Samsung invented the phablet when it launched the original Galaxy Note. And now we have the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. It’s got a much bigger screen but it’s somehow smaller. And it’s still got all the latest tech squeezed in too.
The new faux leather plastic back of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has been criticised a lot, but we actually quite like it. It’s not a stunning design, but it’s better than a smooth, glossy plastic cover and it’s still lightweight and scratch resistant. We also like that the phone’s so small given the screen size, so you really can hold it one handed.
We were really impressed with the quality of the photos we took with the Note 3. Its 13MP camera is really good quality. But what we liked most was the flash. It produces a light that’s closer to what you get from the sun, so all your shots in the dark look more natural.
With the big 5.7” screen, one of the main uses of the Note 3 is entertainment. It’s beautifully bright and sharp, which is great for movies. And with its powerful processor we were able to get all our favourite games running perfectly smoothly. Plus, there’s a feature that let us watch a movie while doing other things.
The other thing that that huge screen is good for is work. The S Pen stylus really helps too. We were able to handwrite notes and then the phone turned them into printed text. And with multi-window, we had emails open on one side of the screen and a Word document open on the other. We could even have had more apps open over those to get even more done!
The Note 3 has a huge battery. But Samsung didn’t settle for just sheer size. The Korean company played with the phone’s software to make it more power efficient. When we tested it, the Note 3’s battery life was fantastic.
The Galaxy Note 3’s S Pen is really innovative. One new tool, called Action memo, let us jot down a phone number and tap to store it as a contact instantly.
Another handy S Pen feature is Scrapbooker. We could grab stuff from the internet or the phone to create a scrap book. All we had to do was select Scrapbooker from the Air Command menu and draw a circle round what we wanted. We could copy text, photos or video and store it all for later.