AT&T Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 hands-on


After launching in other markets a couple months ago, the goliath device in the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 is finally coming stateside – well, it’s actually available through AT&T starting today. As if we were all over the whole super large craze, this one seemingly puts those concerns to rest as it seemingly tips the scales. Aside from its immense size, it’s rather comforting to find this handset sporting a 2-year contract price of $149.99 from the onset, which isn’t too bad when you think about what it’s carrying along. Sure, it might be viewed as a mid-range device, especially after looking into its specs and all, but nevertheless, it’s a mighty device that stands out prominently from the field.

Quickly glazing over the design, it hasn’t changed at all, since it’s still large and beastly. No doubt, it’ll be handled easily by those with larger hands, but for the rest, it’s still something that proves to be unwieldy. With its glossy plastic construction, it’s a magnet for fingerprints and smudges – so be prepared to wipe it down constantly! Out of everything, the only thing new that we see in the design is the prominent AT&T logo in the rear. Aside from that, it’s identical to the international variant that we reviewed months ago.

Naturally, it’s the 6.3-inch 720p display that jumps out at us, but unlike its siblings that rely on AMOLED technology, this one is actually boasting a Super Clear LCD panel instead, which lacks the strong vividness and wide viewing angles of its AMOLED siblings. In fact, it comes off as being a bit washed out in tone. Oh well! Another thing that we realize is its slower responsiveness, which isn’t bad per se, but noticeably lagging compared to the Galaxy S4 – this is powered by a dual-core 1.7GHz processor with 1.5GB of RAM. Even though it’s packing a handy dandy IR blaster to turn it into a universal remote too, it doesn’t have all the functionality and gear that’s packed along with Sammy’s flagship in the Galaxy S4. Specifically, we don’t have those cool Air Gestures, so there’s no waving our hands over the display.

Overall, it’s the sheer size of the Galaxy Mega 6.3 that gives it notoriety when it’s out and about. Seriously, if you want to get noticed, just plop this sucker down at a restaurant table – you’re bound to get questions regarding it. Don’t forget to check out our quick hands-on video of it below!



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Galaxy Mega 6.3
  • Display 6.3" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Dual-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3200 mAh(17h 3G talk time)

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30 Comments

1. twens

Posts: 1184; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

I prefer the Xperia zu's design but the screen to body ratio of the mega 6.3 is more compact than the Xperia zu which is an amazing achievement for Samsung. If it had the specs of the zu I will have prefered this instead.

2. imkyle

Posts: 1116; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

I am impressed at the $149.99 price tag.

16. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

OG Pro is $99.99 on AT&T, and is a much better phone.

23. DechyX

Posts: 156; Member since: May 16, 2011

I agree, I went and compared the two of them on Friday, and I decided on the G Pro. Gorgeous screen, perfect size, wireless charging, awesome camera, and the price off contract was 399.99, which is a steal. The Mega is a good deal, but the size is just too much.

25. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Yeah, the Mega has the size, but nothing else. The OG Pro is one of the best values on the market, if not the best.

3. jove39

Posts: 2148; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Low price edition of note?

4. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Yes but, think of all the fun you can have with that extra inch (almost).

6. timukh

Posts: 295; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Thats what she said...

5. timukh

Posts: 295; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

"Another thing that we realize is its slower responsiveness, which isn’t bad per se, but noticeably lagging compared to the Galaxy S4"- oh common!! 1.7Ghz dual core processor with 1.5GB RAM and still lag?? I just want to buy a lag free android device to replace my Xperia E (4.1JB in 512mb ram is killing it!!). I cant afford the s4 or other flagships! Is project butter really doing something??

7. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Yes Project Butter made a difference. I would look at other reviews for this phone. You can't compare it to the S4, they aren't in the same class. This is a mid range phone with a huge screen. I'm interested in this phone because 4.7 is too small for me now, and 5 inches just isn't much bigger. I don't care about all of the extra feature the S4 has, I wouldn't use them.

13. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Okay (thank me later), unlike the writer I have laid my hands-on it and, it is HUUUGE; makes my Galaxy Note 2 feel like a certain 4-inch phone that shall remain nameless forevermore (said the Raven). But, i Digress, I just left an AT&T store here in old NYC, man I would want this just for the screen size!!!! Massive! On a sidenote, someone in the store (can't say who or which one) gave me some interesting info on the Galaxy Note 3: Samsung is keeping it so tight-lipped (until September 4) that when they shot the promo marketing video for the Note 3 only 4 people were allowed in the room. Among the info, possibly 16MP Main camera with Octo-Core CPU (we already knew that one); true HD display and screen size comparable to 6.3 Mega. My advice: WAIT!!! (But, don't iWait!)

24. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

How reliable is the 16mp camera source, also screen size comparable to the mega 6.3 probably means a 6 inch version probably because Samsung is feeling the heat from HTC/Nokia and other anonymous OEMs from China for the growing phablet market.

17. TechBlue

Posts: 81; Member since: May 06, 2010

hey Genius why dont you strap a 23" LCD montior on your head and make phone calls! this is phone is to big. end of story.

27. MEeee

Posts: 440; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Soon others will follow and you will then say it's perfect.

8. imkyle

Posts: 1116; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

There is no lag on my Nexus 4. Its the OEM's skin they over lay on top of Android that makes some things lag.

11. gx3kgx3k

Posts: 10; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

I have the international version of this phone and I don't find it laggy at all. Just disable the features you don't need and change the launcher to Nova.

9. timukh

Posts: 295; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

In my country the nexus 4 is not subsidized so it costs as much as flagships. And i knw that stock android is so much better but unfortunately i cant afford that much. $300 max is all I can afford and all the devices in that range lags too much! So i am kind of stuck with my xperia it seems :/

10. imkyle

Posts: 1116; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Have you tried eBay?

12. timukh

Posts: 295; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

yeah it still costs around $420.

14. AsisHaas

Posts: 42; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

I hope Note3 wont be same design like this.

21. Andrewtst

Posts: 697; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

99.99% will be like this.

30. MrSamsungGalaxy

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

The Note 3 will be nothing like this sporting a Quad core, 3GB Ram and other features so rest assured it wont be. This looks like Samsung purchased a large amount of equipment for the Note 3 and decided to go with other options for the Note 3 and designed a quick model to dump the hardware. Dominic Goodspeed Mr Samsung Galaxy

15. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I always wondered how much does John VVV gets paid reviewing a phone traveling around the world and be able too pay for his home.

20. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

If this phone has better specs, i wouldve bought this phone. I'll wait for the Note 3

22. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Better name, Galaxy S4 XL- oh.....yeah

26. bigstrudel

Posts: 621; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

It just looks plain ridiculous hanging out by the other real phones at AT&T. They should really put it next to the other Tablets where it belongs.

28. MEeee

Posts: 440; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

You are jealous because your brand is not there.

29. 9thWonderful

Posts: 232; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

it's like my S4 on steriods. unfortunately, what's under the hood suffers from a shrunken penis. i'll pass...

31. MrSamsungGalaxy

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

The Note 3 will be nothing like the Samsung Galaxy Mega. It will be sporting a Quad core, 3GB Ram and other features so rest assured it wont be like this model. This looks like Samsung purchased a large amount of equipment for the Note 3 and decided to go with other options for the Note 3 and designed a quick model to dump the hardware. Dominic Goodspeed Mr Samsung Galaxy

32. shopbychoice

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

Samsung is most preferred brand in India that promise to give smart phone to the customer at ground price with addtional functionality . Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 is one of the best smart phone in 2013. Heartly, I recommend for this phone to all my friends .

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