Last Updated: September 24th, 2013

If you've been deliriously excited ever since Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 3 earlier today, there's something you should see. The Korean phone maker has posted a new video, and it's jam-packed with six minutes and thirty seconds of Note 3 and S Pen action.

The video shows off all the S Pen features introduced with the Note 3 today. We get to see a few more use cases for features like Action Memo, Multi Window, and Scrapbooker. The video also gives us our first good look at the S Finder interface, which was glossed over at the Unpacked event.

The Note 3 is going to launch on September 25th in over 140 countries, but carriers haven't announced their exact plans as of yet. This video will have to tide you over until then.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Rubin

    That clock screams Gingerbread.

    • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

      That notification bar screams Gingerbread. Green icons are the worst.


      • Joey Colclough

        I completely agree, but had Cyanogenmod mod on my Note 2 and with several weeks use it started burning the screen, so had to ditch it.

  • Dutch Labs

    So much. Where do I register for Galaxy Note 3 - 101?

  • Zach Bonjour

    Doesn't even look like Android any more...

    • Dock

      Sure it does. Like Gingerbread, that is.

    • taz89

      Android can look like anything, "stock" android is just another look. The whole point of android from the beginning was that it can be what it wants.

    • Paul

      That's the point. Android is heavily customizable. I was getting tired of them removing D-Pad, and non-removable batteries and no microsd, a single button on the bottom, etc. it seemed like they were beginning to restrict options and style; like a certain company I know. Android was about innovation, doing things different, like offering a QWERTY keyboard when nobody else did. The Note is Samsung's first truly outside-the-box thinking product. They don't have to worry about Apple suing them for "copying" them since the Note is nothing like any Apple product. So Samsung has full creative and innovation capabilities with the Note, no holding back. When they make the S3 or S4, they have to wonder if it looks too much like Apple, or acts too much like Apple, or if they'll complain about this feature or what feature, etc. But the Note line is real freedom for Samsung, the ability to think outside the box and not worry. I love it. Their interface is simple, TW isn't that bad and if you get this phone and ran a custom ROM, it'd have to be TW based. You'd lose so much special features by going over to a AOSP based ROM.

  • Ouroboross

    Eraser tip S pen would be great. No feature here.

  • TheFirstUniverseKing

    Samsung's apps look a lot nicer now, both in terms of design and functionality. They've really attempted to refine their stuff while adding new features (without straying too far into gimmick territory). Hopefully most of these new features make their way to my Note II via an Android 4.3 update.

  • Vanna Sem

    Looks likebthe bestbphone ever made! Making me think twice about the dna 2 now!

  • Andrew Wood

    I don't understand most of these use cases:
    drawing a window to open small apps is an unnecessary step - why not just have them open when you click the button? It's not like the apps fill the window you draw.
    Searching for your content via handwriting is slower than by typing into the search box
    The scrapbooking function is no easier than saving things to evernote with the share button
    If anything, this has put me off the Note, which I am tempted by - what utility do all these little pen-based 'shortcuts' add? Seems to me they're all doable via the standard android interface, more simply if anything.

    (S4 owner, never owned a note)

    • Hihi

      drawing a window supposedly will define the size and placement of the window that you are opening. I personally think drawing just a diagonal would be better, maybe it is possible though, I hope so

      you can type into the search box instead of handwriting, it is the first option I think. but if I am going to write something like "ifa note 3" I could as well just handwrite it.

      I don't know anything about evernote, but evernote is still there, you may just not use the scrapbook if you don't want to. some people seem to like it though.

      • Andrew Wood

        thank you. In the videos the size and location of the drawn window doesn't seem to affect the size of the app that opens - we'll see I guess.

      • Paul

        Some features are sillier than others, but it's not like the whole phone revolves around that feature. I think it's silly yes, but I may use it once in a while, who knows. I really liked the phone number thing though, how many times have you been on the phone and needed to take down a phone number or address or something real quick. Sure I can hit home, find AK Notepad or something, start typing it while the other party dictates it to me on speaker phone, etc.

    • glentomas123

      I hate choice as well

      • IrishSid

        Yeah, fuck choice.

      • Andrew Wood

        Oh good, another smartarse on the internet.

        You can choose to travel to work on a unicycle - it doesn't mean it's a good idea, or more efficient, or faster. But you can choose to. I'm trying to understand what value the s-pen adds in the scenarios shown above - because all it seems to do is make things slower and less precise.
        You didn't answer my question. But well done on getting your snark in, you really added value.

        • Sandy Ray

          I also think it is just a matter of preference, "handwritting" over typing? This is just my quess.

          • Darren Henderson

            If you've already got the pen in your hand, and you're holding the phone in the other... it's a terribly inefficient choice to put the pen away or put it down, to type with your finger tip, especially for small words.

        • glentomas123

          I guess if the pen was equivalent to a unicycle in your analogy, perhaps your snipe would have some merit. Pen input is useful because the market demand says so. It's useful in what ever way they believe it benefits them (consumers). Sammy reintroduced it, consumers loved it. Sammy keeps making it. Pretty simple. Other will follow. It's not like Sammy is Apple where they can put out a product and dictate to the sheep that "they're going to love it" and the sheep obediently follow.

    • wolfkabal

      As for your "handwriting is slower" this might be true, but at the same time, clicking a search box, waiting for the keyboard to pop up, then squishing or hiding half your screen, entering your text, then proceeding. I wouldn't mind being able to simply input what I want while still having full view of the underlying app/screen. I've always hated losing the screen when I have to enter text, especially when it covers much needed info in the process.

