Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
Introduction:

The Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 and the Samsung Galaxy Note II have a lot in common, don't they? Both are massive, feature-rich smartphones that are made for multimedia consumption and large-screen entertainment. Both have Android running on them enhanced by Samsung with a dose of minor and major software tricks. But putting their specs sheets side by side shows that the Note II is superior to the Mega 5.8 in a number of ways. Does that translate into a better user experience in real life? Well, that's what we're here to find out, so let's fire up these behemoths and see which one's better!


Design:

All of Samsung's recent smartphones follow the same design principles, which is why the Galaxy Mega 5.8 and the Galaxy Note II look so similar to each other. The bodies of both are made of glossy plastic, with curved corners and a silvery trim around the sides. Given the materials used in their construction, neither of these two smartphones feels like a truly premium device, although they are solid and definitely well made.


The Samsung Galaxy Note II has the advantage of being physically smaller than the Mega 5.8, meaning that it is marginally easier to carry around, be it in a bag or in a large pocket. Neither of them is usable with a single hand, of course, but the Galaxy Note II, being less narrow, is more comfortable to get a hold of. In addition, the physical buttons on the latter are easier to reach.

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 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)

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 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)

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





Display:

It doesn't take a trained eye to notice that the Samsung Galaxy Note II has the better screen. Sure, at 5.5 inches it is slightly smaller than the 5.8-inch panel on the Galaxy Mega, but a difference like this is negligible. What truly makes the Super AMOLED display on the Note II stand out is the higher resolution and


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35 Comments

1. zhiae unregistered

not a battle

13. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 592; Member since: May 26, 2011

This is true, but as least users now have a good visual of how much bigger the note III will be than the note II.

14. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

note 2 way better than mega 5.8

18. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 2013

True, but I feel like Napoleon (or an iPhone) next to that Samsung Mega (says my Galaxy Note II).

30. Jonathan41

Posts: 532; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

Fun Fact: Napoleon actually wasn't short. He was 5'7" Carry on...

24. TheBitterTruth unregistered

This phone is actually for those who need a handy GSM tablet. Samsung is caring for all type of people.

2. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I still like the Note II better...no thanks Mega. You're literally out of my pocket. Bigger is not always better.

6. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

give pure iphone user this phone and ask them what do they think this device is, they will probably guess it as mini tablet. phone would never occur to them

10. therealestboy

Posts: 82; Member since: May 03, 2013

Of course not, this phone is garbage. the screen is probably more pixelated than a feature phone. Samsung is ruining the Galaxy brand.

12. iami67

Posts: 333; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

realestboy um you do realize galaxy is samsung how can the ruin the brand they are the brand your point is invalid. Screen is def not pixelated by the way

16. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

While i disagree on the garbage comment, i guess he meant to say Galaxy line... And yeah, the resolution on a 5.8 screen is definitely going to pixelate! 190ppi is will not be a happy sight to see...

25. ncarlosmiguel

Posts: 206; Member since: May 14, 2013

Nope, I don't know if you're all using a microscope when looking at your phones but 162ppi in my iPad mini's 7.9inch screen doesn't look pixelated to me. Looks dull compared to my GS3 but definitely not pixelated.

3. papss unregistered

I think at that size they both look goofy but do love the inside of the note 2 and the s pen

4. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Note2 all the way,but if you're after the price tag,the mega is the better alternative

5. KickRocks

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

I dont want a mini tv in my pocket

17. DaHarder

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 10, 2009

So... Then. Don't. Buy. One. Though neither of these devices is anywhere close to being a 'mini TV'. Anyway... Whoever wrote this article might want to correct the FACT that the Galaxy Note II is 'more narrow' than the Mega 5.8, not 'less narrow'.

7. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

when do samsung change design language?

9. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

When when they hired someone who is creative enough

15. sennarose88

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 18, 2009

When their designers running out of soap stock

8. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Note II for life.... until Note III comes out

23. TheBitterTruth unregistered

But I heard they are going to pump up the size of note 3 to 5.9 inches? :s

27. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Yeah, let's see how it plays out

39. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

you sure you can handle 6.3?

36. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

hope they go bigger 6.3 inches!

11. iami67

Posts: 333; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I just have to say I have a Note 2 and can use one hand with it. I have relatively average if not small hands as well so for the author to say you cant use either of these phones with one hand well, he must have midget hands cause you def can use it with one hand I do so everyday.

20. kriss

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 16, 2011

Yes, you can use it with one hand, but is it comfortable, or to say more - secure? I've got fairly big hands and I can not say I enjoy size of my Note II all the times - sometimes I wish it would be a bit more narrow to allow more secure grip. Still once you get over size issue it is one of the best handsets on the market (IMHO of course :))

19. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Id still love to see the note 3 made out of the mega. Mega body with note performance omg a phablet to rule them all

21. kriss

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 16, 2011

Looks like Sammy wants to have devices in all sizes - you have SIII, slightly bigger SIV, then recently released 8.0 and then note/tab 10.1, Mega 6.3... What they will release next? Giga with 7 inch screen?

22. TheBitterTruth unregistered

Steve Jobs, "you're doing it wrong samsung"

26. Mobilephile

Posts: 165; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

It's an Ascend Mate wannabe :) seriously though I think the 6.3 mega would be a more interesting comparison

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