what makes you decide to have Note III?General

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  1. sweetbee

    sweetbee Member

    Since note 3 announced I’ve seen a ton of information about it intentionally or unintentionally, but I still can't decide whether should i spend that much money on a giant phablet, as there are already several smartphones and tablets in my home. I can’t justify it until my friend bought one recently and i get a chance to play with it.

    There is no doubt that it provided hours of fun for me with a huge screen. I think phablets are become my thing and I am sure I would buy a Note 3 before long. Since extra batteries are must-have stuff for all my phones i am going to get one for Note 3 either, and my friend who already get a 8500mah one of MPJ for testing, said it might get two days of over average usage out of one charge, a pretty great result.

    So its big screen is my reason, what about you;-)

  2. dontpanicbobby

    dontpanicbobby Guides Guide

    The screen, processer, memory and RAM influenced my decision to buy.
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  3. Simon_Gardner

    Simon_Gardner Well-Known Member

    1) Smartphones finally got good enough that I thought I could use one but it was clear to me I wouldn't find out without actually owning one. There were now finally things I wanted to do with a phone connected primarily with photography and with controlling cameras that couldn't be done without. It looked like the Note 3 was going to be powerful enough for me. Hitherto I've always taken a laptop in the field - albeit in the car. (Actually, for any field trip of more than 24 hours, I'll still be taking a laptop.)

    2) Because of its closed systems and the way Apple runs software I'd already decided my first smartphone wasn't going to be a iPhone. This is despite my only using Mac computers since 27 November 1987. With the iPhone, Apple has reached the status once held by IBM - "nobody ever got fired for buying IBM" - so that put me RIGHT off them too. A lot of people are buying because they aren't giving it any thought.

    3) Realistically it had to be an Android device as poverty of software precluded any other OS than Android or IOS. For instance, one of my favourite must-have applications is TPE - The Photographers' Ephemeris - IOS or Android. There are a whole host of others which are IOS/Android only. It's the software stupid.

    4) I toyed with mini tablets before deciding the Notes were big enough and had a high enough resolution for my purposes.

    5) The S-pen - which I use almost all the time. I loathe mucky screens when you are trying to edit or even view photos. Actually, I just loathe mucky screens. Plus the pen gives you much more precision, I was always mis-keying using just fingers on friends' phones albeit with iPhone sized screens.

    6) In June, I visited Samsung's public interface in East London and spent about an hour with various phones and in particular liking the Note 2.

    7) The Notes have a reputation for being a geek's phone. I'm definitely more than comfortable with that. It's a big plus.

    8) I could wait.
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  4. The_Chief

    The_Chief Accept no imitations! Moderator

    Hi Sweetbee and welcome to Android Forums!

    Sounds like you've already sold yourself on this magnificent device. My reasons? All of the above: bigger screen than the Note 2 but in a smaller form factor thanks to reduced bezels. The screen is spectacular. Good volume, and very versatile.

    One thing you mentioned that I think you can safely forget about: unless you intend to be away from any power source for days, you can safely dispense with the extra batteries.

    You would think that a screen like this would suck down power: it really doesn't! I have TRIED to kill this phone in a day and haven't done it yet. starting at 5 AM I made calls, navigated for about 2 hours without it plugged in, texted, took pictures, use the pen function... and by 8 PM it was still at 51%! :eek: No, I think that 3200 mAh battery will be enough for just about any user.

    It's great to have you here :)
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  5. Gearu

    Gearu Well-Known Member

    It is the highest end phone you can buy, and it will stay on top for a decent amount of time, or on equal footing with any others that might be announced soon. I waited a long time for a phone that was worthy of replacing my Galaxy S2 (broken since last november and I've been without android until a couple of weeks ago)

    Proper screen brightness (Note 3 on 35% brightness is the S4's max, roughly), 4g, Pixels per inch, latest snapdragon chip, 3gb of ram (also known as 2.4gb), usb 3.0, 60fps 1080p recording for a start.

    It was also a great excuse to get into stylus use. I didn't particularly want a huge phone but the perks make it worthwhile.
  6. Lateck

    Lateck Well-Known Member

    For me the above AND I had a bur to have the latest greatest...... :D

    But the Screen is the best feature....

