Camera

Both perform excellently, but the Note Edge has the upper hand by a small margin

Let's start with the raw specs of the snappers. The Galaxy Note Edge comes with the same snapper that adorns the Galaxy Note 4, which means that we are yet again dealing with a 16MP, 1/2.6" BSI sensor with an aperture of F/2.2. In LG G3's camp, we have a 13MP, 1/3.06” BSI sensor with an aperture of F/2.4. It's also important to mention that the G3 has a laser-aided autofocus that does its job extremely fast, but the Galaxy Note Edge is not a slouch in this department, too, as it comes with phase-detection autofocus, similar to the Note 4. By default, the Galaxy Note Edge shoots in a 16:9 ratio, while the LG G3 employs a 4:3 sensor.

Samsung's camera software is more feature-rich than the predominantly spartan one on the G3. The Note Edge comes with a surplus of shooting modes, functionalities, and features that are simply nowhere to be found in the G3, for the better or for the worse. Samsung's novel handset enables you to make use of Panorama, Selective focus, Beauty face, Virtual tour, Dual camera, Rear-cam selfie, etc. Manually adjusting various settings, such as ISO, exposure, and white balance is possible as well. In the meantime, the LG G3 is somewhat short on user-available shooting modes and options – Auto mode, Dual camera, Panorama, and Magic Focus are all there is.



Specs and features aside, the cameras of both phones perform well. The images from the Note Edge are a bit more detailed, but the images taken with the G3 have little to none digital noise, too. The color reproduction of the two cameras is top-notch, but the LG G3 tends to produce slightly colder images here or there. Sometimes, the G3 tends to add a slightly underexposed and a little too contrasty photos, but LG's flagship performs slightly better in the HDR segment. The Note Edge, on the other hand, creates slightly warmer and over-saturated photos when compared with the G3. When shooting macro, both devices perform extremely well, though the Note Edge is capable of adding just a tad more bokeh to the final shot. Samsung's phablet also produces more detailed panorama images.



Taking a pic Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec) Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge 2.9
2.9
351
278
LG G3 2.7
4.3
No data
No data

The video-recording capabilities of both contenders are commendable, too. Both sport their own take on image stabilization – the Note Edge employs a combination between optical and digital stabilization, while the LG G3 solely relies on optical image stabilization. Both handsets are capable of shooting 1080p and 4K video (3840 x 2160 pixels) at 30fps as well. The LG G3, however, tends to add more “rolling shutter” effect. The Note Edge also does this, but on smaller scale (as a whole, it seems that the digital/optical image stabilization of the Note Edge outperforms the one of the LG G3). Samsung's phablet also produces more vibrant videos. Yet, the continuous autofocus on both devices leaves a lot to be desired – refocusing between background and foreground takes a while with both phones.



Multimedia

The Quad HD displays on both make multimedia consuming a pleasant experience


Both devices have IR blasters at their topmost frames, which allow you to control a large number of supported devices and appliances. You can either make use of the pre-loaded IR-centric apps from both Samsung and LG or download a 3rd party one.

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge 0.41
LG G3 0.57
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge 87
LG G3 81


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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: 1459; 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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