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: Feb 21, 2013

Over 6 inch is too big! Sony and Nokia im talking to you!!

4. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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: 816; Member since: Jan 09, 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: 606; Member since: Aug 20, 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: Jun 10, 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: 751; Member since: Dec 05, 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: 223; Member since: Aug 02, 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: 1180; Member since: Feb 25, 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: 698; Member since: Jul 15, 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: 144; Member since: Apr 17, 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!!!'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: Feb 21, 2013

Galaxy note device arent over 6"s..........

14. bigstrudel

Posts: 606; Member since: Aug 20, 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: 310; Member since: Jun 17, 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: 142; Member since: Jun 29, 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: 17414; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

My friend has the Note 2. He has no problem pocketing it.

52. laheelahee

Posts: 213; Member since: Apr 09, 2012

my dad has the Note2 in a case and he backpockets it

59. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Any phone in size below 6" won't have pocketing issue. You can fit in pocket nicely and comfortable.

40. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 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: 177; Member since: Oct 10, 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: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 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: 113; Member since: Aug 16, 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: 270; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

Z1 is the true flagship of Sony, but of course PA likes to "forget" sony in every damn comparo.

63. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 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: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 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: 482; Member since: Oct 11, 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: 31308; Member since: Feb 05, 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: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Also, screen size =/= phone size For example 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: Jun 10, 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: 310; Member since: Jun 17, 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: Jun 10, 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.

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