If you bought the new Samsung Galaxy Note 3 or if you’re just interested in its functionality and you need a quick, accessible and comprehensive guide, look no further! Samsung’s flagship phone has a lot to offer and we will point out the most important things you need to know about this phone alongside tips and tricks. That being said, let’s get down to presenting this wonderful device.

So What Can the Galaxy Note III do?

For starters, Samsung has added their own custom user interface. TouchWiz does bring a lot of cool features although sometimes it doesn’t seem like the touch interface it should be. With its 5.7 inch 1080p screen, this phone looks quite difficult to maneuver.

One-Handed Mode

If you slide your finger to the right and then left you shrink the screen to dimensions where you can easily use one hand. Obviously you can do this whether you are using your right or your left hand. New dimensions are too small for you? No worries, you can resize your new screen-within-a-screen and move it around as well (if you decide, for example, to switch your phone between hands this would come in useful). In fact it is more like a phone-within-a-screen as you get the buttons that are not normally there, on the screen. So the back button and all the others are on your screen now. You can enable this by going to settings, then to controls and then to One-handed Operations. “Use for all screens” should be checked there.

QUICK NOTE: Free firmware downloads are made possible thanks in part to OVH Hosting & Dedicated Servers – Updato's #1 choice for hosting and storage solutions! Show your support and check 'em out.

Ports, Screen Locks and Handwriting Recognition

TSamsung Galaxy Note 3 handwritinghe Samsung Galaxy Note 3 comes with a micro USB 3.0 which is MHL enabled, meaning that you can place the image from your phone on a big screen. The micro USB 3.0 means that file transfer and even recharging will be done at better speeds if the device is connected to anther USB 3.0. When it comes to screen locks, you get different types ( Swipe, signature, pattern, PIN, password), with various degrees of security. You get some nice effects when unlocking, like riptide, and you have 5 shortcuts which you can change.

The handwriting recognition is incredible with the Galaxy Note 3. In the messages app when the keyboard appears there should be an icon on the top left. If you press it, automatic recognition should start. So you can have a pretty sloppy writing and chances are the phone will still recognize your writing. And it will be spot on! And we need not mention that if you want to delete a word you just cross it with a line.

Air Command: How-To Guide

When you pull out the S Pen or when you push the button on it the Air Command will be triggered. There a number of very interesting actions here. The Action Memo deciphers  your handwriting and you can write important things such as phone numbers and add them to contacts or call them.

Scrapbooker will allow you to save anything on your screen. In fact it will not only save an image but a hyperlink as well. Screen write will grab a photo of your screen and you will be able to write anything on it. Still struggling to find much usefulness in adding handwritten notes on a snapshot of your screen. S Finder will search your phone, emails and others for whatever it is you wish to find. With Pen Window you select a size on your phone. On that specific size a window pops up with certain apps which you can launch.

Scrolling Through Your Contacts

If you press the button on the S Pen over the “Attach” button it will give you a list of options as it will happen in certain other instances. When scrolling through your contacts you can scroll through the letters. When scrolling through the letters, if you move your finger left it will start scrolling through the second letters ( for example if you were at the letter L, it will go from names starting with “La” to names starting with “Lz”). If you press and hold the home button a list of your recently used apps will appear.

Multi-Window and Notification Toggles

Galaxy Note 3 togglesIf you want to see notification toggles you have to swipe with one finger from the top of the screen down. If you want to see all of the toggles you have to swipe with two fingers the same way. You have the option of enabling multi-window. If you do so it will appear on one side of your screen and you can movie it from left to right or otherwise. From multi-window you can run apps with the possibility of running two at the same time. You can even run two instances of your app if it is a Samsung one and create predefined settings with certain apps. S Voice is launched by default through double taping the “Home” button. There are different layouts for the keyboard: normal, floating and one-handed.

Motion Controls

Now let’s address motion controls. You access it through settings, then controls and, finally, motions. Direct Call let’s you call a contact by just looking at the contact on the screen and putting the phone next to your ear. The dialing will be done automatically. Smart alert will tell you if you have missed any calls or messages since the last time you picked up your device. This is done by vibrating when you pick it up. Tilt zoom requires the use of two fingers and you will be able to zoom in and out. Pan is used to browse an image. Cool features, these last two, but not much usefulness nonetheless. Turn over will allow you to mute incoming calls or pause music.

Smart Screen

Let’s talk a little about Smart Screen as well. Four features are available to you here: smart stay, smart rotation, smart pause and smart scroll. Each one of them has an interesting function. Smart stay keeps the screen on as long as you are looking at it. Smart rotation tracks the orientation of your face. Smart pause will pause videos when you are looking away. Smart scroll offers two options: tilt head or tilt device.

Creating Your Own Vibration Patterns

One very interesting feature is the ability to create vibration patterns. Not only can you do this but you can assign different vibration patterns to different users. You have the option of creating different reading modes. In settings – device you can change fonts, accessibility features, colors, magnification gestures. You also have blocking mode which gives certain options. You can block all calls between certain hours or you can allow to be called by certain contacts at any hour in order to not miss any important news. If you swipe from below it will take you to the news. You can switch there between news, personal and social by touching the top left button on the screen. The power saving mode is not missing as well.

Overall View

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is an excellent device with numerous capabilities. It would take even an experienced user some time to get well acquainted with the phone. But once you get to know, we have the feeling it opens up a lot of opportunities. And with this we have concluded our guide for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. We hope this is enough to get you acquainted with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 for now. Feel free to tell us what you think of this Samsung device.

View Comments


unlock your phone

Easily and safely unlock your phone for any network provider in just minutes.

Get Started

LATEST FROM YOUTUBE:

What's my model number?

There are several ways to locate your model number:

Option 1
On your device, go to Settings, then "About device" and scroll down to "Model number"
Option 2
Often times you can view the model number inside the device, by removing the battery
Option 3
Using Samsung's model/serial number location tool

Looks like you're using an ad blocker.

We get it: ads aren't what you're here for...

But ad revenue is our only way to manage this site. Without ad revenue we won't be able to continue to provide quality content and free firmware downloads.

Please disable your ad blocker or whitelist Updato.com in order to continue into Updato's ad-light experience.

Thanks for your support!