Summary: For all of the Galaxy Note 3′s positives, there is one big negative that you may be unable to overcome: it’s a damn big phone. To be perfectly clear: if you purchase this phone, you can forget about one-handed texting; nearly every task will require two hands. The only time I catch myself using one hand is when my phone is on a table or I’m just scrolling through a news feed.
Conclusion: Call Quality Honestly, it’s not the best sounding phone we’ve used for phone calls, but nonetheless, the Galaxy Note 3 is effective enough for the occasion. Through the earpiece, voices pop with authority thanks to its strong volume – though, there’s a hint of crackling when it’s placed at the loudest setting. It’s noticeable, but quickly remedied by lowering the volume a couple of notches. Still, voices through the earpiece sound very natural in tone.
Pros: Long battery life, Has all the S4 features & more, Fantastic note taking features, Well rounded performance
Cons: Expensive, Weak speaker, Limited apps support with Air View, Gestures, etc
Summary: The Galaxy Note 3's all-day battery life would be reason enough to recommend this phone. However, when you also consider its best-in-class screen, sharp camera, powerful software and pen-enabled apps, it's hard to not to want this Android phablet.
Summary: To use a term of phrase borrowed from that other mobile giant, this is Samsung's best Note yet. It's better in pretty much every way, with the possible exception of that speaker. The display is bigger, but it never makes the device feel inflated, which is some sort of dark magic in its own right. Either way, we applaud Samsung for consistently making this series better and better. But, like most good things, it does come at a price.
Excerpt: The smartphone that used to be considered an outlier has now reached the ripe age of three, or 24 in phone years. It has a job, a girlfriend, a nice apartment in downtown Samsungville. It started exercising, eating well; it doesn’t drink as much and therefore doesn’t crash as often.
Summary: Lots of people are using big phones out there, and they have Samsung to thank. The company practically invented the space known as “phablets” when it first launched the Galaxy Note, and now in its third iteration, we’re seeing what is close to a perfection of that concept.
Pros: Big and bright screen that is lovely to use, Very, very fast, Loads of features, Two days battery life is great, Captures 4K video, Features support for USB 3.0
Cons: More plastic casing, even if it does have a nicer back than other Galaxy devices, Features the same bugs and crashes from this year's Galaxy-based smartphones in the Australian region (sigh)
Excerpt: Samsung's Galaxy Note has always been one of the company's more interesting products. It's the one that leads rather than follows the lead of another phone manufacturer. In many ways, it's the handset that proves Samsung can have great ideas that show more creativity than almost any other company on the phone scene.
Pros: Improved looks, hugely powerful, 4K video looks epic, improved camera over Note 2, beautiful screen, new S Pen functionality,
Cons: Some will find it too big, SIM lock might be a problem, handwriting recognition failure bug