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Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3

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79 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
79

A good product that falls short of greatness.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

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
79 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
79

A good product that falls short of greatness.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

79
 

User Reviews

90
jebbjxx
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
90
Alisonelaine
I just purchased the phone and absolutely love it. I wanted something that...read more
100
rangermg
I absolutely love this phone i love the size and ease of use. and it has many...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
75
Average Critic Score
Product Review
Ubergizmo
We wouldn’t be surprised if in the future, Samsung would press harder if the success is as great as the company hopes it will be. The Galaxy Mega may not be a “specs” phone, but for most cases, when it comes to large display smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy Mega is the new king of the hill.
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PC World Australia
If you think smartphones with huge screens are ridiculous, you best look away now. Samsung has just announced the Galaxy Mega 6.3 Android phone, a mid-range device with a huge 6.3in touchscreen.
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Engadget
The "HD" screen -- in the short time we spent with it -- didn't actually look too bad... As for general performance, again, we found it to be nimble enough while we navigated menus and TouchWiz (on top of Android 4.2).
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TechRadar
Samsung has done something odd to the world - it's made the phone and tablet combination acceptable. We should have been almost disgusted at the size of this phone, but unlike the Asus FonePad it doesn't seem irrational to hold it in your hand.
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Expert Reviews
The Mega is a niche handset, but depending on price it may well be an excellent-value 4G tablet or a replacement for both a tablet and phone for those who keep their smartphone in a bag rather than a pocket.
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ZDNet
I've had some hands-on time with the most recent addition, the Galaxy Mega 6.3 - the 6.3-inch 720p screen is no match for the Galaxy S4 in terms of resolution or display, but is perfectly adequate for the mid-to-high end of the market that the Galaxy Mega will likely be priced to attract.
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The Inquirer
So, does anyone want a 6.3in smartphone? Let's put it this way - we don't. The handset was almost inoperable with one hand, not a trait we like in a smartphone.
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GSM Arena
The phablet feels pretty large in the hand – as close to a 7” tablet as to a smartphone. It dwarfs the Galaxy S4, which is smaller than the screen of the Mega 6.3, so one-handed use is not great (or even possible for some). If you compare it to a 7” tablet it’s much more comfortable to hold.
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Ars Technica
It seems like a step backward to offer these comparatively low-resolution displays on these large-and-in-charge phones just weeks after introducing a 5-inch, 1080p flagship.
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CNET
The Mega isn't the next Galaxy Note despite its size, but it does have its charm -- especially if you like the S4's design. Those who don't want to wait for the Note 3 have a viable alternative in the form of the Mega, though it's not as powerful.

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