Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 2
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 comes with a larger, 3200mAh battery despite being slightly thinner than the Note II, which has a 3100mAh cell. Both smartphones can last pretty long on a single charge – well over a day, in fact, if used with moderation. According to their manufacturer, the Samsung Galaxy Note II can last through 16 hours of 3G talk time, which is really good, and although we have yet to receive any official figures about its successor, we wouldn’t be surprised if it performs even better in this category.
We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure this one out: the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is indeed better in many ways than the Samsung Galaxy Note II. That’s why if pricing isn’t an issue, picking the newer model instead of the old one would be a wiser choice. In return, you’ll get to enjoy its larger, high-res screen, experience its silky smooth performance, and utilize its plethora of productivity and multitasking features.
At the same time, the Samsung Galaxy Note II is still standing strong. Sure, it might have been over a year since it launched, but it does rank as a relevant smartphone, and in case you happen to own one, then upgrading to the Note 3 is not really a must. Unless you’re a smartphone aficionado, that is. Besides, the price of the Galaxy Note II has gone down quite a bit, so it could be a cheaper alternative for those who find the Note 3 too expensive.
1. _Bone_ (Posts: 2144; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Yo Nick, the Note 3 still has the brightest mobile screen ever at 660 cd/m2 (auto mode). Movie mode is also very color-accurate.
2. TheStanleyFTW (Posts: 72; Member since: 20 Feb 2013)
Have you ever heard of Sony Xperia P?
4. taikucing (unregistered)
he's a samsung worshiper
6. joey_sfb (Posts: 3669; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
Samsung don't need any worshipper. If they continue to provide top end spec and timely software update many will continue to buy Samsung phone.
15. PapaSmurf (Posts: 9322; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Every OEM is guilty of "boosting" benchmarks. Comment invalidated.
32. ZPM101 (Posts: 27; Member since: 12 Apr 2010)
The only thing invalidated is your use of the word "guilty" in this context. Would it not make logical sense to to maximize performance based tests using all available resources?! Manufacturers are not guilty (in the negative connotation you express), but rather, being honest by showing the consumer what the performance expectations we can expect.
17. MistB (Posts: 581; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
BS here, HTC/LG and Asus along with others have done it.
57. usrhlp (Posts: 3; Member since: 23 Jul 2014)
Why did you mention apple in a discussion about samsung?
14. _Bone_ (Posts: 2144; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Fair enough, phonearena is still off by 100%.
3. ph00ny (Posts: 612; Member since: 26 May 2011)
It looks like he left the screen in whichever mode he received it. At least other reviewers tested various screen modes
5. papss (unregistered)
I hate the way the note 2 looks with its round edges.. but the note 3 looks and feels pretty nice.
8. JDogg5281 (Posts: 63; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)
Right now im thinking about sticking with my Note II. And just waiting til the Note 4 to upgrade. I just dont think it is really worth it in my opinion.
10. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1010; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)
Thats what I said when I thought about upgrading to the Note 2 last year. I ended up upgrading to the S3 because I knew that the Note 3 would be better than the Note 2 when it came out.
Cell phones advance every 6-12 months so I think that your comment is normal among us
19. Slammer (Posts: 1157; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
If you choose to wait for the next best thing in technology, you'll always be waiting.
20. Razrman (Posts: 68; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
I have rooted my Note 2 and can wait another year to get an updated one. I'm running 4.3 on it and it is great, like having a new device.
21. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 305; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Yeah I'm waiting for the Note IV because the improvements for the Note III vs the Note II are minor. Hopefully the Note IV will have a fingerprint scanner onboard.
24. saffant (Posts: 236; Member since: 04 Jul 2011)
Nope. Improvements are fairly big, but I guess you're looking for something else.
28. Razrman (Posts: 68; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
AOSP, Paranoid Android, features are pretty good, you should check it out.
38. bohannibal (Posts: 27; Member since: 17 Aug 2009)
My note 2 is just fine so im going stick with it plus the next big phone from Samsung might just be the youm flex screen technology like in that commercial
11. tedkord (Posts: 5865; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Come on, phonearena. This is the second article that got the max brightness of the Note 3 wrong by half. The sad part is, you reported the story where it actually was over 600nits max before these two.
12. mobigeek (Posts: 11; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)
My note 3 is having battery and heat issues. Can someone help?
