The many faces of the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

Everything the waterfall screen can do

  • Another first for Samsung

    The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge offers the same replete set of features offered by its Note 4 sibling, along with the unique addition of a fall away screen. The left side of the Galaxy Note runs over the edge until the front screen kisses the back panel of the phone. An extra 160 pixels is the result, and Samsung has put it to good use through various imaginative applications. Here's what the Edge really does.
  • Starts with applications

    Applications run along the vertical edge rather than having the traditional application dock. This can be seen in the crop above.

    Samsung makes all of the applications installed on your smartphone available. Up to 20 of them can nest on the edge display, with it presenting 7 at any one time. The remainder are made available with scrolls upwards or downwards.

    There is a way to add even more: bundle applications in a folder and then paste the loaded folder on the edge's application dock.
  • Make the edge your own

    A setting labelled express me allows you to customise the appearance of the edge display. Personal photos can be used, handwriting or text can scroll along the side and different effects can be added.
  • Functional notifications

    The primary roll of the edge is to feed notifications subtly. Unfortunately a micro-chipped case is a requisite if you hope to milk the most functionality. Armed with the case, it's possible to glance notifications and identify if its worth halting a meeting to pick up your phone, or just carry on with your business.

    These are some of our favourites, listed in order to match the photos:
    1. An overview of the weather forecast and general notifications.
    2. Incoming calls no longer interrupt active session as they can be answered on the edge.
    3. Messages flash as banners.
    4. Alarms can be switched off or postponed from the edge.
    5. A heads up on installed apps.
  • Widgets give back some screen space

    A number of widgets free up space in the notification blind and on the homescreen. The curving screen can display data and RAM use, S-Note memo options, music controls and camera controls.
  • A new way to stream

    Information streams down the side of the curved display. Banners on hand include one from Twitter, and a number gleaning information from Yahoo, such as finance and News.

    Samsung's S-Health application is a banner of note with steps, distance and calories on display.
  • The Galaxy Note Edge is on sale at Telstra, Optus and Vodafone, or can be purchased outright for $1249, making it one of the most expensive mass-produced smartphones on sale.

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