Open thread: are you buying a Note 3? Why? Why not?

September 30, 2013
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The Galaxy Note 3 is here. After weeks of intense anticipation, fans of the imposing smartphone can finally get their hands on it.

The Note 3 went on sale last week in many countries from around the world as a contract-free, unlocked device. Controversy erupted when stickers on retail packages revealed the smartphone is region-locked, though Samsung was quick to clarify that the restrictions are not as severe as we first feared.

With the regional lockout controversy behind, on Saturday we gauged the Note 3’s physical endurance in one of our trademark drop tests. Suffice to say that the Note 3 that we tested is going to a service center soon.

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The Note 3 is not the hardiest phone that we ever tested, but it sure is one of the best performing. Thanks to a spec sheet that includes the best processor currently available to Android devices and 3GB of RAM, the Note 3 is ready to handle any task you throw at it, for business or for fun.

Galaxy Note 3 Specs

Category
Description
Network2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz, 3G (HSPA+ 42Mbps): 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz, 4G (LTE Cat 4 150/50Mbps) : up to 6 different band sets (Dependent on market), region locked
ProcessorLTE 2.3 GHz Quad-Core Processor
3G 1.9 GHz Octa Core Processor ( A15 1.9 GHz + A7 1.3 GHz)
Display5.7inch (144.3mm) Full HD Super AMOLED (1920 x 1080)
OSAndroid 4.3 (Jelly Bean)
CameraRear 13MP BSI Sensor, Auto Focus, 'Smart Stabilization', LED Flash(High CRI), and Zero Shutter Lag, Front 2 Mega-pixel BSI sensor with Smart Stabilization,
RecordingRecording: UHD 30fps, Smooth motion (FHD 60fps), Slow motion (HD 120fps)
VideoCodec: H.264, MPEG-4, H.263, VC-1, WMV7, WMV8, Sorenson Spark, MP43, VP8, HEVC, Recording & Playback: Full HD (1080p), UHD (*may differ by market)
AudioCodec: MP3, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, AMR-NB/WB, Vorbis, FLAC(*), WAV(*)
(*) Ultra High Quality Audio (~192KHz, 24 bit) support
ConnectivityWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (HT80), IR LED (Remote Control), MHL 2.0, GPS / GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth® v 4.0 (LE)
SensorGesture, Accelerometer, Geo-magnetic, Gyroscope, RGB, Proximity, Barometer, Temperature & Humidity, Hall Sensor
Memory32/ 64 GB User memory + microSD slot (up to 64GB), 3GB RAM
Dimension151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3mm, 168g
BatteryStandard battery, Li-ion 3,200 mAh

With that said, the Note 3 is pricier than most other smartphones. In the United States, carriers offer the Galaxy Note 3 for $200 to $350 with a new contract:

Even with the new texturized back plate, the Note 3 is still made of plastic, at a time when competitors talk metal and glass. And this year, the Note 3 has some worthy competitors in the smartphone-tablet hybrid space, such as the Xperia Z Ultra, the Oppo N1, and the upcoming HTC One Max.

Are you buying a Galaxy Note 3 once it becomes available? If so, what’s the main reason for getting one? Specs? Features? New design? The S Pen?

If the Note 3 isn’t for you, what puts you off?

Note 3: yea or nay? Vote in our poll and sound off in the comments.

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Comments

  • Ron Patel

    Too expensive plus I’m waiting for the Nexus 5.

    Oh…. First!

  • dtraini30

    No because TouchWiz.

  • me

    Nexus 5

  • adam evans

    Noooo to big and too expensive, the only person I know who has one carries it around attached to their belt and they look stupid!

    • Ivan Myring

      Wow, you know someone with a note 3 already, days before US release, and only like two days after European release! And the have already got accessories

      • RarestName

        There’re like people queuing up for the Note 3 in my country.

  • IanDickson

    Love my Note 2, with or without TW. Currently running CM10.2 on it. If I can get $350 to $400 for my Note 2, I will probably buy a Note 3.

  • skeptic

    Too big for a phone; and even if I am looking for one, i’d rather consider Oppo N1 than Note 3

  • dodz

    yep, used a demo yesterday, the screen outdoors blows everything away, its on par with the iphone or maybe better. i know the nexus is coming, but i like the screen size of the note 3

    • Buzzedssssss

      WTF besides having the same red and blue subpixels as the note 2 (displaymate) the note 3 screen is also dimmer than the s4 (gsmarena.com)
      if you would like to compare to a screen that is utterly 2 years old or older than whatever PAT UR D-SELF in the back

      • Marsg

        I went to that article on GSMarena that you pointed out and i have only one question: bro can you even read ?

        • caveTROLL

          Hey Marsg why don’t you post the paragraph before the one you posted here. Gsmarena clearly states:

          The Super AMOLED panel on the Galaxy Note 3 isn’t the brightest we’ve
          seen and it’s inferior to the Galaxy S4 in this department. However in
          most cases you won’t notice this in practice unless you pit the Note 3
          side by side with an HTC One or iPhone 5. The numbers of the Note 3 are
          also consistent with its predecessor.