  7. jwither

    jwither Well-Known Member

    The miniature screen and mistake of an operating system rendered my iPhone useless for doing anything other than taking/making phone calls.
  8. DevinNJ

    DevinNJ Well-Known Member

    I had been looking at phones for the past 6 months now. I was driving my girlfriend crazy, constantly online reading, stopping by the Verizon store whenever a new phone came out, even asking everyone what they have and how they like it. I wasn't sure what i wanted but I was hoping for an S4 with this processor to debut here, then along came the note 3. Unbelievable to say the least! It's all I'd hoped it would be and more. But that's just my opinion. Most people don't use their phones to their fullest potential, I'm one of them myself. Some people don't like a big phone. It's about finding what's right for you. I personally like a big phone, with a big screen, and big specs to boot. This thing's a serious player, I'm totally pleased.
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  9. Methos1979

    Methos1979 Well-Known Member

    This is a great phone. I came from the Razr Maxx HD which set the standard for large battery. But at only 1 GB of RAM it tended to get very laggy quickly with certain apps. Add to that the inability to change batteries was the kill shot for that phone for me. After only a year, the battery was not holding as much charge as when fresh. Had I been able to put in a factory fresh battery I might have held off.

    The Note 3 is nothing short of an incredible phone - or, phablet, as many have taken to calling it. Here are the reasons:

    Fast! Blazing fast, 2.3 ghz quad core processor and 3 GB of RAM means I have not encountered any lag. This little baby screams.

    Screen! Big, beautiful, gorgeous - I could go on and on.

    Battery! Huge and lasts a long time. The battery is slightly smaller than the RMHD (3300 vs 3200) and I was worried with the larger screen and faster processor that the battery performance would not measure up to the RMHD. I was wrong. I get just as much battery as I did when the RMHD was new. I'm a power user, 16 hour days, surfing, talking, texting, social media, and streaming music for a solid 6 hours and I still have plenty of battery at the end of the day, usually 30%, give or take.

    Camera! Photo and video quality is excellent. This thing takes great photos. And the stock camera software is excellent.

    Features! S-pen, multi-tasking with multiple windows and other things I can't think of right now. The software is pretty good on this phone. Sure, there's useless bloat (from both Samsung and Verizon) but who cares, I never see it. I am not using the S-pen much and I don't know if I will ever be an S-pen power user but it is neat and the software for it is useful so it will only get better.

    Size matters! Yes, this is a large phone. But I do not find it too large at all. I thought it might take me some time to get used to the size since it is significantly bigger than my RMHD was, but to be honest, the size felt right as soon as I held it.

    Build quality! I like the faux leather look (I got the white) and I think the build quality is excellent. I have ordered a case but it is slow in coming and I'm getting quite used to it being 'naked'.

    Memory! 32 GB internal is great. I've put a 64 GB card in so now I have more room than I will ever need.

    I'm sure there is more but I can't think of it right now. The stock launcher does suck but I use Nova Prime anyway and it works great. The only other down side at this point is the call quality is not great on my phone. This is a hit or miss thing depending a lot on your carrier and your signal level. Supposedly Samsung is aware of the issue and working on updates to fix.

    On a scale from 1 to 10, I would give this phone a 9. If they fix the call quality issue then it's a solid 10. This is the best phone on the market right now in my opinion.
  10. zipred

    zipred Well-Known Member

    My Note 3 is the first smartphone (out of many) that meets my needs so ideally. Fast fun and very full featured, I could go on and on.

    The brilliant spacious display is a top priority, as is SWYPE, for extremely fast accurate text input. Combined with great battery life and many time saving features, it's the smartphone I've been patiently waiting for. :)
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  11. Grimlock1973

    Grimlock1973 Active Member

    I was going to hold off on the note 3 because I wanted to see the official specs and details for the htc one max. After I found out I became extremely disappointed and thought about waiting for the note 4. Well, I decided to trade in my white note 2 because I noticed small scratches on the screen and the back cover was squeaking and croaking like crazy! I am very anal about imperfections on my phones and my cars so the small scratches and the back cover forced me to trade in my note 2.

    I wasn't too impressed with the 5.7 inch screen or the overall size of the phone until I was able to see and touch a demo model at bestbuy. I did a detailed pro and con with the note 3 to my note 2 and I was hooked! I love the screen resolution, color, and vibrancy when watching HD youtube vids and HD movies. I also love the snappy 800 processor and 3 gigs of ram. I trade in my phones every year so I can't wait until the note 4 arrives in 2014! My wife has a note 2 as well but she isn't a phone geek like me and said she won't upgrade until the note 4 hits the US.
  12. Droid Ninja

    Droid Ninja Well-Known Member

    1. Big screen. 6" would be prefect for me.

    2. Samsung seems to PACK their Note line of phones with specs making it a VERY future proof phone.
  13. bonerp

    bonerp Well-Known Member

    latest and greatest. Simples.

