Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3

79
Engadget
Score
79

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 review: one giant smartphone for mankind

Summary

The Mega is a respectable mid-range device, but it's too large for anyone who wants to sometimes use their phone one-handed.

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Pros
  • Huge screen, decent display quality
  • Sensational battery life
  • Good video capture
  • Louder sound than on competing phones
Cons
  • One-handed operation nearly impossible
  • Some GS4 features are missing
Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 review: one giant smartphone for mankind

Godzilla, Frankenstein's monster and Bigfoot are mythical creatures that don't exist (although you might dispute the latter). But now, an equally beastly smartphone -- one seemingly designed specifically for them -- is available to buy. The Samsung Galaxy Mega is a 6.3-inch woolly mammoth of a handset, and it reigns as the largest of its kind, even if only for a brief period of time; the title will soon be taken over by the Sony Xperia ZU once it hits the market. We were curious to see how a phone of its size would hold out during regular use, so our friends at Negri Electronics -- an online retailer which currently sells the Mega for $570 or $600 (8GB and 16GB, respectively) -- were kind enough to let us take one for a test drive for a few days. Is the phone's magnitude a benefit or hindrance to the user experience? Is it even worth considering if you don't need the largest possible screen? Find out as we dissect it after the break.

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Scores

Engadget

79
 

Breakdown

Reception and call quality
8.2
Display
7.6
Battery life
8.3
Camera
7.2
Ease of use
6.0
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Specs

Galaxy

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Camera
yes
Internal memory
8 GB
Screen size
6.3 inches
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Specs

Galaxy

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Camera
yes
Internal memory
8 GB
Screen size
6.3 inches
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