Samsung Galaxy Note 3: size comparison against other flagships
The Galaxy Note 3 is a big smartphone; that much we all know. But does its size make it a hassle to carry and work with it? Now that's a question that could have many answers, all of which different, depending on who you ask. That said, we set out to find our own answer by comparing how the Note 3 looks and feels to the experience we get out of other popular models, such as the Galaxy S4, One, G2 or iPhone 5.
Surprisingly, it turns out that holding a phablet right next to your head no longer feels as weird as it used to. With phones getting bigger and bigger each year, we've reached a point where a handset with the dimensions of the Note 3 doesn't cause so much discomfort when used for ordinary stuff like having a call, as you can see in the video above.
1. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)
Over 6 inch is too big! Sony and Nokia im talking to you!!
4. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4546; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
I think the Samsung Galaxy Note III is not that big compared to the others. It's actually right there considering it packs a 5.7" screen. Shoot it's actually smaller that the smaller 5.5" Samsung Galaxy Note II.
I think the design on the Samsung Galaxy Note III is freaking GREAT.
13. ZeroCide (Posts: 708; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
To big for you maybe. But the Galaxy note devices have sold excelently. That is why others follow the phablet format.
15. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)
Still have sold far less than more compact devices and is why Samsung's flagship remains the smaller device.
The Note series is a niche product. It may be popular on tech sites and phone crazy South Korea but most people do not and will not carry a device this large.
18. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
But still sells a lot more than many smaller phones. It's not necessarily a niche product, it's too popular for that, IMO.
25. Blazers (Posts: 280; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
They're very popular in Asia in general, as the stylus makes it easier to write in pinyin and other Asian languages.
When I was in Hong Kong last November, the Note 2 was huge. It seemed people were either carrying it or an iPhone. Same story in Singapore. Samsung and Apple everywhere.
27. Professor (Posts: 200; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)
The only reason it sells less than the S4 or S3 is because they are way more expensive and for most people the S3 or the S4 are good enough. If the N3 was selling at the same price as the S4 you can be sure they will be selling way more than the S4.
37. twens (Posts: 820; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
if the red thumps were back i would have given you a thumps down. over 30mil note 2 sold and you still think its a nitch product. Are just dump or you are waiting for apple to make a 6' iphone before you accept the fact that people like big phones. what is it with the hate for samsung. No one would complain if apple made a 6" phone. Is a apple a cult? the note 3 will sell more than the note 2 and for your info it is human beigns with hands and ears that will buy them. i am enjoying mine and will not settle for a tiny iphone that can harm my eye sight.
54. skyline88 (Posts: 376; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)
not sure what is your definition of "niche product", but the Note series (especially Note 2 and Note 8.0) are selling better than S4, S3, Mega in my country. in fact, some retailers are having troubles of keeping ready stocks for customers.
72. KRONeage (Posts: 79; Member since: 17 Apr 2011)
Actually Galaxy Note 3 is Samsung's Flagship Device:
1. by Price
2. by Size
3. by Premium Features
4. by literally every definition of what a Flagship Device is!
So just because you don't like the size doesn't mean it's not Samsung's Flagship Device! Sorry!!! .....it's the device that sets Samsung apart from all it's competition and if that's not what a Flagship Device should be.... then I don't know what is!!!
29. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)
Galaxy note device arent over 6"s..........
14. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)
I don't like being reminded that there's a tablet in my pocket every time I move either. You're not alone (but you wouldn't know by reading comments around here).
20. Immolate (Posts: 293; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)
You seem downright offended that many of us like big honkin' phones. It's almost like we are doing it to spite you. For me, it's my eyesight. It isn't what it once was. But I also found out I could live with a 4.5" device, as long as it's WP8. Everything on Windows is easy to read because of it's functional (but kind of ugly) interface.
34. eli577 (Posts: 81; Member since: 29 Jun 2010)
Its not a bad thing having a phone with this size of a screen, but it is not quite pocketable. Now that is a problem if you do not carry a bag with yourself every time.
42. tedkord (Posts: 6417; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
My friend has the Note 2. He has no problem pocketing it.
52. laheelahee (Posts: 213; Member since: 09 Apr 2012)
my dad has the Note2 in a case and he backpockets it
59. Andrewtst (Posts: 428; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
Any phone in size below 6" won't have pocketing issue.
You can fit in pocket nicely and comfortable.
40. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3570; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
If you think its too big for you then don't buy it❕ That doesn't mean that others shouldn't have the option of enjoying larger devices... How selfish are you❔
53. DaHarder (Posts: 175; Member since: 10 Oct 2009)
He's just typical of the silly, narcissistic ' i ' generation... It's ALL about them and what they like and unless you think exactly like them, You're Somehow A Lesser.
They're behavior is so ridiculous... A Bunch of Drones.
For many of us the Galaxy Note series has been an ideal mobile device, one on which one can actually do work without limitations.
62. sniper1087 (Posts: 430; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)
"i" generation I beg to differ I think the note 3 is ridiculously big, and that doesnt mean I like big phones, but there is a point where phones get too big, and you might say it is the same or smaller than the note 2, but the note 3 is also taller, and I do like big phones but anything over 5 is way too big unless is the G2 which they went edge to edge 5.2 inch display, that still fits inside the note 3.
66. timepilot84 (Posts: 108; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)
And that point at which phones get too big will be determined by sales, not a bunch of amateur pundits commenting on a story.
57. GTR722 (Posts: 252; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)
Z1 is the true flagship of Sony, but of course PA likes to "forget" sony in every damn comparo.
63. sniper1087 (Posts: 430; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)
o man I have the Z1 as well as other flagships, and the phone is a beauty, great built quality, water resistance works like a charm, very nice UI, the best I might add, even better than stock, fast performance, the camera if used correctly has better details than all the other android cameras and that is adding the G2 as well.
2. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)
4.3-4.7 should be the best screen size for 90% of humans. Anything above 4.7 makes it impossible to work easily with one hand for normal hand size. Of course there are people who will claim even though their fingers are normal size they are fine with a 5" screen phones. Its usually the people who prefer to waste time stretching fingers and trying to hit a button on screen rather than get a smaller screen phone and make their life's easier.
8. _PHug_ (Posts: 407; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)
How tall are you?
Where are you from?
What do you consider 90% of humans size?
I know for a fact, when I enter a room I'm taller than most people in the room, I'm shocked if there are 5 men taller than me.
Unless I'm in a room with NBA players that is. lol
47. darkkjedii (Posts: 14382; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
I'm 6'5" with good size hands, and I agree with Martin_Cooper about the screen size. I'd use bigger though.
11. vincelongman (Posts: 2335; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
Also, screen size =/= phone size
4.7" HTC One, 137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm
5" Sony Xperia ZL, 131.6 x 69.3 x 9.8 mm
4.5" Nokia Lumia 1020, 130.4 x 71.4 x 10.4 mm
19. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
The whole "one hand operation" for phones is a marketing gimmick that Apple came up with to promote the 3.5" iPhone as being the perfect size. Two hand operation is perfectly fine for a phone.
21. Immolate (Posts: 293; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)
You've got it. Some folks really need to be able to thumb-reach everything on their phone. I never picked up that particular nasty habit, so I'm free to use whatever phone gets the job done without imposing arbitrary restraints on me. I guarantee you that if Apple made a 4", a 4.5" and a 5" iPhone, they'd sell more 5" than the others by a long shot, and only a tiny number would buy the 4" unit. How do I know? Look at Android. We have all of those sizes, but the most popular phones are in the 5" form factor or there-abouts.
32. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
I think if they did that, 4" screens would collect a lot of dust. Not sure about 4.5" vs. 5" though, might be close. My N4 is 4.7" and hardly unwieldy. Given a smaller bezel, you might be right about 5" screens.
30. Commentator (Posts: 2706; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
True. Even on my ancient 2.8" Touch Diamond I would use two hands more often than not. The only thing I used one hand for is scrolling and clicking buttons close to the bottom of the screen. I see the same from iPhone users. Two-handed use is just far more comfortable than one-handed, no matter the size.
33. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
I don't know any iPhone user that texts with only one hand. Most bang on the keyboard with both hands. It's nice being able to pull out a phone and do something quick with one hand but most people I see hold their phone in one hand and use the other to type/activate apps.
41. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3570; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
The best size for for 100% of people is whatever size they see fit for themselves, not some speculative calculation on some jerks part.. Leave that for my doctor to decide the correct dosage of medication I should take... Let us decide how big of ANYTHING whether it be a car, truck, house, wife, or meal we want...
