Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Manufacturer: Samsung Part number: 6880631
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CNET editors' review
price range: $219.99 - $299.99
- Reviewed by: Brian Bennett
- Reviewed on: 10/01/2013
The good: The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has a gorgeous and massive screen, screaming quad-core processor, and refined S Pen skills. It also has long battery life, makes clear calls, and takes great pictures.
The bad: The Note 3 is expensive, large, and its faux-leather styling is crafted from cheap plastic.
The bottom line: Though its plastic skin doesn't do its high price justice, Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 makes the most compelling case yet for a supersize phone.
Best cell phone on the plenet and here's proof
by P-Haggard on February 23, 2014
Pros: Beautiful 5.7" Super Amoled HD display
Fast CPU & GPU, extra memory
Great 13 megapixel camera
TouchWiz UI is fine, and super fast now
Cons: Power button is so flush against the side, it very hard to press
Doesn't come with headphones.
Can only use multi window with certain apps
Summary: First, I am not affiliated with Samsung in any way, nor do I work for a cell phone store. I am a writer though.
Secondly, I hate long reviews with ...
Summary: First, I am not affiliated with Samsung in any way, nor do I work for a cell phone store. I am a writer though.
Secondly, I hate long reviews with the poster just reports the specs you already have. Rather, these comments show why the Galaxy Note 3 is more technologically advanced, and more phone for your money, compared to the many good phones on the market today. As for those phones that only show an app screen. I call them cave phones.
1. The beautiful 5.7" Super Amoled HD display has a "Wow!" factor. Everything is crisp and clear with a resolution of 1920 x 1080P, 386 PPI. Despite a few good contenders, no phone on the market can match the combination of vibrant color, and deep blacks. Check it out for yourself. For those who prefer drab, you can even adjust color intensity and contrast.
Is this practical? You bet. You get more viewable data for all social networking apps; you can see more email and contacts without scrolling; browsing is quick and pages more visible; YouTubes and video are fantastic; games are more playable; you can see larger areas on GPS maps; you get a better view of radar in weather; (live) wallpapers look great; you can use it as a reader; you can multitask with it; and with the right productivity apps you can even get some work done on it. I will never go back to a small screen phone. This phone is a joy to use.
2. The CPU (For US versions) is the quad core Qualcomm snapdragon 800 @ 2.3, which is the fastest processor on the planet as of this time. It will perform well for years to come. A few other phones have it. No lag on this baby. Just try to do things to outpace it. It moves data faster than you can see. Partially because of #3.
3. The Adreno 330 GPU is the best on the market, a few other phones have it. Graphics are amazing. It is 50% faster than the Adreno 320 in the Galaxy S4 which is a screamer.
4. It's the only phone to come with 3 GB of DDR 3 RAM. It also comes standard with 32 gigs of storage and you can add more with an SD card. Note: No extra charges for these!
5. It has a great 13 megapixel camera with useful software, a BSI Sensor, Smart Digital Stabilization and high CRI LED. Very few phones have this. It is also the only phone to do 4K video right now - sharp! It also does 1080P video at 60 FPS which is great.
6. No other phone has USB 3.0. 2 advantages: the phone charges very quickly on the 2 amp charger and nice thick cable. File transfer times are faster. With USB 3.0, a 2 gig file takes 27 seconds from the Note 3 to my (high end) PC. With USB 2.0 the same file takes 57 seconds.
7. How many phones have an S Pen? Except for email and quick notes, I seldom used the S Pen on my original Galaxy Note, but the Note 3 comes with some useful software making it more functional, and the handwriting recognition is scary accurate.
8. How many phones have a huge 3200 mA battery? It easily lasts all day with moderate to heavy use despite the large screen. Hardware CPU and GPU improvements, as well as Android 4.3 make the 100 mA bump over the Note 2 even more significant. You can also open the back and change out the battery - unlike some phones.
