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The 3 most important things you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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Samsung created quite the fanfare yesterday when they finally took the covers off of the new Samsung Galaxy Note 3, which sets a new standard for the company and more importantly their competitors, to follow and embrace. The Galaxy Note 3 is most definitely quite a device, but what really sets it apart from competing devices in the oversized smartphone category? No, it’s not water resistant, nor does it pack an embedded projector or light saber, but it does have 3 key offerings that sets it apart from its competitors.

4K Video Recording

For some users it may not be much of a game changer, but the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is the second smartphone in the world capable of recording 4K high definition video, definitely making it quite a competitor to the likes of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra. Additionally it records 1080p video at 60 frames per second and 720p video at a whopping 120 frames per second. That is quite something and it’s sure to inspire other manufacturers to adopt the feature in future devices as well.

Free Evernote Premium

Although it may not be significant to many. Evernote has grown to become quite popular among most modern smartphone users. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 comes with a free one-year Evernote Premium subscription, worth $45. Users get 17 times more uploads per month, which amounts to 1GB over the usual 60MB. Additionally users can make offline notes, a feature not available in the free version. Evernote also integrates with Samsung’s S Note application and expands the application’s allowed uploads size. It sounds like quite a bargain to me!

USB 3.0

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is the first smartphone to feature USB 3.0 connectivity allowing for much faster data transfers if connected to the appropriate USB port. Apple has their lightning adapter and Samsung now has USB 3.0, although it is important to note (pun intended) that USB 3.0 is still much faster than Apple’s USB 2.0 based Lighting cables. Not only will you now be able to transfer files to the Galaxy Note 3 at lightning (pun intended) speeds, but you’ll also be able to access USB 3.0 drives thanks to the USB On-the-Go feature. Samsung may once again be paving the way for other device makers to join in on the fun!

Of course there are a lot more nifty and interesting features inside the Galaxy Note 3, such as the fact that despite having a larger display compared to its predecessor, it is actually narrower than the Galaxy Note II. It is also Samsung’s very first smartphone to be launched with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out of the box. It will also come with a composite leather rear shell instead of the usual plastic shell, but it’s likely to wear and tear easily.

The Galaxy Note 3 allows dragging and dropping content between applications as well as having more than one instances of the same application open. The Galaxy Note 3 will launch in over 140 countries worldwide on September 25, 2013, although it’s only set to reach the US markets in October!

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Written by Dion Guillaume

September 5th, 2013 at 4:30 pm