Now that Samsung has two “edgy” smartphones under its belt, it’s probably natural to ask which of the two has the Edge. It might be far too easy to say that the Galaxy S 6 edge is the winner simply because it’s newer than the Galaxy Note Edge, but that is hardly ever the case. Although we will definitely need more intimate time spent with the latest, we can probably narrow down the answer for you. That is, in case you’re in the market for a smartphone with a curved edge, for one reason or another.
In terms of basic specs, the Galaxy Note Edge and the Galaxy S 6 edge do not stray far from another, except perhaps with the CPU. Depending on which side of the fence you stand, the difference between a 32-bit quad-core and a 64-bit octa-core might mean the world. In some cases, one might even consider the Note variant to have the upper hand, with a larger 3,000 mAh battery and, perhaps more importantly, a micro SD card slot.
But a smartphone is more than its parts, and more so with these edge cases. There are at least three factors that could decide for you if you should just grab the Galaxy Note Edge or wait for the Galaxy S 6 edge. Let’s start with the most obvious one: the edges. Two versus one. Logic would say, two is better. The Galaxy S 6 edge’s curves are smaller, more refined, more compact. But it also shows and does less. The Galaxy Note Edge’s functionality has more bells and whistles. That said, the earlier device was also branded as a “concept device”, and the edge functionality might not be what Samsung has in mind for the future.
The Galaxy S 6 edge also has more personality, one of premium design. The Galaxy Note Edge looks more like a lopsided slab, while the Galaxy S 6 edge really boasts its curves. Samsung’s new design vision bleeds into the latter. So if you want something that people will take notice not because of ridiculousness, you know which one to pick.
The last difference is probably the most important and is actually two differences: size and S Pen. Despite both having QHD screens, the Galaxy Note Edge is a phablet in every sense of the word with a 5.6-inch screen. That size does make sense if you consider that it takes after the Galaxy Note 4, which is extremely useful because of its stylus. The Galaxy S 6 edge, on the other hand, was designed for a more or less one-handed operation at 5.1 inches.
The final word? It depends on your planned use case. A stylus and a large screen might pretty much be the clincher. If so, stick with the Galaxy Note Edge, though there is some worry that Samsung might not so readily update the software in this “experimental” device. But if you want a more refined, more svelte curved edge phone, then the Galaxy S 6 edge will be the one to wait for.