9. It does infrared remote control. It also has TV-out (via MHL A/V link), Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, temperature, humidity, and gesture sensor. I'm serious people, you get more for your money.
10. Hello multitasking! The fast CPU & GPU, extra memory, and high-resolution 5.7 inch screen make multitasking feasible and fun on a cell phone. You can even scroll through multiple applications in each split screen. This is even better if you hook up a keyboard and mouse via Bluetooth or USB, and connect through HDMI to your TV or computer monitor. The Note 3 can actually serve as a small computer. How many phones can do that? You can also mirror the phone screen with your smart TV for internet, games, viewing pics, whatever.
11. This the best cell phone for gaming on the market , period. The above features and OpenGL 3.0 which is part of Android 4.3 make it happen. Don't believe me? Read the reviews, watch the you tubes, and compared it for yourself.
12. It doesn't just have GPS, it also uses A GPS (improved), and Glonass Satellites. DL a GPS satellite app, and you'll see it will access between 5 and 25 satellites at once depending on time of day and location.
13. Got Knox? No, you don't. This phone provides business enterprise, and government level security for boot, VPN, etc., and comes in handy for privacy on public Wi-Fi. You don't have to use it, but it is there.
EDIT: It is there, but for some reason AT&T does not allow access this secure environment. Guess they want their competitors to get all those deserting Blackberry customers.
14. The air command and air gesture features make the phone futuristic. How many phones do that?
15. Is the screen too large for one handed operation? Yes, but so what? The tradeoff is worth it. Besides, Samsung now includes software to shrink it for one-handed so you get the best of both worlds.
16. I have been using the original Galaxy Note, which is actually wider, wearing suit pants to jeans. Both phones fit fine in your pocket. Don't worry about it unless you wear skinny jeans.
17. The TouchWiz UI is fine, and super fast now, but I prefer a 3rd party launcher - Go Launcher EX from the play store. Over a million users. So, the launcher is not a deciding factor in phone purchase for any Android manufacturer. Neither is S-voice, which is still seriously lacking. Just use Google voice and DL a different sound from the app store if you want.
There are a few things that Samsung needs to improve in my opinion. I don't know how many thousands of people need to tell them that putting the volume rockers directly opposite the power button is inconvenient for users. The Note 2 placement was better but still wrong.
I do like the new speaker placement though. Its perfect for horizontal viewing because your hand channels the sound to the user. However, there should be a better one with more bass. It is Ok, and plenty loud, just not great like the rest of the phone.
This phone should also be waterproof right out-of-the-box. Not a scaled-down version, just waterproof the thing. Other manufacturers are doing it for their flagship phones. That means Samsung can do it too. Truth be known, we users never want to see another flagship phone that is not waterproof. It's doable, so please do it. Smoke it with that nano-whatever waterproofing stuff. You went to CES.
All that said, I'm very, very happy, with the Note 3. IMHO the Note 3 is so powerful and functional, it is the first device I would classify as a hand held computer. As a professor, I researched it for days and used the original Galaxy Note for over a year now. There are other good phones, but the Note 3 does it in one package, and in most cases does it better, for the same flag-ship- phone price. I feel sorry for the fanboys and people believing advertising hype who don't research the market. They pay top dollar but don't get their money's worth.
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Oh yeah, almost forgot to mention, it's a really good phone too.
10 out of 10 users found this user opinion helpful.
From iPhone 1 to 5
by Dunneback on December 11, 2013
Weight and size
Apps Apps Apps!
Cons: Battery (Worst with iOS 7)
Wish the camera focus faster
Summary: This might be the last iPhone I ever buy. The 5 seems to solve almost all the problems that the previous iPhones had. I have been an iPhone customer ever ...
Summary: This might be the last iPhone I ever buy. The 5 seems to solve almost all the problems that the previous iPhones had. I have been an iPhone customer ever since the first one was announce. All the old iPhones were plague with problems such as limited App support, slow browser, poor camera, laggy Apps, weight, low resolution, etc. The 5 have none of these problems. The only problem the iPhone 5 have is poor battery life.
