Samsung Galaxy Note 3 preview Q&A: We answer

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 preview Q&A: We answer
Soon after we posed our Samsung Galaxy Note 3 preview, we asked you to post whatever questions you, guys, had about it. And so, the time has come for us to provide you with some answers. We tried to answer as many of your questions as we could. 

Don't see yours? Well, it might have been answered in our preview already. Or perhaps we don't have an answer to it at this time. Or it could have been just plain silly (of course the Note 3 would blend). Read on to learn more about the Samsung Galaxy Note 3!

Under a strong magnifying glass, the pixels appear to be nested as they are on the Galaxy S4. That's the new "Diamond Pixel" arrangement, which is different from PenTile. We know it isn't RGB, but it looks great nonetheless. 

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is one of the fastest Android phones we've come across recently. We did not experience any lag during our testing, nor any overheating issues.

It is too early to give a definite answer to that question. Prototype units, such as the one we tested, are very likely to give us misleading results if benchmarked, which is why we test the batteries on final units only. But if you insist on knowing, it held up pretty well.

The actual formatted space you get on the 32GB Note 3 model is a little under 30GB. Out of that, 5.64GB are occupied by system files , which leaves you with a tad over 24GB for files, photos, music, movies, and apps. Expect about 56GB of user-available space on the 64GB Galaxy Note 3.

Key word here is "feel". The transition animations on the LG G2 are brief and fast, which is why we assume it might give you that impression if you compare the two side by side. In reality, we'd say that both are pretty much equally fast and responsive. As for your second question, the extra gig of RAM is definitely in use by the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. We noticed that the OS would occupy up to 85% of its RAM, and probably more in some instances, which is a good thing, especially for a device optimized for multitasking like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Switching to apps we had running the previous day was instant as they were still stored in RAM - that counts as a benefit.

It sounds great with a pair of quality headphones, but we have yet to test it thoroughly in that respect. It is worth noting that the Note 3 can play back 192kHz/24bit lossless audio.

We'd say it is better than the glossy finish on other Samsungs in several ways. For starters, little to no fingerprints stick to the leather-like surface on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and it isn't slippery at all. It may be soft-touch plastic, but it does feel similar to leather. The stitching, however, is clearly fake, especially on the white and pink models, but many would need a second look to notice. 

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 can tell the difference between the S Pen and your fingers. In the S Note app, there's an option to have finger input ignored so that only S Pen taps and strokes would register. We couldn't make it recognize our finger as an eraser, however. 

Nope, not out of the box. If your carrier or retailer is willing to give you one for free, however, that's a different story.

Air View is present on the Note 3. We tried it, but it works only with the S Pen. And yes, the Note 3 does have an RGB notification light, just like the one on the Galaxy S4.

Yes, and it works like a charm.

No FM radio app was present on the Galaxy Note 3 we tested. Carrier-specific models, however, might support the feature, but that's just a guess. 

We had no troubles using the S Pen comfortably. The button is usually slightly higher than the thumb, but it is easy to reach. 

The tip of the S Pen is made of soft rubber-like material, which might lose its accuracy over time if used extensively. In case it wears out, the user can replace its tip with a spare one.

Yes, there are several display modes that affect color saturation. The "Professional Photo" mode is meant to give most realistic results. 

Like a giant phone, which the Samsung Galaxy note 3 actually is. It won't get along well with a pair of skinny jeans.

Say hello to the new USB 3.0 connector! That's how it looks, and we know it isn't pretty. But any generic USB 2.0 cable fits in there, too. It is just that you won't be able to get USB 3.0's higher data speeds with it. And yes, S Health is installed.

We'd say the speaker is loud enough, just don't expect it to be as good as the HTC One's. The screen is bright enough to be usable outdoors and it easily outshines the Samsung Galaxy S4.

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Galaxy Note 3
  • Display 5.7" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 3200 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Wow! Thank you, PA!

2. jodeci888

Posts: 79; Member since: May 14, 2009

I can't wait !!!!! The phone looks phenomenal.

3. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

Boom.. Perfect.

4. datphoneguy

Posts: 155; Member since: Sep 15, 2013

Great, thanks for answering!

5. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Sounds like a TOTAL WIN. I am all in, & my pre-order is just around the corner. Man I can't wait.

6. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

I'm curious about the speed of the USB 3.0 on the Note 3 delivers.

9. Bootutu

Posts: 228; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Flash 2.5GB of firmware under 2 mins....

11. Nick_T

Posts: 186; Member since: May 27, 2011

I wanted to test it connected to a PC over USB 3.0, but the software on the phone wasn't cooperating. Will share more on that in the coming days.

23. heyhi

Posts: 137; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

thank you so much for the Q&A I found a very interesting video about tips and tricks with the Note 3. Havent seen any video on youtube or wherever like this one. The videos out there are only about the new s pen features, this one have some cool tricks. Chek it out Maybe you've seen or known. This phone seems awesome.

26. 007akshay

Posts: 37; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

sir which version of note 3 is better octa core or snapdragon 800.........plz reply...

28. 007akshay

Posts: 37; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

sir n one more think does octa core note 3 support 4k recording

7. decent4u

Posts: 75; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Thank U for answering my Q's This looks like the "Phablet of the YEAR"

8. Danishs

Posts: 147; Member since: May 23, 2013

Nice one sentence answers

10. HouTexan

Posts: 461; Member since: Jan 08, 2012

Cannot wait to get it. Thanks, PA.

12. Knightmare64

Posts: 29; Member since: Sep 11, 2013

Great Job PA. :)

13. Topcat488

Posts: 1416; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Nice article PA... Wow, this was something different, and a lot of the questions i was wondering myself. (ONE THOUSAND THUMBS UPS)... :)

14. suiadan87

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Mine is on its way in the mail, shouldn't be too long!! :3

15. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

My wife loves her Note 1, and she is pumped for this. The Nokia Phablet has a shot, but I am betting Samsung has her for life....

16. DaBigDogg

Posts: 24; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

How is the device for actually making calls, ie earpiece volume, and the such?

17. seho0o

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 24, 2013

i have 2 questions 1- i need to know loudness of speaker in db if you have labs for testing it as it differ with me in my noisy work 2-type of screen protection of note 3 ?

20. gamblor77

Posts: 118; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Grab yourself one of these bad boys and fuggetaboutit! w w (remove those spaces between the W's obviously) I got one off Groupon for $20 and it was one of the best, most impressive purchases I've ever made...especially for Groupon. My only suggestion is to place the speaker on the mesh bag it came in while playing. It pounds so hard it will jump itself right off the table otherwise ;)

18. seho0o

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 24, 2013

3 - your previous answers tested on the 2 versions of NOTE 3 3G & 4G OR which version ?

19. GrapeEyes

Posts: 248; Member since: Sep 01, 2013

Why doesn't Samsung include dual sim? it can be used for work and pleasure then :)


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

What a simply enlightening article: BRAVO, dear boy. My question, since this has not been addressed: is the new USB 3.0 port on the Galaxy Note 3 also compatible with the HDMI dock for the Galaxy Note II?

22. GeekMovement unregistered

Still, $350 on 2 year contract with Sprint is what will change my mind about purchasing this. Think the LG G2 with the free window case is a much better deal for Sprint customers.

24. shaheer7

Posts: 22; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

When you will review the new Samsung galaxy note 3 ?? @phonearena..

25. e-mcani

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

akshat29 asks: "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." actually, it does. i mean it works without using S-Pen like S4. and there is different features between finger and S-Pen. Check this video (beginning: 02:36 or watch whole video :) ) youtube dot com slash watch?v=S2Yr7PvgKQw

27. 007akshay

Posts: 37; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

which version of note 3 is better octa core or snapdragon 800..

29. seho0o

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 24, 2013

wait with me for the benchmark for all versions

30. biagnosis

Posts: 106; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

"Air View is present on the Note 3. We tried it, but it works only with the S Pen. And yes, the Note 3 does have an RGB notification light, just like the one on the Galaxy S4." - hi Nick T. I saw on a video online that we can also use our finger for the AirView functionality for the Note3. we just have to activate it on the settings or better yet switch it on on the notification toggles that can be found by using 2 finger gesture.

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