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A large phone that's an improvement in almost every way

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The Note remains unchallenged in its category. Great battery life, a brilliant display and top performance make it an excellent all-rounder for those wanting a bigger device.

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8.6
27 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    8.3
  • Display
    9.4
  • Battery life
    8.2
  • Camera
    8.5
  • Ease of use
    6.9
  • Design and form factor
    7.9
  • Portability (size / weight)
    7.7
  • Media support
    8.8
  • Durability
    7.1
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    7.4

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User reviews

9.1
54 reviews
9.0
Engadget Sep 30, 2013

The Note remains unchallenged in its category. Excellent battery life, a brilliant display and top performance make it an excellent all-rounder for those wanting a bigger device.

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9.0
CNET Oct 1, 2013

The Galaxy Note 3, while certainly a niche gadget, is the most compelling phone/tablet mashup Samsung has ever created, and the best I've ever used ... And whether you ever unsheathe its S Pen stylus and much-improved stylus interface, the Note 3 is an amazingly advanced device in its own right.

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9.0
PC Mag Oct 1, 2013

Samsung refines its top-tier phablet with the 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 3, a powerful, full HD phone/tablet combo that may be the only mobile device you need.

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9.0
ZDNet Oct 1, 2013

If you are a heavy data user and want a large smartphone, nothing beats the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

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9.0
PC Mag Oct 18, 2013

Download speeds over LTE were consistent with what we've seen from other Verizon phones and reception was excellent in my tests in New York City ... greatly improved 1080p AMOLED display, fast Snapdragon 800 processor, and robust system-wide stylus support keep the Note 3 at the head of the pack.

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8.0
Ars Technica Oct 1, 2013

For those of you that knew you were buying the Note 3 before you even read this article: knock yourselves out. For everyone else, it's probably best to wait and see what the OTA fairy brings.

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8.0
AnandTech Oct 1, 2013

The Note 3 is an iterative product, that’s absolutely true, but the improvements in the Note 3 are pretty dramatic. It really does feel better, thinner, lighter all while having a bigger, more usable display.

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8.0
GigaOM Oct 1, 2013

The first question you need to ask yourself is are you willing to pay a premium for the S-Pen features? Those are what make the Note 3 stand out from the growing pack of big-screened phones. If so, then I can easily recommend the Note 3.

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8.0
Gizmodo Oct 1, 2013

Do you like really big phones? Then yes! This is the best big phone out there. Do you hate big phones? Then no, of course you shouldn't get it because you will drop it on the ground and cry.

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10
Pocket-Lint Oct 1, 2013

If, like many, you find the screen too big for practical use then you may want to look elsewhere. But if you're after a large-screen handset then we can think of few competitiors to match - the Note 3 is very much the one to get.

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8.0
Mashable Oct 1, 2013

For anyone who felt their smartphone was separated from the lands of precision and power, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has what it takes to be a bridge. The only question is: Are your pockets big enough?

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8.0
SlashGear Oct 1, 2013

Samsung has outdone themselves in this category – with the likes of Air Command, the S Pen suite becomes a solid experience that I’ll no longer have to explain to relatives is just for writing notes and drawing pictures. Here there’s a real solid draw.

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8.0
Washington Post Oct 1, 2013

The Note is also a fairly good device for artists, thanks to pressure-sensitive software for its pen and a 13 MP rear-facing camera that takes stunning pictures.

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10
Digital Versus Oct 24, 2013

It's the ideal follow-up to the Galaxy Note 2 and, while it doesn't revolutionise the genre, it refines a number of its predecessor's best features, exhibits fluidity rarely seen among the competition and is incredibly versatile.

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9.0
TechRadar Oct 1, 2013

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is a great phone and if you were to own one you wouldn't be disappointed. It provides a great onscreen experience - as long as your hands are big enough to reach across it - and its stuffed full of tech to almost warrant its lofty price tag.

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9.0
Phandroid Oct 1, 2013

The Note 3 has so many features and settings that learning the ins-and-outs of the device becomes no easy task. ... But for now, the Galaxy Note 3 is an all systems go recommendation.

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9.0
phoneArena Oct 1, 2013

Samsung seemingly has a one-two punch offering now, seeing that the Galaxy Note 3 perfectly complements Sammy’s other flagship smartphone.

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9.0
GSM Arena Oct 3, 2013

Samsung and the Galaxy Note 3 have done it again and the bad news for the competition is that their phablets have just been relegated to just huge phones by the latest installment of the one that once started it all.

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8.0
TrustedReviews Sep 30, 2013

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 successfully continues the one Samsung series of phones that no other manufaturer to date has really managed to touch.

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8.0
Android Central Oct 1, 2013

It’s big and brash and expensive — but it's also brilliant. And whether you're a power user looking for the bleeding-edge specs or a professional seeking a larger screen with stylus-based productivity features, the Galaxy Note 3 is the best device in its class.

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9.0
BGR Oct 1, 2013

The Galaxy Note 3 is the best smartphone Samsung has ever made. In fact, the Note 3 is one of the best Android phones ever, period.

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8.0
DroidLife Oct 1, 2013

If you are coming off of the original Note or upgrading from the Note 2, you will love this phone completely. It is in every way, shape, and form, a step in the right direction for Samsung.

