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Since Samsung's Note family is in a league of its own when it comes to the phablet realm, thanks to the embedded S Pen stylus, we can't really compare with open heart the newly announced Note 3 with the likes of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, for example, as they evidently fall into different user categories.

We can, however, compare to the previous edition, the Note II, and see what's changed in terms of size, specs and S Pen functionality. We are also throwing in the original Note - not for kicks and giggles, but to follow the evolution of the Note phablet family since its introduction.

First off, Samsung has done great with keeping the size of the Note 3 in check despite the larger 5.7" display - it is as tall and wide as the Note II, and even thinner, while keeping its weight the lightest of the trio. The leather-like material with stitching on the back is sure to raise eyebrows in some, and get a positive reaction in others as a bold move escaping the plastic/glass/metal routine of today's smartphones. With the Note 3 Samsung shows it is listening to the complaints about its repetitive chassis material choices, and maybe that's a precursor to something new in store with the Galaxy S5 as well.

Needless to say, the third generation of the Note phablet family is a clear winner in all other aspects against the other two - 386ppi AMOLED display, blazing fast processor with multiband LTE support, record 3 GB of RAM, double the storage of its predecessors, IR blaster, larger battery, 13 MP camera with high-powered LED flash and 4K video recording, new S Pen and stylus functions - those bells and whistles seem to ensure its futureproof status for the foreseeable future. What do you think, is it a worthy upgrade?

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