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gn3Shortly before noon last Friday (Jan 24, 2014), a small packaged arrived.  It was a day late, but it really didn’t matter.  Inside was some new gadgets, and new gadget Friday makes up for any issues a late FedEx shipment could possible cause.

Under all the tape, cardboard and packing peanuts was tan box, with some simple writing… Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

Hastily I unboxed it, not thinking to document the event, and without even plugging it in, I powered it up, synced my Google account, and started making test calls.  Luckily I had a meeting to run to, so I couldn’t waste the afternoon playing with the new device.  It would have to wait until Friday evening.  I’ve had the entire weekend to play with the new phone, and thought I would share some of the things I’ve noticed in just a few hours.

Now I’m not going to bore you with a bunch of specs or review all the features.  There has already been plenty of these sort of posts.  But today I’ll give you my impressions of the first weekend with the Galaxy Note 3 compared to my S3, which I have been using for over a year.

First of all, you probably already know that this device is HUGE.  It was obviously larger, and slightly harder to get used to in the hand.  However, it was as light or lighter than the S3, and the simulated leather back of the Note 3 was much easier to handle than the horribly slippery case of the S3.  Having rather small hands, it was slightly difficult to dial or type one handed (I know, there’s a way to fix that), but I’m a landscape typer anyways, so it worked much better in that orientation.  I’m a front-pocket phone carrier, but the phone was easy to carry and retrieve, even with the extra length and width.

One feature that jumped out at me was the speed of the device.  All transitions between screens or menus were flawless and smooth.  Apps took moments to load, and the actual function of the apps were snappy.  Some of the lag on S3 might have been from years of use and poor memory management on my part, but there seemed to be a noticeable performance upgrade.

The screen is awesome!  Videos, photos, and text are all sharp, and the increased screen size made sharing with people nearby easy without handing off the phone.

samsunggn3Oh yeah, and this is a phone.  The call quality if very good and the signal seemed more consistent in my bunker-office.

I have yet to use the S-Pen except for messing around a bit, so I hope to explore this and other features in the coming days as I grow into the phone.

Overall, I’m extremely impressed by the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 despite the size.  I’ve used it primarily for leisure this weekend, and I’m looking forward to seeing how it works in my professional life as well.

Do you have the Galaxy Note 3, or have some other comments on the device?  Leave them in the comments below or send them to me @BeBizzy on Twitter!

Disclosure: As member of a pretty cool team of influencers, I received the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with line of service from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise a positive review. All opinions are my own.

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