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Samsung introduces a winner and a... we're not sure what to call it

We’ve been awaiting the launch of the 5.7” Galaxy Note 4, but what we weren’t expecting was the launch of its companion device: the 5.6” Galaxy Note Edge. We’ll talk about the latter model in a little bit, but let us first talk about the real star of the show.
 
Design wise, the Galaxy Note 4 is a mixture of the previous generational model and the new Galaxy Alpha, with a chamfered metal band that wraps around the perimeter of the smartphone. The Galaxy Note 4 carries on with a 5.7” Super AMOLED display, but as we previously reported, it boosts the resolution to QHD levels (2560x1440). Powering the device is an incredibly potent 2.7GHz, quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor paired with 3GB of memory (earlier reports had pegged this figure at 4GB).
 
The cameras onboard also get an upgrade, with the rear shooter moving from a 13MP camera to a 16MP unit with optical image stabilization (OIS). The 2.3MP front-facing camera on the Galaxy Note 3 was tossed in favor or a new 3.7MP camera. Thankfully, Samsung hasn’t stooped to branding it a “Selfie” camera like its competitors.

 
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
 
The battery has increased slightly in capacity from 3200 mAh to 3220 mAh, and support has been added for Bluetooth 4.1. 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity remains, but the onboard LTE modem has been upgraded from Category 4 to Category 6.
 
Interestingly, the Galaxy Note 4 takes a step back from the Galaxy Note 3 in one area; it reverts to a microUSB 2.0 connector for charging/syncing instead of the faster data speeds offered by the microUSB 3.0 standard. In addition, the Galaxy Note 4 doesn’t bring with it the water and dust resistance capabilities of its smaller, Galaxy S5 sibling.
 
When it comes to software, the Galaxy Note 4 comes preloaded with Android KitKat 4.4.4, and some minor improvements have been made to the TouchWiz interface. In addition, the S-Pen’s pressure sensitivity has been doubled, and a new Smart Select mode allows you to more easily highlight text and pictures.
 
Now lets's talk about the “interesting” new member of the Galaxy Note family, the Galaxy Note Edge. Specs wise, the Galaxy Note Edge is a near match for the Galaxy Note 4 with two exceptions. First, it comes with a slightly smaller battery (3000 mAh versus 3220 mAh) and it includes a 5.6” QHD+160 display.


Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
 
That’s right, the Galaxy Note Edge has a full QHD display, plus an additional 160 pixels that curve down around the right edge of the smartphone. The extra 160 pixels can be used to display notifications, playback controls for videos/music, or even be used to display time.
 
Quite frankly, we don’t see the point and it looks rather odd since it curves on only one side of the device. However, we’re sure that a few people might see the benefit in this added functionality, so we’ll just wait to see how long Samsung keeps the Galaxy Note Edge in its smartphone portfolio.
 
The Galaxy Note 4 will be available in Charcoal Black, Frost White, Bronze Gold, and Blossom Pink; while the Galaxy Note Edge will be available in Charcoal Black, Frost White. Both smartphones will come to all major U.S. carriers later this fall.

Source: Samsung



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The edge
By retrospooty on 9/3/2014 10:23:30 AM , Rating: 5
Looks interesting. I wonder hat kind of bloat Samsung added on top of the usual bloatsuite to get it to display notifications. Could be good if not too bogged down.




RE: The edge
By Reclaimer77 on 9/3/2014 11:31:31 AM , Rating: 2
You slammed Sammy pretty hard for coasting, gotta admit this is another innovation under their belt. Has potential, will wait for reviews before I make up my mind.


RE: The edge
By atechfan on 9/3/2014 11:46:10 AM , Rating: 2
I agree. At first glance it comes across as a gimmick, but further thought makes me think of many uses. Useful or not in the end, no one can say it isn't different.


