Samsung Galaxy Note 3 demand following iPhone 5S


The latest Samsung and Apple flagships have now both been officially introduced. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Apple iPhone 5S were both unveiled in a blaze of glory. The Galaxy Note 3 event was first, and this smartphone has attracted a lot of attention, but it will be interesting to see Galaxy Note 3 demand following full details of the iPhone 5S now being confirmed.

To a certain extent these are very different smartphones with the Note 3 being a phablet size against the much smaller iPhone 5S. The different operating platforms are also significant as the Note 3 is an Android device white the iPhone 5S runs Apple’s iOS. That aside though and concentrating solely on the quality of the phones, it will be interesting to see which device people find most desirable.

Huge sales of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 already seem assured, given the popularity of previous Galaxy Notes, but of course this also applies to the iPhone 5S. It’s intriguing to ponder over whether the announcement of the iPhone 5S will now threaten sales of the Galaxy Note 3.

If you’re firmly in either the Android or iOS stable then you probably wont’ be persuaded to switch operating platforms so your decision is already made. However for those who are open to the idea of either operating platform you might want to compare the key specs.

The Galaxy Note 3 has either a 1.9GHz Exynos Octa processor or a 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor (regions vary), a 5.7-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display with 386 ppi , 3GB of RAM, and 32 or 64GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD. It also totes a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 3200 mAh battery, NFC and will launch on the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system. It comes in black, white or pink color options.


On the other hand the iPhone 5S has a 1.7GHz 64-bit Apple A7 dual-core processor, a 4-inch display with resolution of 1136 x 649 and 326 ppi, unspecified RAM, and 16, 32 or 64GB of internal storage (non-expandable). It has an 8-megapixel rear camera, 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, 1570 mAh battery, and runs iOS 7, but doesn’t have NFC. It comes in gray, silver or gold colors.

We must point out that this is not intended to be a full comparison of specs and features. Both phones have a proliferation of varying features and both have a immense amount to offer to smartphone users. For example the cameras on the iPhone 5S and Galaxy Note 3 both have a vast amount of features and we cannot list them all here. We should note though that the Galaxy Note 3 also offers the use of the S Pen stylus.

On the surface we can see that these are very notable smartphones. The Galaxy Note 3 will release from September 25 worldwide, although in Japan and the US the phone won’t launch until October. The iPhone 5S beats the Note 3 to the starting line though, with a release set for September 20 in various countries including the UK and US.

It would be really good to hear from readers about these two impressive devices. Have you already got a preference for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 over the Apple iPhone 5S or vice versa? Were the operating systems a major factor in your decision or something else entirely, such as the display sizes? Do you think that demand for the Note 3 will be affected by the arrival of the iPhone 5S? We’re interested to have your comments on this.


21 thoughts on “Samsung Galaxy Note 3 demand following iPhone 5S”

  1. Arvi says:

    main deciding factors for people like me on the fence will be the personal preference of the screen size.

    iphone in my opinion edges well ahead in camera department. atleast on the specs and past experience with samsung note 2.

    1. Iamnotfat says:

      Wait till both are released and there are actual hands on reviews and in depth camera comparisons.

      On paper, the Iphone claims better light detection with their new camera feature, but video recording is 30fps while the note 3 is 60fps (If I remember correctly)

      Another user somewhere commented that the Iphone screen wasn’t as vibrant as he needed because he was a professional photographer that liked to show quick previews of his work to his clients, the Note 2’s screen colour was more vibrant, and people generally like it when their photos seem to “pop” out more.

  2. Pat Bisson says:

    It seems to have always been the case that the average Iphone user has never necessarily needed more ram or processing speed given that ios runs fluidly without beefy specs.
    That being said, with the addition of pen window, while being used with multi-window support on the Note 3, a user could feasibly run four separate apps in one session on one screen. For example, a user could feasibly (1)run their music app while (2)reading up on presentation notes while (3)messaging a colleague and (4)starting up a quick google search for missing presentation info.
    With multi-window and 2 open pen windows, the Note can perform all these tasks in one view with no need for app switching. This is where beefier specs play into the Note 3’s favor, for being able to handle advanced multi-tasking. Even though this scenario is quite extreme, the Note doesn’t restrict the amount of pen windows you open.

  3. James Brown says:

    The iPhone doesn’t need much specs to run the closed, simple operating system that is iOS. That’s why I don’t see why people still compare them. Android needs ram because it has more. It’s quite simple: The iPhone is for those simpletons and those that want to show off an Apple product. The Note 3 is for those that live off their phone and want to run their lives according to a pen and multiple windows.

    Think about it. When you see an Apple device you know it’s Apple by the logo on the back. Most cases leave that whole for that very reason. It’s marketing made simple because people want other people to know they have an iPhone.

    If you put multiple Android devices together or just look at an Android from a distance you really don’t know what brand it is.

  4. Tony Perez says:

    Every time I’m ready to upgrade, I look at what Apple offers versus Android and Android keeps winning out. That’s just the OS. Started with the OG Droid in late 2009 with VZW because they didn’t yet have the iPhone. Ever since then I’ve had no regrets sticking with Android. Jump to today. Note 3 beats iPhone anything just for the total sum of functionality. It’s my next phone.

