Quick Note 3 review after a week or so from a former Note 1 user whose Note 8 is at Samsung for repair after the display cracked for no reason overnight. (Tempered glass can break if temperature changes, IE, from warm of day to cold of night.) Anyway!
1. Battery life is outstanding, even more so if you remove the sim card and use it as a WiFi only device. If the latter, after a days use, I had 85% battery life left after 8 hours! With sim, still very good. 2. Fast, in particular browsing photos - now as smooth as iOS. 3. Great screen. 4. Stylus apps are excellent and Samsung has done a good job improving them. Active Note is priceless and I have used it to jot down phone numbers whilst on the phone and then call the numbers from the hand written note! 5. Rear is nice to grip and isn't tacky, although the fake metal rim around the edge is not so nice, but I have ordered a case anyway. 6. Audio quality is very good. 7. Big negative: Camera autofocus is not very consistent and there is NO macro! I have been unable to take photos of objects closer than about 5 inches, whilst my other phones can. Hopefully this is a software bug. Other negative, also with the camera, is I cannot work out how to use the front camera! IE, take a selfie. Yes, there is that PIP (Picture in Picture) mode, but no pure front camera only mode, or am I doing something wrong? Where's the icon to switch cameras? 8. Other negative is that the TouchWhiz interface for phone related features is limiting over stock Jelly Bean. You cannot swipe between phone modes (IE, Contacts, Dialpad etc) and there is no way to assign a specific contact number as the priority number to be dialled when touching the contact name. IE, you sometimes dial a person's home number not their mobile number. On other phones, Samsung included, I have owned, you could specify which number got priority when you touched or swiped a contact name to dial.
Anyway, all the above flaws are software fixable. In all, a superb device that blows iOS out of the water from a productivity and value for money angle. One more thing: I bought an official Samsung HDMI/MHL cable. Outputting the Note 3 content to another display, TV, projector etc is great: Full 1080P!
portil01, 25 Oct 2013is this phone water resitance , water and dust proof? Yes but keep in polythene
Muvahhid, 25 Oct 2013Hi, guys. I can't make a choice between Note 3 and LG G2. Some people complain about heating p... moreI have G2 and it's true- no heating while watching youtube, movies,browsing, etc... with excellent battery life in terms of usage,and the rear buttons is ergonomic, you can adjust the volume easily while on call, u can capture easily with one hand by just pressing the volume button from standby mode, but still I am TEMPTED to consider Note 3 for it's fantastic screen and stylus.
Kiz, 25 Oct 2013but i need to know about this that my note 3 o2 version hardware is same as Original Samsung G... moreHi there. Its 100 percent the same to original samsung galaxy note 3. It's just branded to spesific carrier. That's all. Bye..
Hi, guys. I can't make a choice between Note 3 and LG G2. Some people complain about heating problem of Note 3 and others say there is no any problem. Which one of them say truth?.
I've read the comments about LG G2 from other forms and Gsmarena. I didn't see any comment about technical problem but several users has written that G2 has touch screen issue. Note 3 seems excellent but reality is different than specifications which have being shown here. Users know the most accurate information about them. Write your personal experience as a user these phones, please.
nooooooo samsung note 3 has way better specs than iphone and it all comes down to anyone can use an iphone because they dumbed it down for ppl so they would over look being locked into everythink apple no freedom ............. apple is a good phone dont get me wrong but samsung one it with this one my ninjas
Tcool, 24 Oct 2013Is that the only advantage of Note 2? More on videos and pictures. Since I am not concerned ... morebro, Don't listen to any comments go for Note3 i have personally used Note 2 & now using Note3. Note 3 is way ahead of note 2 in terms of picture & video recording. You will find it yourself when you will use it.
Christian A. Saputra, 25 Oct 2013Dear Gadget Lovers, especially SGN Lovers,
I have questions regarding the SGN 3.
