Preview and review: Samsung Galaxy Note 3

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is one of those devices that marked the start of the school year, like the Sony Xperia Z1 or even the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. Since then, of course, Samsung has accumulated disappointments and we will think in particular of these zoning issues or even these optimizations targeting the main benchmarking solutions on the market . Yes, for sure, the Note 3's launch has been quite chaotic , but some of you may be wondering what the South Korean manufacturer's new phablet is really worth. If this is your case, then it is your lucky day since it has been a few days since she has been with me on a daily basis. Now is the time to give you my first impressions of it.

If you are a regular reader, then you should know that my tests are generally split into two articles: a preview , or getting started, on one side, and a full review on the other. A quick glance at the title of this post will allow you to see that it is about the preview here, so it will be necessary to wait another small week before discovering the complete test of Note 3.

Preview Samsung Galaxy Note 3

The box of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. We will appreciate the imitation wood. Or not.

Technical characteristics

You might as well start at the beginning, and therefore with the technical sheet of the terminal. She's been known for a while, of course, but a little booster shot can't hurt. Be careful, however, because Samsung has not done in simplicity and the manufacturer has thus declined its Galaxy Note 3 in several versions varying according to the markets. This technical sheet obviously corresponds to the European model, and therefore to the one you can find at the main operators operating on the old continent:

  • 5.7 inch Super AMOLED Full HD display.
  • 1080p type definition, 1920 × 1080, with 16 million colors.
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.3 Ghz.
  • GPU Adreno 330.
  • 3 GB of RAM.
  • 32 GB of storage space, micro SD card slot (up to 64 GB).
  • 13 megapixel CMOS sensor.
  • 2 megapixel front camera.
  • Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Barometer.
  • WiFi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC.
  • Compatibility with 4G / LTE networks.
  • 3200 mAh battery.
  • Dimensions: 151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm.
  • Weight: 168 grams.

Not much to say on this side, except that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is at the top of the range. We find the same chip as in the Sony Xperia Z1 or in the LG G2 but Samsung has pushed the vice to integrate no less than 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage space natively. It's pretty comfortable, of course, and the same goes for the 3,200mAh battery which made a big impression on me.

Because indeed, autonomy is one of the strengths of Note 3. For normal use (web, social networks), the guy can easily reach two days without recharging! We will say what we want but it's still very comfortable.

Preview Samsung Galaxy Note 3 1

Still the same box, but seen from the side.

Design & Ergonomics

It must be admitted, the design is not the strong point of the terminals produced by Samsung. Not everyone will agree with me, of course, but we must admit that the Galaxy Note 3 looks pale next to an Xperia Z1. Rather logical since the latter uses more noble materials than the Samsung phablet. However, plastic also has advantages, especially in terms of strength and weight. I also think that this is what surprised me the most when I took the Note 3 in hand for the first time: despite a fairly large size, the latter is extremely light .

Note also that Samsung has opted for a funny texture to draw the back of the shell of its terminal, a texture that imitates leather . The manufacturer has pushed the delirium far enough by integrating false stitching into the part. The result is not unsightly, and you get used to it quite quickly. After that, it's also true that all tastes are in nature, eh, and it is perfectly possible that some of you absolutely disagree with me.

Now let's move on to the general ergonomics of the terminal.

The screen occupies almost the entire front of the Note 3. Samsung has opted for thin borders to reduce the size of its phablet. If the latter is obviously more imposing than a Z1, it is nonetheless quite compact. The sensors occupy their usual place, to the right of the speaker. On the other side, and on the left, we will find the notifications LED, the color of which will vary depending on the pending alert. At the bottom of the screen, we have the usual “home” button, framed by two sensitive buttons. Personally, I would have preferred tactile buttons, but let's move on.

On the right side, we find the power button which is a little too high for my taste. The same goes for the volume controls which are on the other side of the terminal. No trigger on the other hand. Otherwise, well the jack is on the upper edge and we are also entitled to a connector owner micro USB 3.0 and a speaker on the lower edge.

Like all terminals in the range, the Galaxy Note 3 also includes a stylus that is housed directly in the shell, at the back of the terminal. It suffices to remove it from its housing to activate a menu which is entirely dedicated to it. I will come back to all the functions related to the stylus in my test.

Preview Samsung Galaxy Note 3 2

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 seen from the front.

First impressions

Suffice it to say frankly, the Samsung terminals never left me with lasting memories, and I also had a lot of prejudices about the Galaxy Note 3. Prejudices relating as much to the lines of the terminal as to its overlay. However, after cleaning up these big, unsightly widgets, we quickly find our marks. Better, we even get used very quickly to the Note 3 screen which is ultimately very comfortable on a daily basis, whether for games or even for surfing the internet.

So of course, for the moment, I do not have enough hindsight to judge the overall performance of the terminal, but it still left a good impression on me . I haven't had a crush on it yet, but it might come with time.

If you have any questions, anyway, the comments are there for that. As for the final test, well it will be released next week.

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