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Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3

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Interface and functionality

The newest TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0, as found on the Galaxy S4, is what's painted over Android 4.2.2 here, with some of the hand-gestures and eye-tracking bells and whistles that are present on the flagship. Samsung has thankfully provided a dedicated portrait mode for the interface, which helps when you turn the phone sideways, and are holding it with two hands.

The newest TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 is what's painted over Android 4.2.2 on the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review
The newest TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 is what's painted over Android 4.2.2 on the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review
The newest TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 is what's painted over Android 4.2.2 on the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review
The newest TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 is what's painted over Android 4.2.2 on the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review
The newest TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 is what's painted over Android 4.2.2 on the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review
The newest TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 is what's painted over Android 4.2.2 on the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review
The newest TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 is what's painted over Android 4.2.2 on the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review
The newest TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 is what's painted over Android 4.2.2 on the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review

Speaking of two-handed operation, the screen size actually makes it a breeze to type on the default portrait keyboard, as its letters are huge, and the large display gives other advantages, too - the gallery's split view feature is not cramped, and the multi-window mode for running two apps at once is actually useable.

The default keyboard - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review
The default keyboard - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review

One would argue that Samsung didn't include a stylus with the Mega 6.3, as you can easily doodle with your finger on the large screen canvas, but it's more likely because the Note franchise shouldn't be undermined, and the price of the Mega line had to be kept in check.


Processor and memory

A 1.7 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 is running the show, which we actually see for the first time, and paired with the unorthodox 1.5 GB of RAM to boot. Benchmarking it reveals pretty run-of-the-mill results, but the chipset does its job well, without lag or stuttering in the interface or while loading apps.

The Mega 6.3 comes with the non-mega 4 GB of internal storage, of which only about two are user-available, but you have a microSD card slot for expansion, situated right on top of the micro SIM compartment, next to the generous 3200 mAh replaceable battery.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu GLBenchmark 2.5 (Egypt HD) Vellamo
(HTML5 / Metal)
Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 6828 13392 2980 / 25 fps 2000 / 698
Samsung Galaxy Note II 5806 18295

LG Optimus G Pro 12239


Huawei Ascend Mate 5195 15615 n/a 1626 / 469

Browser and connectivity

The proven TouchWiz browser is what Samsung supplies with the handset, which has one of the fastest rendering engines around plus native Adobe Flash support. Needless to say, browsing on the 6.3” display is a joy. Due to its sheer size, it's akin to browsing on one of the smaller tablets, no kidding.

Surfing the web on the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review
Surfing the web on the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review
Surfing the web on the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review
Surfing the web on the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Review

Samsung has put a 21.1 Mbit/s HSPA+ 4G radio, and its usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 - A-GPS, NFC and FM Radio set. Well, not the “usual” Wi-Fi, as the Mega 6.3 supports the fast 802.11ac standard,, as long as you have the respective router lying around. An MHL connector at the bottom rounds up the connectivity offerings.

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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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