Key Specifications

Review Price: £619.995.7-inch 1080p Super AMOLED screen32GB internal memory with microSD slotSnapdragon 800 2.3GHz CPUAndroid 4.3 with TouchWiz13-megapixel main camera with LED flash
First reviewed September 2013

What is the Samsung Galaxy note 3?

The Galaxy cảnh báo 3 is a slightly large-screened app android phone equipped with a Wacom digitiser stylus. The bigger brother to lớn the Galaxy S5 it’s also arguably a lot more interesting, although at £600 SIM-free the additional benefits come at a price. There are quite a few aspects of the phone we’re not totally enamoured with, particulry regarding some of Samsung’s design decisions, but this is a great phone for gadget lovers and geeks alike.

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Samsung Galaxy cảnh báo 3 – clip Review

We’ve created a clip review of all the Galaxy lưu ý 3’s most important features, give it a watch below.

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Samsung Galaxy chú ý 3 – design

There’s no hiding it, the Samsung Galaxy chú ý 3 is a very large phone. Saying that, it’s still not quite in the same league as huge mobiles like the Galaxy Mega 6.3 và Xperia Z Ultra. You won’t feel entirely ridiculous putting it to lớn your ear, và holding it in one hand is not too much of a struggle. Samsung has actually managed khổng lồ make the Galaxy cảnh báo 3 narrower than the Galaxy chú ý 2, even though the new phone has a larger 5.7-inch display.


While this is an impressive feat by Samsung we should not forget that the phone is still 8cm wide. If you crave a phone that you can easily use one-handed, then this is not it. For a bit of context, the iPhone 5S is just 5.8cm wide.

The chú ý 3 is also among the first Galaxy phones not to use a glossy rear plastic cover. Samsung has tried lớn fool us into thinking the chú ý 3 has a leather rear. It looks lượt thích leather, from a distance, and the battery cover has nhái stitching around its outer edges. But make no mistake – this is not leather.

So what is it? It’s rubberised plastic with a leather-effect grain to give it a frictional chất lượng of the real thing.

Take the battery cover off & you’ll see quite how similar it actually is khổng lồ the back of the Galaxy S4 and cảnh báo 2. It’s thin, bendy and plastic. & while it doesn’t feel bad as such, we prefer the aluminium of the điện thoại htc One M8 & the matt plastic of the nokia Lumia 925.

This is not a deal-breaker, but don’t approach the Galaxy chú ý 3 thinking Samsung has revolutionised its approach to lớn hardware thiết kế – it hasn’t.

If anything, the new style is more likely to polarise opinion than the safer old phones.

As well as a leather-effect rear, the sides of the phone are ribbed chrome effect plastic, clearly intended lớn make it look like metal. The overall effect means it ends up looking a bit naff. Moreover, the trắng version has a less convincing feeling than the black.

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This ribbed plastic is also seen on the S Pen, which slots into the bottom edge of the phone. There is at least some consistency, even if the surface-level generational upgrades feel like changes for change’s sake.

One such change – but also something that tech geeks will lap up – is the new connector socket on the bottom. It looks lượt thích a microUSB with a partially developed conjoined twin attached. It’s not graceful, but it does come with benefits.

The Galaxy note 3 has the first USB 3.0-compliant socket we’ve seen on a phone. This hugely increases the rate at which the phone can leech data from a computer (when using a USB 3.0 port), & will increase the rate of recharging when doing so over USB (again when using a 3.0 port). With just 32GB of internal memory in a chú ý 3, we’re not hugely excited about faster file transfers. But faster charging from a work máy tính xách tay sounds good khổng lồ us.

You don’t have to use the supplied extra-large cable, either. The Galaxy lưu ý 3 is happy lớn charge, & transfer data, using a standard microUSB cable. Like previous Galaxy-series phones, the port is also MHL-compliant, meaning you’ll be able khổng lồ output đoạn clip and audio to a TV with the right cable. You don’t get one in the box, though.

Like every other chú ý phone, the note 3 offers expandable memory through a microSD memory thẻ slot. The UK version of the phone has 32GB of memory, & while Samsung does make a 64GB edition, it’s unlikely khổng lồ get particularly wide distribution here.

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Samsung Galaxy chú ý 3 – Screen Quality

The chú ý series has seen a gradual increase in screen kích thước across its three generations. The first had a 5.3-inch screen, the cảnh báo 2 has a 5.5-inch screen và the Galaxy lưu ý 3 has a 5.7-inch screen. These small increments have been made without any negative effects on the bodywork. The chú ý is less wide và less heavy than either of the former Notes.

The note 3’s vi xử lý core screen giải pháp công nghệ is similar, though. It uses a Super AMOLED display of 1080p resolution.


Like Galaxy S4, the Galaxy cảnh báo 3 uses a PenTile ‘diamond’ display, where the sub-pixels are arranged into a diamond shape. In a lower-resolution screen, using a PenTile display would result in fuzzy text, but here the 396ppi pixel density is high enough lớn make it a non-issue. This is a super-sharp screen despite being oversized.

And as comes with any good OLED-type screen, contrast & black levels are excellent in the Galaxy lưu ý 3. Colours are a little more problematic. Fresh out of the box, they are a little hot, but Samsung gives you some control over the character of the display.

In the Settings menu you can pick between Dynamic, Standard, Professional Photo và Movie screen modes. Dynamic is as ugly as a TV in a Curry’s high street store (i.e. Oversaturated), but the Photo & Movie modes get pretty close to lớn giving an impression of accuracy.

As we saw with the Galaxy S4, vị trí cao nhất brightness is excellent for an AMOLED panel, although whites aren’t quite as searing as you’d see on a top-end IPS screen. This is a great display.

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The most interesting part of the Galaxy cảnh báo 3’s screen, though, is the digitiser layer. You can’t see, it, but it’s what lets the S Pen stylus work. Wacom makes the digitiser in the chú ý 3 – it’s the company behind the ‘industry standard’ Intuos graphics tablets, used by professionals across the world. We’ll get onto what it’s capable of later.