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Note 3 vs Note 4 vs Note Edge UI comparison: what changed and what's different?

Note 3 vs Note 4 vs Note Edge UI comparison: what changed and what's different?
Aesthetics have never been the strong suit of Samsung's TouchWiz UI -- features are. For a very long time, we've been rather displeased with the looks of the custom interface, and we suspect many would agree, especially now that essentially every major manufacturer on the planet has moved towards flatter looks, making older interfaces feel... well, dated.

One of the most popular Samsung smartphones that is a prisoner of its own time is the otherwise amazing Samsung Galaxy Note 3. The UI just looks bland in comparison with what the competition now has to offer, and even when put side-by-side with the newer Galaxy S5. Unfortunately, while the Note 3 has moved onto Android 4.4 KitKat, it does not seem like Samsung is planning on updating the Note 3 with the new visuals. As it turns out however, that's not specific to the Note line, but rather -- the Note 3 itself. Proof for that are the refreshed, more vibrant UIs of the newly-announced Note 4 and Note Edge.

Indeed, while some would argue that the new looks still won't win Samsung an award in interface design, it's undeniable that the layouts on the two successors of the Note 3 are a definite, and much-needed improvement. The important thing to remember here, however, is that the Note 4 and Note Edge do not make use of the exactly same UI. Instead, while the Note 4 is largely identical to what you get with the Galaxy S5, Samsung has opted for a special-made version for the Note Edge that goes well with its novel auxiliary screen on the right. Obviously, in many ways the two are still completely identical.

So, how do they compare, and what's changed from before? The answer lies in the slideshow we've prepared for you right below. Take a look!

Left to right: Note 3, Note 4, Note Edge

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posted on 06 Sep 2014, 11:58 18

1. akki20892 (Posts: 3900; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Just some little tweaks and color changed.

Nothing new,
They should look HTC ui. How they changed.

posted on 06 Sep 2014, 12:06 6

6. shuaibhere (Posts: 1983; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Only home screen and and app drawer are not good....
Otherwise UI of system apps has been improved greatly compared to previous one.....
And is more on board with Kitkat.....

posted on 06 Sep 2014, 15:34 2

20. mafiaprinc3 (Posts: 512; Member since: 07 May 2012)


well for one it's starting to look more mature instead of looking like a kiddies phone, it looks awful on s2,s3,s4,s5 and note 2 & 3

posted on 06 Sep 2014, 12:00

2. only1post (unregistered)


l hope Note 4/Edge improvement over Note 3 = Alyssa Abbott' s improvement over Frank Drebin

posted on 06 Sep 2014, 12:02 12

3. eman99 (Posts: 360; Member since: 03 Aug 2010)


to much bloat wear for me

posted on 06 Sep 2014, 13:20 1

13. AlikMalix (Posts: 5095; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Same here...

posted on 06 Sep 2014, 14:36

17. wildfiregt (Posts: 166; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


what bloat "ware" are you talking about ?
Enough of these automatic comments

posted on 06 Sep 2014, 16:26 1

22. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Bloatware is things like carrier TV and other garbage, Samsung's apps are not bloatware.

posted on 06 Sep 2014, 20:10

31. techloverNYC (Posts: 601; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


They maybe are not bloatware,but is it something we need?

posted on 08 Sep 2014, 06:49

43. a_tumiwa (Posts: 373; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


maybe optional is the best, put the icon on apps drawer and need to download it if we want to use it

posted on 06 Sep 2014, 12:03 8

4. shuaibhere (Posts: 1983; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Note edge is UI is interesting......
I think Samsung has used the extra real estate brilliantly....
Kudos Samsung..

