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Last Updated: September 24th, 2013

Besides taking a look at the Galaxy Gear here at IFA 2013, we also got the chance to play around with Samsung's new lineup of Note devices, namely the Note 3 and the Note 10.1 2014 edition.

Ignoring for a moment the devices' form factors, they share a lot of similarities and, in fact, share just about everything software-wise. Samsung's main focus with the new devices, besides their refreshed specs, displays, and hardware design, is the S Pen, which itself has received a functionality upgrade. After a brief hands-on video, we'll take a closer look.

The Specs

First, we'll take a quick look at what we know so far, spec-wise.

  • 5.7" full HD Super AMOLED display at 1080x1920
  • 168g weight
  • 13MP camera (with Smart Stabilization and flash) capable of shooting 4K video (on some models) with 2MP front shooter
  • Slow motion (HD 120fps) video capture
  • 32 or 64GB internal storage with microSD slot
  • LTE 2.3GHz Quad-core processor
  • 3G 1.9GHz Octa-core processor
  • 3GB RAM
  • 3200mAh battery
  • Android 4.3
  • IR Blaster
  • MHL 2.0, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
  • 151.2x79.2x8.3mm frame at 168g

What will form your first impression however, is what's outside.

What it Looks Like

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Honestly, the shape of the Note 3 is pretty predictable. It's a slightly more pointy version of the Note II that's a little thinner, and very slightly narrower, while maintaining the same height. It of course has the same button layout as other Galaxy devices: a central home button flanked by menu and back.

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What makes it stand out is the new design metaphor that was explained to me as resembling "a closed book." The band running around the outside of the device has a banded texture (symbolizing pages of course), and around back there's a new leathery plastic texture. Rest assured the back is definitely still plastic (and still removable), it's just textured like leather, complete with fake stitching.

Samsung also has a full lineup of colored back plates, which have a slightly different yet still comfortable texture and the same stitching. The device itself will be available in Jet Black and Classic White, with a Blush Pink version coming to "some markets."

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I know it sounds crazy, but the texture is actually really nice. At least, it's much nicer than the old glossy plastic. I could do without the stitching, but the Note 3 is super easy to hold and keep a hold of, and has the warm, inviting tactile feeling of the Nexus line.

Also around back is the camera hump. This houses the Note 3's 13MP camera and a big flash. Not much else to see on this side of the device.

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One last thing of interest is that the Note 3 uses a USB 3.0 Micro B connection at the bottom for charging/data transfer. I was told that while the port is different, a micro USB cable can be plugged into "one side" of the port just fine.

The S Pen

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Samsung's big story in the Note 3 software department is the S Pen. Not much detail was given during the hands-on demo about other new software, but it's clear that Samsung wants to continue differentiating the Note line with the S Pen and its impressive functionality.

For this round, Samsung says they wanted to make discovering the functionality of the S Pen easier, so that more people would use it to its full potential. In this attempt, they created Air Command – a little pie control that comes up automatically when you take out the S Pen from its bay. The menu can also be accessed by hovering the S Pen anywhere on the display and clicking its button.

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The pie is cut into five slices – Memo, Scrapbooker, ScreenWrite, S Finder, and Pen Window.

Memo

The Note 3's Memo functionality has gotten a sizeable boost. Now, handwriting recognition is much better, and the device can actually do something with things you write. With the S Pen's memo function you can circle text and then take action on it. For instance, if you had written the address to an event, you can circle it and choose to open Maps, which will be auto-populated with that information. The function can open Dialer, Contacts, Messaging, Email, Browser, Maps, and Tasks (to do). Each of these will ask you which default app you want to set if you've got third-party options installed.

Scrapbooker

This is basically Samsung's private Pinterest. In fact the app even looks very similar to Pinterest except for the brown background – using this, you can use the S Pen to cut out images or text from the web or from your own device to save to a scrapbook along with "metadata" like what webpage the information or content came from. You can organize these pieces into individual boards, and search them later.

Screen Write

Screen Write is fairly self-explanatory – it takes a screenshot of whatever you're looking at and allows you to write on it and save it as a note, much like Skitch.

S Finder

This is pretty much what you expect – it will search for things on your device or on the web. What's new though is help from the upped handwriting recognition power – you can now find things in handwritten notes and memos, along with photos containing relevant metadata.

