Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 Review
Well, what do you know! We have Samsung's TouchWiz Nature UX loaded on the Galaxy Mega 5.8. The custom interface is running on top of Android 4.2.2, which is the most up-to-date version of the platform. There's a whole bunch of minor, yet useful tweaks sprinkled all over the UI, but the major modifications are the ones a user would truly appreciate.
Among these additional features is Smart Stay, which prevents the screen from turning itself off if the user is still looking at it. Blocking mode is another handy addition. When enabled, it blocks specific notifications, including those for incoming calls and text messages, at certain times of the day – at night, or when the user is at work, for example. Both of these features are very useful and the latter is easy to set up.
But the list of UI alterations does not end here. The Multi Window mode lets you have two different apps opened and displayed simultaneously. A feature like this can come in handy on a smartphone with such a large screen, but it does take a toll on the device's performance with some apps, so it is up to the user to decide whether they will be using the feature often or not.
To make the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 at least somewhat less difficult to operate with a single hand, its maker has added the option to have the keypad and on-screen keyboard positioned on the left or right side of the screen. But even with these enabled, single-handed use of the device is still extremely uncomfortable. On the other hand, typing on the virtual keyboard with both hands is convenient as the keys are well spaced apart from each other.
Dual SIM functionality
As the name implies, the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 Duos can work with two SIM cards simultaneously. One of them is set as the main SIM card – that's the one that will be used when you place a call. The user can quickly switch over to the other SIM cards with the tap of a button in the notification panel. However, it is worth pointing out that both microSIM cards work in an “always on” manner, meaning that even when one of them is in use during a phone call, the other is still active and will register an incoming call – something that not all dual-SIM phones can do. The user has the option to set mobile data traffic to be handled by only one of the two cards, while the other may be dedicated to receiving and placing phone calls. That way, one can still have a data connection even during a phone call, which may come in handy in some rare instances.
Processor and memory:
As we mentioned earlier, the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 has a hardware configuration fitting it in the mid-range device category. The SoC running the whole show is made by Broadcom and sports a dual-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz, a VideoCore IV GPU, and it is paired with not one, not two, but... 1.5GB of RAM. The interface of the device is fluid and responsive most of the time, but slowdowns and dropped frames are way too common. Returning back to the home screen from an opened app often forces widgets to reload, which results in further lagging. Overall, the smartphone's performance won't make you want to throw it against the wall, but we were expecting more in terms of responsiveness. As for its gaming capabilities, casual titles work perfectly. Those more demanding games with 3D graphics and all that eye candy are also playable, but they can be choppy at times.
|Quadrant Standard||AnTuTu||GLBenchmark 2.5 (Egypt HD)||Vellamo
(HTML5 / Metal)
|Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8||3856||7999||2026||FAIL / 386|
|Samsung Galaxy S II Plus||3833||8228||2142||1558 / 425|
|Sony Xperia SP||7866||16413||4970 / 44 fps||2013 / 755|
|LG Optimus L7 II||2823||6674|
Web browser and connectivity:
While surfing the web on a large screen is a joy, the whole experience is a bit spoiled by the screen's low resolution. It isn't as bad as it sounds, but don't expect to be able to read entire web pages without zooming in. The performance of the web browser is nearly flawless, with only rare slowdowns when rendering very heavy web pages. In addition to all the basic features, such as support for multiple windows and playback of embedded YouTube videos, the browser has a neat feature called Reader – it makes the font larger and clears the web page from all non-essential content, thus making the page a lot more convenient to read.
1. _Bone_ (Posts: 1753; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Sammy should've passed on this one. The 6.3 @720p makes sense once you look at it as a pocketable call-ready tablet instead of anything related to a phone - yet it only makes sense with the right price tag. The 5.8 one with the low pixel density and quite weak HW does not.
5. Diego! (Posts: 394; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)
I agree. Though is the Jumbo version, the 6.3 is far better than this one!
