Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Android Smartphone / Tablet

I still remember the time when we are all laughing about the big smartphone idea, i.e, phones with big, big screens. Surprisingly, it was not really that late when we encountered the first 5-incher smartphones that surely hit the market just fine. Seemingly not enough and asking for more, here now comes the super mega phones that will animate the word ‘phablet’ into the English vocabulary. If Sony’s flagship Xperia Z got an Ultra with a 6.4-inch display, well, Samsung does not want to lag behind. Let me introduce the new Galaxy Mega 6.3 of Samsung.

Probably out already to some large markets across the globe, the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 is actually an easy release thinking how soon it is set to public selling after a week or two of being announced. Rumored to be available in three colors of black, white, and purple, I actually only noticed the first two colors. The Mega didn’t seem different with the latest Galaxy models, and this consistency is so far impressive but at the same time getting boring already. The only difference, at first glance then, is the bigger 6.3-inch display.

The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 is nevertheless small and handy enough despite the bigger display. The Mega measures 167.6 x 88 x 8mm, and with a weight a little less than 200 grams, you’d sure love to discover this smartphone right on your hand. As for me, I felt the Mega does not seem that right on my hand, but the seemingly plastic material with metal edges are literally cool on touch. Buttons can be awkwardly accessible than what’s usually experienced on the S4 or S3, but all in all, it’s the same Galaxy feel. The display is big enough, but I suppose the bezels can get a little more trim.

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Unfortunately, opening the books made me get disappointed with the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3. Instead of going bigger also with specs and features, it’s actually the other way: the 6.3-inch display cannot in any way compete with the Full HD display found on the Xperia Z Ultra of Sony. The material is also LCD instead of the highly reputed Super AMOLED, and with only a 720p resolution at 233ppi, you must not really expect that much. These downgrades, however, cannot be fully noticed at first glance, and while the materials and the hardware have been largely modified, you can still enjoy it as usual.

The bigger display should sound and look a lot better when viewing photos or watching movies. Luckily, this big asset is not a disappointment at least based on user experience. The TouchWiz UI that furnishes the Android 4.2.2 platform is responsive enough, but for those who have been using the Galaxies for a while now, this might already sound common. Moving forward, I loved how the screen flips from a vertical to horizontal orientation, and despite having more items in one go, the icons are amply spaced, and the split view works just as expected.

I’ve always known the latest Galaxy models to be a multi-tasker, but with the Mega, I think this thought should be a little more refined because of the limited specs that are never expected. Instead of going for a quad-core processor, the Mega only uses a dual-core 1.7 GHz processor backed with a 1.5GB of RAM. Yes, there are serious apps and features for multi-tasking, but I’d say with the Mega that you should slow down a bit. Otherwise though, you get all the same goodies such as an 8MP main camera, 8/16GB internal storage (upscalable), NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, 3G/4G, dual-band Wi-Fi, and a good 3200mAh battery that is said to be good for up to 17 hours talk time.

This may not sound right, but I don’t think the price of $600 really matches the Mega of Samsung’s Galaxy series. If you will stick to the bigger display without really going for the details, you’d surely love to test out the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 over the expensive and luxurious Sony Xperia Z Ultra counterpart from Sony.

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Android Smartphone / Tablet Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 23,000.00

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