          Display test

          50% brightness

          100% brightness

          Black, cd/m2
          White, cd/m2

          Contrast ratio

          Black, cd/m2

          White, cd/m2
          Contrast ratio

          Samsung Galaxy Note 3
          0 149
          0 379 ∞

          Sony Xperia Z1
          – – – 0.38 580 1513

          Sony Xperia Z Ultra
          – – – 0.47 467 1001

          Sony Xperia Z
          – – – 0.70 492 705

          Huawei Ascend Mate
          0.23 222 982 0.67 711 1053

          Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3
          0.12 160 1364 0.32 440 1379

          Samsung I9505 Galaxy S4
          0 201 ∞ 0 404 ∞

          HTC Butterfly S
          0.15 165 1117 0.43 451 1044

          HTC One
          0.13 205 1580 0.42 647 1541

          Oppo Find 5
          0.17 176 1123 0.51 565 1107

          Apple iPhone 5
          0.13 200 1490 0.48 640 1320

          • Marsg

            you keep throwing around the term brightness but have no idea what its impact on a display is. First let me start off by saying the galaxy s4 in terms of brightness is so close to the note 3’s that your eye wont be able to tell the difference not even side by side. Now when speaking about brightness you are speaking about how bright the shadows (blacks) are compared to contrast which refers to highlights (whites), if you had a very low contrast and a very high brightness the black would turn to really light gray almost white even, which means if your brightness is about 3 times higher than the iPhones than even in direct sunlight you wont be able to see or at least you will have a very hard time distinguishing between the black letters and the white background, you only need a certain amount of brightness in a display for outdoor legibility after that its all about contrast. The original comment written dint even mention brightness (the screen outdoors blows everything away, its on par with the iphone or maybe better) but outdoor legibility which is true it is on par with lcds like those found on the iPhone 5/5s in that department. Also if you want to test brightness/contrast, do so on Photoshop, it will aid you in learning how they impact an image.

          • Marsg

            I would also like to point out that those numbers for brightness are also wrong, says that 100% brightness on the Galaxy S4 is 404 nits but that’s only on manual so it doesn’t drain your battery, peak brightness in auto is 475-480 nits.

          • Jakob
          • Marsg

            yea they only tested it in manual that’s why i pointed out the galaxy S4 peak brightness was wrong

        • mobilemann

          @Marsg dude thank you for posting this, this was one of the things that made me keep taking my sim out of my gs3 and put it back into my iphone 5 for all things like daytime concerts etc.

          awesome!

      • dodz

        i can only imagine, 64 gb note plus 64 or in later updates maybe 128 gb micro sd, man its like having a pocketable netbook. plus it supports USB OTG! man this phone is geeky.

    • Roberto Tomás

      iphone only has a mediocre screen at this point.

    • Gilles LeBlanc

      Z ultra has carrier exclusiveness here in canada. Sooo I traded in my Note 2 for a Mega 6.3 today. I prefer my note 2 over note 3 and Mega 6.3 over all others right now.

  • Anonymous

    My mom wanted a new phone and she wanted a big screen and was actually considering a Tab 3 until I pointed out that it was not at all convenient for daily use. The Note series is of the perfect size – it has a big screen but is still portable.
    No brainer.

    • lil bit

      Dont be so sure, Note 3 is actually a fairly small device. A female friend has a Galaxy Mega 5.8 and want to get a Tab 3 7.0 instead. She also looked at the Mega 6.3 but not big enough.

      Anyway, your mom may not need all that power and whatever, the Mega 6.3 may be the right one, and cheaper, and still has plenty of power and the PPI is more than good enough for those who are nearing the age when they need reading glasses, 1080p is a waste, so is the S-pen. Galaxy Mega with an original Samsung book cover, perfect lady phones.

      • lil bit

        I mean, 1080p is a waste for a user that probably need reading glasses soon. My daughters grandmother is using a Galaxy Grand and even with her reading glasses on she cant tell that it has low PPI. For the rest of us 1080p is the best thing since beer and chix.

  • Amine Elouakil

    I doubt I’ll buy it, but I’ll give it a shot in a couple of days when it hit the local stores, I’ll be comparing to my One, but so far I’m not really impressed, too much horsepower yet it lags and it shutters (touchwiz? optimisation? dunno really but i can’t figure out how Samsung keeps missing up it phones) and not to mention the price…..

    • Ivan Myring

      If you haven’t tried it, how can you tell if it lags?

      • Amine Elouakil

        Reviews on the internet, not to mention that the S4 lags and shutters (much less than the S3 but it’s still there), but I’m still giving it, it fair chance of course

        • Ivan Myring

          Which reviews?

          • Amine Elouakil
          • Lexster

            That first one…you mean the same people who just released a review saying the phone was a “pleasure” to use? Every phone is going to stutter every once in awhile. This one isn’t special in that regard. Oh, and which also gave it a score of 9 out of 10?

          • Amine Elouakil

            He cleary said the phones suffer from shutter and lag, the “pleasure” to use can refer to many things such as ergonomics the large screen and so on.

            And no, I have to see my HTC One Shutter or lag once, I also never seen my friends iPhone 5 or Nexus 4 do something like that. The lag is pretty noticeable in all Samsung line up and it’s bad when you compare it side by side, 3 of my friends respectivly had S3 and 2XS4 two of them switched to the One after trying mine and one of them brought a DNA.

            And yes it got 9 out 10 doesn’t change the fact that it shutters and lags, and it get worse the more the phone has data on it (It used to take my friend to open Contacts about 2s on his S4)

          • Lexster

            Okay, and I HAVE seen it on HTC phones recently, so whose anecdotal evidence means more, hmm? I bet you’re also the type of person bothered because you can “see the pixels”, right? It’s nit-picky and you know it. The occasional stutter doesn’t mean a phone is completely horrible, as you’re implying. If you seriously think that every phone doesn’t slow down the more data it has on it, I don’t know what to tell you.

