Test: Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 follow the same tradition as its predecessors and is the handset which has the most reason to be running with the really big screen.

Although the size of the clock has ticked steadily upward since the mobile smart phone seriously came into our life carved out its own niche with Samsung Galaxy Note. Impersonators has since been many, but so far, we do not actually mention a single actually hajat “thingy”. Sure, there’s an advantage of large screen for, among other things, surfing and video and that somewhere find a golden sections to only have to carry one device instead of both phone and tablet.

At the same time feels the potential improvement far more niche. Note-series, for their part, have always combined size to actually provide any added value along with it, namely a decent pen. We have lost count of how many “Note-killings” that have appeared and only run on a capacitive stylus, that is to say, a technique more mimics your finger than a real pen (and usually not even have built-in storage for the pen). Sony went a step further with Xperia Z Ultra and its support for very small metal objects as input technology, a pen or a fork. The gain, however, was not even close to the Note-headset thanks to the same kind of technology used in drawing tiles from Wacom. A fork is missing the button Note series pens always had, which gives you access to a bunch of extra features for the user.

Lousy premium

With the above introduction it is well right clear which way this is going, so we can browse by minus signs in the minutes at one time.

A long press on any of the three buttons below the screen evokes the search service’s finder (more on this shortly), changer for open software and Samsung’s menu to run two applications on the screen simultaneously. Swipe up from the bottom you fall into a special with GP’s news app developed with Flipboard. Do you like a very graphical site feed is how nice any time, even if the updates from Facebook are missing (even though virtually every other social network) and it is a bit so-so with the ability to customize the workflow itself. After getting up the news feed and printed on an additional button, you are given the ability to launch Google’s eminent (but still only English) search service Google Now. A cumbersome way to get it all over with a long press the home button as many other running on that is.

It is, however, nothing against the single biggest downside of the phone, namely the back. The front is a squarer variant of the Samsung wont come up with, including silver-colored plastic. It is not luxurious, but it must be fit. The whole of the back, on the other hand, has received a Samsung call for a premium feel to it in the form of fake leather, complete with fake seam. This is so that it will look more like a luxury notebook, which it also makes … from a distance … If you squint. A closer look and, above all, as soon as you touch the back say just the opposite. For some reason it feels faked leather back than more plastic than what Samsung’s high-gloss plastic backs ever made. Which is depressing on an otherwise great phone.

A minor detail in the Department established habits is that it is difficult to directly feel which of the long sides of the pen which is which, and with it where the button is located.

Extra everything with a bit of

Something more? The built-in speaker is not all for fun, but it’s a minor detail, speech audio through both it and “as usual”, it is, however, no error. Otherwise, displays Samsung no doubt why they both created and continue to lead this segment among smart phones.

The pen, which is still stored inside the phone, has a new design that feels much nicer to use. A little more weight had not damaged, but it is an improvement on earlier. The pen itself and its interaction on the screen is just as accurate as before, and even if it takes a blow to get used to the feeling can still reasonably fast to become accustomed to kludda notes on a glass screen. Character recognition has also become significantly better right from the start and it has surprisingly few problems with understanding my Crow’s feet. Features from previous generations is still there, where the screenshots with the subsequent notes, and the ability to frihandsmarkera anything on the screen belongs to the most well travelled. New this year is a special menu that pops up when you pull out the pen, or click the pen button.In the menu you will find shortcuts for Notepad, the search function and the possibility to open a few apps in the child windows of the screen, similar to what we have seen in the past including Sony. Apps are quite few in number, but it is always useful to have a calculator or Hangout chat near at hand. The “floating” apps can then be minimized to bubbles like the Facebook chat heads and placed anywhere on the screen. That combined with the ability to run some apps on split screen gives a surprisingly big boost to efficiency and the ability to do several things at once.

Of course, you can also control the entire phone as usual with pen instead of finger and now it works even pressing the two touch buttons below the screen with the pen.

It does not end there. As usual with Samsung, you get 50 GB of free storage with Dropbox, but also a year of Evernote Premium gratisanvändning and Autodesk’s Sketchbook in the full version. Even the security software Knox makes its debut here. We will get back to you with a closer look at it, but in short, it creates an encrypted portion of your phone as a sort of extra user account intended for sensitive work-related data.

Functionally, in addition to the pen, we will recognize very much from Galaxy S4. An infrared port on the top acting remote (good) together with Samsung’s remote control app Watchon (lousy). S Health Wellness package is built from the start, but is still quite styltigt and limited (in contrast, with the support of, among other things, heart rate monitor with ANT +). Samsung’s myriad of special features from S4 is still there, for example, to control the screen with gloves (good), “sneak peek” into folders by holding your finger over the screen (limited but functional) and to pause the video, or keep the screen lit by looking at the (barely functional). Whether you choose to use all the features, or even know about them, is up to you. But a couple of them are properly useful.

The camera is as expected by the better battle. Pictorial goes on about the same level as the Galaxy S4, while in the video function now support to film in 4 k resolution. Then it barely exists monitors with the resolution than we could not really see it all in real life, but no matter what feels the most like a swagger function without any real usefulness. Screen in Note 3 is “just” in full HD, but can handle galant to play 4 k material small scale at least. The screen itself is of exactly the same top class Galaxy S4, albeit slightly bigger then.

4 k support comes from system chippet, Snapdragon 800 from Qualcomm, which has built-in support for encoding the type of high-definition video. It is the same chip that sits another Xperia sometimes Sony Z1 and LG’s G2, but this time with a hint of more RAM. Although Samsung is accused of doping their figures in the test program, we can happily say that the Snapdragon 800 by far insufficient to keep all of the above functions and features rolling without we notice any lag anywhere. At the same time, there is a sufficiently large battery of Note 3 to manage to drag around the whole day, even under pretty heavy pressure.

In addition to the miserable feeling of baksidesskalet and possibly not be waterproof (though there are rumours about a Note 3 Active to remedy it) it does not feel like we are missing anything at all at Note 3. Specifications, from system chip to 4 g and camera, are exactly where they should be for a top model and all additional software features and apps with S pen a completely different class than its competitors in the same size.

“On the other hand”

Charlie Wiklund: Note 3 is King among giant mobiles, no question about it. Above all, the speed and the sensitivity with regard to the stylus to impress greatly. But a major drawback is that Note 3 does not actually is a mobile for all. My hands are pretty small, and I have a hard time reaching the entire screen with the thumb without having to move your hand.