2. istitch (Posts: 119; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)
I thought it would be 7.5 or even 8, well you know, it's samsung after all.
20. ebubekir26 (Posts: 301; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
what do you mean with the last sentence?
we know it's Samsung
we know the highest (review) score in PhoneArena is a Samsung device (S4)
... have a nice day
8. daddysbeenabadgirl (Posts: 156; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)
How sad is your pathetic life that you feel the need to click on a review just to post such an unintelligent and trollish comment? You must have the Samsung RAGE deep in your soul...sucks to be you.
11. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)
Seeing a Samsung getting this kind of score makes ma happy. I was like, "SUCKKK THAT!"
4. Kurai (unregistered)
the ppi is really low . . . but i understand what they're doing here. they're testing the response of the market with different screen sizes . . .
6. ryan5609 (Posts: 40; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)
Having a tough time understanding why this or the 6.3 exists. The market for such a large phone must be incredibly small, like 6'6"+ tall market. Throw in the s**tty screen resolution and s**tty processor, the only thing it has going for it is Android 4.2.2. Unless this thing is under $50 or free with new 2 yr. at launch, I see no reason why someone would pass up the GS4 or possibly the Note II to get this. Luckily, I think Samsung can afford a dud or two.
7. g2a5b0e (Posts: 1391; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
It's not made for the U.S. market, man. The chances of this or the 6.3 being picked up by one of our carriers is slim to none. Therefore, you won't see any prices with a 2-year contract. That's mostly a North American model.
10. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Agreed. The Note 3 will be just as jumbo-sized as this one, but will have the 1080 display and top-tier processors it deserves. And that model will make it to the North American carriers (for a price).
9. daddysbeenabadgirl (Posts: 156; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)
I agree with g2a these phones are not made for our market. If they were I would be interested in one for the right price, I use my phone for nothing more then texting and internet, I use about 80 min a month in calling so that doesnt worry me.
13. N-fanboy (Posts: 350; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)
Errrr good, if it coasts south of $200 that is.
14. imkyle (Posts: 912; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
190 PPI. That is pretty sad. This and the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 need to back to the factory and be dismissed.
15. wh3resmycar (Posts: 3; Member since: 05 May 2013)
uhh stupid and silly folks... before you bash the phone this isn't for the US market. dimwits....
16. imkyle (Posts: 912; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
People outside the US deserve good phones too.
17. Phaze0085 (Posts: 94; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)
so what, Phonearena doesnt do video reviews anymore? WTH!!!
18. slaggyb (Posts: 160; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
if Ray s reviewed this phone, he will give it an 8.5 and stress how fast and lag free it is..it is plagued with the same lagginess as the galaxy s4... Good job for doing a good review...i wish people like you do reviews on here steadily unlike RAY S AND PARTNER IN CRIME JOHN V
19. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)
Too much small
21. skyguy7567 (Posts: 148; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)
Once again, Samsung is flooding the market with its way-to-big phones. Having a large screen size can be good, but not phone someone with a pillow. It's so hard to hold 5+ inch phones. 5 inch is just right. Offers a good experience watching videos and viewing photos, while keeping just enough space for one hand operation.
22. kbayer (Posts: 19; Member since: 08 Feb 2010)
Why would they go all out on size but skimp on features? Why not offer the best of everything at a fair price? Simply goofy. All respect for Samsung just went right out the window.
24. skyguy7567 (Posts: 148; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)
20 inch phone complete with the ability to detect the motion of your Kung Fu and call someone, and 'smart leave' which turns on the screen when you look away and turns off when you look at the screen. Got problem with fragile glass? Samsung Galaxy Glass provides a shatter-ful experience throughout the phone's life. Fortunately the phone lasts for half a year so your money is 'very well spent'.
23. gws898 (Posts: 1; Member since: 31 May 2013)
PhoneArena, does it have FM Radio widget on Galaxy Mega 5.8?