Should I Buy the Galaxy Note 2 or Wait for the Galaxy Note 3?
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 launch date is close enough that we’re hearing consumers ask whether it’s smart to buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 right now or simply wait for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 arrive.
Those questions have begun heating up over the past few months as Samsung Galaxy Note 3 rumors have emerged from the shadows ahead of its September 4th launch date, a launch date that is now set in stone thanks to a Samsung executive and thanks to the company’s very obvious Unpacked invitation.
With a launch date now set in stone, consumers are rightfully beginning to wonder whether it’s simply best to wait for the Galaxy Note 3 instead of buying the Galaxy Note 2, Samsung’s Galaxy Note model from last year and a device that remains one of the best smartphone options on the table today.
Galaxy Note 2 prices are extremely low at the moment and the device, with its still relevant hardware and upcoming Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update are likely tempting to those that need a smartphone this moment. There are also concerns about when the Galaxy Note 3 might hit the United States as the Galaxy Note 2 did not arrive until late October last year and didn’t hit Verizon until November 29th.
Even without a release date, now is the time to wait for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 before buying a new Galaxy Note 2 or any other large screened smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date rumors suggest that the device could be hitting shelves in late September which means that it could only be 15-20 days before the device goes up for pre-order and around 30 before it hits shelves. This is not long to wait at all considering most Galaxy Note 3 buyers will keep the phone for two years.
At this point, it’s worth borrowing a phone for a few weeks and wait for the Galaxy Note 3, even if you wind up buying the Galaxy Note 2 in the end. And here’s exactly why that is.
Wait for the Galaxy Note 3
Release is Close
Those concerned about a Galaxy Note 3 release in the United States need to simmer down. The device is currently pegged for an arrival on September 27th in Taiwan, a country that is often among the first to get Galaxy device. The United Kingdom has also been pegged for a late September release date as well. And given how soon Samsung issued the Galaxy S4 in the U.S., it’s hard to imagine a Galaxy Note 3 hitting shelves in late October or late November.
Instead, Samsung will likely close the gap between launch and release, well, at least for carriers not called Verizon. Bottom line is, with a launch within days and a release likely coming in the next few weeks, it’s best to sit back and wait.
Need more convincing?
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is all but confirmed to have a better display than the Galaxy Note 2. While the Galaxy Note 2 sports 720p resolution, the Galaxy Note 3 will almost certainly have support for 1080p which will be full HD content, something that is key for an all-consuming device like the Galaxy Note 3.
One of the most attractive things about the Galaxy Note is the screen real estate. It allows users to comfortably watch a movie or video, play a game, or even get some work done on the train ride home. With the bump up to 1080p, video, photos, text, and more will look absolutely gorgeous.
The Galaxy Note 2 display is good, but the Galaxy Note 3 display is going to be better, something that should spurn buyers into waiting for the device’s arrival.
Samsung didn’t do much with the Galaxy Note camera from original Galaxy Note to Galaxy Note 2 which was fine, in 2012. 2013 has ushered in a new era of mobile camera, an era where photos taken in noisy and low-light environments look better than ever. And it’s pretty clear that Samsung is going to outfit the Galaxy Note 3 camera that is befitting of this new age.
Rumors insist on a 13MP camera sensor at the very least though there is now talk of a 4K video recording. What’s clear is that the Galaxy Note 3 camera should be better than the cameras on the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note 2, something that should be of importance to those that like taking pictures of family and friends or filming special occasions.
The Galaxy Note 3 will almost assuredly have a Snapdragon 800 processor on board here in the United States. The Galaxy Note 2 has a solid Exynos 4 quad-core processor on board, but there are a bunch of reasons why the Snapdragon 800 is going to clobber the processor in the Galaxy Note 2.
As we’ve pointed out, the Snapdragon 800 offers a number of potential game changing features including faster charging, optimized battery life, higher performance for things like gaming and multitasking, and faster LTE and faster Wi-Fi.
We expect a device that delivers better performance, something that is essential for a powerful on-the-go device like the Galaxy Note.
We still aren’t sure what will be on the Galaxy Note 3 in terms of TouchWiz software, Android 4.3 does seem to be destined to be on board, but Samsung always adds new features to its user interface and buyers can expect the device to have improved software over the Galaxy Note 2.
The Galaxy S4 ushered in a new camera features, touch less gestures and more and we could see Samsung focus on the Galaxy Note’s multitasking and S Pen applications, two hallmarks of the device.
Better S Pen
Samsung’s developer conference suggests that the company will be introducing new S Pen features with the Galaxy Note 3. The S Pen of course is the bundled stylus that the Galaxy Note is heavily reliant upon.
The Galaxy Note 2′s S Pen experience is good but we expect the Galaxy Note 3 to take it to a whole other level as the company looks to distance the phone from its competitors and from the Galaxy S4 which now includes Galaxy Note-like features such as Air View.
We’ve seen the Galaxy Note 3 front plate leak out and while it appears that it will have a different design, we don’t expect it to be completely overhauled. What this means is that it could be tweaked, maybe a thinner frame, but buyers can expect the same type of perks like removable battery and microSD card slot.
We’re also hearing that the device may come in 32GB form, something that the Galaxy Note 2 does not offer in the U.S. If true, it could mean a $299.99 32GB Galaxy Note 3 instead of a $299.99 16GB Galaxy Note 2.
Plain and simple, the Galaxy Note 3 will be coming to the same carriers as the Galaxy Note 2. This isn’t confirmed but the writing is on the wall. Carriers have had great success with these devices and given AT&T, Sprint, U.S. Cellular, T-Mobile and Verizon all committed to the Galaxy S4, it would be shocking to see them pass up Samsung’s other big name device.
So no advantage here for the Galaxy Note 2 either.
Buy the Galaxy Note 2
There are a few reasons why buyers might end up wanting to buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 but not many. The first reason is due to the Galaxy Note 2′s price tag. The device is already heavily discounted through retailers like Amazon and it will likely see a price drop through carriers like Verizon once the Galaxy Note 3 arrives.
The Galaxy Note 3 will see some deals after launch but it’s still going to be a lot more expensive than the Galaxy Note 2 is in September, October, November and so on.
At this point, it’s nearly impossible to recommend buying the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. The device is great but the Galaxy Note 3 should improve on it in just about every area including hardware and software.
Furthermore, the device should get software updates for a year longer than the Galaxy Note 2 and it should also see its price start to decrease into more affordable levels during the holidays which will hurt the biggest selling point that the Galaxy Note 2 will have to offer.
At the very least, wait for the Galaxy Note 3′s September 4th launch and if it’s not suitable, pick up a cheap Galaxy Note 2.