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wongster41
Oct 7, 2013, 07:52 PM
Man was I wrong, I thought I would like it, I really did. I was fed up with Apple this year for not releasing a bigger screen iPhone I decided to check out the note 3. I got the note 3 with T-mobile and returned it the next day and paid the $50 restocking fee. The screen is huge and it's great, but good luck using the device with one hand, and I have pretty long fingers.

It was my first time using android, and although there are more features, more customization, it is one ugly OS compared to IOS. The default icons and settings UI looks horrible. I'm not a big fan of the amoled screen either, everythings got a warm blue temp feel to it and not a warm temp like the iPhone screen (which I perfer). It came loaded with bloatware from Tmobile and Samsung, which I didn't like. I know I only had it for a day and I should have given it more time, but I just couldn't see myself with that thing for a year. Guess in the meantime I'll be using iPhone 5 and wait for apple to release a larger screen. :mad:



Dontazemebro
Oct 7, 2013, 07:58 PM
I don't believe the Note 3 was meant to be used one handed but that's why we have choice. Good luck with whatever you choose in the future but my advice would be to give it more than a day, especially when coming from a different OS altogether.

Lara F
Oct 7, 2013, 08:17 PM
Really sounds like you'd be happier with the HTC One than the Note based on your complaints. Maybe give that a try or wait for the Nexus 5? You can't judge Android based solely on Touchwiz on Amoled, and the device size may have just been too big a jump.

linkgx1
Oct 7, 2013, 08:26 PM
Give it time. I hated the iPhone when I switched from droid.

Even though your qualms about Touchwiz may be not unfounded. Sites like Androidpolice HATE TW and so do a lot of 'droid purists.

I never had a problem with it. :D

OneMike
Oct 7, 2013, 08:42 PM
I love iOS but android is cool too. You have to give it time though.

F123D
Oct 7, 2013, 08:53 PM
It's definitely not for everyone. At least you tried it. A lot of the complaints are fixable though if you gave it more then a days use before returning it.

PollyK
Oct 7, 2013, 08:54 PM
Man was I wrong, I thought I would like it, I really did. I was fed up with Apple this year for not releasing a bigger screen iPhone I decided to check out the note 3. I got the note 3 with T-mobile and returned it the next day and paid the $50 restocking fee. The screen is huge and it's great, but good luck using the device with onei hand, and I have pretty long fingers.

It was my first time using android, and although there are more features, more customization, it is one ugly OS compared to IOS. The default icons and settings UI looks horrible. I'm not a big fan of the amoled screen either, everythings got a warm blue temp feel to it and not a warm temp like the iPhone screen (which I perfer). It came loaded with bloatware from Tmobile and Samsung, which I didn't like. I know I only had it for a day and I should have given it more time, but I just couldn't see myself with that thing for a year. Guess in the meantime I'll be using iPhone 5 and wait for apple to release a larger screen. :mad:

So let me get this straight, you hate the small iPhone screen, so you go after a phablet and are surprised to find out the obvious, you need 2 hands. And then, rather than go to a smaller screen like a 5 inch screen, you decide to go back to the small iPhone screen you hate. Lol. Yeah sure you bought a Note 3. Haha, good stuff.

adder7712
Oct 7, 2013, 08:56 PM
You can swap it for a HTC One. HTC's skin is pretty sublime as opposed to TouchWiz.

Plus the HTC One should be more wieldy but sill larger than an iPhone.

Sh00tingStar
Oct 7, 2013, 08:57 PM
Back in May I made it into the 3rd day with an HTC One before returning it and firing my old iPhone 4. I loved the hardware but HATED the Andriod OS. Now I've got a new 64gb iPhone 5s and couldn't be happier.

chrisrosemusic1
Oct 8, 2013, 10:19 AM
If you'd spent time with it, using Nova launcher + custom themes and icons give it a completely different style. I think going from a tiny fake 4" screen to a proper 6 would be off putting though. And no, I don't understand why you thought it would be a one handed affair.

