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    Default Note 3 / Galaxy S5 dilemma

    On March 31st I traded my Iphone 5S in to Best Buy for the Note 3. They said I have 14 days to return it under my Verizon contract. I love the Note 3 and like Android better than IOS. Now tomorrow the Galaxy S5 is being released. The main feature I like from what I've read about the S5 is that it is water resistant, up to the same depth as if it was in a waterproof case. Seidio is coming out with their Obex waterproof case for the Note 3, which I would purchase, though it seems delayed. I use my phone as a GPS and for satellite radio on my motorcycle so waterproof is important to me. My dilemma is do I return the Note 3 for the S5 or do I stick with the Note 3 and wait for the Obex case?
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    I would honestly say go to a store and play with the demo S5 before making a decision. You might like the Note 3 but if you don't you can always switch phones.
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    The Note 3 is an awesome device. I think you'd be better off with the larger screen while using it while riding - I assume you have it on a mount.

    Go play around with one and see what you think. Just take the box and materials from the Note 3 so if you get the urge.... Lol

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    I do have it on a Ram mount. That's the problem every time something new comes out I get the urge.

    Quote Originally Posted by ibcop View Post
    The Note 3 is an awesome device. I think you'd be better off with the larger screen while using it while riding - I assume you have it on a mount.

    Go play around with one and see what you think. Just take the box and materials from the Note 3 so if you get the urge.... Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by JOEY NEAT View Post
    I do have it on a Ram mount. That's the problem every time something new comes out I get the urge.
    I'm right there with you!

    I've gotten used to the size of my Note 3 though (came from a Note 2) and don't think I can ever get a smaller screen...haha
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    I would have taken the Note 3 over the S5 if it was the same size as the S5.

    But the Note 3 is so big, it won't fit in my pocket. That's really my only complaint with the Note 3.
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    honestly i'm the same way when new stuff comes out so think about it this way. what's gonna happen when samsung debuts the note 4 that their working on in a few short months. i chose the s5 over the note 3 even tho im partial to the note line of phones, just so when the note 4 debuts ill be able to sell my s5 as it will still be the current in the s-series and jump on board with the note 4. and honestly with the way flagship phones are growing in size and power im sure the note and s series will be one in the same within a year or two as more and more people see how awesome a large screen is.
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    Everyone I know that has a Note 3 loves it but all agree that the size is a bit obscene. I mess around with one once in a while when visiting a store that has one on display and I still could not bring myself to using one. And I chuckle every time I see someone talking on one. It just looks ridiculous, especially my coworker who has one in an Otterbox Defender case.
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    that's odd, every person I've encountered doesnt find it obscene at all. They get used to the screen size quickly and have a hard time using smaller phones. That was my experience as well. It's to a point where I don't even turn on my laptop unless I need Microsoft Office.

    And "ridiculous" as you describe it is subjective. I guess people with Notes should only use bluetooth headsets so as not to disturb your sartorial tastes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xm_jdm View Post
    Everyone I know that has a Note 3 loves it but all agree that the size is a bit obscene. I mess around with one once in a while when visiting a store that has one on display and I still could not bring myself to using one. And I chuckle every time I see someone talking on one. It just looks ridiculous, especially my coworker who has one in an Otterbox Defender case.
    A note in an Otterbox is huggeee. I don't find it silly seeing other people use a note. Different strokes for different folks.

