If it's an option, HTC One or Nexus 5. I have an S3 and Samsung don't make devices which feel nice, IMO.
If it's just between those two phones check them out in person and fiddle around with each for 5 minutes or so. Try putting the Note in your pocket to see whether or not it's too big, things like that. I've ended up falling out of love with my S3 because the damned thing is shaped like a bar of soap and keeps falling out of my hands onto my face when I watch YouTube on it in bed. Those are the kind of things which only first hand experience with the device can get you, and the store clerk will accommodate a couple of demos for a $800-$1000 contract sale.
I've used both the S4 and the Note 3 and I prefer the S4. They are both literally almost the same, except the Note 3 is bigger and has a stylus pen. The stylus pen, contrary to what you may think, you will not end up using. I used it when I first got it for a bit and then stopped using it after a few weeks - then lost it. Both are filled with Samsung's bloatware if that bothers you, if not it doesn't matter. It's important to note that the S4, has a HUGE chunk of it's internal storage occupied by random Samsung crap - I don't know if they've fixed that or not but I remember reading the 16GB version only had about 8GBs available.
The Note 3 has better performance in all aspects than the S4, but the experience will be rather similar in reality. However, I would suggest you look at other options like the Nexus 5. It'll cost you a lot less and the experience will be better because you'll get updates as Google release them.
dont get a note man, i got one thinking it would be awesome but its way too big, im stuck with it for another 6 months and the end of my contact cant come soon enough. The note is good if you dont have/dont plan on getting a tablet but other than that the S4 is a better size with a nicer screen.
I have sold phones for over 11 years. I guess you could call me an expert. The Note 3 for me is too big. Unless the stylus control is something that you want to have I would go with the Galaxy 4. Im using one now and its one of the best phones I have used. I like the size, easy to use in one hand and still big enough to enjoy videos and games. Great signal reception, much better than the Galaxy 3. Great Battery life, its got a huge battery.
The Note 3 is an awesome phone. The voice quality is outstanding, the battery life is unbelievable, and it zippy. As far as size goes, unless you wear skinny jeans, there is no way this phone won't fit in your pocket comfortably. It is also very light for it's size, and you don't need big hands to operate (However as tread311 put it, it is a bit weird handling it with only one hand even with the one hand mode activated). It does look a big and akward when held up to the ear, however, if you can overlook that one fact, there is no phone out on the Android platform that can beat this phone in terms of specs and battery life. In terms of the HTC One and S4, I just can't recommend spending over $500 on 6 month old tech. Sorry, you may not notice the spec difference now, but in a year you definitely will.
In terms of the HTC One and S4, I just can't recommend spending over $500 on 6 month old tech. Sorry, you may not notice the spec difference now, but in a year you definitely will.
This was a big part of my recent decision to pick up an LG G2 - it's a much newer phone with a really nice screen and an amazing battery. As an added bonus, I didn't have to deal with Samsung's Touchwiz garbage. That part is a matter of personal preference though, I suppose.
In any case, the G2 is certainly worth a look...
Neither because fuck touch wiz. N5 or go home.
As an owner of an HTC One (which probably has the best manufacturer custom UI, fuck Samsung's bullshit) I would endorse picking up a Nexus 5 mainly because of the newer hardware at a crazy cheap price. I love my HTC One but if I was getting a new phone I would want the latest internals, HTC One is capable of running Android with very little hiccups that tend to be common for nearly all Android phones but now with the Nexus 5 out there and at that price, it's kind of a hard to deal to pass up unless you're going to wait for the follow up to the HTC One.
Nexus 5 all the way man. that thing is great.
That being said, everybody who is agaisnt touchwiz (with good reason) It's looking like Kit Kat will be coming through the play store or something now and available way faster than usual for non nexus devices...
Still though, Nexus.
Fuck Touchwiz.... buy the Nexus 5
Fuck the thing that, you don't have to use! So many interface options to choose from and stock Touchwiz is fine it isn't great but it is totally useable and works.
I love my Note 2 the Note 3 seemed like it almost might be To big but I love mine enough to say it is cool to have what amounts to a fucking tablet with you at all times.
Neither. Please don't get a Galaxy phone. Don't be part of the problem.
Get an iPhone 5S, a Windows Phone Nokia Lumia 1020, a Nexus 5, an HTC One, an Xperia Z, anything, just, for the good of the industry, stop feeding the Galaxy illness.
Gonna have to elaborate.
@krullban: So, I'ma leave this strange GS5 preview I saw here, and word is that its coming out in January. CES is also in January. I call cahoots. So, I'd say that you should wait until January, or get like a Galaxy F, which I don't even know if its in the US yet.
I'm waiting around until January for a 5.2 inch Nokia WP8.1 on T-Mobile. But I believe that you should get whatever you want, rather than just what people tell you to believe.
Oh, and Tizen 3.0 is supposed to be revealed this week. So there's that.