Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo Review

Call quality


As a phone-calling device, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo is an average performer. Voices tend to have moderate volume, but they aren't especially loud, meaning that you may have some trouble hearing your caller while in a noisy environment. The same is true for the opposite side of the call. Meanwhile, the speakerphone is anything but extraordinary. With a relatively high volume and clarity, it sounds a little bit strained and lacking in depth.

The Note 3 Neo is armed with a potent speaker that outputs considerable loudness, though it doesn't impress with exceptional clarity or depth.

Battery

Large phablet-style battery holds plenty of endurance promise

Samsung has placed a rather generous 3100 mAh battery pack in the Note 3 Neo, which sounds very promising for the resulting endurance. This is just shy of the Note 3's capacity, which has proven to be a marathon runner already. Samsung promises that the Note 3 Neo will be able to hold a charge for 18 hours of talk-time and 22.5 hours of stand-by time on a 3G network. Having completed our custom battery test, the Galaxy Note 3 Neo has proven to be a wonderful performer in the battery department. With its sizable 3100 mAh unit, it has lasted the whopping 8 hours and 6 minutes - 2 hours more than the Note 3, which was already quite solid in this respect! Overall, this is a great result for the Note 3 Neo!

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

hours Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note3 Neo
8h 6 min (Average)
Samsung Galaxy Note3
6h 8 min (Poor)
LG G2
6h 48 min (Average)

minutes Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy Note3 Neo
133
Samsung Galaxy Note3
135

Conclusion


Granted that Samsung graces the Galaxy Note 3 Neo with a price-tag that's low enough to make it a viable affordable alternative to the Note 3, we can certainly see the Neo succeed, as it's a wonderful all-round performer for customers looking for a big-screen smartphone from a well-known brand that's not going to absolutely thrash the bank.

When you think about it, the Note 3 Neo really doesn't have any significant issues to consider, aside from the questionable appearance and build quality. Yeah, the screen isn't really accurate, but if you can live with that, you may be able to enjoy the strikingly contrasty and pumped-up Super AMOLED visuals. Plus, that diagonal, man! At 5.5” inches, content is bound to look super-exciting!

When it comes to the power that's lurking under the hood of the Galaxy Note 3 Neo, well, it may not be the most fearsome beast there is, but the hexacore Exynos chipset seems to be doing a wonderful job at enabling a fluid user experience throughout the system and third-party apps.

And the camera? Well, this 8 MP shooter is nothing groundbreaking, but it does offer impressive photo-taking capabilities that will do a pretty good job in most cases.

At the end of the day, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo is a very cool smartphone. Sadly, it's not really that cheaper compared to its larger sibling, the Note 3, which means that if size isn't an issue for you, and you want to be on the cutting edge of portable technology, going for the Note 3 would probably be a good idea. Meanwhile, for those of you who would rather not cross the 5.5” mark, the Galaxy Note 3 Neo will offer a satisfying experience across the board.

In terms of alternatives to the Note 3 Neo (you know, just in case it's not really your cup of tea), it's worth taking a look at the HTC Desire 816 (though may have some trouble finding that one), the Galaxy Grand 2 (for a more budget-conscious solution), as well as any other flagship smartphone from last year, like the LG G2, the Galaxy S4, or the Xperia Z1 – they will all offer you competitive functionality at a similar price.

Software version of the reviewed unit: Android 4.3; Build JSS15J.N7505XXUANB4


Pros

  • Large and vibrant display
  • Snappy performance
  • Capable camera
  • Good screen-to-size ratio

Cons

  • Inaccurate screen
  • A bit pricey
  • TouchWiz UI needs polish
  • Average speakerphone

PhoneArena Rating:

8.5

User Rating:

8.3
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