We aren’t going to go into great detail over the specs and the like. That has been covered to death and wouldn’t really be that helpful at this junction. What really counts is the user experience. Obviously, I can’t speak for every Edge user; I can only speak for me. But I’m willing to bet that most have the same opinion. It feels like we bought a doomed product from the get-go, and to be fair, we should have known.

photo courtesy of slashgear.com
photo courtesy of slashgear.com

Why do I say it was doomed? Well for one, where are all the great edge apps features like People Edge? Why did we get left out? Would it have killed Samsung to include that inside some kind of update or at least put it in the Samsung app store? There are many examples of this happening. But again, the Edge was an experiment and we should have known.

How about battery life? Or should I say, how many times a day do you plug in your phone to make it though? I have to plug in at least twice a day. That means I had to invest in a power bank to carry around me when I go to places without plugins. I did try and resolve the issue with Verizon, and they did send me a new phone. Of course, it didn’t help. I even got them to send me a new battery, and still, I’m getting 6 hours at a time which includes maybe one hour to one and a half hours of screen time. So, bad battery life and we should have known.


But at least Samsung is good about giving us those updates…right? Not so much. It seems they lag behind in getting updates to the carrier. To be fair, this isn’t just an Edge problem, and the carriers have partial responsibility in this, too. Currently, Android is taking name suggestions for Android N, and I’m over here just now getting Marshmallow. But…we should have known.

I’ve owned my phone since June of 2015 (the current one, the original I got in April of 2015), and it gets so slow and laggy. Its like a late 1990s teenager’s computer who has downloaded a bunch of virus loaded porn. I have had to reset my phone twice, about every six months, just to keep it running smooth. Meanwhile, my wife’s Note 4 was bought at the same time and still runs smoothly and has amazing battery life while I sit next to the plugin doing factory resets. But….I should have known.


Samsung surprised many with the intriguing design of the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

Why does this long list of complaints matter to you? You should expect more from a brand like Samsung. They are suppose to be one of the top phone manufacturers. This isn’t some small company taking a big swing. They can make a good phone, and sometimes they just choose not to for the sake of “here is a new phone”. Maybe if they cut back on making a lot of phones, they will make a few quality phones, or maybe take longer to release phones. instead of releasing one every year, release every two years. But I’m not holding my breath.

With all that being said, I have learned my lesson, no more experimental phones for this guy. With phones costing $800-$1000, it’s just not worth the risk. I will be going to either a cheaper phone, which is hard since I’m with Verizon, or the more stable and more likely to get upgraded phones like the regular Notes. In the end…I now know.

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  1. Samsung top end phones just do not represent good value for money. You can get some very decent phones for half the price. Phones from Xiaomi, Motorola or even Nexus phones are much better value. 30% to 50% of the cost but only 20% to 30% performance hit. If you can’t afford to upgrade your Samsung phone every year then it might actually be better getting the cheaper phone and upgrading every year. You wouldn’t need to worry so much about Android updates to the phone because the newer phone is more likely to have the latest Android OS (or at least one behind the latest one).

  2. It’s very likely I’ll be moving to the Droid Maxx, for the durability. Nexus isn’t out of the question.

  3. Samsung hit a rough patch the last 3 years. The S5, S5, Note 3,5 were all pretty bad, as was the Note Edge. The S6/S6E Note 5/Note5E were a step toward great build quality but they left off decent battery life, which sucks if not removable (sucks even if removable) + alot of people want SD. But you have to give them credit for fixing it. The S7/S7E are really great phones and the Note7/Note7E will likely be even better.

    • I swear auto correct changed my model #’s. – The S4 and S5 variants were pretty bad as were the Note 3 and 4.

  4. Wow, I didn’t realize that there was such a difference between the edge and the note 4 batteries. I almost got the edge, but i guess luckily for me the verizon store I went to was out of them at the time. I’ve had my not 4 for almost 2 years and I love it! And im still using the same battery it came with. I love it even more so now that I’ve unlocked the bootloader and gained root access.

  5. Charging twice is something I’ve never had to do. I agree that this phone was abandoned before it was released but failing to realize that it was nothing more than a market test is the users fault. I got into this thing for something different and interesting of which it has been. It could have been a lot more but it wasn’t and if it was it’s time it may have been but the users just aren’t into this sort of thing currently.

  6. Yep, I feel your pain. I too grabbed the Edge from Big Red the month it launched and too feel abandoned. With the good folks at XDA finally getting the bootloader unlocked it’s been a little less worse but I too have learned my lesson with experimental phones. I’m thinking Nexus devices are my future.

  7. I don’t know what some of you are complaining about , my Note Edge battery lasts all day, and my Note 3 is still going strong. I guess I’m lucky, but I have never had problems with my Note Edge (it’s a T-Mo) and my Note 3 keeps keeping on like a champ.I knew the edge was experimental but it’s way better than that silly edge they make now, if only they could switch back to the original edge look with the present software it will be perfect.

  8. If you ask me i think samsung has hit a rough patch since the S3. It was the start of substandard quality phones. It was a lateral move from the S2 skyrocket. I had been on the samsung bandwagon since the captivate came out until the S3, then the Note 2, my wife liked the S4 and i then i tried the S5 Active. Samsung has become the Apple of Android. They want so much to be like Apple they flood the market with crap and for a while just because it was labeled Samung people bought it. Its starting to catch up to them. Ive switched to Nexus then back to LG. For me personally and my wife we love LG. The LG Optimus G Pro was my all time favorite phone. I still have it and was using it as my daily driver even over my N6 at times. I have the V10 now and love it. 64gb internal plus 200gb sd card and removable battery with the spare and the charging cradle. No complaints. I agree Samsung should focus more on quality maybe stick with releasing one phone a year or 2 per segment instead of all this garbage they flooding us with.

  9. I still use my T-Mobile Note Edge as my daily and leave my S7 Edge at home. I still live this phone.

  10. Never experienced the twice a day charging issue , it lasts for almost a 4 hours on screen , lag is a common issue foe all Samsung and most of android phones actually I never hard reset mine since purchased but I felt it’s more smoother and soft after the marshmallow upgrade,yes it was so expensive but always feeling distinguished cause I’m owning this phone that I found no one has the same since I purchased it, I think I will never change mine but if the note edge 2 released

  11. I love my Note Edge. I bought mine the morning of release day and only recently replaced the original failing battery. I’ve done one factory reset after about a year when it started running slow and everything is fine now. Great phone. Battery life is pretty decent considering I have my screen brightness cranked all the way up and I use the hell out of it.

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