Smartphone review: Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Smartphone review: Samsung Galaxy Note 3

The Galaxy Note 2 won this year's DL Awards Editor's choices for Best Overall, Best Android and Best LTE Smartphone. Now, its successor has been upgraded in just about every department.

The Note 3, now considered a phablet, has a bigger 5.7-inch full high-definition Super Amoled touchscreen display, a faster processor, more system memory and a higher camera megapixel count. It also supports the new Wi-Fi 802.11ac technology.

Despite all these improvements, it is actually 1mm thinner and 16g lighter than the Note 2. And instead of the plastic back of its predecessor, the Note 3 now has a soft and textured back with stitching around the edges.

But the highlight of the phablet is its S Pen stylus. Pulling out the SPen will bring up Air Command - a pop-up menu that allows quick access to five functions - Action Memo, Scrapbook, Screen Write, SFinder and Pen Window.

Action Memo lets you write a note with the stylus and converts the handwritten information into neat, typed-out words.

The Scrapbook function helps you to track and organise content taken from the Web, while Screen Write captures the full-screen image of what you are looking at on your screen and allows you to write comments over it.

The S Finder allows you to search the contents on your phablet using keywords or filters; it even searches handwritten content. Finally, the Pen Window allows easy multitasking as you can open another application window without closing the app you are on. You only need to draw a window on the screen.


Price: To be confirmed

Availability: Sept 28

Processor: 2.3GHz quad-core

Operating system: Android 4.3 Jelly Bean

Display: 5.7-inch full high-definition Super Amoled; 1,920 x 1,080 pixels

Cameras: 13 megapixels (rear), 2megapixels (front)

Weight: 168g

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