I'm the opposite, got an S4 this weekend, spent the last couple of days learning it, re skinning it and it is a far better experience to the iPhone and iOS 7. I love it, listing my iPhone on eBay tonight and possibly following with iPad. Different strokes and all that, but androids fresh feel, limitless customisation and cheap expandable storage is doing it for me right now.

saldawop
Oct 8, 2013, 10:43 AM
The problem I had when swapping from iPhones previously was that I always still had the iPhone. It was always to easy, when something didn't work the way it did in ios, to go back to the iPhone. Last year, underwhelmed by the iPhone 5, I decided to sell my 4s and buy an S3, it took a few days but decided that I liked Android, but was tempted by the bigger screen of the Note. Waited a couple of months and bought the Note 2 , which I still have, and am struggling with finding a worthy replacement. I just don't think I could give up the screen size.

spinedoc77
Oct 8, 2013, 11:10 AM
Man was I wrong, I thought I would like it, I really did. I was fed up with Apple this year for not releasing a bigger screen iPhone I decided to check out the note 3. I got the note 3 with T-mobile and returned it the next day and paid the $50 restocking fee. The screen is huge and it's great, but good luck using the device with one hand, and I have pretty long fingers.

It was my first time using android, and although there are more features, more customization, it is one ugly OS compared to IOS. The default icons and settings UI looks horrible. I'm not a big fan of the amoled screen either, everythings got a warm blue temp feel to it and not a warm temp like the iPhone screen (which I perfer). It came loaded with bloatware from Tmobile and Samsung, which I didn't like. I know I only had it for a day and I should have given it more time, but I just couldn't see myself with that thing for a year. Guess in the meantime I'll be using iPhone 5 and wait for apple to release a larger screen. :mad:

The N3 is a huge device, you have to specifically want something like that. I wanted a larger device than the ip5, but the N2/N3 was embarrassingly large. I went with a LG G2 which is huge, but still phone sized and can be used one handed. Android is MUCH prettier and more functional than the atrocity that is iOS7, but iOS is still smoother. I'm amazed to still find lag and odd issues like the proximity sensor not working properly, etc etc in Android, given the hardware I'm using and the maturation of Android.

KUPARA
Oct 8, 2013, 11:36 AM
Who the hell buys a phone without actually TOUCHING the device first, let alone handling it?
:eek:

mclld
Oct 8, 2013, 11:53 AM
A dummy

Cnasty
Oct 8, 2013, 11:55 AM
I am said dummy as well.

Bought the Note 3 without touching or anything when I pre-ordered but I came from a S3 and had messed with the Note 2 before.

Glad I did as its a great device.

Fernandez21
Oct 8, 2013, 01:18 PM
If you'd spent time with it, using Nova launcher + custom themes and icons give it a completely different style. I think going from a tiny fake 4" screen to a proper 6 would be off putting though. And no, I don't understand why you thought it would be a one handed affair.

I'm the opposite, got an S4 this weekend, spent the last couple of days learning it, re skinning it and it is a far better experience to the iPhone and iOS 7. I love it, listing my iPhone on eBay tonight and possibly following with iPad. Different strokes and all that, but androids fresh feel, limitless customisation and cheap expandable storage is doing it for me right now.

The iPhone is a lot of things, but i do believe they use a real 4" screen on the iPhone.

LIVEFRMNYC
Oct 8, 2013, 02:20 PM
If I bought the Note 3 and didn't really like it, I would still have it longer than one day just to play around with all the features.

Assault
Oct 8, 2013, 03:01 PM
Man was I wrong, I thought I would like it, I really did. I was fed up with Apple this year for not releasing a bigger screen iPhone I decided to check out the note 3. I got the note 3 with T-mobile and returned it the next day and paid the $50 restocking fee. The screen is huge and it's great, but good luck using the device with one hand, and I have pretty long fingers.

It was my first time using android, and although there are more features, more customization, it is one ugly OS compared to IOS. The default icons and settings UI looks horrible. I'm not a big fan of the amoled screen either, everythings got a warm blue temp feel to it and not a warm temp like the iPhone screen (which I perfer). It came loaded with bloatware from Tmobile and Samsung, which I didn't like. I know I only had it for a day and I should have given it more time, but I just couldn't see myself with that thing for a year. Guess in the meantime I'll be using iPhone 5 and wait for apple to release a larger screen. :mad:
You realize how ridiculous this sounds? Here, this is what it would sound like in reverse.

Got tired of Android, so I decided on the iPhone 5S (in gold of course, cause I'm a baller.) Never bothered to check one out personally and it was the first time I ever used iOS. Well, the OS is crap. You can't do anything with it. Why can't I move the icons where I want? Why is there 10 steps just to change a setting? Why is there light bleed all over the IPS screen? Very annoying at night!
This UI looks horrible; like a pink unicorn puked all over it! It came loaded with this Apple crapware, that is impossible to delete. Why can't I delete these stupid icons for newstand, calculator, game center, etc? It forces me to put them in one folder, but then have to place that folder within the grid of icons! WTF? Why does this stupid screen have so much movement from the wallpaper? Makes me want to puke on the unicorn puke screen!