    To be fair my note 2 was perfect. Note 3 is just a little bit more perfect.
  14. Sarahnya

    Sarahnya Active Member

    1. Battery - I long for the days of a phone which you don't have to charge twice a day

    2. Removable Battery - It really pisses me off when the batter starts to die and you have to replace the whole phone, such a waste!

    3. Future Proof - I'm quite confident this will last me at least a couple of years.

    4. Large AMOLED screen, I'm not a fan of LCD's (with perhaps the exception of IPS ones) I think they look cold and washed out, I'm a plasma lover too.

    5. Stylus - I love the idea you can scribble notes and I can also have a go at drawing with apps such as Sketchbook Pro etc
  15. MrClean

    MrClean Well-Known Member

    I had a Note 2 and was quite happy with it, totally content. It was rooted and there were several ROMs to choose from. Then my coworker, who also had a Note 2 decided to get the Note 3. I was amazed putting them next to each other, the bright colors on the N3. I'm an amateur photographer and the pics from my camera look so much better on this phone. For me, there were a ton of small improvements that pushed me towards the final decision.

    But I completely blame my coworker for this purchase.
  16. jwither

    jwither Well-Known Member

    1. It's not an iPhone
    2. It doesn't run IOS
    3. It's not made by Apple
  17. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    For me, the Note series in general is something that I've fallen in love with. The Note 2 got me hooked and from that point on, anything with S-pen integration has caught my eye. Initially, these are the things that intrigued me about the Note 2:

    1) Thin overall form factor
    - While it was a much taller and wider phone overall, coming from my Motorola Photon, it was actually less thick than my Motorola Photon with a battery that was twice as big. Additionally, it was much more comfortable to hold than the original Note (which I didn't have an option to buy, since it was a AT&T exclusive), by comparison prior to purchase.

    2) microSD slot
    - My personal and work life is centered around media, whether it's streaming or stored files. This is one element that I'm never willing to compromise and until the providers can assure me that no matter where I go, I'll have quick/easy access to cloud storage, I'll continue relying on as much storage space as possible.

    3) S-Pen Integration
    - The S-pen is unlike any experience I've ever had with capacitive stylii. The most important factor was usefulness in business. Taking notes at meetings had to be very easy. Taking notes on a PDF file, a definite "must have," and this both allowed me to be more "green" in my approach with business, but also eliminate the amount of printouts required to get projects completed.

    4) Large Screen
    - This kinda goes hand-in-hand with my life being surrounded by media, both in my personal and business life. Watching content on a larger screen makes it that much easier.

    5) Battery Life
    - This is extremely important to me. Even though most of my workday, I have chargers everywhere to back me up, it was important that the battery would last me, at minimum, an entire workday (10-12 hours, for me). And that was a "must", without having to charge and heavy usage. The Note 2 accomplished WAY more than I was expecting and from that point on, anything less than a 3100mah battery would not be enough for me. Additionally, as a bonus, I liked that Samsung is sticking with the removable battery concept. With the Note 2, that allowed me to buy the extra battery kit and just swap the batteries out (rather than actually needing to "charge" the battery through the phone).

    Now that I covered why I fell in love with the Note Series in general, these are the factors that made me jump up to the Note 3:

    1) Internal Storage
    - With the increasing need for storage space w/ both my business and personal files, I had been hoping/begging that the US (Sprint in particular) would see at least a 32gb version of the Note 2. Unfortunately, that didn't happen. Again, with the Note 3, I was hoping and begging for at least 32gb of internal storage. That part of my hopes were answered, except I still would've preferred having a 64gb version (and, I could easily see myself upgrading again next year, if they finally offer a 64). I'm not the everyday average consumer that is okay with a smaller amount of storage space. Unfortunately, that just won't work for both my business and personal needs...and that proved solidly true with the Note 2, where both my internal storage and microSD card were filled up (in fact, my Galaxy Note 8.0 reflects the exact dilemma I was having on the Note 2, and likely reason I'll upgrade to the next version of the Note 8.0, whenever (if ever) that is released.

    2) 3gb RAM (vs. 2gb RAM)
    - Again, this all ties in to the amount of media I consume in both my business and personal life. The more RAM available, the more reliable my phone will remain later down the line. As diligent as I am about clearing cache and soft resetting my phone every day, the extra 1GB jump should help tremendously in the long run.

