Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Review
Two years back, in 2011, when Samsung launched a phone or a large phone, many people ridiculed it because of its size. But after the 2 years, the Note 3 has been one of the most-highly anticipated smartphones of the year for the same reason, it’s size. With the Galaxy Note, Samsung created the phablet category. After that, the launch of the Note 2 in mid 2012, improved on the original Note in every way. Now, The Galaxy Note 3 is the new member in the Samsung Galaxy family. The handset comes with a huge 5.7 inch screen and 13 megapixel primary camera with LED flash. The Note 3 is the new addition to the phablet family (Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy Mega Note 5.8 and Galaxy Mega Note 6.3).
Price: Rs. 49,900 (~$787)
The Note 3 has a large 5.7 inch full HD Super AMOLED display. Samsung has managed to keep the phone slim and it doesn’t feel ridiculous holding the phone.But, it is still not easy to operate with one hand, especially while texting. If it has to compare with the iPhone 5S which is just 5.8mm wide, the Note 3 will disappoint.
But, it is still not easy to operate with one hand, especially while texting. If it has to compare with the iPhone 5S which is just 5.8mm wide, the Note 3 will disappoint.
It is the first Galaxy phone which has not used a glossy plastic rear, a thing for which Samsung is criticized every time. Here, Samsung has tried to fool people into thinking that the Note 3 has a leather rear. The rear of the Note 3 looks like leather and the battery cover has fake stitching. But now, you know that this is not leather. So, the question is what it is? Actually, it’s a rubberized plastic with a leather-effect grain to give it a frictional quality of the real thing. When you take off the battery cover, you’ll notice how similar it is to the back plate of the Galaxy S4 and Note 2. Here, Samsung should have learned from HTC One, iPhone 5S, Nokia Lumia 925 that use aluminium back plate. Though, it doesn’t feel bad as much, but still the back plate of these phones look great.However, as we earlier said, Samsung has managed to make the Note 3 narrower than its predecessor, Note 2 which is an impressive feat by Samsung.
The LTE version of the Galaxy Note 3 comes with a 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 chip with 3 GB of RAM, while the GSM version is powered by an 8-core Exynos 5 Octa processor. The Note 3 has a 13-megapixel primary camera which can shoot videos in 1080p at 60 fps and 4K resolution at 30 fps.
The device comes with 32 GB or 64 GB of internal storage. The Note 3 has Li-Ion 3200 mAh battery. Like Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note II, it also comes with an S Pen stylus, which has been updated to use a more symmetrical shape. The Note 3 is also the first smartphone that features USB 3.0, which allows faster data transfer & charging when attached to a compatible port.
Samsung has officially confirmed that The Galaxy Note 3 will come with a regional lockout system, means the device will only accept SIM cards from carriers located in the Americas and Europe respectively, although this only applies to when the phone is first activated.
Americas and Europe respectively, although this only applies to when the phone is first activated.
The Note 3 runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. But, it is likely to be updated with the latest Android 4.4 Kitkat before 2013 ends, according to some buzz on Internet.
Samsung has packed the device with some good features such as Air Command, DirectPen Input and Pen Window.
Air Command: To use this feature, press the S-pen button whilst hovering over the display and it activates 5 useful S Pen features:
Pen Window: Let you draw to perform another simple task means users can draw pop-up windows to run certain apps
Scrapbook: Let you organise important pieces of your life.
S Finder: You can search from your entire phone to the web with the help of this feature.
Action Memo: It activates your memos instantly that uses handwriting recognition to detect contents and gives relevant actions, such as dialing phone numbers and looking up addresses on Google Maps.
Screen Write: Let you enjoy annotating on captured images
Samsung has also updated and given expanded app support to its multi-window functionality, the ability to run multiple tasks of a single app, and the ability to drag and drop content between apps. The device ships with a news aggregator app, My Magazine and an updated version of S Note.
What you will get in the box?
- Galaxy Note 3 with S-pen
- Micro USB 3.0 cable
- Earphones with controls
- 3200 mAh battery
- S-pen tip replacement clamp and extra tips
- Warranty booklets, User manual & Information