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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by NJRonbo, Oct 1, 2013.

  1. NJRonbo

    NJRonbo Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    I am almost considering canceling my preorder.

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    Need to hear from other owners to see if it is really this bad

    (particularly the opening of the gallery app)


  2. Still getting my N3 and going to love it!
  3. redpill2016

    redpill2016 Well-Known Member

    Their gripes seemed to be confined to the existence of a menu button (nothing new), TouchWiz (nothing new), and some stuttering in the Gallery which can likely be fixed via software changes.

    Between their Gallery complaint and their comment about poor battery life, it seems like they may have had an issue going on with their phone. They probably loaded a whole bunch of apps on there to test it and one of them could have been screwing it up. Other Note 3 battery tests I've seen are pretty impressive.
  4. slatyford

    slatyford Well-Known Member

    That reads like someone has a problem with the manufacturer.
    I for one have no problem with a menu button, the battery life for me is great and the gallery, well it's a camera on a phone the useage of which probably best suited to taking photos of your car after someone has crashed into it
  5. thirstypirate

    thirstypirate Well-Known Member

  6. Methos1979

    Methos1979 Android Enthusiast

    I found this to be a good review, highlighting the good with the bad. I'm still not sold on this phone so I want to hear it all. The only thing that gave me pause from this review was the (relatively) poor battery performance. Their 'test' method seemed pretty solid so unless it's just a bad battery, this disturbs me. I'm really looking forward to seeing how the 'real' people here who are getting their N3's find the battery comparison as compared to the N2.
  7. redpill2016

    redpill2016 Well-Known Member

    Granted I don't have the phone in-hand here, but the combo of other sources showing very good battery life plus the actual size of the battery suggests to me that those that are having poor battery performance may have other issues going on.

    Part of it could be that Samsung juices up the processor when you're running a native full screen app, among which are the popular benchmark applications, so that probably sucks down more battery, and I bet some of these reviewers are doing some pretty heavy and constant testing.
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  8. BlueBiker

    BlueBiker Android Expert

    Yeah, I'm not buying their battery claims, especially the suggestion that it's significantly worse than Note 2. Just not plausible. With a sample size of one, I think they got a bad battery or some other issue was going on. Maybe the dreaded gallery app was still endlessly trying to sync photos in the background? :rolleyes:

    So far the only issue that gives me pause is another review's (sorry, don't remember which) observation that the audio output was flaky and prone to sudden LOUD bursts, apparently similar to an S4 problem. That won't work for me at all, I enjoy long Spotify sessions in the car and elsewhere via the line-out and don't usually have Bluetooth available.
  9. Preach2k

    Preach2k Android Enthusiast

    Why does it matter about the benchmark thing anyway.
    There has been people other then Samsung that ran pretty decent Benchmarks.. In my opinion it does not matter I will be getting mine next week...
  10. redpill2016

    redpill2016 Well-Known Member

    We're a week out from global release, by now if there was that kind of chronic problem it would be well known. Not suggesting that people are making it up, just that it is probably a rare occurrence. Keep in mind that Samsung, for some time, was Apple's sole source for many of their components because they were the only ones that had the high quality standards demanded by Cupertino. We are dealing with a company that knows and delivers high manufacturing standards, and I wouldn't expect a lot of hardware defects. Software is a different matter of course, and I'm not super excited about the "feature overload" trend, but on the other hand I love that they have absolutely defined the stylus market and changed it from a relic to a reborn innovation.
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  11. BlueBiker

    BlueBiker Android Expert

    Good observations, RedPill. In general I'm a huge fan of Samsung hardware -- I've used their LCDs and CRTs and hard drives and RAM modules and other products for many years -- but they also make occasional clunkers. I had some time with a Samsung Droid Charge, which turned out to be an awful model with poor support despite good specs at the time.

    But bottom line, you're probably right that if there were a widespread audio problem we'd know about it by now.
  12. andy roddy

    andy roddy Lurker

    The Verge is practically Apple's unofficial PR firm, and even they liked the Note 3. :)

    Although, like a good unofficial PR firm, they did take the opportunity to beat up on the Note 10.1 2014 like it was the Toshiba Thrive. The Verge also still has not acknowledged that their review of the Note 10.1 last year was flawed to the point of being fiction.

    Nevertheless, the Note 3 is getting great reviews from just about everywhere.
  13. thirstypirate

    thirstypirate Well-Known Member

    I picked up my Note 3 this morning and am happy to say that the Gallery app opens at break neck speed. It was the first thing I checked.
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  14. dontpanicbobby

    dontpanicbobby 100% That Guy
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    I better check mine too then. I use quick pic a freeware gallery replacement from the play store and had no issues with it.

    BTW I really liked the review. It was very well written.
  15. zendroid

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  16. dontpanicbobby

    dontpanicbobby 100% That Guy
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    It took about 2 seconds for the Gallery to load the first time. After a restart it opened instsntly. Maybe I need more than a couple of hundred or so photos on my device before it's a problem. :dontknow:
  17. zendroid

    zendroid Guest

    I've read ARS for a long time. They're somewhat pro-Apple which tips the scales a bit. I'm not discrediting them, just sharing my observations. It also bears repeating that it's just one person's opinion. Something that's very good to keep in mind.

    For what it's worth I've got 553 images in my gallery. Opening time it's nearly instant. And as I mentioned earlier I'm sure the Note 3 has drawbacks, yet thus far I've found nothing of consequence. I truly sit in disbelief at how good this phone is.

    The moment I find bugs or annoyances I'm going to post back.
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  18. Tommydaniel

    Tommydaniel Android Expert

    From what I have read, the slow down with the Gallery happens when it is trying to download online albums, like Dropbox, otherwise it opens with no issues. Also, Anandtech says the device is great. AnandTech | Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Review
  19. eleveneleven

    eleveneleven Newbie

    except for the speaker...really bad scores on that
  20. heavychevy

    heavychevy Android Expert

    Im more concerned about the reception issues. Supposed to pick up today but probably will wait.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date was September 2013. Features and Specs include a 5.7" inch screen, 13MP camera, 3GB RAM, Snapdragon 800 processor, and 3200mAh battery.

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