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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - Pros and Cons (Note 3 Review)



  • Fantastic display with comfortable size
  • Useful S Pen enhancements
  • Good camera quality and excellent software
  • Super fast performance
  • Excellent battery life
  • Replaceable battery and microSD card expansion


  • Exchange client folder access is limited
  • Bit overloaded with apps and utilities
  • Faux-leather styling is crafted from cheap plastic


Pricing and availability

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be available from carriers in the US for a contract price between $300 and $350. The full price looks to be around $700. I bought a SIM-unlocked, no-contract T-Mobile USA version from Negri Electronics for $689.50.

The competition

These smartphones with displays larger than 5 inches have become known as phablets. Samsung really set the bar with the first Galaxy Note and showed there is a viable market for such a device. LG has the Optimus G Pro and some older clunky large smartphones, Sony has th Xperia Z Ultra, and HTC is rumored to be launching the HTC One Max.

While the Optimus G Pro is a great device, Samsung still stands alone with the fantastic S Pen functionality and they are the leaders in the large smartphone market.


  • Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS
  • 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor
  • 3GB RAM and 32GB flash storage memory (option for 64GB)
  • microSD expansion capability
  • 5.7 inch 1920x1080 HD SUPER AMOLED display
  • 13 megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization (OIS)
  • 2 megapixel front facing camera
  • S Pen and optimized pen features
  • 3,200 mAh removable battery (Double your battery life with Opso Plus)
  • Sensors include proximity, barometer, temperature & humidity, accelerometer, gyroscope
  • Dimensions of 151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm and 168 grams


If you are a heavy data user and want a large smartphone, nothing beats the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. The only reason I didn't give it a perfect 10, with the base assumption that size is not a factor since you are a buyer of a large smartphone, is that the Exchange client still needs work and Samsung should lighten up a bit more on the included apps and utilities.

The Exchange client in Samsung Android phones has always disappointed me, especially when compared to what HTC offers in their email client. On the Note 3 I am unable to access my local folders that I can on every other smartphone I have. I hope Samsung releases an update that provides this local access and if that happens then I will become even more of a fan of this large, lovely device.

Photos courtesy of droid-life.com

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