I mostly use this phone for lightweight computer stuff like browsing, YouTube, movies, music, word processing, email, camera, and phone stuff. It does everything better than most devices out there while staying very portable. Smoothness and stability have always been the hallmark of iOS which is the main reasons I never switched to other phones. Of all the years that I owned the iPhone, and of all the Apps that I've gone though, only a screen or two worth of Apps is useful. That said, not even useful most of the time. The Apps that I use most often are the ones that came with the phone with the exception of the Chrome browser. Everything is butter smooth especially with iOS 7. There are no Apps right now that lags on this phone.
The size is perfect for watching movies, but not so big that it will feel bulky in your pocket. The speakers are decent enough to listen in a small room or watching from a distance. I do still prefer the headphones jack on the top like the older iPhones since it doesn't get in the way with my palm. The edgy shape of the phone does not feel nice when holding, but the phone is small and light enough so that you can put a more comfortable case on it.
The camera shoots fast and is very clear and colorful, but focusing is still too slow. While the camcorder doesn't come close to the real thing, it is still far better than many mobile devices especially with stabilization.
The display sharpness is still standard retina quality, which is optimal as suggested by Apple. It was good the first time I saw it on the iPhone 4, and if they made the pixel any more dense, I doubt there will be any noticeable difference. Otherwise, the screen is bright enough for sunlight and colorful as usual. I have seen better colors on other phones though, but the iPhone 5 screen is still spectacular. The iPhone 5 is much lighter than the older iPhones and it is also slimmer too, this will let you put on many cases without adding too much bulk.
The larger screen is welcoming. The only thing bad about the large is that it is harder to reach the home button. I often have to tilt my phone to reach it. However, I watch a lot of movies on my phone so the larger screen is a great addition. The screen does feel significantly bigger with more viewing space, but most importantly, the phone itself doesn't feel bigger. It will still fit well in jean pockets. I know changing the screen size is a risky design change, I hope they don't make the phone any bigger, but I'm glad they did.
The lighting connector is great too. It is slimmer, you can connect it any way you want and it feels quite durable for its size. However, I get a lot of disconnects with the lighting connector during sync, especially when I'm transferring large files. This is probably an issue with the lighting connector since I get the same problem with the iPad Mini which also uses the lighting connector. However, I have not notice this problem anymore, or at all, after the iOS 7 update.
The battery life have always been a big problem with the iPhone. You can always buy a battery case, external battery, or carry the charger everywhere since there are outlets pretty much everywhere and the charger is no bigger than two ice cubes. The phone charges fairly fast, almost 50% per hour. I also want to add that iOS 7 have reduced the battery life slightly, but noticeably.
Now that the 5S is out, I feel that it is not worth the upgrade from the 5. Practically speaking, the only major difference is the fingerprint reader since entering the pass-code have always been annoying. As for the camera, I don't see much difference in the outdoor picture quality, and the flash on the 5S is just an improvement from what was already bad. Low-light photos and slow-motion camera is something I can live without. A7 and 64-bit Apps are still far from the horizon. Remember, last year's iPad Mini is running on the A5, two generations behind yet still a fairly new product compared to the iPhone 5 which is running on the A6. You will only benefit if you are doing major video, photo, and sound editing on your iPhone, which I hope you are not.
The iPhone is an excellent phone, but my next phone will probably be an Android. The old Android phones were beyond horrible, but they have improved so much that I must give them a try.
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11 out of 17 users found this user opinion helpful.
Perfect phone. Iphone killer!!!
by jam199716 on October 3, 2013
Pros: almost everything. the phone may still be plastic but it sure dosnt feel like it. Huge step up.
Cons: touchwiz but it can be fixed by getting a different launcher such as nova.
Summary: Why did cnet only rate this phone 4 stars. They rated the s4 4 and a half stars and the note 3 improves upon the few mistakes of the s4. ...
