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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 2

0. phoneArena posted on 14 Oct 2013, 05:28

Anyone who has already gone through our Samsung Galaxy Note 3 review knows that the smartphone ranks among the best ones money can buy. It is an embodiment of high-end technology, and even though it doesn’t come cheap, it offers quite a lot of bang for its buck, not to mention that the hardware tucked under its hood makes it quite future-proof. And yes, as you might guess, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is indeed better than its year-old predecessor, namely the Samsung Galaxy Note II. But what exactly makes it better and what has its maker improved upon in order to impress us this time around? And most importantly, is the Note II still worth holding on to now that its third iteration is out? Read on to find out...

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posted on 15 Oct 2013, 11:43

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

In my country, Xperia Z1 is same price as Note 3.

And Z1 is made in China. No Sony phone sell worldwide is made in Japan.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 06:11

27. GrosseFatigue (Posts: 149; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)

The only advantage of the screen of the Note3 versus Note 2 is in broad day light. The screen of the Note 2 in my opinion is still better than some recent 1080p screens. It is silky smooth, a pleasure for me to read the newspapers in the train. I haven't seen the Sony though but I don't care for the LG. I thought the screen of the Note 2 was bested by the new 720p amoled screen of the Motorola that has more blacks.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 08:46

29. Razrman (Posts: 90; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

The Note 2 is still a pretty relevant phone, I have no complaints with mine.

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 04:38 1

48. skyline88 (Posts: 612; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)

2GB of RAM, quad core 1.6, awesome screen, huge battery, and best of all, its getting Android 4.3 very very soon. u bet its pretty relevant :)

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 09:29

30. GrosseFatigue (Posts: 149; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)

From Note to Note (3) they got it wrong in my opinion. It is an innovative phone, a game changer and now everybody is coming up with a phablet. When Apple has one they will say the screen is OK. They need an adult to supervise their reviews.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 19:52

33. rifkin29 (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 Sep 2013)

Where is that tech that shows a device folding out into a tablet? until then i don't think an upgrade from my note 2 is necessary.

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 07:41

34. mine1975 (Posts: 2; Member since: 14 Oct 2013)

just went to see these phone at the tele shop. s4 is simply not my type for the plastic back. the note 3 caught my eyesight as the design is better. but i have concern over the textured back. over prolong use it might stain with yellow and black. so i settle for xperia z1.

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 09:07

35. Razrman (Posts: 90; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

Most of these new flagship phones imho are good choices.

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 10:30

36. jimhead (Posts: 3; Member since: 16 Oct 2013)

Definitely can be used with one hand, just need to use a Flygrip on it. Get with the times.

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 16:44

37. mr.popo2525 (Posts: 5; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)

It is an improvement from the Note 2, but not so much as to make me want to upgrade to one. Looks good and feels good. I have seen them have freezing and overheating issues though. Still a great phone if you want the latest and greatest from Samsung.

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 04:28

39. vikk2232153 (Posts: 19; Member since: 18 Oct 2013)

I am happy with my note 2...HD or FHD does not matter much for a phone. Note 2 screen is the best screen samsung ever produced, even phone arena agreed to this in their review of note 2. I have never felt any lag in the device even while playing big games. Defo, Note 3 is an improvement but I would not like to spend money on a minor upgraded version.

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 04:37

47. skyline88 (Posts: 612; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)

wait for Note 4, and i am with u

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 16:55

50. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 449; Member since: 26 May 2011)

Bingo!!! The enhancements are too minor for me to also jump ship from my Note 2 to a Note 3. I'm patiently waiting for the Note 4 to come out because my Note 2 is still a top of the line performer, even after a year.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 17:00

51. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 449; Member since: 26 May 2011)

Factors that will influence my decision for buying the Note 4 will be the fact that I've owned my Note 2 for at least two years, the Note 4 will probably have a finger print scanner, a 16MP camera sensor, and probably be the last Note series phone that Verizon offers with CDMA support since they are moving to an all data support infracture.

posted on 19 Oct 2013, 15:12

40. JoeDirt (Posts: 48; Member since: 19 Oct 2013)

I don't understand why someone would pay $300 for a plastic phone. I understand the PPI and size, but cheap plastic? I thought it was a premium phone....

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 10:30

42. mobilespecs.pk (banned) (Posts: 45; Member since: 15 Dec 2012)

Paying $860 for iPhone 5s is reasonable? Go on Samsung leave the Evil Apple behind.

