Reminder: The Galaxy Note 3 for Verizon and the WiFi Galaxy Note 10.1 go on sale today

BY Stefan Constantinescu

Published 10 Oct 2013

If you’re on America’s largest wireless operator and have been waiting for Big Red to launch the Galaxy Note 3, I’m happy to report that today’s the day. For $299 and a two year contract, you can walk out of a Verizon store with what’s arguably the best Samsung phone ever made. It’s got a 5.7 inch 1080p AMOLED display, Snapdragon 800, and 3 GB of RAM. If it’s too big for you, then I can’t recommend the Moto X enough. I’ve only spent a few minutes playing with it, but I’ve instantly become smitten with the small 4.7 inch monster, and it barely feels larger than an iPhone 5.

Circling back to Samsung, another Note device is also launching today, one that only works on WiFi. It’s the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition. According to the various review I’ve read (and summarized in this article), it’s a device that you should only buy if you need a stylus. Period. Its $550 price tag is seen as being far too high, especially considering that the new iPads are scheduled to be unveiled in less than two weeks on October 22nd.

Truth be told, the real device I think you should be buying is the Nexus 5. From all accounts, it looks to be the best Android phone of 2013. It’s faster than the HTC One, it runs stock Android, and the rumored $399 price point for the 32 GB variant sounds incredible.

We should find out more about it by the end of October. Hopefully.