Samsung Galaxy Word three assessment (international version)

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 review (global edition)

Three is the magic quantity. Three is fortunate. Three’s a crowd. Okay, ignore that final one, however the quantity three does additionally apply to the newest Galaxy Observe, and we’re curious to know which of these maxims may apply. What are the marquee options this time round? Properly, there’s the standard bevy of specification enhancements (a 5.7-inch show, quad-core Snapdragon 800 and 3GB of RAM), Android four.three, some new S Pen options and the small matter of the Gear, that optionally available, polarizing companion watch.

Samsung makes an amazing many merchandise, even when you simply think about the cellular ones. Nevertheless, because it burst into existence in 2011, the Word has been up there with the Galaxy S collection on the flagship pedestal. So, it would be truthful to say that we’re anticipating huge issues from this huge telephone, however with a SIM-free worth within the UK of £620, it requires even deeper pockets than its predecessor did at launch (that one value round £530). That stated, if you need one, you will want massive pockets anyway. When you examine their measurement, we have scribbled, doodled and gestured the Word three with abandon to see if it is well worth the bounty. Learn on to seek out out whether it is.

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Samsung Galaxy Word three

Execs

  • Lovely 1080p show
  • Lightning-quick efficiency
  • New, genuinely helpful S Pen apps

Cons

  • Nonetheless lacks excessive-finish end
  • Poor loudspeaker
  • Comparatively costly

Abstract

The Word stays unchallenged in its class. Wonderful battery life, an excellent show and prime efficiency make it a superb all-rounder for these wanting a much bigger gadget.

Hardware

We all know the drill, and we all know that you realize it too. The Galaxy Notice three is a big telephone that gives an analogous expertise to a small pill (we’re avoiding that phrase); its specific get together trick being the now-acquainted S Pen. As for aesthetics, we as soon as once more discover ourselves on properly-trodden floor, as Samsung largely opted for minor tweaks this time round. That stated, in a lineup, the Notice three in all probability shares extra of a household resemblance with the unique than the Observe II, because of its a lot straighter strains. In a means, this additionally follows the evolution of the Galaxy S four, which was ever-so-barely much less curvaceous than the telephone it deposed. One factor’s for positive: you possibly can’t accuse Samsung of being inconsistent. If we get out the measuring tape, we might see that it is 5.ninety five inches (151.2mm) tall, three.1 inches (seventy nine.2mm) broad and zero.33 inch (eight.three mm) deep. Quantity followers shall be fast to notice that regardless of the bigger show (5.7 inches, up from 5.5), the Observe three’s footprint has remained largely unchanged. In truth, it is a hair thinner and narrower, and solely zero.1mm longer. This design voodoo does not finish there, because the telephone has even shed a fraction of an oz, dropping from 6.35 oz. (180g) to five.ninety three (168g).

Whereas the general look may be little greater than a mild therapeutic massage of a tried-and-true components, there are a number of variations which might be value mentioning. We’ll begin with the sides, which, sadly, proceed to have that fake-metallic end. This can be a actual disgrace. We firmly consider that upgrading to an precise metallic band (a minimum of throughout the premium Galaxy fashions) would give them a way more premium really feel. On the very least, it’d spare loads of disillusioned sighs from individuals after choosing up these units for the primary time.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 review (global edition)

Materials points apart, as we talked about in our preview, the sides of the telephone are ridged, a design impressed by the pages of a e-book. Whereas the impact is not disagreeable, and does add some grip, we’re not satisfied by the advertising spin. On the highest-proper nook of this outer band, you will discover the facility / standby button. Given the dimensions of this telephone, it probably will not sit in a cushty spot for everybody. In case you instinctively decide your cellular up from the underside part (so it sits on the base of your palm), then solely these with bigger palms, or prolonged fingers, will have the ability to attain it simply. Keep in mind, although: that is almost a 6-inch gadget. It comes with the territory.

Flip it over, and alongside the underside edge you will discover the enclosure for the S Pen (extra on this later), the speaker, mic and micro-USB three.zero port. This final merchandise is among the notable variations, as you will not see it on too many telephones proper now. In the event you’ve not seen one earlier than, think about the micro-USB port on most smartphones, with a smaller, sister port joined on; you then’ll get the image. The very first thing many will possible assume once they see it’s, “Will I’ve to get a bunch of latest cables?” And the excellent news is that the reply, for the overwhelming majority of individuals, is: no, you will not. You possibly can truly plug in a micro-USB 2.zero cable into the brand new port, and your telephone will cost simply effective.