I returned it after one day. A completely unusable experience and I'll be using an Android phone that I can actually use.

Sound as ridiculous as your post? Seriously, who buys a phone out of the blue without at least looking at it in the store, making sure it feels comfortable, looks good on screen and so on?

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The iPhone is a lot of things, but i do believe they use a real 4" screen on the iPhone.

Problem is, it doesn't even reach 4". It still falls in the 3" category, as it is 3.99" diagonally. So no, it isn't a real 4" screen.

Cnasty
Oct 8, 2013, 03:12 PM
Wow, bravo!

lol

fredaroony
Oct 8, 2013, 03:18 PM
If I bought the Note 3 and didn't really like it, I would still have it longer than one day just to play around with all the features.

Very good chance the OP didn't buy the Note 3 at all and this is just a troll thread.

nba1341
Oct 8, 2013, 04:00 PM
I'm using my note 3 with one hand right now.... Not hard to...

macred
Oct 8, 2013, 04:01 PM
Besides my iPhone, I'm ready to buy an Android to use as my second phone.

I've studied them and have it narrowed down to three choices.

1) Note 3
2) SGS 4
3) Nexus 5

Obviously the Note 3 is much larger, but that's of no concern.
I'm very open minded & would appreciate any & all ideas, suggestions & feedback

Thanks :)

chrisrosemusic1
Oct 8, 2013, 04:05 PM
The iPhone is a lot of things, but i do believe they use a real 4" screen on the iPhone.

Didn't mean its not a screen, is just only 4" vertically, not diagonally

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Besides my iPhone, I'm ready to buy an Android to use as my second phone.

I've studied them and have it narrowed down to three choices.

1) Note 3
2) SGS 4
3) Nexus 5

Obviously the Note 3 is much larger, but that's of no concern.
I'm very open minded & would appreciate any & all ideas, suggestions & feedback

Thanks :)

S4 is avaliable at a great price now, and is a brilliant piece of kit

LSUtigers03
Oct 8, 2013, 04:05 PM
Besides my iPhone, I'm ready to buy an Android to use as my second phone.

I've studied them and have it narrowed down to three choices.

1) Note 3
2) SGS 4
3) Nexus 5

Obviously the Note 3 is much larger, but that's of no concern.
I'm very open minded & would appreciate any & all ideas, suggestions & feedback

Thanks :)

I would wait for the official announcement of the Nexus 5 since that's one of your choices. Between the S4 and Note 3 I would go with the Note 3 if you can deal with the extra size.

MacRumorUser
Oct 8, 2013, 04:17 PM
I'm using my note 3 with one hand right now.... Not hard to...

In my own experience the Note 3 has same issues as S4 and HTC One despite having much larger screen.

In fact I actually find it more comfortable to hold and switch on, and launch a phone call or text someone with the Note 3 than I did on those other two devices.

However it just feels better to hold it in one hand and type or activate with other, you certainly can't use the s-pen and hold the screen in just one hand.

I'm also surprised that as a phone for calls because its longer it doesn't feel as weird against the ear as I thought it might. In fact I find it better positioned for the earpiece than smaller devices, something I thought would be an issue was reverse to my preconception.

Six8
Oct 8, 2013, 04:24 PM
You realize how ridiculous this sounds? Here, this is what it would sound like in reverse.

Got tired of Android, so I decided on the iPhone 5S (in gold of course, cause I'm a baller.) Never bothered to check one out personally and it was the first time I ever used iOS. Well, the OS is crap. You can't do anything with it. Why can't I move the icons where I want? Why is there 10 steps just to change a setting? Why is there light bleed all over the IPS screen? Very annoying at night!
This UI looks horrible; like a pink unicorn puked all over it! It came loaded with this Apple crapware, that is impossible to delete. Why can't I delete these stupid icons for newstand, calculator, game center, etc? It forces me to put them in one folder, but then have to place that folder within the grid of icons! WTF? Why does this stupid screen have so much movement from the wallpaper? Makes me want to puke on the unicorn puke screen!

