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Samsung Galaxy Mega review

Size isn't everything

Sensor wise, the Samsung Galaxy Mega may leave you feeling a little underwhelmed, if only for the size of the device. In reality, the sensors fit in with the other mid range specs that are popped behind the massive screen.

Adorning the back of the Galaxy Mega is an 8MP camera, with single flash, whilst the front face houses a 1.9MP sensor for posting one of those million selfies to Facebook or Snapchat.

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8MP on the back, 1.9MP on the front

Thankfully, Samsung has pulled the cat out of the bag again, with the Galaxy Mega having the same ability to take some decent photos that the Galaxy S4 Mini came with, as well as matching it in almost every single way.

Photographic options come in the form of Auto, Beauty Face, Best Photo, Continuous Shot, Best Face, Sound & Shot, Rich Tone (HDR), Panorama, Sports and Night, all of which are pretty self explanatory.

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Camera modes

If you take a look in the camera settings menu, you'll find all the usual tools to change the exposure levels, the white balance levels and or geotag a picture. These, we have always felt, are more the preserve of the more serious photographer, and given the plethora of options we mentioned earlier, Samsung caters to just about every demand placed upon a smartphone camera.

The Samsung Galaxy Mega's camera does also come with a single LED flash. It is bright enough in lower light conditions, but you would be wrong to expect it to be a match for more powerful flashes on even the most compact of cameras.

Like on the aforementioned Galaxy S4 Mini, we were a little disappointed to see that Samsung's Drama mode, and Animated photo mode didn't make the cut. These are features that we liked on the Galaxy S4, and given the matching price tag, we thought we might get them. Oh, and picture in picture is also unavailable, but that isn't really a massive loss.

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Lots of detail captured in the foreground stone work, with blurring appearing when out of focus.

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Panormamic photography works very well on the Galaxy Mega, with one continuous sweep providing a well stitched together image.

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HDR photography works well on the Galaxy Mega, with the colour reproduction seeming more natural, and the image seeming smoother.

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The 4x Optical Zoom present on the Galaxy Mega does a more than reasonable job with zooming, with text still legible from a long way off

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Colour is reproduced well, with there still being high levels of detail captured, except in the brighter areas such as the sky.

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Shutter speeds are noticeably lower in low light situations, and the Night mode doesn't really help things. Colours of the leaves is reproduced well, but brighter areas such as the petals loses a lot of detail.

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The front facing camera is noticeably poorer than the rear sensor, and bright lighting causes the image to lose a lot of detail

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Video

It seems a long time since people were pulling out massive video cameras on their holidays, with smartphones now being a lot pocketable. Whilst not entirely pocketable, the Galaxy Mega's video camera is a rather impressive affair.

With recording done at 30fps, with a 1080p HD resolution, there is a lot to be said about the Galaxy Mega. Video recording is also no longer done through a separate app, nor through the same app but using a toggle switch. Samsung devices, such as the Galaxy Mega now just have one app, with two different buttons.

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This makes a lot of sense, and we wonder why this hasn't been in place a lot longer. It also means that whilst you are recording your video, you can snap away still photos like we first saw on the HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S3.

Overall, we were really impressed with the app's offerings. Samsung has clearly given it a lot of thought, and come up with a more than decent end user experience.

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