87
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87

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 review (global edition)

Summary

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.

from $799.99+
Pros
  • Beautiful 1080p display
  • Lightning-fast performance
  • New, genuinely useful S Pen apps
Cons
  • Still lacks high-end finish
  • Poor loudspeaker
  • Relatively expensive
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 review (global edition)
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Three is the magic number. Three is lucky. Three's a crowd. Okay, ignore that last one, but the number 3 does also apply to the latest Galaxy Note, and we're curious to know which of those maxims might apply. What are the marquee features this time around? Well, there's the usual bevy of specification improvements (a 5.7-inch display, quad-core Snapdragon 800 and 3GB of RAM), Android 4.3, some new S Pen features and the small matter of the Gear, that optional, polarizing companion watch.

Samsung makes a great many products, even if you just consider the mobile ones. However, since it burst into existence in 2011, the Note has been up there with the Galaxy S series on the flagship pedestal. So, it'd be fair to say that we're expecting big things from this big phone, but with a SIM-free price in the UK of £620, it requires even deeper pockets than its predecessor did at launch (that one cost around £530). That said, if you want one, you'll need big pockets anyway. While you check their size, we've scribbled, doodled and gestured the Note 3 with abandon to see if it's worth the bounty. Read on to find out if it is.

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Scores

Engadget

87
 

Breakdown

Reception and call quality
8.2
Display
9.4
Battery life
8.4
Camera
8.5
Ease of use
7.3
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Specs

Galaxy

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Camera
yes
Internal memory
32 GB
Screen size
5.7 inches
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Specs

Galaxy

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Camera
yes
Internal memory
32 GB
Screen size
5.7 inches
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