I returned it after one day. A completely unusable experience and I'll be using an Android phone that I can actually use.

Sound as ridiculous as your post? Seriously, who buys a phone out of the blue without at least looking at it in the store, making sure it feels comfortable, looks good on screen and so on?

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Problem is, it doesn't even reach 4". It still falls in the 3" category, as it is 3.99" diagonally. So no, it isn't a real 4" screen.

Lmfao

kenknotts
Oct 8, 2013, 04:41 PM
I'm using my note 3 with one hand right now.... Not hard to...

Problem is, you cant reach all 4 corners on the phone with your thumb without changing your grip several times, its called hand gymnastics :p Fumbling around with the phone in one hand like that is bothersome to me and you are also much more likely to drop it. Im having enough trouble with my G2 doing this and its smaller than the Note 3.

thecurryman
Oct 8, 2013, 05:59 PM
Problem is, you cant reach all 4 corners on the phone with your thumb without changing your grip several times, its called hand gymnastics :p Fumbling around with the phone in one hand like that is bothersome to me and you are also much more likely to drop it. Im having enough trouble with my G2 doing this and its smaller than the Note 3.

or set it to one hand mode....you know, a mode that they developed specifically for situations where you must use it only with one hand

nickchallis92
Oct 8, 2013, 06:15 PM
I'm not sure i'd use my note 3 with one hand with fear of dropping it but you should use it with two hands - it deserves that respect. It's a brilliant, well thought out device which runs flawlessly.

I'm loving it and people should put aside their worries of size. I'm used to it already and am enjoying the extra screen estate vs the S3.

Assault
Oct 8, 2013, 09:17 PM
I tried to use the iPad Mini with one hand, because Apple said I could. But I have trouble reaching all 4 corners with my thumb. I shouldn't have bought the iPad Mini I guess. :rolleyes: You know, cause it is really big. Common sense is just an illusion folks.

macred
Oct 8, 2013, 09:28 PM
Thanks to all who replied to my post.

After viewing a few more YouTube reviews the Galaxy Note 3 left me very impressed. I drove to my local AT&T store and brought one home.

After all these years of new iPhones, this is a refreshing change. Now I see why people rave about the gorgeous display. I've never spent much time using my iPhone one handed, so that's no issue for me.

With the long list of features and benefits, I've got a lot to learn and I'm very exciting about it. I've already determined this will fit into my OS X & iOS ecosystem very nicely.

I really like variety and this Android Smartphone is going to provide it in a spectacular way :)

sddabrow
Oct 8, 2013, 10:03 PM
I am 50/50 right now.

I am coming from a Sprint iPhone4S to an AT&T Note 3. I haven't decided if it is something I will keep or if I will return and get the 5S.

Yes, the screen is huge. Which is good and bad. I am definitely doing the hand gymnastics and using two hands whenever possible.

Yes, the customization is great. However, I keep trying to match iOS settings. For example, it only takes one swipe on iOS to go into messages after receiving a text. With stock android, I had to tap then swipe. Minor to some but annoying to me.

I installed Nova Prime, UCCW, LightFlow, Textra, etc. I just find myself tweaking it more and more each day to improve productivity. But since I am tweaking it more and more I find little issues that bug the crap out of me.

Guess I have to decide if I actually liked being constrained to iOS better than unlimited customizability. With Android, I always feel like there is a better way to do it.. which takes time to research and implement.

Lastly, my speaker phone is awful compared to the iPhone4S. With hours of conference calls, I need a good speaker phone and this is just pathetic.

I'll keep it the 14 days and decide what to do from there...

Assault
Oct 8, 2013, 10:45 PM
I am 50/50 right now.

I am coming from a Sprint iPhone4S to an AT&T Note 3. I haven't decided if it is something I will keep or if I will return and get the 5S.

Yes, the screen is huge. Which is good and bad. I am definitely doing the hand gymnastics and using two hands whenever possible.

Yes, the customization is great. However, I keep trying to match iOS settings. For example, it only takes one swipe on iOS to go into messages after receiving a text. With stock android, I had to tap then swipe. Minor to some but annoying to me.

I installed Nova Prime, UCCW, LightFlow, Textra, etc. I just find myself tweaking it more and more each day to improve productivity. But since I am tweaking it more and more I find little issues that bug the crap out of me.

Guess I have to decide if I actually liked being constrained to iOS better than unlimited customizability. With Android, I always feel like there is a better way to do it.. which takes time to research and implement.

