LARGER BUT NOT ALL THAT NEW PER­FOR­MANCE

SAM­SUNG NOTE 3 is a bit of a sur­prise as for a change this Gal­axy phone does not feel pla­s­ticky. The Note 3 has a back cover lined with pre­mium leather giv­ing the phone a elite feel with­out mak­ing it heav­ier. The edges con­tinue to feel like fake me­tal, bu

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DE­SIGN

DE­SPITE THE 5.7-inch screen, the Note 3 is light at 168 grams. But at 79.2 mm width the ph­ablet is a bit too broad to hold for longer du­ra­tions. The Full HD AMOLED screen is a stun­ner, pro­duc­ing vivid and sharp im­ages. Ex­cept for 0.2 inches of ex­tra real es­tate in the same form fac­tor, Sam­sung hasn’t done any­thing dif­fer­ent. The S-Pen groove is be­low.

BAT­TERY

THE BAT­TERY on the Note 3 de­liv­ers ex­tremely com­pe­tent per­for­mance, given the size of the screen and the sheer power of the pro­ces­sor in­side. It will last you at least a day on a full charge. How­ever, it did heat up a cou­ple of times dur­ing the test­ing.

CAM­ERA

THE USER in­ter­face of the 13MP cam­era is sim­i­lar to the Gal­axy cam­era. There are in­ter­est­ing fea­tures like the Eraser that can save the best pic­ture af­ter re­mov­ing mov­ing ob­jects from five con­sec­u­tive im­ages. The im­ages cap­tured us­ing the Note 3 are im­pres­sive, rich in de­tail and with min­i­mum noise. In HDR, most im­ages ap­peared slightly bet­ter.

THE NOTE 3 avail­able in In­dia has a 1.9GHz quad-core + 1.3GHz quad core pro­ces­sor. Al­though there wasn’t any lag in the per­for­mance, it scored 19786 points in the Stan­dard Bench­mark test. The Note 3 is bun­dled with a gen­er­ous 3GB of RAM. Thus power hun­gry ap­pli­ca­tions like AutoCAD and in­tense games like Shadow Gun and As­phalt rac­ing per­form bril­liantly.

BAG IT OR JUNK IT: Go for it if you can han­dle such a big

ph­ablet.

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