Samsung pioneered the phablet craze when they released the original Galaxy Note in 2011 and has been setting the trend in this niche to date. The Galaxy Note 2 followed in 2012 introducing some amazing features that had their fans wondering how Samsung could produce a better device than that. So with the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in September 2013, this question has its answer. So how does the Galaxy Note 3 compare with Galaxy Note 2?
Galaxy Note 3 is visibly different from the earlier version. Its predecessor’s glossy hard plastic look is replaced by a faux leather plastic giving the Note 3 a durable, classy look and a soft feel. The dimensions of the Note 3 are 151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm against Note 2’s 151 x 80.5 x 9.4 mm making the former slightly slimmer and narrower but a bit taller than the latter. It is also a bit lighter weighing in at 168 grams as opposed to 182 grams of Galaxy Note 2. The Note boasts 5.7” display, slightly larger than its predecessor’s 5.5”.The display has a 1080×1920 resolution and an impressive pixel count of 386 ppi easily making it the best Super AMOLED display on any Samsung device. On the other hand Galaxy Note 2’s resolution is 720×1280 with a density of just 265 ppi.
The new Note runs on Android 4.3 while the Note 2 runs on Android 4.1. The stylus has been redesigned to allow easier handling. The Galaxy Note features a new Watcom Digitizer making the stylus a bit more precise. S Pen features such as Air View are still included in the Galaxy Note 3 as well as a few more new additions such as Pen Window, Air Command and My Magazine.
The Galaxy Note 3 is equipped with a 2.3 GHz quad-core processor for LTE markets and for 3G markets it has a 1.9 GHz quad-core processor. Both variants have a 3GB ram, an upgrade from the 2 GB on the Note 2. The earlier Note comes with a 1.6 quad-core processor. Just like the Note 2 it comes in three varieties of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB of internal storage though this can be expanded to much greater volumes. The Note 3’s cameras are also more powerful; 13 megapixels for the rear camera and 2 megapixels for the front one as opposed to 8 megapixels and 1.9 megapixels respectively for Galaxy Note 2. The Note 3 comes with a 3,200 mAh Li-ion battery, a slight upgrade over the 3100 mAh battery on the Galaxy Note 2. This, alongside some software tweaks allows the battery to last longer between recharges.
Samsung have not disappointed their fans. In more ways than one, the Note 3 is a significant upgrade over its predecessor which is quite a statement given that the latter is itself quite a formidable device. We can only wait with great expectation to see what the Note 4 or whatever comes after this one will offer.