• Andrew Richards

    I broke my screen immediately after buying a Note 2, and the one small solace was that the replacement screen included an unbranded home button.

    • Guest

      The home button isn't part of the screen... Maybe they broke the button taking the screen off.

      • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

        We can only hope.

  • http://blog.artesea.co.uk/ artesea

    The announcement said October for the US and somewhere else. Rest of the world late September.

    • George Millhouse

      no the announcement never said that. It said Sept 25 in 120 countries and worldwide in October. They never officially stated which countries

  • PhoenixPath

    Curse my feed! "The Galaxy Note 3 has no home button"

    Here I thought someone had finally forced Sammy into getting rid of that damnable thing....

    No such luck...

    • Chris

      OI! You!

      Stop that. Stop trying to deface my wonderful devices.

      If you hate hardware keys. GOOD FOR YOU. Now go get a Google Nexus device like the rest of the silly purists who hate freedom and want an Apple-like experience from their Android device.

      I hate softkeys, and every time I see one of you freedom haters trying to convince others to follow The One True Appl--Google Way, I get frustrated.

      Leave me my freedom to buy devices with hardware keys, sd cards, removable batteries, etc etc etc. I don't want your Apple crap. I left iOS for a reason!

      • TylerChappell

        Apple's devices have physical home buttons, so it would seem actually that you DO want the Apple crap.

        • skippy mcgee!

          owned lol

      • Logan

        I think it's undeniable that Samsung is copying Apple with the one visible button being in the center. So to say software buttons are more like Apple is just stupid.

        And it's really not just about Software vs Hardware buttons. It's also about Samsung keeping the menu button when it was dropped from stock over two years ago.

        • Memphis May [S]unjay

          Samsung has been doing the center button before the iPhone was announced.....

      • wlmeng11

        >proprietary OEM skin
        "freedom"

  • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

    I really hope this is true and not Verizon being lazy (or deceptive) and really having it bare. So funny how we all get worked up over something like this.

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

      They've confirmed it to us - that's exactly what the VZW version looks like on the front.

      • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

        Awesome!

  • Steve

    My Galaxy S4 has no Verizon logo on the home button, so I can see this having no logo also.

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

      Neither did the S III. The Note II was just so big that they decided it was a good idea because why the hell not.

  • Cory Crew

    Yeah but if you look at the back there is verizon logo like the one on the new nexus 7.

  • Harold Goldner

    Verizon can't be considered to have "come to its senses" until: (1) it stops locking bootloaders and (2) it stops infecting its handsets with so much bloatware.

    • Tim242

      Baby steps haha

    • Gnex

      But unlocked bootloaders will crash their network, remember? /s

    • George Millhouse

      You run a giant business like that.You wouldn't think the same way

    • thartist

      Yeah sure, take a seat because it's coming... never.

  • Scott

    Can we get a shot of the back of the device? How big is that logo?

  • firesoul453

    Wait other note phones did? Thats unacceptable. Glad I don't have verizon.

  • xenolyse

    Why would a operator put a logo on a device? Why would someone ruin a good looking phone? It just sounds too ridiculous to be true.

    • Tim242

      Nothing is too ridiculous to be true for Verizon : )

    • Primalxconvoy

      Er, most operators in Japan or their logos on their phones in Japan. My note 2 has "NTT docomo xi" at the top where you would expect to see "Samsung".

      • xenolyse

        But the phone already got the brand logo (Samsung, HTC...). What if you want to change operator to another one? Would you have to get a new phone?
        The concept of operators putting their own logo on the devices are new to me. It's so strange.

  • tekmonkey

    Any ideas how much this will be?

  • BrianLipp

    i cant believe im saying this, but Verizon has gotten a lot better with its phone branding. Theyve been restraining themselves to mostly just a logo (or 2 logos so close together they might as well be one) on the back of the phone. The blowback from the Note 2 must have scared them. Lets keep this momentum going!

  • chris125

    It seems like verizon really loves samsung and only butchers phones with their logos that arent samsung or apple devices( minus the note 2 home button) but that was still a niche device at the time. Now that these devices are selling so well I think verizon doesnt have as much leverage

  • chris125

    hm so now this or the g2? decisions decisions

    • Freak4Dell

      G2.

      • chris125

        That's what I'm leaning towards just hesitant with how lacking lg seems to be with updates and support

    • Alix8821

      Same dilemma for me...But I'm thinking the tie breaker goes to the N3 for the 3GB RAM & the expandable storage/removable battery...

