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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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posted on 14 Oct 2013, 05:31 10

1. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

Yo Nick, the Note 3 still has the brightest mobile screen ever at 660 cd/m2 (auto mode). Movie mode is also very color-accurate.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 06:34 8

2. TheStanleyFTW (Posts: 249; Member since: 20 Feb 2013)

Have you ever heard of Sony Xperia P?
900-1000cd/m2 :)

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 07:09 2

4. taikucing (unregistered)

he's a samsung worshiper

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 07:22 13

6. joey_sfb (Posts: 6624; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

Samsung don't need any worshipper. If they continue to provide top end spec and timely software update many will continue to buy Samsung phone.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 08:42 2

7. GTR722 (Posts: 270; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)

And hype, marketing, fake benchmarks...

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 11:50 8

15. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Every OEM is guilty of "boosting" benchmarks. Comment invalidated.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 16:40

32. ZPM101 (Posts: 28; Member since: 12 Apr 2010)

The only thing invalidated is your use of the word "guilty" in this context. Would it not make logical sense to to maximize performance based tests using all available resources?! Manufacturers are not guilty (in the negative connotation you express), but rather, being honest by showing the consumer what the performance expectations we can expect.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 15:24

17. MistB (Posts: 581; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)

BS here, HTC/LG and Asus along with others have done it.

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 05:06

57. usrhlp (Posts: 3; Member since: 23 Jul 2014)

Why did you mention apple in a discussion about samsung?

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 11:31

14. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

Fair enough, phonearena is still off by 100%.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 07:05

3. ph00ny (Posts: 1518; Member since: 26 May 2011)

It looks like he left the screen in whichever mode he received it. At least other reviewers tested various screen modes

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 07:20 3

5. papss (unregistered)

I hate the way the note 2 looks with its round edges.. but the note 3 looks and feels pretty nice.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 08:49 1

8. JDogg5281 (Posts: 74; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)

Right now im thinking about sticking with my Note II. And just waiting til the Note 4 to upgrade. I just dont think it is really worth it in my opinion.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 09:37 1

10. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1121; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)

Thats what I said when I thought about upgrading to the Note 2 last year. I ended up upgrading to the S3 because I knew that the Note 3 would be better than the Note 2 when it came out.

Cell phones advance every 6-12 months so I think that your comment is normal among us

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 17:04 1

19. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)

If you choose to wait for the next best thing in technology, you'll always be waiting.

John B.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 20:48 2

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

I have rooted my Note 2 and can wait another year to get an updated one. I'm running 4.3 on it and it is great, like having a new device.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 00:03 2

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

Yeah I'm waiting for the Note IV because the improvements for the Note III vs the Note II are minor. Hopefully the Note IV will have a fingerprint scanner onboard.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 03:02 2

24. saffant (Posts: 274; Member since: 04 Jul 2011)

Nope. Improvements are fairly big, but I guess you're looking for something else.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 00:10

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

AOSP or Touchwiz???

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 08:43

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

AOSP, Paranoid Android, features are pretty good, you should check it out.

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 17:42

38. bohannibal (Posts: 27; Member since: 17 Aug 2009)

My note 2 is just fine so im going stick with it plus the next big phone from Samsung might just be the youm flex screen technology like in that commercial

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 09:04 2

9. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

Well done Sammy...

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 09:38 4

11. tedkord (Posts: 14192; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Come on, phonearena. This is the second article that got the max brightness of the Note 3 wrong by half. The sad part is, you reported the story where it actually was over 600nits max before these two.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 10:09

12. mobigeek (Posts: 11; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)

My note 3 is having battery and heat issues. Can someone help?

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 10:24 2

13. twens (Posts: 1064; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)

If you are having issues with your note 3 it's probable a faulty model. I will advice you to return it for another one. Mine was freezing and heating and I returned it and got a new one. Haven't faced any issues since. Excellent device, by the way phonearena stop reporting wrong hardware specs of the note 3. It has a maximum of 660nits brightness not 310. Shame on you guys

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 15:20

16. rallyguy (Posts: 620; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)

I'm loving my note 3. I upgraded a week ago from a Galaxy Nexus. Wow!

You can't knock it for being a two handed device most of the time. You know that. Fits in my cargo/pant pockets just fine.

Good article Nick. I enjoy reading articles by you and Michael H. Fair and reasonable without any extreme and obvious bias.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 16:39

18. Blazers (Posts: 467; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

What Note 2 model comes with a FM radio? I have the AT&T version SGH-i317 and it doesn't have one....

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 01:46

23. JoePhoto (Posts: 32; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

I appreciate it may be brighter in sun, but only slightly and still does not seem to approach the Xperia.

I am VERY disappointed it does not have FRONT speaker(s), ala HTC. Worse it seems specked at a lower volume. This comparason does not mention that speaker is now on "bottom", but that does not compare to HTC's (dual) front speakers.

I am still not sure I will upgrade (probably NOT), and will instead consider the HTC-MAX.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 04:42 2

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

PhoneArena - if you not going to fixed it, stop commenting/reviewing on Note 3.

it is big misleading, everyone know it.

The brightness is around 650, not as low as yours one 310.

What a shame such big site can't proper do measurement and keep given false alarm.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 05:58

26. BabylonShine (Posts: 25; Member since: 08 Feb 2013)

sony xperia Z1 honami is the best in all compare, buy it and enjoy the real mobile phone , its cheaper than Note III and camera is far better
Its much faster than Note III and GS IV
It has better look then all samy brands
Its made in Japan
the only disadvantage of Z1 that its batery is unexchangable

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