- Eric M. Zeman , Phone Scoop
This huge handset offers plenty of real estate, but may be too much phone for some people.
- Brad Molen , Engadget
We were only comfortable holding the Mega when two hands were involved.
Samsung was telling the truth about their new device when they named the Galaxy Mega 6.3. With a massive 6.3-inch display, it is one of the largest smartphones available. While the device might sound a little absurd to use as a handset, it performs well and is not as cumbersome as it might first appear. While it will not fit in every pocket, it is rather portable and lightweight for its size. Ian Morris of PocketLint said “We can't give it a bad mark just because it's big, though, because it also succeeds in being really rather good.”
The device is powered by the Snapdragon 400 chipset. The dual-core 1.7-GHz processor, combined with a display resolution of 720-by-1280 pixels, offers a smooth and snappy user experience. Engadget’s Brad Molen stated “Comparisons aside, the benchmarks give us a solid indication that you're not going to run into any workload-related problems on the Mega.”
From gaming and movie watching to jotting down a quick note or checking your email, the LCD display on the device offers crisp, vibrant visuals and plenty of on-screen real estate to make using your apps a snap. The 8MP camera is typical of Samsung’s offerings with crisp pictures, vibrant colors but weak low-light performance. Round the device off with a 3,200mAh battery and you have a device that is ready to perform most tasks with ease and make it through a full day regular use without searching for your charging adapter.
This is not to say the phone is perfect. There are a few minor issues to consider. The Note series of device improved productivity through the introduction of the S-Pen. While bigger than the Note 2, the Mega 6.3 does not support the S-Pen. There is also a matter of internal storage. The phone offers 8GB and 16GB models but Android and the pre-installed apps take up a hefty 4GB of space. If you plan to store many files locally, purchasing a microSD memory card is almost mandatory.
If you’re looking for a productivity powerhouse, the S-Pen and higher specs of the Note series might suit your needs better. However, if you are looking for a large device to browse the web, play a few games, watch movies or text, the device offers many of the large screen benefits at a lower price point.
Finally, you have the issue of the phone’s size. If you plan to use the Mega 6.3 as a phone frequently, Bluetooth or wired headsets are recommended. While the speaker is loud and crisp, the phone is awkward to hold up to your ear. In fact, the size of the phone makes most one-handed operations difficult.
By pushing so close to tablet territory, the device is basically a smaller tablet with phone features. Alex Dobie offered a great summary of the device when he said “We’ll say right off the bat that this kind of device isn’t going to enjoy the mass appeal of a traditional smartphone like the Galaxy S4. But after a week with the Galaxy Mega, we’ve come away convinced that there’s a place in the world for freakishly large smartphones like this.”
The Good: Massive screen, exceptional battery life, vibrant display, microSD support and 4G support.
The Bad: Difficult to operate with one hand, limited internal storage, lack of S-Pen support and plastic case materials.
Reviews (7.1/10 Avg. rating)
The Samsung Galaxy Mega is annoyingly disappointing
In the end, we are left feeling a little confused by the Samsung Galaxy Mega. Every time we pick it up, we really want to like it. Samsung proved with the original Galaxy Note, and the subsequent Galaxy Note 2, that big screens really do sell phones, and we can see exactly why.
But that Galaxy Note 2 comes with an AMOLED screen, and the same resolution as the Galaxy Mega but in a screen that is 0.8 inches smaller so seems that bit more impressive. The Note 2 even comes in cheaper, with a quad core and the S Pen.
The Samsung Galaxy Mega, then, is annoyingly disappointin... Full review
Not for everyone
A big-screen smartphone for the masses
It sits perfectly for those who don’t want to carry separate devices
The camera, display, and battery life were surprisingly solid despite the Mega 6.3′s laggy performance
It excels as a hybrid phone/tablet
Surprisingly, the Mega is still pocketable, comfortable, and at the end of the day a delight to use
The screen makes up for it in size, and the battery life is impressive too
As good as the Mega is, it's not going to be for everyone. We can't give it a bad mark just because it's big, though, because it also succeeds in being really rather good. But it is kept short of a higher score by limited internal memory, a problem that isn't getting any less troublesome as time goes on. We also wonder if people considering this phone might be better off with the Note 2, which has more features and can be bought for not a huge amount more cash these days. It is, of course, worth noting that the Note 2 will shortly be replaced though, which should send prices spiralling down... Full review
Titantic phone, petite tablet
I'm not sure I should like it... but I kind of do
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