Lastly, my speaker phone is awful compared to the iPhone4S. With hours of conference calls, I need a good speaker phone and this is just pathetic.

I'll keep it the 14 days and decide what to do from there...

There is only one phone with quality speakers and it is the HTC One. Why these other manufacturers continue to put speakers facing the back is beyond me.

And if you truly want to have an experience similar to iOS with swiping there are many, many apps/widgets that accomplish this without the need to root or customize further. Take a look at the following apps and widgets (I may have linked to the Pro versions, instead of the free versions, but I am pretty sure there are free versions of each for you to try out. Enjoy:

1. Homeflip https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lean_and_mean.HomeFlip&hl=en
2. Pie Control https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jun.ace.piecontrolpro&hl=en
3. Swapps https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.schiztech.swapps&hl=en
4. Swipepad https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=mobi.conduction.swipepad.android&hl=en
5. Wave Launcher https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mobilemerit.wavelauncher&hl=en

You might also want to check out Zooper Widget. It is more complex to learn, but you can do a great many things with it. So many things, it may put you off and not want to use it. Almost as bad as learning how to use Tasker.

F123D
Oct 8, 2013, 11:01 PM
or set it to one hand mode....you know, a mode that they developed specifically for situations where you must use it only with one hand

Exactly. Now that you can shrink the screen down to any size you want, that four corner thumb excuse is out the window.

http://cdn.androidbeat.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Screen-Shot-2013-10-02-at-9.13.18-AM-copy.jpg

kenknotts
Oct 9, 2013, 12:21 AM
Exactly. Now that you can shrink the screen down to any size you want, that four corner thumb excuse is out the window.

Image (http://cdn.androidbeat.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Screen-Shot-2013-10-02-at-9.13.18-AM-copy.jpg)

That looks awful and it defeats the purpose of buying a phone with a giant display. Thats like buying a 60 inch HDTV and watching standard definition programs in 480p in a 4:3 ratio.

F123D
Oct 9, 2013, 01:02 AM
That looks awful and it defeats the purpose of buying a phone with a giant display. Thats like buying a 60 inch HDTV and watching standard definition programs in 480p in a 4:3 ratio.

So you complain that the screen is to big. Then you complain that the screen is to small. Got it.

For those certain occasions when one handed use is needed, this is a big welcome. Otherwise, I'll be enjoying the full 5.7" 1080p screen.

rhinosrcool
Oct 9, 2013, 01:19 AM
For those certain occasions when one handed use is needed, this is a big welcome. Otherwise, I'll be enjoying the full 5.7" 1080p screen.

Nailed it. On Samsung's part, very clever.

Impuls3101
Oct 9, 2013, 01:22 AM
I use my iphone 4s with two hands. I don't get all this one handed crap. Yes I could use the phone with one hand but its faster using two hands. The only time I have my phone vertical is when I am using the menu. Then for browsing the internet or playing games I like it in landscape using two hands.

linkgx1
Oct 9, 2013, 06:25 AM
I use my iphone 4s with two hands. I don't get all this one handed crap. Yes I could use the phone with one hand but its faster using two hands. The only time I have my phone vertical is when I am using the menu. Then for browsing the internet or playing games I like it in landscape using two hands.

No this stems from Steve Job worshippers that take it to heart that phones need to be operated with one hand. But that's an old ideology. Times of change. Similar to how we really don't need skeuomorphism anymore because people have gotten used to tech in general.

I just think people like to think 'the grass is only greener on MY side' and don't want to have to deal with the fact that they might not be enjoying all of what's out there. I can guarantee you if Apple comes out with a 6'' phone, fanboys will go crazy. Remember the iPad mini fiasco?

thecurryman
Oct 9, 2013, 03:09 PM
No this stems from Steve Job worshippers that take it to heart that phones need to be operated with one hand. But that's an old ideology. Times of change. Similar to how we really don't need skeuomorphism anymore because people have gotten used to tech in general.

I just think people like to think 'the grass is only greener on MY side' and don't want to have to deal with the fact that they might not be enjoying all of what's out there. I can guarantee you if Apple comes out with a 6'' phone, fanboys will go crazy. Remember the iPad mini fiasco?

