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AT&T Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 hands-on

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AT&T Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 hands-on

After launching in other markets a couple months ago, the goliath device in the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 is finally coming stateside – well, it’s actually available through AT&T starting today. As if we were all over the whole super large craze, this one seemingly puts those concerns to rest as it seemingly tips the scales. Aside from its immense size, it’s rather comforting to find this handset sporting a 2-year contract price of $149.99 from the onset, which isn’t too bad when you think about what it’s carrying along. Sure, it might be viewed as a mid-range device, especially after looking into its specs and all, but nevertheless, it’s a mighty device that stands out prominently from the field.

Quickly glazing over the design, it hasn’t changed at all, since it’s still large and beastly. No doubt, it’ll be handled easily by those with larger hands, but for the rest, it’s still something that proves to be unwieldy. With its glossy plastic construction, it’s a magnet for fingerprints and smudges – so be prepared to wipe it down constantly! Out of everything, the only thing new that we see in the design is the prominent AT&T logo in the rear. Aside from that, it’s identical to the international variant that we reviewed months ago.

Naturally, it’s the 6.3-inch 720p display that jumps out at us, but unlike its siblings that rely on AMOLED technology, this one is actually boasting a Super Clear LCD panel instead, which lacks the strong vividness and wide viewing angles of its AMOLED siblings. In fact, it comes off as being a bit washed out in tone. Oh well! Another thing that we realize is its slower responsiveness, which isn’t bad per se, but noticeably lagging compared to the Galaxy S4 – this is powered by a dual-core 1.7GHz processor with 1.5GB of RAM. Even though it’s packing a handy dandy IR blaster to turn it into a universal remote too, it doesn’t have all the functionality and gear that’s packed along with Sammy’s flagship in the Galaxy S4. Specifically, we don’t have those cool Air Gestures, so there’s no waving our hands over the display.

Overall, it’s the sheer size of the Galaxy Mega 6.3 that gives it notoriety when it’s out and about. Seriously, if you want to get noticed, just plop this sucker down at a restaurant table – you’re bound to get questions regarding it. Don’t forget to check out our quick hands-on video of it below!



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posted on 24 Aug 2013, 12:57 3

1. twens (Posts: 670; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


I prefer the Xperia zu's design but the screen to body ratio of the mega 6.3 is more compact than the Xperia zu which is an amazing achievement for Samsung. If it had the specs of the zu I will have prefered this instead.

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 13:07 6

2. imkyle (Posts: 1007; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


I am impressed at the $149.99 price tag.

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 19:43 1

16. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 1137; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


OG Pro is $99.99 on AT&T, and is a much better phone.

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 21:22 6

18. Heatfan316 (Posts: 434; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


I just bought the Mega 6.3 today and let me tell you the Mega is every bit as fast as the G pro, just because the benchmarks don't indicated that doesn't mean the G pro is faster, in fact, I think the browser on the Mega is faster than G pro because when I had them side by side the Mega won the majority of the time, yes the G pro has a 1080p screen, but the Mega has almost an inch on the G pro and that was the deal beaker for me, I watch a lot of YouTube and the Mega is the ultimate YouTube phone.

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 23:50 1

19. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 1137; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


Glad you like it, but the only area the Mega can claim a win is in screen size. Both run 1.7 GHz processors, but the OGP is running the newer, quad-core Snapdragon 600, while the Mega has a dual-core. The Mega has 1.5GB RAM, while the OGP has 2GB RAM. The OGP scores almost 19,000 on AnTuTu, and the Mega scores 13,000. The OGP haste better cameras, by a long shot. So, when I say the OGP is better, I have empirical evidence to back that up, even if the OGP was $50 more, instead of $50 less.

posted on 25 Aug 2013, 11:54 1

23. DechyX (Posts: 114; Member since: 16 May 2011)


I agree, I went and compared the two of them on Friday, and I decided on the G Pro. Gorgeous screen, perfect size, wireless charging, awesome camera, and the price off contract was 399.99, which is a steal. The Mega is a good deal, but the size is just too much.

posted on 25 Aug 2013, 14:51

25. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 1137; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


Yeah, the Mega has the size, but nothing else. The OG Pro is one of the best values on the market, if not the best.

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 13:15 3

3. jove39 (Posts: 1305; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Low price edition of note?

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 13:35 3

4. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Yes but, think of all the fun you can have with that extra inch (almost).

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 13:41 3

6. timukh (Posts: 177; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Thats what she said...

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 13:39

5. timukh (Posts: 177; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


"Another thing that we realize is its slower responsiveness, which isn’t bad per se, but noticeably lagging compared to the Galaxy S4"- oh common!! 1.7Ghz dual core processor with 1.5GB RAM and still lag?? I just want to buy a lag free android device to replace my Xperia E (4.1JB in 512mb ram is killing it!!). I cant afford the s4 or other flagships! Is project butter really doing something??