          • Amine Elouakil

            Show me one video or test or whatever you want of one HTC One lagging or shuttering I dare you.

            Also I didn’t say that the occasional lag makes the phone horrible in fact you didn’t notice much as long as you don’t use a lag free device, once you do it’s impossible not to get annoyed, it’s like when you notice pentile on a screen using that technology, you cannot unsee after that.

            There is a difference between slowing down a few milliseconds (unnoticeable if there are any slow downs ) while the experience being smooth, and having 1-2s delays opening basic/native apps such as Contacts , and as mentioned before I yet to see my One lag (I owned older HTC phone that did lag.)

          • Lexster

            Didn’t take me long to find a review talking about responsiveness problems of the HTC One: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-CRbgu1cAw
            So, as I was saying, whose anecdotal evidence do we take? Or…perhaps, should we conclude that no phone is perfect? That Android, in general, tends to have some slow-downs occasionally and that the HTC One is no different. Just because you haven’t seen it, doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen.

          • Amine Elouakil

            Did you even watch the video? he never said the phones lags or shutter, he is and for like 12 or 13 times critizing the Android experience in generale + Sense and he said he finds a “multilayer” experience frustrating ( which is definitly a personal opinion), he goes in details of what he said in the 2-3min in details in the 6-7min till the 10min, and to finish I’ll leave you with these :

            1-check out the 5:14 if you don’t want to go trought the whole video.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esH_pyTv4qc check out the 5:14 if you don’t want to go trought the whole video.

            2- 4:15

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiSFZaaH58Y

            3- 2:20

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cgAkQHZz4c

            4- 3:15

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0UW-DmPJ-k

            For god sake just google Samsung S3/Note2/S4/S4Mini/(Note3 soon when more reviews pop up) lag

  • anonymous coward

    #corrections

    Controversy ERUPTED, not irrupted.

  • ZT

    No. I was waiting for it to come out, but it is ridiculously expensive in the UK, and it is totally not worth that kind of money.

  • pritish

    3gb ram with touchwiz on top makes as much sense as 2gb ram on stock android or even Xperia UI. Similarly while comparing to xperia z1, clocking it 100mhz higher doesn’t really impress me. I’ll be going for Xperia Z1

    • Ivan Myring

      Actually, it isn’t just the CPU that is 100MHz faster. The GPU is (550MHz vs 450MHz) as is the ram, and a couple of other parts of the SoC

      • not a spark

        Maybe , maybe not, its possible its not a lower binned chip and Sony just wanted to clock the CPU lower to reduce heat or something

      • Amine Elouakil

        It’s 450Mhz for both

  • Orfran Moreno

    I currently have a Samsung Galaxy S3, I really like the Phone, but I’m looking to upgrade, what should I buy?? An S4 otros a note 3??

    • Luqmaan Mathee

      Take a note. Trust me.

      • Orfran Moreno

        Im looking to upgrade my tablet, thinking of buying a note 10.1 2014 edition. If I buy the note 3, donde I even need a tablet??

        • EnX$$

          no you dont need a tablet if you buy the note 3. with the money you can buy another phone you get two phones with a tablet because the note 3 counts as one

        • Luqmaan Mathee

          Well you wouldn’t really need a tablet with a note but that tablet is a real beauty.

    • Amine Elouakil

      Test both of them at shop to see which fit your taste the most, and test other phones while you are it, to get a feel on how fast or how slow the device is.

      Also the price should be something to consider, the Note 3 is ridiculously expensive for what it is.

  • Stephen Muir

    The price sim free is quite ludicrous to be honest! £688 last time i checked on amazon.. LG G2 for £462 from Handtec apparently, that’s quite a large difference, plus then you have oppo on the scene now

    • Ivan Myring

      Yeah, but ONLY £619.99 from Expansys and a mere £594.98 at clove.

  • tzkiki32

    Too expensive, I’ll rather get the Xperia Z1 or LG G2

  • sid

    nexus all the way…. samsung fucks at updates

  • TechUserT1000

    I purchased the original Note through AT&T, completely disappointed with how Samsung handle the Jelly Bean update and no product support after the upgrade. Many problems after Jelly Bean like battery life and no Multi View feature. Waiting for the Nokia 1520 but Samsung has lost this customer.

    • Cristi13

      Very interesting… Because in the jb update, the note 1 got the multi window…

  • John

    It’s as if people forget about rooting or self-coding and customization, or maybe they don’t know how to code. If they don’t know how to code, then they’re in no place to talk trash about the Note 3. Of course I’m getting this! If there’s something I don’t like, I’ll just code it away. A lot of these people commenting aren’t in a place to say no way if they’re talking about TouchWiz or lag. The Note 3 is a BEAST. Of course I’m getting this rectangularly-shaped wonder.

    • Amine Elouakil

      Why would anyone buy a 700€ phone with average to poor day to day performance and then risk bricking it and void the warranty for something that should have been working in the first place that doesn’t make sense at all. Heck even LG managed to make it G2 lag free and fast despite the same amount of bloat as Samsung.

      • John

        Learn to code. I said this earlier. My goodness it’ll take some effort to explain this to you. Would someone please like to do it for me?

        • Amine Elouakil

          You don’t answer my question.

        • NeedName

          yeah, that’s an intelligent response, “learn to code” as if that’s what every human does these days — spend their time learning to code a device they paid a grand for. . . because the dumb ass devs couldn’t do it right in the first frickin place so we all need to “learn to code” because of lazy idiots that can’t do their job right in the first place. . .