The identical goes for MHL; this could additionally deal with legacy cables. The good thing about the newer connector is that it improves the efficient / usable knowledge fee from round 280 Mbps to four Gbps. Excellent news in case you like to maneuver huge chunks of knowledge round this manner, however we’re unsure if the profit offsets the considerably uglier connection. Should you hold going across the edge, you will meet the quantity rocker simply the place — Samsung customers no less than — may anticipate. Lastly, up prime you will have your three.5mm jack and IR blaster, identical to on the GS4.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 review (global edition)

One other notable change is the textured “leather-based-like” again, full with fake stitching. The good information is that this feels a lot, a lot nicer than the shiny, slippy-slidey again panels of most up-to-date Samsung telephones. We’re not solely satisfied of the necessity to go so far as pretending to have stitches, although: it is clearly only a polycarbonate cowl. You possibly can insert your personal remark about Apple lately dropping all that skeumorphism from iOS… right here. On the very least, there isn’t any hazard of being accused of copying. The necessary takeaway right here is that it feels a lot higher than different Galaxies of late. Give us an actual leather-based again, and that metallic trim, and we will die joyful.

Pop that new again panel off, and you will see an overview of the place the S Pen lives, the three,200mAh battery (a lift from the Observe II’s three,100mAh cell), NFC and wi-fi charging contacts, and the microSD / microSIM slot. The latter two sit proper atop one another, which is straightforward to overlook at first look. Should you’ve not seen this earlier than, on first inspection you’ll be able to spend a number of moments in search of the reminiscence card holder, till recognizing it, proper there in plain sight. When you’re curious, by the best way, that microSD slot helps playing cards as giant as 64GB. And, in fact, amid all that is the primary digital camera, which will get a decision bump from eight to thirteen megapixels (the entrance-dealing with one is 2MP).

The handset we’ve for evaluation right here is the European LTE model (SM-N9005), which incorporates (800 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600) on bands 1, three, 5, 7 and 20. As for HSPA+, there’s help for (850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100). As is the norm for this area, of the 2 CPU variants obtainable (Qualcomm or Exynos), this mannequin comes with the quad-core Snapdragon 800, clocking in at a tasty 2.3GHz. To finish the unfold of necessary numbers, there’s 3GB of RAM, choices for 32GB or 64GB of inner storage, and all of the radios you’ll be able to shake a stick at (Bluetooth four.zero, 802.11a/ac/b/g/n, GPS, GLONASS, DLNA and that NFC chip).

Galaxy Notice three Dimensions 5.ninety five x three.12 x zero.33 inches (151.2 x seventy nine.2 x eight.3mm) Weight 5.ninety two oz. (168g) Display measurement 5.7 inches Display decision 1,920 x 1,080 (386 ppi) Display sort Full HD Tremendous AMOLED Battery three,200mAh Inner storage 32 / 64GB Exterior storage microSD (as much as 64GB) Rear digital camera 13MP Entrance-dealing with cam 2MP Video seize 1080p, 4K/UHD* (solely in some markets) NFC Sure Radios HSPA+, LTE Superior Bluetooth Model four.zero SoC 2.3GHz quad-core processor / 1.9GHz octa-core processor (varies by area) RAM 3GB MHL Sure Working system Android four.three Jelly Bean

Show

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 review (global edition)

Once you’ve received a display this massive (5.7 inches, in case you forgot), it solely appears truthful to offer it a few of its personal airtime. The excellent news is that the decision has been elevated to enrich the additional actual property. This can be a 1,920 x 1,080 “FHD sAMOLED” panel, should you go by Samsung’s nomenclature, however primarily, it is a full HD Tremendous AMOLED display. This equates to a pixel density of 386 ppi, when you’re counting, and that is a marked enchancment over the OG Observe (285 ppi) and Word II (267 ppi). Rather more importantly, it appears nice. Colours are vibrant and vibrant and people equally necessary blacks are good and darkish as you’d hope. Typically it may be slightly too saturated, if something, like when utilizing the digital camera viewfinder. Brightness and distinction actually make pictures pop, and the viewing angles are extensive — nice for video. With a lot area, viewing photographs and video is a step up from what you might be used to with “smaller” telephones — nowadays, something lower than four.three inches. As for the good outdoor, (whenever you’re clocking up your S Well being stats, naturally) the display stays clearly seen, even with out jacking up the brightness to excessive ranges. Although, in fact, this will depend on quite a lot of elements: how vibrant it’s the place you’re, the angle of the solar, et cetera.

