Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review

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.


Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3

Dimensions

6.6 x 3.46 x 0.31 inches

167.6 x 88 x 8 mm

Weight

7.02 oz (199 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)

Huawei Ascend Mate

Huawei Ascend Mate

Dimensions

6.44 x 3.37 x 0.39 inches

163.5 x 85.7 x 9.9 mm

Weight

6.98 oz (198 g)

LG Optimus G Pro

LG Optimus G Pro

Dimensions

5.91 x 3 x 0.37 inches

150.2 x 76.1 x 9.4 mm

Weight

5.64 oz (160 g)

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3

Dimensions

6.6 x 3.46 x 0.31 inches

167.6 x 88 x 8 mm

Weight

7.02 oz (199 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)

Huawei Ascend Mate

Huawei Ascend Mate

Dimensions

6.44 x 3.37 x 0.39 inches

163.5 x 85.7 x 9.9 mm

Weight

6.98 oz (198 g)

LG Optimus G Pro

LG Optimus G Pro

Dimensions

5.91 x 3 x 0.37 inches

150.2 x 76.1 x 9.4 mm

Weight

5.64 oz (160 g)

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



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.


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.



Display

The 6.3” LCD panel sports 720x1280 pixels HD resolution, with a pretty decent 233ppi

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24 Comments

1. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

really hope samsung decide to use this as the basis for the note 3

20. Airforce

Posts: 70; Member since: Jul 24, 2012

Does it hurt for Samsung to actually produce a phone without the cheap plastic default format casing???

24. obitobi

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

while i think they should make metal phones along with their plastic ones, the plastic is so that the price can stay lower.

2. polrt

Posts: 73; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

copy paste and resize It is not an invention!

4. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Applies to your post

3. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 2013

I can't wait for this GINORMOUS screen on the Galaxy Note 3 :)

5. ebubekir26

Posts: 337; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

5.99" but compact

15. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 2013

Say it aint so (Toto), I need the extra .04 inches to feel fully satisfied.

6. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Well, i've said it, i will say it again. Note II still the best there is...

7. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Well, i've said it, i will say it again. Note II still the best there is...

8. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I really wanna see this phone is person, looks nice. Greetzz.

9. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

i liked the design very much.

11. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Me too, it looks much better than it's little brother (Galaxy S4) in my opinion.

10. superkuiken

Posts: 168; Member since: Mar 24, 2013

Isn't the asus fonepad the biggest "phone"?

12. sybersushi1

Posts: 8; Member since: May 29, 2013

i realy like it!It will cost 559$ and 5.8 will be 449$!!!!!

13. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

I hope Samsung will change the design on the next Galaxy line, since the Galaxy S3 until now all Galaxy line looks the same or similar is boring.

14. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I want this phablet despite the rating it got

23. cp1024

Posts: 10; Member since: May 16, 2010

I vote we start using a better, manlier name for this class of phone, I feel Mega-lith, or mega Phone are the best two.

16. hitmantb

Posts: 79; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

I would take this in a heart beat if the internal storage is normal. Samsung crippled the internal storage to avoid cannibalizing Note 3 sales. As it is, 4GB makes this useless.

17. jackk03

Posts: 1; Member since: May 30, 2013

When's this pig going to be released in the US? I want it.

18. Seany

Posts: 94; Member since: Sep 28, 2012

Too big,ugly plastic crap again. And those cartoony tiny icons look tacky on that massive display. Samsung designs and UI is begining to look tired and boring now

19. jellmoo

Posts: 2562; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I... I can't believe that this scored higher than the Q10. At least the Q10 does what it is intended to well, be an awesome QWERTY messaging device. This monstrosity with its low PPI screen and irritating lag does not.

21. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

I wonder how Snapdragon 400 vs Exynos 5250 ! Can anyone give me some glues please ? In my country there are an version of Mega 6.3 but use the Exynos 5250 SOC (like Nexus 10) instead of Snapdragon 400. Snapdragon 400 is for 4G and there is no 4G in my country in the next 10 years so I want the comparison only about phone's raw performance

22. transgressor01

Posts: 12; Member since: Aug 24, 2013

this phone is quite huge
Galaxy Mega 6.3
  • Display 6.3" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Dual-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3200 mAh(17h 3G talk time)

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