Pros Beautiful 5.7" Super Amoled HD display
Fast CPU & GPU, extra memory
Great 13 megapixel camera
TouchWiz UI is fine, and super fast now
Cons Power button is so flush against the side, it very hard to press
Doesn't come with headphones.
Can only use multi window with certain apps
Summary First, I am not affiliated with Samsung in any way, nor do I work for a cell phone store. I am a writer though.
Secondly, I hate long reviews with the poster just reports the specs you already have. Rather, these comments show why the Galaxy Note 3 is more technologically advanced, and more phone for your money, compared to the many good phones on the market today. As for those phones that only show an app screen. I call them cave phones.
1. The beautiful 5.7" Super Amoled HD display has a "Wow!" factor. Everything is crisp and clear with a resolution of 1920 x 1080P, 386 PPI. Despite a few good contenders, no phone on the market can match the combination of vibrant color, and deep blacks. Check it out for yourself. For those who prefer drab, you can even adjust color intensity and contrast.
Is this practical? You bet. You get more viewable data for all social networking apps; you can see more email and contacts without scrolling; browsing is quick and pages more visible; YouTubes and video are fantastic; games are more playable; you can see larger areas on GPS maps; you get a better view of radar in weather; (live) wallpapers look great; you can use it as a reader; you can multitask with it; and with the right productivity apps you can even get some work done on it. I will never go back to a small screen phone. This phone is a joy to use.
2. The CPU (For US versions) is the quad core Qualcomm snapdragon 800 @ 2.3, which is the fastest processor on the planet as of this time. It will perform well for years to come. A few other phones have it. No lag on this baby. Just try to do things to outpace it. It moves data faster than you can see. Partially because of #3.
3. The Adreno 330 GPU is the best on the market, a few other phones have it. Graphics are amazing. It is 50% faster than the Adreno 320 in the Galaxy S4 which is a screamer.
4. It's the only phone to come with 3 GB of DDR 3 RAM. It also comes standard with 32 gigs of storage and you can add more with an SD card. Note: No extra charges for these!
5. It has a great 13 megapixel camera with useful software, a BSI Sensor, Smart Digital Stabilization and high CRI LED. Very few phones have this. It is also the only phone to do 4K video right now - sharp! It also does 1080P video at 60 FPS which is great.
6. No other phone has USB 3.0. 2 advantages: the phone charges very quickly on the 2 amp charger and nice thick cable. File transfer times are faster. With USB 3.0, a 2 gig file takes 27 seconds from the Note 3 to my (high end) PC. With USB 2.0 the same file takes 57 seconds.
7. How many phones have an S Pen? Except for email and quick notes, I seldom used the S Pen on my original Galaxy Note, but the Note 3 comes with some useful software making it more functional, and the handwriting recognition is scary accurate.
8. How many phones have a huge 3200 mA battery? It easily lasts all day with moderate to heavy use despite the large screen. Hardware CPU and GPU improvements, as well as Android 4.3 make the 100 mA bump over the Note 2 even more significant. You can also open the back and change out the battery - unlike some phones.
9. It does infrared remote control. It also has TV-out (via MHL A/V link), Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, temperature, humidity, and gesture sensor. I'm serious people, you get more for your money.
10. Hello multitasking! The fast CPU & GPU, extra memory, and high-resolution 5.7 inch screen make multitasking feasible and fun on a cell phone. You can even scroll through multiple applications in each split screen. This is even better if you hook up a keyboard and mouse via Bluetooth or USB, and connect through HDMI to your TV or computer monitor. The Note 3 can actually serve as a small computer. How many phones can do that? You can also mirror the phone screen with your smart TV for internet, games, viewing pics, whatever.
11. This the best cell phone for gaming on the market , period. The above features and OpenGL 3.0 which is part of Android 4.3 make it happen. Don't believe me? Read the reviews, watch the you tubes, and compared it for yourself.
12. It doesn't just have GPS, it also uses A GPS (improved), and Glonass Satellites. DL a GPS satellite app, and you'll see it will access between 5 and 25 satellites at once depending on time of day and location.