      It's an option. I haven't owned a Note yet either, but do recall the days of my old Touch Pro 2, and enjoyed the stylus/pen.

      • Paul

        My wife only wanted QWERTY phones, because she hates on screen keyboards. She's tried them all, and she still finds it terribly annoying and inefficient for her. Her handwriting is great though, and the Note 2 (and now the Note 3) are the first non-qwerty phones to truly catch her interest

  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

    This has got me interested. Waiting for details on the Nexus 5 to leak. Will pick a winner between these two.

    • Morten Ulveseth

      I'm in the same boat, but I'm thinking if the Nexus 5 is half the price, then it would be kind of stupid to go for the Note. I'm still tempted though. The Touchwiz UI really looks shit though, but some of the features is brings is really helpful.

      • wolfkabal

        I'm sitting next to you on that boat. Especially for an no-contract person, I can't see paying $700+ for a new phone (as I'm sure that's where the off-contract price will end up)

        • Morten Ulveseth

          Then again, if I buy a Nexus 5, I'll still want a Nexus 7. If I buy a Galaxy Note 3, I think I can do without a mid size tablet...

  • JP

    In case anyone is turned off by the limit for the multi window: If you root your phone and keep it stock touchwhiz, you can unlock ALL your apps to be multiwindow.. even settings, camera.. weird shit can happen though.

  • louiestl956

    Hopefully us note 2 users will get some of these features with the 4.3 update

  • John Burdick

    You'all need to get up to date... it's "Note III" not "Note II" in all your headlines above. Reality check (or spell check ???).

  • Aka

    do you guys think sammy will provide the note 2 with the same features as the ones showcased for note 3?

    • Leonardo Farage Freitas


      • taz89

        Don't see no reason why it wouldn't. The note got the features from note 2.. anything that's not hardware related is most likely to come. Only thing is expect to wait for a while for the update .. my guess is they will hold off updating note 2 to "force" people into getting the note 3 and one the sales of the note 3 declines then the note 2 will get update.

        • Leonardo Farage Freitas

          the point is "how long will samsung take?". Take the S3/S4 example, officially has the S3 gotten the update already? How long has the S4 been launched already?

          • taz89

            The s3/s4 are getting 4.3 next month. Its been reported on quite a few sites already but no news on note 2 update. The s3/4 are not direct competition to the note 3 hence why it's getting 4.3 next month but because the note 2 is still a competitor to the note 3, they will hold of the update as long as they can. The question as you said how long. I would say maybe 4 months after the note 3 release date.

          • Leonardo Farage Freitas

            case closed... for now.. we shall wait :P

  • Leonardo Farage Freitas

    IMO in Samsung's Commercial universe the s-pen is a miraculous thing. The catch is that everything works like a charm on the ad, but on real life, sometimes it just won't recognize the word you want to write or stuff like that. I think they should make an ad where this kind of thing happens, so we can all be prepared for the flawed real world :P

    Does any Note 1/2 users can't live without the s-pen? Just checking, I've got a Note 10.1 and I could live without the s-pen.

    • j¤n Gårrëtt [5,000+]

      Ive had the Note I since launch day and I rarely, rarely use the S-pen. the only real use Ive had for it is taking down information while on a call with speaker phone which has been useful. and when I played a game that required you to draw pictures.

      besides that, the pen is useless to me but I didn't buy the note for the pen, I got it for its screen size which I still love even though its now my spare phone replaced by the HTC One which I don't really like too much.

      I had hoped the Note III would look like the S4 but it looks like the very ugly S2 that I had except with a very tacky fake leather back cover.

    • James

      I'm a Note 2 owner. Really wanted the first one but decided to hold my temptation at bay to wait for the pen to become better.

      Turned out to be a good decision because the Note 2 is literally the best phone I've ever owned, but the Note 3 looks like an even more refined, matured version of the Note 2 that I'm seriously contemplating selling it for the new Note. The leather texture is also gorgeous.

      I use the S-Pen a lot since I prefer handwriting over tapping virtual keys. I also jot down a lot of ideas during the day. It looks like the Note 3 makes multitasking even nicer and simpler with the S-Pen, so that's another reason why I'm very tempted.

      Not everyone might use the S-Pen as much as I do, but I have a strong feeling that if they knew how much they could accomplish with it, they would.

  • Ashish

    I hope the height of the camera is because of better optics. That being said I'm eagerly wating for this this device. I had the Note 2 and now have the S4. Even today I feel the Note 2 is a better device over the S4. If I wasn't spoiled by the screen, I would go back without thinking twice.

  • Oobiewan

    lol, opening a floating menu and choosing search seems way hilarious when doing that on the damn google search bar :D

  • cesar suarez

    149 countries!

  • Matthew Fry

    I'm trying to get through the video but I had to take a break from the sappy scenes/music.
    Also, I'm trying to keep from feeling nostalgic for my stylus days. What a weird resurgence of an old concept.

  • Peter the Great

    Some people are whinig about the TW... Personally, I dont like AOSP design, because its too "pure" and it looks like s@@t, in my opinion... When I have a device with it or i try AOPS roms I try to ignore it asap... :)

    To the article: I am thinkig about getting a device from this kind of category after s3...

  • James

    Damn this is a sexy phone.

    I have literally never wanted a phone as much as this one.

  • shikhar

    which variant has slow motion recording?

  • lanister

    The LTE speeds outrageous and the processor handles anything I throw at it. I'm only now getting used to the size. I love it! until next samsung galaxy s5 & Galaxy note 3