Galaxy Mega

Is there space in the market, or your pocket, for a 6.3-inch smartphone​?

Think of a screen size between 3 inches and 10 inches, and chances are Samsung has a matching mobile device. The Korean manufacturer has come to dominate the Android space with a diverse portfolio of phones, tablets and everything in between.

And “in between” is where we find the Samsung Galaxy Mega — the 6.3-inch version, in this case, not to be confused with the slightly smaller 5.8-inch variant. With such a large display, it’s not quite a phone or a tablet, but one of a class of hybrid devices that also includes handsets like the Galaxy Note and LG Optimus G Pro.

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. Join us after break to find out why, in our full review of the Samsung Galaxy Mega.


The Good

Large, bright display, speedy software with many of the GS4’s features. Decent camera and solid battery life. 4G LTE connectivity.

The Bad

Too large to be the average user’s main device. Display quality could be better. Criminally small internal storage.

Conclusion

The appeal of the Galaxy Mega isn't as a phone, per se, though it certainly fills that role. But it's also a highly capable, highly portable mid-to-high-end LTE-capable Android tablet — and that's its main strength.


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Hardware, build quality and usability

We’ve almost run out of original ways to describe Samsung’s current design language. Suffice it to say if you’ve handled a Samsung phone or tablet from the past 18 months, you’ll know what to expect from the Galaxy Mega. There’s an all-glass front, a big clicky home button, a shiny plastic trim and a flexible plastic battery door. Placed next to the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 Mini, the similarities are even more obvious -- the Mega has same subtle diamond pattern on the front and back, the same flattened edges for improved ergonomics, and the same slick, slightly tacky feel.

All the usual trade-offs associated with this design language apply to the Galaxy Mega, too. You get a device that’s reasonably light for its size, and that fits comfortably in the hand despite its hefty dimensions. It also feels sturdy, not creaky, probably a little more so than the Galaxy S4. On the other hand, there’s no escaping the fact that you’re using a very plasticky piece of technology — and the slickness of the finish doesn’t make this large handset any easier to grip.

Galaxy Mega

“A companion for a traditional smartphone, not a replacement for one.”

As is the case with most oversized phones, the Galaxy Mega’s enormous footprint is simultaneously its main selling point and its greatest weakness. For the vast majority of people — even those who quite happily palm a Galaxy Note or Optimus G Pro — the proverbial line is going to be drawn somewhere before the Mega’s 6.3-inch diagonal measurement. Try to use it one-handed and you’ll find only a very small area of screen within thumb range. But here’s the thing — the Galaxy Mega isn’t trying to be a one-handed device, and I don’t think it’s even intended to serve as a traditional smartphone. Instead it makes more sense as a mid-level tablet that (just about) fits in your pocket. It’s a gadget to be held in one hand and used with the other; a companion for a traditional smartphone, not a replacement for one. In a word, it’s a niche device.

So here's the all-important Galaxy Mega pocket test. Despite the fact that it's a honkin' great smartphone, the Mega could easily be contained by most of our jeans pockets. Sometimes we noticed the device would protrude slightly from the top of the pocket, which is worth bearing in mind if you wear skinny jeans.

“The screen is merely adequate, as opposed to impressive.”

The Galaxy Mega’s main attraction is its humongous 6.3-inch screen, which is a 1280x720 TFT LCD panel. It’s not a bad looking display by any means — small text is easy enough to make out, and photos and movies look good — but neither the resolution nor the color quality are going to blow you away. The screen is merely adequate, as opposed to impressive. In particular, we noticed colors on the Galaxy Mega weren’t as vivid as competing SuperAMOLED, IPS and SuperLCD offerings, and on default settings images appeared to have a cooler tint to them. Samsung's TouchWiz software has a number of software options for tweaking the display and making colors pop a little more, but on the Mega these just seemed to blow out brighter areas.

Galaxy MegaGalaxy Mega, Galaxy S4

So that’s the outside of the Galaxy Mega, and there’s plenty of it. Internally, however, things get a little more familiar, as essentially we’re dealing with Galaxy S4 Mini-level hardware. The term ‘mid-range’ is overused, but it’s the best way to describe the Galaxy Mega’s hardware. It’s powered by a 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU with 1.5GB of RAM. There’s an 8-megapixel camera around the back, with LED flash, and there’s 8 gigabytes of storage, expandable via microSD.

