The Samsung Galaxy Note 3: Still The Best Oversized Smartphone

Whether it is in terms of design, features, specs or performance, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 made significant upgrades over its predecessor. The new Note comes with a bigger 5.7-inch, 1080 x 1920 resolution AMOLED display. The image quality is very good with bright, vibrant colors and excellent viewing angles. Despite fitting a bigger screen, the new model retains the size of the note 2. The managed to do this by reducing the size of the bezel surrounding the display.



In terms of design, we really liked the new textured finish that has been incorporated to its back casing. This finish ad a more premium feel to the phone and is much more pleasing touch. On the other hand, there are some design details that we didn’t like as much such as the plastic, metallic-colored frame and the artificial stitch detailing around the back panel. At a glance, the Note 3 does seem have a premium feel to it but upon closer inspection, the lack of investment in creating a more refined finish is evident. Samsung could really take some cues from HTC phones with this regard.

In terms of specs, almost every aspect of the Note 2 has been upgraded. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 comes with a 13MP camera on the rear and a 2MP front camera. The phone is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm SnapDragon 800 processor and a whopping 3GB of RAM. There are many laptops in the market today that have less than 3GB of RAM so be rest assured that you are getting a real workhouse with the new Note 3. It runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and has a 3200 mAH Li-ion battery that can last up to a full day on moderate use. Improvements have also been made to the S-pen stylus. The is new Air Command feature, which is a small round control panel, that launches when you hover the S-pen over the screen to give instant access to a variety of stylus specific features such as writing down a note or launching a search.

Another new noteworthy feature (no pun intended) on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is the My Magazine feature, which is powered by FlipBoard. It is basically an app that gives you access to a variety of customized content, be it videos, articles, photos or content from your social media accounts. The app can be instantly accessed by swiping up from the bottom of the screen. The My Magazine feature is not too different from the Blink Feed feature found on HTC phones.

Overall, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 did live up too all the hype and anticipation. Housing so many upgrades and improvements over the previous model, fans of oversized smartphones will find it irresistible. Samsung have retained the affordable price point while throwing in a lot of goodies such as a larger screen and truckloads of new, cool features. By far, the Samsung Galaxy Note remains to be the best oversized smartphone in the market. The price of the phone starts from around $300 each.

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