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Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 for T-Mobile

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cellphoneexpert

Feb 8, 2014, 11:41 PM
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AT&T KitKat Update?

Any word on when we are supposed to get it? Drooling
jaredberrett

Sep 26, 2013, 3:47 PM
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SD card, cover/case

I'm a planner. The Note 3 will fit all of my wants, needs, and requirements for many things pertaining to work and home. That being said, I would like to be ready to roll when I purchase one from T-Mobile. There seems to be little information on which type of SD card to use. The specs say it can take a 64GB SD card, but those seem to be only SDXC cards, whereas the SDHC max out at 32GB. Can the Note 3 take an SDXC card? Or is it moot and I could buy a 32GB SDHC card for less money instead of paying more for a 32GB SDXC where the speeds aren't perceptible?

Also, I usually get a case to protect all my devices (currently using Galaxy S III T-Mo) and wonder if that should even matter with this phone.

Lastly, does the usb 3.0 requir...
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The specs on SDHC cards indicate that the max size is 32GB. 64GB would therefore indicate SDXC card capability. That being said you should be good to go either with a 32GB SDHC initially since the SDXC spec is backwards compatible -- meaning that it...
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Darkitty

Sep 12, 2013, 9:15 PM
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Imma need some help here.

I'm getting myself a new phone soon. But I just don't know which one I'm getting!
I'm in between the Note3, GS4, HTC One and the LG G2.

I like the Note3 features and all, but the dang thing is just too big! The S4 is good, like the Note3 but smaller, but I don't know. The G2 specs are way too cool... but it's an LG. The One is good too, I love BeatsAudio! But as with the G2, the sealed battery and no SD card slot kills it for me. So I'm not quite sure here... Sad

Any help will be greatly appreciated! Smile
If you want everything and the kitchen sink, the Note 3 is your only option. But beware it comes with the kitchen sink. If you just can't get past that gorgeous, ginormous, uber-useful screen, then I would recommend the mostly comparable GSIV with its...
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If the HTC One had been waterproof, then I would be okay with no changeable battery, but I laugh when everyday I see some poor Iphone sucker carrying around their charger looking for a place to plug it in at the mall or in a restaurant. (or sealed And...
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Darkitty,
You should also consider the Nexus 5, I do know your post is over a month old. But came late to these posts.

Don't discount LG, yes they made some dogs, but so has Samsung and most other brands. If the size is the issue, then t...
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Jsizzle82

Sep 12, 2013, 4:59 PM
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One phone to rule them ALL

Surprised
+99999 Laughing
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jaredberrett

Oct 10, 2013, 7:32 AM
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KNOX users beware

I just finished speaking with Samsung and wanted to let everyone know a few things about the Knox security system on the Note 3.

First of all, you cannot undo it once it is enabled. So just know before you enter the Knox waters that once in... you're going to keep it on your phone. No big deal if you use or do not use it though.

Second, it is not possible to cut, copy, or paste any information into or from this software. I was trying to copy or cut some work information from my SD card (from my Galaxy S III) which is now in the SD folder into the Knox folder. Not happening. I'll have to create that folder from scratch if I want it secured within the program.

Third, you cannot use any information contained on your Note 3 in the ...
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Slammer

Oct 1, 2013, 9:39 AM

Old Sammy vs New Sammy

Years ago, I had fallen into the category of being a Samsung hater. I simply hated the build quality and customer support. I had turned my attention to HTC as the all around best product.

Today, I have fallen into the Samsung is awesome category. They have proved that they can manufacture a very thin design while still retaining key features into the lifestyles of many. My galaxy 3 has performed flawlessly and I really enjoy being able to remove the battery to visually inspect it on a monthly basis. I love the removable SD Card and Samsung's live chat with customer service has re-instated my confidence into the company.

I don't need metal hardware and I don't need companies to tell me what I can have or can't have. Samsung has provid...
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John,
I think many people have feelings on brands on something they may have bought in the past, even somewhat recent. Best is to have an open mind. LG is an example, I think they have come along way in making some nice devices. Yes the Note 3...
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bill0480

Oct 4, 2013, 10:04 PM

Is it the design or design language?

This phone has a few differences in design from the GN2. Or maybe I'm speaking the wrong design language. Please join me in barring this nonsense jargon from our common language.
Am I the only one whose head that went over? If you're referring to the new trend in only referring to the construction of the device's casing as "design," then I agree with you. It's nonsensical and confusing to technical jargon. If you're referring ...
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bluecoyote

Oct 1, 2013, 2:19 PM

'Rich Corinthian Leather'

This phone seems inspired by the people who put Bentley grills on cheap Chryslers and throw in the kitchen sink with aftermarket mods and a Wal-Mart special LCD headunits and stick-on wood trim.

That 'corinthian leather' back is particularly offensive. What's a shame is there's a lot of -good- ideas about the Note. I love the memo and stylus. It's a shame they're tacked on to every single bad directive Samsung has to the point where despite Android becoming a rather attractive, coherent OS, not a single screenshot in this review shows matching icons. Yikes.
I've given up on icons. Only Nexus devices have a coherent look in that respect. I'd have to call out every phone, every phone maker for screwing it up.
Wow, I actually think the back cover and icons are pretty nice. When you say matching icons, are you referring to the color scheme, design, both, or something else?

Software wise, I haven't used TouchWiz since I had my Omnia 2, but from what I've s...
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---" not a single screenshot in this review shows matching icons."---

I guess I can understand your gripe a little. However, the aesthetic looks of the icons never seem to have any bearing on my purchases or even bother me for that matter. Maybe we...
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>>That 'corinthian leather' back is particularly offensive.

Then by all means go get you an artsy fartsy iPhone that still doesn't have HD screeen or half the features of the Note 3, and rant and rave to your heart's content about how awesome it is...
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Zpike

Oct 1, 2013, 10:19 PM

Me wants!

Me needs! Me will get!
organshifter

Oct 1, 2013, 9:21 AM

Great Review!

Thanks for covering all of the details on the Note 3. Well done!

I'm patiently waiting to purchase it on Verizon. I've had my Samsung Galaxy Nexus since the day it was released, and it has served me very well for nearly two years. However, I have been wanting a more powerful device for quite a while now. My upgrade became available on Aug 15th, 2013, and I cannot wait to own the Note 3! It's the only smart phablet that I'm interested in.
 
 
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