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Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

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One of the few advantages that the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 has over the Galaxy Note II is that it comes with a more recent OS version – Android 4.2.2 for the former vs Android 4.1.2 for the latter. The differences between the two, however, are mostly minor. In fact, both smartphones offer a very similar feature set since they come with Samsung's TouchWiz custom UI. Regardless of which one you pick, you'll get extras exclusive to Samsung devices, such as Smart Stay, S Voice, Multi Window, and more.

We have Samsung's TouchWiz Nature UX loaded on the Galaxy Mega 5.8, running on top of Android 4.2.2 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
We have Samsung's TouchWiz Nature UX loaded on the Galaxy Mega 5.8, running on top of Android 4.2.2 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
We have Samsung's TouchWiz Nature UX loaded on the Galaxy Mega 5.8, running on top of Android 4.2.2 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
We have Samsung's TouchWiz Nature UX loaded on the Galaxy Mega 5.8, running on top of Android 4.2.2 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
We have Samsung's TouchWiz Nature UX loaded on the Galaxy Mega 5.8, running on top of Android 4.2.2 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
We have Samsung's TouchWiz Nature UX loaded on the Galaxy Mega 5.8, running on top of Android 4.2.2 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
We have Samsung's TouchWiz Nature UX loaded on the Galaxy Mega 5.8, running on top of Android 4.2.2 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
We have Samsung's TouchWiz Nature UX loaded on the Galaxy Mega 5.8, running on top of Android 4.2.2 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

We have Samsung's TouchWiz Nature UX loaded on the Galaxy Mega 5.8, running on top of Android 4.2.2


The Samsung Galaxy Note II comes with the newest Android 4.1.2 version - Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The Samsung Galaxy Note II comes with the newest Android 4.1.2 version - Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The Samsung Galaxy Note II comes with the newest Android 4.1.2 version - Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The Samsung Galaxy Note II comes with the newest Android 4.1.2 version - Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The Samsung Galaxy Note II comes with the newest Android 4.1.2 version - Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The Samsung Galaxy Note II comes with the newest Android 4.1.2 version - Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The Samsung Galaxy Note II comes with the newest Android 4.1.2 version - Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The Samsung Galaxy Note II comes with the newest Android 4.1.2 version - Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

The Samsung Galaxy Note II comes with the newest Android 4.1.2 version


Yet the Samsung Galaxy Note II, has a trick up its sleeve called S Pen. This advanced stylus optimized for touchscreen use makes taking hand-drawn notes much easier, especially since it is sensitive to pressure. On top of that, the accessory lets you preview photos in the gallery and events in the calendar by just hovering over the item. Overall, the S Pen can come in handy in a number of situations, and having it on a device with a screen so large makes a lot of sense.


Processor and memory:

When it comes to raw processing power, the Samsung Galaxy Note II is superior both on paper and in real life. While it has a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos SoC, the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 relies solely on a dual-core Broadcom chip ticking at 1.4GHz. As a result, not only is the Galaxy Note II capable of getting much higher scores on synthetic benchmarks, but it also feels more responsive, especially when it has 2GB of RAM for studder-free multitasking. The Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 is not slow by any means, but it drops frames sometimes and might lag when switching between apps even though it has 1.5GB of RAM. When it comes to gaming, both smartphones can handle casual and advanced 3D games, although the Note II gets better framerates.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu GLBenchmark 2.5 (Egypt HD) Vellamo
(HTML5 / Metal)
Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 3856 7999 2026 FAIL / 386
Samsung Galaxy Note II 5806 18295


Storage space is very limited on the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 as only 3.6 gigs are available to the user out of the box. The Note II, on the other hand, offers over 10 gigabytes of native storage, which is a lot more acceptable. Thankfully, both smartphones come with microSD cards for storage expansion and are bundled with 50GB of free Dropbox storage for 2 years.


Web browser:

As a rule of thumb, the bigger the screen is on a given device, the more comfortable it is to surf the web on it. This, however, does not apply in this case, and the reason for that is the low resolution of the Mega 5.8's display. Not that the experience with the Mega is seriously underwhelming, but it is just that we have to zoom in on pages a bit more often than we'd like to. With the Samsung Galaxy Note II, on the other hand, text is a lot more legible even at small font sizes. In terms of performance, the browsers on both smartphones are very fluid and responsive.

Browsing the web on the Galaxy Mega 5.8 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Browsing the web on the Galaxy Mega 5.8 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Browsing the web on the Galaxy Mega 5.8 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Browsing the web on the Galaxy Mega 5.8 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

Browsing the web on the Galaxy Mega 5.8


The browser on the Samsung Galaxy Note II - Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The browser on the Samsung Galaxy Note II - Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The browser on the Samsung Galaxy Note II - Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
The browser on the Samsung Galaxy Note II - Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

The browser on the Samsung Galaxy Note II



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posted on 27 May 2013, 07:56 7

1. zhiae (Posts: 174; 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: 702; 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: 526; 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: 2999; 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: 471; 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: 2999; 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: 1353; 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: 107; 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: 154; 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: 1361; 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: 1361; 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: 69; 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: 643; 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: 2457; 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: 237; 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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