Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 2: first look

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 2: first look
And there it is - the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, right next to its successful predecessor, the Note 2. Obviously, a lot of people out 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. So, without futher ado, let's take a quick look at how the two phablets compare!


The best thing about the Note 3's exterior is that it's almost exactly as big as the Note 2, but manages to pack an even bigger screen - 5.7" instead of 5.5". Naturally, that means the Note 3 is still a pretty big device that's not very comfortable to operate. Well, having a giant display has its price! Interestingly, the Note 3 is closer to the original Note than the Note 2, in terms of design language. A peculiar design element is the rear cover, which resembles faux leather, though make no mistake - it's still plastic.

The Galaxy Note 3 is certainly not a looker, but it's not bad either. It has a traditional Samsung appearance and seems to be geared more towards the business type of consumers.


As we mentioned already, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 packs an even bigger display, measuring 5.7 inches. The resolution is 1080x1920 pixels, which is significantly higher than the Note 2's 800x1280 pixels. As a result, image quality is way better, but of course, the overall quality of colors, viewing angles and so on has also been improved.

It's a Super AMOLED display, so the typical negative aspects of the technology are still here, with colors looking somewhat off, and brightness being not very high, which will most probably translate into mediocre outdoor visibility. Anyway, we'll have to wait until we can review the device to know for sure.


The Galaxy Note 3 features a slightly update UI from what we saw in the Galaxy S4, but we guess what's more interesting for Note fans are the new S Pen-related features. In that department, Samsung has indeed added a bunch of new functionality. There's the new air command menu that gets initiated in a bit of a weird way. You have to press the S Pen's button and do a hover gesture over the screen. Once you've opened the menu you have the option to do a bunch of things, all of which are more or less different variants of note-taking. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Note 2 sports the standard way of taking a hand-written note by capturing a screenshot and then allowing you to draw on top of it.

Even though the new features of the Note 3 seem fine, we wouldn't really say that they are a must-have. Other than that, Samsung's Nature user interface hasn't changed that much from what's already present on the Galaxy Note 2.


One area where the Note 3 has received a significant upgrade is under the hood. The new phablet will rely on the Snapdragon 800 processor in LTE markets (read: in the US), while Samsung's Exynos Octa CPU will be user in some limited regions internationally. We already ran a bunch of benchmarks on the Snapdragon 800-powered Galaxy Note 3 and found the device to be performing incredibly well... at least in terms of synthetic benchmarks. You can see how it hadles those benchmarks right here!


The 13MP camera of the Galaxy Note 3 is also a big upgrade from the 8MP shooter present on its predecessor. We're sure the Note 3 will be capable of taking great pictures, but what's even more intriguing is that it features support for 4K video recording - something that currently only the upcoming Acer Liquid S2 has. Of course, with the Note 2, you'll be limited to 1080p recording, which isn't bad as well, though not as forward-looking as what will be available on the new phablet.


It's obviously to early to make any conclusive statements as to whether or not users should upgrade from the Note 2 to the Note 3, but we'll surely provide you with more details when we have the opportunity to properly review the Galaxy Note 3. For now, it looks like Samsung hasn't wasted its time and has produced a new device with a good array of improvements, but we remain unsure if it's absolutely worth the upgrade.

Related phones

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)
  • Display 5.5" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1600 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3100 mAh(16h 3G talk time)



1. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

You're the king!!

34. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

mehh same old boring samsung, the alcatel one hero is better than this. it even has e-ink front cover. and best of all no freaking 2010 physical home button!

47. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 2013

physical home button saves at least 15% of the screen area.

77. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

In this point your'e 1000% right.

61. flynfree

Posts: 374; Member since: Jun 09, 2013


38. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

I like how they took photos so that Note 3 looks bigger than Note 2

44. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 2013

Exactly same crosses my mind. LOL Those bastards are goooood.

2. hateftotti

Posts: 233; Member since: May 03, 2011

As a Note 2 owner,I will go for Note 3 because it has all the things that my Note 2 does not offer. 32Gig storage,S-pen works with touch buttons,FullHD display and ...

5. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

and what?

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

4.3 out of the box and new Touchwiz UX2 UI.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Thank you :)

9. Rogerlebo

Posts: 47; Member since: Dec 08, 2011

Screen size from 5.5 to 5.7 Screen resolution from 720x1280 to 1080x1920 Weight from 182 g to 168 g Storage from 16 GB to 32 GB Faster CPU Faster GPU LTE download speed from 100 mbps to 150 mbps HSPA download speed from 21 mbps to 42 mbps Wifi from N (72 mbps) to AC (433 mbps) Camcorder from 1920X1080 30 fps to 60 fps and new 3840X2160 (4K) 30 fps Camera from 8 MP to 13 MP Android 4.1.2 to 4.3 and . . .

13. gust3r3u

Posts: 84; Member since: Apr 11, 2013

and the colour pink . DONE

15. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

And also, the new camera design, which looks like the one from the Huawei Ascend P1.

21. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

And the whole design of Huawei Ascend P1 looks like a copy of Galaxy s2 Don't show your blindness, xperia boy

36. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I didn't bash the Note 3 or say Samsung copy Huawei, I'm just saying that the Note 3's camera design looks like the one on the Huawei Ascend P1. No need to be so butthurt. By the way, I like the Note 3. Butthurt is an ugly trait, hungry boy.

63. flynfree

Posts: 374; Member since: Jun 09, 2013

That was came from sgs2.

50. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 2013

Some like it pink, DONUT.

62. flynfree

Posts: 374; Member since: Jun 09, 2013

I like the pink color though, but my wife get my white gnote2, so the black color will be mine soon. Thanks for your sarcastic opinion!

30. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

And.. the RAM is 2Gb to 3 Gb Speaker is placed on the bottom edge instead of back..

78. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Copy IPhone Done.

72. Rogerlebo

Posts: 47; Member since: Dec 08, 2011

USB from 2.0 to 3.0 : faster charging and transfert

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I'll be waiting for you on October 2 and take advantage of LTE goodness with T-Mobile. :)

7. HalaMadrid

Posts: 92; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

Note 3 Best Phone Bro

4. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

have a note 2 going to wait on a note 4 personally the note 3 just isnt enough to drop the old reliable. Also iphonearena get over the plastic thing. its getting old and shows very bad reporting most consumers dont give a care. Now that an iphone with plastic is coming you will say its the best thing because of the plastic.. idiots.

6. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

nothing change!!! Actually new features on Note 3 are Cool, but Millions are not interested to use that even my mom doesnt use her S pen to make diary, instead she download free diary on play store bcoz its easy to use.

18. HouTexan

Posts: 462; Member since: Jan 08, 2012

I don't know if you just hate Samsung or a fanboy of another company, but to say that there is no change, is asinine.

31. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Then buy a S4 for your mom..

51. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 2013

yor mom doesnt use her S pen to make diary ??? LOL. And that's your argument against S-pen. Great productivity tool. I also don't use the airbags in my car, but it's good to have them if I need them.

75. Kal-el

Posts: 96; Member since: Dec 14, 2012


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