Pen Window

Pen Window is probably the most interesting S Pen feature to come with the Note 3. By tapping the icon then drawing a window, you'll bring up a list of compatible apps (things like YouTube, calculator, etc.) that are ready to be used as floating apps. You can, of course, move and resize the apps and open as many as you like, but what's even more interesting is that you can minimize them to what essentially look like chat heads for the given app – a little bubble you can drag around anywhere on the screen.

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Drag and Drop

One last feature that was demoed to us with the S Pen is Drag and Drop in multi window. With two windows open, users can now drag content from one into the other. The obvious use case for this is uploading or sending an image. Open gallery in one window, messaging in another, and go to town.

My Magazine

My Magazine is a feature that doesn't really fit with any other subhead. It's kind of like a cross between BlinkFeed and Flipboard. The app basically aggregates news and updates from your social media accounts, news sources, and other sources to create an "in-the-moment content experience." The interface is a series of swipes in various directions with big images and text for story covers.

Interestingly, the app can be accessed by swiping up on the home screen or by pressing the home button while on the home screen.

Fingerprint Sensor

There's not one. At least that we've seen or heard of on actual units. This is a feature that's been rumored lately, but there wasn't even a whisper of it during the demos, no information in official press releases, and no evidence of it on the device that I saw during my brief time with the Note 3. It's likely that this feature is still in testing and we'll see it on a future device.

Final Thoughts

That pretty much covers it for the Note 3 for now. It's not a radically different device from its predecessor. The specs are definitely bumped up a notch, and there are definitely better, easier-to-use features included, but this refresh doesn't seem to focus on jam-packing whacky features into the device. One Samsung representative at the demo suggested that the company is focusing less right now on adding more features, and focusing more on improving the experiences with the things that they already have implemented.

I, for one, find this attitude refreshing for a company notorious for cramming ten pounds of features into a 168 gram bag.

Samsung says the Note 3 is going to be available in over 140 countries on September 25th and globally in October. The new Note family will be available in the US, with the Note 3 specifically confirmed for T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and US Cellular.

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • SYO

    F*CK. It looks great now with these closer up pictures. Too jealous.

  • Mystery Man

    I need this -___-

  • John

    That's one sexy looking device. 5.7" is pretty big but we'll see.

    • Eric James Salcido

      It's still the same size as the Note II, if the Note II was just fine, this will be just fine.

  • Chris

    IR Blaster!

  • Joshua

    "32 or 64 GB." No 16? Really? Haha!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Nope, no more.

      • Michael McGrade

        About time...wish they would have gone with that on the S4.

      • abqnm

        Probably because the new TouchWiz wouldn't fit in 16GB...

    • Guest

      how is that a bad thing?

      • Joshua

        I didn't say it was.

  • Neck Beard Prince

    Want

  • João Deiró

    Is the quad-core processor a Snapdragon 800?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      We've requested confirmation but Samsung PR wouldn't give it to us. It's 99% that it is though.

  • JP

    I hope the faux leather doesn't insulate the heat even more

    • Sean

      It's still plastic, as I've learned - so won't make a difference.

  • PhillipCun

    HIDEOUS again....

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I think it looks great, on the hardware front. The UI on the other hand...

      • EH101

        Nothing a nice AOSP-like theme one of the devs at xda can't fix. I'm going to have to seriously consider upgrading to this...

    • southerndinner

      The neck beards are out in full force

    • Freak4Dell

      It's no One, but it looks a hell of a lot better than the Note 2.

  • Mehmet Fatih

    So Blue is now "Glittery Green?"

  • JP

    I like that they keep the backs removable and the home button physical.

  • Paul Hilton

    4K video capture?

    • http://www.autoblog.gr/ Γιώργος Πασχαλίδης

      4K Video at 30 fps, 1080p at 60 fps!!! ;)

      • funnyfunfun

        Is it accurate that the specs up there implies it will do 120fps @ 720????

        • http://www.autoblog.gr/ Γιώργος Πασχαλίδης

          Yes! 720p at 120fps! But, 4K will be available only with Snapdragon 800 and not with Exynos 5420...

          • abqnm

            I still wonder why they even bother with the Exynos processor. It looks good on paper, but developers hate it and it usually gets the shaft when it comes to features. We get it Samsung, you want to use YOUR processor, but until you provide the same level of documentation that Qualcomm does for developers, STOP USING IT.

