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Wednesday Poll: Is the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Your Next Phone?

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Well, did you see enough today to make the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 your next phone? We know that the Note 2 cult had quite the membership, but does the Note 3 offer enough to get Note 2 users to upgrade and Note-holdouts to make the switch? We’re talking a similar sized device with a slightly bigger yet full HD display, upgraded camera, more RAM, a super-powerful processor, new S Pen, and the latest version of Android. It’s quite the overall package, even with that ridiculous faux leather back.

Is the Note 3 your next phone?

Is the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Your Next Phone?

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  • ki11ak3nn

    I’m looking forward to it. I think I could make good use of that S Pen since I’m always taking notes. I just need to know how long I have to live with my GNex.

  • Preach2k

    I love this phone. This will be my next phone. After my Gnex experience with updates on Verizon I do not want to get another Nexus on Verizon.

    • Chippah

      Trust me, Hell will freeze before we see another nexus on VZW

  • shane

    I’m sure it’s already been said.

    This or Nexus 5.

  • Rob Delaney

    I love how the next Nexus was “leaked” the day before the release of the Note 3 and a week from the iPhone 5. Well played, well played

  • Pedro4Prez

    .

  • http://www.twitter.com/nblufire12 Nathan Patel

    Bootloader? Price on/off contract?

  • Gnex

    OG>Gnex>MotoX

    • me

      T-Mobile Android G1->T-Mobile Google Nexus One->Verizon Galaxy Nexus->Google Play Edition Nexus 5 (hopefully on Verizon)

      • Gnex

        Google Play Edition Nexus? On Verizon? AHAHAHAHA

  • burpootus

    It will be interesting to see if there will be a slip on the locked bootloader on the Verizon version, similar to previous Samsung devices. Things got tougher with the S4. My money says this one will be locked and stay locked.

  • James Jenrette IV

    Still holding out for the next Nexus!

  • Gnex

    Droid-Life Nexus-Life

  • Nicktrance

    I definitely like it, but I think I’ll like the Nexus 5 more and I’m definitely in no rush.

  • Jordan

    Commmmoon Nexus 5!

  • RaptorOO7

    I’m down with this. Verizon Pre-Orders go live on 9/6 @ 9AM, can you believe Verizon is actually taking pre-orders this early. Now when will they ship?

  • Mentallect

    It looks great, and the specs too

  • schlanz

    Is the back material really any much different than the original back of the Nexus 7? That was well received and pleasing to the touch. I personally like it. If you don’t, get a case or a different battery door.

  • erikiksaz

    I have absolutely not qualms about the hardware, it’s the software that will keep me from owning another Samsung device. Once they stop catering to kindergartners with their 4 tone pastel colors, I will reconsider.

  • BrothaDave

    It’s going to be between the Note 3, the Nexus 5 or the new Xperia

  • John Clausen

    Can’t wait to see how you guys compare this to the Moto X. The two devices are pretty much opposites when it comes to philosophy, software, hardware, damn near eveything.

  • Bootleg Zani

    As usual people can never stop complaining. Heh like I should talk. But my precious hand feeling that fake stitching what will happen next. Goddamn herbs.

  • Rodeojones000

    Where’s the “not even if it was free” option?

  • sk3litor

    I actually think im going to like the texture and feel of it. Except for that fake stitching (idiots, what were they thinking) luckily im a person who prefers function over form. That being said of course I’ll have to wait to see how it actually performs. But I will say that “drag and drop” in multi window is pure brilliance . good on ya Samsung but don’t make the thing look like a notebook this is 2013 make it look like, oh I dont know something eelectronic I.e. ALL other phones. Sheeez. Just promise not to hire that guy with the white glasses. Either he has no mirrors or they’re not the right prescription.

  • http://www.baldypal.com/ BaldyPal

    voted no…just not that into a screen over 5″.

  • InvaderDJ

    Despite how much I should I hate the fake leather (but seriously though Samsung, it isn’t that hard. Motorola, HTC, and Nokia know how to make plastic phones not look and feel like crap, why can’t you?) I actually think it will fix most of the complaints about the hand feel of the Samsung phones.