      • chris125

        The only thing I may not like about the note is its size. Plus the extra GB of ram is nice but not really needed, especially with how smooth they say the g2 is. Plus the 3000 battery isn't much smaller than what's in the note but has a half inch smaller screen so battery shouldn't be an issue

        • Alix8821

          Might not be needed, but deff nice to have. And it's easier to handle than N2. Which isn't that bad... Hell, I thought my S3 was big when I first got it

  • mesmorino

    I don't suppose it occurred to any of those "purists" that Verizon probably thought they were being discreet with where they put the logo: it's 5mil by what, 20mil, on a location that you don't actually look at (you know, because you're looking at the giant screen) and will most likely be covered by your thumb.

    The "purists" stay bitching and whining about logos and their locations, meanwhile the entire American telecoms industry is a hilarious shambles where the telcos do whatever the fuck they want, when they want, even how they want, to whatever phones they want!

    But nooo, let's bitch about Verizon and their logo some more because who cares if we're being shafted left and right, the phone's gotta look good, amirite? To quote Tyrone from Snatch: 'course I am

  • MeCampbell30

    Verizon? Sense? Nonsense.

    HTC? Sense? 5.0.

  • master94

    Im guessing since VZW didn't put its logo on the front the back is covered with VZW and 4G LTE logos. That or they messed up and forgot to use the logo in the picture.

    • George Millhouse

      People need to find more important things to bitch about

  • Philip Kahn

    The real question is -- why does it have physical buttons at all?

  • Hate! HAte HATE!

    I HAAAATE VERIZONS LOGOS!!!!! HATE!

  • George Millhouse

    No matter what is done, people will complain. Such first world problems. Omg! A tiny branding logo on a tiny home button. The horror. My god my car says buckeye nissan on it! But but but that's where I bought it! How dare they!

  • RaptorOO7

    I suspect we will have an early October release, which sucks since I really need to get a new smartphone, but I am holding my cash for FRIDAY 9-6-13 @ 9AM.

  • John

    I'm curious to see the battery tests. I can only hope they are close to the Note 2's tests

  • Michael

    Is there a link to where I can order the Verizon logo button sticker?

  • James Brunton

    its a feaking logo.........nothing more. I dont see why people are complaining about it. Its kinda stupid to be complaining about. I never look at anything BUT my screen so w/e.

  • My name is….

    I still dont get why in USA they dont buy/prefer unlocked phones.

    • mechapathy

      Because people don't think. Most Americans hardly do any research on the phone they're going to buy, let alone consider unlocked options. Plus, most carriers in the US still bundle the subsidy payment into the cost of service. So there's no real benefit outside of T-Mobile and prepaids.

      But what it mostly boils down to is that people walk into a store, look at the spread of shiny phones, pick one, then repeat in two years. My friends look to me for phone buying advice, cuz they know I've done my research. But not everyone has a tech geek in their circle of friends.

      Subsidized phones are just the prevalent culture of our wireless industry. That's the way the carriers market to consumers. T-mobile is trying to shake things up. We'll see what happens. I'd say check back in 10 years or so.

    • Bamboclot44

      because the way the system works in the USA is that you are going to pay for the phone regardless of whether you buy it unlocked or locked...the only thing you get with an unlocked phone is no contract...but seriously most people stick with the carrier for 2 years anyway so why not take the FREE discount on the phone? Would you pay $80 x 24 + $299 or would you get your own phone and pay $80 x 24 + $800? Simple math. They are not going to give you a discount on the monthly dues because you bought your own phone ;)

      • My name is….

        Your system is faulty, clearly carriers there are taking advantage of you.

        Here you get discount of you don't get a device with the contract.

        Also prices drop every few months, a 2-year contact is useless.

        You people should get smarter with that things.
        You are telling me that after 1 year you can't get a contract with better terms for you?

        • My1

          we have it similar in Germany, but we have 2 years, they want to keep us at the contract, that's why a contract with the same conditions is usually cheaper than the prepaid...

  • Jose Torres

    VCast is gone, THIS is gone, could this be a sign of the impending apocalypse?

  • Susanna Chan

    Please let me know when the release day is because I need a new phone, my phone has been acting up. I go with Verizon!!!

  • Jamey

    I pre-ordered mine with vzw. Ship date is 10/10/13 if you're looking for that info.

  • Jeff

    Now if we can only get them to get rid of all the bloat and actually carry the larger capacity devices... even if ONLY AVAILABLE ONLINE.

  • john sweeny

    I know this comment is a month late but I wanted to say if we stop buying the phones Verizon does this to they will stop doing it. Even though I wanted the G2 I could not support what they did to that almost perfect device. Curvy beauty to toothless fatty.

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