13. Got Knox? No, you don't. This phone provides business enterprise, and government level security for boot, VPN, etc., and comes in handy for privacy on public Wi-Fi. You don't have to use it, but it is there.
EDIT: It is there, but for some reason AT&T does not allow access this secure environment. Guess they want their competitors to get all those deserting Blackberry customers.
14. The air command and air gesture features make the phone futuristic. How many phones do that?
15. Is the screen too large for one handed operation? Yes, but so what? The tradeoff is worth it. Besides, Samsung now includes software to shrink it for one-handed so you get the best of both worlds.
16. I have been using the original Galaxy Note, which is actually wider, wearing suit pants to jeans. Both phones fit fine in your pocket. Don't worry about it unless you wear skinny jeans.
17. The TouchWiz UI is fine, and super fast now, but I prefer a 3rd party launcher - Go Launcher EX from the play store. Over a million users. So, the launcher is not a deciding factor in phone purchase for any Android manufacturer. Neither is S-voice, which is still seriously lacking. Just use Google voice and DL a different sound from the app store if you want.
There are a few things that Samsung needs to improve in my opinion. I don't know how many thousands of people need to tell them that putting the volume rockers directly opposite the power button is inconvenient for users. The Note 2 placement was better but still wrong.
I do like the new speaker placement though. Its perfect for horizontal viewing because your hand channels the sound to the user. However, there should be a better one with more bass. It is Ok, and plenty loud, just not great like the rest of the phone.
This phone should also be waterproof right out-of-the-box. Not a scaled-down version, just waterproof the thing. Other manufacturers are doing it for their flagship phones. That means Samsung can do it too. Truth be known, we users never want to see another flagship phone that is not waterproof. It's doable, so please do it. Smoke it with that nano-whatever waterproofing stuff. You went to CES.
All that said, I'm very, very happy, with the Note 3. IMHO the Note 3 is so powerful and functional, it is the first device I would classify as a hand held computer. As a professor, I researched it for days and used the original Galaxy Note for over a year now. There are other good phones, but the Note 3 does it in one package, and in most cases does it better, for the same flag-ship- phone price. I feel sorry for the fanboys and people believing advertising hype who don't research the market. They pay top dollar but don't get their money's worth.
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Oh yeah, almost forgot to mention, it's a really good phone too.
Weight and size
Apps Apps Apps!
Cons Battery (Worst with iOS 7)
Wish the camera focus faster
Summary This might be the last iPhone I ever buy. The 5 seems to solve almost all the problems that the previous iPhones had. I have been an iPhone customer ever since the first one was announce. All the old iPhones were plague with problems such as limited App support, slow browser, poor camera, laggy Apps, weight, low resolution, etc. The 5 have none of these problems. The only problem the iPhone 5 have is poor battery life.
I mostly use this phone for lightweight computer stuff like browsing, YouTube, movies, music, word processing, email, camera, and phone stuff. It does everything better than most devices out there while staying very portable. Smoothness and stability have always been the hallmark of iOS which is the main reasons I never switched to other phones. Of all the years that I owned the iPhone, and of all the Apps that I've gone though, only a screen or two worth of Apps is useful. That said, not even useful most of the time. The Apps that I use most often are the ones that came with the phone with the exception of the Chrome browser. Everything is butter smooth especially with iOS 7. There are no Apps right now that lags on this phone.
The size is perfect for watching movies, but not so big that it will feel bulky in your pocket. The speakers are decent enough to listen in a small room or watching from a distance. I do still prefer the headphones jack on the top like the older iPhones since it doesn't get in the way with my palm. The edgy shape of the phone does not feel nice when holding, but the phone is small and light enough so that you can put a more comfortable case on it.
The camera shoots fast and is very clear and colorful, but focusing is still too slow. While the camcorder doesn't come close to the real thing, it is still far better than many mobile devices especially with stabilization.
