Samsung Galaxy S6 edge versus LG G3: first look


Samsung has just unveiled its radically fresh Galaxy S6 edge, which not only sports premium materials in its build, but also has its screen curved on both ends for a unique, bezel-less look. Having some hands-on time with the device, we had the opportunity to compare it side by side with the LG G3 – the first smartphone to bring QHD displays to the worldwide market, and a pretty potent, well-liked handset overall. Let's see what's up!

Design


The LG G3 employs a plastic body, which is none the less finished in a very cool, faux-metal paint, which looks cool and keeps the phone both pleasant to the eye, and easy to hold. The G3's impressive screen-to-body ratio of 75.22% allows for a large 5.5” screen to adorn a relatively compact body – something that is still rare to see on most handsets. The G3 also has its hardware buttons on the back of the device, just below the camera, right where the user's index finger is most probable to be rested in normal handling situations – a cool signature touch that LG has been adding to its handsets.

The Galaxy S6 edge is quite the step up in terms of the Galaxy S line design language so far. No more plastic flagships – the new handset sports a metal rim, while its back and front are covered in Gorilla Glass 4. The design is very classy and the handset is worth gawking at, while still being pleasant to the touch. Its hardware buttons are placed on the sides of the frame – power button on the right, volume buttons on the left – are easy to reach, and flow well with the phone's design.

Display


Both handsets sport super pixel-dense QHD screens, which means their resolution is 1440 x 2560 pixels. The G3's screen measures 5.5” across its diagonal, which lands its PPI ratio at 538, whereas the Galaxy S6 edge's 5.1” screen holds 557 pixels per inch. Both numbers are extremely high, leaving individual pixels impossible to discern with a naked eye, and we are quite sure you'd be hard pressed to call one screen sharper than the other.

Now, the LG G3 employs IPS LCD technology to for its screen, whereas Samsung, naturally, has a Super AMOLED panel. However, the latter does not mean punchy, inaccurate colors as it has in the past – Samsung has been working on taming the AMOLED image reproduction for the past year, and the S6 edge makes use of the latest advancements, bringing a more natural picture.

Processor and memory


The LG G3 is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 801 SoC, while Samsung went with an entirely homemade SoC for the Galaxy S6 edge, housing a 64-bit octa-core CPU built on a 14 nm process, which should mean faster performance and more energy efficiency.

Galaxy S6 edge also has a new type of internal memory – a new tech, based on the UFS 2.0 standard, brings read speeds up to 2.7 times faster than the currently used NAND flash. Additionally, the S6 sports 3GB of super-fast LPDDR4 RAM, giving it more multitasking prowess, compared to the G3's 3 GB of DDR3 RAM.




Interface


When talking feature richness, both the TouchWiz and LG's interface can raise their hands and compete for the first spot. Indeed, Samsung's UI may be often scrutinized for being brim-packed with options and processes, which would result in choppiness and lag, but LG's interface is no walk in the park for Android first-timers as well – it, too, has its own set of options, services, and animations, which are known to cause the interface to stutter at times.

Well, with the Galaxy S6 edge, Samsung has slimmed down the TouchWiz, doing away with options it deemed useless, and simplifying the overlay for easy navigation, which should not only make the interface snappier, but more intuitive to use as well.


Camera


The LG G3 sports a 13 MP, F2.4 sensor with a laser auto-focus assistance, which sports all the features you'd expect on a modern flagship – HDR, 4k video recording, panorama mode, smile detection, and others. The Galaxy S6 edge's 16 MP snapper is a step above, though, with a much wider F1.9 aperture, tracking auto-focus capabilities, and auto real-time HDR for both its snappers.

The frontal camera on the G3 is a 2.1 MP one, while the Galaxy S6 edge sports a 5 Mp sensor on its front, also with a wide F1.9 aperture and HDR capabilities, allowing for better low-light selfies and chats.

Battery


The LG G3 has a huge 3,000 mAh battery, which lasted 6 hours and 14 minutes on our battery life test – not a very impressive result, but understandable, seeing as the G3 was one of the pioneer smartphones that had 4K pixels to keep alight. The Galaxy S6 edge has a smaller 2,600 mAh battery, so we wonder, whether its advanced processor and internal memory, and the lighter TouchWiz, will allow it to top the G3's on-time. The S6 edge, however, benefits from a quick charge tech, which should be able to grant the phone enough energy to last it 4 hours with just 10 minutes of charge time.

Both smartphones support wireless charging, however, depending on which carrier you get the LG G3 from, it could either only work with WPC or PMA power mats. The Galaxy S6 edge, on the other side, is standard-agnostic – it works with both major standards, to fit most situations. Of course, we can't guarantee that certain carriers wouldn't butcher this functionality because they happen to be a member of the competing wireless charging alliance.

Expectations


The Galaxy S6 edge looks and feels incredibly good and our expectations for the handset are high – its bleeding-edge tech looks promising and we can't wait to put it through its paces, so we'd get a better picture of how the handset compares to today's competition. Additionally, we are expecting great things from the upgraded camera, and we can't wait to play some more with the slimmed down TouchWiz, see if it holds up to its promises.

As for the LG G3 – the handset has aged quite well over the past year and still holds up. It may not sport the newest of cutting-edge tech, but we wouldn't be quick to throw it out just yet.



Related phones

Galaxy S6 edge
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2600 mAh(26h talk time)
G3
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(21h 3G talk time)

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13 Comments

1. Biernot unregistered

but still a samesung

2. frankg

Posts: 173; Member since: May 14, 2014

Idiots will be idiots.

5. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Removing the sd slot and interchangeable battery for me is not a good idea for samsung. I'm sure people who uses Samsung knew that this is a beneficial feature.

8. Biernot unregistered

thats true have a nice day idiot =)

3. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

But you're still an idiot.

4. hboy857

Posts: 367; Member since: Jun 03, 2013

Off topic : Qualcomm announced the SD820. The name of custom core is "Kryo".

6. A.Adel

Posts: 45; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Good bye Apple xD

12. zelahit

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Apple's groopies not going to leave yet...

7. A.Adel

Posts: 45; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

but anyway why you didnt update the g3 to lollipop ? you are a tech site everything about tech should be up to date xD

9. Rogue01

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

G3 has Lollipop. G3 also has optical stablisation on its camera. Interested to see the Z4 comparison.

10. jessyi

Posts: 327; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Still the g3..for its removable back,sd card,fast focus at night and ois+..cant wait to see how lg g4 will match the s6

11. ryanshry

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

I don't even know how you can compare the 2 phones one hasn't come out yet the other is last years flagship that's like comparing a note 4 to a note 2 just wait until G4

13. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

I would choose G3.

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