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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs Note 3 – How Do They Compare?

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The Note 3 was just announced yesterday, and it appears to be quite the monster! Now that the next-gen Note has arrived, we are left wondering how the Note 3 compares to the previous-gen Note 2.

So let’s jump in and do a quick comparison, shall we?

Handset Design

At first glance, the Note 3 and Note 2 might look about the same – but there is one big difference: the Note 3 ditches the glossy plastic found on the Note 2.

While the handset still technically uses plastic, this time around it is a faux leather.The end result is a more ‘premium’ look and feel, as well as a texture that is softer and therefore easier to grip.

As for the size? The Note 3 might have a bigger display and more impressive internals, but it’s actually smaller at 151.2 x 79.1 x 8.3mm and weighs less at 168 grams. In contrast, the Note 2 is 151 x 80.5 x 9.4mm and weighs in at 182 grams.

Display

While the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 featured a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED dipsplay with a resolution of 720 x 1,280 (267ppi), the Note 3 takes things up a notch with a 5.7-inch Full HD Super AMOLED and has a much higher rating of 386ppi.

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Hardware

As you can see by the specs chart above, the Galaxy Note 3 is a massive improvement. Depending on if you are in an 3G or 4G LTE market, you will either get a device powered by a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 CPU or a 1.9GHz Exynos octa-core (for 3G markets).

Beyond that, the Note 3 features 3GB RAM, 32 or 64 storeage and microSD for expansion.In contrast, the Note 2 has a 1.6Ghz Exynos 4412 quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM and either 16, 32 or 64GB of RAM. There’s also microSD.

Both handsets feature the S-Pen, though the Note 3’s version is said to be a major improvement with a better overall design and improved apps that utilize it.

Camera

Jumping down to the camera, the Note 3 has a 13MP rear cam versus an 8MP cam in the Note 2. On the front we have a 2.1MP on the Note 3, and a 1.9MP on the Note 2.

As you would imagine, the Note 3 is a much better picture taking device, doubly so thanks to an improved camera app on the Note 3.

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Battery

The Note 3 has a 3,200 mAh battery, versus the Note 2’s 3,100 mAh. While that’s not much a difference, Samsung claims that the Note 3 is actually more energy efficient than the Note 2.

When it comes down to it, both devices will probably perform similarly here, though.

Software

While both handsets obviously have Samsung’s Touchwiz, the Note 3 sees a ton of new improvements and runs on Android 4.3 instead of Android 4.2.

Just some of the new features found on the handset include Air Command, Pen Window, My Magazine and more. Additionally, just about every special feature found on the Galaxy S4 is present on the Note 3.

Conclusion

If you already own a Note 2? You probably will get by just fine hanging on to the device for another year – since you are likely on contract anyhow. That said, the Note 3 is a pretty significant upgrade all around. The software is better, it has a new design language and of course a bigger display.

Looking to learn more about the Note 3? Here’s a pretty good hands-on video from the folks at TechnoBuffalo to give you a better look:

What do you think of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3? Impressed or not?

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  • Khizer Jalal

    I’ve got Note II. I dont think switching to Note III is a good deal. Not too many differences really!

  • Puffer

    Isn’t it 2.5gig of ram not 3?

    • Andrew Grush

      It was rumored to be 2.5GB, the press release info says 3GB however. :)

  • iamajimm

    Wow-I’ve been lusting after the 2 thinking I’d catch it on sale pretty soon but after seeing this I think I’m gonna wait for the 3, maybe catch a good price at the holidays season.

    • ce3rd

      Sams Club had it for $48.98 for about a week and it included free activation for Sam’s members. I visited them again today and it’s priced at $98.98. Still not bad for what you’re getting. The 3 is $198ish.

  • me

    The screen is reflecting the light

  • Hassan

    Does anyone else see the UFO on the handset screen? Omg its just right in plain view!! New world order is upon us.dont u see it!! White ball moving erratically on the screen during the demo? Im scared i truly am. Never getting this phone if it comes with aliens!!

  • http://www.snapdeal.com/ Mohan

    I believe in voting for the Galaxy Note 3 as it sets a winning combination of features which are strong enough to catch the Samsung Galaxy fans interest. I believe it to be a more powerful upgrade in comparison to the prior edition Galaxy Note 2.