CPU: Quad-Core