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#2346 of 2355 Note 3 first impressions
Nov 11, 2013 (1:13 pm)
This thing is a BEAST.
I got a case that stands it up and put some velcro on the back, so it stands up on my dash. That way the GPS is near my line of sight but I can still reach it.
The phone is amazing. You can open a split screen view, say your photo gallery on top and text messaging on the bottom, and drag and drop photos in to an MMS.
Or you can watch a YouTube video and reply to the e-mail your buddy sent you with the link - while you're still watching the video.
Or open a 3rd window and open the stopwatch app or a calculator.
Hand write a phone number, then have it dial it.
It's not a smart phone, it's a computer in your pocket.
Dislikes? It does feel big in your pocket, so anyone coming from a smaller phone may be a bit shocked. It's a bit heavy, too. It's pricey unlocked.
Likes? 4k video it too good for any TV in your house. 3 GB of ram so you can actually run 3 apps at a time. Base model has 32gb of storage, too, so no 16gb model.
When it comes to GPS, Waze works well and looks great on the huge screen, but all the integrated stuff launches Google Maps Beta navigation, which is OK but doesn't offer as much info as Waze. I tried a voice launcher for Waze but didn't like it, so I removed it.
So I basically use Waze day to day, for my commute, but Google Maps when I'm entering new destinations. You can just 2-click and say "Navigate to ..." and that's it, next thing you know you're getting voice commands.
Sell your Garmin stock.
#2347 of 2355 Re: Note 3 first impressions [ateixeira]
Nov 11, 2013 (1:27 pm)
Samsung is the company to beat. I played with the Note 3 at AT&T for a bit and was impressed. I am really tempted to jump on the Smartphone bandwagon with that one. I think I can get the Sr plan and data and forget the texting. I don't do that. Even with the stylus typing is too slow for me. I may change my mind but not likely I would use up $20 worth of texts a month at 20 cents a piece. I talked to someone in Indiana that likes Waze. I loaded it on my Note 8.0 and did not like all the adware. With Google owning Waze the inevitable has happened.
Today, Google is rolling out traffic incident data, provided by Waze, to 46 countries, Canada included. Tapping on the Traffic overlay on iOS and Android brings up the familiar green, yellow and red lines (in Toronto, more red than anything else), along with icons denoting user-submitted traffic snarls.
#2348 of 2355 Re: Note 3 first impressions [gagrice]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Nov 11, 2013 (1:51 pm)
I'm not sure about Waze. I tried to read all that info while underway and it's too hard to see it all, if the phone is dash-mounted. I suppose it might be useful for the time before you leave but there are other ways to do that on a computer.
#2349 of 2355 Re: Note 3 first impressions [MrShift@Edmunds]
Nov 12, 2013 (12:45 pm)
The Waze ads go away if you're moving.
Nexus 5 is a good budget buy at $349. It's not perfect (camera and speakers leave a little to be desired) but at half the price of other flagships who cares?
Nov 12, 2013 (7:20 pm)
I've been using my Note 2 as nav for a few days, and am using basic google maps for it. It works pretty well, only had one incident where it took me to a random wrong location 10 mins from where I wanted to go. And sometimes it gets a little cryptic at large highway interchanges, and really guzzles battery. But, not bad for free.
#2352 of 2355 Re: . [fintail]
Nov 12, 2013 (8:59 pm)
If you don't have GasBuddy APP be sure and download it. Finds the best price on gas and diesel for you. In San Diego the price can vary 50 cents or more from one station to the next. Usually Chevron is cheapest. This week it is Union 76. May give it a try. So far have only used Chevron and Shell. I think Google maps has the edge on all the OEM NAVs. I am getting used to the one in the VW T-Reg. Still not as good as Google.
#2353 of 2355 Re: . [gagrice]
Nov 13, 2013 (7:10 pm)
Oh yeah, I've used gasbuddy since it was just a website. Funny as at home, I usually patronize the same station. But on the road, it is handy.
Google maps nav messed up 3 times today, 2 times making me turn around after highway interchange mixups. Also a couple times my connection failed to keep up.
Nov 13, 2013 (7:13 pm)
You have to be careful with Google maps. It'll often take you the long way 'round, and sometimes it doesn't quite understand where an address REALLY is.
#2355 of 2355 Re: . [MrShift@Edmunds]
Nov 13, 2013 (7:16 pm)
I've noticed I usually get options of 3 different routes - sometimes one of them is pretty wacky and inefficient. Not sure why it does that.
At least today it didn't take me to a random wrong spot - just in the wrong direction before it turned me around.