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Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review

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Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review
Introduction

Measuring 6.3” across, as the name suggests, the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 is not to be disregarded, be it only for the fact that it is the phone with the largest screen out there.

The specs can be considered mid-range for this year, as the handset is still venturing towards a trial appeal with an existing or imaginable marketing niche of users. 

These would be people who use their handsets mostly for media, browsing and games, rather than actual talking, and want their display as big as possible this side of a tablet screen.

Will the Galaxy Mega 6.3 succeed in addressing this alleged target market? Read on our review to find out...

In the box:

  • In-ear stereo headphones
  • Wall charger
  • MicroUSB cable

Design

The first impression about the phone is “darn, it's big”. The second impression is that it is in fact rather thin, with a slim bezel, classy faux-metal rim around the sides and a very nice looking pattern, which spans both on the back and at the front.

It is almost impossible to operate the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 with one hand - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review
It is almost impossible to operate the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 with one hand - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review

It is almost impossible to operate the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 with one hand


Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3
6.6 x 3.46 x 0.31 inches
167.6 x 88 x 8 mm
7.02 oz (199 g)

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3

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

Huawei Ascend Mate
6.44 x 3.37 x 0.39 inches
163.5 x 85.7 x 9.9 mm
6.98 oz (198 g)

Huawei Ascend Mate

LG Optimus G Pro
5.91 x 3 x 0.37 inches
150.2 x 76.1 x 9.4 mm
5.64 oz (160 g)

LG Optimus G Pro

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


Despite the cool looks and svelte waistline, it is almost impossible to operate the Mega 6.3 with one hand – you'd be lucky if you don't drop it trying to pull down the notification bar, let alone while fumbling for the back key way down right.

To cut a long story short and deal with the question on everyone's mind – yes, you can hold the phone with an average or larger palm, but not operate the handset with one hand. You'd have to shrink the keyboard and dialer left or right, which is a feature Samsung provides on its big-screen phones, or else it would literally be a stretch to write a quick text message reply, or dial a number by keying it in. Two hands are your best bet, and that's the price to pay for a giant display. As for carrying it around, you'd better have baggy pants with deep pockets and stretch fabric, or sport a purse – it is not by accident that Samsung is heavily marketing the Note family to women, for example.

3.5mm jack (top) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review
microUSB port (bottom) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review
Power key (right) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review
Volume rocker (left) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review

3.5mm jack (top)

microUSB port (bottom)

Power key (right)

Volume rocker (left)

The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3


There are only two buttons interrupting the metal-imitating rim around the sides – the power/lock key on the right is well situated and easy to feel and press, while the volume rocker on the opposite side is a bit too flush with the surface and has a shallow tactile feedback.

Back - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review
Rear camera - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review
Battery compartment - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review

Back

Rear camera

Battery compartment



Display

The 6.3” LCD panel sports 720x1280 pixels HD resolution, with a pretty decent 233ppi pixel density. This is not a sassy Full HD panel, yet it is a far cry from the 480x800 pixels abomination on last year's 5” Galaxy Grand, for instance. Color representation is vivid, though not OLED-style saturated, and the display has very good viewing angles.

Peak brightness is slightly above average for an LCD panel, at 450 nits in the middle, but has uneven distribution, going to sub-400 nits at the corners, which is typical for such large panels. While brightness seems enough, we'd wish a bit less reflectivity outside under direct sunlight, when viewing the image on the screen is a challenge.


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posted on 30 May 2013, 07:19 4

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


really hope samsung decide to use this as the basis for the note 3

posted on 30 May 2013, 19:20 4

20. Airforce (Posts: 62; Member since: 24 Jul 2012)


Does it hurt for Samsung to actually produce a phone without the cheap plastic default format casing???

