One of the few advantages that the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 has over the Galaxy Note II is that it comes with a more recent OS version – Android 4.2.2 for the former vs Android 4.1.2 for the latter. The differences between the two, however, are mostly minor. In fact, both smartphones offer a very similar feature set since they come with Samsung's TouchWiz custom UI. Regardless of which one you pick, you'll get extras exclusive to Samsung devices, such as Smart Stay, S Voice, Multi Window, and more.

Yet the Samsung Galaxy Note II, has a trick up its sleeve called S Pen. This advanced stylus optimized for touchscreen use makes taking hand-drawn notes much easier, especially since it is sensitive to pressure. On top of that, the accessory lets you preview photos in the gallery and events in the calendar by just hovering over the item. Overall, the S Pen can come in handy in a number of situations, and having it on a device with a screen so large makes a lot of sense.

Processor and memory:

When it comes to raw processing power, the Samsung Galaxy Note II is superior both on paper and in real life. While it has a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos SoC, the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 relies solely on a dual-core Broadcom chip ticking at 1.4GHz. As a result, not only is the Galaxy Note II capable of getting much higher scores on synthetic benchmarks, but it also feels more responsive, especially when it has 2GB of RAM for studder-free multitasking. The Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 is not slow by any means, but it drops frames sometimes and might lag when switching between apps even though it has 1.5GB of RAM. When it comes to gaming, both smartphones can handle casual and advanced 3D games, although the Note II gets better framerates.

Quadrant Standard AnTuTu GLBenchmark 2.5 (Egypt HD) Vellamo
(HTML5 / Metal)
Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 3856 7999 2026 FAIL / 386
Samsung Galaxy Note II 5806 18295

Storage space is very limited on the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 as only 3.6 gigs are available to the user out of the box. The Note II, on the other hand, offers over 10 gigabytes of native storage, which is a lot more acceptable. Thankfully, both smartphones come with microSD cards for storage expansion and are bundled with 50GB of free Dropbox storage for 2 years.

Web browser:

As a rule of thumb, the bigger the screen is on a given device, the more comfortable it is to surf the web on it. This, however, does not apply in this case, and the reason for that is the low resolution of the Mega 5.8's display. Not that the experience with the Mega is seriously underwhelming, but it is just that we have to zoom in on pages a bit more often than we'd like to. With the Samsung Galaxy Note II, on the other hand, text is a lot more legible even at small font sizes. In terms of performance, the browsers on both smartphones are very fluid and responsive.



44. RomeoJDR

Posts: 245; Member since: Dec 09, 2011

Shortly after this thing is released the Note 3 will be out driving the pricing of the Note 2 down to what the Mega will likely be. Who's going to be buying this thing?

43. Dadler22

Posts: 243; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Samsung, we have the $ to do whatever we want.

29. samsuper

Posts: 33; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

Not a good comparison Note 2 is only comparable with note 3

31. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

This is moreover a size comparison.

28. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Not sure why Samsung went backwards with the Mega here.. look at the bezel and area above and below the screen. Seems to me they increased the "dead space" instead of continued to shrink it! I sure HOPE the Note3 isn't going to be this big... or bigger yet. That would be unfortunate. What I'd like to see Samsung do is cram as big of a screen as possible into a chassis approx the same size as the current note2. Give it a tiny bezel like the GS4 and call it done. I really don't want a bigger phone, but I'll take a bigger display! :)

26. Mobilephile

Posts: 175; 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

22. TheBitterTruth unregistered

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

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?

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

11. iami67

Posts: 334; 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 :))

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!

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

5. KickRocks

Posts: 285; 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'.

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

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

2. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I still like the Note II 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: 334; 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.

1. zhiae unregistered

not a battle

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