          /rant

        • RarestName

          Yeah, I’ll just tell my aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, parents and siblings to learn to code if try experience a small lag on their phones.

      • Marsg

        What are you talking about, the note 3 outperforms every other s800 device in both real world speed tests and in benchmarks, it’s like 5fps higher than the LG G2 , and the lG g2 doesn’t have as much bloat the s-pen feature of the note 3 alone can be compared to the LG G2 features, not to mention you’re getting better battery life a brighter display(brightness on lg g2 sucks), expandable storage, better multi tasking capabilities ,faster charging (USB 3.0

        • Amine Elouakil

          Benchmarks =/= day to day usage. also your excuse fo the Note 3 stylus bloatware doesn’t apply to the S4 (which lags and shutters aswell)

          Like I said in another comment above, the Note 3 is a beast in terms of hardware, but the software is inefficient or rather the optimization

          And seriously it is not a 50% better phone than the current flagships such as the G2 the One or Z …. to justify the 50%+ price tag

          • George Av

            Damn, we have a shitty LG Fanboy here! well done for looking like a utter prick! Here’s a word of advice, don’t go round talking shit about something you haven’t tried. The Note 3 is the most lag free touchwiz phone so far, it doesn’t have the S4 UI lag that you mention, it’s ALOT faster than the G2, It’s software isn’t as ugly as LG UI, and it doesn’t have retarded button placement.

            Not to mention that The note 3 is better in every aspect From software to hardware. So before you go shooting ya shit off again, ACTUALLY test the device out eh? ;) Oh And as a side note, your avi shows that you’re not even 10 ;)

          • Amine Elouakil

            I have an HTC One, and I love it, and now you’ve proven yourself to be an idiot congratulation. I’m just being objectif here (LG Phones used to lag as much if not more than their Samsung counterpart yet they managed to get their shit together)

            According to reviews It does lag, while I’m still going to give a shot when it hit local stores in my region, I’m pretty sure that reputable reviewers aren’t lying about it

          • Marsg

            First off I said real world tests as well which you can find on youtube with comparison to the g2, second the galaxy s4 and Note 3 are two different handsets, the note 3 doesn’t have a atmel motion chip with 4 high powered sensors working always to read airless gestures. So its not as bloated as the s4 and you can see that from the storage/ usable ram.

          • Amine Elouakil

            ok show me these so called real world tests. and Seriously a phone that takes like 2sec (more of less ) to open Contacts (when you have some) is SLOW no matter how you look at it

            Yes the S4 and Note 3 are different handset so what’s your point? S3 Note 2 S4 Note 4 all of them lags and shutter to different degree of course.

          • Marsg

            Dude go on YouTube and just search galaxy note 3 vs lg g2 speed test, I have seen like 5 videos and the G2 wins in none of them and I’m not talking about contacts, I’m talking about heavy image apps like taptu/ news republic and even games its about half a second faster, its using the same chipset as the lg g2 so the only difference is the software, if it were more bloated it wouldn’t be half a second to a second faster especially since its using same hardware.

          • Amine Elouakil

            Why don’t you just post one or two if they are that easy to find go ahead, and remember we are talking about usability not benchmarks. Heck even the native applications like contact and or the Flipboard copy that takes 1 to 2s to open and you tell me that the phone is fast,not to mention the lag and the shutter, but yeah you are blinded or rather you didn’t use a proper fast phone I invite you to go to a shop, and compare the Note3 and S4 to an HTC One and iPhone 5 not even going to mentiong the 5S… or heck even the G2 (LG was one of the worst if not the worst OEM in terms of software) and see for youself and you’ll understand what I’m talking about.

    • lil bit

      Or maybe they dont have time?

      I smell some serious ego here, now we know you can code, let us know when we are supposed to be impressed so we can go puke at your post.

      • John

        Time to complain, time to comment, time to defame, time to read these threads..
        What are people even doing here if they don’t take the time to use and appreciate the product as it truly is? When you open the packaging, the box, and your heart drops when you see the first glimpse at the phone and think of the wonder technology has become, when you skim your finger on top of the phone before you take it out, taking the time to appreciate its beauty, when you take the phone out and notice how the phone feels in your hands, when you peel the front sticker covering the glass screen gently like a little school kid, excited and in awe, and when you turn the phone on, don’t you feel the magnificence you hold in your hands? I mean, why are people bashing this phone for a bit of lag, if they aren’t going to tinker with it? What are they doing on this site then? Why do they wait for the ‘next big thing’ if they’re only going to use the outer layer of it? Do you buy a book to enjoy the cover, or do you take a look at its innards and the stories they contain? These people do not appreciate the phone. Do this. Do that. That’s all they see. That’s all they make of the phone. They see nothing more than numbers on the specs and the ones on benchmarks. If you’re not even going to use the phone to its full potential, then why even bother? You people are just like the majority of people, they just want the latest and most popular toys, except that you people complain on top of that. You want a lamborghini and then you drive it at 40mph! You want to look wealthy, you want to brag to your friends at what an expensive phone you have, you want to showoff the features, but inside you have no care for these features, the code that runs them. Learning to code is learning to appreciate these devices. You people would have called Steve Jobs a fool, you people would have called Bill Gates a fool, you people would have called Steve Wozniak a fool, you would have called the majority of people working at Google, Samsung, Apple, Microsoft, etc. all fools, braggarts, and even more slanderous names, you would have laughed at the nerd and pointed fingers with the rest back then, but they saw and see a vision that most people do not, and for that reason this site was made. For without the visions and dreams of these people, you would have no internet here, no wondrous phone in your pocket, no great computer to type on. You defame me, but at the same time you defame everyone who holds a true affection towards technology. So that’s why you should learn to code, and if not, then seal your lips and don’t complain about ‘lag.’