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 22:15

24. obitobi (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)


while i think they should make metal phones along with their plastic ones, the plastic is so that the price can stay lower.

posted on 30 May 2013, 07:21 10

2. polrt (banned) (Posts: 73; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)


copy paste and resize It is not an invention!

posted on 30 May 2013, 07:31 8

4. _Bone_ (Posts: 2129; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Applies to your post

posted on 30 May 2013, 07:25 7

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


I can't wait for this GINORMOUS screen on the Galaxy Note 3 :)

posted on 30 May 2013, 07:46

5. ebubekir26 (Posts: 311; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


5.99" but compact

posted on 30 May 2013, 08:12 3

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


Say it aint so (Toto), I need the extra .04 inches to feel fully satisfied.

posted on 30 May 2013, 07:47 1

6. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3012; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Well, i've said it, i will say it again.
Note II still the best there is...

posted on 30 May 2013, 07:48 1

7. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3012; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Well, i've said it, i will say it again.
Note II still the best there is...

posted on 30 May 2013, 07:48

8. Credo (Posts: 695; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


I really wanna see this phone is person, looks nice.

Greetzz.

posted on 30 May 2013, 07:53 3

9. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2662; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


i liked the design very much.

posted on 30 May 2013, 08:00 2

11. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5494; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Me too, it looks much better than it's little brother (Galaxy S4) in my opinion.

posted on 30 May 2013, 07:54 3

10. superkuiken (Posts: 44; Member since: 24 Mar 2013)


Isn't the asus fonepad the biggest "phone"?

posted on 30 May 2013, 08:03

12. sybersushi1 (Posts: 6; Member since: 29 May 2013)


i realy like it!It will cost 559$ and 5.8 will be 449$!!!!!

posted on 30 May 2013, 08:03 3

13. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


I hope Samsung will change the design on the next Galaxy line, since the Galaxy S3 until now all Galaxy line looks the same or similar is boring.

posted on 30 May 2013, 08:11

14. tiara6918 (Posts: 1416; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


I want this phablet despite the rating it got

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 11:27

23. cp1024 (Posts: 5; Member since: 16 May 2010)


I vote we start using a better, manlier name for this class of phone, I feel Mega-lith, or mega Phone are the best two.

posted on 30 May 2013, 08:30

16. hitmantb (Posts: 43; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


I would take this in a heart beat if the internal storage is normal. Samsung crippled the internal storage to avoid cannibalizing Note 3 sales. As it is, 4GB makes this useless.

posted on 30 May 2013, 11:06

17. jackk03 (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 May 2013)


When's this pig going to be released in the US? I want it.

posted on 30 May 2013, 11:17 1

18. Seany (Posts: 8; Member since: 28 Sep 2012)


Too big,ugly plastic crap again. And those cartoony tiny icons look tacky on that massive display. Samsung designs and UI is begining to look tired and boring now

posted on 30 May 2013, 12:53

19. jellmoo (Posts: 671; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


I... I can't believe that this scored higher than the Q10. At least the Q10 does what it is intended to well, be an awesome QWERTY messaging device. This monstrosity with its low PPI screen and irritating lag does not.

posted on 20 Jul 2013, 20:23

21. robocopvn (Posts: 180; Member since: 10 Mar 2010)


I wonder how Snapdragon 400 vs Exynos 5250 ! Can anyone give me some glues please ?

In my country there are an version of Mega 6.3 but use the Exynos 5250 SOC (like Nexus 10) instead of Snapdragon 400. Snapdragon 400 is for 4G and there is no 4G in my country in the next 10 years so I want the comparison only about phone's raw performance

posted on 03 Sep 2013, 23:59

22. transgressor01 (Posts: 12; Member since: 24 Aug 2013)


this phone is quite huge

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Display6.3 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (233 ppi) Super Clear LCD
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8930AB, Dual core, 1700 MHz, Krait 300 processor
1536 MB RAM
Size6.60 x 3.46 x 0.31 inches
(167.6 x 88 x 8 mm)
7.02 oz  (199 g)
Battery3200 mAh, 18 hours talk time

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