Software program

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 review (global edition)

What makes the Observe collection distinctive is not simply the shape issue; it is the inclusion of the S Pen. Accordingly, the Word three additionally will get some new software program options to utilize that pen accent. Whereas we’re undoubtedly taking a look at Android (Jelly Bean four.three), it is nonetheless hidden underneath TouchWiz, a UI that Samsung has a behavior of peppering with its personal software program. Probably the most nicely-recognized examples of this are all of the “S” apps — S Voice, S Planner and the like. These, as you may anticipate, are all current and proper, with no noticeable core variations from earlier iterations. Different acquainted faces embrace S Well being, Samsung Hub, Samsung Hyperlink and ChatON. There’s additionally a brand new addition referred to as “My Journal.” There are a few updates to the S Pen-particular apps, too, which we’ll cowl later.

Because it’s new, let’s begin with that My Journal app. Primarily it is a partnership with Flipboard that brings the shiny social / information feed you could be accustomed to to a devoted Samsung app. To entry it, merely swipe up from the underside of the display, or press the house key when on the house display (an choice you’ll be able to disable). The primary time you open it, you will be met with a refined-wanting video splash display, after which a really fast setup. As you may anticipate, you possibly can select to obtain information from a complete choice of classes reminiscent of enterprise, design, films, sports activities and know-how. Likewise, you’ll be able to add your social feeds from the standard, and fewer typical (500px, Sina Weibo) suspects, with Fb being a obvious omission.

The final channel you’ll be able to embrace in your feed is “Private,” which weaves pictures, notes, movies, calendar entries and even e-mail into the journal combine. The interface itself is clearly similar to Flipboard, BlinkFeed and lots of different trendy feed-type apps. It does look actually good on the Notice’s show, and the slick animations as you swipe between pages are suitably satisfying. Whereas that is arguably simply one other widget / app, the truth that Samsung’s included a shortcut menu on the highest proper that provides direct entry to core apps like digital camera, dialer, browser and even the app tray probably signifies that it is hoping you will spend a whole lot of your time right here, maybe even choosing it as your normal house location.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 review (global edition)

Should you have been a fan of all these fancy gesture and eye-monitoring options launched to the Galaxy line during the last yr or so, then you definitely’ll be glad to know that they’ve discovered their means over to the Notice three. Additionally on board: Studying Mode, which we noticed on the Word eight.zero. Different stalwart options you will discover listed here are Popup video and Multi Window multitasking. The latter we additionally noticed on the Word II, although this time it comes with a couple of enhancements. For those who all the time use the identical pair of apps — say a browser and YouTube, you possibly can create a “paired window,” to save lots of you having to undergo the method every time. Additionally, this time round, they will each be the identical app. The final new function is the power to tug and drop content material (specifically a display shot, or textual content) between the 2. It really works OK, however some apps aren’t suitable, by which level you may need executed it a faster means. Whereas we’re nonetheless massive followers of Multi Window, you possibly can typically end up by accident tapping the again button when making an attempt to do one thing else on the decrease of the 2 screens, thus breaking your workflow, or closing the app. That is until you go for a two-handed strategy, anyway. Which reminds us, there’s additionally a one-handed mode you’ll be able to reap the benefits of. Activate this, and no matter’s on display shrinks to a smaller window; the thought being that it is simpler to entry with just one paw. The excellent news is that it now works for all screens / home windows; the dangerous information is that the gestures to activate and deactivate it on the fly is usually a bit fiddly, or paradoxically, require using each arms.

It is clear that Samsung is constructing upon its personal software program additions, and rising them over time, which can both tickle or taunt you, relying in your choice for customized software program. However, for people who assume it is all add, add, add, not the whole lot makes the minimize. Not in Word-land, anyway. When you have been a fan of Fast command on the Notice II, sadly it’s no extra — and this in fact consists of all of its related gestures.

