NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Samsung's (SSNLF) Galaxy Note Edge is basically an updated version of the terrific Galaxy Note 4 "phablet" with an unusual twist. The right-hand side of the big touchscreen wraps around the edge of the phone to create a second display of sorts. Yes, it's a gimmick, but as it turns out, it's a great gimmick.
The Edge actually has a new type of secondary scrolling display in additional to the what all smartphone users have become used to, as seen in the picture above. That long, narrow, rounded strip can handle small amounts of useful information (such as the local weather, sports scores, stock quotes, notifications) as well as tiny icons and shortcuts leading directly to your most accessed apps.
When you first pick up the device, you won't be sure what to make of the feature, as it seems slightly odd. Once you start using the phone in earnest, the situation quickly begins to change. All of a sudden, the Edge begins to make perfect sense. Even though the phone is quite large, you can hold it in one hand and your fingers won't hit those new, little icons on the additional portion of the screen by accident.
The Edge is a fourth-generation Galaxy Note device that has a 5.6-inch, quad-HD, Super AMOLED touchscreen with 2560 by 1440 pixels with an additional 160 pixels for the new, curved display. It also comes with a top-of-the-line, 2.7 GHz, quad-core Qualcomm (QCOM) Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal memory, a 16MP camera on the back and a 3.7 MP shooter facing forward, both of which are capable of shooting HD video. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery inside measures 3,000 mAh, which lasts more than a day on a full charge. The phone runs Google's (GOOG) Android 4.4.4, codenamed KitKat, though it expected to receive an update to Google's latest Android, Lollipop, early in the first quarter of next year.