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    Anyone use their Note 3 at the gym? I usually carry my S3 in my pocket when I'm weight training but when I'm on a cardio machine, I place it on the ledge of the machine in front of me so it doesn't feel like I have a brick thats constantly hitting my leg........**catches breath**.....that was a long sentence, sorry, lol! I wonder how the Note 4 would ride and feel in my gym shorts is what I'm trying to say. I suppose I can get one of those arm band pocket things to carry it in but I think it would look like a damn shield with the size of it. What do you guys think??
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrooveRite View Post
    Anyone use their Note 3 at the gym? I usually carry my S3 in my pocket when I'm weight training but when I'm on a cardio machine, I place it on the ledge of the machine in front of me so it doesn't feel like I have a brick thats constantly hitting my leg........**catches breath**.....that was a long sentence, sorry, lol! I wonder how the Note 4 would ride and feel in my gym shorts is what I'm trying to say. I suppose I can get one of those arm band pocket things to carry it in but I think it would look like a damn shield with the size of it. What do you guys think??
    I would just get an armband. TBH I don't think anyone at the gym will be too focused on the size of your phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zabigayle View Post
    I would just get an armband. TBH I don't think anyone at the gym will be too focused on the size of your phone.
    This is true but what I should of said was 'feel' like a shield. I'm not to caught up in what other think of my beefiness.....lolol
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrooveRite View Post
    This is true but what I should of said was 'feel' like a shield. I'm not to caught up in what other think of my beefiness.....lolol
    I would imagine it would feel quite large on your arm. With my girly spongebob arms it would most definitely look like a shield.
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    So I went to Best Buy and checked out the S5 and made the switch from the Note 3. So far I really like the S5. Hopefully nothing new comes out for a while. On a side note when I got to Best Buy there was a line of about 5 people waiting to purchase the S5. A sales person told me to go to the return counter since I was returning the Note 3 within 14 days. I returned it, the return clerk went to mobile and got me the S5, popped my sim card in and I was up and running in about 10 minutes!
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    I have had the Note 3 and its solid phone, and with the right case its not huge at all. I actually was using the Spigen Bounce case which really made the phone feel normal when I used it. Sadly if I move to AT&T which is my plan and take advantage of their Next plan I have to pick a phone and live with it for a year, now of course Veizon does their Edge and you can trade in after 30 days and/or 50% paid off on the phone . . . BUT they suck at software updates and their LTE sucks in my market. So AT&T it is and I am just waiting for the GS5 32GB to launch before I pull the trigger.
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    If you do not absolutely need the biggest screen + stylus S5 wins hands down.
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    I took my note 3 back after having both for a day together (my 3rd note 3 since launch). I really like both but the S5 just has the perfect 'in hand' feel to it. So now I am carrying both the S5 and M8 and I'm happy with both. I think 5"-5.2ish is a sweet spot.
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    Personally, I would take the Note.

    The S5., despite it's lukewarm initial reaction, is still a solid smartphone. (Take that, haters!)
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    I'd have the note. I am a bit biased though as I have a note 3. The S5 is S great phone but I prefer the larger screen and the S-pen. I'm waiting for the note 4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JOEY NEAT View Post
    I do have it on a Ram mount. That's the problem every time something new comes out I get the urge.
    That's gonna always be an issue every few months something new and "better" comes out. Unless your really into taking picture or fitness I don't see any reason to trade the note 3 for an s5

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    Quote Originally Posted by JOEY NEAT View Post
    On March 31st I traded my Iphone 5S in to Best Buy for the Note 3. They said I have 14 days to return it under my Verizon contract. I love the Note 3 and like Android better than IOS. Now tomorrow the Galaxy S5 is being released. The main feature I like from what I've read about the S5 is that it is water resistant, up to the same depth as if it was in a waterproof case. Seidio is coming out with their Obex waterproof case for the Note 3, which I would purchase, though it seems delayed. I use my phone as a GPS and for satellite radio on my motorcycle so waterproof is important to me. My dilemma is do I return the Note 3 for the S5 or do I stick with the Note 3 and wait for the Obex case?
    I'd go with the S5: faster, much more beautiful version of Touchwiz, drastically better camera and a screen that's pretty big as well.
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    My sister got the S5 yesterday and I really got a chance to "check it out". I've come to the conclusion that I LIKE the S5, but LUV my Note3. Both are GREAT devices, but the Note3 just gives ME that WOW feature that I want in my device of choice. You really can't go wrong with either device.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xm_jdm View Post
    Everyone I know that has a Note 3 loves it but all agree that the size is a bit obscene. I mess around with one once in a while when visiting a store that has one on display and I still could not bring myself to using one. And I chuckle every time I see someone talking on one. It just looks ridiculous, especially my coworker who has one in an Otterbox Defender case.
    I find it far less dorky to talk on my N3 when it's wearing the S-view cover )
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    Quote Originally Posted by trandz View Post
    If you do not absolutely need the biggest screen + stylus S5 wins hands down.
    How does it "Win" hands down? The Cpu is a Minor and i mean MINOR upgrade to a 2.5ghz quadcore cpu and the same GPU . The Note 3 has 3GB of Ram compared to 2GB on the s5 .... For all intent and purpose the note 3 is the better specced phone out of the 2. Unless you want the smaller screen the note 3 is the better phone

    Yeah the pixel density is better on the s5 but thats only because it is a smaller device
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