  5. jainkallarakal says:

    Apple hasn’t produced a PHABLET yet, then there is no reason to compare an iPhone to Samsung NOTE series. A 5.7 inch screen is the most apt screen size for a phablet and it is like viewing on a 55inch TV SCREEN, Now a days the screen really matters. It would be best to compare iPhone with GS4s.
    I already pre-ordered my GNote 3, and it is my FIRST ANDROID DEVICE. I was an APPLE IOS FAN ever since Apple introduced the Smartphone.The bigger screen and the Spen are the features that made me to switch to Android.

      1. Iamnotfat says:

        I agree that was the same situation that I was in. Loved my Iphone 3GS, and I swore it was the best phone I ever owned…then I got the Galaxy S2 LTE and my mind was blown…it’s like an Iphone but without restrictions and more freedom. Almost like using a very cheap computer then upgrading to one with a better video card, sound card, Blu ray Burner, etc.

        However, some people I know made the switch from IPhone 5 to Samsung Galaxy S4 and hated it. They said everything was so complicated and it wasn’t smooth, and the apps crashed all the time.

        In my opinion though I personally think they’re not tech savvy enough and just prefer the easy 1 button phone, the simplified phone.

  6. dutz says:

    The iPhone is, has always been, and appears to remain for the near future, a cute devise for kids and the casual user. A lot of cool stuff that works well but does not lend itself to the productivity needs of professionals and active adults. The Note III is a professional tool which with its stylus and SNote connectivity to Evernote becomes a true electronic notebook and adding the actionable events becomes a true Inbox for the GTD (Getting Things Done) user. It delivers on the old acronym PDA, Personal Digital Assistant, that the first Palm Pilots brought.

  7. Kevin Shutt says:

    I’ve pre-ordered the Note 3, upgrading from my aging AtrixHD, a very capable phone in its own right. My wife has the iPhone 4S and it suits her just fine so she’ll upgrade to either the 5S or 5C. For me, the smartphone has always first been about work productivity and second family communications and finally social awareness/connections.

    That’s why when I bought my first smartphone, I went with a BlackBerry. The original Nexus was a close second but at that time Google Docs as a PC app was still, in my opinion, in its infancy and the mobile app was non-existent or left much to be desired. BlackBerry, even at the entry-level Curve stage, was more mature for document syncing and reliability.

    Flash forward through a couple iterations of BBs including the 9700 and Torch models and I found myself needing, wanting, actually, better and more social functionality. I tried several Android phones and even the first iteration of the W8 phone (before it was W8 but not Windows MobileOS either) and landed on the Atrix series, which I’ve owned all three (because of catastrophic accidents).

    Now, that I’ve run the gamut of social media apps, I’m back focused on the productivity of my devices and the Note 3 (my first Samsung) hopefully will give me that “one mobile device” that I want so I can keep in touch with the office, family and friends as well as perform document manipulation via a screen big enough for the task and versatile enough to let me work in multiple windows/apps simultaneously, a key component of my mobile office.

    iPhones are great phones for what they are and for a huge segment of the market. They’re fun, reliable and look great. They always look great, even the 5C. But, they’re just not for me. No hate. No envy. No sour grapes.

    1. Iamnotfat says:

      I bought my mom the 4s and she loved it. Then I bought my dad the S4, and he loved it. Then my mom saw my dad’s S4 and because of the larger more vibrant screen, she wanted that phone and asked him to trade, he of course said no.

      Don’t be surprised if the same situation befalls you and your wife when she see’s your phone, especially if she sees the “wallet covers” that some women get to replace the OEM one.

      Either way, glad you both enjoy your phones and pick them for preference rather than what everyone else is getting.

  8. robbiepat says:

    I’m an Apple evangelist. I haven’t used PCs for years. I use iMacs and Macbooks. My phones/tablets are iphones/ipads. But Apple unfortunately seems to have lost its way and is now playing catchup. They now seem to be lagging behind what the public want or need. This is a change as they were always way ahead of the competition. The iPhone was the market leader and for years Apple was innovation upon innovation. Unfortunately the iPhone 5s is a year behind for me. I was looking for a larger display. If it had been a larger display I would’ve been there. I am due an upgrade but I am not upgrading from my 4s to the 5s I am not gonna wait for the iPhone 6??? whenever it comes. For me Apple have missed a trick again and I will be switching to the Note3. Phones are increasing in size for a reason, the latest smartphones are getting bigger and doing much more than before. For me the 5s is a revamp of old technology, and will be a flop this time around.

  9. Bong says:

    Lol, coming from note 2 and from being an android user for many years , thought I give iphone 5 a try since I got it at a very cheap from friend. I am now regretted for making the switch. Let me share my experience I have with iphone 5: first of all iphone 5 with its 4″ screen which is the biggest of all iphone screen is not doing any good at all, most apps in the apps store don’t even support 4″ screen, I have many of my favorites apps that are still not optimize for the iphone 4″ screen yet for this reason I really hate. I miss all the optimization I used to be able to do on android
    So to make it up of myself I have pre ordered the g-note 3, and I will not look back again.

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