          • HopelesslyFaithful

            i think this is the first time i will be happy with a device with a Snapdragon CPU :) i has the S2 in ym evo 3d and it sucked compared to the competition but qualcomm has really done a number on these new SOCs. I looked at the reviews and the octa core eats shit compared to it plus it even gets close to the tegra 4! Though it eats shit in sunspider but whatever that is my least concern ^^

  • abqnm

    Does the S-Pen work on the capacitive keys this time? That is the absolute biggest annoyance on the Note 2.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      We'll try to find out.

      • abqnm

        Thank you sir.

    • Ivaylo Stoyanov

      You can use gestures by holding down the S Pen button and drawing:
      ^ for the menu button and
      < for the back button.

      • abqnm

        It is still more intuitive to just tap especially if you use it with your fingers most of the time.

        • simp1istic

          Not only more intuitive, but way quicker.

    • Christopher Robert

      Load Pie Controls on the device.(https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jun.ace.piecontrol&hl=en) They work with the sPen just fine and then you won't even use the buttons anymore.

    • Sean

      I'm pretty sure they do, as it is already working on the Note 8.

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      They definitely do work with the capacitive keys. I confirmed this during the demo but forgot to mention it in the post.

      • abqnm

        Great thank you! It is amazing how much a simple oversight impacted the user interface so much on the Note 2.

  • VoiceofSky

    dang,Gotta sell my Note 2 now lol..I want this bad boy

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Right there with ya.

      • John

        Do you think the battery life will be comparable, despite the larger screen size?

    • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

      Selling mine in an hour lol!

      • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

        And... what's your temp fallback device? Going to be painful waiting another month.

        • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

          It's an Xperia Z Ultra. Not sure it's going to be temporary actually, it's really nice!

    • Christian Riese

      Any information about the price?

    • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

      aaaaaand sold mine lol

  • Dimitar Staykov

    Where is the speaker grill? I can't see it on the back ....

    • Kevin Wong

      I think it is now placed at the bottom between the USB 3.0 port and S Pen.

      • Dimitar Staykov

        Yes, you are right, thanks :)

  • Pete Tandon

    Thanks Liam!

  • Krisztián Dávid Kovács

    Ass-Finder FTW!

    • JiggyS4w

      Best feature in a tablet so far :D. Other features:
      Ass-Voice
      Ass-Recommendation
      Ass-Pen

  • WHO?

    Did i fall asleep and miss the price and carriers for the phone? Also price for the watch?

    • Kevin Wong

      Samsung says the Note 3 is going to be available in 140 countries on September 25th and globally in October. The new Note family will be available in the US, with the Note 3 specifically confirmed for T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and US Cellular.

      I don't know about the price.

      • HopelesslyFaithful

        i am curious on the Sprint date....i was going to upgrade to the GS4 but since the note is ~ a month out i am waiting. I really want the 800 SOC. that will definitely last me 2 years without me feeling the pain like my evo 3D. Maybe even longer

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      No specific announcements, outside of the carriers listed at the end.

      $299 for the Gear.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

    Woo hoo! No more 16GB versions!

    • David Li

      16 gigs was one of the few reasons i went with a 64gb htc one rather than the s4

      • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

        I don't blame you. I'm looking forward to eventually having a 64GB device plus a 64GB sdcard. 128GB in my pants!

        • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

          Or 192GB even(!)

          (Hope the premium for going from 32 to 64GB is only $50, instead of $100, but we'll see)

        • kip

          GB = Gerbils Biting?
          lol

    • Zaatour36

      man, I wish it will be the new standard!

      • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

        ditto

    • abqnm

      That is because they can't fit the newest version of TouchWiz on 16GB. The 32GB will probably leave users with, what, 6GB of user accessible space?

      • RaptorOO7

        Likely 25GB or around that. They do pack a lot into the GN3 and I have no complaints other than wanting 64GB on Verizon which likely won't be offered or not at launch which is stupid.

        • abqnm

          I bet less for carrier versions. My Verizon GS3 had 8GB of system and TouchWiz apps.

    • RaptorOO7

      Finally Samsung figured out if you don't remove the 16GB version from the carrier's offerings, they will keep sticking users with it and users will NOT be HAPPY. Sadly we will likely only see 32GB in the US or at least on Verizon. I would be willing to spend $399-449 (on contract) for a 64GB version.

