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Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3

7.1/10 AVG.
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7.1/10
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The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 currently has an Informr score of 7.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 26 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

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. Ian Morris of PocketLint said “We can't give it a bad mark just because it's big, though, because it also succeeds in being really rather good.”

The device is powered by the Snapdragon 400 chipset. The dual-core 1.7-GHz processor, combined with a display resolution of 720-by-1280 pixels, offers a smooth and snappy user experience. Engadget’s Brad Molen stated “Comparisons aside, the benchmarks give us a solid indication that you're not going to run into any workload-related problems on the Mega.”

From gaming and movie watching to jotting down a quick note or checking your email, the LCD display on the device offers crisp, vibrant visuals and plenty of on-screen real estate to make using your apps a snap. The 8MP camera is typical of Samsung’s offerings with crisp pictures, vibrant colors but weak low-light performance. Round the device off with a 3,200mAh battery and you have a device that is ready to perform most tasks with ease and make it through a full day regular use without searching for your charging adapter.

This is not to say the phone is perfect. There are a few minor issues to consider. The Note series of device improved productivity through the introduction of the S-Pen. While bigger than the Note 2, the Mega 6.3 does not support the S-Pen. There is also a matter of internal storage. The phone offers 8GB and 16GB models but Android and the pre-installed apps take up a hefty 4GB of space. If you plan to store many files locally, purchasing a microSD memory card is almost mandatory.

If you’re looking for a productivity powerhouse, the S-Pen and higher specs of the Note series might suit your needs better. However, if you are looking for a large device to browse the web, play a few games, watch movies or text, the device offers many of the large screen benefits at a lower price point.

Finally, you have the issue of the phone’s size. If you plan to use the Mega 6.3 as a phone frequently, Bluetooth or wired headsets are recommended. While the speaker is loud and crisp, the phone is awkward to hold up to your ear. In fact, the size of the phone makes most one-handed operations difficult.

By pushing so close to tablet territory, the device is basically a smaller tablet with phone features. Alex Dobie offered a great summary of the device when he said “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.”

The Good: Massive screen, exceptional battery life, vibrant display, microSD support and 4G support.

The Bad: Difficult to operate with one hand, limited internal storage, lack of S-Pen support and plastic case materials.


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.7 GHz
Screen Size
6.3"
Camera
8+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


TechRadar

In the end, we are left feeling a little confused by the Samsung Galaxy Mega. Every time we pick it up, we really want to like it. Samsung proved with the original Galaxy Note, and the subsequent Galaxy Note 2, that big screens really do sell phones, and we can see exactly why.But that Galaxy Note 2...

- Thomas Thorn, TechRadar
TechieLobang

Overall, I like the big screen although I wish it is Full HD. The smartphone is not meant for heavy CPU or graphic usage (only a dual core and I believe this helps to conserve battery). I did not get any issues when reviewing this GALAXY Mega 6.3.As I mentioned earlier, the phone is not for everyone...

- Joe Teh, TechieLobang
Digital Trends

With a surprisingly good screen, stellar battery life, and good-enough performance, it's a massive mid-range device that leans more toward tablet than phone.

- Matt Safford, Digital Trends
Samsung Hub

Is the device worth it? The Galaxy Mega 6.3 is in many ways, better than the Galaxy Mega 5.8 and of course fares better on almost every aspect but the main thing boils down to if you’re comfortable with the size. If you’ve big hands or are comfortable using large sized devices, there&rsq...

- Kunal, Samsung Hub
Gadget Review

Shrugging my shoulders might be the most apt way for me to describe how I feel about the Mega 6.3. It’s neither a stellar device, nor is it overwhelmingly bad. But that in mind, shouldn’t a now device, a device of today offer performance that exceeds that of those of the past generation?...

- Christen Costa, Gadget Review


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Samsung released the Galaxy Mega 6.3 on May 28, 2013.


