Galaxy Note 2 > 3
I am furious that samsung took away page buddy and esp. did not leave any alternative or better feature on it.
I hardly think note 3 is better phone; only the dimension & maybe the Full HD screen will the selling point FOR me.
Samsung tried widgets on s4 and failed, I don't know what magazine's all about.
Here's why and how note 2 is better(this is all customed to my usability and the level of descent use Note features) :
1. S-Pen button and doube-tap on screen launching quick s-memo. yes, it's not good as action note BUT i think the most would use really note more than jogging down e-mails & phone numbers, if anything they should have included such feature or option on quick s-memo function. The biggest upside is quick s-note is treated just like any other s-memo.
2. Pulling S-Pen reacts as your 4th-hardware key/switch. Meaning, you can arrange app icons & widget or if any, you want to hide away can be launch pull(without detaching S-pen) and tap an app can be your quick launch. I have direct call, small s-memo widget, google translater, and starbucks, alarm(3rd party - "Timely"-because you don't need look/search for regular Time app, if you pull notification bar down and tap clock on left top corner re-direct you to clock). Try using optimizing page buddy as Quick dial or Favorite Contact.
1. Music widget
2. Movie & Youtube widget & etc.
recommended shortcuts always changes why not have your own secret happy(?) place to go when you plug your earphone or detach your s-pen.
*Apple DO NOT take away feature that doesn't work right away(only based on my guesstimation). Nor put any prematurely developed or tested app. I just think Page Buddy feature has a great potential.