Reviews and Problems with Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 / I9200 / i9205 / i527
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[Review] Samsung GALAXY Mega 6.3 (GT-I9205) – Part 1: Design and Build, Key Features, Camera
14 October 2013
Excerpt: You may think that the Samsung GALAXY Note II was pushing the envelope in terms of smartphone size, but Samsung obviously had other ideas up its talented sleeves. The ‘phablet’ segment was spearheaded by the leading Korean handset maker, and the highly successful GALAXY Note and GALAXY Note II continue to rule the roost. And now, Samsung is taking another step towards tablet-dom with its largest phablet yet, the Samsung GALAXY Mega (GT-I9205).
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
Excerpt: Samsung Galaxy Mega Smartphone Review Back when Samsung released the Galaxy Note many people thought it was just too big for a phone but that didn’t stop it becoming a very popular device. Certainly when we reviewed it the overall...
Excerpt: S amsung’s Mega 6.3 is neither phone or tablet. Many have come to call this type of a device a phablet. I think there is no question that a device of this size, measuring 6.3-inches diagonally from the display’s corner to corner , can easily exist as a tablet. So I believe the question that remains is, beyond the Mega 6.3′s all together performance, can it serve as a phone?
Pros: Excellent screen, solid battery life and a decent camera
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.
Summary: The Phablet , Tweener or Phoneblet , for want of a better word – and believe me, we do want a better word – is a device that functions as a smartphone but carries somewhat larger dimensions. As tablet sizes trend downwards with the Nexus 7 and iPad Mini and smartphone sizes trend upwards with the Galaxy Nexus , Nexus 4 and Galaxy S4 , the line between phone and tablet wears ever thinner.
Pros: Comfortable to use, despite the size, Like the S4, plastic body reduces weight and heft, Supports Australian LTE, Large 3,200 mAh battery
Cons: Performance not on par with 2013 flagships, 720p screen is disappointing coming after the S4, Too big to properly handle for photos / videos, No such thing as one-handed phone use
Summary: We suspected that Samsung was working on a 6.3″ smartphone, and frankly, we thought that it was the Galaxy Note 3 until recently. While it is just about certain that the Samsug Galaxy Note 3 will come in due time, the arrival of this Galaxy Mega is quite a surprise, and mostly a good one. The smartphone design looks great, and it has little to envy to the Galaxy S4, it is really like a close relative.
Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review: Titantic phone, petite tablet (AT&T)
3 September 2013
Conclusion: Do you want a smartphone or tablet? The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 is the closest anyone has gotten without making people choose - in the U.S., at least. There are plenty of phones with large screens that blur the lines, but most are just phones with above-average display sizes. The average continues to climb, and the Galaxy Mega 6.3 is the better option of devices trying to bridge that gap.
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.