    I like it in spite of the obvious fact Samsung doesn’t get it. My only real complaint about the back is that is will probably get sweaty.

    But regarding the phone itself I’m pretty happy with it. I did want the bigger screen (because why not?) but I’m happy at 5.7″. Just got to see how it actually turns out and if there is even a prayer of getting the bootloader unlocked on Verizon.

  • Jay Ochs

    nope. bored of Samsung..i’ve got my S4 on the back burner and am using my DNA again..LCD screens are just so much better than AMOLED…so much so, that i’m even suffering through the god awful battery life of the DNA over my awesome S4 battery life. i can’t take the s4 choppiness and lag anymore, which i’m sure will still be present on the Note. either way, i’m buying the G2 when it comes to verizon!

    • jnt

      The older I get the more I agree with this… Amoled looks gorgeous as long as you can see it well. SLCD / LCD is refreshingly bright and easier on my eyes… and doesn’t look cartoonish.

  • RoadsterHD1

    Hell no, much to happy with my DROID MAXX.

  • Xavier_NYC

    Not my cup of tea. The highest I’ll go is 5.2 with the LG G2 and that’s because it’s in and slim form factor like a 5 inch device.

    • Tim242

      S4 – 5.38″ x 2.75″ x 0.31″   (137 x 70 x 7.9 mm)
      G2- 5.45″ x 2.79″ x 0.36″   (138 x 71 x 9.1mm)

  • Carlos Lopez

    Its a great phone, but its just not for me, I’ll wait to see what the next nexus brings

  • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

    Next Nexus FTW!

    • http://youtu.be/GvPlAyTG4ik?hd=1 1PhoneDoesnt.com

      Nextus for the rest of us!

      • blootz

        I want the nexus to have a nexuspen

        • BCoils

          and a leather back?

  • Michael swaim

    I’m looking forward to the LG G2 on Verizon or see if the Nexus 5 will be on Verizon. I am interested in the Moto X

    • Jay Ochs

      wouldn’t get your hopes up for another verizon nexus, man..lol

  • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

    After trying to use a stylus on my ipad and my androids, i realize that I need the built in wacom digitizer of the note series to truly be happy with my touch device. Yes…buying.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    I would buy it if I could. But another has my heart.

  • tatas4

    The Note 3 is not perfect, but what phone is?

    Moto X = Too expensive for mid-range specs

    Droid Ultra/Maxx = Too much silly Droidness design spread over 3 unnecessary phones

    Samsung Galaxy S4 = Cheap & Plastic build quality and laggy Touchwiz

    HTC One = Crappy Sense, Questionable long term Android updates and support

    LG G2 = Weird UI, button location, and Questionable long term Android updates and support

    Yes, there’s other Android phones (And more coming) but these are the latest…

  • Thomas Westrick

    Either this or the HTC One Max. Note 3 looks great though, and I would love to have it if the One Max isn’t up to snuff.

  • skylordusa1

    I am still searching for that same excitement I had for the OG Droid and the GNEX releases. All these new phones out and I just dont feel it. Im starting to think I will never get that feeling again on Verizon. Sad Panda!

    • NIGHTSCOUT

      SHEEEyet, even the OG DROID had aluminum everywhere. Now that was a durable phone. I dropped that sucker numerous times, no screen cracks.

      • Tim242

        Durable? That keyboard sliding mechanism was awful.

        • NIGHTSCOUT

          Only if you put a case on it :P

          • skylordusa1

            hhahahah yeah the OG was an amazing phone. It was built to survive the apocalypse. hahahaha I friggin loved that phone.

          • fauxshizzl

            I just took mine out of its box yesterday when I found it cleaning. Still runs like a champ!

          • bigachx

            I was still on the Blackberry bandwagon when the OG Droid came out, and I’m sad I can’t partake in these nostalgic conversations.

            Rockin a Droid Razr Maxx HD now though!

      • C-Law

        I agree. I never used a case and mine was all worn around the edges but I never cracked the screen. That thing was a tank. I didn’t like using the keyboard much though bc my fingers would always hit the wrong button so I just sick with the on screen one

    • KleenDroid

      You may not be excited but I think you would be surprised at how nice some of the phones are. If you had one of them you would probably love it.