RE: The edge
By xti on 9/3/14, Rating: 0
RE: The edge
By KoolAidMan1 on 9/3/14, Rating: -1
RE: The edge
By retrospooty on 9/3/2014 6:20:14 PM , Rating: 2
"And how are they supporting it? With custom software to independently control the main screen and that dumb strip. So its a completely proprietary system that no apps will benefit from, no app developers will ever care to support,"

That right there is the issue with it. It's relying on Samsung software support which is just not their strong suit.


RE: The edge
By KoolAidMan1 on 9/3/14, Rating: -1
RE: The edge
By retrospooty on 9/3/2014 8:19:45 PM , Rating: 2
"Worst of all is that they throw $13 billion in marketing and end up selling anyway because people are idiots."

Yup... But you could also say that same thing about Apple. Neither of the 2 most profitable companies that by far sell the most phones are making the best products today.


RE: The edge
By KoolAidMan1 on 9/4/14, Rating: 0
RE: The edge
By KoolAidMan1 on 9/4/14, Rating: -1
RE: The edge
By KoolAidMan1 on 9/4/14, Rating: -1
RE: The edge
By Reclaimer77 on 9/4/2014 9:45:09 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
It has a screen that gives substantially lower battery life


Hey idiot, the G3 is the flagship battery life KING!

Yeah I know what you're going to say, battery life would be even better if they stayed with 1080p. Well guess what? Battery life would have RULED if they want with 480p! Where does that logic end?

quote:
I don't remember for sure, but bad choice if you did.


F you and horse you rode in on? Retro seems very happy with his phone and your dumbass tech-troll opinion notwithstanding, is an excellent phone and has improved in EVERY AREA over the G2.

Oh wow, brightness took a little bit of a hit. Even though most LCD's are TOO bright anyway by default, so it's probably a good thing. Certainly not a dealbreaker.


RE: The edge
By retrospooty on 9/4/2014 10:23:01 PM , Rating: 2
"Oh wow, brightness took a little bit of a hit. Even though most LCD's are TOO bright anyway by default, so it's probably a good thing. Certainly not a dealbreaker."

Honestly, I put my G2 and G3 at 66% and never go higher. No need to , both are plenty bright. 70% is OK, but 75% is simply too bright.

Yeah, I love this phone. I get a free phone every 10-12 months and this is an easy choice, a nice upgrade over the G2. Honestly, if I were on a standard 2 year deal, I would have stuck with the G2. It's still and awesome phone and still kicks the crap out of the iPhone 5s by a HUGE margin.


RE: The edge
By Reclaimer77 on 9/5/2014 7:06:13 AM , Rating: 2
No you can't love that phone Retro, you went "full retard" and "geeked out" on specs....

Who would have thought, specs being a selling point...

ON A FLAGSHIP HALO PHONE!!!!


RE: The edge
By KoolAidMan1 on 9/4/2014 11:06:21 PM , Rating: 3
Right, which is why Anandtech and Ars Technica both noted a drop in battery life and performance as negatives compared to the older G2.

Oh, look who I'm responding to here, the poster child for nerd that gets suckered in by useless bulletpoint gimmick marketing.


RE: The edge
By Reclaimer77 on 9/5/2014 4:31:05 AM , Rating: 1
Ananadtech is a pro-Apple homer who lost his objectivity long ago. And oh look, he's leaving Anandtech to WORK FOR APPLE! What a coincidence.

You can't have a "drop in battery life", while also having THE longest battery life phone. Hello, wtf?


RE: The edge
By retrospooty on 9/5/2014 10:10:35 AM , Rating: 3
"Ananadtech is a pro-Apple homer who lost his objectivity long ago. And oh look, he's leaving Anandtech to WORK FOR APPLE! What a coincidence."

Yeah, I stopped paying any attention to Anandtech reviews on phones the day the iPhone 5 came out. There were 14 iPhone articles on Anandtech that day. Any other flagship. 0 to 2 articles, the iPhone gets 14??? It was clear all objectivity was lost at that time. Now it makes sense why he was unwilling to say anything negative about Apple. He was working inroads to his future employment. While I wish him the best of luck and appreciate his work over the years, I would NOT take anything the site says or tests regarding Apple or a competitor to heart.


