Samsung Galaxy Note 3: Analysis and user experience


We can not deny that Samsung changed in way the picture Note smartphone range. When in September 2011 announced a phone with a 5.3 inch screen we all look weird and started looking for whatever it was that they gave designers to Samsung. But time has shown that it was the right way, and more and more high-end smartphones aimed at 5 inches as a standard size.

Galaxy Note makes its way to offer bigger screen sizes, and the Note 3 we find a 5.7 “. The evolution of the range Samsung Note has gone from 0.2 to 0.2 inches, through the 5.3 “of the original Note, the 5.5” of the Note II, and finally these 5.7 “of Note 3.


But there is something that stands out especially in the latter model, and is its incredible design in terms of economy of space. The Note 3 increases these 0.2 “screen compared to its predecessor and still maintains a smaller overall size and weight of the Note II, an achievement that really is appreciated when we talk about as large terminals.


started as usual by reviewing the phone hardware, important to know exactly what we mean. These are the characteristics of Note 3:

  • Super AMOLED screen 5.7 “with resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
  • Krait processor 400 quad-core 2.3 GHz
  • GPU Adreno 330
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 16/32/64 GB internal storage
  • 13MP camera
  • 2MP front camera
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac dual band
  • DLNA
  • microUSB 3.0
  • S Pen Stylus
  • LED notifications
  • microSIM card
  • 3200 mAh battery
  • Dimensions: 151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm
  • Weight: 168 grams

In this section we expected, a configuration chosen in this generation for almost all high-end the leading companies in the mobile market. The Snapdragon Krait processor 800 with 400 2.3GHz quad-core offers the highest possible performance and we will not find any problems when running the most challenging tasks for our Android or most powerful test games.

What does highlight is the introduction of 3GB of RAM, which increasingly need to terminals Samsung due to its high demands on software. The Galaxy series is known to have many additional features that we offer differentiating tools over other brands, and this makes the hardware requirements are higher. Unfortunately, however much power we have, we finding a lag, but it is common and Samsung, and if you are used to will not notice anything new.


Generally all hardware of Note 3 is well integrated and nothing stands above or below, but very interesting is the commitment to the USB 3.0 that Samsung has decided to include in the Note 3, a point that speaks in favor of this.

Three important points are the camera, the battery and the S Pen, which allows you to take the most of its huge screen of 5.7 “, but we will treat them into their corresponding sections.


few changes we are in the design of the Galaxy Note 3, but the two main are very important and worth talking about them and highlight them, because it is so you can start to chart a new course in the design of Samsung and its smartphones, which we will see in the future with the successor to the Galaxy S 4 .


The first that stands as a novelty is the change in the design of the back, as it is now made of a plastic that mimics leather, and the truth is that it gives very premium finish. Initially the first images not call much attention, but the touch is nice and very well done. Frankly well thought out to the audience it is intended this terminal.

The other big news in design is discussed above, the great work that has made Samsung to get a phone something smaller and lighter Note that the II, but increasing the size of the screen. Here’s a comparison chart to understand this change:


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Note II Note 3
Height (mm) 151.1 151.2
Width (mm) 80.5 79.2
Thickness (mm) 9.4 8.3
Weight ( g) 183 168

see the only measure in which the Note 3 exceeds the Note II is on high, and it is only by 0.1 mm. In other always have diminished, particularly noticeable in the cases of reduced 1.1 mm thick and weighing 15 grams. Excellent work from Samsung, and when we talk about mobile as large as a 5.7 Note 3 of “this is very important because every inch and every ounce noticeable.


As for the external configuration we find the power button on the right side, the keys volume in the left headphone and the infrared port on the top and microUSB connector, speakerphone and S Pen at the bottom.

The rear cover can be removed and the battery is interchangeable. When we have access to remove microSD and microSIM slots, I repeat, are not accessible if we remove the battery, but this should not pose any problems. The important thing here is that we are able to use a microSD card to increase the memory capacity of the phone and remove the battery if you want to use a secondary or in the future have a problem and need to replace the original.


As for materials and forms are still using plastic, but with the new rear finishes the feeling is much better than the previous range or the Galaxy S. The sides are the same as those who introduced the Galaxy S 4 with a few lines that run parallel to the edges. The bezel protrudes slightly to the support face down the screen is not touch the surface on which we do and avoid scratches and also protects more against falls.


