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SAMSUNG GALAXY MEGA 6.3

The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 has a great price, runs Android 4.2.2, and comes with an 8-megapixel camera and extras like a TV remote. The phone’s large size makes it totally easy to use. Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 is just about your only choice for a jumbo-screen phablet under $200. It is currently the biggest smartphone in the industry with a display/screen size of 6.3 inches as the name suggests. It’s screen has a resolution of 1280 by 720 pixels. Enjoy the gallery and keep reading for the full review below.

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Full Review
The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 has some similarities to the Galaxy S4 in terms of design,though its screen measures 1.3 inches larger than that of the current flagship, and it sacrifices a bit of power. Read on for my full review of Samsung’s massive smartphone, which I nicknamed “Galaxy Note II on steroids”.

Hardware
The Mega 6.3 might be big, but it doesn’t pack the fastest and latest components on the market. The Galaxy S4 offers a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, for example, while the Mega has a 1.7GHz dual-core processor. Instead of 2GB of RAM, the Mega 6.3 packs 1.5GB and it has an 8-megapixel camera instead of the 13 megapixel on the S4. It’s available with 8GB or 16GB of storage, though that’s expandable with a microSD card. Last but not least, it employs a TFT LCD display with a 1280 x 720-pixel resolution instead of the full 1080p HD SuperAMOLED screen that the Galaxy S4 offers.I had a black review unit and the back has the same finish as the glossy back on the Galaxy S4 with the same style print. I love the faux metal borders that run around the side, which add a first-class touch. Moving around the device, there’s a microUSB charging port on the bottom, a volume rocker on the left-hand side, a power button on the right-hand side and a 3.5mm headphone jack up top. There’s a microSD card slot for adding additional storage under the battery cover. I can’t knock the phone for having a massive display, I assume consumers know what they’re getting into before they buy it, and I actually enjoyed the big screen. I was worried that the 720p resolution wouldn’t look that great across the full 6.3-inches, but text and video looked truly amazing during my tests. The phone is so big that I didn’t use my iPad mini that often. That said, it could be a perfect option for anyone who is on the fence between buying either a phablet or a smartphone and a tablet. Now the big question: can it fit in your pocket? I wear regular jeans and the device was able to fit into my pocket without any issue at all.I did notice it felt super bulky once I sat down, however, and I often took it out while sitting at my desk. Overall, the hardware is good but not great.

Software
The Galaxy mega 6.3 runs Android 4.2 and has a ton of the features that the Galaxy S4 offers, including AirView, DualView for running two apps at the same time, AirWatch and more. I really liked Samsung’s TouchWiz (though it’s not really referred to that anymore) user interface on the much larger screen. I usually install third-party launchers, but felt the software worked perfectly and used the device as intended. Something about seeing everything bigger added a fresh coat of paint to it for me. The software kept up well, even though the Mega 6.3 has a slower processor and less RAM than the Galaxy S4. I found it was quite adequate.There was some stuttering as I cruised through applications but apps loaded fine and played fine. You can run multiple apps, for sure, but you will likely need to do some app management so that you’re not running too many at once.

Camera
The 8-megapixel camera on the Galaxy Mega 6.3 snaps photos just fine.There’s also a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat which blew me away.

Call Quality and Data
Call quality was right on a par with what I’ve seen from other recent releases from Samsung, such as the Galaxy S4. The phone is so large that I found it almost creates an echo of your own voice while you’re talking. I found that the speakerphone wasn’t that loud, so you might want to use an external Bluetooth speaker if you’re frequently on conference calls using a speakerphone. Data was on a par with what I’ve seen from HSPA speeds.

Battery Life
Obviously with a massive screen battery life is always a concern; after all, displays drain the battery rather quickly. The Galaxy Mega 6.3 packs a large 3,200 mAh battery that easily got me through a full day of use. I took the Galaxy Mega 6.3 off the charger at about 7:30 a.m and used it to pull two email accounts all day, about an hour of phone calls, light gameplay and video viewing, more web browsing than usual because the screen is so large, and at around 11:30 p.m at night I still had about a 50 percent charge. I found that to be incredible and applaud Samsung on being able to achieve such a feat.

Final Thoughts
My rating of this phablet is. 9 out of 10. I’ve never had so many people stop and ask me as many questions about a test unit as I did with the Mega 6.3. Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3. I was often asked exactly what it was that I was carrying, so I know it has the ability to turn heads, and I liked that. A lot of people really appreciated the phone, especially because it’s so easy to read text, browse the web and see everything that smartphones have to offer on such a massive screen. If you want one of the biggest smartphones on the market with just a few hardware sacrifices, then the Galaxy Mega 6.3 should be at the top of your list. I’m definitely purchasing one for myself.

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