RE: The edge
By KoolAidMan1 on 9/8/2014 5:17:00 PM , Rating: 2
Or maybe the product was actually that good? Is it really that hard for you to accept?

Oh man, those objective benchmarks, so biased!


RE: The edge
By KoolAidMan1 on 9/8/2014 5:48:00 PM , Rating: 2
There it is, calling Anand's honesty and objectivity into question! Such slander from the Fandroids!

Why Anandtech hasn't airlocked DT and its idiot writers and posters from the sidebar is beyond me.


RE: The edge
By KoolAidMan1 on 9/8/2014 5:22:15 PM , Rating: 2
Are you actually this stupid?

The G3 has the worst battery life among current flagships, and it is all due to the display being such a power hog. It dropped from the G2. Since when has it ever been the best?

And everything you're saying about Anand, the least pandering, most thorough, most objective tech writer out there, is so idiotic that I shouldn't even address it.

Is your level of stupidity what makes one a bigoted, racist, sexist, MRA, tea partier that knows ZERO about tech? Must be. Glad I'm not on your side.


RE: The edge
By retrospooty on 9/4/2014 10:00:22 PM , Rating: 2
I do have a G3 and it is awesome. Your narrow minded eval of it is as ignorant as all of your narrow minded Android rants. The battery life rocks, the performance rocks, and it doesn't get any hotter than the G2. The res? I can barely tell a difference, but there isn't a penalty for it, not a noticeable one anyhow. Added over the G2 was SD, removable battery, improved UI, improved buttons, and a larger screen of course as well as slough of other smaller incremental. Great size, great screen to bezel ratios. This phone is great. Not perfect, but no phone is.

"Worst of all is that they throw $13 billion in marketing and end up selling anyway because people are idiots."

Back to topic, Sammy outspending Apple is not the point. Apple spends a ton too. Their commercials are everywhere and they are bought primarily by idiot sheep like you that know jack squat other than the biased reviews you read from hacks online as ignorant as you are.


RE: The edge
By KoolAidMan1 on 9/4/14, Rating: -1
RE: The edge
By retrospooty on 9/5/2014 12:04:04 AM , Rating: 2
"There's nothing narrow minded about noting reduced battery life and performance that come at the expense of increased resolution that is literally nothing more than a marketing gimmick"\

No, once again, reading comprehension... hell comprehension period is a problem for you. The battery life is slightly lower in some cases, but we are talking lower than the previous years champ. Its the same size battery and a larger screen, do the math, its not all the res... the battery is the same size on a larger device because its removable thus some space is lost. 95% as good as the G2 with a bigger screen is not an issue considering the G2 lasted me 2, sometimes 3 days between charges. Duh. So you harp all over one minor detail that makes zero difference in my life like I made a stupid choice. I get a free phone every 10-12 months, and the G3 is all upside for me and zero downside. And again, once you debloat it, Android is fast as hell with zero , I repeat zero lag anywhere. far FAR FAR faster than my iPad 4.

And let me finally point out that the G3 still lasts way the hell longer than your precious iPhone. :P

"As for marketing, Samsung spending EIGHT TIMES as much as Apple on marketing is not the same thing. Not even close"

Seriously, reading comprehension again. You made a comment that people will buy Samsung anyhow, because they are "idiots". To that I said its the same as Apple, "Neither of the 2 most profitable companies that by far sell the most phones are making the best products today." - Then you of course miss the point and talk about what Samsung spends. Who cares. Both companies outsell everyone else and neither makes the best stuff today is my point. I see far too many commercials for both.

You are so desperate to harp on anything that competes with Apple that you are grasping at straws and /or reading partial info and drawing ridiculous shortsighted conclusions. LOL. Your obvious agenda has been outed many times before and is now outed once again.

NEXT!


RE: The edge
By KoolAidMan1 on 9/5/2014 1:21:24 AM , Rating: 1
Wrong.

