Samsung has just announced the brand new Galaxy Note 3, and it’s bigger, better and more powerful than it’s predecessor. The Note 2 was and still is a beautifully powerful device, so making an upgrade may not be an easy choice. Whether you’ve got a brand spanking new Galaxy S4 in your pocket or you’re still running about with a tiny less-than-4-inch Gingerbread budget smartphone, read on to find out whether it’s worth upgrading to the Galaxy Note 3.
The first thing that should be looked at without a doubt is the price- there’s no point trying to convince those around you that it’s a worthy purchase if it’s not even within your own budget, so if it isn’t within reach, perhaps the still impressive Galaxy Note 2 may be a good choice.
No final details have been given on price, but UK retailers are gearing up to offer it on contract for between £40-51 (around $70/month.) This is pretty expensive for a smartphone and there’s no doubt that the off-contract price will be equally expensive. Verizon will start pre-orders tomorrow– hopefully we’ll find out pricing details from them.
Is it worth upgrading to the Galaxy Note 3 with a price as high as this? Well, that comes down to how much you truly want the Note 3 experience…
This is probably one of the biggest reasons why anyone would upgrade to the Galaxy Note 3. The Note 3 has a massive 5.7 inch display, making it 0.2 inches larger than it’s younger brother. That extra 0.2 inches may make or break somebody’s experience- 5.5 inches was already too much for some, but for others 5.5 just wasn’t enough. Whether that extra 0.2 inches will change the way you use your phone or not will only really be able to be tested once there are demonstration models in phone shops.
In terms of display quality, the Galaxy Note 3 has a very stunning 1920×1080 HD display with 388 pixels per inch, so despite the screen size increase, Samsung have still managed to improve the picture quality on the Note 3. If screen quality means a lot to you when it comes to smartphones, this is certainly a reason why it may be worth upgrading to the Galaxy Note 3.
On paper at least, here’s another area where the Galaxy Note 3 is much superior to any other smartphone out there.
Thanks to the overpowered Snapdragon processor, the Galaxy Note 3 will be capable of recording in ultra HD 4K resolution. 4K is a fairly new recording technology that has a image quality four times that of 1080p. When it comes to actually watching footage back in 4K, unless you’re willing to fork out a lot of money for a decent 4K TV, you aren’t really going to benefit much from this.
However, more and more 4K devices are starting to reach the market and it won’t be too long before 4K takes 1080p’s place as the industry standard. Plus, there’s always bragging rights.
Let’s put it this way- whatever you want to do on an Android operating system can be done on the Galaxy Note 3- in fact it could probably still be done if you took out a couple of gigs of RAM and underclocked the processor by 800MHz. Similarly to the Samsung Galaxy S4, there will be two variants of the Galaxy Note 2 and they will both be released in different markets. The LTE version will have a quad core snapdragon processor clocked at 2.3GHz, whilst the HSPA version will have Samsung’s home-grown Exynos Octa eight core 1.9GHz processor.
Both variants will have a beefy 3GB RAM, and will come in 32GB and 64GB storage capacity versions. As usual, the Galaxy Note 3 has Micro SD support.
We all know just how important battery life is, and Samsung did a pretty good job on the battery within the Galaxy Note 2. The Note 3 isn’t a different story. The Galaxy Note 3 will come with a 3,200mAh battery as opposed to the Note 2’s 3,100mAh battery. Although there is more miliampere-hour in the Note 3, we’ve got to take into consideration the improved hardware and larger, higher resolution screen on the Note 3. Personally I think battery life on the Note 3 will feel similar to that of the Note 2’s battery life, which is very decent for a smartphone.
Samsung has worked hard to bring out even more software utilities that sound cool but no one ever really uses after the first few months of owning the phone. This time round, Samsung has put even more emphasis into the S-pen. There aren’t any software features on the Note 3 that feel like they get in the way, and it doesn’t feel as if Samsung have tried to add more features just for the sake of making the Galaxy Note 3 sound more attractive to customers.
Overall, I think the Note 3 software experience will be very smooth and will ultimately feel like any other TouchWiz Galaxy phone with a few new upgrades and adjustments.
Samsung have gone with a strange faux-leather design for the Galaxy Note 3. It is both different and going to take some time to get used to. I actually prefer it to the plasticy feel of the rest of the Galaxy range, and I hope that it feels nice and comfortable in the hand.
Is it worth upgrading to the Galaxy Note 3? Well that’s a question for you to decide the answer for. If you’ve purchased a smartphone within the last year and are strapped for cash I’d advise against it. It’s nice to have a new piece of tech, but if it’s not going to prove to be a handy addition to your life there really isn’t any reason for it. If you do have enough money at hand, feel free to delve into the Galaxy Note 3 experience, it certainly is a very fine smartphone, and if you’re using an outdated smartphone, the jump to the Note 3 will feel heavenly.