Using the Galaxy Note III for a week: My experience

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by utahman130, Jun 6, 2014.

  1. utahman130 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2012
    My friend recently bought a Note 3, and he let me try it out for a week. The only Android phone I had ever owned was a terrible Motorola Flipside, which really got me off on the wrong foot with Android. That phone was laggy and awful. Anyway, with me having to restore my iPhone and losing my 7.0 jailbreak, I was beginning to be frustated again with stock iOS. The lack of customization, no quick reply (thanks iOS 8!), better notifications, better lockscreen, widgets (thanks iOS 8!), I could go on and on. I had been looking into an Android phone, particularly the Note 3 to replace my iPhone when my ATT contract was up.

    The first thing you notice about the phone is that it's huge. For someone with smallish hands like me, you have to use the phone with two hands. The phone measures 5.95 x 3.12 x 0.33 inches, and once weighs 5.93 ounces. The 1080p screen looks absolutely gorgeous. The faux leather removable back is slightly slippery, but still provides a good enough grip. The battery, 3200 mAh, is huge, removable, and lasts for up to 21 hours of talk time. Having a battery with all day battery life was awesome, as my iPhone 5, despite my battery saving techniques, never lasts me through 3/4 of a day. Having a removable back to upgrade storage and remove and swap batteries is a great feature.

    Once you powered on the phone, the Note 3 I was using ran Jelly Bean with the TouchWiz skin. The animations were smooth, without a hitch. I liked that I could change default apps right out of the gate, and could install biteSMS as my message client to quick reply to texts. Almost all of the apps I used on my iPhone (MLB At Bat, Facebook, ScoreCenter, etc) were there, with the exception of Tweetbot. I never found a Twitter client I fell in love with on Android. I loved all the apps on the huge screen, and I enjoyed the split screen feature, which was great for multitasking. I went through a full day of heavy usage without having to charge the phone. It was a great feeling to not have to worry about carrying around an external battery or looking for an outlet.

    The bad part about Android is scrolling. All I do all day on my phone is scroll. Whether it be on MacRumors, Twitter, or another app, I scroll and scroll and scroll. On iOS, scrolling is buttery smooth. On Android, it is jerky, even with the Note's 3 GB of RAM. Ex-Googler Andrew Munn explains why it will never be smooth as iOS here. The scrolling was terrible, but that was one of the only cons for me. I did miss iMessage, and the unity of Mac and iPhone. I also missed how updates would roll out for iOS, as opposed to being fragmented and taking a long time on Android.

    If I had to choose between one phone or the other, I would probably choose the Note. The battery, customization, and screen size are great, but it would be hard to say goodbye to the ease of use of iPhone, and the buttery smooth scrolling.
  2. Mechayoshi macrumors regular


    Feb 7, 2014
    The Mushroom Kingdom
    Spot on comparison aside from the scrolling thing. Mine isn't nearly as bad.
  3. spinedoc77 macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2009
    It's an ok phone, most of the hindrances come from Android though. Really the only advantages it has is that huge beautiful screen and the stylus, otherwise it's kind of meh.
  4. nj1266 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 15, 2012
    Long Beach, CA

    I was under the impression that Android OS had quick reply to texts natively. So does it or doesn't it?

    I had the same experience with scrolling on my wifi only S3. I thought it was because my phone was 2 years old. But it seems to still be a problem on the newer note 3.
  5. utahman130 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2012
    I believe Hangouts has quick reply natively, I just like biteSMS more.
  6. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    just ok? it's still argueable one of the best devices even if it is coming up to a year old.

    Easily the best phone Ive ever had and I've had some good ones.
  7. Stooby Mcdoobie macrumors 6502a

    Stooby Mcdoobie

    Jun 26, 2012
    Unfortunately, it does not.
  8. pdqgp macrumors 68020


    Mar 23, 2010
    Not sure why you're seeing a scrolling issue. Must be a setting or something. Mine is buttery smooth, not jerky in any way.
  9. iMacBooked macrumors 6502a


    Jul 19, 2013
    4 8 15 16 23 42 ✈ Country: Belgium
    That's certainly true. The Note III is one of the few Android devices that almost pushed me towards quitting iOS. Nicely made phone.
  10. nfl46 macrumors 604

    Oct 5, 2008
    Using the Galaxy Note III for a week: My experience

    I have both and love my Note 3. After a couple of days or weeks, you start to get used to the size. Mines is rooted, so that helped even more. I plan to sell my Note 3 but still on the fence about it. iOS 8 has brought new life to my iPhone. Then again, Google conference is in a couple weeks, which means new stuff for Android. I really want a Moto 360 to compliment my Note 3. I'm going to wait until their conference is over to hear more about Android Wear.

Share This Page