Samsung Galaxy Note 3 review
Android 4.3, 5.7in 1,920x1,080 display
Samsung pioneered the phablet craze for ever-larger handsets with the original Galaxy Note, and shows no sign of slowing down with this third iteration. With the huge amount of pre-launch hype now over, we finally get to find out whether the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is a worthwhile upgrade, or simply a massive S4 with a stylus.
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.