Thursday, 26 September 2013

THE SYNAPSE CIRCUIT SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 3 REVIEW

A picture from the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. The colours are very, very accurate!
The quality is there! It is such a shame that I didn't have time to show you video footage! But I can assure you that you will not be disappointed with photos and video!
SYNAPSE CIRCUIT REVIEWS:
SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 3
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Good afternoon, Synapse Circuit Readers! How goes it today? I can tell you that I am feeling great and dandy! It’s a remarkably sunny day here in London at this time of year! I hope the weather is good – if not great – where you are!

Wanna joke? Okay... Get ready... This’ll kill ya!

“Samsung trade-ins have raised to 210% since the availability of the iPhone 5S.”

When I read that headline I laughed so hard that I broke out into a sweat! Hahahaha! I suspect that this is yet another PR stunt that Apple is behind. C’mon, “SAMSUNG” trade-ins in particular???? That’s horsepoop! Ha!

EARLIER TODAY...

...I popped into my local Phones 4U store to see a friend and he let me know that the Galaxy Note 3 was in the store and I had to try it out!

WARNING: DO NOT TOUCH THE GALAXY NOTE 3!
Once you have the Galaxy Note 3 in your hands you do not want to let go!

Now, let’s take a look the Galaxy Note 3...

...SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 3

Spec:-

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Specs:-
Network
2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz3G (HSPA
42Mbps): 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
4G (LTE Cat 4 150/50Mbps) : up to 6 different band sets (Dependent on market)

Processor
LTE 2.3 GHz Quad-Core Processor
3G 1.9 GHz Octa Core Processor ( A15 1.9 GHz + A7 1.3 GHz)
The selection of AP will be differed by markets.
Display
5.7inch (144.3mm) Full HD Super AMOLED (1920 x 1080)
OS
Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean)

Camera
Main(Rear): 13 Mega-pixel BSI Sensor, Auto Focus camera with Smart Stabilization,
LED Flash(High CRI), and Zero Shutter Lag
Sub (Front): 2 Mega-pixel BSI sensor with Smart Stabilization,
Full HD recording @30fps
Dual Camera: Dual Shot / Dual Recording/ Dual Video Call
Recording: UHD 30fps, Smooth motion (FHD 60fps), Slow motion (HD 120fps)
Camera Mode: Drama Shot, Sound & Shot, Animated Photo, Eraser, Best Photo, Best Face, Beauty Face, HDR (High Dynamic Range), Panorama, Sports, Golf, Surround shot, Live effect

Video
Codec: H.264, MPEG-4, H.263, VC-1, WMV7, WMV8, Sorenson Spark, MP43, VP8, HEVC
Recording & Playback: Full HD (1080p), UHD (*may differ by market)

Audio
Codec: MP3, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, AMR-NB/WB, Vorbis, FLAC(*), WAV(*)
(*) Ultra High Quality Audio (~192KHz, 24 bit) support
S Pen Optimized Features

Air Command: Action Memo, Scrapbook, Screen Write, S Finder, Pen Window
S Note, Multi Window, new Easy Clip, Direct Pen Input

Additional Features:-
Group Play: Share Music, Share Picture, Share Video, Share Document, Play Games

Story Album, S Translator
Samsung Smart Scroll, Samsung Smart Pause, Air Gesture, Air View

Samsung Apps, Samsung Hub, ChatON (Voice/Video Call, Share screen, 3-way calling), Samsung WatchON

S Voice™ Hands Free, S Health
Samsung Adapt Display, Samsung Adapt Sound
Auto adjust touch sensitivity (Glove friendly)

Samsung Link, Screen Mirroring
Safety Assistance, Samsung
Google Mobile Services
Chrome, Search, Gmail, Google+, Maps, Play Books
Play Movies, Play Music, Play Store, Hangouts
Voice Search, YouTube, Google Settings, Play Games, Messenger

Connectivity
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (HT80)
GPS / GLONASS
NFC, Bluetooth® v 4.0 (LE)
IR LED (Remote Control), MHL 2.0
Sensor
Gesture, Accelerometer, Geo-magnetic, Gyroscope, RGB
Proximity, Barometer, Temperature & Humidity, Hall Sensor

Memory
32/ 64 GB User memory
microSD slot (up to 64GB)
3GB RAM

Dimension
151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3mm, 168g

Battery
Standard battery, Li-ion 3,200 mAh

COULD IT BE THAT I AM IN LOVE YET AGAIN????

Let’s get right on in there...

DESIGN & FORM: A FAUX PAS?
Samsung have managed to surpass expectations yet again! It’s one thing to see pictures of the Galaxy Note 3 and it is an entirely different thing when it is in your hands!

The design, as I predicted, took up where the Galaxy S4 left off. The Galaxy Note 3 looks like a bigger and refined S4. The size is perfect and the handset is remarkably light – especially when compared to the Note 2!

The faux leather battery cover feels wonderful and increases the grip tremendously when compared to the smooth cover of the Note 2.

I just wished that the faux metal was real as it would add more to its premium finish. But make no mistake, the Note 3 looks and feels premium! I LOVE IT!

