1. JoeInCT's Avatar
    I'm interested in everyone's experiences so far, especially those on Verizon Wireless. I previously had the Note 2, so my expectations were high.

    In my opinion, this phone is NOT an upgrade (actually a downgrade) for the following reasons:

    1) Call quality is VERY poor and I have problems hearing due to garbled and popping sound from the other end. I tried a factory new replacement but it seems even worse. It is not confined to any one location or one phone. It is bad.

    2) The camera is no where near the quality of the Note 2, especially in anything less than sunlight.

    I am hoping that a software upgrade will fix these problems. But for me, these two problems are major and I cannot recommend this phone. The garbled voices are a deal killer and if an update doesn't come out soon, I may have to go back to my Note 2.

    What's your experiences so far?
    10-29-2013 01:26 PM
  2. AuburnGrad's Avatar
    Ever now and then I have the electronic garble still. On my second phone, but it is no where near as bad as my preordered phone. Hopefully either a update will come, or it will get replaced via insurance when it craps out.

    Love the size and barrety life. Camera works well for me, not sure why so many complaints in that department. Not DSLR quality, but I have gotten good photos in low light and sun light.
    10-29-2013 02:41 PM
  3. GtoJon's Avatar
    Sound is great with No Garble, Camera is great, better than my Note 2 was, Battery is fantastic, S-Pen features have improved a lot, More memory, Faster, Screen is better in the sun, Higher resolution & I like it ..... that's all that counts

    Cheers, Jon
    10-29-2013 03:09 PM
  4. Dirtdawg57's Avatar
    So far call quality has been good. I haven't really got to use the camera too much but it seems ok. Haven't liked the battery life but am still working on it. My Droid bionic had an extended battery and did better.
    There are some little things that bug me, like the home screen not displaying in landscape, something I use all the time with the ultimate rotation tool. I had to switch to ADW launcher to fix it. It also has a lot of choppiness and lag sometimes. Not a lot but I really thought it would be better with 3gb ram and the 800 in it. Hopefully it can be improved. I have literally lock down what seems like half the phone to get rid of all the bloat and goofy features. Root came in handy. I feel like I have got it feeling pretty good right now and more like stock android. I will continue to carry my Droid bionic for all the extra features I don't get with this like the lapdock.
    Over all I would say it is still very good and will probably get better with updates. But I just don't feel as blown away as I had hoped for.
    10-29-2013 03:22 PM
  5. GtoJon's Avatar
    Sorry this is not to knock anything you have done with your phone & just want to understand. You have rooted & stripped all the bloatware out & your having problems with lagging & battery life? Why did you strip & debloat? I and many other have no lagging or problems battery life at all Help me & others understand how this has helped you!

    Thanks for your understanding, cheers, Jon
    So far call quality has been good. I haven't really got to use the camera too much but it seems ok. Haven't liked the battery life but am still working on it. My Droid bionic had an extended battery and did better.
    There are some little things that bug me, like the home screen not displaying in landscape, something I use all the time with the ultimate rotation tool. I had to switch to ADW launcher to fix it. It also has a lot of choppiness and lag sometimes. Not a lot but I really thought it would be better with 3gb ram and the 800 in it. Hopefully it can be improved. I have literally lock down what seems like half the phone to get rid of all the bloat and goofy features. Root came in handy. I feel like I have got it feeling pretty good right now and more like stock android. I will continue to carry my Droid bionic for all the extra features I don't get with this like the lapdock.
    Over all I would say it is still very good and will probably get better with updates. But I just don't feel as blown away as I had hoped for.
    10-29-2013 04:24 PM
  6. Dirtdawg57's Avatar
    Sorry this is not to knock anything you have done with your phone & just want to understand. You have rooted & stripped all the bloatware out & your having problems with lagging & battery life? Why did you strip & debloat? I and many other have no lagging or problems battery life at all Help me & others understand how this has helped you!

