Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Review: The Phablet Refined

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Review: The Phablet Refined

Whether you’re a fan of oversized smartphones or not, it’s clear that they are here to stay. When Samsung initially released the first Galaxy Note, many of us in the industry looked at it a little sideways and wondered what the designers at Samsung were thinking. The original Galaxy Note seemed simply gargantuan next to virtually every other device available at the time and it was somewhat comical to see such a large device perched next to someone’s ear when they were making a call.

The Note had a transformative effect on the smartphone industry, however. Yes, it was large. But once you've experienced the benefits of a larger screen, it's difficult to turn back, and Samsung sold millions of them. I was originally dismissive of the Note, but after living with the second-gen Note II for a while during the lead-up to our review, I grew accustomed to its size and features and now everything else just seems too small. Since reviewing the Note 2, I’ve had access to a number of other newer devices, but I keep going back to the Note 2. Take that for what it's worth.

As much as we liked the Note 2, technology inevitably marches on, and its successor is now available. The recently released Galaxy Note 3 build upon the success of the Note and Note II, but with significantly updated hardware, a larger screen, fresh software, and a host of additional features...

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Review: The Phablet Refined

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Still dislike the word "phablet". On a more serious note(pun may have been intended) I really liked the review. Although benchmarks aren't really good indicators anymore I still like the deep dive into them. I felt that there were 2 things that you guys glossed over that should have gotten more attention. The first thing is micro USB 3.0 port. It have been nice to see some benchmarks on the actual transfer speeds to see how much of a difference there was and how much faster it charged. Second thing was that it can shoot in 4k video. I know on most monitors and cell phones wouldn't have been able to see much of a difference but some commentary from you guys would have been nice. Other than that very nice and concise review.

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@AJM - Will try to run a USB 3.0 vs. 2.0 transfer test now. Good point. As for the 4K video, it does not appear to be an option on the sample device I have here. Will dig a bit.

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So, here are some quick transfer tests using USB 3.0 and 2.0, with both the Note II and Note 3. I created a 750MB ZIP file from a group of RAR’ed files, so the data is highly compressed.

USB 3.0 Tests:

Note 3 – From Desktop PC to Phone: 23.2 seconds (32.3MB/s)

Note II – From Desktop PC to Phone: 37.9 seconds (19.8MB/s)

Note 3 – From Phone to Desktop PC: 23.9 seconds (31.4MB/s)

Note II – From Phone to Desktop PC: 25.3 seconds (29.6MB/s)

I also performed the exact same tests with the phones connected via USB 2.0.

USB 2.0 Tests:

Note 3 – From Desktop PC to Phone: 28.3 seconds (26.5MB/s)

Note II – From Desktop PC to Phone: 40.8 seconds (18.4MB/s)

Note 3 – From Phone to Desktop PC: 26.2 seconds (28.6MB/s)

Note II – From Phone to Desktop PC: 27 seconds (27.7MB/s)

In terms of transfer speeds to the phones’ internal storage, the differences are pretty stark in the USB 3.0 tests.

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4K video sample going now.  Had to clear cache/data on the camera app to access the settings. Strange.

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4K video sample is up, but YT is taking excruciatingly long to process...

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Wow thanks that's awesome. I really appreciate that. So while not mind blowingly better it's quite a step up when transferring to internal. Also Even the standard USB 2.0 seems faster. I imagine that might be due to the higher end specs like its crazy 3 gigs of ram and such. For you personally does it make any difference from say 1080p shooting?

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Doesn't seem to behave differently when shooting video. In addition to the faster interface, the internal storage is a bit faster than the other smartphone's we've tested, which also helps. (Though SHIELD and the Intel reference tablet had better storage perf.)

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Ugh, the word "phablet" needs to go phuck itphelph.

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Awesome review my man. I will be making the move this week!

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I love my Note II but will not be getting a Note III

Samsung has been making some consumer unfriendly moves recently now that it got to the top.

It takes forever to get Android updates.

I'm going to give a Nexus 5 a go when I can get my hands on it for my next purchase.

Never owned a Nexus so it will be my 1st.

I don't use a lot of the Note 2 bells and whistles so I doubt I'd use the ones added to the Note 3 although i do like the notes screen and size.

I actually thought about a Nexus 7 LTE

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this is a nice phone. however i'm not so attracted to the design. its not the material, its the texture and the shape. i'd like a glossy and curvy Note III. pretty much like the Note 2 but curvier. like a Moto X. but well, everyone seems to like the new design, so my opinion matters not.

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Samsung Note 3's S Pen feature is definitely giving an competitive edge to the company. It is very much soft to use and has very usable grip......http://www.sgn3.co.uk/

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Very nice review.

You can easily change the saturation on the Note3;

First of all go to Settings, press “My Device” tab and select Display. There look for “Screen Mode” and tap it.

Screen Mode allows you to easily change the color tone. You’ll see that “Adapt Display” is checked by default. Uncheck it and select “Professional Photo” or “Movie” to fix the oversaturating problem.

If you want even more vibrant colors than before, select “Dynamic Mode”.

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 Got mine a couple of days before. My first thought of this stuff was like I better find pants with deeper pockets..lol.. I have to admit this phablet has become my thing. I found some useful feature on it like the Blink feed, and although its battery life is not very bad, to get an extended battery from mpj just to do basic things like texting for me.

 

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I saw this news on Nov.25th, is it real and does it worth?Hope everyone to identify it,thx!and Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

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Unless I missed it somewhere, what does it mean by not a "pure android".

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