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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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posted on 18 Sep 2013, 12:18

72. McLTE (Posts: 639; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


My Note 2 is rooted.. and when I change ROMs, I usually stick with Touchwiz because I like what it offers.

I've tried to use the stock launcher over and over but keep HATING all that wasted space - back to Nova launcher EVERY time.

My current screen setup is 5 icons wide by 8 tall.. feels tight and like there is no wasted space.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 10:58

16. akshat29 (Posts: 13; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


does it have air view like S4 ,i mean without using S Pen can we use air view with out fingers. And does it have a led notification light.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 11:03

20. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7587; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Yes and yes.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 11:26

38. laheelahee (Posts: 213; Member since: 09 Apr 2012)


wait, i though airview was only w/ the stylus for the gN3... & w/ fingers for the S4

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 11:31 3

45. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7587; Member since: 14 May 2012)


All the new motion gestures from the S4 are in the Note 3. Samsung announced it the day the Note 3 was unveiled.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 11:02

18. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 381; Member since: 24 May 2011)


i want to know the real world performance. How much multitasking it can do without hiccuping.
Also battery life with multitasking. I mean when doing typing, video , browsing etc all at a same time. not just some script.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 11:08

22. andhraking17 (Posts: 34; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


the back cover is it plastic or leather..??

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 11:18

28. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5465; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Plastic.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 11:18

29. Immolate (Posts: 273; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)


Soft touch plastic.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 11:10

23. jackwins (Posts: 17; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)


It looks like Touchwiz is very heavy now given the new apps and features. Even though the device has 3gb of RAM does it still respond quickly? My Note 2 was very responsive (but that was of course with a lighter version of Touchwiz and still had 2gb of RAM).

NEED MORE SPEED OF TOUCHWIZ INFO!

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 11:12

24. HalaMadrid (Posts: 92; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)


Is display and camera better than S4

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 11:20 1

30. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7587; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Display is sharper on the S4 due to the smaller screen. Both devices share the same camera, though the Note 3 has a few software tweaks/features.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 11:36

49. Commentator (Posts: 2315; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


"Sharper" doesn't necessarily mean "better." I'm curious about the sub-pixel arrangement (I've read one report that it's the same as the S4 but I haven't seen any hard proof even from that one report). Brightness, viewing angles, and color reproduction factor in as well.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 12:13

68. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7587; Member since: 14 May 2012)


True, but if they implemented a different sub-pixel arrangement, that would be great. Brightness is important, but viewing angles will be excellent as always. Color reproduction won't match IPS and LCD, unless you choose a different mode. Over saturated colors is my preference though.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 11:12

26. moronman66 (Posts: 159; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)


Can you have two windows open with multi-window and then open a third window with pen window

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 11:40 1

54. SupermanayrB (Posts: 146; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


Yes. The Samsung rep came in my store the other day & showed us some features on the Note 3.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 11:14 1

27. Tattari (Posts: 10; Member since: 14 Aug 2013)


Is the DAC inside the Snapdragon 800 version of the phone , the wolfson DAC or the Krait DAC ? please this is a deal breaker!

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 11:22 1

33. thedarkside (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


i literally just saw this phone live from our samsung rep. oh em gee is it beautiful. im sold fo sho! there isnt anything i dont like about this phone. BANG BANG!

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 11:28 1

40. servantz (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Sep 2013)


Can you please confirm whether or not the Note 3 comes with the s800AB soc? If it does this will mean its GPU will be clocked at 550mhz, not at 450mhz like the LG G2. It will also have faster ram. Please cofirm which SOC.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 11:30

43. mobigeek (Posts: 11; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


can we download the missing features(air gestures) of sgs4 on note 3?

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 11:43 2

58. SupermanayrB (Posts: 146; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


Has them already.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 11:31

44. Aharnish33 (Posts: 2; Member since: 18 Sep 2013)


How does the GPS perform??? Outdoors/indoors/in car??
Is it A-GPS or fully functional GPS radio???

