Whew! Let me put this out there real quick – If you don’t like big phones:
If you do:
… Cos the Note 3 is big! And some of its features got me:
While others got me:
But before we delve into this, how about a brief look at its specs?
THE INFINIX NOTE 3 REVIEW
BOOT TIME: A SLIGHTLY BAD START FOR THE NOTE 3
The Note 3 took about 43 seconds to power on (Under normal circumstance) and 5 seconds to power off.
The results positioned the Note 3 way below the Note 2 in the Boot test board.
DISPLAY: COLOR ME IMPRESSED!
The display on the Note 3 is a significant bump from the Note 2. Recall that the Infinix Note 3 sports a huge 6-inch full HD display panel with 1080p resolution — good for a screen density of 480 dpi
It’s vivid with excellent viewing angles, and the colors and contrast are perfect. For a budget device, the display on the Note 3 stands out as one of the highlights.
The Note 3 comes with the latest version of Infinix’s XOS and nothing has changed from what you get on the Hot S:
Apart from the X-apps (X-Power to help manage your battery level, XShare (Xender-like) X manager (System maintenance app), and X hide), the other bloatware found on the Infinix Note 3 can be uninstalled. They include Slot Mobile, Palm play, Palmchat, Jumia, and Carlcare.
THE AUDIO QUALITY? MEH
Hey, I am not saying it is not good, I am just saying I have heard better! I put the sound to the test, and the results saw the Note 3 having a slight edge over the Note 2.
Why the meh, then?
The Note 3’s speakers aren’t so loud, and you might find yourself using the earphones more often than not.
FINGERPRINT EXPERIENCE? SPECTACULAR
If you’ve been reading my reviews, you should know how much I love Infinix’s fingerprint sensors.
In addition to its spectacular performance, the Note 3 also sports some features on the Hot S. These include: Taking a photo, Accepting calls and browsing through pictures with your fingerprints.
HI, NOTIFICATION SENSOR:
Long time no see.
Praise the Lord, somebody! The Note 3 comes with a Notification sensor!! (This is something that deserves a Sunday testimony). Anyway, you can further tweak this by going to Display and LED reminder lights; this will allow you to set which function(s) should get a notification reminder.
BATTERY IS ON STERIODS
With its beefy 4,500mAh battery, the Infinix Note 3 is more than capable of making it through an entire day of moderate usage. The battery test – which had me watch a 1-hour 34-minute movie with screen brightness at maximum and volume turned up
– Depleted the Infinix Note 3’s battery by around 16%.
Another test saw me playing games for about 46 minutes with WIFI, brightness to the maximum, Bluetooth and flashlight all switched on.
The test depleted the battery by 16% (In 46 minutes).
WHAT STORAGE DO YOU HAVE LEFT?
On the storage front, what you see isn’t always what you get. For the Note 3, you have less than 10GB Internal storage.
Bear in mind that there is still the possibility to expand the storage.
There are 2GB and 3GB RAM variants of the Note 3, but for this test, I used the 2GB RAM variant which meant a lag-free multitasking experience provided you don’t overwork it with a load of apps at the same time.
The 2GB RAM variant of the Note 3 doesn’t come with the 4G LTE experience.
However, it had a slightly impressive performance in the network/WiFi speed test:
Note 2 vs. Note 3 in the Network speed test
WiFi Analyzer test
NOTE 3’s CAMERA REVIEW: AIRFORCE BASE/OSHODI AS CAPTURED FROM ITS LENS
The camera on the Note 3 is pretty impressive and the pictures can tell:
UPDATE: FRONT CAMERA TEST:
Alright, I actually put up the front camera test, but Ijust realized that it wasn’t updated, my apologies.
So, the Note’s 3 front camera actually does an amazing job for its price. However, I must point out that the front flash on the Note 3 isn’t exactly soft. Here are some camera samples from the Note 3’s front camera:
HOW HOT IS THE NOTE 3?
According to Infinix Mobile, “This is the first time they used Aerospace Cooling Technology (ACT) to prevent overheating. Now, ACT ensures that when the device overheats, the fluid evaporates and the extra heat is circulated as Water Vapor, allowing your phone to work optimally.”
I don’t care for all that plenty grammar either.
What I do care for is how the Note 3 felt in my hand after playing heavy games for about 46 minutes.
The results? See for yourself.
AFTER PLAYING GAMES FOR ABOUT 46 MINUTES WITH WIFI, BLUETOOTH, FLASHLIGHT, AND BRIGHTNESS SWITCHED ON
The ACT feature might lead one to conclude that the smartphone will remain relatively cool: However, I measured an absolute maximum temperature of 37.1 °C on the backside. That level of warmth is palpable, but in no way uncomfortable.
One thing I noticed, though, is that the phone cools down as fast as possible.
HOW FAST DOES IT CHARGE?
Fast enough. Infinix claims that 5 minutes of charging would get you 200 minutes of talk time, but how many percentage is 200 minutes of talk time?
As seen above, a 5-minute charge will add 3% to your battery life. Not sure if 3% translates to 200 minutes. ?
Meanwhile, I was able to charge the Infinix Note 3 from 1% to 93% under 1 hour 31 minutes, not bad at all!
You must bear in mind that the Note 3 won’t give you the fast-charging experience if you don’t use the USB cable (or Infinix’s cable) that comes with the device.
FLAWS AND OTHER TIDBIT
I noticed that the Note 3 ‘s flash charge can change to regular charge sometimes. To rectify this, just restart the device.
Meanwhile, the Note 3 is VR ready — you have the Gravity, accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, acceleration, and vector sensors
On a final note, did I mention how awesome the USB OTG speed on the Note 3 is?
On a scale of 1 – 10, how impressed am I with the Note 3?
In a sea of smartphones, the massive screen is the obvious feature that sets the Note 3 apart from the pack. However, it does feel like a mixed bag, but one that still has enough goodies to make it an enjoyable phone.