Have you ever looked at your phone and thought, this could be bigger? Well, have I got the phone for you, in my review of the Samsung Galaxy Note III. Don’t let the size fool you, however, this phone is quite light and much less bulky and unmanageable than you would expect. So this week, I’ll be taking a look at this powerhouse of a phone.
Starting with the specs:
- Android 4.3 (4.4 coming in January)
- 3200 mAh Lithium Ion Battery
- 5.7” HD Super AMOLED display (1920×1080)
- 2.3 GHz Quad Core Processor (Snapdragon 800)
- 32GB internal Storage minimum
- 3GB RAM
Weighing in at only 5.93 ounces, this phone is as I said super light, and is easy to hold, and depending on your hand size, even use one handed, especially when the phone is put into one handed mode, putting the screen in a smaller window, and placing it near your thumb for easy access. The Galaxy Note III is any gamer’s best friend with the astounding amount of power, topping all of the benchmark tests currently. Let’s take a look at the hardware.
The case of the Galaxy Note III feels amazing with its aluminum border and the faux-leather plastic back. It’s very easy to grip, and won’t just slip out of your hand.
The touchscreen is very responsive to the touch, and has the ability to increase sensitivity allowing use with gloves. The capacitive buttons at the bottom of the screen disappear when the backlight is off, and are sometimes hard to find, but beyond that, no issues.
The S-Pen is the feature that separates the Galaxy Note III from any other phone out there. It is a stylus that is built in to the phone, and can perform very interesting features. There are apps that allow you to write out personal information and even transcript your written text into contacts or other saved data. There is also a button built into the S-Pen allowing it to have some nifty shortcuts.
The Galaxy Note III is the first phone to feature a micro USB 3.0 charge port, and believe me, once you have had this, you’ll never go back. The phone is fully charged in a fraction of the time, due to the more powerful cable, and data transfer speed, assuming you have a 3.0 port in your computer, are amazing.
Android 4.3 is preloaded onto the Galaxy Note III, and is modified by Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. The TouchWiz UI, while a bit clunky on Samsung’s other phones doesn’t see to hinder the Note at all. It would seem that the powerful processor can handle anything this UI can throw at it. In January, the Note should be receiving it’s upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat.
Samsung has included some interesting apps on the phone, that I feel are worth checking out. Mostly apps involving the S-Pen, but in particular S-Health is one of my favorite apps. It allows you to keep track of your daily calorie intake and exorcise, which is a nice thing to have on your phone. It’s got a built in step counter, which is very accurate. Definitely worth checking out.
With the amount of power shoved into this phone, it’s no surprise that the performance is nearly flawless. If you want to play all of your Android HD games with no lag, this is definitely the system for you. The Snapdragon 800 can power through even the most graphic intensive android games, passing most benchmark graphics tests at 60 fps.
The Galaxy Note III also has amazing video playback, in full HD. I was able to play back entire movies in HD on mine, with no lag or stuttering. Also, if you happen to be a fan of foreign films, the 5.7 inch screen is big enough to read subtitles on!
The battery life is nothing short of impressive. I’ve been getting away with a single full charge per day on most days, and sometimes once every other days depending on how often I used the phone, and believe me, this thing rarely leaves my hands. Watch movies, play games, do it all, this battery can definitely take it.
The Galaxy Note III is the best phone I’ve ever owned. The amount of power makes it feel as though I’m using a small laptop, rather than a large phone. If you can get around the size, and believe me it isn’t hard to do, this phone is well worth the price.
The Galaxy Note III is the best phone I’ve ever owned.