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Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

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Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Introduction:

The Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 and the Samsung Galaxy Note II have a lot in common, don't they? Both are massive, feature-rich smartphones that are made for multimedia consumption and large-screen entertainment. Both have Android running on them enhanced by Samsung with a dose of minor and major software tricks. But putting their specs sheets side by side shows that the Note II is superior to the Mega 5.8 in a number of ways. Does that translate into a better user experience in real life? Well, that's what we're here to find out, so let's fire up these behemoths and see which one's better!


Design:

All of Samsung's recent smartphones follow the same design principles, which is why the Galaxy Mega 5.8 and the Galaxy Note II look so similar to each other. The bodies of both are made of glossy plastic, with curved corners and a silvery trim around the sides. Given the materials used in their construction, neither of these two smartphones feels like a truly premium device, although they are solid and definitely well made.

The Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 (left) and the Samsung Galaxy Note II (right) - Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Front cameras - The Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 (left) and the Samsung Galaxy Note II (right) - Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Android buttons - The Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 (left) and the Samsung Galaxy Note II (right) - Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
 

Front cameras

Android buttons

The Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 (left) and the Samsung Galaxy Note II (right)


The Samsung Galaxy Note II has the advantage of being physically smaller than the Mega 5.8, meaning that it is marginally easier to carry around, be it in a bag or in a large pocket. Neither of them is usable with a single hand, of course, but the Galaxy Note II, being less narrow, is more comfortable to get a hold of. In addition, the physical buttons on the latter are easier to reach.

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8
6.46 x 3.3 x 0.38 inches
162.6 x 82.4 x 9 mm
6.42 oz (182 g)

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8

Samsung GALAXY Note II
5.94 x 3.17 x 0.37 inches
151 x 80.5 x 9.4 mm
6.44 oz (182 g)

Samsung GALAXY Note II

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


Right sides - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 (bottom, left) and the Samsung Galaxy Note II (top, right) - Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Left - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 (bottom, left) and the Samsung Galaxy Note II (top, right) - Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Top - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 (bottom, left) and the Samsung Galaxy Note II (top, right) - Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

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Left

Top

Bottom - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 (bottom, left) and the Samsung Galaxy Note II (top, right) - Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Backs - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 (bottom, left) and the Samsung Galaxy Note II (top, right) - Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Rear cameras - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 (bottom, left) and the Samsung Galaxy Note II (top, right) - Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

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Backs

Rear cameras

The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 (bottom, left) and the Samsung Galaxy Note II (top, right)



Display:

It doesn't take a trained eye to notice that the Samsung Galaxy Note II has the better screen. Sure, at 5.5 inches it is slightly smaller than the 5.8-inch panel on the Galaxy Mega, but a difference like this is negligible. What truly makes the Super AMOLED display on the Note II stand out is the higher resolution and pixel density – 720 by 1280 pixels (256ppi) versus 540 by 960 pixels (190ppi) for the Mega and its LCD touchscreen. As a result, everything looks much better on the Samsung Galaxy Note II – from videos, photos and games, to web pages and their paragraphs of text. On top of that, the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 and its screen fall behind in terms of color accuracy and viewing angles. We absolutely must point, however, that the Mega 5.8 is actually more usable under broad daylight than the Note II. The difference isn't tremendous by any means, but it definitely counts as an advantage for the Mega in our book.

The Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 (left) and the Samsung Galaxy Note II (right) - Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 (left) and the Samsung Galaxy Note II (right) - Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 (left) and the Samsung Galaxy Note II (right) - Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

The Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 (left) and the Samsung Galaxy Note II (right)



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posted on 27 May 2013, 07:56 7

1. zhiae (Posts: 179; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)


not a battle

posted on 27 May 2013, 09:58 4

13. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 294; Member since: 26 May 2011)


This is true, but as least users now have a good visual of how much bigger the note III will be than the note II.

posted on 27 May 2013, 10:35 6

14. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 703; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


note 2 way better than mega 5.8

posted on 27 May 2013, 11:51

18. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)


True, but I feel like Napoleon (or an iPhone) next to that Samsung Mega (says my Galaxy Note II).

posted on 02 Jun 2013, 06:05

30. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


Fun Fact: Napoleon actually wasn't short. He was 5'7"

Carry on...

posted on 27 May 2013, 15:34 1

24. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)


This phone is actually for those who need a handy GSM tablet.
Samsung is caring for all type of people.

posted on 27 May 2013, 07:57 10

2. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3013; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


I still like the Note II better...no thanks Mega.
You're literally out of my pocket.
Bigger is not always better.

posted on 27 May 2013, 08:46 2

6. james004 (Posts: 482; Member since: 15 May 2013)


give pure iphone user this phone and ask them what do they think this device is, they will probably guess it as mini tablet. phone would never occur to them

posted on 27 May 2013, 09:27 1

10. therealestboy (Posts: 47; Member since: 03 May 2013)


Of course not, this phone is garbage. the screen is probably more pixelated than a feature phone. Samsung is ruining the Galaxy brand.