On the plus aspect, there’s a new choice to (kind of) fill its area, and that is Air Command. Regardless of sounding like a straight-to-DVD Van Damme film, it is truly extra helpful than that. Samsung has made the idea that in the event you’re eradicating the S Pen, you then’re possible about to do one thing with it — which is sensible. As such, as soon as unsheathed, on display you will get a round pop-up. Inside which are 5 choices: Motion Memo, Scrap Booker, Display Write, S Finder and Pen Window. You can even entry this similar menu should you’ve already extracted the pen, by lengthy-urgent the S Pen button whereas hovering over the display. This conduct is configurable, albeit solely with a selection of two different choices: to open Motion Memo as an alternative, or to do nothing. The default conduct when simply urgent the S Pen button, and drawing on display, nevertheless, is to create a marquee / number of no matter you draw round, and shortly drop it into one in every of many apps that pop up in a tray under. These embrace Scrapbook, Evernote, Gmail and Hangouts. Probably the only, most helpful a part of the S Pen expertise.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 review (global edition)

So, you are in all probability questioning what the apps on Air Command menu truly do. Nicely, Motion Memo appears to be a repurposing of the previous S Observe mini-widget we have seen earlier than, however with one key distinction. Scribble on the pad, click on “hyperlink to motion” and it’ll choose your doodle, putting a menu beneath of predetermined actions to use to it. An apparent instance being you can draw out a telephone quantity, e mail, net handle or bodily handle, and Motion Memo will acknowledge what you’ve got written, and pipe it into the corresponding app. Primarily, it is simply one other solution to get ideas, names and numbers down from display to contact ebook / browser and so forth.

Scrap Booker, however, is far easier. When you’re shopping the online and see one thing you want, or a picture in an app, activate Scrap Booker, draw round it and it will be saved into your private — you guessed it — scrapbook. You possibly can add memos and tags to pictures, plus manage them into totally different books / classes, making it very very similar to a light-weight Evernote various. All of your clippings can then be seen on different units with the Samsung viewer app.

Display Write is analogous, however a lot easier. Select this feature, and the telephone takes a display seize, and opens it up in a easy editor. Right here, you’ll be able to write notes and messages on prime of the picture, crop it right down to a specific part after which share the outcome. Going for ramen with a good friend, however know an excellent shortcut? Use Display Write to circle that route on a map and ship it proper over. The development for self-explanatory names continues with S Finder, which is a newish tackle the common “highlight” fashion native search you discover in OS X. Utilizing both the S Pen, or common enter, you’ll be able to seek for notes, e-mail, footage or the online, plus any native media you’ve got tagged.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 review (global edition)

There’s some degree of usefulness right here as you possibly can filter to browse something that you’ve got ever made a observe on, or search particularly what you may need written. So in case you jotted a joke, however two weeks later you forgot the punchline, you’ll be able to enter in a phrase or two of the opener, and it ought to discover it. The handwriting recognition clearly performs an enormous half right here, however we have had no main points with it that could not be attributed to our personal lazy writing fashion.

Final up is Pen Window. Once more, actually easy stuff: draw a rectangle, and a menu of suitable apps (YouTube, Calculator, Browser, et cetera) seems inside. Select one, and it opens within the window you drew. That is successfully one other solution to multitask, and it is a simple approach to have a floating app window, or two, or extra. These might be minimized and reopened, moved about and expanded again to full display. Typically — relying on the size of the sq. you drew — the UI of the app inside can look somewhat stretched. However it’s kinda useful when you’re engaged on one thing and also you need to open up a calculator on display, and hold it there as you go, or open a YouTube window within the dimensions of your selecting.

There are a number of different perks when utilizing the S Pen, akin to with Air View to preview gadgets within the Gallery (for instance). When hovering above a picture, the on-display pointer throbs blue to let you realize that there is a contextual menu. Once you see this, you’ll be able to click on the button on the S Pen, and it will present up, on this case providing photograph body, crop, edit and share choices. Likewise, double-tapping with the pen and the button pushed will drop you straight into Motion Memo, whereas an extended-press on the display with the button held will take a display seize.