    • ConCal

      You shouldn’t have to do that to a phone to make it useable. You have no logic.

      • NotPlayingDev

        Screw logic, he only want to tell us that he is so great at coding. It could have been me, but then i got a REAL job as a dev consultant and i didnt have time to play around with stuff for my own amusement anymore, coming home late at night and be back at the airport at 5am in the morning tend to do that to people.

        • ConCal

          Agreed.

      • John

        Sorry, I wasn’t trying to brag. I just think everyone should know how to code. It’s already a major part of our society and will have an even bigger part in the future. If people learn to code then we’ll step earlier into the future. In that way, everyone benefits. If people learn to code, if people learn medicine, if people learn science in general, a lot of today’s problems would decrease or even diminish. This is the same site where people bash iPhone users for being simplistic, but when coding comes across the tables suddenly change. I also agree that people shouldn’t have to do their own coding to a phone that is to be a finished product, but people can go look at other phones instead rather than bashing the Note 3. My apologies, despite.

        • David

          I think that all people should learn to hunt for their own food and clean and process it. It would also be awesome if they learned plumbing and how to be an electrician and wire and plumb their own home. It also bothers me that people don’t know how to plant and grow their own food or rebuild their car’s engine. In General we should be able to build or do absolutely anything that they may ever use.

          • John

            What are people even doing here if they don’t take the time to use and appreciate the product as it truly is? When you open the packaging, the box, and your heart drops when you see the first glimpse at the phone and think of the wonder technology has become, when you skim your finger on top of the phone before you take it out, taking the time to appreciate its beauty, when you take the phone out and notice how the phone feels in your hands, when you peel the front sticker covering the glass screen gently like a little school kid, excited and in awe, and when you turn the phone on, don’t you feel the magnificence you hold in your hands? I mean, why are people bashing this phone for a bit of lag, if they aren’t going to tinker with it? What are they doing on this site then? Why do they wait for the ‘next big thing’ if they’re only going to use the outer layer of it? Do you buy a book to enjoy the cover, or do you take a look at its innards and the stories they contain? These people do not appreciate the phone. Do this. Do that. That’s all they see. That’s all they make of the phone. They see nothing more than numbers on the specs and the ones on benchmarks. If you’re not even going to use the phone to its full potential, then why even bother? You people are just like the majority of people, they just want the latest and most popular toys, except that you people complain on top of that. You want a lamborghini and then you drive it at 40mph! You want to look wealthy, you want to brag to your friends at what an expensive phone you have, you want to showoff the features, but inside you have no care for these features, the code that runs them. Learning to code is learning to appreciate these devices. You people would have called Steve Jobs a fool, you people would have called Bill Gates a fool, you people would have called Steve Wozniak a fool, you would have called the majority of people working at Google, Samsung, Apple, Microsoft, etc. all fools, braggarts, and even more slanderous names, you would have laughed at the nerd and pointed fingers with the rest back then, but they saw and see a vision that most people do not, and for that reason this site was made. For without the visions and dreams of these people, you would have no internet here, no wondrous phone in your pocket, no great computer to type on. You defame me, but at the same time you defame everyone who holds a true affection towards technology. So that’s why you should learn to code, and if not, shut your mouth and don’t complain about ‘lag.’

          • Jimmy Franchise

            Lol….awesome

  • james dearyan

    The price is high but it is the best phone on the market I know people say touch wiz is a hog but I like it and have a note 2 but would love the 3 for is monster specs and screen and enhanced s pen

  • Lin

    My latest Android phone is over 3 years old. I want something to replace my phone, ipod, camera, and even some tasks I do at work on my laptop. I always buy the best of the best so for the price to replace 4 things I use daily the Note 3 has my name all over it. Buying one this week.

  • DV

    Already bought…! The best in calss.

  • Gilles LeBlanc

    Cause its a piece of crap…. One Z Ultra for me please

    • sonyNogood

      bwahaha have fun peeling that disgusting oem screen protector off and yes when you do in a month the sony logo will come off and will void your warranty

    • RarestName

      It’s a piece of crap? Have you even used one before?

  • MasterMuffin

    No, because though it’s a great device, I want to be the first one to have 4.4!

    • Ivan Myring

      So go get a job at Google.

      • MasterMuffin

        I’ll rather just get a Nexud, much easier!

    • Luka Mlinar

      Se Nexus 5 for you i take it. :)

      • MasterMuffin

        YES :)

    • Oli72

      Totally agree. Nexus for life. ;-)

    • Amine Elouakil

      How about the Google edition phones?

      • MasterMuffin

        How about no?

        • Amine Elouakil

          aren’t they updated as fast as the Nexus phones?, I’m not even going to mention the Verizon (was it?) Galaxy Nexus fiasco

          • MasterMuffin

            Yes they are, but no, just no :)

          • Blowntoaster

            Someone is a bit cranky today. You know you want a Note 3…
            You’re just being stubborn.
            The Nexus will just bore you…hahahaha….

          • MasterMuffin

            I’m cranky because it’s mah birthday!

          • Blowntoaster

            Shame. Give the man a muffin. Happy b-day. May you get a Nexus 5 before xmas….

          • MasterMuffin

            Thanks and I shall get it!

          • mobilemann

            big problem here is the spen. i’m sure that software is deeply tied into touchwiz.

