Call quality


Being among the most sophisticated devices of their respective manufacturers, neither the Note Edge or the G3 will disappoint as far as call quality is concerned. The earpiece of the Galaxy Note Edge is loud enough, voices sound relatively good, and there are just tiny evidences of muffling. The phablet's microphone could have been better, as it produces loud but not so clear voice output – you can even hear a slight hiss here or there. We have nothing bad to day about the LG G3 – both its earpiece and microphone perform pretty decently.

Battery

The potent hardware and the 3,686,400 pixels aboard both devices mean that their batteries have some tough time ahead of them.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and its 3,220mAh battery already scored a rather impressive result in our custom battery test (surviving for 8 hours and 43 minutes), making it the second longest-lasting Quad HD device at the moment. The Note Edge has the same hardware insides, yet it sports a smaller battery (3,000mAh), and this paves the way for a big gap between the battery life performances of these Samsung devices. The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge scored 7 hours and 8 minutes in our battery test, which is a good result for a Quad HD handset. On the other hand, the LG G3 scored 6 hours and 14 minutes, which is not a bad result, but generally fails to impress in comparison with the newer crop of Quad HD handsets that we've tested.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge 7h 8 min (Good)
LG G3 6h 14 min (Average)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge 82
LG G3 120

Conclusion


There you have it, almost all of the bad and the good concerning the first QHD monster that broke cover, the LG G3, and the ingenious and unorthodox S Pen-flaunting Samsung Galaxy Note Edge phablet. With its plastic/metal build and intriguing Edge display, S Pen stylus, and Snapdragon 805 in store, the Galaxy Note Edge will probably appeal to those who want to possess the latest and greatest available on the market. On the other hand, the LG G3 is a more “traditional” device, which employs a relatively compact form factor (considering the screen size), powerful hardware, and a set of features, such as Knock On/Knock Code, which make the device rather user-friendly.

Why should you choose the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge? Well, it's a more future-proof device, which outperforms the G3. If you are looking for a good cameraphone, then you might want to consider the Note Edge as well. The level of functionality its S Pen totes cannot be matched by the G3, too. Nonetheless, all of this takes its toll at the checkout – the Galaxy Note Edge bears a higher price tag than the G3, both unlocked ($945.95) and with a two-year contract ($399).

And why would you want to get LG's current flagship? Apart from being slightly easier to handle and use, the device is pocket-friendlier, and just as versatile in most essential categories. Generally, it does not lag that much behind the Note Edge in any aspect, and even surpasses it in some. We should also not forget that the G3 will damage your wallet less - $599 for the unlocked version and $149.99-$199.99 with a two-year commitment.

If you are looking for a top-of-the-line QHD handset with monstrous specs sheet, then you can go wrong with neither of these two devices, yet you need to ask yourself a very simple question: “Is the undoubtedly-intriguing screen of the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge worth a few hundred bucks over the LG G3?”

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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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