“Once again, Samsung fails hard at internal storage.”

Unfortunately the Galaxy Mega is yet another Samsung smartphone with storage space issues. Of the 8GB advertised, around 4.6 is available to use after you’ve powered the phone on and installed all the required updates. Worse still, the current firmware doesn’t yet support moving apps to the SD card, a feature that’s been patched onto devices like the Galaxy S4 and S4 Mini. Once again, Samsung fails hard at internal storage.

(Note: Samsung has announced that the U.S. version of the Galaxy Mega will ship with "up to 64GB" of storage, meaning U.S. buyers will likely have more breathing room on their devices' internal storage.)

Fortunately the manufacturer hasn’t skimped on battery power, and the Mega packs a massive 3200mAh unit — removable, naturally — which is the biggest battery we’ve seen ship in a Samsung phone.

Connectivity-wise, you’ve got just about everything you’d expect from a modern Android smartphone — Wifi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and 4G LTE. Regular voice calls didn’t seem to be hindered by the Mega’s enormous size. Calls came through loud and clear, and we didn’t notice any issues with the mic being further down your face than it would be with a regular smartphone.

Galaxy Mega

The Mega is a solid all-round performer, closely matching the Galaxy S4 in terms of general speediness, app load times and UI responsiveness. In fact, the casual observer probably isn’t going to notice any difference in responsiveness between the Galaxy S4, the S4 Mini and the Galaxy Mega. It’s also no slouch when it comes to gaming, thanks to its Adreno 305 GPU, and it’s surprising how well the Mega’s large form factor works as a gaming device. It's the only phone we've used that seems big enough to accommodate on-screen controls without feeling cramped.

Software, OS and apps

The Galaxy Mega runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and Samsung’s latest TouchWiz software, and first impressions are of a device that closely matches the Galaxy S4 in terms of software features.

"TouchWiz is big, bright and bold, with slightly cartoonish icons and an affinity for primary colors."

Samsung's software suite has become just as familiar as its hardware design. TouchWiz is big, bright and bold, with slightly cartoonish icons and an affinity for primary colors. At a cosmetic level, it's identical to the UI of the Galaxy S4 and S4 Mini, not to mention countless other current-generation Samsung phones. TouchWiz remains a little visually disjointed, but there's certainly worse out there in the world of Android "skins."

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The manufacturer has clearly realized that you're more likely to be using the Galaxy Mega in landscape orientation than you are a regular smartphone, and as such, the TouchWiz launcher can now operate in landscape mode. This works about as well on the Mega as on an Android tablet — some widgets end up being squished out of shape, but generally speaking, everything works well.

Unlike the Galaxy S4 Mini we reviewed a few weeks back, the Galaxy Mega has retained many of the trademark features of the Galaxy S4. Highlights include "multi-window" — Samsung's way of splitting the screen between two fully-functional apps, which is a great way to take advantage of the larger display.

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Other notables include —

  • Group Play — Link up with other current Galaxy handsets to share photos in real-time, or create a surround sound experience by using each device as a speaker.
  • Air View — Hover over certain areas in apps to view on-screen previews. For example, hover over an album in the gallery app to see what's in it, or hover over the "next" button in the Samsung Music app to see the next track in a playlist.
  • S Memo — Samsung's note-taking app, which has adapted well to the larger display. You can create hand-written notes with your finger, text using the keyboard, and embed audio or images.
  • S Translator — The built-in translator app, with support for nine languages.
  • Smart Stay — Uses the front-facing camera to track your eyes, and only powers off the display if you're not looking.
"There are only a handful of headline TouchWiz features missing from the Galaxy Mega."

Software quick togglesIn fact, there are only a handful of headline TouchWiz features missing from the Galaxy Mega. S Health is absent, likely due to the lack of pedometer hardware in the device. A more curious omission is the Optical Reader app, which on the GS4 can automatically read business cards and import to your contacts list.

Air Gesture is also missing, so you can't swipe between photos without touching the screen. We don't use this feature much on the GS4, so we didn't miss it much on the Mega.

