Australian Review: Samsung Galaxy Note Edge – Productivus Maximus

Camera
The Note Edge's camera is almost identical to that found in the Note 4. The only actual difference is that the majority of the camera app's controls have been relegated to the side screen, providing a large, unobscured viewfinder.

In terms of picture quality, the photos taken by the Note Edge are of the same high standard produced by the Note 4, making it one of the very best Android handsets for photography. 

The autofocus can be little finicky, but it's almost impossible to take a bad photo with the Note Edge. You might need to take an extra take or two in low-light environments, especially if there's a lot of movement, but I've still easily been able to snap a decent photo without too much trouble.

The camera's dynamic range isn't quite on par with the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, even with HDR enabled, meaning you'll lose a little bit of detail when taking photos on a sunny day or at night. Nonetheless, almost every photo has looked great.

On top of the already excellent camera, the Note Edge has a great range of manual features and video options including the ability to shoot slow-motion, time-lapse and 4K.

For more example of what the Note Edge camera can do, take a look at my Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review.

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Final Thoughts
I love the Note Edge, but the short battery life and expensive price tag make it hard to recommend, especially over the excellent Note 4. The side screen has so much potential, but I just don't feel it's been quite realised yet. If you're a power-user who wants to get the most of your smartphone, and can accept the mediocre battery, take a look at the Note Edge.

Flaws aside, the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is easily this year's most interesting smartphone. It's not the best, but it features some of the coolest tech I've seen. It's the phone I wish I could recommend. Bring on the Note Edge 2.

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