Summary: Why did cnet only rate this phone 4 stars. They rated the s4 4 and a half stars and the note 3 improves upon the few mistakes of the s4. Dont look at the cnet rating, its not accurate.
9 out of 12 users found this user opinion helpful.
Samsung Got It Right This Time!
by Thomas_MT on October 5, 2013
Pros: Excellence "S" Pen
Screen on this phone is amazing
Camera does a pretty good job
Battery life has been really good
Cons: It's not cheap
Tacky plastic rear
Tricky to hold
Summary: I was the first in Texas to purchase the Samsung Galaxy Note (the first Note) when it came out. I skipped the Note 2 because it seemed like there was ...
Summary: I was the first in Texas to purchase the Samsung Galaxy Note (the first Note) when it came out. I skipped the Note 2 because it seemed like there was not a lot changed and the Note 2 had some things missing, but when the Note 3 came out, I knew that the phone was going to be great. I was not the first person to get one, but I did get one within an hour of the store opening
I really like the Google system of being able to sync your contacts and calendar with your android phone. This make changing phones so much easier. Within a few minutes of actually receiving the phone I had my contacts and calendar loaded up and ready to go.
The "S" pen is a;right. I mainly use mine when people are giving me their phone numbers or I need to jot down a special note real quick. I like now how you can search your notes and when you take out the S pen it is easy to get to the progrma where you can take notes because it show up right by the pen. This little think will make my life easier. Included in with the phone box are 5 or 6 extra pen tips with a special tool to remove the tip of the pen with. I guess if you use the pen a lot they have some extras "ink" you can use. If you run out of the extra pen tips, you will have to go to Samsung and pay for them after that.
The screen on this phone is amazing. The phone has 388 ppi. The numbers mean little not me, but the screen is very easy to look at. Letters in documents are crisp, pictures have sharp edges with no blur in them. The colors looks very good... I think (I am color blind, like colors matter to me... LOL)
The camera does a pretty good job. From time to time, it does have a slight focusing problem, so the ability to take the phone out of a pocket to get the spontaneous quick shot is not there, but the camera does take some really good pictures. The video portion of the camera is where things start to fall apart on the phone. The video camera is not the greatest as far as lighting goes. I do not use the cell phone as my video recorder to often, so this does not present to big of a problem, but if you are going to use this phone as your primary means of recording video, you will not be happy. Maybe this little problem will get fixed in an update.
Talking to you phone. I love this feature. The phone can be completely asleep and then you say "Hi Galaxy: and the phone wakes up. I mainly use this feature with text messages. You can ask the phone for the weather, a joke for the day, dial a phone number by numbers or name. The phone does have a problem with dialing by name some times. For example, the phone has a problem with "Tammy" vs "Tommy" vs "Timmy". That is to be expected though. I have problems with those names from time to time. As far as dictating a text message or looking something up on the internet using your voice, there is really no problem there.
I love the Miracast. The TV I own has Miracast built in (to my surprise) and it is a novelty to have my phone screen mirrored on my TV. I am nit too sure what I would do with a 58" android screen, but having that option is nice. You can also send your youtube video from the phone to your TV screen, which I really like.
I did do an Antutt benchmark on the Phone. The phone scored an impressive 35308. Most people do not purchase a phone based upon bench marks. Most people buy a phone based upon price, features and looks. But if you are going to use the phone for gaming, I am sure that for a long time to come, the phone will be able to play all the games for android.
The phone does come with bloatware pre-loaded from AT&T, and Samsung has their app where you can purchase or rent a movie from them. I guess some people will use this option, but not many. It is there if you feel the need.
The back of the phone is detachable like the all the Samsung line. It is thicker, and when removing the back, I didn't feel like I might accidentally rip apart the back cover. It has a texture to it. People are calling is a faux leather back. If you can touch the back of the phone, or even take a close look at it, you will notice instantly that it is not leather. It does as a better grip to the phone. I have dropped by Note 1 before several time just because the phone was too slick. This will hopefully stop some of the drops the phone has to take in it's life time.
