Samsung Galaxy Note 3 preview: ask us all you want to know about it!
0. phoneArena 18 Sep 2013, 10:35 posted on
Currently, there are few smartphones hotter than the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and we bet that many of you are eager to try it out personally. This, however, won't be happening until Samsung's new phablet is launched - the Galaxy Note 3 release date is set for September 25 internationally, while the US carriers will get it at a later date. Now, a week or so isn't that long of a period, so the wait is definitely bearable. But in case you're of the impatient type, 7 days may seem like forever, and that sucks, doesn't it? That's why we thought we'd spare you the anxiety and the sleepless nights...
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6. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8815; Member since: 14 May 2012)
It should be illegal to put a device like this near a blender...
25. averymlewis (Posts: 2; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)
Papa Smurf is this the next phone we can expect you to make roms for?
65. dan86 (Posts: 298; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)
I want to see a 4K video sample and a slow motion 720p@120 fps shot by this beast.
69. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8815; Member since: 14 May 2012)
4K video sample is nothing less than stellar, although a gimmick.
76. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4332; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
Not really, 4K will become the standard in the near future, I mean you can go & BUY a 4K HDTV at this very moment.
It's more like future proofing.
80. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8815; Member since: 14 May 2012)
4K TV's won't be the standard for another year or two at the rate and cost they're being offered for. Yes it's great for future proofing, but it's a little too early to support it. As of now, I'll classify it as a gimmick than a feature.
104. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4332; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
A gimmick comes and goes, it NEVER becomes the standard. 4K is just the evolution of the HDTV. Just because it's new & STILL in it's infancy doesn't mean it's a gimmick.
It's good to be ahead of the curve, & that's no gimmick ESPECIALLY when it's going to become the norm.
I think you misunderstand the term gimmick.
Remember those 3D phones from a couple years back? Now that was a gimmick. 4K is DEFINITELY not.
84. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5493; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
You don't realize what you are talking...
90. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8815; Member since: 14 May 2012)
I do. Please explain the benefits of 4K video as of right now.
101. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5493; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
Maybe not today, but tomorrow, it is future! Not all people are buying phone for one or two year, some are buying it for three or four years and it will be a future proof for them, people may keep 4K videos for a future. And feature is coming, almost every day we can see news about various new devices wich in one or another way support 4K video.
108. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5493; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
Also 4K TVs are already on sale, so how it is a gimmick? For 4K TV owners it is gimmick?
107. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4332; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
Higher quality, better image, more detail. Better than current 1080p resolution.
If it wasn't better then why even invent it.
It's like saying we should have stayed with the Model T, & never invented Ferrari.
Tech moves forward whether you want it to or not. Evolution of tech is never a gimmick.
Just because it's the not the norm doesn't mean it's a gimmick. I remember a time when they said land line telephones would never get replaced by mobile phones. Can't really say that now can you.
Also they said the internet was a gimmick. Now it's the norm. 4K will be the norm way faster than the internet became the norm.
119. GrosseFatigue (Posts: 91; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
On a big screen like an 8' screen the benefits are obvious. My Samsung projector upscale everything to 4k including Blu-ray and the picture looks much better.
34. RoyalPayne (banned) (Posts: 458; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)
It's extremely ugly compared to a beast like the Z1. Add HTC One max and Nokia 1520 and this doesn't stand a chance. Plus the uglier still touchwiz makes it lag and the cheap quality of plastic, as used in other samesung flagships makes it feel bad in the hand. Overheating will melt that plastic in your hand. To answer your question, yes it blends and yes it's an extremely bad device, but if you get fooled into specs that don't matter at all, buy this cheap, mid-range looking (and feeling) device. If you want good value for money, go for Sony Z1 or Lumia 1520 but best wait for the One Max. Just my opinion.
35. RoyalPayne (banned) (Posts: 458; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)
Correction= *samsung not samesung. My bad :)
36. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8815; Member since: 14 May 2012)
It's incredible you know so much about a phone before you've demoed it in person.
39. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8815; Member since: 14 May 2012)
S800, Android 4.3, 3GB of RAM and 13MP camera is mid-range? WTF ARE YOU SMOKING?
52. RoyalPayne (banned) (Posts: 458; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)
Hash, weed and Davidoffs. Wbu?
106. hellonerds (Posts: 265; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)
Hes smoking apple leaves out of an apple..
48. ncoder (Posts: 16; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
Sony Z1 -> Better Camera, water proof, better materials but the GN3 is much superior in terms of specs: speed, RAM, ROM, sPen, software, battery, expansion, customization, dev. community support (xda)...
Lumia 1520: The specs are uncomparable better in the GN3, besides: Windows Phone 8???
One Max: Snapdragon 600. The GN3 is much much better in all aspects. Besides - HTC is the worst manufacturer to provide support or ROM updates. (But I shall say that despite limited in ters of specs, the One is beautiful)
51. Immolate (Posts: 288; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)
Let's not argue purely subjective aspects like appearance because we can disagree (and do), and still both be right.
The rest of your screed is completely foolish. When the Note3 releases, it will be the spec champion of the mobile phone world, at least briefly. Everything you say exhibits a complete ignorance of the Note line. These phones are light, bright, colorful and powerful. They don't get hot under normal circumstances.
