Sunday, March 29, 2015
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The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is releasing soon, and it means that fans of Samsungs Galaxy Note Series will have two phones to pick between if they want a Note device this year, the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Both devices occupy the high end, large screen end of Samsungs Galaxy range, and both are very good picks. However, this doesn’t answer the question of which you should get. That is the question we will be trying to answer with todays phone comparison!
Lets get started with the important parts both phones share. The processor in the Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy Note Edge is a quad core Krait 450 clocked at 2.7GHz, with adreno 420 graphics. This sits right at the top of the list of processors you can get inside smart phones right now, meaning seriously fast reactivity, processing power and graphics performance. Both phones also come with a very nice 3GB of RAM, a fact that is becoming the norm at the higher end of phones right now.
To round out the features that are on both phones, they are both equipped with the same 16MP camera, capable of very high resolution photos and 4k video (2160p) at 30 frames a second, a fact that most will find more than acceptable. They also both come with the same, latest version of Android, 4.4.4 or Kit Kat.
The screens are the area with the least difference (ignoring the curve for a moment) as both are equipped with 1440p QHD displays, however the Galaxy Note Edge is 0.1 inches smaller, a difference barely noticed in side by side comparisons, but which technically gives it a very slight edge with pixel density, meaning images should look a tiny bit sharper.
However, you’ll no doubt know that the Galaxy Note Edge has a very subtle curve on the side of the device, which is used to make the phone look much more stylish, and also allows for some elements of the display to slide onto this curve, which makes for a phone that at the very least is unique. This slight curve does mean that for watching content the device is slightly inferior to the Galaxy Note 4 however, something that heavy media users may want to bear in mind. The easiest way to sum up the screen battle is that the Edge priorities looks slightly above your ability to consume media and use it like a traditional screen.
Besides this single set of scenarios the screen and body change for the Galaxy Note Edge does have a second very useful benefit, and this comes in the form of a slightly thinner design (being 8.3mm instead of 8.5mm) and a very slightly decreased weight, down to 174g from 176g. These are very minute changes at a couple of percentage points each, but it’s the couple percent that might just keep your phone current a little longer than otherwise. This shouldn’t be a factor to make you change your mind, but it is worth mentioning.
The next big change is one that might surprise you, as the Galaxy Note 4 has a 3,220 MaH battery, and the Galaxy Note Edge has a 3000MaH. This compromise was no doubt made for design reasons, and losing nearly 10% of your battery is a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly in a day and age with as many power draining applications as there are.
So finally, we’ll move onto what each phone exclusively brings, and it’s not a very large list. The Galaxy Note 4’s biggest selling point is its slightly bigger battery and its lower price. If you want a safer phone which will provide you with the experience you’ve come to expect from your smart phone, this is no doubt the one you should be looking at. However, if conversely you want something bold and new, and you like pushing forward the boundaries with your technology, the sleek and different design the Galaxy Note Edge really should speak for itself in that regard, even with it’s small down sides.
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