In the Ars review it had lower battery life than everything by a wide margin, iPhone included. The headline is "A great phone with too many pixels". Same with the Anandtech review, it showed the same thing. Even G3 users are complaining about the drop in battery life.

Why can't you admit that adding more pixels for no benefit to the display had a negative impact on everything else? You are being intentionally misleading by saying it was only a drop from the king of battery life, when in fact it went from the top to THE BOTTOM in reviews. It came in dead last among all current flagships in Ars', Anadtech's, and The Verge's tests in wifi browsing. According to Ars, in heavy usage it gets so hot that it needs to throttle down the brightness. And of course it stutters where the G2 didn't. Pushing all those extra pixels doesn't come without a cost.

By contrast, Sony completely gets it: http://www.trustedreviews.com/news/sony-2k-smartph...

You asked what I'd recommend and then ignored my Android responses. Nexus 5, LG G2, Xperia Z3.

The only thing I'm a "fanboy" of is good logical engineering. You guys want to be suckered by or defend useless marketing features like Samsung and sadly now LG do now, that's fine.

Ars put it best: "Spec-sheet driven design. The 534 PPI screen doesn't improve the user experience and drags down battery life, but it will make for good advertisements."

Its the same problem with the Note Edge, only reason I brought it up.

Never go Full Samsung.


RE: The edge
By retrospooty on 9/5/2014 2:06:12 AM , Rating: 2
I dont know what went wrong with ars reveiw unit, maybe they had a bum battery, or maybe some other issue. Mine and many other reviews have it quite good. There are a lot of variables. A lot of those reviews test at 100% brightness, stock not at all debloated which may perform very differently. No one uses the brightness at 100%, ffs, mine is at 66% and its almost too bright. As I said above, I get 95% as good as the G2. 2+ days is more than plenty as I sleep daily. I also said its not perfect and no phone is. There are always trade offs, this phone has them too. Notmevery phone was designed for you, there are different people with different needs. The battery life doesnt affect me at all, and mine stutters zero, its fast as bloody hell, far fastervthan mybiPad 4 even withbthe higher res. I didnt ask for what you would recommend, I dont care what you would recomend because you are clueless or possibly just a hopeless troll. Once again I replied to you on something I actually agreed with you on, and you turned it into your usual troll pissing fest.

Seriously look at your post history here... all you do is complain about phones you don't own, and havent bothered to learn about. You are so transparent.


RE: The edge
By Mint on 9/6/2014 11:48:03 PM , Rating: 2
You seriously think every review site out there is anti-LG?

There was nothing wrong either Ars' or Anand's units, and they both measure and standardize brightness for their battery tests on all phones. GSM Arena has very thorough battery tests, and they show that the G3 has exceptional talk time, but poor web-browsing time and laggard video playback time.

This isn't some mystery. The iPad needed a 70% larger battery to maintain battery life after moving to the Retina display. Later, as tech got better, the iPad Air was able to us a smaller battery. The G3 is in the first gen of QHD smartphone displays, so the LCD panel undoubtedly has much poorer transmission than 1080p displays.

Of course, this doesn't make KoolAidMan1 any less of a tool.


RE: The edge
By retrospooty on 9/7/2014 9:39:56 AM , Rating: 2
That isnt what I said at all. I said "maybe they had a bum battery, or maybe some other issue. Mine and many other reviews have it quite good. There are a lot of variables. A lot of those reviews test at 100% brightness" - meaning , when tested at a normal brightness it comes out very close. This thing does drain fast at 100% - out of the ordinary fast IMO, but its WAY too bright to look at ,so its not actually used at that level.

I also said (several beers down typos corrected LOL) "its not perfect and no phone is. There are always trade offs, this phone has them too. Not every phone was designed for you, there are different people with different needs. The battery life doesn't affect me at all, and mine stutters zero, its fast as bloody hell" - as with any Android phone, you need to root it and debloat it to run perfectly smooth.

All phones have strong and weak points. The things it does well work well for me. The weaknesses dont affect me. THe only knocks on it are battery life and occasional lag. BAttery life is great and lag is zero when debloated. Done deal. Not the phone for everyone though for sure.