  • Goldenpins

    Look beautiful and with Android 4.3 with Trim support makes it tempting. I could live with this if its stable and not slow. I just hate bloatware.

  • That’s me!

    The leather back looks neat.

  • WHO?

    How much default storage is left in the 32gig?

  • Nicholas Polydor

    Will there be a Google Play edition running vanilla Android 4.3?

    • Jonathan Isenberg

      That would be a very tempting buy; only thing that's stopping me is that ugly center button...

      • Skander

        Well, that's weird that you see it ugly.

        Forget them changing the button layout - it's samsungs way of button placement and is going nowhere.

    • Karan O

      it would be a CRAZY move cause basically you will dump 71% of your phone that makes it unique and it's S-PEN!

      • TheFirstUniverseKing

        Agreed. The Note series is the one Samsung line that truly benefits from TouchWiz.

        • Paul

          Exactly. AOSP and AOSP based ROM's won't work as nice on the Note line as other it would other Android phones. The Note line is 'unique' and TW has been uniquely modified to work with it. That's why my Note 2 has always run TW based ROM's, or I'd lose functionality. I can't wait to sell my Note 2 and get this Note 3! :-)

      • simp1istic

        Oddly specific percentage...

        • Karan O

          it's taken from unpacked samsung conference ! they did a research

  • ConCal

    Samsung just doesn't "get" good design.

  • Bleakvision

    What about PenTile?

    • southerndinner

      lol no one gives a **** outside the extreme neckbeards

  • ConCal

    Yup, I'll be getting the HTC One Max. Even if comes out a month later.

  • Jonathan Nguyen

    Damn I was hoping they'd release a Google Play Edition Galaxy Note 3... Oh well better luck next time I suppose.

  • homerj nz

    I want now. Now . Now

  • WHO?

    One of my only complaint's.... Samsung should've thought a little harder about the fake leather. I understand the body plastic concept... but to just throw on fake leather is an insult!

    • spydie

      On top of that, doesn't everyone hide the sexy backs with a some sort of protective cover (if not they are not very bright... everyone drops a phone at some time... it's not a matter of "if" but more of "when". I hate to see them wasting money developing colorful and sexy backs when they are usually (and intelligently) hidden by the consumer.

  • Christopher Thomas

    Any sign of built in wireless charging?

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      I can confirm there is no built-in wireless charging.

      • johnnyboy

        it wouldn't be built-in if it's wireless.

        • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

          But the coil to accept inductive charge would be.

  • Android user

    They had me at 3gb ram

    • Matthew Fry

      This is actually as much RAM as my laptop. Not saying Android can use it or that mine is sufficient. Just saying this is a strange feeling.

      • Simon Belmont

        It's as much RAM as my laptop, too. I had that same strange feeling.

        3GB of RAM is more than sufficient for me, so I imagine on a phone it'll be very future proof. Pretty cool.

      • HopelesslyFaithful

        -_- are you running XP? my laptop regularly chills at 6GB+ All i have open is browsers :/ I have even hit 16GB a few times :/

  • Nomaan

    Does it have old octa 5410 with pvr544mp3 or new 5420 with malit628mp6?

    • Skander

      5420.

      • Nomaan

        source?

        • Skander

          Samsung Exnyos website, octa page.

          The 5420 will be used in products later 'this' year.
          The 5410 is limited to 1.8Ghz overclocked and 1.6Ghz native.

          The 5420 is clocked at 1.8Ghz, they clocked it at 1.9Ghz for the note 3.

          TLDR, The 5410 cannot reach 1.9Ghz

  • Ivan Myring

    I like the design a lot more than the S4

  • Anthony

    I love it just as I love my note 2 and my tablet guess I will have to upgrade both my note devices and add the watch to im still a little weary about the buttons on tablet as my current 10.1 dose not have may change the exsperience for me and I didnt see the speakers on fron of tablet either which I have become accustomed too but we shall see when it hits stores in the USA A

  • Andy_in_Indy

    Does the Note 3 do video out (MHL, HMDI, etc. . .)? Can it do charging, Video out, and USB host at the same time like the Note 2?

    • Andy_in_Indy

      Also, How much free space is left after the OS and enhancements (32 GB and 64 GB may be needed)?

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

    Looks like they jacked the pie control and halo, they are super handy though.

    • Christopher Robert

      Yeah its like a crappy version of LMT pie controls and the Halo/Floating notifications. I wish they would just hire the real dev of those so they could have gotten them right.