S Pen

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 review (global edition)

We all know we simply spent a great deal of time speaking concerning the Observe three’s companion pen, however a better take a look at the hardware is so as too. Most significantly, there’s the small matter of its conduct with the telephone’s capacitive buttons. Till now, tapping the S Pen on the again or menu key of the 2 prequel Notes was an train in futility. Not anymore. Sure, Word followers, you’ll be able to lastly use the S Pen on the capacitive buttons. You will nonetheless need to bodily depress the house button, however, hey, that is undoubtedly progress.

As for the pen itself, there are some delicate variations within the exterior look, particularly within the silver part up prime. It is nonetheless plastic, however as an alternative of a brushed-metallic look, it is fake-ridged metallic. This at the least makes it match these fake e-book strains. The dimensions and button are similar to the Word II’s pen, as is the place of its housing on the telephone (backside-proper nook). We commented in our preview that it felt just a little robust to tug at when making an attempt to take away it. That is nonetheless true. Maybe on the very least, you will cease worrying about it dropping out after spending a couple of months with the telephone. That stated, regardless of the seemingly comfortable match, there’s a little jiggle area when you place the tip of your finger on the top and transfer it forwards and backwards in place.

Wardrobe and waist measurements apart, the S Pen additionally stays just like its predecessor in precise use, which we’re not complaining about an excessive amount of, because it does its job simply effective. For those who ask sufficient individuals, you will quickly uncover various them that nearly put the S Pen in the identical class as issues like Air Gestures; a pleasant concept, however one thing you will not use as soon as the novelty wears off. That could be true for some, however we will undoubtedly see there is a slice of the market that appreciates the choice, and whereas Samsung continues to supply it to us, we will all stay alongside fortunately collectively.

Gear

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 review (global edition)

One different hotly anticipated (and controversial) announcement at this yr’s IFA was in fact the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. We’ll very quickly be publishing a separate evaluation of the Gear, however we have already had the prospect to spend a while with it, and along side the Word three — certainly one of solely two units presently suitable. Setting it up is straightforward. The watch’s charging cradle incorporates an NFC tag; simply faucet it with the Observe, and it routinely downloads the app, installs it and pairs the 2 units collectively. It even units the time on the watch.

The companion app makes it straightforward to work together with the Galaxy Gear. The very first thing you will need to do is select the clock display from a selection of analog-type faces, to digital clocks with app shortcuts, and so forth. Then you’ll be able to dive into the settings, the place you possibly can set the telephone to auto lock when out of vary of the watch (i.e., require a passcode), select notifications and assign what app opens on a double-press of the Gear’s button. After you’ve got set issues simply how you want them, you’ll be able to browse the out there apps for the smartwatch and set up them instantly by way of the companion app. When you’re imagining that there is not a lot obtainable, you would be largely proper — however there’s nonetheless greater than we anticipated. Even a few massive names, resembling Line, Pinterest, Pocket and Evernote are current. That final one provides an concept of how the 2 units actually can work collectively. With Evernote put in on the watch, you’ll be able to take a photograph and have it routinely uploaded to your account on the cloud. Nice for snapping that particular one thing you noticed in a store, or that quirky graffito on the street with out wanting too conspicuous, or having to get your telephone out.

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Undoubtedly, one of the crucial apparent features is notifications, however presently this can be a little bit of a combined bag. Gmail’s notifications, for instance, are nothing greater than a pop-up alert that informs you that you’ve got acquired a message — that is it. Not a lot profit there in comparison with an alert sound or vibration. You’ll be able to inform the watch to open the e-mail in your telephone, however you will nonetheless want to go again into your pocket to see it anyway. We’re hoping that this may increasingly enhance in time as soon as builders have extra time with the system.

Surprisingly, or not, relying in your viewpoint, TouchWiz’s native Mail shopper notifications allow you to see the sender immediately, after which learn the entire e-mail if you want, proper from the watch. We’re unsure of the lengthy-time period usefulness simply but, however we did really feel slightly bit smug studying an e mail in a single room, having left the handset in one other. Likewise, when calling somebody immediately from Gear, and chatting with your wrist Inspector Gadget-fashion. It labored fairly nicely, however we’re unsure we’ll be doing it a lot outdoor / in public. It is onerous to find out the impact on battery life brought on by pairing the 2 with out extra in depth testing, however our battery monitor app instructed a slight proportion rise in drain; once more, we’ll have extra element on the evaluate. That is solely scratching the — figurative — floor, however on first impressions, the 2 work nicely collectively. Whether or not the watch or the app help is finally for you is perhaps a unique query altogether.

