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Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 review

Andrew Williams



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  • Large screen effective for multi-tasking
  • Decent internal speaker


  • Too large for comfortable one-handed use
  • Several specs a generation behind
  • A little expensive

Review Price £449.00

Key Features: Dual-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon 400 processor; 1.5GB RAM; 6.3-inch 720p LCD screen; Android 4.2 with TouchWiz UI; 8-megapixel camera with LED flash

Manufacturer: Samsung

What is the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3?

The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 is part of a new breed of phones. Or is it a new breed of tablet? Anyhow these are phones so big that they bulge out of any pocket. Phones so massive that holding them is a tendon exercise by itself.

The Samsung Galaxy Mega doesn’t have the high-grade specs of the Galaxy S4 either. At £450 or so it's pretty pricy. The Galaxy Mega is likely to please giant phone obsessives only, and even then there may be more attractive options.

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Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 – Design

Just like the rest of the Galaxy series, the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 it runs the Android OS.

It looks like an Galaxy S4 on growth hormones - just as plasticky but much larger. The Galaxy Mega has a 6.3-inch screen. Samsung also makes a slightly smaller 5.8-inch version of the Mega, which sells for around £100 less.

The display is much larger than the Galaxy Note 2’s screen, and that smaller device already had us discussing whether it was a phone or a tablet. The Galaxy Mega’s size issue is something that will put off a lot of buyers, but it is the entire reason for phone to exist. It’s the Godzilla of phones – although the Sony Xperia Z Ultra with its 6.4-inch screen looks like it might be Mechagodzilla.

The Galaxy Mega is 167mm long and 88mm wide. That’s almost two centimetres wider than a Galaxy S4. For the vast majority of people this is a handful and a half, and it has pretty significant practical knock-on effects.

Using the phone in one hand tends to feel a little clumsy, awkward and precarious. Your thumb has to stretch to reach most of the screen, and much of it is simply too far away to reach at all. This not only makes the phone harder to wield, but also a bit easier to drop.

The large size has negative effects on the feel of the phone too. Like its Galaxy brothers, the rear of the Galaxy Mega is covered by a removable plastic battery plate. It’s a super-slim piece of plastic that helps the phone to stay a super slim 8mm thick. It appears to be about as thick as the cover used in the Galaxy S4, but as it’s even larger, its flex is all the more apparent.

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Looks-wise, the Mega is pure Samsung Galaxy. It’s thin, has a fairly slim screen bezel and a pair of innocuous light-up soft keys that surround the bottom select key.

Thanks to its plastic construction, the Samsung Galaxy Mega is not a phone that feels super high-end. However, there are some practical benefits to its design, and the dotty texture on both the front and rear stop it looking like a basic glossy plastic phone.

Its removable rear gives you access to the chunky battery unit and a memory card slot. As a phone that we can envision many people using as a portable movie player, having expandable storage is an important extra.

The Samsung Galaxy Mega does have a decent chunk of internal memory of its own – 16/32/64GB editions are out there, but in the UK most retailers are stocking the lowest-end 16GB edition.

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Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 – Screen

Its screen makes the phone quite difficult to use, but does the quality of the Samsung Galaxy Mega display make up for it?

The Galaxy Mega’s screen makes less of an impact in this respect than the Galaxy S4’s. It’s huge, yes, but in quality terms it’s not quite up there with the very best.

It has a 720p-resolution panel, where smaller phones are starting to use 1080p screens. Its display is not a blocky mess – it’s reasonably sharp - but far removed from the pristine smoothness of an ultra-high pixel density display.

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Confirmed: larger than The Shard

The S-LCD panel doesn’t have quite the black depth and contrast of the Galaxy S4’s OLED screen either, and at high brightness settings colours can look slightly washed out.

When not assessed among top-end peers, though, it fares better. The Galaxy Mega screen may be a slight case of quantity over quality, but it is still good.

As with the Galaxy S4, you can change the tone of the screen within settings for a more saturated or cool look – however as the phone uses an LCD screen rather than the OLED type, there’s much less need for this feature.

There’s an ambient light sensor that lets the phone manage both contrast and brightness depending on the light conditions. Thanks to this and the fingerprint-resistant layer of the screen, outdoor visibility is reasonably good – although not on-par with the Galaxy S4.