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8.0
HotHardware Oct 23, 2013

Anyone in the market for an oversized smartphone really should check out the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 ... Not only is the hardware noticeably more refined over previous generations, but the software is better too.

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10
Stuff Sep 30, 2013

Want one device to replace your phone and tablet combi? The Galaxy Note 3 is the finest phablet out there

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8.0
MobileBurn Oct 10, 2013

Touchwiz remains a useful, gimmicky, and at times frustrating user experience, but the power of the S Pen and the cases of innovation that have practical value make the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 a solid purchase.

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First Looks

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Engadget Sep 4, 2013

While it was largely the same user experience we've grown accustomed to with previous Notes, Samsung still found a few clever ways to tweak both hardware and software to make it more appealing to consumers.

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SlashGear Sep 4, 2013

The original Galaxy Note had to persuade the market that it wanted a stylus again. The Note 2 refined that experience. The Galaxy Note 3 starts to turn the S Pen into more than just a paper notebook alternative, and it’s the rich interlinking and shortcuts that will please heavy notetakers.

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PC World Australia Sep 4, 2013

The biggest changes surround the way the phone's stylus -- called the "S Pen" by Samsung -- can be used to interact with the software. The previous Note 2 had an S Pen, but Samsung said that many consumers either weren't using it or were only using it for navigation and tapping on-screen buttons.

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Android Central Sep 4, 2013

The Note’s display is a massive 5.7-inch Full HD 1080p SuperAMOLED panel, which is extremely bright and bold, even more so than the Galaxy S4’s screen. Despite stretching the same number of pixels over a larger area, it’s still plenty sharp.

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TechRadar Sep 4, 2013

The Galaxy Note 3 is very much an evolution, with the specs starting to top out. The 3GB of RAM, the 13MP camera and octa-core processor are all nice additions, as well as things like superfast 4G on board.

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T3 Sep 5, 2013

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is the brand's most poweful mobile device ever and finally the first Note with a build quality that reflects the price.

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TrustedReviews Sep 5, 2013

The Galaxy Note 3 will be particularly useful for those who use their phones primarily as productivity devices and it will undoubtedly sell by the bucket-load.

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BGR Sep 4, 2013

The iPhone 5 feels like a premium smartphone. The HTC One feels like a premium smartphone. The Galaxy Note 3 feels like a plastic and pleather smartphone. But numbers don’t lie and Samsung ships more smartphones than its four closest rivals combined.

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Android Community Sep 4, 2013

The Galaxy Note 3 measures in at 151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm with a weight of 168 grams. The back cover is still able to be removed, which means the battery is still able to be swapped out if needed, however those moving from the Note II to the Note 3 will notice a difference on the backside.

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Android Police Sep 4, 2013

The specs are definitely bumped up a notch, and there are definitely better, easier-to-use features included, but this refresh doesn't seem to focus on jam-packing whacky features into the device.

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9.0
chicosy chicosy

First thing's first, this is a BIG phone. It's PHABLET (phone/tablet). If you don't have big hands, you probably won't really enjoy this as a phone. So there you go. I've never been a stylus user so I can't really comment on how good the stylus is so sorry, can't help you there. I'm going to...

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10
MzPoeticSong MzPoeticSong

I had the Samsung Galaxy S4 before I purchased the Note 3. I went into the Sprint store and picked the phone up and instantly I was like this phone is beautiful but it seems too big. I got the Note 3 anyway and after about 30 mins of playing around with it the phone didn't seem so big. I love...

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9.0
falleninsea falleninsea

1st this is a huge phone. Its one of the larger one out there right now. So with that in mind this phone is not for every one. But for those that that are comfortable with its size its one amazing phone. Hardware wise this thing is a monster it has a 2.3GHz Quad-Core processor, 3GB of RAM, 32 GB...

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7.0
LibraScales29 LibraScales29

Galaxy Note 3 is a great phone. Really functional like most phone. The graphics is amazing. However coming from an iPhone 5s to this phone I am having hard time convenience myself to keep this phone. It's rather problematic. I experience a lot of app crashing with app that worked well on my...

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8.0
Neutrinoz Neutrinoz

So first phone was great until one night I left it charging and woke up with the phone completely dead and the battery so low it was having a problem charging at all. The cable would not seat in the phone correctly. I noted some debris on the cable so I cleaned with a small tooth brush that...

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9.0
gtechfl gtechfl

I held off buying into the Galaxy Note line for quite sometime. It looks as though I decided to buy in just at the right time. This phone to me is very close to what I consider a perfect mobile computing device. I specifically wanted this device to replace many other portable devices including a...

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7.0
DocWyeth DocWyeth

This phone is a true classic that many will compare to it. WHY? Its size and guts are outstanding. I choose this phone based on specs and some reviews and it has lived up to everything written out there. MY complaint is with something that no one wrote about. It is supposed to be an Android,...

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10
Guardsix Guardsix

I'm coming from a Galaxy Nexus which I got the day it was released so I know what a great, state-of the-artthe-art cell phone looks like and is supposed to work. Now this is the second state-of-the-art cell phone I've got my hands on and this is even better! It is a perfect size and don't...

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