So Samsung hasn't strayed far from the familiar TouchWiz design language and feature set, but it's tweaked things just enough to make all the built-in gubbins work well on a larger screen. Indeed, some of the features that debuted on the Galaxy S3 and S4 have come into their own on the Mega's larger display.

Batt​ery life

Battery lifeSamsung’s pulling no punches with the inclusion of a 3,200mAh battery in the Galaxy Mega, and we found the bundled battery was easily able to keep the device alive and kicking for a full day’s worth of mixed use.

Using the Galaxy Mega as our primary phone, we were able to get 16.5 hours of heavy use out of the device before hitting the 20-percent warning level. That included a couple of hours of video streaming, regular web browsing and email-checking and a couple of hours gaming in Sonic 4 Episode 2.

When idling on Wifi, we found the Galaxy Mega consumed barely any juice at all. And we're also happy to report that using the Galaxy Mega on LTE didn't seem to produce any noticeable battery drain compared to HSPA+.

Should you need to extend the Mega's battery on a longer day, the standard TouchWiz power saving controls allow you to cut back on CPU speed, haptic feedback and backlight brightness to extend the device's useful life.

C​amera

The Galaxy Mega has an 8-megapixel rear camera and a basic 1.9-megapixel front-facer. The rear camera produced shots reminiscent of what we’ve seen from other mid-range Samsung phones, including the Galaxy S4 Mini. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if the Mega and the Mini shared some (or all) of their camera hardware, given that both also have f/2.6 aperture lenses.

Camera

So we’re looking at camera performance on par with the Galaxy S4 Mini, Galaxy S3 and Note 2. Though not quite up to the standard of the super-high-quality of the Galaxy S4 — or any number of phones that might launch this fall — the Mega's rear shooter is nevertheless decent. As we've found with most Samsung phone cameras, it performs well across the board, whether taking landscape shots, macros or anything in between. Colors are mostly accurate, and dynamic range is wide enough to take daylight shots without worrying too much about washed-out skies and lost detail.

Galaxy Mega camera

"We’re looking at camera performance on par with the Galaxy S4 Mini."

You also get Samsung's latest camera app, which includes the excellent HDR and panorama modes from other Samsung phones, along with some, but not all the shooting modes from the GS4. The standard night mode, and rapid-fire modes for capturing fast-moving subjects are included, but you'll miss out on eraser shot and animated photo.

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One significant Galaxy S4 feature that's absent in the Mega's camera app is the ability to use the front and rear cameras simultaneously to capture a "dual shot" photo of yourself and your subject. It's a heavily-advertised feature that sounds neat, but in practice we've found it's often difficult to properly frame both shots a the same time.

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On the video side, you're looking at standard 1080p footage at 30 frames per second. Video recorded on the Galaxy Mega was mainly crisp and clear, with accurate colors and smooth transitions between light and dark areas. Whether you'll want to use this thing as a video camera, however, is another matter.

It's worth noting that there's a significant awkwardness factor associated with using a device of this size to take pictures in public. It's not quite as ridiculous as using a full-sized 10-inch iPad as a viewfinder, but you're probably going get a few funny looks holding this 6.3-inch slab of electronics in front of your face.

The bottom​ line

Galaxy Mega

"We've come away convinced that there is indeed a place in the Android world for this kind of device."

We’ll say it again — the Galaxy Mega isn’t for everyone. And unless you have very specific needs, and (literally) deep pockets, you probably won’t be able to use this 6.3-incher as your primary smartphone.  Yet we've found our time with the Mega surprisingly enjoyable, and somehow we've come away convinced that there is indeed a place in the Android world for this kind of device.

The appeal of the Galaxy Mega isn't as a phone, per se, though it certainly fills that role. But it's also a highly capable, highly portable mid-to-high-end LTE-capable Android tablet. For the majority of use cases, you could argue that a 5-inch smartphone would be a more practical purchase — and you'd be right. But the Mega's display is large enough to give it an edge over traditional smartphones in multimedia tasks, while still being small enough to fit in a jeans or jacket pocket. For most users, it'd probably fill the same role as a tablet, while being infinitely more mobile than most 7-inch slates.

The Mega's price is also worth taking into consideration, and at around £350 SIM-free in the UK, it's a decent value proposition. It's £150 clear of the top high-end smartphones, and offers a larger display than phones that typically retail around this price point. It compares somewhat less favorably to some Android tablets, such as the new Nexus 7, but you're paying for portability and LTE connectivity (and a much better camera) rather than top-end internals.

