As expected Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is damn near useless for lefties

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 4 years ago '07        #1
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As expected Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is damn near useless for lefties
 

 

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I've been using my phone upside-down for the last two weeks. I didn't lose a bet, nor am I carrying out some weird social experiment. I'm doing it because I hold my phones left-handed, and that's the only way I can comfortably use the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. With a screen that wraps around the right side of the phone, the Edge is the only smartphone I've used where being a righty or lefty has had a direct impact on my purchase decision; to a lefty, it's uncomfortable and inconvenient to use, and you're better off sticking with its close relative, the Galaxy Note 4. Here's why.

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The curved part of the Edge's display works as a notification bar, shortcut menu, clock and information ticker, all of which you can access using swipe gestures with your thumb. This can be quite useful if you hold the phone with your right hand, because the curve nestles naturally into the palm and provides easy access for your thumb. The left side of the Edge, much like the Note 4, is flat and offers a solid grip for your fingers. When you hold the device in your left hand, however, your thumb simply won't reach to the other side of the display without one heck of a stretch, and the point where the curve and the back meet is incredibly sharp and isn't something you want to hold for more than a few minutes at a time.

Recognizing that this isn't an ideal situation for lefties, Samsung came up with a solution: Turn the phone upside-down, and the screen rotates 180 degrees. This makes the handset much better to hold in your left hand. Problem is, that's about as much as Samsung was willing to compromise, because this phone suffers from several basic usability issues that will drive most users insane.

Samsung came up with a solution: Turn the phone upside-down.
The first and most important factor is making calls. Unless you want to use the speakerphone every time you ring someone up, you have to flip the device around so the speaker goes up to your ear. The incoming call UI doesn't orient 180 degrees either, so you're faced with an upside-down interface anytime you receive a call. For the same reason, it's not even practical when you're on speakerphone: The dialer app flips back to regular orientation as soon as the call begins.
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Another issue is the arrangement of the physical buttons. The power key is on the bottom left of the device, the volume rocker is close to the bottom part of the right side, and the home button, capacitive soft keys, micro-USB connector and S Pen holster are on top. None of these are in a convenient location, and many of them are difficult to place somewhere that makes sense for both orientations (the holster and navigation keys come to mind).

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Fortunately, lefties don't have to reach all the way up to the top of the device to navigate to home, back and recent apps. Samsung added a virtual tab that you can slide out from the bottom of the screen by swiping up from the bottom. Sadly, there's no way to leave it on the screen permanently, so you have to coax it out of its hiding place every time you want to use it. And when the screen is off, you'll need to hit the physical home or power buttons to pull up the lockscreen. If there's any better reason to add tap-to-wake functionality to your phone -- not to mention replace physical keys with a virtual navigation bar -- I can't think of one.

It's like patching up a flesh wound with a Hello Kitty Band-Aid.
But it's not just a matter of where the buttons are situated; their functionality is affected as well. When the phone is upside-down, I shouldn't have to remember that the volume up button is on the bottom and the volume down button is on top. And if you insist on using the camera in portrait mode (pro tip: don't), you'll find its location often gets obscured by your hand.


The Galaxy Note Edge is a solid first-generation device that showcases the latest and greatest display technology, but I can't recommend it for anyone who holds phones in their left hand. While it's possible to use the Note Edge this way, it's nowhere close to ideal. Samsung's solution for lefties is like patching up a flesh wound with a small Hello Kitty Band-Aid: It's the right idea, but the wrong implementation.



visit this link http://www.engadget.com/2014/12/03/irl-samsung-galaxy-note-edge-lefties/