      I loved my OG and Gnex. But my new bootloader bypassed and rommed S4 is great.

      • skylordusa1

        Yeah your right I know I would love one of the newer phones and I will most likely get the S4 or the note 3 or the moto maxxx. But I just want to feel that excitement again where I can not wait for the phones release day. hahahahhahah.

    • btod

      Lol, just like a druggie chasing that first high. For me the evo/incredible brought back some of that excitement.

    • NYCHitman1

      You will once VZW moves to VoLTE since they will no longer be able to control what devices can/can’t run on the network due to LTE regulations.

  • Jimmyjammer

    Not a fan of how bloated touchwiz has become.
    Fix touchwiz, then maybe you might get me to spend money on your device.
    votes -keep your s-pen

    ps: what the hell is up with that ugly faux leather!? :/

  • StuckOnVerizonForever

    On another note. Looks like the standard for high end tablets is 2560×1600 now. Yay

    • Jimmyjammer

      Yeah, that’s very good. You ready for that faux leather nexus 10? :P

      • StuckOnVerizonForever

        Of course.

  • Xcalibur1011

    Out of all of the “Is this your next phone” polls, has the “yes…” option been the top voted for?

    • zepfloyd

      Galaxy Nexus.

  • Shawn Pourhosseini

    You people are impossible to please.. you complain that the samsung devices feel cheep because of the “crappy” plastic back.. so they use a much higher quality leatherette back your still unhappy.. make up your minds people

    • Xcalibur1011

      If people had the option to create their own phone some would still complain about it.

      • Thomas Westrick

        Case in point: all the complaints about the Moto X

        • Big_EZ

          I haven’t really heard any complaints from anyone who has used one, besides the camera (this is Motorola we’re talking about here)

      • skylordusa1

        hahhahahahha thats great and absolutely right at the same time. Fully customized by them internally and externally and they still hate it hahahahha.

      • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

        I see what you did there. Well played, sir well palyed

      • Me

        seriously lol

    • Jimmyjammer

      A plastic covered by an ugly faux leather isn’t what people asked for.

      • Shawn Pourhosseini

        you do realize the main reason the icrap had signal issues is because of the all aluminium design.. it blocks out alot of signal..

        • Dominick White

          it seems a lot of people will take looks, over function

          • E A butler

            I don’t understand all of the complaining over the materials used. I was an iPhone user for the first 3 generations then I saw a Sprint EVO, after that I knew I could not go back to using a tiny screened iOS device no matter what it was made out of. Years of waiting for Apple to finally create a larger not longer screen iPhone has made me into a diehard Android user purely because of the function of the os, the G-Nex is as ugly and cheap lookingas anything out there but it feels great in your hand has been the best Phone I have ever used!! .. oh yeah i’m buying a note 3…. I love it!!!

          • QBeastly

            that’s because we’re reaching a point where functionality between premium phones do not differ from each other significantly. If this is the case, why wouldn’t you sacrifice a little functionality for beauty?

        • NIGHTSCOUT

          This is a half truth. The signal issue was with the iPhone 4. The aluminum band around the outside WAS the antenna, and static from your hand disrupted it.

          • jnt

            Exactly – attenuation was the issue, not signal blockage.

        • Jimmyjammer

          The iphone 5, htc one don’t suffer from that.
          They got their crap together and made a well thought out product.

          Maybe it isn’t the best when it comes to taking damage, but it sure doesn’t suffer from signal issues.

          • Shawn Pourhosseini

            but the S4 aluminum back that you can buy to give your phone that “premium” look does degrade signal quality

          • Godzilla

            Dumbest comment I’ve read. It’s an aftermarket accessory that isn’t officially compatible with samsung devices. Put an aluminum case on any electronic device that uses an internal antenna after it has been manufactured and you’re bound to have issues.The iPhone 5 and HTC One solve the signal issue by smartly placing their internal antennas while still getting a premium look.

          • Big_EZ

            My old Droid X was metal, yet it had great signal. If a phone isn’t designed with metal in mind, then it probably won’t work well with it.

          • Big_EZ

            As well as my old Droid X, it had great reception. It also had a removable battery, which a lot of people seem to think is impossible with a metal device.

