Samsung Galaxy Note 3 versus Samsung Galaxy Note 2

The Note 3 is one of the best large screened phablet phones, but how does it compare to the Note 2? Here’s Carphone Warehouse’s guide to the differences between the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.

Great new design

Despite bringing a larger display, a 5.7″ one compared to 5.5″, the Galaxy Note 3 has lost weight. It’s just 168g compared to the Galaxy Note 2′s 183g. It’s smaller too.

The most noticeable difference though is that the back now features a stitched leather finish to give it a notebook feel. It adds a touch of quality to the plastic frame. Samsung has also added a colour option for the Note 3. As well as the usual black and white there’s a soft pink version, which is sure to make your smartphone stand out from the crowd.

Bigger, better screen

With phablets it’s all about the size of your screen. Samsung has bumped the screen size up on the Galaxy Note 3, from 5.5″ on the Galaxy Note 2 to a sharper 5.7″ one. That might not sound like a lot but the extra size makes a noticeable difference.

More importantly though, the resolution has been taken up to 1080p full HD from 720p. That means the Galaxy Note 3′s display much sharper and more detailed. You’re pictures and videos will be sharper and you’ll notice much finer detail.

Simple software

The S-Pen, the Note’s stylus pen, can now draw a window of any size and shape on the screen that you can drop an application into. That’s an unrivalled multitasking feature that’ll give you flexibility to do more than one thing at a time. The Galaxy Note 3 also introduces Air Command, which will bring up a range of functions with the new S Pen that make simple tasks faster. You can hover over videos to preview them, or take screenshots for example.

The Galaxy Note 3 is also has one of the newest versions of Android, 4.4 KitKat. That should help extend battery life even further and will make the most of the awesome processor. Samsung has also pre-installed Samsung Knox, which is the best mobile antivirus software available.

Beefed up camera.

Like the rest of the Galaxy Note 3, the camera has been improved compared to the Note 2 too. The Galaxy Note 3 has a 13MP snapper compared to the Note 2′s 8MP one. But there’s a lot more to a camera than just the size of the image it can capture.

Samsung is promising better low-light performance, stabilisation and a more powerful flash. This icing on the cake of the new camera comes from the video recording capabilities. You can record Ultra HD 4K videos at a smooth 30 frames per second. A 4K video is roughly four times the resolution of standard HD, which means you’ll be able to capture vastly more detail. There’s also a slow motion mode, which lets you record at 120 frames per second at 720p resolution, so you’ll be able to create some cool home movies.