RE: The edge
By KoolAidMan1 on 9/8/2014 5:31:39 PM , Rating: 2
And the point is that LG's last tradeoff has no practical purpose. It is purely for marketing reasons. The difference in display sharpness at normal viewing distance is marginal while having a much larger negative impact on battery life and performance.

Aka spec sheet marketing

Aka Going Full Samsung


RE: The edge
By KoolAidMan1 on 9/8/2014 5:11:56 PM , Rating: 2
On the contrary, I complain about brands and phones that I do own or have in the past. My history owning Samsung devices is what informs my opinion of them. Same with WP and WebOS.

Also, your conspiracy theory that Ars got bum LG units is hilarious. Every single site out there got similar results.

Such the apologist.

Again, you miss the point. Instead of following Samsung down the rabbit hole of useless spec sheet marketing to dumb nerds, don't you think it would have been better to apply those improved internals to a great 1080 screen instead? Better performance and more battery life instead of the useless 2560 display that only works as marketing on a spec sheet and a goat anchor on everything else.

This is elementary school level reasoning. Stop being dumb and paranoid.


RE: The edge
By Reclaimer77 on 9/4/2014 9:40:31 PM , Rating: 2
Are you seriously agreeing with, and trying to have a conversation with, this Koolaid retard?

He just comes in here and slams any Android/Samsung/Google product without ever backing it up or even making sense.

He's obnoxious and never has a point. People that buy Samsung products are "idiots", and you're seriously agreeing with that?

Okay so go buy a G3, OOOPS, apparently he's slamming that phone too lol.

So what phone, exactly, does he think we should own?


RE: The edge
By retrospooty on 9/4/2014 10:05:26 PM , Rating: 2
"Are you seriously agreeing with, and trying to have a conversation with, this Koolaid retard"

Well, I tried. He went full on idiot troll on me as expected, but at least I can say I tried.

"He just comes in here and slams any Android/Samsung/Google product without ever backing it up or even making sense. He's obnoxious and never has a point. People that buy Samsung products are "idiots", and you're seriously agreeing with that?"

Yup. I agreed with one point and engaged the troll. I knew he would douche out on me. LOL. Hilariously predictable. "But, but, but Android sucks and IOS rules" is all he missed out on. I am sure its coming.

"Okay so go buy a G3, OOOPS, apparently he's slamming that phone too lol. So what phone, exactly, does he think we should own?"

Do we need to give hint? it starts with a small vowel. ;) baaaaaaaaaaa /sheep


RE: The edge
By KoolAidMan1 on 9/4/2014 11:21:01 PM , Rating: 1
If it was Android right now I'd go with a Nexus 5 or LG G2.

Easy decision. Both are well made and stock Android with the Nexus 5 is a big plus.

The knock against the G3 is the downgrade in battery life and smoothness over the older G2. You miss the point but this is all about pointless spec sheet wars that result in a downgrade in performance at the expense of something like an indescribable difference in pixel density.

Or like the useless strip in the Note Edge.

They're marketing decisions, not practical engineering ones.

Full Samsung.


RE: The edge
By KoolAidMan1 on 9/4/2014 11:52:48 PM , Rating: 1
Looks like someone is using their brains: http://www.trustedreviews.com/news/sony-2k-smartph...

I'll throw in the Z3 Compact into my list


RE: The edge
By Cstefan on 9/3/2014 1:33:13 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
no one can say it isn't different


I'm sure apple will try to find a way and sue over it.


RE: The edge
By retrospooty on 9/3/2014 11:51:59 AM , Rating: 3
Yeah, I actually like it and it looks nice too. If they can cut the bloat and associated lag it causes, I will be highly impressed.


RE: The edge
By xti on 9/4/2014 10:47:25 AM , Rating: 2
they wont cut down the bloat...yeah right. its samsung bloat AND your carriers bloat, AT&T being the worst imo.

