Samsung and Apple are the top two contenders in the smartphone wars these days and I recently got the Samsung Galaxy Mega another smartphone that Samsung added to the Galaxy series.
Screen size and quality is always a big draw with Samsung phones and it’s often a main reason people pick them. Having reviewed the Galaxy S4 and Note 8 this year already I was curious to see what the Mega had to offer.
The Galaxy Mega Screen
The name Mega is an easy giveaway with the screen size of this Galaxy. At 720 x 1280 pixels and 6.3 inches wide, it is ideal for consuming content such as video and for reading. Samsung is trying to marry the best of both worlds here with a smartphone that sits comfortably in your hand but with its majestic wide-screen looks and behaves like a tablet. The display itself is an SC-LCD capacitive touchscreen capable of 16M colors.
I’m of two minds about this as this phone feels big and bulky in my hand compared to the Blackberry Z10 and iPhone 4S. I do appreciate the benefit of a larger screen but also want a smartphone be sleek and compact. If Samsung is the brand that you use primarily then the Galaxy S4 would be the way to go if size and portability is a concern. With rumors of the Galaxy S5 on the horizon as well and Galaxy Gear potentially on your wrist you may reconsider buying the Galaxy Mega given it’s size.
OS and Hardware
Once you get passed the screen size, I was in familiar territory based on the other Samsung products I’ve used this year. The OS is Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) which I am comfortable with but feels a bit dated against iOS 7 and Blackberry 10.2. This device did come out in June 2013 so that comparison could be unfair. I’d be interested to see what the newer versions of Android have to offer when released.
I was able to install all my usual iPhone apps on this phone from the Google Play Store unlike Blackberry phones I reviewed. Android apps install with ease and are every bit as good as iOS.
The Galaxy Mega includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset and a 1.7 GHz Krait CPU. The Li-Ion 3200 mAh battery which will give you up to 420 hours on standby and 10 hours on 3G. 10 hours on 3G would make me a bit weary so you should keep this phone plugged in particularly if you are on the borders of network coverage.
The main camera is an 8 Megapixel camera while the front facing camera is 1.9 Megapixels. Photo’s are 3264 x 2448 pixels and the main camera includes autofocus and an LED flash. You can also geo-tag, use touch focus, face and smile detection, and panorama with this camera. Video shoots at 1080p at 30frames per second and is capable of stereo sound recording.
Audio and Video
The Galaxy Mega is great to look at while viewing video and gaming. I downloaded Lego Star Wars the Yoda Chronicles for gaming and found the game easy to view but the touchscreen on the Galaxy Mega bit slow to respond. Sound wise it’s great and I had no complaints watching video with or without headphones.