Introduction


One of the most compelling smartphones of late, the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge brought a fresh wave of innovation to the smartphone industry with its novel, unorthodox display that overlaps the right side bezel and provides a whole new functionality approach. But how does this undoubtedly niche device fare against the first smartphone from a well-known manufacturer to sport a pixel-rich Quad HD display, the LG G3? The edge aside, is the Galaxy Note Edge running circles around the G3? Moreover, should you choose Samsung's bizarre phablet over LG's current flagship offering ? We will pit these devices against one another and answer those questions.

Design

The Galaxy Note Edge feels unwieldy when compared with the slightly more compact G3

Well, both devices are quite different from one another in the design department. While both flaunt displays with roughly the same screen estate size (5.6 inches for the Galaxy Note Edge and 5.5 inches for the G3), LG's offering is a tad more compact and lightweight. On paper, the dimension differences may not seem like a big deal, but in reality the narrower LG G3 sits better in the hand than the thinner, yet broader and taller Galaxy Note Edge. The Galaxy Note Edge is by no means unwieldy, yet you will need to get accustomed to the so-called “edge” display of the phablet, as you may accidentally interact with it. That's why using the phone with one hand is a cumbersome task. The LG G3, being more compact, is slightly more friendly towards single-handed usage, but it's got its usability issues as well.

Typically for Samsung, the Galaxy Note Edge makes use of its signature design language, employing a hardware home button and a duo of capacitive ones at its lower end, paired with a faux leather back similar to the one of the Galaxy Note 4 that does not hold smudges of any kind, while the side frames employ metal, a relatively new and most welcome trend for Samsung. This combination of materials provides a fair amount of grip, not to mention that it feels somewhat more premium than the LG G3, which predominantly relies on polycarbonate plastic, with the back sporting a brushed metal-like finish that (thankfully) holds zero fingerprints.

As far as hardware buttons are concerned, the Galaxy Note Edge is unlike any other Samsung device, as its power/lock button rests on the top frame of the phone. The 151mm-tall silhouette of the phone renders this button rather unreachable with one hand. The hardware buttons of the G3 – the volume rocker and the power/lock button - are positioned at its rear, which might be a more convenient solution for some users.


Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

Dimensions

5.96 x 3.24 x 0.33 inches

151.3 x 82.4 x 8.3 mm

Weight

6.14 oz (174 g)

LG G3

LG G3

Dimensions

5.76 x 2.94 x 0.35 inches

146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm

Weight

5.26 oz (149 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

Dimensions

5.96 x 3.24 x 0.33 inches

151.3 x 82.4 x 8.3 mm

Weight

6.14 oz (174 g)

LG G3

LG G3

Dimensions

5.76 x 2.94 x 0.35 inches

146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm

Weight

5.26 oz (149 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



Display

Both devices have their own strengths and weaknesses in the display section

We can find pixel-dense Quad HD displays on both the LG G3 and the Galaxy Note Edge. At 5.6”, the Super AMOLED display of the Samsung is slightly bigger than the 5.5” IPS LCD one of the G3. Thus, both have extremely high pixel density – 538ppi for the G3 and 525ppi for the Note Edge. The LG has an upper hand on paper, but in reality, both displays are extremely sharp and it is virtually impossible to discern any individual pixels with the naked eye.

The tests that we procured revealed that the display of the Galaxy Note Edge is a little more color accurate than the one in the LG G3 – Samsung's phablet has a color temperature of 6719 Kelvins, which is very close to the reference point of 6500K, while white colors on LG G3's display are slightly colder due to its temperature of 7099K. The Galaxy Note Edge also succeeds in matching more targets on the sRGB chart than the G3 does, which means that Samsung's offering tends to achieve more natural-looking colors. The color reproduction of the G3 is by no means bad, but it simply can't stand up to the overall accuracy of the Note Edge.

Another win for the novel phablet is its broader brightness amplitude – with a measured maximum brightness of 496 nits and a minimum one of just 1 nit, it is boasting a slightly larger brightness outpit than the G3, which scored 455-nit maximum and 9-nit minimum brightness results. As far as viewing angles are concerned, the LG G3 tends to exhibit lower brightness levels when viewed from lesser angles, whereas the same exercise distorts the color accuracy of the Samsung handset.



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11 Comments

1. KingDingaLing

Posts: 324; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

The edge would've looked a lot better if they made it wrap both ways. It just looks off with curve on one side.

2. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

true.

3. TheMoltenD

Posts: 109; Member since: Jul 13, 2014

They are experimenting, if that design is practical a phone with it will eventually be made.

4. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

LG G3 for me solely for that fact that it doesn't run touchwiz.

5. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

The G3 for ATT is $50 on contract at Amazon. That's about a $530 subsidy. It's a very nice phone for that price.

6. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

The G3 has a higher rating.... I think that the note edge should rate as high as the note 4.

7. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

The "edge" is an interesting innovation, but it depends on app support to really show its value. The review of the Edge noted that the app support was weak. So basically you have a phone that has a unique feature that is not well supported but sacrifices battery life, usability, and toughness. This is a lot of loss for some potential down the road gain. The Edge shouldn't rate as high as the Note. The Edge should have some sort of "innovation star" that the Note 4 doesn't get as the Note 4 is just like the Note 3 but with some incremental improvements.

10. TerryTerius unregistered

Exactly. Although it is very interesting idea, is more unique than the phone off of which it is based (and that phone's predecessor) and has some potential... It simply doesn't have much to take advantage of that extra screen (as of yet); and is inherently compromised because of its design. To be fair though, I think Samsung is using this phone as a test-bed to see how exactly they'll implement curved and, eventually; flexible displays on coming devices. If they're smart, they'll also keep note of whatever ideas come up via third-party apps and what the general positive and detrimental remarks about the phone's usefulness are from their customers. I'm fairly sure this is just a starting point for them. At least I hope so.

8. jdella681

Posts: 17; Member since: Oct 11, 2009

G3 @ $599 vs Note 4 at $949, based on that alone you're getting better bang for the buck

9. afraaa

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

what a great camera do u have phonarena . really i love your site . lot of home feature

11. HSN87

Posts: 109; Member since: Jan 09, 2015

LG G3 for me

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