Samsung Galaxy Note 3: pricey but note-worthy

Shin Jong-kyun, President and CEO, head of IT and Mobile Communication division of Samsung presents the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 during its launch. Photo: Reuters/Tobias Schwarz

If you’re not used to handling tablets, the first thing you notice about the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is that it’s big, very big. This makes it a great phablet but it’s definitely not a pocket-friendly phone, in ways more than one. The device is jam-packed with features and you’d have to be among the savviest of smartphone users to be able to capitalise on all of them.

Pros: The positives are many. From a massive 3GB RAM and 3,200 mAh battery, to a crystal clear 13 MP camera and 5.7 in full-HD Super Amoled screen, this phone packs quite a punch. The phone is fast and lets you run two apps simultaneously with its multi-window feature quite efficiently. The S Pen is improved from the Note 2 and you could do fun things with it — doodle, convert handwriting to text and even dial a phone number with just one click. Perhaps the best new feature is the back cover — with its faux leather finish, it looks elegant and provides a firmer grip on the device. The phone can also be linked to the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, though we didn’t have the opportunity to test that. The Note 3 retains the Note 2’s handy, customisable multicolour LED light, to
segregate all your notifications. 

Cons: For a phone with such great memory and processor, it freezes quite often. Sometimes an app will hang, causing the entire phone to freeze and this can get very annoying after the third occurrence. The battery doesn’t last for even a day and the handset also heats up after prolonged use for 2-3 hours. The touch can get a bit fitful, and we had to tap app icons more than once to get them started.

Product: Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Quick specs: 2.3 GHz Quad-Core Processor, Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean), S Pen, 3GB RAM, 13 MP camera
USP: A does-it-all phablet
Official price: `49,900
Best price: `45,185



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