Digital camera

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 review (global edition)

Fancy your self as a little bit of an image buff, do you? Properly for those who headed right here first, perhaps you’re. The large quantity you are probably is thirteen. That is the megapixel rely for the primary shooter (it is simply 2MP on the opposite aspect). On the software program aspect of issues, there are a few variations to what you may need seen in different current Samsung units just like the Galaxy S four. For starters, Night time mode has disappeared, leaving solely “Sensible Stabilization,” for low-mild conditions — which seems remarkably just like the GS4’s auto night time-detection choice anyway. All the different digital camera modes from earlier than are current, resembling Greatest Face, Eraser, Sound and Shot plus two extra new ones — Golf and Encompass Shot. The previous may sound considerably particular — an entire mode for golf pictures — and that is as a result of it’s. Selecting this feature (out there in panorama solely) overlays a semi-opaque picture of a golfer surrounded by a circle. The thought there’s to border your topic inside this, and the digital camera will auto-detect the swing. As soon as full, you will have a collection of photographs you can scrub by way of, forwards and backwards, to research your type. Or mock your pal, relying on how good you’re.

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The opposite new choice, Encompass Shot, will probably have broader attraction — particularly as you might also comprehend it as Photograph Sphere. In the event you’ve ever used this earlier than, you will know that it is a method to make your personal Road View-fashion photographs. Anybody with earlier expertise of this mode on a inventory Android gadget will inform you that it is very troublesome to get seamless stitching of photographs, and that totally different lighting circumstances could make the ultimate picture look patchy. Sadly, that is nonetheless very a lot the case right here. The one noticeable distinction being that whereas the overlaps on pure Android appear to point out harsh, straight strains, on the Observe three, there’s some quantity of fading / feathering to attempt to ease the transition. Both means, it nonetheless does not actually work.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 review (global edition)

What when you simply need to take common photographs? You recognize, household occasions, sightseeing, nights out with associates and so forth. In these instances, the Observe’s digital camera is a strong performer. Which does not shock us a lot, as Samsung’s monitor report on this space has usually been good. What’s additionally been fairly constant is the “handover” of options between the spring Galaxy S mannequin, and the autumn Word. Provided that the GS4 additionally has a thirteen-megapixel digital camera, a betting man would in all probability have been on protected floor in the event that they have been to place one thing down on the Observe three having the identical sensor. That is additional bolstered by the equally pleasing outcomes between the cameras on the 2 telephones. The pictures we received with the Observe three actually do present what could be carried out with a telephone digital camera, with out the necessity for drum-banging, buzzwords and excessive pixel-rely augmenting. Samsung hasn’t thrown its hat into the excessive-pixel-sensor ring (but), nor does it supply proprietary tips like Sony’s “Superior auto,” or Nokia’s OIS. Due to that, the element captured is a contact lower than that of its extra photograph-targeted competitors. However do they have S Pens? You make your decisions.

In good daylight, outside circumstances the colour stability, depth and element all carry out properly. In much less optimum circumstances issues have been, properly, much less optimum. These conditions the place there is a combination of brilliant and darkish topics in the identical photograph (say, a room with a pc display on) may cause issues for the sensor. Concentrate on the sunshine half, and it might compensate somewhat an excessive amount of, and darken every part else. It is much less of an issue the opposite approach round, fortunately. Equally, capturing in usually dim circumstances may first seem to provide good photographs when reviewed on the telephone, however as soon as uploaded, they are often susceptible to affordable quantities of grain, and a contact of shade washout. General although, undoubtedly not above and past what’s the norm for these circumstances.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 review (global edition)

For those who’re extra of a film kinda individual, you will possible be extra within the Word three’s capacity to shoot 4K video, and take one hundred twenty fps sluggish mo (with a lot much less fanfare than Apple made with its 5s). A few of our astute readers may have realized that the show on the Word three is simply HD, so how would one view this 4K footage? And that is a fantastic query. The reply being, you’ll be able to watch it again on the system, however if you wish to see it in its full three,840 x 2,one hundred sixty glory, you then’ll have to ship it over to a succesful participant. Which, because of that USB three.zero port mentioned earlier, you are able to do in a jiffy.

