Samsung Galaxy Note 3 review ,The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is looking to continue in the same vein as the original Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note 2, offering you a phone which could almost be mistaken for a tablet and wants you to believe it’s both.
Let’s get one thing straight before we dive into this review though, the Galaxy Note 3 is only going to appeal to a narrow segment of users, it’s certainly not going to have the broad appeal of the Galaxy S4, nor catch the eye of the fashion-conscious iPhone 5S purchaser.
The Note 3 isn’t pretending to be anything it’s not. It knows it’s a big, some may say huge, smartphone and Samsung understands that form factor won’t be for everyone.
That said, with big size comes big price, and the Galaxy Note 3 will set you back a wallet-busting £600 (around $950, AU$1,000) SIM-free.
The hefty price tag can be softened if you choose to pick the Note 3 up on a two year contract, but you’ll still be paying a relatively high amount a month for the privilege – upwards of £35 per month in the UK if you want a free phone.
In terms of competition there’s not a great deal which compares to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, but its closest competitor is currently the Sony Xperia Z Ultra which boasts a massive 6.4-inch which dwarfs even this handset.
A quick glance over the Galaxy Note 3 and it does exactly what we thought it would do: takes over the mantle as the world’s most powerful smartphone, although the advantage is a lot smaller this time.
First up we have to mention the display – it’s grown again since the 5.5-inch offering on the Note 2 to a palm busting 5.7 inches complete with a full HD, 1080 x 1920 Super AMOLED display.
That’s the same resolution as the Galaxy S4, but as the screen is larger on the Galaxy Note 3 the pixel count isn’t as great at 386ppi, so it’s not quite as pin sharp as its smaller brother. It still looks pretty impressive though – and so it should for the price Samsung is asking.
We’re still waiting for Samsung to embrace the full metal chassis we’ve enjoyed on the HTC One and the iPhone 5, but it is trying something slightly different with the Note 3.
The Galaxy Note 3 has retained the metal frame from the Galaxy S4 running around the edge of the device providing a rigid body and a more premium look, but it’s on the rear where Samsung has tried something new.