what makes you decide to have Note III?General

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  1. jeeden

    jeeden Member

    Can you elaborate on your note taking strategy with the phone for work? What is your normal process? (example: take notes, save as pdf, then dropbox, then?) how do you handle taking notes on the "small" screen (I mean small compared to a full size tablet)

    I'm planning on picking up the note 3 for so many reasons already listed her, but I'm more and more interested by the note taking that I had dismissed before as something to difficult to do for lots of full page notes like a class or business meeting might generate.


  2. Roymus

    Roymus Well-Known Member

    @Simon Gardner: what type of car mount is that you're using? I like it, definitely want one!
  3. jeeden

    jeeden Member

    I had the same question and saw him mention in another thread it was an iottie.

    I saw it on a killer sale (like $8) on a deals site a few weeks back and wish I had picked it up.
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  4. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    Well, for every day note taking, I actually prefer using my Note 8. And it used to be much easier to switch between the Note 8 and the Note 2 because S-Note Sync'd up flawlessly between the 2. Since Samsung updated S-Note on the Note 3, it's a little more difficult, but still possible to sync the notes accordingly via Evernote and S-Note conversion.

    That said, I'd love to elaborate on using the S-Pen on the Note 3. Many of the documents I deal with are in PDF form. When I receive an important PDF through my work email (which is loaded up on my phone), I'll save the PDF and then import it into S-Note. From there, I'll add additional notes and or comments and automatically forward/share the pdf with the internal person that needs to see my notes, in order for them to move forward. Rather than having to type out the notes on the email itself, it makes things much easier for them to see my short notes on the PDF.

    Granted, my notes are much shorter when using the Note 3, due to (as you mentioned) the smaller writing area...but, the great thing is being able to still import the note into my Note 8 (since there's a way to convert) and take further notes later on, for my own purposes. Since I had already gotten used to doing this between my Note 8 and Note 2, it wasn't a hard transition for me at all, using the Note 3 (just a few more steps, due to Samsung's change in the software for S-Note).

    I've done the same with Excel (creating a Screen shot and then writing notes directly on the portion of an excel spreadsheet that might need fixing) or a word doc, where there might be a typo. I could go on and on.

    Quite honestly, it's initially a VERY intimidating process because of all the functional software using the S-pen, but if you take your time to learn as many of the useful functions (for your own work needs) from the beginning, actually using them will start to be come a day-in/day-out function that is hard to live without.

    In the week leading up to the Note 3 release, I was using a backup Android phone that I own and it was extremely difficult for me to adjust to not using a Note device, while out and about.

    Now, just some little tidbits for the lack of writing surface on the Note 3: 1) I highly suggest, when writing a longer set of notes, to write in landscape mode and actually zoom in on the area (using the hover function to scroll to the right, while writing). That'll make for your ability to fit more words on a single line, than if writing while zoomed out (especially with the handwriting improvements made by Samsung)., 2) Writing brief notes are fantastic on Action Memo, but there are still some functions that Samsung took away (ability to create a Calendar event) that I'm hoping they bring back. Linking to a task, using Action memo is a pain in the butt because you have to write the task all on 1 line. The action memo popup is way too small and you can't zoom in or out, to fit more info on one line.
  5. Simon_Gardner

    Simon_Gardner Well-Known Member

    Right. So far, so good.
  6. Rogus

    Rogus Active Member

    As I research the forum to help me decide whether to purchase a Note 3, I saw this about the call quality issue. As I didn't see call quality mentioned by others, I am wondering what the issue is? Call quality is very important to me.
  7. dustwun77

    dustwun77 Endeavor to Persevere :) Guide

    It was somewhat intermittent and hard to describe. Pop, hiss, squelch, distort...

    I got the Mj4 firmware update today and it seems to have really made the difference. This is on Sprint. I don't know if it was a carrier or Samsung rollout or issue.

    I am hopeful.
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  8. zipred

    zipred Well-Known Member

    I'm on AT&T and T-Mobile with the two Note 3 models I have (long story).

    The call quality is the best of any phone I've had including my iPhone 5S which is a very good phone for calling. Call performance is mission critical for me since it's used for my work calls, and all personal conversations as well. Voice tone, clarity, and the range of volume control is excellent.

    My Galaxy S4 is a very close second, just as a matter of comparison.

    I am not challenging those who are reporting less than ideal call quality, but wonder just how well their carriers are performing, or if they have defective handsets.

    As we know cell coverage varies between networks, depending on geographical conditions, and other considerations. Quite often this factors in for those will less than ideal calling experiences.

    It's somewhat unusual for two carriers in the same area to both provide great coverage, usually one is a bit stronger, but my area is the exception, as over the years the wide circle of friends I have that are enthusiasts... are consistently reporting very good coverage with either T-MO, or AT&T.

    That said, I'm giving my AT&T Note 3 to a family member, and keeping the T-Mobile Note 3 for myself. The deciding factors are two fold.

    1) Both are functioning flawlessly.

    2) My T-Mobile account provides me with true unlimited data without throttling.

    I remain amazed at just how spectacular these Note 3's are. I have yet to find any problems, and I push mine hard, very hard during the course of my 12+ hour workday.
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  9. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    I've only heard of the call quality issue being linked to Sprint versions, which has recently been fixed with an over the air software update.
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  10. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    Warning to Verizon owners. My IT guy called Verizon about an issue he had with his screen, where it was slowly degrading until the screen pretty much looks like it exploded/failed (he didn't have water damage, never dropped it, and the phone was in practically perfect condition, aside from the screen):


    Apparently, Verizon was already aware of the issue and sent him out a new one. I since have also heard of some cases linked to AT&T with this issue as well.

