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Re: Tons of problems with my Note 3
Could be something as simple as a dendritic short in the battery. Short the battery, the phone reboots, but the short burns itself out almost immediately. Look at the battery graph right after it reboots. If it suddenly went to 0, that's probably it.
Originally Posted by AC Question
Android runs the apps it needs (in the background). Apps can stop for a number of reasons. It's almost impossible to find out why any program does anything wrong unless you can reproduce the problem on demand. (We once had a database problem in a database I wrote. It took about 6 months before someone - a customer, actually - figured out how to cause the problem any time we wanted to. After that it took about 5 minutes to fix. [It was a typo among about 10 million lines of source code.])
2) I get pop ups often saying some app has stopped...apps that I haven't evened open or even use!
Bad screen, loose connector, bad crimp on a wire in a connector, intermittent IC on the motherboard - again, an intermittent problem (one you can't cause every time you try) is very difficult to fix.
3) When watching a video (not only on videos, but most commonly) I'll get a red dotted line running through my screen
That one I'd blame on the app. My wife has certain problems with hers, I have different problems with mine - both running on Note 3s on 4.4.2. (Adding Time Warner into the picture adds even more problems using a phone on FB.)
4) Facebook (mostly, but sometimes other apps do it) will lock up and not let me scroll or do anything within the app. I can press the home button usually to get back.
Yep - IMO they both suck, which is why the first thing I do on any new phone or ROM is install Nova Launcher. Then again, my wife LOVES TouchWiz and can't stand Nova. That's what makes horse races - opinions.
5) The KK launcher sucks!...but it's a little less problematic as the native Touch Wiz. KK launcher loses icons on one of my home pages and the brightness shortcut in the notifications menu is often times missing.
Again, a problem that's difficult to fix, but that, and apps you're not running yourself just stopping, could be due to faulty RAM on the motherboard.
6) Apps that I'm actually using will just stop working. I was trying to use the maps app, having looked up directions in the voice search and then clicking on the directions link to where I wanted to go...it tried to open the maps and then just quit.
I won't either, but not because the Note 3 doesn't work. Mine and my wife's work fine. (My first one blew something on the motherboard, but AT&T gave me a replacement phone with no questions after a reflash didn't fix it.) I just don't like locked bootloaders. It's my computer (it's a computer that can make and take phone calls), and I want to run it my way, just the way I run my laptops and desktops. I'd never buy a Windows computer that I couldn't run Linux on, and I'll never buy another Samsung unless they stop playing the stupid Knox game (which a) doesn't actually work and b) is one of the worst ways of accomplishing what they're trying to accomplish. Something like Safestrap - not exactly the same, but something like it - would be a better way.)
I'll never buy one of their stupid phones again!
I think the problem is that some mean spirit has it in for you and is making sure that your phone doesn't work. The Note 3 is great hardware (considering that it's a year old) and pretty great firmware. Other than the locked bootloader, my only complaints about it are about some Android things, which Samsung can't change without no longer being an Android phone. (And that no one's come out with a pure Linux ROM, which isn't Samsung's or Google's fault.)
I guess what I want to know is if anyone has faced this problem and have resolved them...or if rooting fixes it. The hardware is awesome...but I think their firmware and software engineers have all been farmed out to the lowest bidder and their quality has really gone waaaay down in the past few years.
BTW, my first move is always to the AT&T DSC. Competent people, very nice, and I've never had a problem with them. (And I don't go to them for the simple stuff - the answers to simple problems are all over the web, if you don't already know them. When I bring them a phone, it has them scratching their heads.) Samsung? Their "Experience" people in the Best Buy stores are pretty good for people who don't have to have a lot of technical knowledge, but I wouldn't send a phone to Samsung for repair. (And I've been repairing cellphones almost since there were cellphones.)