13. twens (Posts: 714; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
If you are having issues with your note 3 it's probable a faulty model. I will advice you to return it for another one. Mine was freezing and heating and I returned it and got a new one. Haven't faced any issues since. Excellent device, by the way phonearena stop reporting wrong hardware specs of the note 3. It has a maximum of 660nits brightness not 310. Shame on you guys
16. rallyguy (Posts: 596; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
I'm loving my note 3. I upgraded a week ago from a Galaxy Nexus. Wow!
You can't knock it for being a two handed device most of the time. You know that. Fits in my cargo/pant pockets just fine.
Good article Nick. I enjoy reading articles by you and Michael H. Fair and reasonable without any extreme and obvious bias.
18. Blazers (Posts: 267; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
What Note 2 model comes with a FM radio? I have the AT&T version SGH-i317 and it doesn't have one....
23. JoePhoto (Posts: 16; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)
I appreciate it may be brighter in sun, but only slightly and still does not seem to approach the Xperia.
I am VERY disappointed it does not have FRONT speaker(s), ala HTC. Worse it seems specked at a lower volume. This comparason does not mention that speaker is now on "bottom", but that does not compare to HTC's (dual) front speakers.
I am still not sure I will upgrade (probably NOT), and will instead consider the HTC-MAX.
25. Andrewtst (Posts: 401; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
PhoneArena - if you not going to fixed it, stop commenting/reviewing on Note 3.
it is big misleading, everyone know it.
The brightness is around 650, not as low as yours one 310.
What a shame such big site can't proper do measurement and keep given false alarm.
26. BabylonShine (Posts: 25; Member since: 08 Feb 2013)
sony xperia Z1 honami is the best in all compare, buy it and enjoy the real mobile phone , its cheaper than Note III and camera is far better
Its much faster than Note III and GS IV
It has better look then all samy brands
Its made in Japan
the only disadvantage of Z1 that its batery is unexchangable
END OF THE STORY
31. Andrewtst (Posts: 401; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
In my country, Xperia Z1 is same price as Note 3.
And Z1 is made in China. No Sony phone sell worldwide is made in Japan.
27. GrosseFatigue (Posts: 107; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
The only advantage of the screen of the Note3 versus Note 2 is in broad day light. The screen of the Note 2 in my opinion is still better than some recent 1080p screens. It is silky smooth, a pleasure for me to read the newspapers in the train. I haven't seen the Sony though but I don't care for the LG. I thought the screen of the Note 2 was bested by the new 720p amoled screen of the Motorola that has more blacks.
29. Razrman (Posts: 68; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
The Note 2 is still a pretty relevant phone, I have no complaints with mine.
48. skyline88 (Posts: 370; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)
2GB of RAM, quad core 1.6, awesome screen, huge battery, and best of all, its getting Android 4.3 very very soon. u bet its pretty relevant :)
30. GrosseFatigue (Posts: 107; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
From Note to Note (3) they got it wrong in my opinion. It is an innovative phone, a game changer and now everybody is coming up with a phablet. When Apple has one they will say the screen is OK. They need an adult to supervise their reviews.
33. rifkin29 (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 Sep 2013)
Where is that tech that shows a device folding out into a tablet? until then i don't think an upgrade from my note 2 is necessary.
34. mine1975 (Posts: 2; Member since: 14 Oct 2013)
just went to see these phone at the tele shop. s4 is simply not my type for the plastic back. the note 3 caught my eyesight as the design is better. but i have concern over the textured back. over prolong use it might stain with yellow and black. so i settle for xperia z1.
35. Razrman (Posts: 68; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
Most of these new flagship phones imho are good choices.
36. jimhead (Posts: 3; Member since: 16 Oct 2013)
Definitely can be used with one hand, just need to use a Flygrip on it. Get with the times.
37. mr.popo2525 (Posts: 5; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)
It is an improvement from the Note 2, but not so much as to make me want to upgrade to one. Looks good and feels good. I have seen them have freezing and overheating issues though. Still a great phone if you want the latest and greatest from Samsung.
39. vikk2232153 (Posts: 19; Member since: 18 Oct 2013)
I am happy with my note 2...HD or FHD does not matter much for a phone. Note 2 screen is the best screen samsung ever produced, even phone arena agreed to this in their review of note 2. I have never felt any lag in the device even while playing big games. Defo, Note 3 is an improvement but I would not like to spend money on a minor upgraded version.
50. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 305; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Bingo!!! The enhancements are too minor for me to also jump ship from my Note 2 to a Note 3. I'm patiently waiting for the Note 4 to come out because my Note 2 is still a top of the line performer, even after a year.
51. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 305; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Factors that will influence my decision for buying the Note 4 will be the fact that I've owned my Note 2 for at least two years, the Note 4 will probably have a finger print scanner, a 16MP camera sensor, and probably be the last Note series phone that Verizon offers with CDMA support since they are moving to an all data support infracture.
40. JoeDirt (Posts: 11; Member since: 19 Oct 2013)
I don't understand why someone would pay $300 for a plastic phone. I understand the PPI and size, but cheap plastic? I thought it was a premium phone....
42. mobilespecs.pk (banned) (Posts: 45; Member since: 15 Dec 2012)
Paying $860 for iPhone 5s is reasonable? Go on Samsung leave the Evil Apple behind.
46. skyline88 (Posts: 370; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)
paying $300 for plastic phone with awesome specs, mind-boggling capabilities and top notch user-friendly might not sound good to u, but its way better than paying $600-700 for a phone which basically can do nothing much, having tiny little screen and hopeless user experience equipped with 64GB of internal memory.
52. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 305; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Very simple, you are concerned about a premium looking appearance as where many other people are concerned about premium performance, features and add ons. More specifically the user replaceable battery, the micro sd card expansion slot, the Snap Dragon 800 chipset, etc.
I'd trade the construction of my phone for all the other benefits that Samsung offers over its competitors such as Apple, HTC, etc.
41. wilsong17 (unregistered)
cheap plastic is the best there's nothing better then the note or the note 3
43. mobilespecs.pk (banned) (Posts: 45; Member since: 15 Dec 2012)
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 was the best smartphone ever produced by Samsung, some people may not like the size of the phone. But, it is not just a simple smartphone is a pocket pc with some great multitasking features. Now with Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Samsung have pushed it's abilities the max. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is the smartphone on which you can literaly do all your work with ease which was not possible before without a pc. I love the way you can so easily drag and drop things around between different apps. Find Samsung mobile prices in Pakisan here: http://www.mobilespecs.pk/phon
49. KillgoreTrout (Posts: 53; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)
I ended up getting the LG G2 this go around. Unlike most of you, i don't feel the need to bash any products, I like them all. I could see myself getting the Note 4, but who knows, at that point there may be some pretty cool flexible displays available. I really want a 4 inch phone that folds out to a 10 inch tablet. Maybe in 5 years? fingers crossed...
53. Lionheart (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Nov 2013)
I love my Note II with only a very few exceptions - volume is not loud enough for my deaf ears, I lost the precious buillt-in FM radio I had with my HTC phone, and the buttons for volume are placed exactly where my mitts hold the phone, so I am constantly changing the volume of the ringer or the conversation without wanting to do so. Those are the only complaints I have with it and there are so many plusses, I am still happy with my purchase and will most likely stay with the NII until the IV arrives.
54. ajsmsg78 (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Dec 2013)
As someone who currently uses both phones I can tell you that the screen is much clearer and brighter on the Note 3. I don't think the difference lies in the fact that we are comparing a 1080 vs 720 screen but the Note 3 seems to have much better panel, with better brightness, contrast and color. The Note 3 is lighter and faster but the battery lasts about the same amount of time as the Note 2. The note 3 does feel a little more cheaply built. My note 3 does suffer from the wiggly home button and my Note 2 does not. The signal on my note 3 is always 5-10dbm better than on the note 2. I can overclock my Note 3 to 2.9ghz and it runs fine with no reboots. I can overclock my note 2 to around 2ghz but anything higher than that causes reboots. I drop calls sometimes with my note 2 due to it getting a -105dbm signal in my basement but my note 3 never drops calls and hovers around -97 in my basement.
55. allcase (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Feb 2014)
any one can conform if cover for galaxy note 2 also fit to Galaxy note 3,
58. gigaraga (Posts: 1391; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)
Both are the beasts of their respective generations!
61. GrosseFatigue (Posts: 107; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
I think you have to look beyond the plastic as they have at Phone Arena and look at the capabilities of the Note 3. Best screen in the business, best camera and now I think Android is better than OS as well. Now rated 3 points above the iphone. The screen of the Note 2 was easy to brake (I did it twice) and unwieldy, slipping of your hand easily. A long shot as good as the Note. I could live happily with the Note 3 but the 4 slightly narrower and more elongated body is better. It is faster still with still a better camera. Other than that there is less difference than between a 2 and a 3. The 3 is much better than the 2 by a wide margin. I can see myself getting a used 3 on ebay for $300 while I would never buy a 2 even if it was new for $200.