The six-plus-inch smartphone form factor is here to stay, and there are more devices in this class set to arrive towards the end of the year with higher-resolution displays and fancier specs. The Xperia Z Ultra and HTC One Max loom large on the horizon, as does Samsung's own Galaxy Note 3. For the moment, though, the Galaxy Mega might represent the best value in this quirky, but growing product segment.


Thanks to Clove Technology for providing the Galaxy Mega for review

 
There are 71 comments

Aaron Watson says:

DAT BATTERY LIFE.

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JamesBramble says:

It's just daft. The standard S4 screen is big enough IMO.

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Big enough for who?

I'd hate to contradict you, but 5" isn't nearly enough.

s2weden2000 says:

the girls prefer 7-8" ay?

robocopvn says:

there isn't a product suits everyone mate !

silverghozt says:

Not if you want a tablet that has phone features. I want.

Dangitgirl says:

You will not be disappointed! I have used just about every phone on the market... I have read some bad reviews and honestly think those who have done these reviews were smoking crack when they wrote the articles!! Is it bulky? sure it is, but... there are MANY accessories on the market to help with that, I own a business... I no longer have to lug laptops, etc around... I run my business right from my Samsung Mega 6.3... I talk on the phone, I watch TV, Movies, I play games, and it keeps my grand daughter occupied in the doctors office or anywhere else we may be at the time... nothing like having Netflix at her fingertips....
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this phone!!! if you don't want to hold it up to your ear, dear lord, that is what bluetooth was made for.... Get a grip all you BAD reviewers.... this is THE phone to have!!!!

Vizualize says:

More positive remarks than I anticipated. I was expecting a total reaming by AC on this device. However, this will only be sold to naive people who dont know the Note 3 is coming in a few weeks.

Alex Dobie says:

Well, the Note 3 will cost £200 more than this device. So maybe not.

Jean Loo says:

I bought the phone 2 monyhs back. The mega is a great phone. I have had 4 Android devices for the past 3 years. half of it Flagship devices. But I am very happy using the Mega. It is the best Android device i have own up to now. However, i am going to upgrade to Note 3 tomorrow. it is the only device worth upgrade from the Mega in my Opinion. I wouldn't trade the Mega with any other top end phone such as S4, Z Ultra or ever the Iphone 5s.

Reaming? This is AC they always find a silver lining... Always.

_X_ says:

Really? You must not read many of their reviews. They blasted the Note, they blasted the Nexus battery extender by Limon, as well as the PadPhone and the recent Excite.

The only person on this site that does a mostly unbiased review on this site is Alex.

No digg on the other reviewers, it's really hard to be unbiased.

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MERCDROID says:

Not everyone cares about the stylus nor can even afford the Note 3. Thanks for playing, though.

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rampage1979 says:

Exactly, why get this when the note 3 is coming.

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Dangitgirl says:

Note 3 aye??? Not a chance.... Vizualize... please.... it may not be for you, but as for me... you can keep the notes... my husband has it... I'll take my mega to the grave!!! Carry on...

chaz_uk says:

Rooting plus folder mount saved the day for me enabling me to put lots of game assets on the external SDCard.

I did tweet at Samsung UK to see if we were likely to get apps2sd support native in the firmware but they didn't know.

"@SamsungMobileUK: @ChazClout We're not aware of any at the moment, but this may well be in the works. We'll let everyone know if we get any info on this."

I'm finding mine to be a fantastic phone/tablet hybrid just hampered by puny storage.

Dangitgirl says:

PUNY storage? I run my business from the Mega and have not even inserted a card for added storage... have only used the phones storage and still have plenty to go.... are we talking about the same phone here???? WOW... don't know what you are doing with yours, but......... I ABSOLUTELY LOVE MINE!!!!!

Did they purposefully make the screen worse than an older phone (Galaxy S4)? That's a killer but it probably doesn't completely take away from the device.

I do love that you guys presented the pocketability aspect of the device. That is one of the aspects I constantly argue with iPhone users.

I would enjoy seeing Paranoid Android or CM10 on this.

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paisley99 says:

Probably for battery life. That's a big screen to push around all those pixels to.

