PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of Galaxy Note 3 vs GALAXY Note II

Performance

Processing power and speed

Passmark, Geekbench, AnTuTu and BrowserMark

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

AnTuTu 3D

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Talk time (3G), Talk time, Standby time (3G), Standby time and 1 more

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from gsmarena.com, pocket-lint.com, techradar.com, phonearena.com, fudzilla.com and 1 more

PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Winner
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 

PhoneRocket recommends the Samsung Galaxy Note 3  based on its performance, graphics and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Galaxy Note 3 vs GALAXY Note II

geekbench Processor and memory performance

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

AnTuTu Memory, processor, graphics and storage performance

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

AnTuTu 3D 3D graphics performance

Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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Much better AnTuTu 3D score 9,685 vs 3,901 Around 2.5x better AnTuTu 3D score
Much better AnTuTu score 35,165 vs 17,531 More than 2x better AnTuTu score
Faster web browser 2,783 vs 2,613 More than 5% better BrowserMark score
Significantly faster processor 2.3 GHz vs 1.6 GHz Around 45% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Store significantly more stuff 64 GB vs 16 GB 4x more storage capacity; free yourself from memory cards
Significantly higher resolution 1920 x 1080 vs 1280 x 720 2.2x higher resolution
Sharper screen 386 ppi vs 267 ppi Around 45% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Much better theoretical download speed 150 Mb/s vs 100 Mb/s 50% better theoretical download speed; enjoy lightning fast downloads on modern networks
Higher resolution front camera 13 MP vs 8 MP Around 65% higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Longer standby time (3G) 25,200 min vs 14,976 min Around 70% longer standby time (3G)
Records higher def video 3840 x 2160 @ 30 fps vs 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 4x higher def video
Lighter 168 g vs 182 g Around 10% lighter
Slightly bigger screen 5.7" vs 5.5" Around 5% bigger screen
Thinner 8.3 mm vs 9 mm Around 10% thinner
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Supports FM radio Yes vs No Somewhat common; Listen to music and news from local radio stations
Significantly longer standby time 58,752 min vs 31,680 min More than 85% longer standby time

Reviews Word on the street

Galaxy Note 3  vs GALAXY Note II 

10.0
8.0
Granted, we could live without some of that software, including the TouchWiz UI itself, but the pen software is top notch, Samsung's Multi Window split window multitasking is the best in the business and there are several enjoyable creature comforts like Air View.
Galaxy Note 3

8.0
9.0
Other than those, you get the usual wide viewing angles, extreme contrast, and saturated colors you would with other Super AMOLED displays, making the phone the best handset out there for enjoying video with this screen size.
GALAXY Note II

9.0
9.0
We feared battery life might not be up to much thanks to the full HD, 5.7-inch display which adorns the front of the Note 3, but we were pleasantly surprised.
Galaxy Note 3

Overall

9.0 Out of 10
8.6 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Galaxy Note 3  vs
GALAXY Note II 
Type AMOLED AMOLED
Size 5.7" 5.5"
Resolution 1920 x 1080 1280 x 720
Multitouch N/A Yes
PPI 386 ppi 267 ppi

hardware

Clock speed 2.3 GHz 1.6 GHz
Number of cores Quad core Quad core
RAM 3 GB 2 GB
Internal storage 64 GB 16 GB
Supported card formats
SDHC
SDXC
SD

photo & video

Camera 13 MP 8 MP
Resolution 13 MP 8 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 2 MP 1.9 MP
Video resolution 3840 x 2160 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 4G 4G
Networks
LTE Cat3/4 Uplink (50 Mb/s)
LTE Cat 4 (150/)
LTE Cat3
HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
CDMA (0.01 Mb/s)
LTE Cat4 (150 Mb/s)
EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
LTE (20 Mb/s)
Unknown (42.2 Mb/s)
EV-DO Rev.A
LTE Cat 3 (100/)
HSDPA+ (42.2 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)

battery

Talk time 1,500 min 1,320 min
Talk time (3G) 1,260 min 960 min
Standby time 31,680 min 58,752 min
Standby time (3G) 25,200 min 14,976 min
Capacity 3,200 mA·h 3,100 mA·h

form factor

Galaxy Note 3  vs
GALAXY Note II 
Weight 168 g 182 g
Thickness 8.3 mm 9 mm
Size 79.2 x 151.2 x 8.3 mm 81 x 151 x 9 mm

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes

music

Supports FM radio No Yes

software

Operating system Android 5.0 Android 4.4.2
Multitasking Yes Yes
App store Android Market Android Market
Adobe flash support No No
App store size 850,000 apps 850,000 apps

connectivity

Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes Yes
Supports NFC Yes Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0
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