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Matthew Bunton

July 25, 2013, 3:17 pm

Looks like they dropped the ball with this one. If it had the latest specs it could have fulfilled my phone and tablet needs.


July 25, 2013, 5:15 pm

I own this phone coming from the Galaxy Note as i wanted 1 device rather than a phone and tablet, Its an amazing device, fast with no lag, great screen (who needs 1080p at this size) the camera is great the speaker is the loudest ive heard, and overall its a great phone. People need to stop following what marketing departments force feed you, with Pc's it was the ghz war then the cores war (Amd oct core anyone??) then with cameras it was megapixel war then optical zooms (tried using 40x optical zoom...blurry mess) Now with phones we are combining both these wars and putting spin on it. For most users does a quad core offer any benefit? Nope, does a 1080p screen really benefit on a small device...nope well apart from taxing the cpu and battery. And as a staunch user of samsung phones this lcd panel offeres a more natural colour pallette with none of the issues faced on the amoled screens, Just do a google for black crush amoled on xda and see how badly Samsung mucked up the amoled drivers, yet this panel offers an amazingly sharp colour neutral and extremely bright image.

Yes its too large for most people but then they would not buy it anyway, however its the phone thats impressed me the most overall.


July 25, 2013, 6:11 pm

I will prefer Ascend mate over it as it is much lower in price still the display is much better and gives a smooth experience.

Matthew Bunton

July 25, 2013, 6:14 pm

The Galaxy Note 3 looks even better to me.

Gullyside Ganna Garty

August 8, 2013, 3:09 pm

Awesome display. I want mine now


August 11, 2013, 9:00 am

Buggy review, improper and without technical competence. Who defines
the "State of the Art" ? The reviewer suggests that anything not new and
with big numbers in the specs is awfully outdated....i think, imho, the
reviewer itself is kinda outdated.

I own this device since
only a day, but it´s for me, in the short using time, the best device of
it´s kind i ever had. No need to tell what and how many i owned in the
past (or actually own). Just my 2 cents....and u can take it or leave it :P


August 26, 2013, 8:11 pm

For $150 this "phone" is amazing. Expensive? Really?


August 26, 2013, 8:12 pm

Just got it... and for what I use a phone/tablet for its perfect... Of course if you are a gamer or are doing something else that would actually use 4 cores... its probably not for you.


September 19, 2013, 4:39 pm

Leave the Opinions to yourself. Just because you don't like the size don't rate it bad. The sheer size of the screen is the reason I'd even want to buy it. I would love if they up-ed it to 7inches. Currently I have the Note 2. but if the Mega had flagship specs I'd upgrade to this in a heart beat.


October 18, 2013, 7:12 pm

Got this phone the other week and love it,love the size,mainly use for watching sky go,bt sport in my taxi while bored on the rank,to me the size is a plus if you mainly watch tv videos etc in fact 7 or 8 inches would have been better,i use Bluetooth for calls so i dont have to hold it.
sky go compatible is a big bonus for me as not many phones this size at this price work with sky go.
Paid £268 off Amazon,bargain.and 4g ready what more do you want


December 25, 2013, 5:43 pm

Thank god I never bought any "skinny" jeans. Its large but as a bluetooth headset user this solution works perfect for me. Full size web pages are easily workable. Wish the camera had 120 fps on the video recorder. Wish the battery was larger since at this size a little thickness would not be noticeable. First 2 days it was large but picked up my HTC Sensation to remove the SD card and it is just tiny. I could never go back. Onward to 7" please.


February 17, 2014, 5:00 pm

I bought this phone 3 weeks ago . So far soo good . I think its a great deal you wont regret about. Its so fast never been laggy with very nice colors on lcd . Batery is fair good for such huge screen size . And the camira is very clear with good video shooting.
I think this phone should have been rated much much higher. 8/10 easly


August 29, 2014, 3:54 pm

Honestly i am crazy about phones and i like phones with good spec and big screen as well and that why i like this Samsung mega 6.3 how i wish the phone has quad core processor!
above all, i wld love the phone... bcos i want to buy one.
But my only problem is that the 6.3" is not available in Nigeria **sad face** and getting it from Ebay or Amazon is another problem bcos im here in Nigeria.

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