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Galaxy Note 3: Even more features packed into a (slightly) bigger body

Florence Ion | Oct. 2, 2013
Samsung threw everything but the kitchen sink into its latest not-quite-a-phone, not-quite-a-tablet. No wonder it's so big.

S-Note has come a long way since its launch with the original Note. On the Note 3, it features an overhauled interface and the addition of newly polished templates since its last iteration. You can sync to Evernote, add charts and graphs, and set up your own pen presets.

Third time's a charm
The Note 3 lets you easily switch from watching video on the train to work, to typing out emails while walking to the office, to mind-mapping for you next big project. And if you add in a few third-party office-style applications from the Google Play store, it's becomes the all-encompassing device for work or school.

However, you'll have to deal with the extra applications and features that the company bundled with the Note 3. You'll have to manually turn off features like Smart scroll when they're not in use to preserve battery life (and, possibly, your sanity), and ignore the fact that Samsung's less superior S-Voice is the default personal digital assistant. In exchange, you'll have a powerhouse phone that's meant for the multitasker, with a quad-core processor, forward-thinking video recording abilities, and a battery life to get you through your long, ardous days. In essence, that's really what we've come to expect from our phones in this day and age, even if they don't quite fit in our back pocket.


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