Samsung Galaxy Note Edge vs LG G3
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.
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.
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.