    Thanks for your understanding, cheers, Jon
    I didn't actually erase anything, I use the app turn off that Android provides. There are many apps that I didn't need at all and turning them off keeps them from running in the background or opening themselves. I did have to use root access to lock a few down but nothing that would slow it down. The lag and bad battery life was there before I did all this and I think it has been improved by these lock downs. And when I say lag, like I said, it is not a lot but I guess I was just expecting less. Nothing intolerable though. The battery life I wouldn't say is horrible either, but I can't make it through the day so unless I can find a fix I guess I will have to go for an extended battery which I didn't want to do because it is hard to find cases for. Nothing I have locked down should have hurt the battery life and if anything helped it, because of less programs running and less processor load. I do have a question in the bad battery thread that if I could find an answer to might help. The battery graph say my Gps is on even though it's not, I am not sure what is going on there.

    Edit- Also I would call it more choppy sometimes than lag. That is more what I meant. I have seen this on a couple review sites as well but they said the S4 had the same problems but it was solved in a update.
    10-29-2013 04:53 PM
  7. ccpopham's Avatar
    The battery life is because it is a high powered quad core which sucks battery when it is firing pretty hard. The battery is also supporting a larger screen at a higher resolution which also sucks battery. My phone has not been choppy and the voice quality has been fine. Tgis is the fastest phone I have ever owned. I have no complaints and I have not even rooted yet.

    Sent from my SM-N900V using AC Forums mobile app
    10-29-2013 06:30 PM
  8. TheMaskedMamba's Avatar
    I haven't had any major problems with my phone..... Knock on wood. I'm on my first Verizon pre-ordered unit. I have not experienced garbled or choppy calls. The phone is quick and I came from an N2. I screen is bright and clear. Battery life has been on part with the N2. Its getting better now after the newness has worn off and I can put it down for a while.... LOL

    Aside form some features that the N2 had and they decided to leave (ie Page Buddy), I'm totally satisfied.

    Sent From "The Beast"
    10-29-2013 07:45 PM
  9. Haalcyon's Avatar
    My phone has been liquidy sliquidy fast and continues to be trouble free, just like this Note 10.1. I just the developer of my favorite game would update the game so it works on higher res screens and not just up to 1280x800. Come on EA, you can do it and you know what game I'm talking about.

    from a '14 Note 10.1
    10-29-2013 09:01 PM
  10. ZarathustraHead's Avatar
    I'm on my third Note 3. I had no problems with the phone reception on my first Note 3. The second and third Notes have had poor reception - even worse than the S3 and much worse than the Note 2. But the second and third Note 3's seem to take slightly better pictures than the first. It's like something changed. None of the Note 3's take pics as good as my Note 2.

    sent from my Note 3
    10-30-2013 12:34 AM
  11. Preach2k's Avatar
    I have had no problems at all!!! This phone is great and has been running like a champ!!!

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    My Precious GNote3
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    10-30-2013 08:31 AM
  12. wrich2005's Avatar
    My first note 3 the screen stopped working on the 14th day. I'm on my replacement unit and I've had no problems

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    10-30-2013 09:24 AM
  13. climb's Avatar
    My note 3 has been wonderful. My experience has been trouble free. The processor is unbelievably super fast and silky smooth, the camera takes great pics for the photos I take, the screen is amazing ( and I came from the higher pixel DNA ) , I use a tempered glass screen protector which really accentuates the screen interaction compared to a mushy ZAGG feel, my call quality ( Verizon - Denver ) is even better ( and the changes in the radio technology doesn't drain the battery constantly finding 4G ), the battery is pretty good and made all the better by the 3.0 USB surprisingly super fast charging. The size of the phone has never been an issue as I am a tall guy with large manly hands. This is my first stroll through the Samsung ecosystem and I am amazed at how much I use the S pen and software.....big surprise there......

    I can say without equivocation this is the most amazing device I have ever used ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜ŽI can't wait to see what the Note 4 brings!!!!
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    11-03-2013 10:39 AM
  14. JoeInCT's Avatar
    After another few weeks of use, my opinion on the call quality and camera has not changed.

    I went to dinner last night with a friend and tried to take a pic of her with my Note 3. I took 8 pics and gave up. I took a few with her S3 which came out good, and we're comparable to my old Note 2. I was a little embarrassed about my "new and improved phone".

