"Samsung Got It Right This Time!"4.5 starson by Thomas_MT
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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