The display sharpness is still standard retina quality, which is optimal as suggested by Apple. It was good the first time I saw it on the iPhone 4, and if they made the pixel any more dense, I doubt there will be any noticeable difference. Otherwise, the screen is bright enough for sunlight and colorful as usual. I have seen better colors on other phones though, but the iPhone 5 screen is still spectacular. The iPhone 5 is much lighter than the older iPhones and it is also slimmer too, this will let you put on many cases without adding too much bulk.
The larger screen is welcoming. The only thing bad about the large is that it is harder to reach the home button. I often have to tilt my phone to reach it. However, I watch a lot of movies on my phone so the larger screen is a great addition. The screen does feel significantly bigger with more viewing space, but most importantly, the phone itself doesn't feel bigger. It will still fit well in jean pockets. I know changing the screen size is a risky design change, I hope they don't make the phone any bigger, but I'm glad they did.
The lighting connector is great too. It is slimmer, you can connect it any way you want and it feels quite durable for its size. However, I get a lot of disconnects with the lighting connector during sync, especially when I'm transferring large files. This is probably an issue with the lighting connector since I get the same problem with the iPad Mini which also uses the lighting connector. However, I have not notice this problem anymore, or at all, after the iOS 7 update.
The battery life have always been a big problem with the iPhone. You can always buy a battery case, external battery, or carry the charger everywhere since there are outlets pretty much everywhere and the charger is no bigger than two ice cubes. The phone charges fairly fast, almost 50% per hour. I also want to add that iOS 7 have reduced the battery life slightly, but noticeably.
Now that the 5S is out, I feel that it is not worth the upgrade from the 5. Practically speaking, the only major difference is the fingerprint reader since entering the pass-code have always been annoying. As for the camera, I don't see much difference in the outdoor picture quality, and the flash on the 5S is just an improvement from what was already bad. Low-light photos and slow-motion camera is something I can live without. A7 and 64-bit Apps are still far from the horizon. Remember, last year's iPad Mini is running on the A5, two generations behind yet still a fairly new product compared to the iPhone 5 which is running on the A6. You will only benefit if you are doing major video, photo, and sound editing on your iPhone, which I hope you are not.
The iPhone is an excellent phone, but my next phone will probably be an Android. The old Android phones were beyond horrible, but they have improved so much that I must give them a try.
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Pros almost everything. the phone may still be plastic but it sure dosnt feel like it. Huge step up.
Cons touchwiz but it can be fixed by getting a different launcher such as nova.
Summary Why did cnet only rate this phone 4 stars. They rated the s4 4 and a half stars and the note 3 improves upon the few mistakes of the s4. Dont look at the cnet rating, its not accurate.
Pros Excellence "S" Pen
Screen on this phone is amazing
Camera does a pretty good job
Battery life has been really good
Cons It's not cheap
Tacky plastic rear
Tricky to hold
Summary I was the first in Texas to purchase the Samsung Galaxy Note (the first Note) when it came out. I skipped the Note 2 because it seemed like there was not a lot changed and the Note 2 had some things missing, but when the Note 3 came out, I knew that the phone was going to be great. I was not the first person to get one, but I did get one within an hour of the store opening
I really like the Google system of being able to sync your contacts and calendar with your android phone. This make changing phones so much easier. Within a few minutes of actually receiving the phone I had my contacts and calendar loaded up and ready to go.
The "S" pen is a;right. I mainly use mine when people are giving me their phone numbers or I need to jot down a special note real quick. I like now how you can search your notes and when you take out the S pen it is easy to get to the progrma where you can take notes because it show up right by the pen. This little think will make my life easier. Included in with the phone box are 5 or 6 extra pen tips with a special tool to remove the tip of the pen with. I guess if you use the pen a lot they have some extras "ink" you can use. If you run out of the extra pen tips, you will have to go to Samsung and pay for them after that.