I would buy it but only when xda confirms an unlocked bootloader and all that jazz, which the note 3 did NOT have across the board.

but that train of thought definitely puts me in the minority. I think samsung was really smart getting the note 3 to be endorsed by LJ and company.


RE: The edge
By FITCamaro on 9/3/2014 1:32:47 PM , Rating: 2
I could see it being used for info when its laying on its side and you're perhaps in bed. Then you could see the time without powering up the whole phone. Or maybe what song is playing.


RE: The edge
By Labotomizer on 9/3/2014 2:17:45 PM , Rating: 2
I honestly can't decide at this point. I see the positives. In the videos I've seen though it seems the side has a bit of a touch lag. Perhaps that's something you'll overcome through normal use.

My only concern is interacting with the side while interacting with the main screen. Assuming you're gripping it like you normally would. Seems easy to touch stuff on the edge.

Samsung would have to fix all their other issues before this could be very useful though.


RE: The edge
By tayb on 9/3/2014 11:44:17 AM , Rating: 2
I think it's only interesting if they are able to somehow power down the rest of the screen to show those notifications. Otherwise driving that comically high resolution display just to see notification on a tiny 160px wide panel is going to murder battery life. I think it's a pretty cool idea in theory though. Hopefully the execution is right. Battery life sucks on phones as it is.


RE: The edge
By retrospooty on 9/3/2014 11:50:45 AM , Rating: 2
They are. Check the edge video here about 1 min 5 seconds in. http://www.theverge.com/


RE: The edge
By tayb on 9/3/2014 12:08:49 PM , Rating: 2
Perfect. That actually looks pretty awesome. I'll have to try it out in person. Too bad neither phone is waterproof. Bummer.


RE: The edge
By atechfan on 9/3/2014 11:52:27 AM , Rating: 2
I am sure it is powered separately from t he main screen, hence the +160 description.


RE: The edge
By ChronoReverse on 9/3/2014 11:52:35 AM , Rating: 2
Samsung uses AMOLED for their screens so it's trivial to only power on that segment of the screen while the rest of the screen is black and using no power.


8core
By xti on 9/3/2014 12:30:31 PM , Rating: 2
other sites are saying there is a octacore option. not DT...

but we had time to waste part of the article on this:

quote:
Thankfully, Samsung hasn’t stooped to branding it a “Selfie” camera like its competitors. - See more at: http://www.dailytech.com/Article.aspx?newsid=36498...




RE: 8core
By FITCamaro on 9/3/2014 1:30:10 PM , Rating: 2
For the Note 2 (not sure about Note 3), the US Note 2 had "only" a quad core while the rest of the world got an octa-core. Wouldn't surprise me if the Note 4 was any different... :(


RE: 8core
By Johnmcl7 on 9/3/2014 1:40:43 PM , Rating: 2
Unusually the Note 2 was a quad Cortex A9 in all territories whereas the S2/S3 where a standard Cortex/Exynos platform in most territories but a Qualcomm platform in the US due to the different frequency support.

After that with the S4 and Note 3, most territories received the LTE version with the Qualcomm SoC so in the UK while we had the Exynos for the previous models, we received the Snapdragon versions as well. I was initially disappointed by this as I thought the octo-core versions sounded great by offering high performance Cortex A15 cores without the hit on batterylife but Qualcomm seem to have done an excellent job balancing power and performance while Samsung have had issues with their big.little implementation and their most recent iteration seems to around the same performance and batterylife as the newest Snapdragon platform.

I don't know if Samsung ever shipped their high performance eight core big.little platform in any decent quantity in any territories, I certainly couldn't find any versions available to ship to the UK.


RE: 8core
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 9/3/2014 1:35:24 PM , Rating: 2
The 8-core Exynos is only for the South Korean market.


RE: 8core
By Solandri on 9/3/2014 2:17:05 PM , Rating: 2
Likely China and Japan too. "Four" is a homonym for "death" in those languages, so there's a strong customer bias against 4-core processors. If you ever visit, you'll notice there are no 4th floors (like there are no 13th floors in Western buildings).