I actually use my phone one handed, and I have probably average to less than average sized hands. Because the back of the note 3 is matte and grippy, I can hold the phone with one hand and not worry about dropping it. But on the note 2, because of the plastic back, i would not use it 1 handed that much because it would fall out of my hands. just my .02 cents

Cnasty
Oct 9, 2013, 05:59 PM
I am with you.

I use my Note 3 consistently with one hand and I attribute the great grip from the back piece that is the plasther back.

I do have bigger hands and not like the poor saps with these:

http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/xu_bE7g2wqM/hqdefault.jpg

Dontazemebro
Oct 9, 2013, 07:28 PM
I wonder why the Op never responded to anyone's post. Troll job maybe?

ChrisTX
Oct 9, 2013, 09:17 PM
I'm on day 1 with my Note 3 coming from an S3, and hoping I'll adjust to it's size. It's a little unwieldy at first, but it's so thin, and light. The display is also ridiculously sharp, can't beat it.

nooaah
Oct 9, 2013, 09:24 PM
I own an iPhone 5s and (tomorrow) a Note 3. I'm keeping both. The iPhone is just a perfect multimedia/communications device. The Note 3, as a weekly business traveler, is a perfect productivity and entertainment tool. Maybe it's excessive, but I'm happy with both.

Solomani
Oct 9, 2013, 10:04 PM
http://cdn.redmondpie.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/iPhoneNote.png

LSUtigers03
Oct 9, 2013, 10:46 PM
I own an iPhone 5s and (tomorrow) a Note 3. I'm keeping both. The iPhone is just a perfect multimedia/communications device. The Note 3, as a weekly business traveler, is a perfect productivity and entertainment tool. Maybe it's excessive, but I'm happy with both.

I just sold my Moto X and I think I'm going to get a Note 3 to go along with my 5s but I'll probably wait a little while and let the price drop a bit.

kenknotts
Oct 10, 2013, 12:13 AM
I own an iPhone 5s and (tomorrow) a Note 3. I'm keeping both. The iPhone is just a perfect multimedia/communications device. The Note 3, as a weekly business traveler, is a perfect productivity and entertainment tool. Maybe it's excessive, but I'm happy with both.

The 5s and an iPad mini is a much better combo IMO. Unless you like having to pay for apps twice. I have the 5s and G2 right now and would never keep that combo. Like I keep trying to swipe to go back on my G2 with Chrome because I'm used to doing that on my 5s. Lots of other differences too, not for me. I like the way my 5s and mini integrate.

Dontazemebro
Oct 10, 2013, 12:42 AM
The 5s and an iPad mini is a much better combo IMO. Unless you like having to pay for apps twice. I have the 5s and G2 right now and would never keep that combo. Like I keep trying to swipe to go back on my G2 with Chrome because I'm used to doing that on my 5s. Lots of other differences too, not for me. I like the way my 5s and mini integrate.


I'm thinking about picking up an iPad mini this weekend to complement my S4 in which case I'll probably pass on the Note 3. I'm really trying to justify getting the note 3 but I can't really see much difference from the S4 besides the s-pen features which I know I'll hardly ever use. On the other hand I'm completely done with iPhones until Apple decides they want to introduce a larger screen. I believe the mini will be more than enough to satisfy my iOS cravings in this regard. If I only I could wait for the new retina display mini to release but alas, I'm too impatient :D

Fernandez21
Oct 10, 2013, 04:46 AM
I own an iPhone 5s and (tomorrow) a Note 3. I'm keeping both. The iPhone is just a perfect multimedia/communications device. The Note 3, as a weekly business traveler, is a perfect productivity and entertainment tool. Maybe it's excessive, but I'm happy with both.

Me too, I Love this combo . Though I use my Note 3 for Multimedia and entertainment, while I use the iPhone for business and communications. Also writing with the s-pen has been surprisingly good, I wrote this whole response with it.

daveathall
Oct 10, 2013, 05:49 AM
I'm thinking about picking up an iPad mini this weekend to complement my S4 in which case I'll probably pass on the Note 3. I'm really trying to justify getting the note 3 but I can't really see much difference from the S4 besides the s-pen features which I know I'll hardly ever use. On the other hand I'm completely done with iPhones until Apple decides they want to introduce a larger screen. I believe the mini will be more than enough to satisfy my iOS cravings in this regard. If I only I could wait for the new retina display mini to release but alas, I'm too impatient :D

I have a iPad mini and S4 and find it to be the perfect combination. :) If I had an iPhone I would probably have a Nexus 7, but like you, I prefer a larger screen on a phone, so until Apple give us a larger version I will be sticking to my S4.

