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Old September 25th, 2013, 10:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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First Impressions...

1. It's very light. For such a big device it feels so light in the hand.
2. The battery life is VERY STRONG.
3. I'm surprised how fast the battery charge just using the regular USB 2.0.
4. It's very clean and sexy.
5. There is ALOT of bloatware. I'd say half is useful and half isn't.

Overall, VERY HAPPY with my decision.

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Nice, congrats! What color? Are you going to put a case on it?
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Congrats, received my black Note 3 this afternoon 17:00 sharp
Just buzzy with the installation of my apps.
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First Impressions...

1. It's very light. For such a big device it feels so light in the hand.
2. The battery life is VERY STRONG.
3. I'm surprised how fast the battery charge just using the regular USB 2.0.
4. It's very clean and sexy.
5. There is ALOT of bloatware. I'd say half is useful and half isn't.

Overall, VERY HAPPY with my decision.
Congrats! The Note 2 battery was great out of the box also. I remeber some people getting ridiculous amount of life on their note 2's. I managed to get around 24 hours initially.

But, as all batteries, that will go down over time. Great thing is, after 11 months on the Note 2, I still get around 18 hours with heavy use.

As long as you use a 2.1amp charger it should be fast.
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Congrats! Very Happy for you.

Enjoy
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Picked up mine too. Initial view on seeing the n3...underwhelmed!

Next to my N3 it looks like a large s2. The design is nice though and has grown on me.

Speed? Rocket ship.

New version of Kies - V3. Says its not compatible with updates! Wanted to back up memory card before moving the new content to a bigger card i have....can't.

Overall...nice. Screen....excellent Gets hot like the N2. Is it a worthy upgrade over the N2...let me come back to you later on this....630 is a lot of wonga!
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The charging lead gets shorter too....
I'm also finding the gallery a little laggy .
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First Impressions...

1. It's very light. For such a big device it feels so light in the hand.
2. The battery life is VERY STRONG.
3. I'm surprised how fast the battery charge just using the regular USB 2.0.
4. It's very clean and sexy.
5. There is ALOT of bloatware. I'd say half is useful and half isn't.

Overall, VERY HAPPY with my decision.
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Just picked mine up after Samsung sent it to the wrong address!!! They also never sent my Galaxy Gear grrr
Phone is better than N2 much faster, better screen. The back cover actually feels like leather.
Haven't had much time to play with it but can't get announcify to work on yet
So far I'm quite happy
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So, for those of you that get great results from your N2 in regards to battery life, what do you consider heavy usage?
I am switching from the iPhone 5 to the N3 when it comes out here in the US with Verizon and my past experience with droids (last was the Samsung G S III) was that the battery life was awful.
Also, what is the deal with killing apps so they are not running in the background and using battery life? I have heard App killers are bad, then I have also heard they are good. Are they needed anymore?
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Anybody fathomed out how to remove carrier name from the lock screen yet as it's driving me mad trying to find out how to get rid of it
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Never used app killers. Battery will take a few days to get good charge out of them. They only come part charged. Spending the first couple of days installing stuff and setting them up not best time to state battery
Life. Check back in a week.....

Are the gears being posted now? I thought they were being released a month later...?
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So, for those of you that get great results from your N2 in regards to battery life, what do you consider heavy usage?
I am switching from the iPhone 5 to the N3 when it comes out here in the US with Verizon and my past experience with droids (last was the Samsung G S III) was that the battery life was awful.
Also, what is the deal with killing apps so they are not running in the background and using battery life? I have heard App killers are bad, then I have also heard they are good. Are they needed anymore?
My travel / work days are 16 hrs by the time I get back to the hotel. I use my Galaxy S4 constantly all day long. On the web, using quick office, nearly 100 emails & downloading large work files. I've been tracking battery run times closely, at the end of my most intense days of usage I have 30% to 34% remaining at 11 PM. That's far better than I could squeeze out of my iPhone 5 by at least 3 or 4 hours.
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Please post pics holding your new note 3 ......so jealous
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Quick question for those who have the 3...
Does the protruding camera area stop the 3 from lying flush on a flat surface?