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Samsung backs up the Galaxy Mega 6.3 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
6.3"

The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3's screen size is 6.3 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.7 GHz

There is a Dual core 1.7 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 4.4.2 KitKat) operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
8/16 GB

Internal memory is 8/16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3200mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3200 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 1194 minutes, 720 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Galaxy Mega 6.3 Specs

Overview
Release date May 28, 2013
Regions available USA, Canada, UK, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
2100/800/850/900 /1800/2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
variations
SIM card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 4.4.2 KitKat)

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Processor Dual core 1.7 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 8/16 GB
RAM 1536 MB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.09 W/kg
Body: 1.09 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3200 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 660 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 720 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 600 minutes
Talk Time Up to: 1194 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 17.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, Purple
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.8 x 8.8 x 0.8 cm (6.6 x 3.5 x 0.3 in)
Weight 199 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 233 pixels
Size 6.3 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out HDMI
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, HDR, Voice activation, Metering, Anti shake, Exposure value
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, FLV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, MP3, MP4, M4A, OGG, WMA
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, AVI, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Google Play Store, Google Plus, YouTube, Dropbox)
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung GT-I9205, SGH-I527, SPH-L600

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Critic Reviews


TechRadar

The Samsung Galaxy Mega is annoyingly disappointing

from TechRadar

In the end, we are left feeling a little confused by the Samsung Galaxy Mega. Every time we pick it up, we really want to like it. Samsung proved with the original Galaxy Note, and the subsequent Galaxy Note 2, that big screens really do sell phones, and we can see exactly why.

But that Galaxy Note 2 comes with an AMOLED screen, and the same resolution as the Galaxy Mega but in a screen that is 0.8 inches smaller so seems that bit more impressive. The Note 2 even comes in cheaper, with a quad core and the S Pen...

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In the end, we are left feeling a little confused by the Samsung Galaxy Mega. Every time we pick it up, we really want to like it. Samsung proved with the original Galaxy Note, and the subsequent Galaxy Note 2, that big screens really do sell phones, and we can see exactly why.

But that Galaxy Note 2 comes with an AMOLED screen, and the same resolution as the Galaxy Mega but in a screen that is 0.8 inches smaller so seems that bit more impressive. The Note 2 even comes in cheaper, with a quad core and the S Pen.

The Samsung Galaxy Mega, then, is annoyingly disappointing. With there being so much else to choose from, with the Galaxy Note 2 being cheaper, the flagship phones being higher spec-ed, and the onslaught of alternate 'phablets' in the form of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Sony Xperia Z Ultra and HTC One Max, we can't see where the Mega fits in.

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TechieLobang

Not for everyone

from TechieLobang

Overall, I like the big screen although I wish it is Full HD. The smartphone is not meant for heavy CPU or graphic usage (only a dual core and I believe this helps to conserve battery). I did not get any issues when reviewing this GALAXY Mega 6.3.

As I mentioned earlier, the phone is not f...More

Overall, I like the big screen although I wish it is Full HD. The smartphone is not meant for heavy CPU or graphic usage (only a dual core and I believe this helps to conserve battery). I did not get any issues when reviewing this GALAXY Mega 6.3.

As I mentioned earlier, the phone is not for everyone. If you love big screen, this is one of the biggest screen you can get for a smartphone at this moment. However, if you need to carry your phone in your pocket, I think you can actually forget it. It will not be comfortable with this GALAXY Mega 6.3 in the pocket.

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Digital Trends

A big-screen smartphone for the masses

from Digital Trends

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-ra...More

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.

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Samsung Hub

It sits perfectly for those who don’t want to carry separate devices

from Samsung Hub

Is the device worth it? The Galaxy Mega 6.3 is in many ways, better than the Galaxy Mega 5.8 and of course fares better on almost every aspect but the main thing boils down to if you’re comfortable with the size. If you’ve big hands or are comfortable using large sized devices, there&...More

Is the device worth it? The Galaxy Mega 6.3 is in many ways, better than the Galaxy Mega 5.8 and of course fares better on almost every aspect but the main thing boils down to if you’re comfortable with the size. If you’ve big hands or are comfortable using large sized devices, there’s nothing much for the Galaxy Mega 6.3 to disappoint you. The device is by far the biggest smartphone or the smallest tablet you’ll use and it sits perfectly for those who don’t want to carry separate devices.