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46 comments for "As expected Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is damn near useless for lefties"
 4 years ago '07        #2
Jago 1098 heat pts1098
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Well this is shocking. I don't think most people knew this... even after we all saw that only one side of the screen was curved.
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 Jago said:
Well this is shocking. I don't think most people knew this... even after we all saw that only one side of the screen was curved.
well no duh , hence the words "as expected" in the thread title . it's just funny the lack of attention to detail to some of the simplest things in the software like changing the screen orientation during calls, or adding an option to swap volume buttons controls.
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Well considering that they're only shipping 1 million of these in 2014, left-handed use is probably the last thing on Samsung's mind.
 4 years ago '07        #5
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the fu*k you left handed for? Your a.ss better learn a skill...
 4 years ago '07        #6
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 stogz said:
the fu*k you left handed for? Your a.ss better learn a skill...
I'm not even left handed but your post doesn't make any sense anyways
 4 years ago '07        #7
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 st21 said:
I'm not even left handed but your post doesn't make any sense anyways
i wasn't talking to anyone in particular... i was talking to lefties in general. The "skill" to learn, is using your right hand. If i had to learn to use my left for boxing and basketball, f*ggot lefties can learn to use they right to tap a screen.
 4 years ago '05        #8
Y.G. 27 heat pts27
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Nightcrawler leaked. Will watch.
 4 years ago '04        #9
fat_boyy21 329 heat pts329
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Having a home button that duals as an earpiece is true innovation
 4 years ago '07        #10
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Flabby And Samsick ... get your design game up





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 fat_boyy21 said:
Having a home button that duals as an earpiece is true innovation
 ptwist said:
Flabby And Samsick ... get your design game up



sh*t really is sad bruhs. it's common sense that queen sam botched it. just like the wizards fu*ked up the lakers

 Y.G. said:
Nightcrawler leaked. Will watch.

it's sad gyllenhall the gawd had to settle for such a dookie a.ss role


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 4 years ago '04        #12
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 st21 said:
sh*t really is sad bruhs. it's common sense that queen sam botched it. just like the wizards fu*ked up the lakers



This is what happens when you got people who make toasters and other home appliances trying to design smartphones and develop a UI for android
 4 years ago '07        #13
Jago 1098 heat pts1098
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 stogz said:
i wasn't talking to anyone in particular... i was talking to lefties in general. The "skill" to learn, is using your right hand. If i had to learn to use my left for boxing and basketball, f*ggot lefties can learn to use they right to tap a screen.
Speaking of boxing, what do you think about Pacquiao - Algieri numbers? You think it negatively affects a potential Floyd f!ght?
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 Y.G. said:
Nightcrawler leaked. Will watch.
Heard it was pretty good. Was meaning to catch it at the show.
 4 years ago '07        #15
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 Jago said:
Speaking of boxing, what do you think about Pacquiao - Algieri numbers? You think it negatively affects a potential Floyd f!ght?
It doesn't matter.

Floyd agreed to 50/50 almost exactly 5 years ago, and the f!ght never happened. Pacman fought exclusively in the U.S. until he got knocked clean tf out. Now, eventhough the biased media keeps pumping pacman, the paying public in america doesn't believe he is the boogeyman Arum tried to force people to think.... this is evidenced by the PPV numbers over the past couple years.

So, if america doesn't want to play ball the way arum wants them to, he decided to take his ball and go play with the chinese.

JMM fuk'd up the money for Arum's prized possession. Now Arum is trying to recoup in China. You think Arum bout to let Floyd fuk up the money in china now too?

The f!ght happens when it is advantageous for ARUM, it's that simple.
 4 years ago '04        #16
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i lost for being left handed
 4 years ago '07        #17
Jayceon 499 heat pts499
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Yeah the whole display wrapping around the phone thing was interesting for about 6 seconds. Even if it's on both sides like seen on some (fake) iPhone 6 concept pics. No thank you.

They're k!lling this phone. Everything I read has them saying "this is basically a note 4 with a sh*tty design.
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 stogz said:
i wasn't talking to anyone in particular... i was talking to lefties in general. The "skill" to learn, is using your right hand. If i had to learn to use my left for boxing and basketball, f*ggot lefties can learn to use they right to tap a screen.
 12-03-2014, 10:58 PM         #19
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that innovation tho


smh gtfoh sammmmsung
 4 years ago '14        #20
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@ stans. U guys deserve to be extinguished.
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