posted on 06 Sep 2014, 21:34 2

33. remtothemax (Posts: 260; Member since: 02 May 2012)


i disagree. i think there is a huge missed opportunity with things like the contacts or calendar. maybe those things will come, but if the whole point of the phone is the side screen thing, it just seems obvious
put some month/week/day/organization thing on the calendar
put the a-z tab on the contacts
put all the different kinds of settings on the side thing
they are using it in a very select few options.
even if no third party app ever uses it, if samsung embraces it, the side screen could justify its existence. i just don't understand why they aren't putting it into absolutely everything, because there are so many possible uses for it.

i am not trying to criticize samsung here. i think this departure from the standard screen rectangles every phone has been since the original iphone, basically, is tremendously exciting. i think the note edge has a very real chance of success, if not in this version, then when they release the note edge 2 or something like the galaxy edge version of the galaxy 6. however i do think that they are not going all out with this like they should. it is a kind of gimic, they need to embrace it, or it is not going to stick.

posted on 06 Sep 2014, 12:05 2

5. crazymonkey05 (Posts: 178; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


Hey PhoneArena your note 3 isn't on latest firmware just a fyi

posted on 06 Sep 2014, 12:14 1

7. muser793 (Posts: 57; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


The wallpaper?
such innovation wow

posted on 06 Sep 2014, 12:25 4

8. machello (Posts: 35; Member since: 03 May 2013)


yub, that's why I love the Iphones. No bloatware, no nonsense. Just get the job done. Period.
Have a nice weekend guys.

posted on 06 Sep 2014, 12:34 11

9. cybertec69 (Posts: 27; Member since: 17 Aug 2014)


Really, LOL.

posted on 06 Sep 2014, 13:03 7

12. T.Law (Posts: 413; Member since: 10 May 2014)


iOS is basically just a plain, boring app launcher.

posted on 06 Sep 2014, 13:24 2

14. AlikMalix (Posts: 5095; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Yet every new App, and OS is now trying to clean up their UI just to look half as crisp and clean as iOS.

Dude the point of UI is to make it disappear, and not interfere with functionality. Be quickly adaptable, and build muscle memory thru it's consistency. Any other UI has one or 2 of these points, but only iOS got it all right.

You may count your checkboxes of useless features, while an iOS user enjoys his UI (Customer satisfaction is the proof)...

posted on 06 Sep 2014, 13:57 8

16. Liveitup (Posts: 1798; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


No you are mistaken, they are all cleaning up there look to have visuals similar to WP. WP was clean since 2010. Everyone else is catching up including iOS.

posted on 06 Sep 2014, 18:29 2

25. wilsong17 (unregistered)


I don't see live title stfu

posted on 07 Sep 2014, 12:33

41. pulkit1 (Posts: 354; Member since: 03 Jul 2014)


it works , is fast and smooth just like stock android .

posted on 07 Sep 2014, 05:49

38. Cicero (Posts: 856; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)


You can choose Easy Mode on TW and voila you now have ios interface.

posted on 06 Sep 2014, 12:34 1

10. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1031; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


There are some things that I like about the Note 4 and Note Edge, but the Note 3 is still holding its own for now

posted on 06 Sep 2014, 12:36 3

11. Anshulonweb (Posts: 430; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


doesn't the white ui effect the battery life on amoled?..... i think it does...

posted on 06 Sep 2014, 15:18

19. deathgod (Posts: 122; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)


Exactly what i was thinking. Plus i prefer black backgrounds expecially in the dialer and settings.

posted on 06 Sep 2014, 21:35

34. remtothemax (Posts: 260; Member since: 02 May 2012)


i imagine they could have a black/"night" option as well, maybe?

posted on 06 Sep 2014, 13:34 1

15. Phantom1031 (Posts: 72; Member since: 02 Aug 2014)


f**king freaking Shamesung, never want to use their products anymore, P.S I am Note 3 owner

posted on 06 Sep 2014, 17:01 2

23. Awalker (Posts: 1400; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


The S4 was my final Samsung product. Their Android skin though vastly improved is still way too much for me. And every other android flagship seems to be snappier than Samsung phones. My next phone will either be the Moto X 2014 or the Nexus 6 or perhaps both.