I have ... more
1. Pretty much everything is improved on the SGN3, it looks better, has a lot better screen, battery life is better, its smaller, lighter and thinner and has a lot more power. The s-pen and all the apps have been improved.
2. SGN2 has FM radio and sunset photo mode.
3. I definitely think so but the SGN2 is still a good device.
5. My preference would be SGN3 > LG G2 > Z1 = One MAX > Z Ultra
I think the ultra is way too big to be a phone plus it has really average battery life. A 5" screen on the Z1 is a bit small for me especially when its n't much smaller than the SGN3. The one max is pretty bulky and has last gen components. The G2 would have been my next choice as it looks great and is really compact with a big screen.
Dear Gadget Lovers, especially SGN Lovers,
I have questions regarding the SGN 3.
I have used the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 for 1 year. And I have been thinking of upgrade to SGN 3.
1. What are the main advantages for SGN 3 over SGN 2?
2. What are the main advantages for SGN 2 over SGN 3?
3. Does it worth the change from SGN 2 to SGN 3?
4. What I read, was that SGN 3 doesnt have the Radio? is it right?
5. My other options are Sony Xperia Z Ultra, Z1, or HTC One MAX, or LG G2, besides the SGN3? Which is better?
Thanks so much for helping me.
chedsabahmalaysia, 25 Oct 2013Hi. Your phone is original. I guarantee you. Unfortunately, your phone is not an international... morebut i need to know about this that my note 3 o2 version hardware is same as Original Samsung Galaxy Note 3 N9005 or anything difference between O2 or Original N9005
Kiz, 25 Oct 2013Hello Friends. Friends i need your help i purchase today Galaxy Note 3 Sm N9005. and when i sw... moreHi. Your phone is original. I guarantee you. Unfortunately, your phone is not an international version because it is for the o2 vodaphone carrier But was unlocked to work with any sim. No worries, its works fine. Its just, some time the phone is loaded with so much carrier bloatware that eats up phone memory. Hope this help. Bye..
Kiz, 25 Oct 2013Hello Friends. Friends i need your help i purchase today Galaxy Note 3 Sm N9005. and when i sw... moreI have an issue with the N9005 in that it boots up to the home screen before rebooting and going in. This should be fixed soon hopefully.
I'm not sure where you got your phone but it is normal for carriers to add their own logo into the boot up screen and to add their own apps. Your only issue may be that it may be locked to O2?
Hello Friends. Friends i need your help i purchase today Galaxy Note 3 Sm N9005. and when i switch on my mobile first Samsung galaxy note N9005 Logo will appear and Then O2 Logo Will be Appear then my Device Will Be On. so please guys tell me is this anything wrong with my phone or is my phone doesn't original. because i have only 2 days exchange policy please guys tell me and help i am so worried about it. i am in asia
Tcool, 24 Oct 2013Why my iPhone 4 lags a lot? It is not Android.Because you GENIOUSly upgraded to iOS 7.
Tcool, 24 Oct 2013Why my iPhone 4 lags a lot? It is not Android.i m not saying hardware doesn't matter i m saying it matters only up to some extent....old ios is also not so good ... ios 7 is very good as we all know it is fully inspired from windows phone 8....windows phone is best after new update although some people don't like UI of wp8 but u can check samsung windows phone never have lag issues...even nokia 520 works without lag in 512 ram....n 720 also has 512 ram but never lag :)
Samsung Galaxy Note good phone and its features gorgeous but an hour is not available in a box
troy200550, 24 Oct 2013BE AWARE BEFORE YOU CHANGE YOUR NOTE 2 FOR A NOTE 3 LIKE I DID
NOTE 3 ADVANTAGES OVER THE N... moreIs that the only advantage of Note 2?
More on videos and pictures.
Since I am not concerned about the video and picture quality, I will go for Note 3.
Thanks for the information.
Once again samsung puts its benchmark un market. It is so convenient to use.what a piece....m