5 things to note about the Galaxy Note 3

Samsung Galaxy Note 3Make no mistake, though: There’s a lot to say about the new Galaxy Note 3 — and a lot to wrap your head around. Let’s boil it down to five key points:

1. The Galaxy Note 3 has improved hardware all around.

There’s no question the new Note is a meaningful upgrade over its predecessor. The Note 3 has a 5.7-in. 1080p AMOLED display compared to the Note II’s 5.5-in. 720p screen.

Despite the increased display size, the new Note is actually about the same size as last year’s model — a bit thinner and lighter, even.

The Note 3 packs a 13-megapixel camera, up from last year’s 8MP. It also runs on a new 2.3GHz quad-core chip (for the LTE version) along with 3GB of RAM, which should — theoretically — make for impeccable performance.

2. The Note 3 has a new but familiar look.

Galaxy Note 3 (back)Samsung’s switched to a more squared-off look with the Note 3, and — perhaps most notably — has moved to a faux-leather look on the phone’s back that brings to mind a paper-notebook-like design.

That said, the Note 3 still looks very much like a Samsung Galaxy product. And the back, while a definite step away from the oft-criticized glossy plastic of yore, is, in fact, still a thin, removable plastic panel.

3. The Note 3 has several new S Pen capabilities.

The S Pen is the Note’s true calling card, and with the Note 3, the stylus is starting to seem more like an integral part of the phone-using experience than an easily overlooked accessory.

The Note 3 introduces a new S Pen command center known as Air Command. You simply click the button on the side of the stylus while holding it above the screen, and a semicircle of options appears on top whatever else you’re viewing.

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