Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Review
The Galaxy Note 3 is really a slightly large-screened Android phone equipped having a Wacom digitizer stylus. The larger brother towards the Galaxy S5 it is also arguably much more intriguing, even though a bit expensive but the benefits come at a value. You will find quite a couple of aspects of the telephone we’re not completely enamored with, particularly concerning a number of Samsung’s design and style decisions, but this is a excellent telephone for gadget lovers and geeks alike.
There is no hiding it, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is actually a very huge telephone. Saying that, it really is nonetheless not quite within the identical league as massive mobiles just like the Galaxy Mega 6.3 and Xperia Z Ultra. You won’t feel completely ridiculous putting it for your ear, and holding it in one hand is not too much of a struggle. Samsung has actually managed to make the Galaxy Note 3 narrower than the Galaxy Note 2, even though the new telephone features a larger 5.7-inch show.
Although this really is an impressive feature by Samsung we should not neglect that the phone is still 8cm wide. If you crave a telephone that you can easily use one-handed, then this is not it. For any bit of context, the iPhone 5S is just 5.8cm wide.
So what is it? It is rubberized plastic having a leather-effect grain to give it a frictional high quality of the actual point.
Take the battery cover off and you’ll see really how equivalent it actually would be to the back of the Galaxy S4 and Note 2. It is thin, bendy and plastic. And whilst it does not feel negative as such, we favor the aluminium of the HTC A single M8 as well as the matt plastic of the Nokia Lumia 925.
This is not a deal-breaker, but do not strategy the Galaxy Note 3 thinking Samsung has revolutionised its method to hardware style – it hasn’t.
If something, the new style is much more most likely to polarise opinion than the safer old phones. As well as a leather-effect rear, the sides of the phone are ribbed chrome impact plastic, clearly intended to produce it look like metal. The overall impact implies it ends up looking a little naff. Moreover, the white version features a much less convincing feeling than the black.
This ribbed plastic can also be seen around the S Pen, which slots into the bottom edge in the phone. There’s a minimum of some consistency, even if the surface-level generational upgrades feel like modifications for change’s sake.
One such modify – but in addition something that tech geeks will lap up – is the new connector socket around the bottom. It looks like a microUSB with a partially created conjoined twin attached. It’s not graceful, but it does include advantages.
The Galaxy Note 3 has the first USB 3.0-compliant socket we’ve seen on a telephone. This hugely increases the rate at which the telephone can leech data from a pc (when using a USB 3.0 port), and will increase the rate of recharging when carrying out so more than USB (once more when making use of a 3.0 port). With just 32GB of internal memory within a Note three, we’re not hugely excited about more quickly file transfers. But more quickly charging from a function laptop sounds good to us.
You don’t have to use the supplied extra-large cable, either. The Galaxy Note 3 is satisfied to charge, and transfer data, making use of a normal microUSB cable. Like previous Galaxy-series phones, the port is also MHL-compliant, meaning you will be capable of output video and audio to a Television with the proper cable.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – Screen Top quality
The Note series has noticed a gradual increase in screen size across its three generations. The initial had a five.3-inch screen, the Note two has a 5.5-inch screen and the Galaxy Note 3 includes a 5.7-inch screen. These tiny increments have already been created without any unfavorable effects on the bodywork. The Note is much less wide and less heavy than either in the former Notes.
The Note 3’s core screen technologies is comparable, though. It uses a Super AMOLED display of 1080p resolution.
Like Galaxy S4, the Galaxy Note 3 makes use of a PenTile ‘diamond’ show, exactly where the sub-pixels are arranged into a diamond shape. Within a lower-resolution screen, making use of a PenTile show would outcome in fuzzy text, but right here the 396ppi pixel density is high sufficient to make it a non-concern. This can be a super-sharp screen despite getting over sized.
And as comes with any great OLED-type screen, contrast and black levels are outstanding within the Galaxy Note 3. Colours are a little a lot more problematic. Fresh out of the box, they’re a little hot, but Samsung gives you some manage more than the character of the show.
Inside the Settings menu you are able to choose among Dynamic, Standard, Professional Photo and Film screen modes. Dynamic is as ugly as a Television in a Curry’s higher street store (i.e. over-saturated), however the Photo and Movie modes get quite close to providing an impression of accuracy.
As we saw with the Galaxy S4, leading brightness is excellent for an AMOLED panel, though whites are not quite as searing as you’d see on a top-end IPS screen. This can be a fantastic display.
Essentially the most fascinating element of the Galaxy Note 3’s screen, although, is the digitizer layer. You cannot see, it, but it is what lets the S Pen stylus work. Wacom tends to make the digitizer inside the Note 3 – it is the business behind the ‘industry standard’ Intuos graphics tablets, used by experts across the world.
The Note 3 is also among the initial Galaxy phones to not use a glossy rear plastic cover. Samsung has tried to fool us into thinking the Note three features a leather rear. It looks like leather, from a distance, and the battery cover has fake stitching about its outer edges. But make no error - this isn't leather.