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 13:46 4

7. rallyguy (Posts: 554; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


Yes Project Butter made a difference. I would look at other reviews for this phone. You can't compare it to the S4, they aren't in the same class. This is a mid range phone with a huge screen. I'm interested in this phone because 4.7 is too small for me now, and 5 inches just isn't much bigger. I don't care about all of the extra feature the S4 has, I wouldn't use them.

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 14:35 3

13. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Okay (thank me later), unlike the writer I have laid my hands-on it and, it is HUUUGE; makes my Galaxy Note 2 feel like a certain 4-inch phone that shall remain nameless forevermore (said the Raven). But, i Digress, I just left an AT&T store here in old NYC, man I would want this just for the screen size!!!! Massive! On a sidenote, someone in the store (can't say who or which one) gave me some interesting info on the Galaxy Note 3: Samsung is keeping it so tight-lipped (until September 4) that when they shot the promo marketing video for the Note 3 only 4 people were allowed in the room. Among the info, possibly 16MP Main camera with Octo-Core CPU (we already knew that one); true HD display and screen size comparable to 6.3 Mega. My advice: WAIT!!!
(But, don't iWait!)

posted on 25 Aug 2013, 13:43

24. MistB (Posts: 574; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


How reliable is the 16mp camera source, also screen size comparable to the mega 6.3 probably means a 6 inch version probably because Samsung is feeling the heat from HTC/Nokia and other anonymous OEMs from China for the growing phablet market.

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 19:54 1

17. TechBlue (Posts: 62; Member since: 06 May 2010)


hey Genius why dont you strap a 23" LCD montior on your head and make phone calls! this is phone is to big. end of story.

posted on 25 Aug 2013, 21:23 1

27. MEeee (Posts: 269; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Soon others will follow and you will then say it's perfect.

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 13:48

8. imkyle (Posts: 1007; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


There is no lag on my Nexus 4. Its the OEM's skin they over lay on top of Android that makes some things lag.

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 14:30 2

11. gx3kgx3k (Posts: 5; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


I have the international version of this phone and I don't find it laggy at all. Just disable the features you don't need and change the launcher to Nova.

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 14:04 1

9. timukh (Posts: 177; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


In my country the nexus 4 is not subsidized so it costs as much as flagships. And i knw that stock android is so much better but unfortunately i cant afford that much. $300 max is all I can afford and all the devices in that range lags too much! So i am kind of stuck with my xperia it seems :/

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 14:20

10. imkyle (Posts: 1007; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Have you tried eBay?

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 14:32

12. timukh (Posts: 177; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


yeah it still costs around $420.

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 14:55

14. AsisHaas (Posts: 42; Member since: 14 Jul 2013)


I hope Note3 wont be same design like this.

posted on 25 Aug 2013, 08:15

21. Andrewtst (Posts: 331; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


99.99% will be like this.

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 05:23

30. MrSamsungGalaxy (Posts: 3; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


The Note 3 will be nothing like this sporting a Quad core, 3GB Ram and other features so rest assured it wont be. This looks like Samsung purchased a large amount of equipment for the Note 3 and decided to go with other options for the Note 3 and designed a quick model to dump the hardware.

Dominic Goodspeed
Mr Samsung Galaxy

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 15:55 1

15. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6581; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


I always wondered how much does John VVV gets paid reviewing a phone traveling around the world and be able too pay for his home.

posted on 25 Aug 2013, 00:20

20. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1007; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


If this phone has better specs, i wouldve bought this phone. I'll wait for the Note 3

posted on 25 Aug 2013, 09:48

22. JunitoNH (Posts: 927; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Better name, Galaxy S4 XL- oh.....yeah

posted on 25 Aug 2013, 20:17

26. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)


It just looks plain ridiculous hanging out by the other real phones at AT&T. They should really put it next to the other Tablets where it belongs.

posted on 25 Aug 2013, 21:26

28. MEeee (Posts: 269; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


You are jealous because your brand is not there.

posted on 25 Aug 2013, 22:05

29. 9thWonderful (Posts: 232; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)


it's like my S4 on steriods. unfortunately, what's under the hood suffers from a shrunken penis. i'll pass...

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 05:24

31. MrSamsungGalaxy (Posts: 3; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


The Note 3 will be nothing like the Samsung Galaxy Mega. It will be sporting a Quad core, 3GB Ram and other features so rest assured it wont be like this model. This looks like Samsung purchased a large amount of equipment for the Note 3 and decided to go with other options for the Note 3 and designed a quick model to dump the hardware.

Dominic Goodspeed
Mr Samsung Galaxy

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 00:58

32. shopbychoice (Posts: 10; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)


Samsung is most preferred brand in India that promise to give smart phone to the customer at ground price with addtional functionality . Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 is one of the best smart phone in 2013. Heartly, I recommend for this phone to all my friends .

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