Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II
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.
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.