Swapped my S5 for Note 3. Good or bad?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by ryankul, Nov 2, 2014.

  1. ryankul macrumors regular

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    Had my S5 which I was happy with. I only wished two things. One that the finger print reader was better and two that the screen was larger.

    Friday while at Sam's Club they were putting up the Note 4 demo and put up a sign by the Note 3. It was $29. I played with it and the s pen for awhile. Bigger screen, useful stylus and still fast. I wanted it lol. Went home grabbed my box and swapped them out (was still within 30 day exchange). So far extremely happy and just wondering if this was a downgrade technically. I know the Note 3 has 3gb ram vs 2 in the S5 but also a slower processor. What do you think?
     
  2. Shanghaichica macrumors 603

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    I think the note 3 is a good phone. I don't think you've downgraded at all. I think it's more of a side step. The note 3 has some advantages as does the S5. I owned the note 3 before I got my S5 and it's a great phone.
     
  3. ryankul thread starter macrumors regular

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    That's pretty much how I feel (side step). It's still really fast and I am really enjoying the screen and s pen. Thanks for the input.
     
  4. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    Thank you for that enlightening post....


    If your happy with your phone, I think it was a Good move for YOU.

    OP, the Note 3 scores very similarly to the S5 in nearly all benchmarks. Indeed in one VERY important aspect it is vastly superior ... Memory management.

    The 3gb in the Note 3 allows you to multitask in and out of many applications without having to refresh content after a couple of apps. The S5 whilst generally smooth in operation was a terror for having to reload/refresh background apps due to it hitting its memory limit.

    The Note 3 was also a good move if you wanted a bigger screen and had no problem with the build quality of the S5. As they are very similar build quality wise, indeed the back of the Note 3 is nicer than the S5 and you don't have to faff around with flaps for charging either.

    Enjoy your phone.
     
  5. Garen macrumors regular

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    As long as you are happy you made the right choice besides you wanted larger screen.
     
  6. ryankul thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank you for all that good info. I have noticed multi tasking seems more fluid which has been nice. Thanks
     
  7. Sensamic macrumors 68030

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    You gain more RAM, bigger screen, better battery life and the rest is similar (build quality, software, camera, etc).

    I have the SGS5 only because phablets are too big for me.
     
  8. mi7chy, Nov 2, 2014
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    Good. Note 3's advantages of larger display, precision pen and more DRAM are more valuable than fingerprint and water resistance.
     
  9. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    what phone are you currently using as your daily driver? I just ordered a z3c, which should be here today :)

    I know you went "big" and decided it was to unwieldy. I have found the same to be true for what I want in a phone.
     
  10. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Agreed. Enjoy your new phone, OP.
     
  11. ryankul thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks everyone. Ordered the wireless charging kit, glass screen protector and a case so looks like I'm sticking with it lol. S Pen has already started to grow on me. Two apps at the same time with the large display is quite nice also. Hopefully this holds strong till the Note 5 or when I'm do for an upgrade.
     
  12. MRU, Nov 3, 2014
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    Currently using both the Samsung Galaxy Alpha and the Space Grey 64gb iPhone 6 4.7" :) I swap between them as my daily driver. Both very similar battery life too.

    Galaxy Alpha battery after a long time on battery and near 3 hours screen on time ... not bad for a 1800mah battery.

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  13. Septembersrain Contributor

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    I love my Note 3 honestly. It's a beast still even a year later. I definitely prefer it to the S5.
     
  14. ryankul thread starter macrumors regular

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    Glad to hear all the positives. Definitely keeping it. No longer have a tablet and with the Note 3 I feel like I don't need one. Battery life has been incredible. Ordered a really thin case and glass screen protector. Started out with a cheap silicon case but it makes it so much thicker and harder to get in and out of the pockets.
     
  15. rhinosrcool macrumors 65816

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    After more than 1 year with my Note 3, it still rocks. The only thing I would add is a spare battery or two. It can really come in handy and is not cumbersome to carry.
     
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    I just swapped my Jeep for an S5...well, an Audi S5....does that make you feel better? :D
     
  18. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    I swapped my house for a bag of skittles ..... so there :p 1up'ed
     
  19. maestroX2 macrumors regular

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    I just swapped back from Ip6 to Note3. Waiting for N6 though. I really want to use iP6 or iP6+ since lot of families have :apple:. Been with Android for too long.
     
  20. JHUFrank macrumors 6502a

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    I agree, whatever works best for you. Personally, I found the Galaxy Note 2 to be possibly the best phone I ever used. I had way too many issues with the Note 3.
     
  21. coleblk macrumors regular

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    Just got a refurbished Galaxy Note 3 for a good deal on Swappa and the thing looks brand spankin' new. Really enjoying the huge screen and ability tinker with things when I want. I'll probably be back to iOS soon with a 6+ or my old 5s but it's always fun to try out Android for a little. This phone has definitely gotten me over the fear of large devices. I think an overall good move on your part. :)
     
  22. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020

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    It's just a phone and as long as it does what you want that's all that matters. I know lots of people still using iPhone 4's (2010) and Galaxy S3's (2012). For some people it just doesn't matter.
     

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