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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 2: first look

0. phoneArena 07 Sep 2013, 07:36 posted on

And there it is - the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, right next to its successful predecessor, the Note 2. Obviously, a lot of people are there are sporting Note 2 phablets, so we guess they will be very interested to know whether or not they should consider upgrading to Samsung's newest S Pen-rocking device...

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posted on 07 Sep 2013, 10:03 1

28. HouTexan (Posts: 300; Member since: 08 Jan 2012)


Save that talk for Apple.

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 10:02

27. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2097; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


The Note 2 is 1280x720, not 1280x800. Only the first Note was 16:10.

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 10:29

37. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7326; Member since: 14 May 2012)


This. I was questioning whether they did a small typo or something.

posted on 08 Sep 2013, 00:56

76. Kal-el (Posts: 91; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)


LOL i thought i was the only one that noticed that

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 10:06

32. lpratas (Posts: 94; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


The 4K recording it's intriguing why? Already it is not time for that? And the Antutu benchmark of this device made by your site members, it isn't the actual performance of a Snapdragon 800 at 2.3GHz. It achieves around 33000, 35000 points, not below of 30000 pts.

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 14:39

66. flynfree (Posts: 374; Member since: 09 Jun 2013)


That's why they call it advance!!!

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 10:12

33. lpratas (Posts: 94; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


I said that about the Antutu benchmark, because, a reviewer of the GSMArena site achieved with a pre-production unit, around 33000pts, with the Snapdragon 800 version.

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 10:27

35. affandi (Posts: 84; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


To be a little more precise, the screen on the Note 2 is 5.55", where the Note 3 is 5.68", so if you do the math, you will see that it's an increase of 0.12" and not 0.2". So the increase in screen size is actually pretty minimal, almost just 0.1 inch increase, that's smaller than the S4 > S3 increase..

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 11:14

48. affandi (Posts: 84; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


correction: 0.13"

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 10:38 3

39. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


Ray S articles always leave me with an after taste of a horrible soda.

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 10:40 2

40. Tre-Nitty (Posts: 460; Member since: 16 Nov 2010)


I'll keep my note 2! Not a knock on the 3 but not worth the upgrade.

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 11:14

49. Gaytor (Posts: 51; Member since: 09 Sep 2012)


Will upgrade . Only natural. But DrZoom looks good for my needs too !

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 12:51

58. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 425; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)


Note3 is the same as note2 lol u droid fans talk about iPhone being the same lol

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 12:59

59. imkyle (Posts: 969; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Who ever got the Note 2 in the last 3 months, I'd be slamming my head against the wall.

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 13:36

60. Ronny666 (Posts: 108; Member since: 08 Jun 2013)


Which one should I get, Note 3 Exynos or Xperia Z1? I'll pick either one that has best battery life and sunlight legibility. LG G2 doesn't seem to have those qualities that I seek for although it's a great smartphone. Otherwise I'll just stick to my S4 octa.

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 15:31

69. JMartin22 (Posts: 712; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


Once again, in regards to AMOLED technology, it can achieve or surpass color reproduction of the most sophisticated LCD technology. At least that's its potential. It's not inherently saturated by nature, that's just how they've been calibrated. I wish tech authors in general would stop this terrible spin, it's given a relatively new technology, with a lot of potential, a bad name; based on preconceived notions that don't exist.

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 19:07

71. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 961; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


When I skipped on upgrading to the Note 2 last year, I knew that the Note 3 wouldnt disappoint me................and for the most part, it didnt. The only issue I have is the design which seems to be the norm for those who complain about Samsung phones. The internal specs are great especially the 3GB of RAM and the 32GB internal storage to start which might make me want to sell my 32GB Nexus7 to help pay for the Note 3. I like the added features of the S-Pen which makes it more of a productivity-type phone than the Note 2

The $300 on-contract price would fit the norm for the Note 3. Since the Note 2 would be cheaper once the Note 3 is released, more people could upgrade to the Note 2

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 20:08

73. lonewolf2873 (Posts: 40; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


I'm still trying to wrap my head around the complaints of plastic. Plastic is by far one of the best materials to use in cell building.
Glass shatters but is sexy.
Aluminum is soft and bends easy.
Unless your buying and putting on display for visitors to look at or you care how "cool" you look talking on that phone, your a fool to bash plastic. Not to mention, what is an otter box made from? Glass? Aluminum? Some sexy ass titanium? Plastic or by product of?!?
Most of us don't buy our phones for bragging rights or a fashion statement. Personally I DO love the feel of my Kevlar Droid RAZR MAXX HD.

posted on 08 Sep 2013, 11:43

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


I am VERY underwhelmed with Note 3 and may skip it or jump to something else.

We were first expecting 6.3", then 5.9", yet got a hardly-noticeable increase to 5.7".

The screen does not appear any (outdoor-sunshine) brighter than Note 2 AND HAS BEEN SURPASSED by brighter screens.

We were sorta hoping for "unbreakable" (flexible) glass, but we may not have gotten anything stronger.

HTC has set the bar with FRONT FACING - BEATS QUALITY speakers. I am not convinced that "bottom" speakers are a significant enough improvement.

And Nokia proves that Xenon flash is possible.

We had been primed for an IR-transmitter and possibly fingerprint security.

I was truly expecting more to match (beat) the competition and am just underwhelmed.

I personally am intrigued by the ASUS offerings of 6" and 7" WITH FRONT FACING SPEAKERS. (wonder how bright the screen is ???)

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