Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 Review

Call quality:

The earpiece on the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 sounds slightly muffled during phone calls, but it is loud enough for us to understand the other party without much effort. The microphone captures clear and distinct audio, and even though there is no secondary microphone for noise cancellation present on the device, our voice is still recognizable on the other side of the line even in noisy environments.

Battery life:

Samsung has yet to disclose any specific figures as to how long the Galaxy Mega 5.8's battery lasts on a single charge. But based on our experience with the device, its 2600mAh removable battery should last through at least one day of regular usage. The screen is what draws most of the battery's juice, so keeping its brightness low would extend the time between charges.

Conclusion:

No, the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 isn't ridiculous despite its gargantuan proportions. It is simply not a smartphone for the mainstream market. Rather, it is meant to be used by a very specific demographic – those few who want their smartphone to have a large display above all. Without a doubt, having such a huge screen makes gaming a lot more comfortable and it is great for watching video or photos. Overall, the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 is meant to be used as a multimedia device first and as a (dual-SIM) phone second.

However, bigger isn't always better. Owning the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 does come with a number of trade-offs, one of them being that it is simply uncomfortable to carry around for obvious reasons. We are also a bit disappointed by the occasional performance issues, and the low resolution of the screen is another thing that we have a hard time getting over. If a large screen is what you need and if you don't demand on having dual-SIM functionality, it would be worth going for the Samsung Galaxy Note II, which might be more expensive, but will provide you with a much better user experience overall.

Software version of the reviewed unit:
Android 4.2.2
Build number: JDQ39.I9152XXUAMD8


Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 Video Review:



Pros

  • Large screen makes gaming and watching videos very comfortable
  • Decent camera
  • Dual SIM phone

Cons

  • Low resolution display
  • Occasional performance issues
  • Difficult to handle and carry around

PhoneArena Rating:

7.0

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