    • le_lutin

      They've had that pie thing on the browser for a year or two (slide your finger in from the side).

  • tbealmear

    Don't know too much about the Note line, but is it using a pentile screen like their other phones? I hate my fiancé's GSIII for that reason alone...

    • Skander

      The s3 is 720p, the Note 3 is 1080p.

      Not sure if pentile or not, the S4 is pentile and you can NOT (unless you have a microscope) notice.

      • tbealmear

        Good to know. Thanks.

      • peterfares

        I noticed it when I used the S4. It depends on the person. Any hard edge with different colors is noticeable. Mostly red edges. Also this screen is 0.7" bigger which makes it more noticeable.

        • Skander

          That is very weird to hear.. got super vision there? are you holding the phone near your nose? at 440~ PPI it is IMPOSSIBLE for anyone to see pixels or artifacts from pixels.

          EDIT: in 5 inches or more distance from eyes.

          • peterfares

            Or maybe the S4 isn't REALLY 440 PPI because it is PenTile, giving it only 2/3 the amount of resolution it looks like it has, and that 300 PPI isn't a hard limit on what a human can discern.

            And don't forget, the Note 3 is a good 0.7" larger than the S4, possibly making something that was barely noticeable a lot more noticeable like the Galaxy S3 whose screen obviously looks like shit.

            Also, when using my Note 2 in bed I often hold it just 5-6 inches from my face.

          • Skander

            That's not right, the missing pixel (red or blue) is replaced by an extra green pixel every time, the pixels fill the SAME space with the same gap.

            The Note 3 still hits the high 386~'s ppi, which is still impossible for you to see.

            Keep trying...

            And you use it within the 5 inch range I mentioned in the previous comment, so you can't see the pixels in the high 300's.

          • peterfares

            Nope, that is NOT how it works.

            In RGB every pixel is made up of three subpixels: one red, one greed, and one blue.

            In shitty PenTile screens the pixels are each made up of only TWO subpixels. All of them have green and they alternate whether they have a blue or a red subpixel.

            Pixel (0,0) has green and red
            Pixel (0,1) has green and blue
            Pixel (0,2) has green and red
            Pixel (1,0) has green and blue
            Pixel (1,1) has green and red

            and so on and so fourth.

            You only have 2/3 of the actual resolution it says it does.

            Go read up on it if you don't believe me.

            Considering there's just 2/3 of the actual number of pixels then it drops the S4 to just below 300 PPI.

            So YOU keep trying.

          • Skander

            Nope, the explanation of how the pixels are arranged is true, the overall number of pixels is not, you will have the same number of pixels overall in the screen, the space for the missing subpixels isn't just empty, the other pixel uses that space aswell.

          • peterfares

            There's the same amount of "pixels" but they're not as good as normal RGB pixels because they only have TWO subpixels. That is why edges are fuzzy.

            Say you want a nice red line down column 100. You CAN'T have a nice straight line down column 100. ONLY HALF THE PIXELS have the red subpixel. So it becomes a piece of shit fuzzy line, AKA PenTile.

            It's pretty obvious you don't want to change your mind about PenTile for some reason. It sucks but you seem to not notice the effect, maybe you just don't have very good eyes. But I can see the effect and it bugs me to no end. If the Note 3 has PenTile I will NOT be purchasing. I'd rather a 5.5" 720p RGB than a 5.7" 1080p ShitTile screen.

          • Skander

            1920 x 1080 at 5", 2 subpixels per pixel - 623 subpixels per inch (Samsung Galaxy S4)

            1136 x 640 at 4", 3 subpixels per pixel - 565 subpixels per inch (iPhone 5)

            It's okay honey, you can't complain about the build quality anymore, you can pick on the screen ;)

          • peterfares

            Who mentioned anything about the iPhone?

            And you can go on defending every stupid decision. I'm a Samsung fan. I own a Note 2. I never once complained about build quality like you ASSume. I actually LIKE the glossy back, it gives it a very sticky surface which makes it easy to not drop when using it with just one hand.

            But I don't use my phone for videos or photos really, mostly just TEXT and other 2D UIs. Both of those make EXTENSIVE use of straight lines, which PenTile just can't display. Text and lines look like garbage.

            Look at the comparison images between the S4 and the HTC One

            http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=40490335&postcount=2

            The One looks a LOT better because it uses RGB.