    Without question, the camera and phone quality are poor on the Note 3, especially relative to the Note 2 and S3. It makes me question the reviews on here to the contrary. Fyi, I'm on my second Note 3, so these problems are not specific to one phone.

    Photos and call quality are important to me, so I have no choice but to go back to my Note 2 until a software upgrade comes out. Hopefully the Note 3 will be fixed soon.
    11-03-2013 02:44 PM
  15. dkettel's Avatar
    Only had my note 3 for a week now but I'm coming from an I phone 4 and this phone makes the I phone look like a rotary dial phone. I absolutely love this thing!

    Posted via Android Central App
    11-03-2013 03:27 PM
  16. Johnny Umphress's Avatar
    Best phone I've ever owned. Sound quality fantastic, loud and clear. And I'm kind of hard of hearing. And the camera is the most. I no longer carry my JVC camera that I paid a fortune on because the Galaxy is far better.
    11-03-2013 03:29 PM
  17. msndrstood's Avatar
    I installed a few apps and had some FC, uninstalled the apps, problem resolved. Otherwise, it's the fastest phone I've ever had and I have the Note 2. I think those 3 gigs of RAM make a big difference.

    Sent via The Big, Bad, Beautiful Note 3
    11-03-2013 03:35 PM
  18. dcooper830's Avatar
    I think I'm lucky because I got a good one.

    Camera is just as great as on my Note 2. Sound and call quality is just as great. It's extremely fast except for a rare 1/2 second lag here or there.

    My only minor complaint is S-Note. The eraser is pathetic. And it doesn't have the cool page turning effect like it did on the Note 2.

    But overall I'm extremely happy with mine. I see lots of reports of problems though... I'm glad I'm not experiencing any myself.
    11-04-2013 05:14 PM
  19. Johnny Umphress's Avatar
    The erase on my S-note works very smoothly. In fact I was very impressed with the ease of erasing because it takes whole letters or words instead of having to rub back and forth to get all the little bits. I only wish the page selected that has the check box list were real check boxes where it would strike through the line when you checked the box.
    11-04-2013 06:33 PM
  20. TheMacs's Avatar
    You should call your carrier (edit - assume your on Vz) and push for a new Note JoeInCT. They can defect the phone back to Samsung. The poor call quality is definitely an issue for more than a few users and is well documented. I swapped out two. The third has been flawless.
    11-06-2013 11:07 AM
  21. Algus's Avatar
    Coming from a Samsung Stratosphere...

    So this is what 4G LTE is like when a phone can take advantage of it? I hit my data cap for the first time in almost two years of service and I now regret not getting 10 GB of data during the double data promotion (I have 4 GB for $30 so not bad). Oh wow, physical keyboard isn't needed at all when the touchscreen is big enough for my fatty ogre hands!

    Phone does everything my N7 can do (and does a lot of it better!). Weight and feel are just right. Honestly, I couldn't be happier with it. Call quality seems decent, though a bit quieter than on my Stratosphere. Calls are clear however. I frequently use a BT headset now (never used one with the Strato) and the headset is definitely quieter than the handset so that makes a difference.

    Not unhappy with the camera but phone is really to big and awkward to be using it like that (I have the same issue with trying to use a camera on a tablet). I have an iPod Touch 5th Generation though and that's my go-to for point and shoot photography now (dat wrist strap!). I use OS X at home so the Note 3's camera functions are really kind of superfluous. I don't always bring my iPod with me though (really only on trips when I would have formally brought a camera) so my Note 3 is still getting some use for photography.

    Battery life? I've gotten some impressive stretches. Standby time is great. Power saving is decent. On my Strato, I had to turn power saving on just to get through a full shift at work with the phone idle (I would frequently forget to exit apps though and that would suck the Strato dry). I can burn through my Note 3 in a couple hours if I really want to (yay cellphone games!) but I remain impressed by how well it does on standby when I turn things off and activate power saving. I got through 5 hours of use with something like 15% power left and the phone was still on when I finally got in my car and started charging it at the end of the night!

    Bad thing is that apps that really take advantage of the phone's hardware eat the battery for breakfast.
    11-06-2013 11:16 AM

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