Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 Review
Introduction:

The Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 is a member of a rare breed. While it has the specs of a mid-range device, its appearance might make an unassuming buyer think that it's one beast of a phone. That's because its front is occupied by a massive, 5.8-inch touchscreen, which happens to be the smartphone's stand-out feature. However, the panel's resolution is rather low, and the rest of the phone's hardware doesn't look impressive either. Is a trade-off like this worth it? Well, it is time to find out if the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 will manage to impress us.

Note that our review is based on the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 Duos. This is the dual-SIM variant of the smartphone, which is identical to the single-SIM version in terms of design and hardware specs.

In the box:

  • Wired stereo headset (model EHS64AVFWE)
  • microUSB cable
  • Wall charger (Power output of 2A)



Design:

To say that the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 is big would be an understatement. Instead, adjectives like gigantic, enormous, and colossal would be a lot more fitting. Even the 5-inch high-ends that are so popular today seem average-sized when placed next to this device, which is only dwarfed by the even bigger, 6.3-inch Galaxy Mega model. As anyone would expect, using the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 with a single hand is pretty much out of the question, unless you play for the NBA, and it barely fits in even the largest of pockets. But hey, being huge is the smartphone's main selling point – with this device, Samsung is catering to the needs of people who want to know what it is to have a large-screened phone without spending an astronomical price on one. Not that the Mega 5.8 will be cheap, but it will be cheaper than its high-end 5-inch siblings.


Anyway, here are a few more things you should know about the phone's design. The Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 looks a lot like a bigger Galaxy S4 – with corners curved in the same manner and glossy plastic housing that has an identical diamond-like pattern covering its surface. However, it doesn't quite give us that premium feel we get from holding the company's flagship. Maybe it's because the plastic back cover flexes inwards when given a slight push, or perhaps the not so thin bezel surrounding the screen is to blame. Either way, the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 feels okay in the hand, but its design is nothing out of this world.

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8

Dimensions

6.46 x 3.3 x 0.38 inches

162.6 x 82.4 x 9 mm

Weight

6.42 oz (182 g)

Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4

Dimensions

5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inches

136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm

Weight

4.59 oz (130 g)

Samsung GALAXY Note II

Samsung GALAXY Note II

Dimensions

5.94 x 3.17 x 0.37 inches

151 x 80.5 x 9.4 mm

Weight

6.44 oz (182 g)

LG Optimus G Pro

LG Optimus G Pro

Dimensions

5.91 x 3 x 0.37 inches

150.2 x 76.1 x 9.4 mm

Weight

5.64 oz (160 g)

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8

Dimensions

6.46 x 3.3 x 0.38 inches

162.6 x 82.4 x 9 mm

Weight

6.42 oz (182 g)

Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4

Dimensions

5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inches

136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm

Weight

4.59 oz (130 g)

Samsung GALAXY Note II

Samsung GALAXY Note II

Dimensions

5.94 x 3.17 x 0.37 inches

151 x 80.5 x 9.4 mm

Weight

6.44 oz (182 g)

LG Optimus G Pro

LG Optimus G Pro

Dimensions

5.91 x 3 x 0.37 inches

150.2 x 76.1 x 9.4 mm

Weight

5.64 oz (160 g)

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



True to its traditions, Samsung has applied the usual button layout to the Galaxy Mega 5.8, with a physical home key underneath the screen, while the menu and back keys are on the left and right side respectively. The power button is on the right while the volume rocker is on the left side of the device. However, pressing any of these keys is anything but comfortable. Even something as simple as bringing forth the home screen requires too much effort, and by effort we mean resorting to your other hand to do all the pressing. On top of that, the volume rocker is shallow and with little travel.




Display:

We know what you're thinking – a resolution of 540 by 960 pixels looks pretty terrible on a 5.8-inch screen. Well, that's true for the most part and anyone who has ever tried a smartphone with a high-res screen before will be underwhelmed by the 190ppi

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28 Comments

1. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Sammy should've passed on this one. The 6.3 @720p makes sense once you look at it as a pocketable call-ready tablet instead of anything related to a phone - yet it only makes sense with the right price tag. The 5.8 one with the low pixel density and quite weak HW does not.

5. Diego!

Posts: 871; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

I agree. Though is the Jumbo version, the 6.3 is far better than this one!

2. istitch

Posts: 181; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

I thought it would be 7.5 or even 8, well you know, it's samsung after all.

