Samsung Galaxy Note Edge vs LG G3
Interface and functionality
TouchWiz, the S Pen, and the novel display make the Note Edge more feature-rich than the G3
Both Android powerhouses run heavily-modified versions of Android 4.4.4 KitKat. The Galaxy Note Edge, in particular, is powered by the newest variation of Samsung's hate-it-or-love-it TouchWiz UI, roughly the same one that graces the more “mundane” relative of the Edge, the Galaxy Note 4. Normally, it's among the most functional stock UIs out there, but it's still not as smooth and polished as most of its rivals.
By default, the Edge screen of Samsung's phablet displays notifications from certain apps, and you can also fire up several apps that are normally found on the bottommost dock in other Android iterations, which saves you a bit of space on the main screen. By swiping the edge down, you can also access a slew of additional features and apps, like flashlight, ruler, etc. The S Pen further enriches the functionality of the device as well – with the refreshed array of Air Command features (the likes of Smart Select), it makes the Note Edge a worthy representative of the Note family. Multitasking in this iteration of TouchWiz is once again courtesy of the Multi Window software feature. The Note Edge also comes with Windowed apps – certain ones will allow you to resize and move them around. Over at the LG G3's camp, we have a multitasking feature as well - it is called Dual Window and, as a whole, offers a level of functionality that is pretty similar to Samsung's Multi Window.
LG, on the other hand, uses a new design language in its G3. It relies on subtle pastel colors and is also rather feature rich, but generally speaking, it is somewhat similar to TouchWiz as far as looks are concerned – pretty far away from stock Android. Nonetheless, unlike the Note Edge, the current LG flagship has zero hardware buttons at the front, so it relies on an on-screen navigation bar, which is customizable to some extent and allows you to add a fourth button to the default three.
As a whole, the UI of the G3 is definitely not as feature-laden as the one in the Galaxy Note Edge, but LG's offering has a feature that would have suited the Note Edge like a glove – the ability to lock/unlock the device with LG's Knock On feature. This could have been pretty useful to the not-so-user-friendly positioning of the hardware buttons of the Note Edge. We should also note that the LG G3 is devoid of a single-handed mode, while the Galaxy Note Edge has one. The latter also has a fingerprint scanner embedded in its home button, as well as a slew of additional sensors at the back (UV, SpO2 sensor; heart-rate monitor), while the G3 lacks such kind of features, which is by no means a bad thing, of course.
Processor and memory
True powerhouses on paper and in reality, but the Edge has an advantage
With Qualcomm's finest at the moment, the quad-core Snapdragon 805 SoC, running at up to 2.7GHz, and an Adreno 420 GPU in store, the hardware performance of the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is superior to the one in the LG G3, which “only” sports a quad-core Snapdragon 801 8974-AC, humming at up to 2.5GHz, while an Adreno 330 takes care of graphics. Then again, the latter is just a step below Qualcomm's most potent chipset breed, so the difference is not that large. Memory-wise, the S Pen-toting Note Edge comes with either 32 or 64GB of internal storage, while the G3 comes with either 16 or 32GB. You get 3GB of RAM with the Note Edge, and if you opt for the 32GB version of the G3, you get the same amount of operational memory as the Note Edge. Both devices come with microSD slots, mind you.
Both devices feel quite snappy, with almost no lag or stutters while navigating through the interface, using the built-in functions, or even playing some of the heaviest 3D games available on Google Play. This was a no-brainer, as both devices have some really potent hardware muscle inside. It's hard to say which one performs better in real life and the differences are marginal. Yet, the G3 tends to show slight traces of lag in its UI, which is noticeable when you swipe through the app dialer, for example, but TouchWiz often suffers from similar issues, too.
However, the Galaxy Note Edge scored slightly higher results in almost all benchmark tests that we ran on it, but the LG G3 was stepping on its heels most of the time. Graphics-wise, the Note Edge performs better than the LG flagship, though this difference can't be easily spotted in most real-life scenarios. As a whole, the Galaxy Note Edge is, without the shadow of a doubt, packing more future-proof hardware.
Internet and connectivity
With their ultra-crisp displays and powerful insides, both the Note Edge and the LG G3 provide a pleasant web-surfing experience. Text appears great on both devices, even when zoomed in as much as possible. Apart from sporting Samsung and LG's own browsers, both handsets also come with Google Chrome preloaded. Whichever browser you choose, though, you will hardly have any issues.
As far as connectivity is concerned, you get an ample amount of features regardless of which device you pick. Both the Galaxy Note Edge and the LG G3 sport Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz, and ac, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, and 4G LTE. The Note Edge, however, supports the most advanced speed standard at the moment, LTE-A Cat. 6 (download speed of up to 300Mbit/s), while the LG will only allow you to make use of LTE Cat. 4.