Conclusion: For those who want the best specs and features in a big-screen smartphone (and are willing to pay for them) Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 and Sony’s Xperia Z Ultra outclass the Galaxy Mega with 1080p screens and fancy features (like the S Pen). But the Samsung Galaxy Mega excels as a mid-range phone for those who value screen size and battery life over pocketability and the ability to make phone calls sans-headset without looking foolish.
Pros: Massive screen looks good and is great for everything, Great battery life, Expandable storage via MicroSD card
Cons: Large size makes phone calls without a headset look and feel ridiculous, Camera is good but not great, Won’t fit comfortably in most pockets, Loaded up with too many pre-installed apps
Conclusion: The Samsung Galaxy Mega is both absurd and awesome. It has the largest screen of any smartphone in the U.S., and is a top Android-based pick on AT&T if you don't need the absolute latest cutting-edge components.
Pros: Mega-size screen. Not-so-mega-size price. Slim design. Tons of software features. Stellar battery life.
Cons: Display isn't full HD. Not the fastest gaming performance. Stereo speakers would have been better, given its size.
Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review: Titantic phone, petite tablet (AT&T)
3 September 2013
Excerpt: Darting through the hordes of tourists and commuters who crowd the New York City streets each day, I get my first clue. With a 6.3-inch display, is the Galaxy Mega 6.3 too much phone or not enough tablet? Here's a Galaxy Mega 6.3 review to help decide.
Excerpt: Is it a phone, a tablet or a phablet? You decide. The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 is here on AT&T, and despite the jumbo size, the price is small at $149 on contract and $479 without contract. Clearly that means you don't get top of the line specs, but the Mega 6.3 belies its mid-range specs with good performance and quality.
Pros: Absolutely huge display, relatively low price. Decent performance and plenty of features.
Cons: Specs are middle of the road, resolution isn't that high, storage is small.
Conclusion: The Samsung Galaxy Note 6.3 is not a tablet disguised as a smartphone, no matter how much it would appear to be one. Instead you've got a massive handset made for those users that have out-of-the-ordinary needs. Perhaps you're professional basketball player that's twice the size of the average human. Maybe you're in need of a large display to play movies on your frequent airplane trips and the Galaxy Note II just isn't cutting it.
Summary: Samsung's Galaxy Mega lives up to its name. For some, this 6.3-inch will reek of tech frivolity, but those looking to combine the size of a tablet with the functionality of a phone will appreciate what this phablet has to offer. As a multimedia device, the Mega is great for watching video and playing games (as long as they're not too demanding). The 8-MP camera is also quite good for the price, and the Mega delivers loud audio.
Pros: Ginormous display with rich vibrant color, Good battery life, Loud audio, Fast 4G LTE speeds, Doubles as TV remote
Cons: Difficult to use with one hand, Lacks features and gestures found on GS4, Some lag at times
Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 review: one giant smartphone for mankind
2 July 2013
Summary: The Galaxy Mega is a very solid mid-range device, but the phone's make-or-break trait is -- you guessed it -- the size. If you prefer (or require) the ability to use your smartphone one-handed most of the time, you're not going to have a satisfactory experience. We would love to see the option of using an S Pen as a sort of compromise to persuade fence-sitters, but sadly its absence will act as more of a detriment to the phone's chances of success.