LA Gadgets Examiner Rating: A (We are reviewing the T-Mobile version.)
On Wednesday, T-Mobile scored a major victory by being the first carrier to offer the Galaxy Note 3. Best of all, you can buy the mega-smartphone without having to worry about being tied into a contract. Overall, we are just as excited about this as we were the Galaxy Note 2, which we named the top technological device of 2012. Let's take a look:
Operating System: Android Jelly Bean (4.3)
Dimensions: 5.95 x 3.12 x 0.33 inches
Weight: 5.93 oz
Screen: 5.7-inch, 1920 x 1080 (386 ppi) pixel resolution screen
Battery: 3200 mAh
Processor: Quad core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400
Memory: 32GB or 64GB internal memory with 3GB RAM, microSD card slot for extra memory
Build and design
When you see the Galaxy Note 3 from a distance, you'll think that the device is really big. When you are close to it and pick it up, you'll realize that it's not too big. Even though the screen is .2 inches larger than it is on the Galaxy Note 2, it feels smaller and lighter. It feels really good in your hands, especially due to the controversial faux leather back cover that shouldn't be controversial at all.
The volume rocker is on the left, the power button is on the right, the home button is on the bottom, and the earpiece is on the top. There is also a 2MP front-facing camera. The microUSB 3 connector is on the bottom along with the underpowered (but not too much) speaker.
Words cannot describe the 1080p Super AMOLED display. You just have to see it in order to believe it. If the 720p screen on the Galaxy Note 2 screen was close to Nirvana, the Galaxy Note 3 screen is Nirvana. It's not a 3D screen (thank God for that), but watching a rain drop from a 1080p home video looked like the rain was coming out of the screen.
One of the (minor) complaints about Samsung's screens is that they are over-saturated. However, this can easily be changed in the settings where you can choose from Dynamic, Movie, Standard and other modes. We still prefer the Dynamic mode, but many of our colleagues prefer the Movie mode.