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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 2


Call Quality

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 2
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 2
One might assume that he newer Note 3 would sound even better than its year-old predecessor during phone calls. So did we, yet our expectations weren't quite met. Sure, it is definitely good enough for the job, but the output of the earpiece is a tad too sharp for our liking. The Samsung Galaxy Note II, on the other hand, produces sound of very high volume and quality both through its earpiece and on the other side of the line thanks to its microphone and efficient noise cancellation. Overall, we are more satisfied with the way the Note II sounds during calls, but the Note 3 is also pretty decent in that respect. Note that the latter allows the user to tweak the audio reproduction during calls, and that can potentially deliver better-sounding conversations for some users.

Battery Life

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 comes with a larger, 3200mAh battery despite being slightly thinner than the Note II, which has a 3100mAh cell. Both smartphones can last pretty long on a single charge – well over a day, in fact, if used with moderation. According to their manufacturer, the Samsung Galaxy Note II can last through 16 hours of 3G talk time, which is really good, and although we have yet to receive any official figures about its successor, we wouldn’t be surprised if it performs even better in this category.

Battery life

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.

Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
6h 8 min (Average)
Samsung GALAXY Note II
6h 16 min (Average)
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You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure this one out: the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is indeed better in many ways than the Samsung Galaxy Note II. That’s why if pricing isn’t an issue, picking the newer model instead of the old one would be a wiser choice. In return, you’ll get to enjoy its larger, high-res screen, experience its silky smooth performance, and utilize its plethora of productivity and multitasking features.

At the same time, the Samsung Galaxy Note II is still standing strong. Sure, it might have been over a year since it launched, but it does rank as a relevant smartphone, and in case you happen to own one, then upgrading to the Note 3 is not really a must. Unless you’re a smartphone aficionado, that is. Besides, the price of the Galaxy Note II has gone down quite a bit, so it could be a cheaper alternative for those who find the Note 3 too expensive.


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