The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was praised by tech-critics and the mobile phone community in general with some, at the time of it’s release, calling the Note 3 the “best mobile phone in the world”. One slight concern was that it was a Phablet, which is fine in regards to specs but a little bit on the more expensive side. Many were worried that the Note 3 being at the high-end of the market would mean that many would never get to experience the best of Samsung’s technology. Samsung obviously took note as they now introduce a more budget-friendly version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with the wonderful Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo, available through Mobile Phones Direct for a mere £250.99 upfront for the handset SIM-Free or available on a variety of pay monthly deals starting from as little as £10.50pm.


The Galaxy Note 3 Neo from Samsung sports a more compact 5.5 display, with 720 x 1280 pixels of resolution, resulting in 267ppi pixel density which delivers a comfortable and pleasing viewing experience when using this Smartphone. This pixel density may be slightly less than its big brother, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, however at this budget friendly cost it remains one of the best LCD displays in its price range.


Design wise, the Note 3 Neo resembles its bigger brother, the Note 3 however the dimensions are at more compact 5.84 x 3.05 x 0.34 inches and the handset weighs in at 162.5g. The Smartphone displays a Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen and of course comes along with the S Pen Stylus. It is a solid handset with an even sleeker design, keeping with the trend of Samsung’s attractive 2014 range. Yes it’s been touched upon in many reviews of Samsung handsets in general that they haven’t changed so much in the last few years in design, only really in weight and size. I however don’t feel this is a bad thing. The fact remains, Samsung have an instantly recognisable look to them and are arguably the second most recognisable mobile phone range behind iPhones. Samsung will no doubt change their signature design in the future; however as it stands this design and button layout has no benefits to regenerate just yet.


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    The Galaxy Note 3 Neo allows for more multitasking than ever before with its ‘multi window’ function, allowing you to divide the screen in half, between two apps. The quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex A7 & dual-core 1.7 GHz Cortex A15 enables this to work smoothly and efficiently without any lagging or freezing.

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    In regards to memory, the Note 3 Neo has a whopping 16GB of internal storage and a microSD slot for an additional 64GB of memory. This is taking us back to the realm of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.

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    An 8MP camera is found on the rear of the handset, including such features as Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection along with image stabilization, a  panoramic photography setting and of course, HDR. This 8 megapixel camera also includes HD Video recording that impressively records sound in high-quality stereo. The front camera is 2MP, so you don’t need to worry about loosing any quality when it comes to taking that Selfie!


These fantastic features, along with the before mentioned S Pen and quick app multitasking, makes the Galaxy Note 3 Neo a contender for the best mini ‘phablet’ ever made.

As mentioned, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo is available SIM-Free from Mobile Phones Direct for a mere £250.99 or we have a variety of pay monthly deals starting from as little as £10.50pm, click here to see all our Samsung pay-monthly deals.


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