I take it you're one of those more closed minded, un artistic types...
5. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4546; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
So true, so true. lol
+1 for you & Ray S.
23. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)
What a rude thing to say, I'm a girl and I don't have an iPhone. I used to have one but, I dropped it one day when I was running from an evil witch - it broke and I was left helpless.
49. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)
Well, I was torn about what kind of phone to get. I had heard so much about a magical OS, one that allowed you to do everything that you were supposed to do on your phone with out limitations or having to be near wi-fi. I sometimes think if I didn't have the iPhone back then, I could've actually used the GPS to pin point the old mean witch which would have made for an easier escape. But, since I didn't have wi-fi in the forest I was completely lost. I've since replaced my iPhone with one of those big Galaxy Notes - the second one. To be honest, I was so heavily vested in all of my purchases from the Apple Store and iTunes that, the thought of something different was terrifying [TERRIFYING, I TELL YOU] and the thought of losing all of my apps and media was just horrid [HORRID, I TELL YOU] but, I just had to take the loss. I donated all of my old iPhone accessories, though, to Goodwill because I figured if anyone could jack up a resell price better than Apple it's them. So, I felt good that at least the people looking to buy the accessories could be taken for a greater gauge. Looking back I just don't understand how I got so suckered into the whole iPhone thing - it was probably because everyone back home on the farm had one.
39. tedkord (Posts: 6417; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Was she after you and your little phone, too?
50. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)
No, she actually looked at the phone and side-swiped it with her broom - that's howcit fell out of my hands and shattered into billions of micro particles. Or, maybe she zapped it as
fell - either way, it turn into molecular dust. Oh well, I'm in a better place now with a much better phone - one that works when I need it to.
64. saffant (Posts: 239; Member since: 04 Jul 2011)
darkkjedii, how does it feel to be a "little girl" using an iPhone now?
43. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3570; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
Although it is kinda immature, and technically incorrect,, I have to admit that they are kinda bitch.. But, that's just my own personal opinion, and it's not intended to offend, or misdirect anyone....... Lol❕
55. laheelahee (Posts: 213; Member since: 09 Apr 2012)
lol. im a girl and that was funny
-proud owner of an iphone, since never
60. xfire99 (Posts: 590; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)
Correction: Iphone is for little girls. hahahaha I love that!!
6. _PHug_ (Posts: 407; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)
I thought I was alone in thinking that iPhone was a girl phone.
Kinda like seeing a guy driving a VW Bug or a roadster.
44. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3570; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
The funny thing about it is that once guys see something as un cool, and for a girl, girls tend to do the same thing,, as though they don't want to be bitch either... That's not good, and if the iPhone gets this image that it's for girls, then girls aren't going to want to be seen with it either... I think that day is almost upon us...
7. jacko1977 (Posts: 419; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)
i lmao when he put the tablet to his head
12. amats69 (Posts: 1217; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
ROFL the tablet part made my day! Hahahaha cant imagine years from now people will used that tab size phone if this android oem wont stop increasing the screen size of their phones.lol
16. Topcat488 (Posts: 1191; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
The best fit to your face was the Galaxy Note 3... Not too small, not too thin, not too long,,, just right.
17. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
Except for the tablet, none of those looked stupid or ridiculous for making calls. For me, the size of a phone only matters when I'm trying to type something or review files on my phone, I use it as a work PDA probably more than anything else. I'd never go back to a 4" or smaller phone, but not ready to jump on something the size of a Note.
22. GeekMovement (Posts: 1860; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)
Galaxy note 3 looked best. Tablet was hilarious.
24. GrapeEyes (Posts: 248; Member since: 01 Sep 2013)
Checkout the Samsung Curvehttp://t.co/9VjNt34iYH
45. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3570; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
Nokia Lumia 1520 for you❔ I'm getting one....
67. GrapeEyes (Posts: 248; Member since: 01 Sep 2013)
Yes Nokia Lumia 1520 all the way. It is the phone I have been waiting for!!
28. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1313; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
Going from a Note 2 to an iPhone 5s almost feels like an upgrade in terms of size. That sucker slips right into a shirt pocket and I can use it with one hand. But I do plan on getting a Nexus 5 if the price is $300. I have made the pledge to only purchase vanilla devices and because Verizon will not have a Nexus 5 I still must have a daily driver. Going to use the Nexus 5 around the house as a mini phablet.