posted on 07 Sep 2014, 05:53

39. Cicero (Posts: 856; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)


What's wrong with your S4? I want to know to see if it similar to me. I am very happy with mine.

posted on 06 Sep 2014, 18:30

26. wilsong17 (unregistered)


Good I don't want you to comment on a note 4 article

posted on 06 Sep 2014, 14:41

18. HITMAN-CREED (Posts: 28; Member since: 12 Jun 2014)


If You want Note 4 & Edge Wallpapers and the purple one above:
Check My Thread in XDA:

forum.xda-developers.com/galaxy-s4/themes-apps/sam​sung-galaxy-note-4-stock-wallpaper-t2866537

posted on 06 Sep 2014, 15:34

21. JohnMilisis (Posts: 23; Member since: 04 May 2014)


When Android L released, Samsung will only have to change the " android version" section, on note 4 :p

posted on 06 Sep 2014, 17:08 1

24. jibraihimi (Posts: 751; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


samsung really needs new icon pack, now thē icons are growing old, i liked the icons on lg g3......

posted on 06 Sep 2014, 18:31

27. wilsong17 (unregistered)


Wtf dude that why the play store have many icon pack and different launcher

posted on 06 Sep 2014, 18:53

28. Aywhy93 (banned) (Posts: 49; Member since: 03 Apr 2014)


Seriously, Galaxy Note Edge is the Bomb !!!

posted on 06 Sep 2014, 18:57

29. HakimL (Posts: 4; Member since: 19 Aug 2014)


Many of your pictures are from the note 2/s3 iteration of Touchwiz, slides 3-7 and 10 ask not how they look on the note 3 bit rather the note II

posted on 06 Sep 2014, 20:04

30. hellonerds (Posts: 313; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


Just waiting on update firmware for my note 3 and play with the note 4/edge at the store and see for myself .. I think I can live with my note 3 till note 5

posted on 06 Sep 2014, 20:51

32. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1989; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


note edge looks better than note 4 and 3.

posted on 07 Sep 2014, 00:46

35. XaErO (Posts: 304; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


I hate to say this PA; but whoever has worked on these comparison screenshots (or whatever) has not worked mindful or worked in a hurry/lazy manner. It looks more like just open the apps, take the screenshots .. and put it in a combined format ..

Well, exact interface comparison is what people are expecting here .. E.g. same font; same screen (Music app should show same tabs, contents etc.) should be shown; this way it is very easy to get the differences out ..

Recent apps, Notification tab, Quick toggles page, lock screen, file manager etc. view is missing .. Also the wallpaper set should be a decent/plane one so as to get a good view on apps, widgets, texts on it.

posted on 07 Sep 2014, 01:07

36. platformwars (Posts: 86; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


Isnt this just a software upgrade? i think that the note 3 will also get it eventually.. we need a comparison of note 4 against note 3 to see if upgrading to Note 4 is worth it or not.

posted on 07 Sep 2014, 04:55

37. Andrewtst (Posts: 609; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Those keep saying bloadware, go use it then you know it is not something rubbish apps.

Sony even more by integrating Sony only news apps and put it at Home button pull-up. That is pure rubbish apps.

Sony also integrate a recommended software suggestion where up end link to Play Store. That is another rubbish apps.

HTC wise also added not workable Zoe apps until nearly half year now just release as beta. This is big rubbish for half year.

User only knew continue complain in Samsung but silent in others company own apps. Frankly said if you said Samsung full of bloatware last 2 years then yes it is. But for now it no longer is but useful apps.

posted on 07 Sep 2014, 08:43

40. pantelisandr (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Nov 2013)


Does anyone know ir note 3 will have an update soon that it will make it like note 4 UI????

posted on 08 Sep 2014, 02:12 1

42. PhoneBuff (Posts: 12; Member since: 05 Sep 2014)


Sense's da Best.

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