There actually should be no reason to focus on the Galaxy Note, when Galaxy S III and S4 are still around, should there? Something is happening with the market, the mobile phone market and it seems to be a good thing. The displays went from meagre 3.5 inches to whopping 5 and more inch large screens, with incredible display quality and processors that can take the load. While the original Note still is a remarkable phone, with the Note II just improving details and performance, the Samsung Galaxy Note III is a completely new deal. Needless to say, Samsung sold five million units within a month.
Now the iPhone has done that, the Galaxy S III has done that, what is the big deal? The deal is that the Note III is a mix of a tablet and a smartphone, with a screen size of 5.7 inches it is not really a simple mobile phone anymore, you cannot easily hold it in your hand and chat as you could with a more grip-friendly, read smaller, smartphones. But this is no news, new is that people are embracing the concept. Remember Dell Streak? No? Nobody else does either, but the Streak was the first smartphone/tablet on the market and nobody wanted it.
Inside the Note III is everything you thought possible and more. The latest Exynos 5 Octa 5420 processor, or if you opt for the LTE version, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, the same which is going to be in the forthcoming Nexus 5 – and before I forget, the octa does mean that the Exynos 5 runs on eight processor cores. Internal storage is by choice either 32 or 64 GB, expandable with microSDXC with additional up to 64 GB; it features a whole 3 GB of RAM, the 5.7 inch Super AMOLED display has a resolution of 1920 x 1080p at 388 ppi, the camera is 13 megapixel; operating system is Android 4.3, updateable as soon as KitKat becomes available.
While with the original Note and very much with the Note II, the pen was a nice gadget, with all kind of funny application possibilities, with the Note III, or Note 3 if you wish, it has become much, much more. Now the TouchWiz interface completely supports the input per stylus pen, up to the point where you almost forget you can use your fingers as well. It is implemented with any and all applications that run on Android and you will find yourself using it all the time. This integration may as well be the main reason why on one hand the Note 3 is more popular than any of its predecessors, but also why BlackBerry is not improving its sales figures, despite best efforts.