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Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review

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Interface and functionality

The newest TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0, as found on the Galaxy S4, is what's painted over Android 4.2.2 here, with some of the hand-gestures and eye-tracking bells and whistles that are present on the flagship. Samsung has thankfully provided a dedicated portrait mode for the interface, which helps when you turn the phone sideways, and are holding it with two hands.

The newest TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 is what's painted over Android 4.2.2 on the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review
The newest TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 is what's painted over Android 4.2.2 on the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review
The newest TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 is what's painted over Android 4.2.2 on the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review
The newest TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 is what's painted over Android 4.2.2 on the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review
The newest TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 is what's painted over Android 4.2.2 on the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review
The newest TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 is what's painted over Android 4.2.2 on the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review
The newest TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 is what's painted over Android 4.2.2 on the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review
The newest TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 is what's painted over Android 4.2.2 on the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review

The newest TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 is what's painted over Android 4.2.2 on the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3


Speaking of two-handed operation, the screen size actually makes it a breeze to type on the default portrait keyboard, as its letters are huge, and the large display gives other advantages, too - the gallery's split view feature is not cramped, and the multi-window mode for running two apps at once is actually useable.

The default keyboard - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review
The default keyboard - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review

The default keyboard


One would argue that Samsung didn't include a stylus with the Mega 6.3, as you can easily doodle with your finger on the large screen canvas, but it's more likely because the Note franchise shouldn't be undermined, and the price of the Mega line had to be kept in check.


Processor and memory

A 1.7 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 is running the show, which we actually see for the first time, and paired with the unorthodox 1.5 GB of RAM to boot. Benchmarking it reveals pretty run-of-the-mill results, but the chipset does its job well, without lag or stuttering in the interface or while loading apps.

The Mega 6.3 comes with the non-mega 4 GB of internal storage, of which only about two are user-available, but you have a microSD card slot for expansion, situated right on top of the micro SIM compartment, next to the generous 3200 mAh replaceable battery.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu GLBenchmark 2.5 (Egypt HD) Vellamo
(HTML5 / Metal)
Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 6828 13392 2980 / 25 fps 2000 / 698
Samsung Galaxy Note II 5806 18295

LG Optimus G Pro 12239


Huawei Ascend Mate 5195 15615 n/a 1626 / 469

Browser and connectivity

The proven TouchWiz browser is what Samsung supplies with the handset, which has one of the fastest rendering engines around plus native Adobe Flash support. Needless to say, browsing on the 6.3” display is a joy. Due to its sheer size, it's akin to browsing on one of the smaller tablets, no kidding.

Surfing the web on the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review
Surfing the web on the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review
Surfing the web on the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review
Surfing the web on the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review

Surfing the web on the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3


Samsung has put a 21.1 Mbit/s HSPA+ 4G radio, and its usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 - A-GPS, NFC and FM Radio set. Well, not the “usual” Wi-Fi, as the Mega 6.3 supports the fast 802.11ac standard,, as long as you have the respective router lying around. An MHL connector at the bottom rounds up the connectivity offerings.

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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: 2126; 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: 3011; 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: 3011; 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: 693; 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: 2625; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


i liked the design very much.

posted on 30 May 2013, 08:00 2

11. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5399; 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: 1402; 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: 27; 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: 666; 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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