That would really bother me if it isn't stable.
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So, for those of you that get great results from your N2 in regards to battery life, what do you consider heavy usage?
I am switching from the iPhone 5 to the N3 when it comes out here in the US with Verizon and my past experience with droids (last was the Samsung G S III) was that the battery life was awful.
Also, what is the deal with killing apps so they are not running in the background and using battery life? I have heard App killers are bad, then I have also heard they are good. Are they needed anymore?
Heavy usage, for me, is having work emails with constant push (meaning, instant receive and send), Gmail emails with instant push, Other email addresses syncing every 4 hours, consistent text messages throughout the day, constantly taking on and off standby to check on things, browsing whenever time permits, a few phone calls, checking/reading android news, sports news, news feeds every 1.5 hours.

I'm sure there are other things I'm leaving out, but I use my Note 2 way more than any other smartphone I've ever used in my life.

Just say no to app killers. You shouldn't need them, but I would recommend a good cache cleaner to use once a month. For me personally, I use DS Battery saver at night, so that the phone goes into deep sleep. I also enable Blocking Mode, prior to going to sleep.

The hardest part to compare is the fact that the phone has to power up 5.55 inches of screen (and 5.69 on the Note 3). Since the iPhone has to power up a much smaller screen, it's hard to say how much "better" or "worse" the battery life will be for you. I'd recommend reading some of the threads that are in the Note 2 forums, for people who moved over from the iPhone to the Note 2. That would likely give you a better idea.
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Quick question for those who have the 3...
Does the protruding camera area stop the 3 from lying flush on a flat surface?

That would really bother me if it isn't stable.
I'm feeling the same way, thanks for asking this question, I forgot about it.
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Does the protruding camera area stop the 3 from lying flush on a flat surface?

That would really bother me if it isn't stable.
Case?
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So, is that your way of saying it doesn't sit flat?
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Does it have black crush? It's very annoying when watching movies.
When I brought S4 I returned it because of that (my S3 didn't have it).
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So, is that your way of saying it doesn't sit flat?
Actually, now I try it for you, it sits flat.
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Actually, now I try it for you, it sits flat.

Awesome! Thank you very much!
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Quick update. The battery has 49% remaining. Note 2 had around 30 by this stage of the day (6pm).
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How much screen-on time with 49% remaining? Thanks
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click on the screen "line" and it will give an actual "time on" in hours/minutes. I'm very curious to see what it is. For my N2, by the time I'm at about 1% battery, I'm lucky to get 5.5hr of actual "screen on" time.
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12.5 hrs now and 41% :-D

I'd be happy for them to turn reception up and sacrifice a little battery!
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Anybody fathomed out how to remove carrier name from the lock screen yet as it's driving me mad trying to find out how to get rid of it

In the video review on this link below, he was noting how to make your own text in the lock screen. Unable to view the video now (as am at work). I thought it was interesting that you personalize the lock text. Thought about checking it out once I received my Note 3


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I'm waiting not so patiently, frankly I'm surprised just how excited I am. In the Que, it's about six more days away.
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How loud is the ringer? My gnex is a little quiet.
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Does it have black crush? It's very annoying when watching movies.
When I brought S4 I returned it because of that (my S3 didn't have it).
black crush?

BTW for me. heavy usage would that could be easily related to other is this. If you played a movie/video. How long before it shut off. Would you get two full length feature movies? Three? Four? Continual video or say game playing (but that gets into each other preferences). So continual video usage is something all can understand
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How loud is the ringer? My gnex is a little quiet.
Great question, my S4 is rather subdued also. The combo of ringer and having it in my front pocket works fine for me.
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In comparison to the n2 it's same. No idea on other phones as only had the n2.sorry
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In comparison to the n2 it's same. No idea on other phones as only had the n2.sorry
No worries, it's not a deal breaker nor a big deal.

There's far too many advantages present in the Note 3 to be concerned with a small issue like that. Besides I'm fortunate to have very acute hearing.

What some people tend to forget, is the fact that there is no perfect smartphone.
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12.5 hrs now and 41% :-D

I'd be happy for them to turn reception up and sacrifice a little battery!
I'm starting to get concerned about this. I will not stand for reception issues from Samsung again. If it's not equal to the Note 2 then I may have to pass.
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You may very well be pleasantly surprised.
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And I suppose could be disappointed eh?