On a associated word, when in video mode, you possibly can watch the dimensions of your file steadily develop (and remaining disk area decline) as you report. In 4K mode, it actually does begin to swell fairly shortly — not shocking provided that it clocks in with a knowledge price of forty eight Mbps (in comparison with the Observe II’s 17 Mbps for HD). Different choices embrace an audio “zoom” function that claims to reinforce the audio of the framed topic when zoomed in. Our exams confirmed delicate variations, with voices sounding a bit louder, however barely extra compressed (i.e., much less dynamic in vary, extra crunchy sounding). The truth is, the audio recording on video clips basically sound horrible when performed on the gadget, with noise artifacts a continuing annoyance. Performed on the desktop, the sound is far clearer. Different methods to shoot decrease-high quality video embrace utilizing the sluggish-mo modes. You possibly can go proper right down to 1/eighth velocity, however be ready to sacrifice a good chunk of high quality for the privilege.

Efficiency and battery life Galaxy Word three Galaxy Notice II Xperia Z Extremely Quadrant 2.zero 23,449 6,819 18,966 Vellamo 2.zero 2,501 2,482 2,957 AnTuTu three.2 30,146 thirteen,539 29,377 SunSpider 1.zero (ms, decrease is best) 881 1,023 431 GFX Bench Egypt 2.7 HD Offscreen (fps) 26 N/A 23 CF-Bench 37,626 15,267 31,702

The Snapdragon 800 is among the present darlings of the cellular processor world. And the excellent news is that it is what’s inside (this model of) the Notice three. The quad-core chip clocks in at a cool 2.3GHz, and with 3GB of RAM to play with (and the Observe’s household identify to uphold) we’re anticipating huge issues. And that is just about what we received. A number of the benchmarks above reveal simply how good it truly is. When you’re into the chilly, arduous numbers on efficiency, then the Notice three, and its Qualcomm coronary heart, actually does not disappoint.

If we step out of the league tables, and again in entrance of the display, then the efficiency nonetheless needs to be applauded. Typically you realize you’ve got received a solidly performing system when after exhausting almost each function, multitasking it inside an inch of its life and simply usually giving its CPU some strain, you by no means discover it flinching as soon as. If something, you get the sense that the Notice three is casually sitting there submitting its nails, when you attempt to get a response out of it. Lengthy, media-crammed webpages would fly previous with silky grace; movies would play with nary a glitch whereas we multitasked (with the aforementioned webpage). As for gaming? In all probability one of many slickest performers but. In the course of the evaluate course of, numerous totally different telephones can be utilized to verify options, choices and do check comparisons. Whereas utilizing a Galaxy Nexus to match Photograph Sphere stitching, it abruptly felt previous, virtually sticky to make use of in comparison with the Word three. In fact, it is a few years older, and if that is nonetheless your major telephone, you won’t really feel that it is sluggish. However, very similar to taking place from the Notice three to a daily telephone abruptly makes it really feel “tiny,” going again as much as the Observe — efficiency-sensible — is a sensation akin to getting broadband for the primary time after utilizing dial-up.

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Even higher information is that with a large three,200mAh battery, you’ll be able to take pleasure in all this clean motion for longer than you may assume. Our good ‘ol rundown check of looping an HD video with brightness set to medium, WiFi enabled (however not related) and the standard social media and e-mail accounts doing their factor gave a complete time of 9 hours and 36 minutes. Not dangerous for an LTE system with such a big display to mild up. The identical is true for extra basic utilization. The Observe three will simply see you thru over a day and a half’s good strong utilization (and we undoubtedly put it to good use). These outcomes appear rather less spectacular contemplating the Word II’s close to eleven hours on the video check, and two days of basic use, however we will attribute part of that to the inclusion of LTE on this mannequin. Both approach, it is nonetheless a really strong performer on the facility division.

