Now I realize these two phones are not really competitors but I thought it would be interesting to compare how far the phone has come after two major revisions. The Note II was a popular device when I bought it a couple years ago and still know people using it.
The size of the device might be the first thing you wonder - is the Note Edge bigger? Well it is ever so slightly bigger, but not so much that you would notice. The new device is also .04 inches slimmer and the screen size is .01 inches larger on the diagonal.
Here are some comparison shots:
Side by side with the Note Edge on the left.
Stacked up with the Note II on top.
After the size, the next thing you might notice is the differences in the display. The screen of the Note Edge has a much higher resolution and almost doubles the pixel density. As I compare the two, I notice how much better the screen renders images and text. The colors are brighter and text is much clearer and easier to read, especially at smaller font sizes. Below are some of the quick stats on the screen.
Super AMOLED Quad HD
Super AMOLED Plus
1600 x 2560
720 x 1280
The Note Edge also has the ability to communicate with the Sprint Spark network. As Sprint continues to upgrade towers to take advantage of the high band 2.5GHz spectrum for high speed and high capacity data transfer and the low band 800 MHz spectrum for building penetration and greater signal strength over longer distances - the Note Edge will be equipped to take advantage of it. While the Note II does support LTE, it is limited to the original 1900 MHz bands that were rolled out first.
The Note II has a 8 MP rear camera with a 1.9 MP selfie camera. The Note Edge has a 16 MP camera with a 3.7 MP selfie camera. In addition to the higher resolution pictures, you get new features of HDR which balances the light and dark in your pictures and optical image stabilization to help reduce movement blur. I've also noticed the Note Edge has much better image capture in lower light situations.
The image on the left was taken with the Note II and the image on the right was taken with the Note Edge. The flash was not used for either image, but the Note Edge captures much more light. Below is a picture taken under better lighting conditions. I think the color on the Note Edge is brighter and the image is less grainy.
Taken with the Note II.
Taken with the Note Edge.
With the Note Edge, there are also a number of new software and hardware features.
Edge Screen - Of course the edge screen is kind of the premier feature of the Note Edge. It allows access to clock, notifications, shortcuts and more.
S-Health - Track your steps, heart rate, diet and more with the new S-Health App and sensors.
Fingerprint Scanner - Unlock your phone, authorize pay pal purchases and more using the built in fingerprint scanner.
Wi-Fi Calling - Call using the Wi-Fi network when you don't have a good signal indoors.
Smart Remote - Control your TV and cable box. Just set this up last night and it's pretty cool. Quick
Sprint Direct Connect Now - Instant communication with your friends.
Fast Charging - Using the charger delivered with the device, charging is super fast. Go from 0-50% in 30 minutes.
In summary, of course the newer phone works better, has better features in both hardware and software. It is interesting to see how far phone technology moves in just a couple of years. Now you see why people like to upgrade more often when you realize how much better the new devices truly are. If you have the opportunity to upgrade, I highly recommend it!
That's all for now,
Your Product Ambassador Team
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