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 11:34

46. TheTruthSquad (Posts: 8; Member since: 31 Dec 2012)


Is there an FM radio and will Vewrizon block it if there is one?

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 11:36

47. luisv (Posts: 2; Member since: 18 Sep 2013)


If you connect a bluetooth mouse, is right mouse button go back or normal left Click?

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 11:39

53. manuel1992 (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Sep 2013)


the S-pen feels good on the hand? I think the button is to high.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 11:40

55. ncallan (Posts: 18; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


Pentile?

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 11:43

57. colmets123 (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Sep 2013)


Does the phone lag like the S4?

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 11:56

59. Satnamreg (Posts: 28; Member since: 23 Aug 2013)


Even tough Note 3 has better specs, I'm still choosing the Z1 because of the design, built materials, water-proofing and great overall specs. If Samsung at least would do it in aluminium, maybe then I would consider. No offense Samsung fans ;)

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 12:22

77. ncoder (Posts: 16; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


It's a compromise for the better specs. But understand the dilemma ;)

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 12:32

82. McLTE (Posts: 639; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


For me, the build of the Note 2 was perfectly fine. I love having a removable back plate - battery, SD card. I just don't see any special value in an aluminum or metal chassis. All it will do is take away from the features I value (removable batt and SD card).

I also think this design is every bit as good as the Z1. I don't are for the harsh square corners.

Waterproofing is awesome for sure, but no deal breaker for me.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 14:30

100. MaryAnn (Posts: 13; Member since: 18 Sep 2013)


hmmm... Do u know how many diferent masks u can buy for a phone ( expecialy samsung phones ) :D
So.... Of course u`ll buy a better specs phone, and then change it`s mask ! ;D

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 11:56

60. Aghavali (Posts: 3; Member since: 18 Sep 2013)


Note 3 or LG G2?

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 12:12 1

67. danwatson (Posts: 102; Member since: 03 Jan 2012)


After playing with the G2, it just felt a bit cheap to me...and even a little thick. I'm really hoping the Note 3's new back will help it feel more premium.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 12:15 2

71. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7587; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Note 3. :)

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 14:33 2

102. MaryAnn (Posts: 13; Member since: 18 Sep 2013)


I have that dilema too... Waiting to see them live ,and test my self . Then I will decide! ;)
But I must say S-Pen is a BIG+= + for me for Note3. So 90% is that Im going to buy Note. Specs are similiar . Great screens, fast mashines... I`m interested in camera. Want to see witch one have better low-light and motion pictures ( to se that Optical stabilisator with LG ).

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 12:00

61. Satnamreg (Posts: 28; Member since: 23 Aug 2013)


And the question is: When will we see some durability/drop tests with this phone?

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 12:04

62. WhatTheBit (Posts: 5; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


How accurately does the screen render colors and more importantly how white is white? Going from the Note II to the Mega 6.3 reminded me that LCDs really can do white, whereas AMOLED can not.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 12:18 1

74. decent4u (Posts: 71; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Q. What is the use of S pen tips? why change them?

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 12:33

83. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7587; Member since: 14 May 2012)


If they ever become dull or faulty in the future, you have the option to replace them in a couple of minutes. :)

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 12:40

88. McLTE (Posts: 639; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


isn't it obvious?

For heavy s-pen users, the tips will wear down. A nice feature to be able to replace them.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 12:24

78. superdroidf1 (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Sep 2013)


How is the volume level with bigger headphones that require more power to drive.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 12:37 1

85. Danishs (Posts: 147; Member since: 23 May 2013)


How does the "leather" back feel? Does it feel like real leather? How do you think it'll hold up over time?

Any lag? How's the speaker quality?