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 04:36

46. skyline88 (Posts: 612; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)

paying $300 for plastic phone with awesome specs, mind-boggling capabilities and top notch user-friendly might not sound good to u, but its way better than paying $600-700 for a phone which basically can do nothing much, having tiny little screen and hopeless user experience equipped with 64GB of internal memory.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 17:07

52. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 449; Member since: 26 May 2011)

Very simple, you are concerned about a premium looking appearance as where many other people are concerned about premium performance, features and add ons. More specifically the user replaceable battery, the micro sd card expansion slot, the Snap Dragon 800 chipset, etc.

I'd trade the construction of my phone for all the other benefits that Samsung offers over its competitors such as Apple, HTC, etc.

posted on 20 Oct 2013, 07:43 1

41. wilsong17 (unregistered)

cheap plastic is the best there's nothing better then the note or the note 3

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 10:39 1

43. mobilespecs.pk (banned) (Posts: 45; Member since: 15 Dec 2012)

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 was the best smartphone ever produced by Samsung, some people may not like the size of the phone. But, it is not just a simple smartphone is a pocket pc with some great multitasking features. Now with Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Samsung have pushed it's abilities the max. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is the smartphone on which you can literaly do all your work with ease which was not possible before without a pc. I love the way you can so easily drag and drop things around between different apps. Find Samsung mobile prices in Pakisan here: http://www.mobilespecs.pk/phones/samsung/

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 14:00

49. KillgoreTrout (Posts: 53; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)

I ended up getting the LG G2 this go around. Unlike most of you, i don't feel the need to bash any products, I like them all. I could see myself getting the Note 4, but who knows, at that point there may be some pretty cool flexible displays available. I really want a 4 inch phone that folds out to a 10 inch tablet. Maybe in 5 years? fingers crossed...

posted on 20 Nov 2013, 15:03

53. Lionheart (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Nov 2013)

I love my Note II with only a very few exceptions - volume is not loud enough for my deaf ears, I lost the precious buillt-in FM radio I had with my HTC phone, and the buttons for volume are placed exactly where my mitts hold the phone, so I am constantly changing the volume of the ringer or the conversation without wanting to do so. Those are the only complaints I have with it and there are so many plusses, I am still happy with my purchase and will most likely stay with the NII until the IV arrives.

posted on 19 Dec 2013, 16:05

54. ajsmsg78 (Posts: 16; Member since: 19 Dec 2013)

As someone who currently uses both phones I can tell you that the screen is much clearer and brighter on the Note 3. I don't think the difference lies in the fact that we are comparing a 1080 vs 720 screen but the Note 3 seems to have much better panel, with better brightness, contrast and color. The Note 3 is lighter and faster but the battery lasts about the same amount of time as the Note 2. The note 3 does feel a little more cheaply built. My note 3 does suffer from the wiggly home button and my Note 2 does not. The signal on my note 3 is always 5-10dbm better than on the note 2. I can overclock my Note 3 to 2.9ghz and it runs fine with no reboots. I can overclock my note 2 to around 2ghz but anything higher than that causes reboots. I drop calls sometimes with my note 2 due to it getting a -105dbm signal in my basement but my note 3 never drops calls and hovers around -97 in my basement.

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 23:41

55. allcase (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Feb 2014)

any one can conform if cover for galaxy note 2 also fit to Galaxy note 3,

Really apprecaite,

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 11:40 1

56. refillable (Posts: 1070; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)

Short answer, No. Full answer, Nope.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 20:31

58. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)

Both are the beasts of their respective generations!

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 09:47

59. Mrmark (Posts: 303; Member since: 26 Jan 2013)


posted on 19 Feb 2015, 23:41

60. Ds.venkatesh (Posts: 7; Member since: 21 Jan 2014)

What About Note 3 Neo ?

posted on 20 Feb 2015, 08:08

61. GrosseFatigue (Posts: 149; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)

I think you have to look beyond the plastic as they have at Phone Arena and look at the capabilities of the Note 3. Best screen in the business, best camera and now I think Android is better than OS as well. Now rated 3 points above the iphone. The screen of the Note 2 was easy to brake (I did it twice) and unwieldy, slipping of your hand easily. A long shot as good as the Note. I could live happily with the Note 3 but the 4 slightly narrower and more elongated body is better. It is faster still with still a better camera. Other than that there is less difference than between a 2 and a 3. The 3 is much better than the 2 by a wide margin. I can see myself getting a used 3 on ebay for $300 while I would never buy a 2 even if it was new for $200.

posted on 08 Aug 2015, 10:50

62. tecnigen (Posts: 5; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)

I have Samsung Note but I don't like it now.

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