Monday, September 9, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

The highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was recently announced and will be released in 140 countries starting at the end of the month. The phone that started the phablet craze will hit US shores beginning  in early October, with most of the US carriers already taking pre-orders. They have kept most of what made the Note line of phones a success and improved on it in almost all areas. The new Note has a larger screen yet manages to fit into a slightly slimmer (but slightly taller package), improved camera, processor, S-Pen functionality, screen, and build quality. In typical Samsung fashion they've crammed in a bunch of new software features and are even launching a complementing smartwatch, the Samsung Galaxy Gear, to go along with it.

Spec-wise, the Note 3 is shaping up to be a beast of a phone as expected. For $299 buyers will get one of the first phones in the US with the Snapdragon 800 processor, LTE data, 13MP camera and finally a move away from their usual polycarbonate plastic design the Note 3 has a faux leather back that early reviewers all seem to love.

Check out the comparison chart below to see how it stacks up against the GN2 from last year:

Size152.4 x 78.7 x 8.4 (mm)151.1 x 80.5 x 9.4 (mm)
Weight167g 183g
Screen5.7-inch AMOLED5.5-inch Super AMOLED
Resolution1920×1080 pixels1280×720 pixels
OSAndroid 4.3 with TouchWiz UIAndroid 4.1 with TouchWiz UI
SD Card YesYes
Processor2.3GHz quad-core1.6GHz, quad-core Exynos 4
ConnectivityWi-Fi (a/b/g/n/ac), 4G LTE, HSPA+, NFCWi-Fi (a/b/g/n), 4G LTE, HSPA+
CameraFront 2MP, Rear 13MP Front 1.9MP, Rear 8MP
BluetoothYes, version 4.0 Yes, version 4.0
ChargerMicro USBMicro USB
MarketplaceGoogle Play Store Google Play Store
Price$300 with two-year contract$300 with two-year contract
AvailabilityOctober: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, VerizonAT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon

For more details and the new software features see the videos below:

Hands on with Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear


  1. Way too expensive. I'd rather buy the Galaxy S4 which is available for free with a 2-year AT&T contract. Samsung should really think about bringing down the price to reasonable levels if they want customers to choose the Note 3.

    1. I agree. Plus I just don't think I can tote that big a phone around all day