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Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 review
20 September 2013
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.
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.
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
Excerpt: One morning, while ordering a cup of coffee at a neighbourhood joint, I found myself browsing MobileSyrup as my brew was prepared. Lost in the briefings of the day, I looked up to see a woman staring at me, a Galaxy S4 in her hand, a confused look on her face.
Pros: Each time I picked up the Mega, its sheer usability was surprising. This is a big device, no doubt, a true cross-pollination between a smartphone and a tablet, but it so thin, with such an even weight distribution, that I found myself drawn to it.
Cons: The Mega is a confusing piece of kit, owing mainly to the fact that it doesn’t need to exist. This isn’t to say it won’t find a home in a few pockets, but those pockets may be uncomfortably full. In an interview with Ken Price, Samsung Canada’s Head of Marketing for its Mobile division, I was told that the company does not expect the Mega to compete directly with the Note 3 and Galaxy S4 — “We’ll gladly sell you one of those instead,” he admits — but he wants consumer...
Excerpt: These would be people who use their handsets mostly for media, browsing and games, rather than actual talking, and want their display as big as possible this side of a tablet screen. Will the Galaxy Mega 6.3 succeed in addressing this alleged target market? Read on our review to find out... In-ear stereo headphones Wall charger MicroUSB cable Design The first impression about the phone is “darn, it's big”.
Pros: Very slim and compact handset for the screen size, Landscape interface mode
Excerpt: 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.
Conclusion: The Mega lives up to its name by being bigger even than the mighty Note, but it loses the great screen quality and stylus. It’s a good way to consume media, with an excellent battery life, but loses portability in the process.
Pros: Huge screen; Great battery life; Well-priced phablet
Cons: Small internal memory; Camera shake on photos; No built-in stylus
Excerpt: How big is too big? Many phones these days, including the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy S4, use a screen that is 4-inches or bigger. is that the right size or do we need even bigger? Samsung seems to believe that the latter option is true, so it has decided to release a behemoth of a device — the Galaxy Mega.
Pros: Vibrant screen, Great for watching videos, Huge battery
Cons: The back gets dirty quickly, Not enough internal storage, Screen could be higher res
Conclusion: The Samsung Galaxy Mega won’t fit into many of my pockets, and I can’t use it with one hand. I felt stupid every time I raised it to my ear to take a voice call – but still, I had a soft spot for it. It is almost, but not quite, a viable alternative to a 7in tablet . And if you hankered after the Sony Xperia Z Ultra after reading my review last week, this is a slightly smaller, but considerably less expensive alternative.
Pros: Good battery life, Responsive under the fingers, 4G LTE support, Some compelling software extras
Cons: Too big to use one-handed, A large handset to carry every day