    Not sure exactly what the problem was, but to me it looks like when a LCD panel goes bad (had a similar issue with my old Sony projector TV and ended up getting a great LED replacement, for super cheap, due to a class action lawsuit that Sony lost).
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  11. Rogus

    Rogus Active Member

    Thanks to all who have reported about their call quality experience. I did some further research on user reviews on the Verizon site and was surprised to find so many saying the Note 3 had poor call quality. Enough to cause me to lean towards not taking a chance even with the return policy.
  12. zipred

    zipred Well-Known Member

    What do you plan to buy instead ?
  13. jwither

    jwither Well-Known Member

    Out of the hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of these units sold, a handful have had problems. I recognize that if someone has an issue with their phone, it can be frustrating, and make you think the issue is more widespread than it is, but the facts are the facts. The vast majority of users are very happy with their N3. Myself included.
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  14. ocnbrze

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


    i'm on sprint and so far no call quality issues here.
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  15. zipred

    zipred Well-Known Member

    Very well said!

    I'm very picky about my phones, my Note 3 is so exceptional it's simply mind boggling. Out of all the top of the line phones I own, the Note 3 puts a smile on my face every time I pick it up. It's incredibly nice to finally have found such an ideal smartphone to fill all my needs.
  16. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    Even with the known call issues on the sprint version, i was still happy. Now that it is fixed, I'm even happier. I tend not to go woth the masses on tech forums, as the tendency is for people to pick a device apart to the most miniscule detail. My thoughts are that any device can be picked apart. If one finds his or herself doing that and being unhappy about a device, then the chances aren't great for that person to be happy, regardless of the device.
  17. Simon_Gardner

    Simon_Gardner Well-Known Member

    This is my number one reason for getting my Note 3 - believe it or not. It's
    DSLR Controller and it's very, very good. It's also Android only. A lot of people use a tablet; I'm using my Note 3. It's already made one expensive and clunky piece of kit redundant over night.




    The other reason is TPE which is cross platform.
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  18. Note3man

    Note3man Member

    My wife was a long time iphone user then she lost her phone, she had previously heard me talking to a friend about the upcoming Note 2 release. When we went to get her a replacement phone to my surprise she zipped right past the iphones to the Note 2, she has been in love with it ever since and she has converted all her girlfriends to Note 2's as well. I wanted a note 2 but hung in with my BlackBerry until the Note 3 came out, I couldn't take it any longer, at every opportunity I found myself playing with her Note 2 now it was time to make the jump. I can honestly say it is the best phone I have ever owned for an endless list of reasons that have been eloquently listed here - you can’t go wrong!
  19. LilianTepes

    LilianTepes Well-Known Member

    For 3 years, I had a Nokia N8 and a few weeks ago it decided to die on me. After that I've been looking for a new phone. I looked trough many devices from different companies; LG, Sony, Samsung etc.. Then I saw the Note 3 commercial on tv and it caught my attention. I started browsing for videos and reviews. It did not take long to decide after that; this is the one. Multitasking, HUGE screen, impressive processor and the S-pen. I have now been saving up for 2 months (695 euros, sim-free) and this week I can finally go get it.
  20. Ballymoss

    Ballymoss Well-Known Member

    I had a Nokia N8 for a while and I have to say that if Samsung made a phone with the build quality of an N8 then I would buy one! The thing was practically indestructible.
  21. Dingster1

    Dingster1 Active Member

    2 of my friends have the N2, so I thought I'd try the 3. Not bad. Still have to drag my iPad with me though.
  22. LilianTepes

    LilianTepes Well-Known Member

    True, but if they used aluminium like in the N8, the Note 3 might be too heavy?

    EDIT; The Note wins with the removable backcover and battery, there was no way to change battery on the N8. But yes, the N8 was very, very durable and solid build.
  23. Ballymoss

    Ballymoss Well-Known Member

    Oh yes the lack of removeable battery sucked but I was more thinking "in an ideal world". I have just had an argument with some Apple fanboys on Youtube and they kept shouting "build quality" till I pointed out the 5c has a plastic back :banghead:
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  24. DevinNJ

    DevinNJ Well-Known Member

    I just passed my 14'th day on Verizon, (the point of no return for vzw customers) and can say honestly that this is the first phone I've had without any thoughts of returning. Sure a few things could be better, imo, the speaker could be louder, for example, but all in all, this really is a great phone. I have had no buyers remorse and I'm not thinking maybe I should'a got the blah, blah, blah, instead. Not saying this is the holy grail of phones, but I like it. A lot. I don't buy the latest and greatest but since I'll have this for 2 years I wanted the latest and greatest right now. I'm not saying this is the "greatest phone out there", as that's a matter of opinion, but this phone best fits me. I'm surprised how much I actually like it. I think its pretty impressive. As far as the whole "build quality" debate goes, and how long a phone will last, I think that's got a lot to do with how its taken care of. Its very subjective, my buddy has a very popular all aluminum phone that was recently released on Verizon, it looks like its been to war and back, yet my girlfriends iPhone 4 still looks brand new. Barring any factory defects, which I haven't found any yet, I see no reason why I wont get 2 years out of this. Besides phone manufacturers don't want a phone to last forever, now do they?
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  25. darkcyber

    darkcyber Well-Known Member

    I don't know who is having "poor call quality", but I can tell you coming from a Samsung Galaxy Nexus (which in my opinion hands down has the worse call quality and reception of any device every made), the Note 3 is excellent. I live in an area where I couldn't even hardly use my Nexus and my Note 3 works perfect. So, I can safely say my Note 3 gets excellent reception and call quality.

    If you read long enough...you will find someone has a problem with every device and you will talk yourself into and out of buying something.

    Reasons for purchasing the Note 3:

    Huge screen, awesome display, great reception, blazing fast quad core processor...etc. This phone is just plain awesome.
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