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 23:58

125. devilz (Posts: 2; Member since: 28 Aug 2008)


Then we get to the back, which (and we're not exaggerating here) is a massive improvement over the Note II back. With the Galaxy Note 3, Samsung has stuck to using plastic again, but this time around it has a great-looking leather texture. Best of all it feels similar to actual leather rather than a tacky imitation, and the faux-stitching is a great touch, too.
Another thing we like about the leather texture is that unlike the glossy hyperglazed plastic, it doesn't become a smudgy, slippery mess as soon as you touch the device. We hope Samsung releases such covers for the Galaxy S4 as well.

From GSMARENA

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 12:37

86. Danishs (Posts: 147; Member since: 23 May 2013)


How does the "leather" back feel? Does it feel like real leather? How do you think it'll hold up over time?

Any lag? How's the speaker quality?

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 12:44

89. Galaviz8 (Posts: 8; Member since: 06 May 2013)


How is the low light this phone is a beast but a low light feature is necessary if im paying hundreds of dollars on this phone?

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 13:20

92. Kevinphantom (Posts: 82; Member since: 17 Jun 2013)


the end only thing I hate about note 3 is the design .you can't notes that until you put it near a sony phone and you realize that note3 is very ugly device

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 13:22 1

93. Johnabis (Posts: 54; Member since: 17 Feb 2011)


Will the sprint note 3 be LTE Tri band?

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 13:22

94. krishelnino (Posts: 5; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


Does the Note 3 have extra sensors over other smartphones ? I have read somewhere that it has some special sensors, excluding the normal ones like barometer, etc.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 13:33

95. Rogerlebo (Posts: 15; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)


We can get some answers in User Manual :

downloadcenter.samsung.com/content/UM/201309/20130​913084746369/SM-N9005_UM_EU_Jellybean_Eng_Rev.1.0_​130910_Screen.pdf

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 14:05 2

96. Walter.D.DROID (Posts: 25; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)


DOES it have gorilla glass?? I'll need protection for that big screen!

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 14:23

97. MaryAnn (Posts: 13; Member since: 18 Sep 2013)


Can I get comparation pictures ( and videos ) side by side... Note3 and LG G2 ?! I want to buy a new phone and just want to see the diference in camera . im interested in low light and motion pictures ( cause of Lg`s optical stabilizator ). ;)

And , does Note 3 have Air Gesture like S4? :))
Tnx :D

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 14:25

98. MaryAnn (Posts: 13; Member since: 18 Sep 2013)


One more question ,sorry .. Can u change colour options for display on Note 2, so they are not so saturated ? :( It looks like a toy with those colours....

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 14:28

99. newbey123 (Posts: 389; Member since: 19 Mar 2012)


Pretty good phone, but the tacky faux pleather on the back just kills it. Going with either One Max or Sony, with same specs and better design/build.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 14:54

103. shawndog1 (Posts: 34; Member since: 21 May 2011)


How does it fill in the pocket ?

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 14:57

105. shawndog1 (Posts: 34; Member since: 21 May 2011)


Do you have a note3 contest for me ? Lol

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 15:26

109. akshat29 (Posts: 13; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


whats with da cable???????????????????????

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 15:46

111. syedej123 (banned) (Posts: 71; Member since: 08 Jan 2013)


does it led notification light indicator?

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 16:00

113. xpr3ss10n (Posts: 54; Member since: 15 Dec 2011)


Is the band around the outside of the phone metal or faux metal. if it is faux does it feel real? Does the back of the phone feel like plastic or leather

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 17:01 1

114. JoePhoto (Posts: 15; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


I want to know how loud is the "bottom" speakers ??? I would have prefered FRONT-facing like HTC-One

I am also interested in how bright it is in sunshine ???.

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 17:27

115. Kishin (Posts: 582; Member since: 30 May 2013)


I really need a new phone my iphone 4s is been there for me this whole time. it was just getting better with ios7--but I need this Note 3 i am haft way to getting this off contract and save bunch of $$$ then i wont have to upgrade till 2016. The $$$ i save will be for the note 5

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