FUNCTION

I immediately got on well with the Note 3; no need to go through any tutorial or ask for help. My friend looked both relieved and impressed that I know more about the Note 3 than he does or did thanks to me showing him how it works. Not that I am showing off or anything like that but I found myself having to correct him on a few things. One of the things I corrected him on was the video capability: the Note 3 does indeed capture 4K video and the playback was as slick as melted butter! Beautiful!

My friend kept on calling the battery back “leather”; I told him that if he were speaking to a customer they’d be mislead.

He thought that the 5.7” screen had to be in a 4K resolution in order to record 4K video! Oh my good God! Maybe I should distance myself from this guy... I am kind of serious because I do think that sales assistants should know what they are talking about – it’s what they get paid for! For crying out loud!!!!

THE CAMERA
The camera is very much the same as the Galaxy S4 what with all the different modes and functions. The only addition I could see was the 4K video. Oh, I tell a little lie... ...the pictures and video appeared to be a little sharper. I wish I had been able to get a sample of both 1080p and 4K video; but you can take my word that the video is pristine! I have never seen video like it on a handset before! The video footage is crisp, sharp and remarkably smooth! I could hardly believe my eyes! I wonder if a software update for the S4 could make the video footage that much better... Hmmmm... I know that an update for the S4 fixed some issues with the camera.

Again, I was impressed with the photos!

BROWSER & MEDIA
I was particularly impressed with the web browser because websites look as intended! I have seen some browsers on various handsets make a mess of an otherwise good site! As a onetime professional web designer I find it is a relief to not create a phone version of a site. Surfing the Internet was a very, very wonderful experience.

Because of the CPU and 3 GB RAM pages loaded up instantaneously – as fast – if not faster than a decent PC! Wow!

Watching full HD YouTube video was also very, very pleasing. That beautiful 5.7” screen is so vivid!

S PEN
The S Pen has improved a great deal and Air Command makes it a breeze to make notes, perform searches, etc. The S Pen allows me to write the way I write; I did not have to accommodate for the device. Uh-uh! The Note 3 truly felt like an extension of how I work.

The only niggle I have with the S Pen is that I wished it was round like a pen for a more comfortable grip but you do get used to it.

VERDICT
Yes, I am in love again! I WANT ONE YESTERDAY! That’s how I feel about the Note 3! I WANT ONE!

The design is superb and, for the umpteenth time, I do appreciate that it’s made from high quality plastic that makes for durability. That said, I do think that the faux metal frame could result – over time – with peeling. Y’know? It’s when the metallic finish starts to peel away so that you’re left with the dull plastic underneath. There again, this peeling has yet to happen on my S4 and Note 2 – they look like I bought them yesterday!

SCORE OUT OF 5
5 / 5

SPITTING OUT THE PIPS
As you know, I have been seriously thinking about purchasing a tablet this year. However, the Galaxy Note 3 has made me question if such a purchase is necessary. The Note 3 is simply stunning! I feel that I could everything that I need to do on it... I think I can do without a laptop and certainly a tablet if I had the Note 3.

What I like about the tablet is the larger screen size – not just for media but productivity too! A larger screen size will prompt me to purchase a decent equivalent to Microsoft Office. I have noticed that I don’t need to carry a pen and paper around with me with the Note 2 but when it comes to productivity I tend to use my PC. I want to challenge myself to using the Android phablet and / tablet to the max! The 5.7” inch screen does make a difference!

I was actually thinking of purchasing an Asus Fonepad because I like the idea of being able to make calls as well as having a tablet. But now I am seriously thinking of the Note 3 as it has such powerful hardware!

The Note 3 could easily sway iPhone users and possibly iPad mini users as the screen offers a better resolution and power! Think about it... You buy an iPad mini and have to use Wi-Fi and for the amount you have to pay for it, £269 for the 16 GB version it seems a waste. Or if you wanted 3G with the iPad mini you’d have to add an extra £100 to the above price tag. Oh, not to mention having to then pay for the 3G connection!

With the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 you get a wonderful 3 GB RAM, a superfast quad-core processor, a removable battery, 32 GB of internal storage and further expansion via microSD up to 64 GB!!!! If that’s not enough you have 192 KHz audio recording and USB 3! Sure, there’s an initial deposit of anywhere between £45 and £75 – depending on the network and then it’s around £45 - £50 a month. After 2 years it’s a grand total of £1,200. It may seem a lot but you have everything in one:

1. Voice & video calling.

2. LTE or 3G connection.

3. Solid and powerful hardware.

4. Great productivity apps.

The price you end up paying for the iPad mini could set you back around the same – more if you go over data / minute plan!

I want to get mine on the Three network because they have a better deal than any other network in the country (UK). I am looking for unlimited data, 4G (when it arrives on Three) which will be at no extra cost and a good amount of minutes. I know that I will save a lot of my minutes by using these wonderful free calling apps! Cool!

But I hope that I have given you something to consider!

I hope you enjoyed this review. Stay tuned for more reviews to come.

Watch this space!

Take good care!


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