Samsung Galaxy Mega review

Size isn't everything

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After all that, you might have a pretty good idea of where this all leaves us. With the Galaxy Mega, Samsung has created a handset that really stands out, if only for its gargantuan screen.

Coming in at a price point that means it challenges the flagship end of the market, the Galaxy Mega needs to be able to fight it out with the Samsung Galaxy S4, the HTC One and the Sony Xperia Z1. Being equipped with lower spec-ed internal weaponry, this is a fight that the Galaxy Mega might struggle in.

We liked

We could sit on the fence when it comes to the screen, but when it comes to the size of it, it really can be useful to have that extra space. Samsung has proven through the Note series, that big screens sell, and we can see why. It makes multi-tasking via the Multi-Window , or whilst watching a video through Pop-up Play that little bit easier. It also makes web browsing and book reading a lot easier.

The Galaxy Mega doesn't feel as large as it could do, either. Whilst too large to be popped into a tight pocket, or for one handed use 90% of the time, the Galaxy Mega was clearly designed to be used two handed, and tapping away a text or an email message is a lot easier with two hands and that wider screen.

We can say that we are also big fans of the camera, given that it has the same 8MP camera that was on the back of the Galaxy S4 Mini. It is a testament to the fact that sensor size isn't something that can accurately be relied upon as a measurement of a camera's image quality. It will never be a total camera replacement, but that 8MP won't leave you wishing that you had a compact camera in your pocket as well.

We disliked

As Galaxy Mega is going to be put up against the flagship phones, we were left feeling a little disappointed that the 1.7GHz processor behind the screen is only a dual-core. Whilst it might have been able to cope with the majority of things that we threw its way, it was by no means the same smooth experience that the quad cores in the likes of the Galaxy S4 provides.

The Galaxy Mega also suffers from paltry internal storage. We can't fathom how a device with such a large screen, that is ideal for watching videos on whilst out and about, can come with such a tiny internal storage. Samsung will argue that they provide the microSD slot, but we would still ask for more, as that 5GB will get quickly filled with apps.

Looking at the Galaxy Mega, it is clear what the major selling point is meant to be, so we don't understand why Samsung hasn't made more of a feature out of it. Maybe it would have pushed the high prices even higher, but with a phone that appears to have been designed almost entirely around that large screen, we would have hoped for it to have been Full HD, and using the AMOLED technology that Samsung is famed for.

Final verdict

In the end, we are left feeling a little confused by the Samsung Galaxy Mega. Every time we pick it up, we really want to like it. Samsung proved with the original Galaxy Note, and the subsequent Galaxy Note 2, that big screens really do sell phones, and we can see exactly why.

But that Galaxy Note 2 comes with an AMOLED screen, and the same resolution as the Galaxy Mega but in a screen that is 0.8 inches smaller so seems that bit more impressive. The Note 2 even comes in cheaper, with a quad core and the S Pen.

The Samsung Galaxy Mega, then, is annoyingly disappointing. With there being so much else to choose from, with the Galaxy Note 2 being cheaper, the flagship phones being higher spec-ed, and the onslaught of alternate 'phablets' in the form of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Sony Xperia Z Ultra and HTC One Max, we can't see where the Mega fits in.

First reviewed: September 2013

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported64 GB
Built-in Memory8 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+
SAR Value0.20 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyGalaxy Mega
Cellular Generation4G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100, LTE 800, LTE 850, LTE 900, LTE 1800, LTE 2100, LTE 2600
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourWhite
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time12 Hour
Product ModelGT-I9205
Screen Size16 cm (6.3")
Screen Resolution1280 x 720
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)199 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.2 Jelly Bean
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density233 ppi
Front Camera Resolution1.9 Megapixel
Height167.6 mm
Width88 mm
Depth8 mm
Radio TunerNo
Battery Standby Time420 Hour
ManufacturerSamsung
Product NameGalaxy Mega GT-I9205 Smartphone
Processor Speed1.70 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Product LineGalaxy Mega
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Gyro Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-I9205ZWAXEF
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Samsung's newest GALAXY MEGA With LTE delivers a mobile experience that is larger than life! With the portability of a smartphone and the powerful multitasking capabilities of a tablet, it comes chock full of smart services, enhanced connectivity and a large 6.3 inch screen.

Perfect size on-the-go with an Expansive Screen

The majestically wide 6.3 inch HD screen showcases your videos beautifully. Enjoy the call feature and a host of new features including the convenient GALAXY MEGA With LTE user experience, which helps to maximize productivity on a larger screen.

Limited Warranty2 Year