News by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday September 04, 2013.
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The Samsung Galaxy Note is stupid! That's what naysayers said, but the initial negativity didn't stop people from flocking to the device. It also provided a great foundation to build upon and really get things right with the Galaxy Note II. Now, Samsung's gearing up to make things even better once more with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. The second time was really the charm, but the third time might be even more charming. Or it might be exactly enough of the same to keep that large naysayer crowd at bay.
Like it did when upgrading from the Galaxy S 3 to the Galaxy S 4, Samsung attempted to provide a noticeable increase in screen size without providing a big disruption in device size. The Galaxy Note 3 has a 5.7-inch display with a 1080p HD resolution, up from the 5.5-inch and 720p display of the old Galaxy Note II. Both devices are Super AMOLED, but the latest note benefits from a slightly larger screen area and a higher pixel count. The differences between the two are not noticeably in terms of size, but someone obsessing over screen quality will appreciate the upgrade to 1080p. I also like that Samsung managed to add the extra screen area without making the phone too much bigger. After using the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3, I'm not very keen on using a massive device. The Galaxy Note 3 is large, but it is not gargantuan. It's the same size with a more efficient use of space.
The most recent Notes have the same basic structure of a big display that works with a digitizer for smart drawing and note taking. Samsung enhanced the Note taking ability by introducing an S Pen now capable of getting shortcuts to taking notes and performing additional tasks based on those notes. Someone can write a phone number or contact information in a note and then dial the number or add to contacts. The Android 4.3-based software has some obvious upgrades that should be beneficial to Note fans. It's an incremental upgrade, so don't expect a dramatically different change in Touchwiz UX. The real benefits will come through the hardware-dependent features and under the hood Android 4.3 enhancements that are not guaranteed to appear on the Note II any time soon.
Anyone who like the Note II will probably love, or at least like, Note 3. If you thought the previous version was too big, your opinion will not be changed. What Samsung chose to do here was upgrade in the most important areas for people who are willing to put up with a plump phone: screen, processor, and battery. Here's a Galaxy Note 3 hands-on demo as well as a brief Samsung Galaxy Note II vs. Galaxy Note 3 comparison highlighting the marquee hardware difference.
|Phone:||Samsung Galaxy Note II||Samsung Galaxy Note 3|
|Software:||Android 4.1||Android 4.3|
|Dimensions:||151 x 80.5 x 9.4mm (5.94 x 3.17 x 0.37in)||151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3mm (5.9 x 3.11 x 0.33in)|
|Weight:||182g / 6.42oz||168g / 5.9oz|
|Display:||5.5 inches, 720p||5.7 inches, 1080p|
|Battery:||3,100 mAh||3,200 mAh|
|Processor:||1.6 GHz quad-core (ARM A-9)||
2.3 GHz quad-core (Snapdragon 800)
1.9 GHz octa-core (A15 1.9 and A7 1.3 GHz)
8.0-megapixel main camera
1.9-megapixel front camera
13-megapixel main camera
2-megapixel front camera
|Connection:||Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, DLNA, MHL||Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, DLNA, MHL, IR LED Remote|
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.