The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – Our Review

samsung_galaxy_note_3Available from the 25th September, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is one of the most eagerly anticipated new smartphones this Autumn thanks to the massive popularity of the original Galaxy Note and its successor, the Note 2. Samsung have been busy designing some great enhancements for the Note 3 so here’s what we can expect.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has had a mini design make-over and now comes with a textured back cover made from a leather type material. The screen size has increased to an impressive 5.7 inches for the Note 3 and it boasts a stunning Super AMOLED 1080 x 1920 display with a pixel density of 386 pixels per inch. The Galaxy Note 3 is also slightly thinner at 8.3mm and a bit lighter at 168 grams.

There are also some upgrades under the hood, including a powerful 2.3GHz Snapdragon quad-core processor and 3GB of RAM. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will run on the latest version of Android (Jellybean 4.3) and comes with either 32 GB or 64GB of onboard storage. There’s also a microSD card slot if you want to increase this further.

Software-wise, one of the main enhancements is the new capabilities of the S Pen. A new feature called Air Command is activated when you pick up the S Pen which gives you five further and pretty useful new features. Action Memos means you can scribble down phone numbers and addresses from which you can call people and look up locations on Google Maps without having to copy and paste or even leave that screen. S Finder means you can search for things on your phone without having to go through a whole load of menus. Scrapbook stores any useful articles or content you want to keep organised in a separate place and Screen Write says what it does – you can write your own comments on screen captures which could come in handy for work documents you need to share with colleagues.

Another of the great 5 features is Pen Window which enables you do call up 8 of the handsets most frequently used apps (e.g. the browser, contacts, the calculator etc) no matter what you’re doing on the phone or what screen or app you are already in. All you need to do is draw a box with the S Pen and the 8 apps pop up so you can look up whatever information you need at the same time as doing something else.

The camera on the Note 3 is a 13-megapixel beauty with a choice of great features including image stabilisation, face recognition, Dual Shot and a panorama setting. The bigger screen is also ideal for catching up with films and gaming and the big 3200mAh battery means that you get a decent amount of battery life between charges.