I placed the phone in the charging dock that I purchase with my original Galaxy Note. It is difficult to place the phone in there because of the USB 3 mini female connector, but it does work, without a thin TPU case on it. When the phone is place in the dock, the calendar shows for several minutes and then the screen dims showing the date, time and some weather data.
Battery life has been really good. I used the phone for an extended period of time, starting with a 53% charge, I was able to use the phone for several hours. I finally quite trying to drain the battery.
In conclusion, this is a really nice, flag ship cell phone. In reality, the S pen is not very useful, but more useful than what it had been in the past. I really like the cell phone and cannot wait to see what the next couple of years will bring to the cell phone industry.
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10 out of 16 users found this user opinion helpful.
Converted iPhone 5s owner!....for now.
by sirgeeps09 on October 11, 2013
Pros: Extremely Fast.
S-Pen is awesome!
Hand writing recognition is flawless!
Cons: Too early to find anything wrong with it
Summary: I have been an apple product owner for over 3 years and didn't think i'd go back to android since the days of froyo/gingerbread. I actually went ...
Summary: I have been an apple product owner for over 3 years and didn't think i'd go back to android since the days of froyo/gingerbread. I actually went and purchased the iphone 5s on day 1...stood in line and everything. The iphone 5s worked flawlessly and is a 5 star phone in regards to performance and UI....however, the lack of screen size and kind of boring IOS made me regret the purchase. I was extremely intrigued by the Note 3 and decided to pull the trigger and return the iphone. 2 days into owning it and I have absolutely no regrets. I will update my review once I've had the phone for a few months and see if some of the old android hiccups effect this phone.
The S-pen, followed closely by the screen, is the best reason to purchase this phone. The hand writing recognition is amazing and i don't write neat. I have had no issues and can write out messages extremely fast. The S-Note feature is a killer app for taking notes in meetings and I can't wait to take advantage of it.
The iphone is a great ipod touch with phone capabilities built in...the Galaxy Note 3 is a productivity tool. Don't get it if you don't think you'll take advantage of the S-pen. There are other large phones without the pen (ie. Xperia, HTC one Max). Play with this phone in a store and you will be a convert!
5 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
Note3 takes the #1 spot. No device can beat this yet!
by LouBaker58 on October 27, 2013
Pros: Pretty Much Everything
Size/Light Weight/Faux Leather
Cons: The word needs to get out that this phone is FANTASTIC!
The speaker could be better quality, but it sure is loud!
Hand gestures/eye features could be improved, but are still awesome/convenient/fun to use.
Summary: I am writing the review because I was on the fence of what new smartphone to buy with my upgrade, and I relied on user reviews and videos. I did ...
Summary: I am writing the review because I was on the fence of what new smartphone to buy with my upgrade, and I relied on user reviews and videos. I did a lot of research/studying of all of the latest phones. I chose Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 and I could not be any happier. (This thing literally has not left my side since I bought it last week!)
Let me be clear - If you are considering a bigger phone, stop hesitating! If you are worried about switching from iOS, stop hesitating! This blows everything else out of the water, and it can multi-task so smoothly!
SIZE (5/5) First off, why criticize the the of this phone? People say "Wow that phone is huge!" and I respond, "Exactly" I always let them hold it and feel how light and easy it is to fit in their pocket, and they couldn't agree more! This phone is SLICK, faux leather makes it have a great feel. Everyone has different needs, if you want a small phone, this isn't for you. Personally, I was a heavy iPhone user and became sick of how small the iPhone was, so this is my first "phablet", and it is an extremely perfect fit for me. I also love how people say but you need two hands (Yet pretty much everyone with iPhones are using two hands when they are texting anyways (just look around...)
CALL SOUND QUALITY (5/5) - I have had NO ISSUES when chatting with people on the phone, I think some people must be receiving defective devices or something, because my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 that I purchased at Best Buy has perfect sound quality.
