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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, 08:56 1

10. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Maybe device is not bad but, Samsung's choice of materials is horrible, there was a hyper glazed plastic, fake metal frame and now fake leather...

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 09:36 5

19. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1217; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


people don't care what the phone is made off, they care about the looks and feel... and obviously people don't mind the looks and feel of the note 3, and the fake leather definitely looks and feel better than hyper glazed.

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 09:46

23. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"people don't care what the phone is made off, they care about the looks and feel..."

I think that you contradict yourself because look and feel also depends on what materials were used.

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 10:41 6

41. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


I really don't care what the phone is made of. I'm used to polycarbonate based devices. I've been using cellphones for over 27 years without any material issues with such build. Polycarbonate doesn't change the functionality of the device, which in all reality, is the most important aspect.

I really think geeks are getting too infatuated with materials on a device that will only be upgrade to another device after two years or even sooner anyway. I would rather have the most functionality from a device such as the Note3 knowing how technology quickly leapfrogs.

John B.

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 10:51

43. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I don't have anything against Polycarbonate too, but HyperGlaze just gives the feeling of low quality and cheapness. In my opinion they could use Polycarbonate without HyperGlazing it and it would be much better looking and feeling.

"I really don't care what the phone is made of."

Maybe at the moment you don't realize that but you care for sure. ;)

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 11:57 1

53. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


No really. I seriously don't care what the phone is made of. I can make calls and surf the internet and conduct everyday business on the device for roughly two years, then upgrade to the next most functional featured device offered. It really is that simple.

John B.

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 12:10

54. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Don't say that you don't care about phone durability at all or materials exposure on human health.

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 12:37 2

56. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


Maybe you missed my first rebuttal to your post. In all the years I've used cellphones, I have never had an issue with build quality of plastic based phones. Durability falls into this category. I still have my orginal Brick phone with only a few scratches. If technology were still analog, it would work perfectly.

Materials exposure to humans such as polcarbonate phones, is a bit of a reach in your argument. In solid form, it is not a carcinogen which you probably are eluding to. If plastic was such a health issue, it would be banned from all of earth. In fact, it has many benefits. I have contended from day one that plastic absorbs impact far better than more solid materials. I think this is important when dealing with products that are prone to more drops or impacts. Helmuts, bumpers, and phones etc, are these products.

It is perfectly acceptable for you to want different materials on your phones, but to make a conjectured remark as to what I like or want, is very much misaligned. I have much more important things to do or worry about than what material is being used an a phone. I am here on these sites to learn of the wireless industry, Not promote bragging rights of what person(s) have aluminum phones. In 52 years, I've never met a plastic phone I didn't like. They simply got the job done.

John B.

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 14:25

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


Go my friend...go to which handset you desire, and good luck,
but don't get envy, 'coz "envy" comes out from the bottom of the heart, the way of evil.

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 12:16

55. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"I really think geeks are getting too infatuated with materials on a device..."

In my opinion average users even more pay attention to the materials and visual look of the device and less pay attention to the technical specifications.

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 12:48 1

57. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


Those that pay more attention to the physical looks over technical specifications, are the ones I view as complaining why they feel their products have become out dated too quickly. We are essentially dealing with modern day computational aspects. Just like computers, a person "should" be purchasing the most function they can afford due to how quickly advances and upgrades happen. My Evo was more than three years old and still looked and functioned well. It was plastic just like all my other phones and now my Galaxy S4. If any of my friends and colleagues felt bad about my plastic phone, you certainly wouldn't know it from how they followed suit in purchasing either an S3 or S4.

John B

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 15:05 1

67. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


Just blame Ray S. who doesn't like plastic phones but cares for a phone MADE OF GLASS. I have no issues with plastic either its more durable than glass.

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 22:35

74. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1217; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


You really have no idea what your talking about, example is gorilla glass 3 or sapphire glass people won't tell the difference and if they ask, both are marketed as scratch resistance so again nothing changed.

Now look at all the different plastics out there, pretty much made from polycarbonate but they are either glossy plastic, matte plastic, or in note 3 case fake leather feel.

You can pretty much turn one specific material into anything, to suit people's needs.

Ask yourself how many go to the shops and ask if moto uses kevlar? Or what type of plastic the S4 uses or Nokia uses when both are made of the same material but feels and looks different?

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 11:28 3

52. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)


Better than real leather, because then you will be first at the vegans protests against Samsung. Right?

By the way many honest reviewers say that look an feel of the "leather" is amazing and classy. Samsung's own .
Also there are non-"leather" covers.

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 09:01 6

11. thedarkside (Posts: 654; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


ill be getting this for myself for my birthday. bang bang.

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 09:13 3

12. frazaco11 (Posts: 23; Member since: 23 Aug 2013)


Am waiting for the beast !

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 09:18

14. Quezdagreat (Posts: 428; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


And they knock apple for using the same design. Same design since the s3

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 09:29 1

16. HouTexan (Posts: 439; Member since: 08 Jan 2012)


My next phone, without a doubt.

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 09:31

17. HouTexan (Posts: 439; Member since: 08 Jan 2012)


This wasn't supposed to be a reply to you, Quez. Disregard it. It's a stand alone comment.

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 09:37 7

20. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1217; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


sony and HTC and lumia pretty much doing the same thing, but i got a feeling your only saying it at samsung?

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 11:07

46. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1116; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


In my opinion the Note 3 looks very nice, much better than any Samsung phone to date, really love the leather on the back, but regarding your statement Sony and HTC are using a design that was introduced this year, regarding the Lumias you are right.

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 09:38 1

22. DefinitiveKid (Posts: 219; Member since: 15 May 2013)


Eww that pink color is awful.

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 09:49

24. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I agree with you, for me it also look awful. But we should remember that there is people who may like it since everyone has its own taste. :)

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 09:53 1

25. HouTexan (Posts: 439; Member since: 08 Jan 2012)


Yeah, I think it looks good. Not for me, but for women.

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 10:04 2

29. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Fortunately, there are other color options besides pink.

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 14:30

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


unfortunately, green is not one of them T_T btw, i'll be picking up the pink one!

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 09:56

26. xtian1103 (Posts: 363; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


plastic back covered with leather accent=revolutionary!

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 10:03 1

28. HouTexan (Posts: 439; Member since: 08 Jan 2012)


Save that talk for Apple.

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 10:02

27. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3725; 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: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


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

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