Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs. Galaxy Note 3: Does New Model Live Up to the Hype?

The Galaxy Note 3 vs. Galaxy Note 2 battle is an interesting one as Samsung has the task this year for generating interest for a product that doesn't seem that different.

Samsung fans were disappointed when the Galaxy S4 debuted with not enough new features to persuade them to ditch their Galaxy S3. The phone still has been quite successful; however, it has not had the same impact as its predecessor.

With the recent unveiling of the next-gen phablet, Galaxy fans can now see if the new version is different enough to make them ditch their old models.

The Galaxy Note 3 features a 5.7-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, a Snapdragon 800 chip, a 13-megapixel camera, LTE connectivity, microSD support, 16/32/64GB of storage, Android 4.3, JellyBean and a 3200mAh battery and 3GB of RAM.

The former model featured top-of-the-line specs for its time including a 5.5-inch display with 720p resolution, 2GB RAM, LTE connectivity, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a microSD slot, a quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A9 processor, Android 4.1.1, JellyBean and a 3100 mAh battery.

In terms of hardware, the Galaxy Note 3 is clearly next-gen, but the Galaxy Note 2 is not exactly outdated technology. Samsung did make good on a promise to redesign the phablet's exterior as it features a different type of plastic backing with stitching around it to give it a leather-like appearance. The newer version definitely features a classier look.

The new model also comes with some new functionality for the S-Pen that makes its main features and most commonly used apps much more accessible. They can be accessed by a new small menu that appears when a user presses the button on the accessory.

Other new features on the Galaxy Note 3 include the same hand gesture capabilities along with Smart Stay and Smart Pause that were first made available for the Galaxy S4 earlier this year.

The Galaxy Note 3 definitely shows Samsung stepping it up in terms of hardware and specs, however; a low-price or free Galaxy Note 2 still might be more enticing as the changes made between models are not that extreme.