I never really considered my bionic to have bad reception. Hopefully its at least as good as that.
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I like the multi tasking screen where u can open your browser, calculator and WhatsApp at the same time.. Cool!
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I'm starting to get concerned about this. I will not stand for reception issues from Samsung again. If it's not equal to the Note 2 then I may have to pass.
Just speaking from my experience, coming from a Motorola phone (Photon) to the Note 2, Samsung's radios are definitely not as good as Motorola, but they've been good enough to be usable without causing issues for me.
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Just speaking from my experience, coming from a Motorola phone (Photon) to the Note 2, Samsung's radios are definitely not as good as Motorola, but they've been good enough to be usable without causing issues for me.
I most certainly agree that Motorola has a history of exceptional phone performance, yet Samsung Galaxy series phones are much better than their phones of the past.
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I most certainly agree that Motorola has a history of exceptional phone performance, yet Samsung Galaxy series phones are much better than their phones of the past.
I was just referring to the radios. Even just using my Photon, i notice the difference.
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I was just referring to the radios. Even just using my Photon, i notice the difference.
I do realize you were referring to the radios. Samsung upgraded theirs beginning with the Galaxy series phones.
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All these positive comments get me so excited. I'm getting mine tomorrow.
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The epic 4g (galaxy s1 variant for Sprint) was awful compared to any smartphone I've used.
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All these positive comments get me so excited. I'm getting mine tomorrow.
Please give us your impressions. I've got a week to wait before mine arrives.
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As a complete smartphone virgin, my first bugbear is an ergonomic one. It's with the Menu and Back touch-"buttons" to the left and right of the Physical Home button at the bottom below the screen proper. You have no idea they are there and they only light *after* you have hit them. So completely camouflaged. I know I will get used to "knowing" where they are but it's poor design and irritating.

I also don't like that I can't mount the SD card or the phone onto a Mac desktop as I could with my last feature phone. The workaround is with Android File Transfer but it's clunky. You certainly can't do things like renaming files on the phone or do much housekeeping - from the computer. I rather suspect this is all Apple's fault and not Samsung's.

I've found the software occasionally buggy and it has given me problems and necessitating force shutting down of some programs from time to time but so far everything has been soluble.

The OS is still a steep learning curve. I am still finding it difficult editing the main screens and app screens to get them as I want and that Multi Window panel, I am so far unable to add things I want to.

My buying decision was made when I saw the Note 2 about four months ago (at Samsung, London) and I anticipated the Note 3 and waited. The choice was made almost - but not entirely - on the existence of the S-pen. and the screen quality and acreage. I haven't been wrong about either. No buyers' remorse.

Plus of course iPhones have superseded the position occupied by DOS IBM PCs once. Safe and very boring because "Nobody ever got fired for buying IBM". For this and many other reasons, I wasn't going to get an iPhone.


I've been using my Note 3 since September 24. It's fun. I have yet to get into one of its primary functions for me which is controlling cameras. But for a whole lot of other stuff - I already have no idea how I did without it.
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As a complete smartphone virgin, my first bugbear is an ergonomic one. It's with the Menu and Back touch-"buttons" to the left and right of the Physical Home button at the bottom below the screen proper. You have no idea they are there and they only light *after* you have hit them. So completely camouflaged. I know I will get used to "knowing" where they are but it's poor design and irritating.

I also don't like that I can't mount the SD card or the phone onto a Mac desktop as I could with my last feature phone. The workaround is with Android File Transfer but it's clunky. You certainly can't do things like renaming files on the phone or do much housekeeping - from the computer. I rather suspect this is all Apple's fault and not Samsung's.

I've found the software occasionally buggy and it has given me problems and necessitating force shutting down of some programs from time to time but so far everything has been soluble.

The OS is still a steep learning curve. I am still finding it difficult editing the main screens and app screens to get them as I want and that Multi Window panel, I am so far unable to add things I want to.

My buying decision was made when I saw the Note 2 about four months ago (at Samsung, London) and I anticipated the Note 3 and waited. The choice was made almost - but not entirely - on the existence of the S-pen. and the screen quality and acreage. I haven't been wrong about either. No buyers' remorse.

Plus of course iPhones have superseded the position occupied by DOS IBM PCs once. Safe and very boring because "Nobody ever got fired for buying IBM". For this and many other reasons, I wasn't going to get an iPhone.


I've been using my Note 3 since September 24. It's fun. I have yet to get into one of its primary functions for me which is controlling cameras. But for a whole lot of other stuff - I already have no idea how I did without it.
You should be able to set the amount of time until the capacitive button lights turn off.

Multi-window uses only apps preset to be compatible. Only way for all apps to work is via rooting.

Mac doesn't allow connection of the phone to access data on the phone via computer? Try toggling usb debugging.
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You should be able to set the amount of time until the capacitive button lights turn off.
That's not the point. You can't see where they are BEFORE you hit one and they light up - not after. It doesn't help that I'm holding the S-pen so that's what I'm using.
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