SCREEN (5/5) - WOW, speechless. The most impressive feature, I literally have a mini HDTV in my pocket.
CAMERA (5/5) - Amazing quality! Couldn't be happier, especially zooming in after the picture
S-Pen (5/5) - So many cool features, I try and use as much as possible to learn them all! (Take notes that instantly convert to text, draw on screen shots, etc. etc.)
BATTERY LIFE (5/5) - It is 9PM and I took my note off the charger at 8AM this morning. I have been periodically using Facebook, Twitter, texting, calling, web browsing, streaming HD YouTube Videos, etc. and am only down to 25%) Definitely lasts longer than my iPhone's/droids ever did, you will not be disappointed by the battery life.
SPEED (5/5)- Internet is beyond fast 4G or WiFi, and Google voice is literally loaded by the time you say the sentence, it has AMAZING audio reception.
SPEAKER (4/5)- It is very loud and clear, however it is not the top of the line sound quality. With that said, it sure is amazing when you're hanging around the house listening to music on it from the other room without headphones.
OVERALL (5/5), the Note 3 is everything that it claims to be, the most amazing screen, excellent hardware, and holds a beast of a battery life for the size/features of the phone.
A++! I will have this note for the next 2+ years!
FYI - I sure am glorifying the hell out of this product, so I wanted it to be clear that I am not affiliated with Samsung or any other companies. I am using my own time to write this. and am just a very happy owner who is now obsessed with this phablet! I recommend going to a store to try it out, it's hard to take your hands off of.
5 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
Samsung finally converted a Mac/iPhone Addict! N3 Baby!
by dbrown72 on October 9, 2013
Pros: It's got a quad core, it's faster than most computers.
It actually has 4g LTE, not just what the iPhone "states"
It's FIVE POINT SEVEN INCHES BIG!
You can customize the HECK out of it.
You can't get the iPhone 5S for 3 more weeks.
Cons: Need to figure out how to make Notifications better.
A bit cluttered at first, but hey let's talk iPhone clutter...
Don't lose the awesome stylus.
Summary: I have had 18 iPhones, I went to 3 stores this weekend trying to buy the new 5S and every store was out of stock, 3 weeks, so I decided ...
Summary: I have had 18 iPhones, I went to 3 stores this weekend trying to buy the new 5S and every store was out of stock, 3 weeks, so I decided to TRANSFER ON OVER!
I have an iPad 3, MacBook Pro 15", Apple TV & tons of Apple accessories.
I'm still quite happy about the switch.
4 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
Could be great, but is not
by lcade67 on February 20, 2014
Pros: Bright beautiful display, sound quality and camera
Cons: Home key brings up forced app, several apps that come with the phone not removable, Samsung service non-exsistent
Summary: I loved my previous Samsung phone (Note2), and how I wish I had kept it! I will NEVER understand the arrogance, the over-bearing decision making process behind forcing apps on ...
Summary: I loved my previous Samsung phone (Note2), and how I wish I had kept it! I will NEVER understand the arrogance, the over-bearing decision making process behind forcing apps on the customer. Do I go to the Samsung CEO's house forcing a picture of my kids as his screen saver? or make him watch my favorite show? NO! Why? Because he pays for his TV and computer and should get to choose what he sees and watches! WHY then do I have to see My Magazine EVERY TIME I touch the home key? If I wanted a magazine I would go stand in line at the grocery store and read one! Why is Flipboard un-flipping removable? This is ridiculous! I paid for this phone; it is mine! I want to choose what I see and download, and not have random apps chosen by Samsung popping up at inopportune times!