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Gadget Review

The camera, display, and battery life were surprisingly solid despite the Mega 6.3′s laggy performance

from Gadget Review

Shrugging my shoulders might be the most apt way for me to describe how I feel about the Mega 6.3. It’s neither a stellar device, nor is it overwhelmingly bad. But that in mind, shouldn’t a now device, a device of today offer performance that exceeds that of those of the past generati...More

Shrugging my shoulders might be the most apt way for me to describe how I feel about the Mega 6.3. It’s neither a stellar device, nor is it overwhelmingly bad. But that in mind, shouldn’t a now device, a device of today offer performance that exceeds that of those of the past generation? Comparatively speaking and putting aside Samsung’s layer of TouchWizness, even my Nexus 4, a handset that is rapidly approaching it’s 1-year birthday, out performs the Mega 6.3 in day to day casual use.

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Mobile Syrup

It excels as a hybrid phone/tablet

from Mobile Syrup

The Samsung Galaxy Mega is a well-designed device that feels more compact than its 6.3-inch screen size would indicate. While it may be too large for the average user, it excels as a hybrid phone/tablet, and may be an ideal form factor for someone looking to buy just one device.

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The Samsung Galaxy Mega is a well-designed device that feels more compact than its 6.3-inch screen size would indicate. While it may be too large for the average user, it excels as a hybrid phone/tablet, and may be an ideal form factor for someone looking to buy just one device.

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GottaBeMobile

Surprisingly, the Mega is still pocketable, comfortable, and at the end of the day a delight to use

from GottaBeMobile

I had began my journey with the Mega not expecting to like the device due to its large size, but leaving my review I am a huge fan of this form factor. Speaking on the Mega as a phone is still somewhat awkward as the screen really does engulf one’s face, but using it as a connected data dev...More

I had began my journey with the Mega not expecting to like the device due to its large size, but leaving my review I am a huge fan of this form factor. Speaking on the Mega as a phone is still somewhat awkward as the screen really does engulf one’s face, but using it as a connected data device and for the occasional phone calls, the Mega has been a joy to operate. It’s a large phone, but it’s not your grandfather’s megaphone. It’s modern marvel and Samsung’s bold experiment with new screen sizes may open the Mega up to a new demographics of users.

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Pocket-lint

The screen makes up for it in size, and the battery life is impressive too

from Pocket-lint

As good as the Mega is, it's not going to be for everyone. We can't give it a bad mark just because it's big, though, because it also succeeds in being really rather good. But it is kept short of a higher score by limited internal memory, a problem that isn't getting any less troublesome as time...More

As good as the Mega is, it's not going to be for everyone. We can't give it a bad mark just because it's big, though, because it also succeeds in being really rather good. But it is kept short of a higher score by limited internal memory, a problem that isn't getting any less troublesome as time goes on. We also wonder if people considering this phone might be better off with the Note 2, which has more features and can be bought for not a huge amount more cash these days. It is, of course, worth noting that the Note 2 will shortly be replaced though, which should send prices spiralling down towards bargain basement levels.

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MobileBurn

Titantic phone, petite tablet

from MobileBurn

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 continue...More

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. It has a screen big enough to make reading eBooks more enjoyable yet remain small enough to fit into a large jeans pocket. It may not be the most comfortable fit, but it's a fit.

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Android Police

I'm not sure I should like it... but I kind of do

from Android Police

The Mega 6.3 is obviously a device with very niche appeal. Galaxy Note fans may be apprehensive about giving up their beloved stylus (though I've personally never found much use for it), and everyday smartphone buyers will undoubtedly be wary of such a large handset. Meanwhile, spec geeks will la...More

The Mega 6.3 is obviously a device with very niche appeal. Galaxy Note fans may be apprehensive about giving up their beloved stylus (though I've personally never found much use for it), and everyday smartphone buyers will undoubtedly be wary of such a large handset. Meanwhile, spec geeks will lambast the display resolution, processor, and RAM. That said, I think for the price, the Mega provides a ton of value if you take it for what it is: a really huge phone that sheds some of the high-end bells and whistles you may not really need.

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