Software Galaxy Note and S Pen Stylus

Samsung is known for the massive customization and lots of extra features that make in your customization layer. So not only talk about TouchWiz here, if not we will overhaul including S Pen stylus that allows higher performance out to a 5.7 smartphone. ” Here everything is mixed, software, interaction and advanced features for both business users and for those seeking entertainment and multimedia. The amount of features we have is so great that it is impossible to review them all going into detail, but we will see at least the most important and novel.


Air Command

When we get the S Pen can press the button with the stylus slightly separated screen and anywhere we will open a small circle that gives us access to five functions that allow us to do different things. From taking notes to search our phone, all of which are accessible directly from air command.


They are:


  • Note : Open a note where you can point on the up what we want, a phone, address, etc.. The Note 3 automatically detects what it is and open the application. For example, if someone can point it dictates a cell will open the phone application to call or save in the phonebook.
  • cuts book: Very useful to create different notes with things that we are seeing. They are incredibly customizable, and the main idea is to cut images, text, videos and much more to see on the Internet and save it in one place, organized as we like.
  • Writing on screen: This function allows us to make a screenshot and write with the S Pen to take notes on this.
  • S Finder: A search for all phone, from contacts the agenda to applications through calendar events.
  • pencil window: This is very interesting. When activated we can draw a window and choose which application (within compatible, which depends on the developer has wanted to integrate the function) will open in this format with the window previsamente drawn. We, as Windows PC windows. We can create multiple, minimize, move, hide and close.


One of the best ways to capitalize on the huge screen of Note 3 is taking advantage of the and exploited by Samsung MULTI function, which allows us to divide into two parts Note screen and use two applications at once.


With the new multi-window has been improved all its functions, the integration between the two is much better, allowing you to share files between each other , save profiles with two favorite applications and many other things. An example is that we can open the email in a Chrome and another and drag an image from a website to the email to attach to an email, very comfortable.

It is best that you see this little video which shows the main features of this function:

Watch the video

Other Functions

Although these functions and their sub- tools are some of the most outstanding, the Note 3 includes much more like the ability to write with the stylus directly on fields for entering text, selecting images automatically crop your profile or a completely renovated S Note.


Overall everything is to take advantage of the screen Note 3 and Android offers a completely different experience to what we find in other terminals. Each will prefer one or the other, either a pure Android like the Nexus 5 without any extras and advanced features offered fluidity and immediacy, or these types of tools to take advantage of a different form such as the Note 3. What is clear is that Samsung has worked hard, and although some do not ever going to use, others are really useful.



Samsung Galaxy Note 3 features a 13 MP camera that offers fairly good results. It is situated on the top of Android cameras at the time, but not the best. Good colors, contrast, focus very fast and a pretty decent job in low light is what stands out, but you lose slightly in post processing and image processing, thus losing sharpness.


Overall it is a very easy camera to use, especially for the great speed and shooting approach that have.

The result of images in low light has been a little incosistente. While sometimes we have achieved amazing things like the picture you can see a concert at the gallery, other noise has been so high that the image is practically useless, but in general the behavior in these situations is pretty decent. The biggest problem is that in some interior photos in low light and have what seems a huge resolution loss, which completely spoils the pictures.


Of course it would not be the main reason for choosing this terminal, but the camera is good and above what many others offer. Seems that the main problem lies in the post-processing of images, the time that must be JPEG image compression, where in some cases the loss of sharpness is enormous. The point is that this does not always happen, and in normal light conditions and good works without problem.

Here is a gallery of images:

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And here you can view all images at full resolution.


This is one of the greatest strengths of Note 3. Thanks to its large dimensions could allow include a 3200 mAh battery, the biggest you can find in the smartphone market. Its large screen makes it eat more battery, but in the end everything is very well compensated. The duration is very similar to what we get with Xperia Z1, which has 3000 mAh but the screen reduces to 5 “and is above that of his predecessor, Note II.

Adding the ability battery for size comparison chart we use with this Note II and Note 3, we clearly see a substantial improvement over:


Note II Note 3
Height (mm) 151.1 151.2
Width (mm) 80.5 79.2
Thickness (mm) 9.4 8.3
Weight (g) 183 168
Battery (mAh) 3100 3200

When we increase the capacity of a battery, this also increases in size, and hence even more important is the fact reductions in size and weight of Note 3.


In terms of duration, it is not easy to define and battery, but powerful enough to use GPS navigation, high usage screen, web browsing, playing music and social networking, Note 3 get not only get through the day, target = “_blank”>

Samsung Galaxy Note 3: Analysis and user experience
Source: english  
November 11, 2013

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