posted on 27 May 2013, 09:55 6

12. iami67 (Posts: 318; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


realestboy um you do realize galaxy is samsung how can the ruin the brand they are the brand your point is invalid. Screen is def not pixelated by the way

posted on 27 May 2013, 11:12 3

16. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3013; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


While i disagree on the garbage comment, i guess he meant to say Galaxy line...
And yeah, the resolution on a 5.8 screen is definitely going to pixelate! 190ppi is will not be a happy sight to see...

posted on 27 May 2013, 22:56

25. ncarlosmiguel (Posts: 206; Member since: 14 May 2013)


Nope, I don't know if you're all using a microscope when looking at your phones but 162ppi in my iPad mini's 7.9inch screen doesn't look pixelated to me. Looks dull compared to my GS3 but definitely not pixelated.

posted on 27 May 2013, 08:14 2

3. papss (unregistered)


I think at that size they both look goofy but do love the inside of the note 2 and the s pen

posted on 27 May 2013, 08:20 4

4. tiara6918 (Posts: 1482; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Note2 all the way,but if you're after the price tag,the mega is the better alternative

posted on 27 May 2013, 08:27 2

5. KickRocks (Posts: 117; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)


I dont want a mini tv in my pocket

posted on 27 May 2013, 11:21 5

17. DaHarder (Posts: 174; Member since: 10 Oct 2009)


So... Then. Don't. Buy. One.

Though neither of these devices is anywhere close to being a 'mini TV'.

Anyway... Whoever wrote this article might want to correct the FACT that the Galaxy Note II is 'more narrow' than the Mega 5.8, not 'less narrow'.

posted on 27 May 2013, 09:07 2

7. abcdefgh (banned) (Posts: 471; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


when do samsung change design language?

posted on 27 May 2013, 09:18 1

9. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


When when they hired someone who is creative enough

posted on 27 May 2013, 10:52 1

15. sennarose88 (Posts: 53; Member since: 18 Jun 2009)


When their designers running out of soap stock

posted on 27 May 2013, 09:18 8

8. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Note II for life.... until Note III comes out

posted on 27 May 2013, 15:33 2

23. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)


But I heard they are going to pump up the size of note 3 to 5.9 inches? :s

posted on 28 May 2013, 10:36

27. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Yeah, let's see how it plays out

posted on 09 Jun 2013, 05:47

39. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


you sure you can handle 6.3?

posted on 08 Jun 2013, 18:57

36. ajac09 (Posts: 1367; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


hope they go bigger 6.3 inches!

posted on 27 May 2013, 09:53 3

11. iami67 (Posts: 318; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


I just have to say I have a Note 2 and can use one hand with it. I have relatively average if not small hands as well so for the author to say you cant use either of these phones with one hand well, he must have midget hands cause you def can use it with one hand I do so everyday.

posted on 27 May 2013, 13:25 1

20. kriss (Posts: 9; Member since: 16 Dec 2011)


Yes, you can use it with one hand, but is it comfortable, or to say more - secure? I've got fairly big hands and I can not say I enjoy size of my Note II all the times - sometimes I wish it would be a bit more narrow to allow more secure grip. Still once you get over size issue it is one of the best handsets on the market (IMHO of course :))

posted on 27 May 2013, 11:54 1

19. ajac09 (Posts: 1367; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Id still love to see the note 3 made out of the mega. Mega body with note performance omg a phablet to rule them all

posted on 27 May 2013, 13:34 1

21. kriss (Posts: 9; Member since: 16 Dec 2011)


Looks like Sammy wants to have devices in all sizes - you have SIII, slightly bigger SIV, then recently released 8.0 and then note/tab 10.1, Mega 6.3... What they will release next? Giga with 7 inch screen?

posted on 27 May 2013, 15:32 1

22. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)


Steve Jobs, "you're doing it wrong samsung"

posted on 28 May 2013, 00:03 1

26. Mobilephile (Posts: 84; Member since: 25 Nov 2012)


It's an Ascend Mate wannabe :) seriously though I think the 6.3 mega would be a more interesting comparison

posted on 28 May 2013, 10:36

28. McLTE (Posts: 714; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Not sure why Samsung went backwards with the Mega here.. look at the bezel and area above and below the screen. Seems to me they increased the "dead space" instead of continued to shrink it!

I sure HOPE the Note3 isn't going to be this big... or bigger yet. That would be unfortunate. What I'd like to see Samsung do is cram as big of a screen as possible into a chassis approx the same size as the current note2. Give it a tiny bezel like the GS4 and call it done.

I really don't want a bigger phone, but I'll take a bigger display! :)

posted on 01 Jun 2013, 09:40

29. samsuper (Posts: 29; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)


Not a good comparison Note 2 is only comparable with note 3

posted on 03 Jun 2013, 05:22

31. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2767; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


This is moreover a size comparison.

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 03:28

43. Dadler22 (Posts: 161; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Samsung, we have the $ to do whatever we want.

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 20:08

44. RomeoJDR (Posts: 240; Member since: 09 Dec 2011)


Shortly after this thing is released the Note 3 will be out driving the pricing of the Note 2 down to what the Mega will likely be. Who's going to be buying this thing?

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