To be honest - I wouldn't ever consider buying the Note 3 if the size was bigger than what it is now. I think this size is a maximum acceptable for a pocketable device.
Xperia Z Ultra for example is ridicuolus, this is not a device you carry in your pocket. I hope Samsung won't increase the size next year and will improve in other areas, like photo capabilities, battery life, display technology etc.
Could have been the worlds best phone if they did not Goof up on some key issues
1) No Dual SIM
2) No IP Protection
3) No Snapdragon universally
4) Region lock
Can you mention in review that the phone is Region Lock . And what Samsung say is not truth ? That would be great review.
And this is from CLOVE UK
October 2, 2013 at 6:59 pm
Just an update from my last message. I finally received the following by email from Samsung Customer Support:
“I am very sorry to hear that you may not purchase a Note 3 due to the regional lock. In this e-mail, I will explain to you the reason for this.
The reason for the regional lock is to ensure that devices aren’t being imported between regions illegally. However, this does not mean that you cannot use another SIM card in the phone while abroad.
For instance, if you purchase a Note 3 in the UK and put a foreign SIM card in it, then it will lock and will need to be sent to a service centre to get unlocked. However, if you put a UK SIM card into the Note 3 first, then it will recognise that it is a UK SIM card in a UK model and wont lock. Then, if you go abroad, you can still use a foreign SIM card in it.
We have seen a steady rise in complaints about people purchasing phones and tablets online and in local retail outlets that aren’t based to their specific region. What this means is that if we receive a call from someone who has a phone that originated in Asia, we have to send them to Samsung Asia as they have different parts for their models.
This then leads to the customer having to pay a lot of money to get their device repaired. With the regional lock, we hope to stop this from happening.
I hope this information has been of benefit to you and that you understand the regional lock a bit better now. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and we value and appreciate our customers thought and comments on the matter.”
I think their excuse is mind boggling and they probably made it up as it bears no relation to the wording on the sticker. However if what they say is now true and Clove do confirm this after tests then I shall order one from Clove."
plz compare exynos and snapdragon in benchmark and battery life and charging time and camera
Whoa, 04 Oct 2013Apple 5S even with 1GB ram still beat the note 3 in a few tests. Unbelievable engineering in s... moreNice, but you must say also B. IPhone 5S have low resolution (not HD or FullHD) and dont have full Multitasking (and not multiwindow like Note).
Whoa, 04 Oct 2013Apple 5S even with 1GB ram still beat the note 3 in a few tests. Unbelievable engineering in s... moretrue but what most people forget is appl design thier software around the hardware where as google make andriod and so companies like samsung, sony e.t.c have to then put all thier own stuff on top so an apple device will probably always beat some of the other top phones out there unless they all start making thier own os's
Whoa, 04 Oct 2013Apple 5S even with 1GB ram still beat the note 3 in a few tests. Unbelievable engineering in s... moreWell u can keep testing on the tiny screen everyday for the price u paid for. I'm happy for u.:)
Apple 5S even with 1GB ram still beat the note 3 in a few tests. Unbelievable engineering in such a small size. Still nice try from massive samsung.
The regional locking that Samsung has introduced in Note III is a major turn-off. People who have used their new Note happily at home have noticed that when travelling to other countries they were not able to switch to a local sim to avoid roaming charges. This is the opposite of what some Samsung PR people are saying.
I believe the reviewed phone was off a reproduction batch as the region stickers and sim locking were not covered in the review?
I've been very pleased with Samsung products until now, but I won't be buying another Samsung phone, as regional sim locks do not belong to today's international world.
Great review as usual, just wanted to ask about the audio test,was it done with the snapdragon or the exynos phone? Is there a big difference in audio quality since both versions use different audio chipsets ?
Just bought the new Samsung Galaxy Note 3 here in Australia and already let me say this is one seriously bloody good smartphone, and as we Aussies say it's a little beauty, or in this case a big beauty. So much so even my Gen Y kids are already wanting to give their new Apple iphone 5s the bullet and migrate over to Samsung.
Can we have a review between the octa core and the snapdragon? I'm from India and really want to know if its worth investing in the octa core one? I currently have the note 2
It has been widely reported that Samsung is cheating the benchmarking software. I wonder if GSMArena applied the necessary modifications to prevent the device from detecting the benchmark software used.
Well yes you were wrong ..The Note 3 doesn't improve on the Note 2s speaker, or audio quality. In amazed Gsm haven't mentioned that. .
Please provide a comparison between snapdragon version and exynos octa version and battery tests for the exynos octa.
Indian users need to see the difference and is it worth buying the octa version
First of all, take a bow GSMA. Superb review!
No words to describe about this jugger-note! Sammy has done it again. From screen to compactness from looks to performance, just about everything is fantastic. The new 4k video recording, the advanced S-Pen and its tons of new features.
Yet again samsung has set the rules for what takes to be a phablet. Well done sammy. Kudos.