MERCDROID says:

It's a budget handset. That's the main reason why they opted for a cheaper display.

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KidAndroid says:

The Note 2 has a 720p display and it looks really nice, not as nice as the S4 display (obviously) which IMO is the best smartphone display on the market and I've used a lot of phones (yes including the HTC ONE) but it's still really nice for a lower ppi display. If this has the same quality but better direct sunlight viewability it will be a nice display for what it is and for the price point.

I think that the mega 5.8 which I use is a more better size and muckh better and cheaper
Can U do a review for the mega 5.8
I use it and am liking it

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Isn't the 5.8 available only in India?

cashxx says:

Thats just too big.....

MERCDROID says:

Somebody get this guy an iPhone! Lol

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bart001 says:

I bet this phone wouldn't fit in my skinny jeans.

droidhead_1 says:

You shouldn't wear girl jeans anyways!

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MERCDROID says:

This.

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masetas says:

^^^^^+10000000000000000000000000000000

Jean Loo says:

It does fit nicely into my size 31 top men skinny jeans. mind you i even have a pack of ciggies in my other pocket.

kxc1279 says:

Great review Alex and I definitely agree with all of your points here. When I recd mine about month ago from NegriElectronics(the 16GB model), holding the Mega 6.3 was awkward at first. It's def a two handed device & yes it seemed like I was about to drop it due to the slippery plastic back. Even though I've used the Galaxy Note 2 & Optimus G Pro, it was a new experience in carrying something that much bigger. There isn't a moment that someone looks & asks "is that YOUR phone?" Then after seeing the IMHO the beautiful large screen & feeling how light it actually is, people are actually really liking this. I enjoy using the Mega 6.3.

deecoop0351 says:

Lg optimus g pro is the best deal for a large screen phone over 5 inches until the note 3 comes out.

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MetalMike901 says:

Ditto. Samsung wants to be apple and LG has always wanted to be Samsung, even down to designing phones that look almost exactly like their Samsung counterpart. Ironically, IMO, is LG actually has the better product but is very underrated in the marketplace and has nowhere near the advertising and marketing spend, so consumers see Samsung as the top dawg. Sorry though, just because you spend the most to market doesn't make your products the best out there. I've thought lg products have always been very underrated and they don't try to cram every gimmick imaginable into their phones. I think Sammy still has an inferiority complex and compensates for it with not only the biggest devices but ones with the most stuff. Go LG!

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Waiting for Giga and Tera phones with 8.5" and 9.7" screens... Will be very very useful for baby elephants...

Lastnv says:

There was really no reason for this device to be made...

stevovr says:

Funny how it's a joke when Asus give you something like this for half the price but it's Ok because Samsung does it

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_X_ says:

Agreed,in an Asus fan problem is they don't make phones for T-Mobile US

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Alex Dobie says:

The Fonepad has a way weaker CPU, a lower-res (yet larger) screen and gigantic bezels. It's a VERY different beast.

stevovr says:

Res on the fonepad is 800x1280 216ppi 7"screen
Res on the mega is 720x1280 233ppi 6.3 inch screen

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_X_ says:

Alex I could not find any mention of what screen technology they're using for this device. Do you know way type of screen technology they're using, e.g. TFT, IPS, AMOLED,etc...

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CrimsonSage says:

It's TFT afaik, but it may be IPS. It's definitely not AMOLED since it would cost more to manufacture

stevovr says:

Super clear LCD the fonepad is IPS LCD

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Xopher says:

Although I'm holding out for the Note 3, I can see a market for a device like this.

It's not about having a bigger phone. If you're getting a device like this to be your phone, then it is probably for the wrong reasons. Something this size is for someone who wants a tablet (that happens to make phone calls). If I had a teen who played on a tablet all the time, I would probably get this for them. Instead of having to get them a tablet AND a phone, I could get one device that does both.

A few years ago, getting a smartphone was a way to combine different devices into one. No more needing to carry a phone, camera, pda, and mp3 player - it is all now in your smartphone. Then the tablet came along and people are back to carrying multiple devices.

Personally, I'd love it if my Nexus 7 included phone capabilities. When the Note 3 comes out, I'll probably upgrade my Note 2, mostly for the screen size. Then I can go back to carrying just one device again.