        • Bender Bending Rodriguez

          You do realize that problem was solved.

    • NIGHTSCOUT

      We wanted either magnesium, or aluminum. Not fake leather with fake stitching.

      • StuckOnVerizonForever

        Something less durable? Hmmm

        • NIGHTSCOUT

          How about a rubberized plastic the way Motorola has been doing it? I just can’t look at that fake stitching….so FUGLY

          • StuckOnVerizonForever

            Yes because you see the back of a phone a lot.

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            It’s the part of the phone I hold. And my fingers will feel that disgusting fake stitching. I would have to file it down

          • StuckOnVerizonForever

            Oh well. I’m getting it free for winning the DL NFL eliminator so I’m not worried.

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            The phone is so close to being perfect…..That rear cover is an eye sore for me. I’m still going to get it though, hopefully there will be aftermarket rear covers. Samsung can keep the fake stitches.

          • duke69111

            giggity giggity, giggity goo

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tfi8fT9oHkQ

      • Tim242

        Aluminum is a very soft metal.

        • NIGHTSCOUT

          They could have bonded a super thin piece of aluminum on top of the plastic. similar to what Motorola is doing with the X.

          • Tim242

            The X does not have aluminum.

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            I was referring to the bonding technique used on the X. They have a bare piece of plastic, then they bond whatever it is that you want on top. Kevlar, etc.

          • Tim242

            I guess they could. But, aluminum is a very soft metal. It may feel nice, but it’s not the most durable. Besides, most people use plastic cases anyway

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            Thank you for the obvious observations.

          • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

            Since when does the Moto X have Kevlar available?

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            Have you looked at one yet? On the black, and on the white versions, there is a thin layer of kevlar bonded to the rear plastic.

      • AndroidUser00110001

        tungsten?

        • NIGHTSCOUT

          Why not.

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      “leatherette” lmao oh the laughter left pain. I do like the leather though. And you;re right, android enthusiasts are hard to please. Honestly, they should just buy an iphone so they can’t get picky.

      • NIGHTSCOUT

        It’s hard to understand why Samsung is hell bent on plastic devices. Is it really that fucken hard to make an aluminum rear cover??? HTC did it

        • John Clausen

          Or, if you’re going to use plastic, use high quality, premium-feeling plastics like with the Moto X (and hell, even the DNA from last year).

          • jnt

            no joke… I don’t care about plastic, I just hate feeling the finger prints after a little bit of usage…

          • IrishSid

            Sounds like you could do with washing your mitts once in a while.

          • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

            You could wash your hands every 30 minutes and still leave fingerprints…

          • IrishSid

            nope

    • Tylar Overturf

      It’s just as plastic as previous models. If you watch The Verge’s video it shows them taking off the back.

    • crazed_z06
    • http://techonblogger.ward.pro/ Stynkfysh

      I’ve never complained about the plastic, but I can’t help but think the leatherette back was a snap decision following a – “Holy Sh*t! HTC is eating our lunch on design and they are coming out with a mega-phone too. Quickfix? Pleather!

    • RaptorOO7

      I like the leatherette backing, I don’t think Sammy is cheap, she certainly costs me alot to play with her . . . errr sorry the phone that is.

    • athorax

      It is almost like there are different people with differing opinions!

      • BCoils

        How dare you.

    • j

      faux leather back is a horrendous design decision. HORRENDOUS.

  • StuckOnVerizonForever

    Yep. Love the leather. Hate metal and glass.

  • Keith0606

    As a Verizon gnex owner I am thinking about it. Right now in my mind it’s this, a nexus 5 (probably a long shot on verizon) or a one max for me. The screen quality and size, and a good chance of getting support and updates are what are the draws for me. The Samsung bloat of things I’ll never use are what turns me off.

    Hopefully some other announcements for other phones are made before this comes out.

  • Jeff718

    Still holding out for the next Nexus!

  • David

    Also note (pun intended), Verizon will be offering the Note 3 WITH the Galaxy Gear as a bundle. No info yet if we can purchase just the phone. Fingers crossed it’s $299 with the Galaxy Gear.

    • skylordusa1

      $299 for the note and the gear on Verizon??? You are out of your Fackwors if you think that is gonna happen. hahahahhaha.