As for the back cover melting, I've never heard of it happening... ever. I think you're just trolling.
64. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8815; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Trolling to a whole new level. I hope he gets banned.
79. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4332; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
Nah I like him....
He is the new taco50. lol
81. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8815; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Taco50 was entertaining. This guy? Not even close...
110. flynfree (Posts: 374; Member since: 09 Jun 2013)
It's unfair, let them be! They'll just jealous, and envy, because they know, they'll bet cannot stand to gnote 3. My next big thing!!!!!!!
87. thedarkside (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
ive actually demoed that GN3 today. its beautiful, fluid, and undeniably a better device than every other phone out or will be out by the end of this week.
2. SeanPlunk (Posts: 15; Member since: 06 Sep 2013)
Have you been able to confirm the subpixel matrix it's using?
4. OldNorseBruin (Posts: 211; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)
Do you think IP57 or IP58 will become STANDARD on smartphones in the NEAR-Future?
5. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8815; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Battery life, user storage, and a review soon. That is all.
66. joey_sfb (Posts: 3099; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
User available space from the 32G model.
7. yankeesten (Posts: 4; Member since: 18 Sep 2013)
I read somewhere, that the G2 feels snappier than the Note III, have you noticed the same? Also, do you feel any benefit from the extra gig of RAM? Thanks.
10. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8815; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Snappier - probably. Touchwiz is heavier than LG's UI. In terms of RAM, everything I've read about it shows a night a day difference with stability and speed of the device.
32. yankeesten (Posts: 4; Member since: 18 Sep 2013)
Hmm thanks for the info. I guess its a bit of trade off. This G2 vs. Note 3 decision is tough lol
41. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8815; Member since: 14 May 2012)
I'd go for the Note 3. Android 4.3 out of the box, better software support, and 50GB of Dropbox makes the difference.
56. Immolate (Posts: 288; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)
I played with the G2 at Verizon. The screen was beautiful, but it felt small coming from a Note 2, which is only 5.5". I really don't think the two phones address the same niche. 0.5" is a lot on a phone screen.
63. yankeesten (Posts: 4; Member since: 18 Sep 2013)
As did I. I thought the screen was the best I have ever seen on a phone. I am coming from 4.3in display so either one would be an upgrade and I have large hands so I can probably handle either with comfort. I also thought the LG G2 Camera was a little better than the S4s, which I am guessing we be substantially the same as the Note 3's. But I think the software support, expandable memory, and replacable battery will cause me to choose the Note 3. Not to mention finding a good case for the Verizon-altered G2 will be next to impossible.
70. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8815; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Each have their pros and cons, but you can't go wrong with both. They're the best phones on the market.
8. datphoneguy (Posts: 140; Member since: 15 Sep 2013)
Can you please comment on the sound quality (with headphones), and if there's been any improvement compared to previous Note devices and/or compared to other smartphones (i.e. HTC One, etc.)
9. danwatson (Posts: 102; Member since: 03 Jan 2012)
Is the back material honestly more premium and do you feel good using it without a case? Are there any of the 3 colors where the fake leather stitching just doesn't look good?
112. flynfree (Posts: 374; Member since: 09 Jun 2013)
I feel using it without case, xcept screen protection, and I like the black one. Black is beautiful!!! The leather stitching looks good, and base to article it's not slippery like the others.
11. artealis (Posts: 98; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)
how the s-pen works? can it detect palm resting on the screen when using the s-pen to write something on the screen?
37. ncoder (Posts: 16; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
The previous Note(s) have the ability to differentiate between sPen and hand, the SNote app and some other similar apps have the option to ignore finger, or use the finger for other functions (i.e. use the pen to draw and the finger to erase).
121. Myrith (Posts: 55; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)
Hmm, what about palm rejection on the capacitive buttons? One problem with my Note 2 is that if I try to write in the bottom right corner, I sometimes accidentally rest my palm against the "back" button and close the app.
12. mobigeek (Posts: 11; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)
does the flip cover comes free with device ?
13. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5493; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
Does drawing and writing with S-Pen on Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is more accurate and precise than it was on Note 2 ?
14. ghostkilla1388 (Posts: 50; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)
How is the battery life vs the note 2 in day to day usage( I.e. some calls texts and some browsing around 3 hours a day and YouTube all on a mobile network with no WiFi) I get about 7 hours with the stock battery, I have a zerolemon and get two days of pretty heavy usage out of my note 2. I'm either going to get the lg g2(very much want because of sprint trip band if it has it) or the note 3 and get a zerolemon for it.
15. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2550; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
Is it possible for the icons on the home screens to be presented in a 5x5 grid like in the original Note? By no means a deal breaker, but I found the lack of this to be of my few complaints about the Note 2. What's the point of such a large screen if it isn't being properly utilized to present more information at once?
19. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8815; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Judging by the official pictures from Samsung, I'd say it won't.
124. ngikngok (Posts: 11; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)
Hey clown smurf, your mother should have pulled you out with a coat hanger. Judging by pictures? let p.a give the answer.
31. danwatson (Posts: 102; Member since: 03 Jan 2012)
Just use Nova Launcher. You can customize the grid however you want. This is the first app I loaded up on mine