I have never hated a phone so much. It is such a shame because there is much to love about it, but I can't get past the annoyances. It is wrong for them to have forced things on the customer in such an obtrusive way. Second but last phone from Samsung.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Note to self this thing is the next BIG thing
by jrasero23 on October 17, 2013
Pros: Huge 5.7" screen
Thin and light
Updated faux leather back
Great battery life
Cons: Same 13 MP camera as S4 but also omits optical image stabilization
Not the easiest thing to hold
Same old plastic build
Depending who you talk to the S-Pen is hit or miss
Summary: Switched to AT&T and had my picking of which phone to get. I formerly had a iPhone 5 and recently a Galaxy S4. The Note is really a ...
Summary: Switched to AT&T and had my picking of which phone to get. I formerly had a iPhone 5 and recently a Galaxy S4. The Note is really a huge S4 with a Pen, but is also loaded with a fast 800 series processor and 3 gigs of ram, which at least on benchmarks makes the device scream. For everyday use you will not notice the difference between a 600 series quad core compared to a 800 series. What you will notice is the size, the Note 3 is huge. I have small hands and typing on scrolling is a two hand combo. Even though the device has a massive 5.7" screen it is thinner and lighter compared to its predecessor. Many have argued for Samsung to transition to metal builds or premium plastic that aren't as slipper and with the Note 3 Samsung finally got rid of the slippery back door and replaced it with a faux leather back. Keyword in all this is faux since the back is plastic that mimics leather and the stitching is also fake, but this small move fixes one of my biggest complaints for the Galaxy line with its slipper plastic. Still Samsung has not moved to more precious materials like aluminum like HTC or Apple, but with a phone this big do you really want a heavy phone as well? My S4 I got very good battery life, I go way beyond 12 hours and I average 3-4 hours screen time. With the little time I have had with my Note I have been getting even better battery life, because of the huge 3200 mah battery.
So here are the negatives. The Note has the same 13 MP camera as the S4 which isn't bad but considering this just got released this October and with premium phones like the Sony Z1 and Lumia 1020 having mega cameras the 13 MP camera feels like a let down. Furthermore Samsung omitted the optical image stabilization, bummer. So in the end the Note camera is good and is up there with the G2, Apple iPhone 5s, and etc but with more and more phones having crazy cameras its a surprise the Note didn't do something special especially since your paying $300. Well wait... the Note does offer 4K Video but to me this is typical gimmicky Samsung since there are only a handful of TVs with 4K abilities and little to no 4K content. So have fun shooting 4K video and playing it back on your mega expensive $6000 4K TV. Speaking of expensive the Note at $300 is no bargain by any means. Is a S-Pen, updated specs, and .7" worth an extra $100 for 24 months?
For me Samsung arguably makes a top 3 smart phone in the S4 and you get a lot of the same great and also gimmicky BS with the Note, but hands down the Note does the phablet the best.
The phone isn't for everyone, but its one of those phones I never have been bored with. Watching movies on a 5.7" screen is great, playing games is fast and furious, and holding it is now less of a headache with the less slippery back.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
"Phone that has all in it".
by coolsahil26 on October 4, 2013
Pros: Excellent display.Performance of the phone is buttery smooth.Speaker is LOUD.Camera takes excellent pictures & Low light pictures are also not bad.Phone is huge in size but can be easily handled, easily fits in the pocket.
Cons: Plastic body quality of the phone can be increased.
Summary: I have Exynos(Octa core) version of Note3, performance of the phone is really good.Really its worth buying.S-pen has been really improved from its previous version(Note2).Additional ...
Summary: I have Exynos(Octa core) version of Note3, performance of the phone is really good.Really its worth buying.S-pen has been really improved from its previous version(Note2).Additional features are also really awesome.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Samsung
- Part number: 6880631
- Bottom Line: Though its plastic skin doesn't do its high price justice, Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 makes the most compelling case yet for a supersize phone.
- Product Type Smartphone
- Width 3.1 in
- Depth 0.3 in
- Height 5.9 in
- Weight 5.9 oz
- Service Provider AT&T
- Operating System Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean)
- Clock Speed 2.3 GHz
- Processor Core Qty Quad Core
- Diagonal Size 5.7 in