The screen on this phone is amazing. The phone has 388 ppi. The numbers mean little not me, but the screen is very easy to look at. Letters in documents are crisp, pictures have sharp edges with no blur in them. The colors looks very good... I think (I am color blind, like colors matter to me... LOL)
The camera does a pretty good job. From time to time, it does have a slight focusing problem, so the ability to take the phone out of a pocket to get the spontaneous quick shot is not there, but the camera does take some really good pictures. The video portion of the camera is where things start to fall apart on the phone. The video camera is not the greatest as far as lighting goes. I do not use the cell phone as my video recorder to often, so this does not present to big of a problem, but if you are going to use this phone as your primary means of recording video, you will not be happy. Maybe this little problem will get fixed in an update.
Talking to you phone. I love this feature. The phone can be completely asleep and then you say "Hi Galaxy: and the phone wakes up. I mainly use this feature with text messages. You can ask the phone for the weather, a joke for the day, dial a phone number by numbers or name. The phone does have a problem with dialing by name some times. For example, the phone has a problem with "Tammy" vs "Tommy" vs "Timmy". That is to be expected though. I have problems with those names from time to time. As far as dictating a text message or looking something up on the internet using your voice, there is really no problem there.
I love the Miracast. The TV I own has Miracast built in (to my surprise) and it is a novelty to have my phone screen mirrored on my TV. I am nit too sure what I would do with a 58" android screen, but having that option is nice. You can also send your youtube video from the phone to your TV screen, which I really like.
I did do an Antutt benchmark on the Phone. The phone scored an impressive 35308. Most people do not purchase a phone based upon bench marks. Most people buy a phone based upon price, features and looks. But if you are going to use the phone for gaming, I am sure that for a long time to come, the phone will be able to play all the games for android.
The phone does come with bloatware pre-loaded from AT&T, and Samsung has their app where you can purchase or rent a movie from them. I guess some people will use this option, but not many. It is there if you feel the need.
The back of the phone is detachable like the all the Samsung line. It is thicker, and when removing the back, I didn't feel like I might accidentally rip apart the back cover. It has a texture to it. People are calling is a faux leather back. If you can touch the back of the phone, or even take a close look at it, you will notice instantly that it is not leather. It does as a better grip to the phone. I have dropped by Note 1 before several time just because the phone was too slick. This will hopefully stop some of the drops the phone has to take in it's life time.
I placed the phone in the charging dock that I purchase with my original Galaxy Note. It is difficult to place the phone in there because of the USB 3 mini female connector, but it does work, without a thin TPU case on it. When the phone is place in the dock, the calendar shows for several minutes and then the screen dims showing the date, time and some weather data.
Battery life has been really good. I used the phone for an extended period of time, starting with a 53% charge, I was able to use the phone for several hours. I finally quite trying to drain the battery.
In conclusion, this is a really nice, flag ship cell phone. In reality, the S pen is not very useful, but more useful than what it had been in the past. I really like the cell phone and cannot wait to see what the next couple of years will bring to the cell phone industry.
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Pros Extremely Fast.
S-Pen is awesome!
Hand writing recognition is flawless!
Cons Too early to find anything wrong with it
Summary I have been an apple product owner for over 3 years and didn't think i'd go back to android since the days of froyo/gingerbread. I actually went and purchased the iphone 5s on day 1...stood in line and everything. The iphone 5s worked flawlessly and is a 5 star phone in regards to performance and UI....however, the lack of screen size and kind of boring IOS made me regret the purchase. I was extremely intrigued by the Note 3 and decided to pull the trigger and return the iphone. 2 days into owning it and I have absolutely no regrets. I will update my review once I've had the phone for a few months and see if some of the old android hiccups effect this phone.
The S-pen, followed closely by the screen, is the best reason to purchase this phone. The hand writing recognition is amazing and i don't write neat. I have had no issues and can write out messages extremely fast. The S-Note feature is a killer app for taking notes in meetings and I can't wait to take advantage of it.
The iphone is a great ipod touch with phone capabilities built in...the Galaxy Note 3 is a productivity tool. Don't get it if you don't think you'll take advantage of the S-pen. There are other large phones without the pen (ie. Xperia, HTC one Max). Play with this phone in a store and you will be a convert!
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