Savor
Oct 10, 2013, 07:21 AM
I text with two hands even when I had an iPhone. When I browsed, one hand was behind the phone and the other was used as the pointer.

I'm preferring bigger screens because the keyboards' font height are generally bigger and much less mistakes. Texting is my main thing esp living in one of texting capitals of the world.

But 4.5-5.2 inch screen is my sweet spot. At least something no bigger than a LG G2.

Cnasty
Oct 10, 2013, 09:16 AM
I have every other piece of device is an Apple besides my phone and I love it.

The Note 3 is one of the best phones I have ever used. It feels great in the hand, is so snappy and fast, and the screen is beautiful!

mattopotamus
Oct 10, 2013, 09:28 AM
I text with two hands even when I had an iPhone. When I browsed, one hand was behind the phone and the other was used as the pointer.

I'm preferring bigger screens because the keyboards' font height are generally bigger and much less mistakes. Texting is my main thing esp living in one of texting capitals of the world.

But 4.5-5.2 inch screen is my sweet spot. At least something no bigger than a LG G2.

I do the same and text with two hands. I really like the bigger keyboards b.c the numbers are above the letter keys :)

nooaah
Oct 10, 2013, 10:44 AM
Got my Note 3 but didn't want to activate until tonight since I'm on a business trip. BB didn't include a sim so the phone is just a brick. Can't get past the activation screen. :(

cuzo
Oct 10, 2013, 10:49 AM
I own an iPhone 5s and (tomorrow) a Note 3. I'm keeping both. The iPhone is just a perfect multimedia/communications device. The Note 3, as a weekly business traveler, is a perfect productivity and entertainment tool. Maybe it's excessive, but I'm happy with both.

What do you think is a good combination of both for those that cannot afford two phones?

spinedoc77
Oct 10, 2013, 10:51 AM
No this stems from Steve Job worshippers that take it to heart that phones need to be operated with one hand. But that's an old ideology. Times of change. Similar to how we really don't need skeuomorphism anymore because people have gotten used to tech in general.

I just think people like to think 'the grass is only greener on MY side' and don't want to have to deal with the fact that they might not be enjoying all of what's out there. I can guarantee you if Apple comes out with a 6'' phone, fanboys will go crazy. Remember the iPad mini fiasco?

Yeah because you NEVER in life need to have your other hand on something else... :rolleyes: I operate my phones one handed the vast majority of the time, for whatever reason. I'm NOT defending Apple's penchant for 4" phones at all, but to say only Apple fanboys use their phone one handed is ludicrous. By the way I roll with a LG G2, not an iphone anymore. I do miss one handed use, but the G2 is a nice compromise between a smaller phone and a phablet.

Of course it all depends on the user. I need to use my phone one handed much of the time, for example when driving. But others on here might use their phone in their office where they might be able to enjoy it 2 handed, a note would be a nice option for them.

maximus96
Oct 10, 2013, 10:55 AM
Got my Note 3 but didn't want to activate until tonight since I'm on a business trip. BB didn't include a sim so the phone is just a brick. Can't get past the activation screen. :(

the phone works without a sim card, well not the phone part but everything else. i set mine up without sim until everything was right then put my old sim in...i do remember some AT&T crap when i first turned it on but i just pressed skip to get right into restoring it....

Fernandez21
Oct 10, 2013, 10:56 AM
What do you think is a good combination of both for those that cannot afford two phones?

I would say the HTC One as long as you don't need imessage, icloud, or face time.

Pompiliu
Oct 10, 2013, 10:59 AM
If you'd spent time with it, using Nova launcher + custom themes and icons give it a completely different style.
Ain't nobody got time for that.
I just want a phone that works out of the box.
And btw, even with nova launcher (wtf is that) and custom themes, at the end of the day you'll still have a huge plastic phone with amoled screen and android apps.
'nough said.;)

nooaah
Oct 10, 2013, 11:24 AM
the phone works without a sim card, well not the phone part but everything else. i set mine up without sim until everything was right then put my old sim in...i do remember some AT&T crap when i first turned it on but i just pressed skip to get right into restoring it....

Yup, on wifi right now. Just took its sweet time to let me skip activation! The screen is way more responsive than my s3 or the Note 2 I played with. I'm keeping this phone for my weekly travels for sure. Hopefully we can root to stock soon!