            Look bro, you just don't have good enough eyes to see the crappy PenTile effect. That's that.

          • Skander

            Funny you link to that article that incorporates Samsung's new arrangement for the S4 that basically clears the empty spaces and strips your jaggy argument off.

            I mention the iPhone because literally no one can complain about it's screen, yet it has an inferior display to the pentile s4 ;)
            No, you technically cannot see the pixels, unless you had that microscope to use for testing ;)

            Enjoy your non pentile note 2 - if you even have one.

          • peterfares

            Funny that they SAY it makes it as good as RGB yet they put images comparing it to an RGB of the same resolution and it looks like shit, yeah?

            The iPhone display may be less sharp overall but I bet it can display straight lines better than any PenTile screen can.

            I do enjoy my Note 2. It will look better than a PenTile 1080p screen for text and web sites. Look how butchered the text is on the S4 picture. So if the Note 3 has PenTile I'll just skip it and enjoy nice clean text on my Note 2.

            And yeah, I do own a Note 2

            http://imgur.com/vv3DAcD

          • Skander

            Thanks for the shoutout, it's true i'm a fag :p

            "I bet" is no proof - I'll believe it when I see it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

      I'm pretty sure the Note 2 was not pentile, so I doubt the 3 is.

  • GraveUypo

    first phone that made me go "want" in over a year.
    but it's still not "need". i'm gonna try to hold out for the note 5

    • HopelesslyFaithful

      seriously? That is a long time to stick with a single phone

      • GraveUypo

        not really. mine already does pretty much everything i need it to. as long as devs don't drop support for the s3 i'm good. besides, i've kept phones for over 7 years before...

        • HopelesslyFaithful

          sorry for some reason i thought you made a statement about having a nexus like an older one. Fair enough a GS3 is pretty good and will last a good while. For whatever reason i though you were a gen before that.

  • southerndinner

    Glad someone other than that hack Ron was sent!

  • ithehappy

    Well after using Note 2 for seven months I had to sell it, because of it's size, bought S4, and immediately noticed that how poorly Samsung has optimized the OS/UI, that even with half arse Octa core CPU it feels slow and lagging! So I can guess how good the OS will be optimized on this one, can't buy, because that size isn't for me.
    Best of luck to the buyers of this. Oh, and that garbage glossy plastic cover removal (sort of!) is the best step taken. Kids who yelled I like plastic will be disappointed however.

    • spydie

      I've heard many reports of the quadcore S4 being laggy, but the Note 2 is anything BUT laggy. The note 1 was terribly laggy. I didn't think they could come up with anything that would make me abandon the Note 2, but "maybe" they have? However, if they put the same software for the S-pen on the Note 2, there's no reason to upgrade.

  • Quryous

    .
    Now, if the only actually SELL the 64GB version. I STILL can't find a US model Note 2 with 64GB, even now.
    .

  • Bigmouth

    Finally... a substantive report on the Note 3. Thank you.

    Bummed there's no fingerprint reader, but psyched there's an IR blaster. Also, it looks like the speaker isn't on the back, which is great news. I've been hanging onto my OG Note in anticipation of the Note 3, and will definitely be picking one up.

  • Jin

    really dont like the design, Note 2 is more beautiful

    • Michael

      What??? And I have a Note 2...

      • Jin

        well thats my first impression yea I dont like the multi lines on the sides ! and the rear camera doesnt make the back flat.

        but I like the front side is fine. I also have a Note 2 :)

  • SOBAN BASHIR

    Do I wait 6 months until the contract is up or replace the Note straight away...that's the only choice I need to make, what an upgrade this will be 3GB RAM, THREE!!!!

  • bennie

    im glad they moved the speaker, i know it will sound better and you can hear your phone ring now!

  • http://www.snapdeal.com/ Mohan

    Reviewing few of its features reminds me of Nexus phones which are quite match with this grand Samsung Galaxy Note 3 entry.

  • HopelesslyFaithful

    i wonder when the release date is for Sprint :/ I need to upgrade

  • Larry

    Did anybody notice there is no speaker hole??

  • route66

    Does the 2.3 GHz / Quad Core / Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800 version come with an FM radio ?

  • PacoBell

    Can you please be a bit more clear about the "Slow motion (HD 120fps) video capture"? Are we talking 720p? 1080p? This is important.