The Galaxy Note 3 is an awesome device. Despite being a four year old phone at this point, my Note 3 has both stood the test of time and clumsiness. At this point, most if not all of the Note 3 variants are easily root-able, and I believe all are boot-loader unlock-able. Mine is carrier unlocked as well, and I'd assume that all of the GSM modules are carrier unlock-able as well.
The Note 3 features a quad core ARM7 processor (some are actually octo-core, incredibly), 3 gigs of RAM, descent internal storage, external SD support, USB 3 support, and of course, my favorite part-- a removable battery! These features make the device future-proof, expandable, and upgradeable.
The stock ROM can be updated to Android Lollipop 5.0, but if you unlock your boot-loader, you can run anything you'd like on it. For instance, currently, I am running a custom ported version of Google's latest OS: Android Nougat 7.1.1/LineageOS 14.1.1 (formerly CyanogenMod), but there are plenty of custom ROMs' available for this device. A few developers have even ported the stock Note 7 ROM to the Note 3, which brings into question the cost effectiveness of upgrading to a newer device.
Other thoughts... Get a *tempered glass* screen protector, and a protective case. You don't need a bulky Otterbox if you like the slimness of the phone, as this phone is pretty durable, a thin case will do the trick, provided you are reasonably careful with it.
Issues: After dropping the phone several hundred times, the camera developed a small issue with the autofocus. Sometime, when launching the camera, I can feel the lens vibrating as the camera struggles to autofocus. This is a minor annoyance and can be remedied by briskly, and momentarily shaking the phone around. After that, the camera seems to focus without issue.
Overall I'd give this phone a 5/5 stars. It totally exceeded my expectations of a device manufactured in 2013.
Winning, 10 Mar 2017Okay..i have note 3 and the phone is really good..but the thing is here,the battery is drainin... moreSounds like your battery could be on its way out. Better to invest on new battery friend.
S . SUDHAKAR, 10 Mar 2017Yes man. Samsung rocks and lg sucks.Yeah i like samsung. I personally Cant seem to like lg. Not used to lg phone. Im used to samsung S. SUDHAKAR.
Winning, 10 Mar 2017Okay..i have note 3 and the phone is really good..but the thing is here,the battery is drainin... moreI've N9000, with Lollipop update. AFAIK, N3 has removable battery so you can change it and get big one.
Winning, 10 Mar 2017Okay..i have note 3 and the phone is really good..but the thing is here,the battery is drainin... moreInstall teamviewer quicksupport for samsung app and tell me the 9 digit id. I will connect and troubleshoot it for you. I am in India (GMT + 5.5 hours).
Okay..i have note 3 and the phone is really good..but the thing is here,the battery is draining to fast..even after fully charged when i use it, it when from 100 to 90 not even 5minute of using..and 2nd if i restart it, the battery really drop to fast..what is the problem?anybody know?its kinda frustrating..is it the phone or the battery?please help
AnonD-365057, 08 Mar 2017Note 3 N900 supports 64gb only. Probably 9005 supports 128 gb hi Nikhil. mines supports 64gb. but ive been using 128gb. so n900 model should support it to. 64gb wasnt enough for me. so i bought it to try it and it worked fine happy to say. ive been using it for a long time now.
AnonD-603295, 28 Nov 2016so this phone is can 4G signal right?N9005 is 4g lte. Not 3g lte friend.
Anonymous, 07 Mar 2017What i know is not all memory card suitable..sometimes lagging or loading media too long..even... morePersonally i prefer sandisks ultra class 10 as ive been using this brand for years and ive bought samsung memory card also. Reading kingston it has the same specs as sandisk class 10 i think? Maybe im wrong? Ive never used kingsdon so i cant comment on it. But everyone has diff views on which make of memory card that they prefer. So if you prefer kingsdson then buy that one. I hope this helps Anonymous.
I have one SAMSUNG NOTE3 is best phone ever i see no slower no errors i think it is best .SAMSUNG plese DO NOT drop this device
Anonymous, 07 Mar 2017What i know is not all memory card suitable..sometimes lagging or loading media too long..even... moreThat link i posted thats the memory card i got and it wworks fine on my note 3 and tablet. No lagging in my note 3. I checked opening my gallery. 3 seconds to open. Ive no lagging. But go for what you think is best Anonymous
blonde, 06 Mar 2017Your very welcome:). When you get it just put it into your note 3 and then hook it to laptop/c... moreWhat i know is not all memory card suitable..sometimes lagging or loading media too long..even from Samsung made..my suggestion is Kingston for Note 3..correct me if i wrong..
Anonymous, 06 Mar 2017Can support 128gb sd card?.. Ok.. I will have it.. Coz my total memory 64gb is full..thanks blonde..Your very welcome:). When you get it just put it into your note 3 and then hook it to laptop/computer and then move your files accross. I got mine in amazon 2015
Heres link for it.
SanDisk Ultra Android 128 GB microSDXC Memory Card plus SD Adapter up to 48 MB/s, Class 10
blonde, 03 Mar 2017same here. my note 3 i have no problems with it. battery ok. fast on internet etc. no battery ... moreCan support 128gb sd card?.. Ok.. I will have it.. Coz my total memory 64gb is full..thanks blonde..
3yrs yrs on and my note 3 is still going good and other note 3 users say the same which im happy to read thier comments. its good to know:)
good to see other note 3 users still find note 3 good. if looked after it will last until it falls apart so to speak. but for now my friends enjoy your note 3 as i do dear friends:)
Jujud, 02 Mar 2017Should I buy the legendary Samsung note 3 or the latest model j7 2016??? Please give any reason why? im a note 3 user. ike i said in my last reply to you note 3 is stil a good phone. its not old as long as its working perfectly. lots of note 3 users say its still good note. have mine since march 2014. N9005 model 4g lte. you want a phone with removable battery and sd card slot. ive also note edge which is good. but it doesnt have usb 3. i use it for work. note 3 i use for personal use. just look at other note 3 users who say thiers is still good. hope this helps you to decide. good luck my friend:)
Jujud, 02 Mar 2017Should I buy the legendary Samsung note 3 or the latest model j7 2016??? Please give any reason why?How much you willing to pay for a device that is realy on its last legs, it's got a 2yr plus a few months life span, invest you hard earnt cash on the future not the past, hope that helps!