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silverghozt says:

Bingo. I will probably nab this for my AT&T account, then see what's on T-Mo later in the fall.

Will the play store recognize this as a phone only or will you be able to download tablet apps as well?

CrimsonSage says:

It depends on what the developer has chosen but generally it will have the phablet view of apps if I can put it that way, but you can probably download the "hd" version of the apps that are made for tablets, if not on the play store you can definitely side load the apk's. So it's up to you, what you prefer...

Really I have nothing to say about this article. This was just OzM! I like your Scribblings well. :) Thank you for such an interesting article. ;)

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aapold says:

With the current trend Clark Kent will soon be able to find phone booths/carrying cases to change into his superman outfit again in.

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MERCDROID says:

Lol, well played, sir.

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The Bard says:

I disagree with review above about Mega screen. It is far better compared to Note II and S4. Brightness far better, more clear, color more natural compared both S4 and Note II which using AMOLED. I compared them side by side at Samsung Store. If only Mega have more powerful SoC and more storage, I surely buy this phone.

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THE SCHUNTZ says:

This thing would sell a lot more if they placed a better camera on there 8 is not enough for a behemoth phone..

Lol the megapixel has next to nothing to do with the quality of the image. The sensor and (physical) zoom do.

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Raptor007 says:

So your only "con" was the size, well if you are going to buy it you already know it's big and that is an opinion of yours not of the users it's targeted towards. So really there are NO cons to getting this phone.

Did you even read the entire article?

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The screen and onboard stronger are just the 2 that immediately stick out

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The screen and onboard stronger are just the 2 that immediately stick out

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Xingularity says:

If Samsung was planning on selling a lot of these phones, they would have given it better specs. The fact that they went with mid level hardware tells me this is not fot the masses but instead for those few individuals that want the biggest phone they can get for the least amount of money. I like that Samsung is catering to smal market segments.

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What it tells me is that they wanted to keep the price down. Joe consumer (read: not the typical AC reader) does not care that much about specs.

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I can live with these specs. I hope the pricing on Sprint is right

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dfb8085 says:

I guess I will have to at least play with one to see if I like it. I am currently a iPhone 5 user but I am thinking of looking into a device that will serve me as a smartphone and a computer. I am tired of the carriers nickel and diming us to death with no way to hotspot our devices to use with our laptops. I don't want to have to pay extra for the privilege of tethering my laptop once in a blue moon or have to pay for a USB wireless card. I mean after a while everyone reaches their breakign point. I look at this as a phone and computer in one.

The phone you probably want is the Note 3.

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danielde says:

The phone you probably want is the Mega 6.3.

troyboytn says:

Good review Alex.

twilite2000 says:

Ok so what's the difference in carrying a Nexus 7 in your pocket versus the mega. Everyone brags about how portable the nexus 7 is but it can't make phone calls without a 3rd party app. I'd carry the mega.

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GoBigRed79 says:

Samsung is just trolling us now.

kigmatzomat says:

Can we please start posting phone battery capacity in Watt-hours, please? Battery chemistry changes the voltages and we won't be on Li-ion/Li-Poly forever.

BigShel82 says:

Perfect device for ingress. They should just offer blue or green and be done with it.

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gravage says:

Bought this phone today. I had some pretty low expectations with respect to performance, based on my experiences (and frustrations) with my Galaxy S4. I must say: this phone surprises me. Almost no lag (especially compared to the GS4) and despite only having 1.5 gb of RAM, I have yet to see anything reload, including browser tabs.

Most of all, I thought I'd be disappointed with a 720p screen, especially at this size. I'm not. Even comparing it with my Optimus G Pro, I don't find it to be vastly inferior. Is the G Pro screen better? Without a doubt. But for me, the sheer size of this screen compensates.

apastrophe says:

I had been a Samsung n Touchwiz lover till S3. I had S2 and pushed that phone to the extremes on performance. But after that Samsung got mediocre by bringing in around million phones of almost same Specs and features but with a minor tweak. And now this big device. Has samsung really lost its creativity? Same design, same structure and same interface? When there are other companies who are pushing the limits with bringing creativity in place (e.g. HTC with ONE and Sony with Z series), Samsung is lying dormant on it's style and USPs.
Not impressed with this one. (AGAIN)