RE: 8core
By av911 on 9/3/2014 5:02:42 PM , Rating: 2
BS. Why did they name it Note 4 then? Galaxy S4?

Xiaomi Mi 4? Playstation 4?

Pretty sure they didn't go from 2-cores straight to 8-cores and skipping 4-cores on their phones.


RE: 8core
By ven1ger on 9/4/2014 5:57:59 AM , Rating: 2
The number 4 has negative connotations for Chinese, and 8 has positive connotations for Chinese. Many products in China usually skip version 4 in China because of the negativity related to 4. Samsung is a Korean company, the version number probably didn't factor into their decision or that they figured that having 8 cores may have offset any negatives with the version 4.


RE: 8core
By Chapbass on 9/3/2014 1:49:35 PM , Rating: 2
Help me out for a second, how exactly is adding an extra little blurb a waste? I don't think an extra 3 lines is going to put DT or your ISP out of bandwidth. Sure, its not needed, but don't think that including one thing magically makes them need to take something else out. This isn't twitter.


RE: 8core
By xti on 9/3/2014 3:16:53 PM , Rating: 1
the writer wasted the time on the cheap shot instead of reporting the different flavors avaialable

was not referring that my time was wasted

you have been helped.


Tempting
By SpartanJet on 9/3/2014 5:43:37 PM , Rating: 2
I wish phones would evolve the way personal computers have and allow me to install another OS to replace ADroid. I'd love to run Windows Phone on this thing.

Its tempting but then I remember how evil that ad company is and I quickly forget about it.




RE: Tempting
By atechfan on 9/3/2014 8:07:39 PM , Rating: 2
At the moment, Windows Phone doesn't support QHD, but that is coming in the fall update I am told.


RE: Tempting
By CSMR on 9/4/2014 7:31:41 AM , Rating: 3
I agree with the replaceable OSes.

As for this phone, I am looking at these phablets and the Nokia 1520 and the 1520 seems to have a more sensible combination of hardware choices. 1440p is silly on a phone. I will get a 1520 when WP8.1 update 1 comes out and these phones aren't tempting me to stay on Android.


Gotta know how these are used
By Solandri on 9/3/2014 2:26:28 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Quite frankly, we don’t see the point and it looks rather odd since it curves on only one side of the device.

In Asia, the vast majority of these phablets are sold to women. They put it in a flip case and toss it in their purse.
http://www.t2day.com/ebay/Galaxy_Note_2_Cases/Cute...

The case means it's an extra step to read anything on the main screen. The small display along the edge is so they can read notifications without opening up the case. (Same idea with the flip case with a front display cutout. Didn't sell well in the West where people tend to use the phone "naked" or with only a back case. But did well in Asia where flip/folio cases are more popular.)




RE: Gotta know how these are used
By Mint on 9/3/2014 3:22:08 PM , Rating: 2
That's a really good point. A phone kept in a purse or bookbag could really benefit from the side display.

But I'm still betting this being an ultra niche-device. Kudos to Samsung for continuing to try out new things. Nobody in the CE world can touch Samsung when it comes to technological innovation.


A winner?
By saarek on 9/3/2014 3:09:05 PM , Rating: 3
A bit early to call the device a winner isn't it? No one has actually had one long enough to do a proper review yet!

At least it doesn't look like a band aid.




Good luck Apple. You'll need it...
By Mint on 9/3/2014 2:41:02 PM , Rating: 1
QHD AMOLED, 16MP w/OIS, Wacom stylus, multiwindow...

The 5.5" iPhone will attract diehard Apple fans only. Everyone else knows the Note 4 is the king of the jungle.

The screen is Samsung's untouchable strength. The QHD AMOLED experience is getting rave reviews in the Galaxy Tab S, and early Note 4 previews are calling the Note 4's display the best on any phone.




wat
By hawtdawg on 9/3/14, Rating: 0
"Let's face it, we're not changing the world. We're building a product that helps people buy more crap - and watch porn." -- Seagate CEO Bill Watkins














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