Samsung Galaxy Note 3 review
Android 4.3, 5.7in 1,920x1,080 display
Samsung's Galaxy Note phones have always dominated the phablet market, but whereas the Note 3 was once king of the catwalk, it's now been superceded by the excellent Galaxy Note 4. That doesn't mean you shouldn't consider buying the Note 3, though, as prices are now lower than ever, with SIM-free handsets costing around £400 at time of writing, while contracts start from around £35 a month with nothing to pay upfront. This makes the Note 3 a great alternative to its newer, shinier cousin, although those who want to save even more money should consider the cheaper HTC Desire 816. Still, if you're set on having a large phone and want the stylus to go with it, then the Note 3 is a great choice.
There's no question that the Galaxy smartphone range has a shared design lineage, but the Note 3 still manages to stand out from the Samsung Galaxy S4 thanks to a more pronounced silver trim and a leather-effect backplate, complete with faux stitching. It's still made from polycarbonate plastic, but the art deco-style ribbed chrome edges gives the phone a unique appearance. It's refreshingly different, unlike the slew of new handsets that are content to play it safe with only the bare minimum of changes. At 8.2mm thick you won't struggle to slip it in a pocket, despite the huge display.