The Note Edge’s biggest standout feature is the Revolving UI along the curved edge. Unfortunately, it’s of diminished use to lefties, so if you’re a southpaw reading this, you’ll be best served by the Galaxy Note 4. For the righties out there though, you've got a decision to make. Do you pay $100 more for the Note Edge and get the curved edge, or do you save that $100 and opt for the (otherwise very similar) Note 4? The Note Edge's additional screen restate is more than a gimmick. It’s ability to act as a secondary dock of sorts, a notification bar, and potentially more if developers exploit it, is a worthwhile addition. If there was no price premium for the Note Edge over the Note 4, we’d opt for the Note Edge.
However, there’s another wrinkle to consider: the additional screen real-estate along the edge is unconventional, and could impact future software updates. The Kyocera Edge we mentioned prior was forever doomed to remain on the version of Android it shipped with, due to the additional complexities in the software. We suspect that even if the Note Edge is eventually upgraded to Android 5.0, it may take a bit longer than a more conventional device like the Note 4. Perhaps that’s unfounded worry, but it’s worth mentioning.
Note 4 or Nexus 6 may make more sense. And if you’re fond of iOS, the iPhone 6 Plus is where its at. Regardless, we recognize Samsung’s willingness to try something unorthodox with the Galaxy Note Edge, and actually deliver something that’s useful in practice. We really like the Galaxy Note Edge and hope that it is the first step towards more smartphone innovations moving forward.