We briefly talked about earlier how the speaker high quality dissatisfied throughout video playback. In our opinion, it is truly one the Notice three’s weakest options. Everyone knows that enjoying music aloud in your telephone in a public place is a criminal offense towards humanity, however with the Word three, it would be outright torture. We examined it aspect by aspect with the Galaxy S four, enjoying the identical music information, and the distinction is not simply noticeable; it is night time and day. The sound from a telephone speaker isn’t going to be excessive-constancy, however the Observe three merely sounds low cost, brash and aggravating to the ears. We’re eager to remind you that that is solely in relation to the interior speaker, which we might hoped may truly be superior, given the potential area for a much bigger driver. On headphones, the sound is a lot better, immediately comparable with the GS4. Which is sweet, as a result of the Notice three can deal with an exhaustive listing of media codecs, together with all the standard suspects (MP3, WAV, M4A, AAC and FLAC), plus a lot extra you may by no means encounter (although in case you’re a heavy XMF and IMY consumer, it is good to know you are coated).

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Films are an apparent match for a tool of this measurement, and that show and processing energy make watching them lots pleasurable. The viewing angles and crisp picture make it a delight to take a seat again and watch. Although, as we stated, we might advocate headphones or a separate speaker. In case your film viewing ought to ever be interrupted by a type of old style telephone calls, then you’ll hear the perpetrator clearly, and in our exams, we suffered no interference, noise or artifacts.

For those who want to take pleasure in your telephone’s media by means of a TV or AV setup, the DLNA and MHL choices make this beautiful straightforward, particularly if in case you have a Samsung TV. AllShare makes beginning a video on the handset, after which piping it over to your related TV a cinch. MHL however is, in fact, only a case of plugging it in to an HDMI port, one thing that Samsung has but to make any extra difficult than getting the suitable cable (and fortunate for you, they’re often a few of the best to seek out). These of you extra involved with the community knowledge aspect of issues will probably be completely satisfied to know that the Word three drinks the bits simply as quick as your community will present them. Our time on O2’s UK London LTE community recurrently resulted in speeds of between forty-50 MB/s, which is about as quick as we have usually ever had no matter handset.

The competitors

To get an concept what you may need to cough up should you determine the Observe three is for you, Verizon will let you will have one for $299 in case you take up a brand new two-yr contract; the worth rises to $699 in the event you go for month-to-month service. Dash will probably be providing it for a similar worth, additionally with a 24-month contract. Britons can anticipate to pay round £620 SIM-free, or something from free upwards on-contract. Should you’re on the lookout for a bigger telephone, Sony’s Xperia Z Extremely may be in your radar, and that is going to run you round $770 for the LTE model (pre-ordering from Negri electronics). You might think about the Galaxy Mega, however the one actual similarity there’s measurement. Although if that is all that issues, then at $570, you may save a number of dollars. With that in thoughts, there’s an excellent probability we’d see some outsized hardware coming from HTC and Nokia within the very close to future (maybe inside the month), so in case you can maintain off just some extra weeks, then this may change the panorama significantly.

Wrap-up

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To make use of a time period of phrase borrowed from that different cellular big, that is Samsung’s greatest Notice but. It is higher in just about each means, with the attainable exception of that speaker. The show is greater, nevertheless it by no means makes the gadget really feel inflated, which is a few kind of darkish magic in its personal proper. Both approach, we applaud Samsung for persistently making this collection higher and higher. However, like most good issues, it does come at a worth. Within the UK, that worth goes to be round £620 SIM-free. That is a piece of change. In fact, it’s going to be less expensive (and already, in some instances, free) on contract in the identical market. US costs are set to be someplace in between these two numbers, floating across the $300 mark. Not the most cost effective telephone, however those that have already transformed to the best way of the Word will probably see it as a essential evil. For those who’re fascinated with making the step up, we are saying get it whereas it is scorching.

Edgar Alvarez contributed to this evaluate.

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  • Sort Smartphone
  • Working system Android (Jelly Bean [4.3])
  • Display measurement 5.7 inches
  • Inner reminiscence 32 GB
  • Carriers (US) AT&T
  • Dimensions 6 x three.1 x zero.33 in
  • Weight 5.9 oz
  • Launched 2013-10-01

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9.1common consumer score
  • Reception and name high quality 9
  • Show 9.9
  • Battery life eight.9
  • Digital camera eight.eight
  • Ease of use eight.eight
  • Design and type issue eight.9
  • Portability (measurement / weight) eight.6
  • Media help 9.7
  • Sturdiness eight.5
  • Ecosystem (apps, equipment, and so forth.) eight.9

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