In August of 2012, Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 2, an upgraded version of its Galaxy Note, a device that some call a “phablet” due to its size and its features. Last year, Samsung replaced the Galaxy Note 2 with a brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 3, a device that utilizes a brand new design, an improved display, newer software, and more.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is the company’s current flagship Galaxy Note model and it will remain the flagship until the company unleashes the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Galaxy Note 4 rumors put the device’s release later in the year which means that the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Note 2 will be the Galaxy Note models that consumers encounter on their hunt for a new smartphone.
With big name smartphones on the horizon, we’re starting to hear questions about certain devices and whether they are smart buys at the moment. Two of the devices we’ve been asked about are the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, two solid smartphones that reside on a number of carriers in the United States.
For the moment, there are a good number of people that should avoid buying both the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Note 2. Those who absolutely must have the S Pen stylus for writing and drawing and for its unique applications are safe to buy, we recommend the Galaxy Note 3, but those who are on the fence would be wise to avoid both models for the foreseeable future and here’s why.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 launch is imminent. Rumors point to a launch on February 24th in Barcelona, Spain at Mobile World Congress. It’s there that the company is expected to reveal the Galaxy S4 successor and a device that could very well land on shelves by the end of April. This is the first reason why these two should be avoided for the time being.
Premium flagship smartphones only come out once a year which means that right now is considered to be the calm before the storm. Not only is the Samsung Galaxy S5 launching in just a few short days but we also have a brand new HTC M8 that is set to arrive in March as well. These are sure to be two of the best Android smartphones of the year and prospective Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 2 buyers would be wise to wait and see what they’re all about. The Galaxy S5 in particular.
Obviously, it’s going to come with some likeable, powerful features. Rumors point to a gorgeous display, sharper than the Galaxy S4’s. They also point to a 5.2-inch screen which is only .5-inches smaller than the Galaxy Note 3’s and .3-inches smaller than the Galaxy Note 2’s. It should also boast a camera that bests the cameras on the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Note 2.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 will most likely come with many of the features found on the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 2. That includes the Multi-Window View function, that includes the fantastic camera application, and that includes Air View touch less gesture functionality that is said to be improved on the Galaxy S5.
The only software features that likely won’t come to the Galaxy S5 are some of the unique applications that are powered by the S Pen. Apps like S Note. Those who may be interested in the S Pen only need to wait a few more weeks before they can compare the Galaxy S5 software to the software found on Samsung’s Galaxy Note models. An informed decision is always the best decision.
What’s more is that a report claims that Samsung is at least entertaining the idea of a cheaper Samsung Galaxy S5. The Galaxy S4 arrived for $199.99, or $100 cheaper than the Galaxy Note 3, and it appears that the Galaxy S5 could be even cheaper than that, right from the start. We feel like that’s something worth waiting for as well.
There is also a very good chance that we could see carriers and retailers drop the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 2 price tags to match up better with the Galaxy S5. It’s not guaranteed but we tend to see prices dip after big announcements and releases. This will benefit those that don’t fall in love with what the Galaxy S5 has to offer.
And yes, the Galaxy S5 is more than likely going to arrive on a number of carriers. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon are all rumored but more importantly, we should see regional carriers and pre-paid carriers offer the Galaxy S5 in the weeks to come. This is important because the Galaxy Note series simply is not available outside of the five major carriers.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 should offer those who don’t wish to go to a larger carrier the option of heading somewhere else. Having that choice would just be another perk of waiting for Samsung’s big announcement on Monday.
So here’s the deal. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Note 2 are both solid phones. The Galaxy Note 3 is a better phone thanks to its hardware and software upgrades and the fact that it’s a year younger. That means longer software support.
The thing is, neither of these devices is going anywhere. They will be around in the days, weeks and months after the Samsung Galaxy S5 arrives. By waiting a week for the Samsung Galaxy S5, prospective Galaxy Note buyers will open up at least one more option and one that could potentially blur the features of the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note and perhaps come with a large display and a cheaper price tag.
If you can wait a week or so, wait a week or so before buying a device. Who knows, the Galaxy S5 might just become your next smartphone. Perhaps not. Even if it isn’t what you’re looking for, least you can say that you waited, examined all of the facts, and made an extremely well informed decision before settling on your next device.