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Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3

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Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review
Introduction

Measuring 6.3” across, as the name suggests, the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 is not to be disregarded, be it only for the fact that it is the phone with the largest screen out there.

The specs can be considered mid-range for this year, as the handset is still venturing towards a trial appeal with an existing or imaginable marketing niche of users. 

These would be people who use their handsets mostly for media, browsing and games, rather than actual talking, and want their display as big as possible this side of a tablet screen.

Will the Galaxy Mega 6.3 succeed in addressing this alleged target market? Read on our review to find out...

In the box:

  • In-ear stereo headphones
  • Wall charger
  • MicroUSB cable

Design

The first impression about the phone is “darn, it's big”. The second impression is that it is in fact rather thin, with a slim bezel, classy faux-metal rim around the sides and a very nice looking pattern, which spans both on the back and at the front.

It is almost impossible to operate the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 with one hand - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review
It is almost impossible to operate the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 with one hand - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review


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Despite the cool looks and svelte waistline, it is almost impossible to operate the Mega 6.3 with one hand – you'd be lucky if you don't drop it trying to pull down the notification bar, let alone while fumbling for the back key way down right.

To cut a long story short and deal with the question on everyone's mind – yes, you can hold the phone with an average or larger palm, but not operate the handset with one hand. You'd have to shrink the keyboard and dialer left or right, which is a feature Samsung provides on its big-screen phones, or else it would literally be a stretch to write a quick text message reply, or dial a number by keying it in. Two hands are your best bet, and that's the price to pay for a giant display. As for carrying it around, you'd better have baggy pants with deep pockets and stretch fabric, or sport a purse – it is not by accident that Samsung is heavily marketing the Note family to women, for example.

3.5mm jack (top) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review
microUSB port (bottom) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review
Power key (right) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review
Volume rocker (left) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review

3.5mm jack (top)

microUSB port (bottom)

Power key (right)

Volume rocker (left)


There are only two buttons interrupting the metal-imitating rim around the sides – the power/lock key on the right is well situated and easy to feel and press, while the volume rocker on the opposite side is a bit too flush with the surface and has a shallow tactile feedback.

Back - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review
Rear camera - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review
Battery compartment - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review

Back

Rear camera

Battery compartment



Display

The 6.3” LCD panel sports 720x1280 pixels HD resolution, with a pretty decent 233ppi pixel density. This is not a sassy Full HD panel, yet it is a far cry from the 480x800 pixels abomination on last year's 5” Galaxy Grand, for instance. Color representation is vivid, though not OLED-style saturated, and the display has very good viewing angles.

Peak brightness is slightly above average for an LCD panel, at 450 nits in the middle, but has uneven distribution, going to sub-400 nits at the corners, which is typical for such large panels. While brightness seems enough, we'd wish a bit less reflectivity outside under direct sunlight, when viewing the image on the screen is a challenge.


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PhoneArena rating:
7.5Good
Display6.3 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (233 ppi) Super Clear LCD
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Dual-core, 1700 MHz, Krait 300 processor
1.5 GB RAM
Size6.60 x 3.46 x 0.31 inches
(167.6 x 88 x 8 mm)
7.02 oz  (199 g)
Battery3200 mAh, 18 hours talk time

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