          • Amine Elouakil

            of course like the HTC One camera not being on pare with the Sense One, but the dev can produce apps or import some of them of the device is popular but I doubt it will be since the GE of the One and S4 aren’t that popular

      • lil bit

        How about living outside of USA? Like most people in the word do.

        • Amine Elouakil

          I live in France.

    • itLAAAGGGGINNGGG

      LOL whats so great about 4.4 I thought ever since jelly bean and project butter all lag was gone so why???

      • MasterMuffin

        Os updates do more than give just more speed ō_ō

  • Daniel

    No, I just got the Moto X and won’t get a new phone for a while. Even without that fact, I got tired of TW a little while ago after I flashed CM 10 on my S3. I love the stock feel (or nearly stock with the Moto X), and I’m never going back.

  • RaptorOO7

    Pre-ordered mine on Verizon the morning it went up. Can’t wait only 10 more days to go.

  • John Garlits

    It’s on my “consider” list, but waiting to compare what will be available when my contract is up in December. It will have to compete with the Nexus 5 and maybe/hopefully a Google Edition G2.

  • fahim

    No.. I want to buy iphone 5s

    • Luqmaan Mathee

      Why are you on Android authority then? You must be a troll.

    • John

      I’m afraid we’ll have to ask you to leave and come another time. Such absurdity is not allowed here.

      • lil bit

        Beats region locking though

    • james dearyan

      If you want anAndroid copy why not just go with an Android? Command center. …. airdrop. … live ish wallpapers. …… Apple is a joke

  • Anzilleo Kristello Mozihim

    Galaxy Note III is a so-so for me. FOR ME, so I won’t be getting it.
    Xperia Z1 however is a win-win for me. And the fact that the GN3 is more expensive than the Z1 and the G2.

  • http://www.facebook.com/abdullah.naji1 Abdullah Naji

    Yes! I’m definitely getting the Note 3, it’s simply the best phone out there. It doesn’t take a genius to figure that out.

  • Ivan Myring

    Yes, when the price goes down (or maybe at Christmas)

  • Tournaflyer

    Just pulled the trigger on a Verizon Note 3.
    Also refilled my Xanex since I won’t be able to sleep for ten days!

  • Lil bit

    “With the regional lockout controversy behind”

    It’s not behind, check out the xda thread that was sourced in your own article, is exploding with devices that are still region locked after proper activation with regional SIM, and the Samsung Switzerland statement has been pulled. Detailed blacklists have been extracted from both Euro and middle east devices, and no-one it’s able to use Asian Sims in Euro devices. And surprise, US sims does work, because no American countries are on the blacklist of Euro devices. The only good news is that no restrictions has been found on Hong Kong version.

    • http://AndroidAuthority.com/ Bogdan Petrovan

      Will check it out.

    • sfasljkas

      It’s not just hong kong there are many countries where it’s not locked

  • Nech

    Gimme money for it and I’m out for shopping.

  • Valtheus

    No i won’t be getting it. Although i consider it a great device, Its probably too big for me as a phone. Plus the more i am using my Nexus 7 (2013), the more i enjoy vanilla OS.

  • Downtoearth2

    NO

  • Luka Mlinar

    No matter how good it is it’s still a brick.

    • John

      Not a brick.

    • Amine Elouakil

      lol! but I would say from a hardware perspective, the Note 3 has some amazing specs, my main problem with the device it’s how inefficient it is, too much horse power and lags

      • Luka Mlinar

        Not a bad phone at all, just big for me. I kind of find it interesting how only iPhone and Note users will bash any negative comment about their phone with down votes. Samsung vs Apple ad zombies :D

        • Peter

          Your fake ad actually is quite funny, but it would have been much better without all the spelling mistakes.

          • Luka Mlinar

            True that!

        • Amine Elouakil

          xD keep the troll images coming then

    • hoggleboggle

      and yet it is the most powerful and and useful brick out on the market at the moment.Except maybe for those fancy hand cut clay bricks. They are the bees knees!

    • Antdog

      “trowing it trough a window”?

  • Oli72

    Need that pure Google. No thanks note 3.

  • Topcat488

    Well i was thinking about getting a Note 3 before i leave Germany… But with the “Region Lock” i’ll wait; cause what if for some reason, it asks for the region sim while i’m back in the USA? Anyway i’ll pick one up in the US, too old to be traveling, i will be staying put there…

    It’s the S-Pen and Multi-Window, AirView, etc… features that have me “Hooked”.

    • RarestName

      All you have to do is i activate the phone with a German SIM card, then you’ll be able to use any SIM card you like.

      • lil bit

        Not any sim card he like but USA/Americas should be ok, among the 63 blacklisted countries for the European Note 3 none are on the American continents.

  • EvenInTheDarkestHour

    Probably not going to get one. My Note 2 hadn’t shown any signs of being maxed out. Sure is tempting tho….

  • EnX$$

    not buying note 3 im looking for a more fresh clean ui with no lag.

    • hoggleboggle

      the UI is certainly a bit dated, but vanilla android isn’t much better either. As for lag, there is none at all. zilch, zip nada.