20. ebubekir26

Posts: 337; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

what do you mean with the last sentence? we know it's Samsung we know the highest (review) score in PhoneArena is a Samsung device (S4) ... have a nice day

3. oldmandaddy

Posts: 64; Member since: May 01, 2010

Just another crappy Samsung 's phones.

8. daddysbeenabadgirl

Posts: 157; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

How sad is your pathetic life that you feel the need to click on a review just to post such an unintelligent and trollish comment? You must have the Samsung RAGE deep in your soul...sucks to be you.

11. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

Seeing a Samsung getting this kind of score makes ma happy. I was like, "SUCKKK THAT!"

4. Kurai unregistered

the ppi is really low . . . but i understand what they're doing here. they're testing the response of the market with different screen sizes . . .

6. ryan5609

Posts: 107; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

Having a tough time understanding why this or the 6.3 exists. The market for such a large phone must be incredibly small, like 6'6"+ tall market. Throw in the s**tty screen resolution and s**tty processor, the only thing it has going for it is Android 4.2.2. Unless this thing is under $50 or free with new 2 yr. at launch, I see no reason why someone would pass up the GS4 or possibly the Note II to get this. Luckily, I think Samsung can afford a dud or two.

7. g2a5b0e unregistered

It's not made for the U.S. market, man. The chances of this or the 6.3 being picked up by one of our carriers is slim to none. Therefore, you won't see any prices with a 2-year contract. That's mostly a North American model.

10. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Agreed. The Note 3 will be just as jumbo-sized as this one, but will have the 1080 display and top-tier processors it deserves. And that model will make it to the North American carriers (for a price).

28. myname

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 06, 2015

Hmmmm.......att carries the mega....

9. daddysbeenabadgirl

Posts: 157; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

I agree with g2a these phones are not made for our market. If they were I would be interested in one for the right price, I use my phone for nothing more then texting and internet, I use about 80 min a month in calling so that doesnt worry me.

27. myname

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 06, 2015

I know ur comment was in 2013, but how stupid do you feel now?

12. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

what an ugly abomination is this??

13. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

Errrr good, if it coasts south of $200 that is.

14. imkyle

Posts: 1115; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

190 PPI. That is pretty sad. This and the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 need to back to the factory and be dismissed.

15. wh3resmycar

Posts: 3; Member since: May 05, 2013

uhh stupid and silly folks... before you bash the phone this isn't for the US market. dimwits....

16. imkyle

Posts: 1115; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

People outside the US deserve good phones too.

17. Phaze0085

Posts: 124; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

so what, Phonearena doesnt do video reviews anymore? WTH!!!

18. slaggyb

Posts: 218; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

if Ray s reviewed this phone, he will give it an 8.5 and stress how fast and lag free it is..it is plagued with the same lagginess as the galaxy s4... Good job for doing a good review...i wish people like you do reviews on here steadily unlike RAY S AND PARTNER IN CRIME JOHN V

19. TheBitterTruth unregistered

Too much small

21. skyguy7567

Posts: 148; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

Once again, Samsung is flooding the market with its way-to-big phones. Having a large screen size can be good, but not phone someone with a pillow. It's so hard to hold 5+ inch phones. 5 inch is just right. Offers a good experience watching videos and viewing photos, while keeping just enough space for one hand operation.

22. kbayer

Posts: 19; Member since: Feb 08, 2010

Why would they go all out on size but skimp on features? Why not offer the best of everything at a fair price? Simply goofy. All respect for Samsung just went right out the window.

24. skyguy7567

Posts: 148; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

20 inch phone complete with the ability to detect the motion of your Kung Fu and call someone, and 'smart leave' which turns on the screen when you look away and turns off when you look at the screen. Got problem with fragile glass? Samsung Galaxy Glass provides a shatter-ful experience throughout the phone's life. Fortunately the phone lasts for half a year so your money is 'very well spent'.

23. gws898

Posts: 24; Member since: May 31, 2013

PhoneArena, does it have FM Radio widget on Galaxy Mega 5.8?

26. midodido

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

I got my phone from Dubai, and it has a Radio and a widget.

25. midodido

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

since I updated the last os 4.3 and i can't enjoy any calling app, as all my calls can't be heard unless in loud speaker. not the phone speaker or the head phones, also whenever I play a video, it tells me that i can't play a video during a call, when no calls are on. very carp os. I wanna get rid of those problems, what can I do. no viber, Tango or even kakao talk are working without loud speakers. but phone calls are fine.
Galaxy Mega 5.8
  • Display 5.8" 540 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Broadcom BCM28155, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(12h 3G talk time)

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