Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Review

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is the 3rd generation of the Galaxy Note series. The Korean company has improved many important features compared to its previous generation, include internet browsing, reading documents and playing multimedia contents. These improvements allowed it to be used as a pocket-friendly tablet.

In addition, the smartphone runs on Android 4.3, is equiped with a quad-core Snapdragon 800 chipset with the processing power of 2.3 GHz for each core. and a 3GB built in RAM. Another notable feature is that the Note 3 was also shipped with a S-Pen stylus.

Perhaps the most improved features are the massive 3200 mAh battery pack and the 5.7 in HD display (resolution 1080 pixels). Not only that, the Galaxy Note 3 also has an excellent camera and a solid build quality. All of these great improvement tell us why it was one of the best smartphone in 2013

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Display & Design

Compared to its predecessor, the Note 3 design has some minor improvement. The display size is 5.7 in (the previous generation is 5.5 in). The weight and shape are almost the same with the Note 2 – it feels neat and comfortable.

The display quality is excellent. The Full HD 1080p Super AMOLED panel allows it to have very great viewing angle and marvelous color displaying.

samsing galaxy note 3 display

The use of plastic material remained unchanged makes it feel durable and robust without creaking. The appearance of the device looks very delicated and high-end because it has faux-metallic silver edging.

On the back of the phone, a special type of material was added on top of the plastics layerto give the effect of a leather-bound notebook. However, if you don’t like this design, you can swap for the traditional plastics cover, or using a smartphone case.

back design note 3


The Galaxy Note 3 battery was perhaps one of the most amazing upgraded parts. With the 3200 mAh capacity, you can continuously use it up to 14-15 hours under heavy usage: calls, texts, internet browsing, email. This is one of the most phenomenal change of the Galaxy Note. Even other big branded smartphone such as Apple iPhone 5s, HTC One also not comparable.

For video streaming, it can sustain upto about 9 hours for playing HD videos. With less heavy usage, you can expect to use it for about 24 hours for each single charge.


The Galaxy Note 3 was shipped with the same Wacom stylus as its predecessor. However, many functionalities have been added: Action Memo, Pen Window, S Finder, Scrap Booker and Screen Write.

Screen Write is a tool that allows you to make notes and annotate anything that is displayed on the screen. It is a very useful feature for working professionals who have to make proposals and work document.

The Pen Window feature allows you to draw a window on the screen and run applications inside it. Therefore Pen Window is also called multitasking.

Note 3 Pen Window Multitask

To this time, the following apps can be run with the Pen Window: Calculator, Contacts, Clocks, ChatOn, Google Hangouts, Web browser, Phone Dialer and Youtube.

S-Finder is a search tool and Action Memo allows you to send commands to the phone (such as Web browser, Contacts, email texting and search applications) from the written words on the screen.

Galaxy Note 3 S Finder

For instance, you can open the Note 3, scribble out some text, highlight it with S-Pen, press share option and send it as text message or email message. The smartphone will automatically transform your handwriting words into text using an internal built in OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software. Samsung also include the share options to allow users to share the content instantaneously.

Specs and Storage

As mentioned previously, the Galaxy Note 3 uses a Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon 800 chipset (each core 2.3 GHz) with a built in 3 Gb of RAM. With that, you get the Qualcomm’s 4K video driving Adreno 320 GNU which make this smartphone a powerful device.

The Note 3 model has 3 different storage spaces: 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB. Samsung confirmed that the 16GB and 32GB sub-models support SD-cards up to 64 GB.


The Note 3 supports WIFI 802 a/b/g/n/ac, WIFI Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, DLNA which you can connect to almost all type of internet network. It also supports all major 4G bands, HSPA, HSPA+ and DC-HSPA


The Galaxy Note 3 was equipped with a 13 Mp camera with a single LED flash. It can record videos in both 1080 p resolution and 4K resolution. That’s why it is one of the best camera in the world of Android smartphone.

Note 3 image camera

There are many photo taking options you can select from: Best Photo, Animated Photo (GIF), Panorama, Best Face, and Sound and Shot. To select these lens options, you go to “Mode” and browse through to carousel.

If you feel these steps and selections are confusing, you should just use the default settings which are capable of taking impressive images. On the front, there is a sharp quality, 2 Mp camera for video calls and Google Hangouts.

Pictures taken from the 13 Mp camera at the back of the phone are excellent. All details, including color saturation, are perfected captured.

Samsung also integrated an image stabilization tool which allows quick shot without any blur on the image. Taking great images has never been easier.


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