  • follow @muvee360

    I already got myself one

  • Velvetmxo

    already acquired my Z Ultra

  • George Av

    No, my reason being that i’m on a contract… (Kill me now) and i’m only a year into it! Next phone is the S5 :) or HTC if Samsung use shit plastic,

  • superTROLL

    single band

    pentile which has grainy look

    smallish battery upgrade

    no premium material

    no OIS

    camera has too small of pixel size not tune for lowlights

    audio loud speaker sucks

    spen got smaller harder to hold

    tw bloated as always

    scree is dimmer than s4

    did not have exynos despite samsung hype and promises at ces

    no emcc 5.0 nand

    — undisputed facts… thank you–

    • hoggleboggle

      Shame your facts are incorrect
      – pentile theoretically will look grainier at low res but on this screen it looks fantastic.Anyone claiming to be able to see the “grain” is deluding themselves or has a watch loupe strapped to their head.
      – It does have the exynos chip – in the 3G only variant.
      – not sure where you are getting yout “facts” about screen brightness from, but I have used the Note 3 in bright sunlight and without even turning the brightness up to max it was clearly visible, much more than any other phone I have seen or used.

      • EKfine

        dont feed the troll..

      • lil bit

        But this is not a high PPI display, lets just accept that it has a low PPI for red and blue subpixels and that some people have better eyes than others. If the green subpixel PPI was the real PPI then it would be impressive enough, but i think the red and blue have a PPI of well below 300. Thats not so impressive now is it. For the Galaxy S4 its different, here the subpixel PPI for red and blue will stay near Retina territory.

        • lil bit

          I checked at Displaymate, S4 subpixel density is 312 for red and blue, that leaves Note 3 red/blue at around 274 PPI, which is almost exactly the same as Note 2. Thats what the numbers say.

          • hoggleboggle

            sorry but your argument is utter claptrap. The screen is capable of displaying 1920×1080 coloured pixels so it is well beyond apple’s definition of retina end of story. The colour build-up within each pixel is then broken down into the subpixels of varying colours. This whole argument about pentile or not is nothing but FUD. No matter how good your eyesight is, you will not be able to distinguish the sub pixels let alone the the individual pixels.

          • ^^^FANBOY^^^

            hoggleboggle is SOLD! true blue fanboy samsung loves you
            grap a samsung leg and hump it

      • Amine Elouakil

        Once seen it cannot be unseen, no matter what the PPI is at, and kind of agree with the fact that it’s harder to notice with higher PPI but it’s not impossible to notice.

  • kile

    Aside form not being waterproof it ticks all the other boxes. The specs make it a do it all device, hook this up to your tele, no computer needed.
    These arent phones anymore but portable computers/ media players and the note has the best size screen.
    Then you have all the added uses provided by the stylus.
    The xperia z1 is getting poor reviews due to the camera and battery, the nexus 5 may have a 8 mpl camera and again no removable battery. This is the safest future proof device to go for. Plus you get another 50gb of dropbox.

  • PopeJamal

    I’ll pass on the note 3 because:
    My note 2 had bad memory and bricked itself
    -Region locking stickers
    -Can’t flash roms without breaking knox
    -Too much touchwiz bloatware

    I went lg g2 because all i wanted was the snapdragon 800 and a 5 inch screen anyway. Plus Samsung is getting to big and i don’t trust where they’re taking android.

  • RarestName

    No, because it’s a phablet and my small head looks silly when taking a call.

  • Bomj

    Nope. Preordered Xperia Z Ultra.

  • Ruz

    Would like to wait for Note 4 or S5..

    also wanted to clarify does anyone know that the camera has OIS camera?

  • ConCal

    I am so sick of their design language. You have to flash a new ROM to make the phone useable and appealing. Plus, their hardware design is just ugly. I’ve always bought samsung, but my next phone will be something else unless they change things up.

  • Blowntoaster

    Gimme a Note 3…I’m buying one because of the S Pen features. It’s just what I need. The Nexus 5 is second on my list but dunno if I would want vanilla android again.

  • Ishaan Malhotra

    The new nexus 7 will be getting 4.4 with nexus 5 launch,right?

    • zubairali

      yes

  • theweirdranga

    I Pre-Ordered a black one for $888

  • John-Phillip Saayman

    Probably getting this but in a few months only… Ah the wait..

  • lchupacabras

    Yeah, already got my pre-order in with the whole Verizon glitch fiasco, not sure if I’ll keep it though, the screen may end up being too big for me.

  • gfacekilla01

    Not for me. I was caught up last year and got the Note 2. Still loving it, too. Especially with a 64gig memory card stuffed full of music and movies. The big screen is great as is the battery life, but for now I have voluntarily taken myself off of the new phone every year plan. Maybe in January I’ll consider the LG G2 if it comes down to maybe $50 on amazon.

  • Genti Xhanari

    I’m not buying it because I bought an S4 3 months ago :)

  • crackinthewall

    Price is the only thing I’m considering and sadly, the Note 3 isn’t really worth the $200 premium over the G2 or the Z1. Samsung would have dropped the Note 3 before 2GB becomes too restrictive on any phone and I’d be due for an update next year if ever.

  • Klaus Winkelmeier

    No, because regional restrictions.

  • Jack Swag

    Preordered already with Verizon!!! I can’t wait. I use to be a Motorola fan but then their quality went south. (Pre google buy out) I fell in love with Samsung after my SG3. Then I bought the GN2, wow what a great phone. Now, I am waiting for my GN3 to arrive!! My wife is using the SG3 now and she loves it. I will be selling my GN2. Anybody want it?

  • trex

    yes but not now, it’s too expensive currently. probably on first half of 2014.

  • terpski

    I bought it already and I love it.

  • tomislav

    Mine just arrived today. Man this thing is PURE BEAST!!! Snap ver.

