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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.

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posted on 08 Oct 2013, 14:17 12

1. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)

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

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 14:26 32

4. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 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.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 15:04 5

13. ZeroCide (Posts: 785; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)

To big for you maybe. But the Galaxy note devices have sold excelently. That is why others follow the phablet format.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 15:09 3

15. bigstrudel (Posts: 530; Member since: 20 Aug 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.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 15:30 10

18. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 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.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 16:22 5

25. Blazers (Posts: 467; Member since: 05 Dec 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.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 16:29 4

27. Professor (Posts: 223; Member since: 02 Aug 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.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 17:24 5

37. twens (Posts: 1064; Member since: 25 Feb 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.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 20:38

54. skyline88 (Posts: 611; Member since: 15 Jul 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.

posted on 13 Oct 2013, 08:58

72. KRONeage (Posts: 144; Member since: 17 Apr 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!!! .....it'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!!!

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 16:34 3

29. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)

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

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 15:06 1

14. bigstrudel (Posts: 530; Member since: 20 Aug 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).

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 15:44 8

20. Immolate (Posts: 310; Member since: 17 Jun 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.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 17:11

34. eli577 (Posts: 84; Member since: 29 Jun 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.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 18:08 4

42. tedkord (Posts: 14192; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

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

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 20:26 2

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

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

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 23:31

59. Andrewtst (Posts: 679; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)

Any phone in size below 6" won't have pocketing issue.

You can fit in pocket nicely and comfortable.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 18:02 4

40. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 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❔

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 20:33

53. DaHarder (Posts: 177; Member since: 10 Oct 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.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 00:10

62. sniper1087 (Posts: 532; Member since: 31 Dec 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.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 11:50

66. timepilot84 (Posts: 113; Member since: 16 Aug 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.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 22:51

57. GTR722 (Posts: 270; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)

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

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 00:13

63. sniper1087 (Posts: 532; Member since: 31 Dec 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.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 14:25 5

2. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1615; Member since: 30 Jul 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.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 14:32 11

8. _PHug_ (Posts: 463; Member since: 11 Oct 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

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 18:23

47. darkkjedii (Posts: 25040; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

I'm 6'5" with good size hands, and I agree with Martin_Cooper about the screen size. I'd use bigger though.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 14:47 5

11. vincelongman (Posts: 5081; Member since: 10 Feb 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

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 15:33 17

19. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 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.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 15:48 2

21. Immolate (Posts: 310; Member since: 17 Jun 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.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 17:06

32. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 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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