      • David

        Yeah I am haha, I was first thinking $399 for the bundle, but Verizon is being quick on releasing info, and we already have the pre-order dates. We’ll see in two days.

        • skylordusa1

          Yeah who knows. Maybe they will shock everyone.

    • Colin Huber

      Hopefully you can pre-order together or separate, and then have the option of a cheaper bundle. Otherwise it’d be a heck of a ploy to get people to buy both. If they do, they better have an early-release exclusive.

    • StuckOnVerizonForever

      Lol I’m not spending $500 for an upgrade.

  • Philip J. Fry

    Without a doubt. Gotten so used to note 2 size, don’t think I could go back to a smaller phone now.

  • Such

    Loved the Note 2, gonna love the Note 3! Samsung take my money now

  • Michael Suriel

    B*tch, it might be.

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      s/o to gucci. The balls to say that in court.

  • ConCal

    Fake leather with stitching? What is this, iOS?

    • AndySamberg

      OSX Lion

      • StuckOnVerizonForever

        You looked like you had an extra chromosome at the roast.

  • FragDroid

    What’s amazing to me is that on all the first look videos I have watched there is noticeable lag on the Note 3. Even with “Hero” specs TouchWhiz still drags it down. Sad really.

    • David

      The phones shown are not 100% production models, they can very well see some improvements before launch.

      • FragDroid

        While that is true there really is no excuse. Samsung has released dozens of smartphones (at least it seams that way) since the S4 came out with all having virtually identical software. Android 4.3 was barely changed from 4.2.2 so that’s not an excuse either. Preproduction or not with specs like that it should NEVER lag.

        • sk3litor

          Your correct but they’re not selling speed they’re selling features

      • Jay Ochs

        yeah, but we saw the same thing on S4 pre production videos and those same parts of lag/choppiness are still on the production run models. touchwiz became incredibly laggy once they moved to jellybean..case in point, the dropdown bar. it was always 100% smooth and 60fps on ICS, but the second jb came to the s3, it dropped down to 30fps and would lag like all hell..and still does even on the S4.

  • skylordusa1

    You know what is Fackwors. I really dont think the fackwors leather back is ridiculous hahahahhaha I actually really like the way it looks. And I can imagine it probably feels really nice when holding the Fackwors. I dont know this might be the Fackwors to make me Fackwors the gnex. But I will wait a little longer to see if any more Fackwors come out. Fackwors!

  • http://ronoffringa.me/ Ron Offringa

    My next phone will be the new iPhone, but I think you should pass on the Note 3.

    • eazy

      its only funny when we make fun of you…

      • http://ronoffringa.me/ Ron Offringa

        I don’t think you get to decide what makes me laugh.

        • Carlos Lopez

          Lol You tell him ron

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      Why will it be the new iPhone when it’s going to be the same thing as the current iPhone? It just seems so boring to me :(

      • jnt

        Yeah but it sure takes the stress out of all of these difficult choices we Android users have… one simple choice each year… sounds kinda refreshing… for a second. :)

      • Xavier_NYC

        It is, I had an iPhone since the first day the first iPhone was release and have had all up until the 5. Just seems like it’s all the same. Have the HTC One now and plan on getting the G2 and I doubt i’ll ever get another iPhone. I’ve come to the Dark Side..

      • http://ronoffringa.me/ Ron Offringa

        More boring than the GS4 being the same as the GS3?

        • Daeshaun Griffiths

          Hold that Tim!!!! haha

        • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

          No no no. I mean, the 5S will look exactly like the 5. There were some great changes between the GS3 and the GS4. Come on now lol

          • http://ronoffringa.me/ Ron Offringa

            The GS3 and 4 look almost identical, as will the 5 and 5S. Changes in internals and software between the two. It’s the same thing.

          • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

            I don’t agree that the S3 and S4 look almost identical. :)

    • Elliot

      Ron: His next phone will be the iPhone and he gives the best Android recs.

    • sk3litor

      How could you get down voted ? I’m still gonna get it but this is hilarious. I enjoy your hightened sense of humor ron.

  • Tylar Overturf

    Nope waiting for the Nexus 4 (2013)/5