Now that the iPhone 5S release date has come and passed, buyers are likely now focused on another big release that is upcoming in the days ahead. Earlier this month, Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 3, its big screen smartphone that will pair with the Galaxy S4 to take on the likes of the iPhone 5S, HTC One max and more. With its release in the U.S. imminent, we wanted to share some Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date tips with those looking at buying the 5.7-inch phablet.
On September 4th, just a day after Apple announced that it would be hosting an iPhone event on September 10th, Samsung introduced its Galaxy Note 2 successor to the world, a device called the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. The Galaxy Note 3 had been, up until that point, a device that had received quite a bit of attention thanks to a host of rumors.
Thankfully, it’s a device that is still receiving a lot of attention thanks to the features that Samsung put on board the device and thanks to the fact that the company won’t be waiting several months to push it out on shelves.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be coming with a 5.7-inch display with 1080p resolution, bigger and better than the screen found on the Galaxy Note 2. It also is coming with a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 13MP camera with 4K recording, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, new features for its bundled S Pen stylus, enhanced multitasking, several carrier options, 32GB of storage plus microSD card slot and a release date that is on the horizon.
It’s that last bit that has kept the Galaxy Note 3’s momentum going through the iPhone 5S launch date and now, its release. In years past, Samsung announced the Galaxy Note in August, only to release it much later in the United States. This time around, the Galaxy Note 3 is only a few weeks behind the iPhone.
Carriers in the United States are currently taking pre-orders for the Galaxy Note 3 and AT&T is set to kick things off with its October 1st release date. Other carriers including Sprint (rumored for October 2nd), T-Mobile (October 2nd), U.S. Cellular (October) and Verizon (shipping by October 10th) will follow.
With only a few days to go before the Galaxy Note 3 is released in the United States, it’s time to share some Galaxy Note 3 release date tips with those thinking about buying.
You Don’t Need to Pre-Order
First things first. Those who want the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 on its release date, across all carriers, do not have to pre-order the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. While the Galaxy Note 3 is a popular smartphone, it’s not as popular as the iPhone or the iPhone 5S in particular, and it’s not going to have the same type of supply issues that the iPhone 5S has.
One of the reasons why the iPhone pre-order is so important is because Apple always does a terrible job of keeping the supply chain up and running. Samsung does not have those issues. We saw the Galaxy S4 launch take place without any significant delays and we expect the same thing to happen with the Galaxy Not 3.
So don’t feel the need to pre-order ahead of the release date. Options can still be weighed and the device won’t see absurd shipping times like the iPhone 5S.
Don’t be the person that heads into the carrier store without all of the pertinent information associated with the account. Don’t be the person who hasn’t looked into past data usage and current data plans. Don’t be the person who hasn’t researched carrier options. Do be the person that is extremely prepared for the Galaxy Note 3 release date.
It will make things go a lot more smoothly when purchasing online or in a store and it will ensure that the Galaxy Note 3 taken home is the Galaxy Note 3 that sticks around for the duration of a contract.
Those that are dead set on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and want to get it as soon as humanly possible, are advised to pre-order the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 for one reason and one reason only. Carriers typically get devices not called iPhone out to pre-orders a day or two ahead of the advertised release date. In the case of the AT&T Galaxy Note 3 for example, we wouldn’t be surprised to see it arrive in September for some of those that ordered early.
Furthermore, there is nothing better than ordering a smartphone in the comfort of the home and seeing that device show up on a door step, hassle-free, a few days later. The only reason we suggest going down to a store is if a buyer needs to go hands-on with the Galaxy Note 3. Otherwise, order the thing online, it’s painless, safe and easy.
There Won’t Be Any Lines
Those that don’t want to order online and instead want to buy the Galaxy Note 3 in-store won’t have any problem doing so. Unlike the iPhone 5S release, there will be no lines for the Galaxy Note 3. The only way we could see a line forming is if Samsung pays a bunch of people to stand around looking excited outside of a store. We don’t see that happening.
Instead, look for stores to be a little busier than usual but nothing like the iPhone 5S launch wherein people lined up over night for the chance to buy a new iPhone on its release date.
Again, we suggest ordering the Galaxy Note 3 online but we understand there are those that need to get hands-on with the device before settling.
Pay No Attention to That Sales Pitch
Those that do go into the store on the Galaxy Note 3 release date are going to run into employees that are going to try and up sell on just about anything they possibly can. That means cases, screen protectors, docks, anything that these carriers are going to have in stores. Don’t get mad at them, it’s their job, but it’s best to just ignore their pitches.
The Galaxy Note 3 is a well-built smartphone that won’t require a case. It employs Gorilla Glass on the front which means that the screen isn’t going to crack or get scratched without a whole lot of effort. That said, our advice is to buy the phone and the phone only. There’s no sense buying a whole bunch of extra stuff if there is a possibility that it could be returned in a few days.
Instead, take the phone home, make sure it’s the right device for the next two years, and then hone in on some accessories for the Galaxy Note 3. It’ll be much easier to think without a salesperson talking.
Bring Extra Cash
That said, set aside some extra cash when buying the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Accessories may not be worth it, at least not at first, but a 64GB microSD card will definitely be worth taking a long look at.
One of the perks of the Galaxy Note 3 is its microSD card slot that allows users to expand their storage beyond the 32GB of internal storage space. While it does have its limitations, there is no denying that a microSD card is going to be necessary for a lot of people. And the best part is, microSD cards aren’t very expensive.
This will be a personal decision but again, we suggest allotting a little extra cash just in case.
Look for Deals
Finally, look for Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date deals. While it’s nice that carriers will be offering the Galaxy Note 3 for $299.99 on-contract, same as the Galaxy Note 2, there will more than likely be a handful of deals out there that will offer the Galaxy Note 3 for cheaper than that.
Specifically, we suggest keeping an eye on retailers like Walmart and online retailers like Dell, Amazon and Wirefly. Those three in particular typically have some deep discounts on release day and there aren’t many people who don’t like a great deal. So keep that in mind before plopping down three hundred bucks in October.