  • Tyler

    Not buying one. Until just recently I used the Note II and used to think I would get a Note 3. Reasons I won’t be buying the note 3:
    1) I never use the S Pen
    2) Touchwiz is awful
    3) Note II screen was nearly impossible to see in sunlight.
    4) The pleather back is just cheesy (this is a small knock but I can’t believe how many people say the new design is better than before; diffrn’t strokes for diffrn’t folks I guess.) But really, if they wanted a textured back why not make a textured back that wasn’t a fake material? Fake stitching? Fake Leather? yuk!

    I liked the large screen of the Note II but the cons outweighed the pro’s with so much good competition out there now. Now i’m trying out the Sony Z1 and LG G2 to see which one I like more.

  • Dan

    No, cause my Original Galaxy Note is still chugging along just fine. I just replaced the battery and the champ can now last for 1 1/2 days!

  • M3D1T8R

    No way. Despite the positives of removable memory and battery,
    1. Crap Samsung buttons.
    2. Crap Samsung Touchwiz bloat.
    3. Crap Samsung radios.
    4. Crap Samsung build quality in general.

    After buying the S3 at launch last year, and trying to love it for over 7 months, I finally gave up and freed myself due to the above reasons. I did testing on the S4 and all the other new phones at Verizon yesterday, S4 was by far the worst, reception was remarkably slight worse than the S3. LG G2 was not much better. HTC One and [my current] DNA were better and about equal to Moto X, and Motorola Droid Maxx was the best.

    Samsung’s backwards buttons and obsolete physical home button (not correctable by rooting/romming) and noticeably laggy Touchwiz (much worse than every other phone tested including HTC One and DNA Sense which was not bad, and even LG’s skin; Motorola’s near stock on X and Maxx was generally the least laggy) and generally poor build quality round out the flaws, none of which seem to have been fixed with the Note 3.

    For those who enjoy the Note due to S-pen features and aren’t concerned with my above issues, more power to you. Not worth it for me. Hopefully Samsung will correct these issues next year with the rumored better build and other changes on their future devices.

  • IDontKnowMyName

    Being the original Note user I can say it’s a great device especially the big screen. But I really don’t see myself using all the s-pen features that Samsung has implemented. Therefore my next device will 100% be a Nexus. Not necessarily the Nexus 5 but eventually my next upgrade will be in the Nexus line of phones. My current Note running CM10.2 is super smooth-buttery with adequate battery life. I can live with it for another year I suppose. I don’t have to spend money when my current device is just fine. I know it doesn’t win any benchmark contest but I never buy a device based on benchmark scores anyway.

  • Joedarkness

    Going to wait .. In fact I have to wait as the Docomo press event for the new 2013 winter collection is on the Oct 10

    It’s a N3 or a Sony Z1 ..

  • Nitinart Nunthong

    voted for Not interested.
    1. I just bought nexus 4 last month (it discounted for about 100$ in my country and got a 30$ power bank for free too)
    2. this size is too big for me. I ‘d prefer the size of 4.7-5″ (e.g. nexus 4 , S4 , one)

  • wezi427

    I like the Note. I think the next Nexus is for me, never mind I’m with Verizon. I hate Verizon!

  • AJ

    Definitely not. No tri band LTE, not much of a larger screen compared to my Note II. If you are upgrading from an older phone then it may be worth it but for Note II owners, it’s definitely not worth it IMO, especially the Sprint version at $349.99. If the screen was a little larger, let’s say 6.0 or 6.2 (Mega’s size) and it was tri band LTE capable then it world be worth the upgrade. Not in my case.

  • Christopher Cheong

    still on plan with my note 2…

  • DarxideGarrison

    Nexus 5 for me! I’m done w/Touchwiz

  • Rudzter

    I got mine 26. September. So far I got nothing to complain about. 35k on anTuTu and everything is super smooth. Loving the new S-pen. and so on.

  • Q.

    It’s the best phone out there IMO but I’m unemployed and I can’t afford it :”(( Maybe next year Samsung.

    • Adrian Remus

      *Phablet

      • Q.

        That word isn’t catching on.

        • Adrian Remus

          But it’s the best word available to describe that thing. Or are there any other words for XL phones? I also hate that word; i believe that every time someone says that word, a baby whale dies…

  • Roberto Tomás

    We need a review that covers the USB3 i/o speeds, and whetehr it can work with a phantom powered usb3 ssd or hd.

    I like the Note 3, esp. the limited edition. :) I like the usb3, I like the full power SoC and the memory. I’m not put off by the size — if anything I wish it was larger.

    I’m not sold on the pen. The pen either needs to come with some great artist-oriented pen apps, work as a transient input device for a regular PC, or else it needs to just go away and be more like Sony’s Z1 Ultra.

  • dlm11133

    I plan on getting it hopefully by mid October (Can’t wait!!!). I have been waiting for this phone since July when I was tempted to get a Note 2. Currently have an iPhone and it’s screen is just too small for me. Had an HTC Evo before that. Once you go big, it then becomes the standard.

  • needa

    not a chance. i am totally finished with samsung and their horrible coding, cheap radios, the onslaught of crap i dont need and will never use, and cheap exteriors.

  • Deepak Goyal

    I think mobile should be max. 4.7-5 inches screen size. More over multiple windows option in 5.7 inches screen is of no use.

  • Adon

    Awesome phone,but will have to wait,currently oversees and will for a while,the phone has yet to be launch hear. Must wait to see if another brand make something with similar specification and price less. GOOGLE NEXUS DO U HEAR,give a NEXUS alternative to the Note 3. Do i hear a NEXUS 6

  • treyfub

    I’m buying it afterit looked so awesome here:

    http://youtu.be/VpxU977Vm1w