Yesterday, I picked up my new baby - a brand spanking new Galaxy Note 3 that replaced my aging Note 2. (Update: I'd like to clarify this since a lot of people have misconstrued the "aging" comment for something it's not. My Note 2 has a screen crack and shows significant wear and tear. You may not consider the Note 2 or INSERT_DEVICE_HERE aging, but that's not what this line was about - it was about a very specific phone I was upgrading from and nothing else.) It's a great device on many fronts, as David pointed out in our extensive review, but it appears putting out solidly built products was not on Samsung's roadmap yet again.
If you're dedicated to The Now Network and plan on renewing the two-year grip it has on your wallet with the Galaxy Note 3, you're in for a bit of a shocker: the on-contract price is $350. New customers can use the $100 port-in credit to get it for just $250. Ouch.
Thankfully, Wirefly is here to make the upgrade cost a little easier to swallow by knocking a fifty spot off of Sprint's offering, so you can nab this gargantuan for $300.
Samsung's new stylus-packing smartphone is still rolling out across the US, but you can get a taste of the Galaxy Note 3 with the kernel source files just posted to Samsung's open source site. After dropping the code for eight variants of the Note 3 earlier this week, we've now got the Jelly Bean bits for the Sprint, AT&T, and SK Telecom versions.
During the development phase of this device, we had blocked benchmarking sites/apps. Now that it is released to our customers this fix will allow users to download benchmarking apps on their note 3. Hope that answers your question.
So presumably any favorable treatment that the Galaxy Note 3 demonstrated in review units, as shown by the Ars Technica report below, is still in effect.
You've been warned: the Galaxy Note II was probably my favorite smartphone of 2012, and it looks like its successor, the Note 3, is stealing my heart all over again. With big hardware improvements across the board, as well as substantial additions to software, the Note 3 feels like a true next-generation sort of phone. Samsung has rather effectively ruined every other large-screen device for me, and frankly, probably every other phone released this year.
If you've been waiting for the newest and shiniest Samsung tech to get a bit of Magenta branding, wait no longer: the Galaxy Note 3 is now available from T-Mobile.com. The Galaxy Gear should be on sale, but at the time of writing the online store pages for the watch are returning errors. T-Mobile retail stores should be offering both devices starting today. The Galaxy Note 3 is $708 at full price, $199 plus a $21 monthly charge over 24 months, or $29.50 per month with zero down (if you qualify).
Samsung first posted open source kernel files for the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear just before the weekend, only a couple of days after both devices became available internationally. There weren't many models available at the time, just two for the Note 3 and one for the Gear. Now Samsung has introduced eight more for the Galaxy Note 3, including the SM-N900, SM-N9005, SM-N900K, and many others.
These devices haven't launched in the US yet, but these files enable developers and open source enthusiasts living stateside to play around with things before anyone else, in a sense.
AT&T has finally nailed down the date for its Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear launch. Ma Bell will be making Samsung's latest phablet available for purchase October 4th through its website and in stores. That'll give you a few days to take all your pants to the tailor to have the pockets let out.
— AT&T (@ATT) September 30, 2013
The last time AT&T had anything to say about its Note 3 launch it would only commit to around October 1st.
Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear devices aren't available in the U.S. yet, but if you're a developer and/or open source enthusiast, you can already play with them. Sort of. As usual, Samsung has posted the open source kernel files for the new smartphone and smartwatch in a very timely matter, just a couple of days after international availability.
Two Galaxy Note 3 models have been posted so far, the SM-900T and SM-900W8.
Update 2: Samsung has clarified the issue to Android Central, and it turns out it's actually not all that bad. Here's the gist: if you buy a Galaxy Note 3 (or other region-locked Samsung phone), it must be activated with a SIM in its home region. That means you can't import a Note 3 from Taiwan and then activate it in Europe, for example, and if you try to do that, it will lock itself.