Well, when I buy anything, I always buy the latest so I would go for the note 3. By the way, I had one and it's awesome! I never tried the note 2 so I can't compare. I'm too dependant on the Apple ecosystem so i went back to an iPhone but it wasn't because I did not like the phone, I really liked it, I didn't use the pen that much but I was glad it was there.I'm going to purchase one of them as a Birthday present. But I'm not sure which one to buy. Any advice?