Google Nexus 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3

So here we stand today, with the recent launch of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy Note 3 - fresh with new bells and whistles - and Google’s unveiling of the latest Nexus with a new version of Android and a simplified UI. These two devices couldn’t be more different. Read on to find out which approach works better for you...
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67 Comments

11. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Minimum brightness doesn't matter because you can use screen filter to make it super dark.

12. dcrethers

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

There is no way in The nexus camera outperforms the note 3. My note 2 took better images than the nexus 5. Cmon phonearena

32. pulkit.tyagi

Posts: 35; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

they have sample images , go look !

13. CannabisHighway

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 07, 2013

Why even compare these two phones? They're in totally different ball parks. Note 3 for me.

14. papss unregistered

Note 3 all the way.. i truly hate stocks generic looks. Everything looks very bland. Also battery is huge to me.

15. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

It's incredibly how good the Nexus 5 is in low light. Kinda makes up for coming in 2nd in daylight, although that's mainly due to some color issues under the current firmware, Phonearena posted some superb N5 shots, particularly impressively beating out every other tested device in low amount of red clipping (rose shots).

19. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I went hands on with both at the local Sprint store the other day. I absolutely fell in love with the Nexus 5's look and feel, something I can't say for the Note 3. I love the Nexus' almost-absurdly simplistic design, it's about the cleanest design out there. PhoneArena might consider it boring, "cookie-cutter," and uninspired, but I see it as almost a trademark in itself. I'll be getting one within the next few days, my problem is whether to get black or white: black feels better in the hand, but white looks better to the eye. I wish they made the white one out of the same material they made the black one.

34. Magenta

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

I have the white version...covered in a case. If you need a case, it doesn't matter much IMO but the front speaker grill has a white-tinted color. I went with white because it looks better and I really need a case to protect the baby in pristine condition.

23. BigBoss10

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 31, 2012

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - 10/10 Nexus 5 - 8/10

24. jellmoo

Posts: 2599; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

What you need to ask yourself: Do you see yourself enjoying a device as large as the Note 3? Are you willing to sacrifice comfortable one handed use and possibly pocketatbility for having a large screen and increased productivity? If yes, are you willing to pay somewhere in the area of $700-800 for the device, or pay between $200-300 and be on a two year contract? If yes to all of the above, get yourself a Note 3. If you answered no to any of the above, you may be better suited to the Nexus 5.

46. BigBoss10

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 31, 2012

I already owned the Note 3 and all I can say about this device it freggin so cool and run like a beast and by comparing the Note 3 to the Nexus 5 well the Nexus 5 is just like a little baby to it lol....

28. choetechnology

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

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29. lifeyourlive

Posts: 126; Member since: Aug 23, 2013

Among these 2 devices i'd choose oppo N1 Battery: bigger than both Display: bigger than both Software: official cyanogenmod (will be) Everything else is the same or compareable... So easy to choose :)

30. KingDingaLing

Posts: 324; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

I don't see what the hype for the N5 is all about. Besides coming out of the box with 4.4, it has nothing that beats the Note 3. I would rather have a Note 2, an iPhone 5s, G2, N1, or Note 3 (which i have). Nexus 5 looks like the turd I dropped this morning.

33. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

Ive seen both phones in person last week and the only reason that Id choose the Note 3 is because Im a big guy therefore I need a big phone.....however, the Nexus 5 is the best Nexus phone since its first release. You cant go wrong with either phone tho

36. danwatson

Posts: 117; Member since: Jan 03, 2012

For me, I'm so frustrated at battery life of my GS3 I have no choice but to go with the G2 or Note 3. Although I prefer the size of the G2, the Note 3 looks better, will be more future proof, and has some extra options like the pen. Plus Samsung is much more popular so more accessories can be found. It will also play nice with Samsung TVs and other devices.

37. jpd514

Posts: 57; Member since: Nov 08, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with his stylus is so pleasant to use that I would say that it is the most interesting smartphone since the invention of the smartphone by Nokia. The size of the phone is never a problem with the stylus or the resizable display and there is a beginner mode that will accommodate all new users. You will never regret to by one.

39. scsa852k

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

Note 3 is a bit more powerful in terms of specs, and much longer lasting battery is something other smarphone owners could envy. But, camera wise, despite having higher megapixel, Note 3 comes short in actual images that it takes compared to Nexus 5's 8 MP camera with OIS. Another downside for note 3 would be loaded carrier and manufacturer's bloatwares that eat up a chunk of memories that you can't delete unless you root and flash custom ROMS. Android Kitkit 4.4 is smooth and lag free and feels faster than any of the Android devices I've ever used. So, does having SD card slot, 1GB higher RAM and stronger & removable battery really worth $350 more? The question is yours to answer.

42. ntsiotinos

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 18, 2011

I've always loved stylus input since the old Windows CE and Windows Mobile days. It is much more accurate for data input and productivity. I've just got the Note 3 and I cannot believe the handwriting recognition - I can actually be as productive on this device (for some things) as on my laptop. Hats off to Samsung for a brilliant effort. I cannot go back to just finger input!

43. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

All the way NOTE 3. ;)

44. noteseries

Posts: 80; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

note3 all the way bigger battery, replaceable, just buy an extra battery kit, than u ll never run out of juice, power bank its not a solution, thx sammy

45. taikucing unregistered

If Note 3 has android 4.4 & no bloatwares, it will be perfect.

49. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

Kit Kat out of the box..... Nexus it is

51. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Or Note 3 and root....?

52. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

too big for me... and do not like Touchwiz but both are great devices but for me.. the nexus wins... Pure Android is what I like

69. ssmaximuss

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

It's funny how in this smal thread that Note3 and root are popping up several times together... why struggle with a $699 device to just make it seem pure when $349-399 gives you this out of the box?

54. ramtripper

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 14, 2013

You've got to be kidding me. This review was so f'ing biased Brian K.... your hatred for Note 3 is evident on just the first page. Then, no matter how well it performs - benchmarks, photo, screen quality - you just say yea its good.. but Nexus 5 is just.. well, you know, BETTER. Just look at the zoomed in photo of the girl's hair. Yeah it's LOWER quality. Maybe it's because you zoomed in MORE?? Did you see the UI comparison?? Look at that RETARDED colorful background he used for the Note 3 where you can't see the icons. LOL such manipulative BS. I don't know how any of you trust any of his reviews. Note 3 OBVIOUSLY beat out Nexus 5. If you don't like the size.. fine, go to the Nexus. Otherwise, get the Note 3 and don't listen to this dweeb.

56. galaxy4

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 14, 2013

iphone is for gay people

57. gabriel2

Posts: 22; Member since: Sep 27, 2013

u nid to watch the video they uploaded on youtube this guyz here are so baised even went ahead to say that the N5 take better photo....

60. choetechnology

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

yes i appreciated with you Thanks
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