    3) Thinner/Less Wide (only a hair taller, but not by much)
    - The Note 2 was the aboslute max that I could handle on a day-to-day basis. While most people I know said that it's "too big," I grew accustomed to the size very quickly and despite all the reviews saying that it's a "difficult" phone to operate with one hand, I don't really agree. I don't have the largest hands and I'm not exactly a big guy (5'6 Filipino American), but I still have no problem getting through the day using the phone with 1 hand. Of course, my love of using the S-pen, especially for jotting quick notes on the go and other multi-tasking purposes is the only reason I don't use the phone with 2 hands (and the occasional need to use the other hand to tap a button when walking around and holding multiple items, while not wanting to drop the phone).

    Now that I have the Note 3, these are the improvements that have really sold me on what Samsung is doing with it:
    1) Better Handwriting recognition
    - I thought the Note 2 was decent, but I found it difficult to use the handwriting recognition to reply back on emails. I'd constantly have to wait for the word to complete and it just seemed to take way too long. Samsung has enhanced the software, so that you can scroll (using the bottom ruler on the writing pad) after each word you've written. This has made me literally write (using the s-pen) more replies to emails and texts, than I ever did in the 1 year I owned the Note 2. The Note 8 was much easier to reply to using the writing pad, due to the bigger area for replies, but I could see the Note 3 software working amazingly well if updated on the Note 8.

    2) USB 3.0
    - I truly don't know if it's just in my head, but the charging times with USB 3.0 seem that much faster than I experienced on the Note 2. The Note 2 was actually very good, but the Note 3 is even better.
  18. zipred

    zipred Well-Known Member

    It's not in your head.

    USB 3.0 is in fact designed to pass data faster, and to charge faster.

    The Note 3 is indeed a very amazing, well thought out smartphone. The speed I enjoy when using mine is very satisfying.
  19. chupp73350

    chupp73350 New Member

    I was never a big fan of the note series, always thought they were too big, well boy was I wrong. I went from an iPhone 5 to the note 3 (had many droids previously) and I couldn't be happier. My final straw with apple was the inability to attach a file to an email from another email. So I decided it was time for a true smart phone not a high school popularity prop. I have really grown to love the s - pen and all the features of it, and the phone itself.
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  20. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!! Moderator

    first off, i just wanted to say........welcome to AF!!!!!!!!!

    second, i agree with what everyone has said already....for me the specs were just off the chart.....big screen, snapdragon 800, 3g ram, sd card slot, removable battery, and the s-pen were what intrigued me the most.

    and the battery life is so unbelievable like chief has mentioned. i never had owned a phone where the battery is this good without it being rooted!!!!!

    i was on the fence with this phone and the htc one max...but htc went with the snapdragon 600 instead of the 800, only 2g ram, initial rumor of a stylus was false, and no removable battery. it does have a bigger screen. i do like the look of it, but the note 3 is so far ahead in specs that it was a no brainer for me.
  21. Simon_Gardner

    Simon_Gardner Well-Known Member


    I [​IMG] my Note 3.
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  22. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    The data transfer speed is definitely faster, but I compared the charging speed using a 2.1 amp charger on the note 8 and I wasn't sure. It still seemed fairly close.

    Nonetheless, it's still an addition that I think should be talked about more often. Especially since microUSB 2.0 can still be used.
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  23. PiscesCloud

    PiscesCloud Well-Known Member


    Thank you for taking the time and trouble to explain why you love the Note series and the N3 in particular. Your explanation is as lucid and rational as ever; I appreciate your efforts.
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  24. Ballymoss

    Ballymoss Well-Known Member

    For me the main reason was that the camera on my Note 2 died recently and there seems to be no fix for it despite searching the internet. So I needed a new phone and after a year with the Note 2 I couldn't go back to a smaller screen so I decided to get a Note 3 to keep up to date.
  25. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    No worries! I was so hesitant moving to the Note 2, so I know the feeling of being back and forth. And wanting to hear other experiences with the original Note series. There were other poignant things that happened last year, that drove me towards the Note 2. 1) LG Optimus G, for Sprint, didn't have a micro SD slot like the ATT version. 2) I got to see/hold the device, at a temporary Samsung booth, 1 month prior to the actual release (this was prior to their creating the "Samsung Experience" in Best Buy locations). 3) The multi-tasking was something that I'd been waiting for, for so long (completely forgot to mention this, as it was one of the biggest draws for me, on the software).
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