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Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 - Battery Life, Call Quality and Verdict

Andrew Williams

By Andrew Williams

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Summary

Our Score:

6

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 – Connectivity

Like most mid-range and up Galaxy phones, the Galaxy Mega offers comprehensive connectivity. The most important of the lot is 4G, which is set to become very important once carriers in the UK other than EE offer their own 4G connections.

Other connections beyond the standards of GPS, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi include NFC, Wi-Fi Direct and MHL compliance for the microUSB connection on the bottom edge. This lets you output what’s on the phone’s screen to a TV, when used with the right connector. Official Samsung MHL adapters cost between £15-30, depending on how hard you shop.

The Samsung Galaxy Mega is also fully equipped software-wise to let you do most things wirelessly. It has AllShare, a Samsung-specific application of DLNA protocols that lets you fairly easily stream audio and video between Samsung phones, tablets and TVs. It also has S-Beam, a Samsung interface for sharing files using NFC.

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 – Call Quality

There’s nothing amiss with the Galaxy Mega’s call quality. It uses noise cancellation to improve the overall experience (this affects the called, not the caller, though) and clarity is decent. Not using a metal body also helps to avoid the antenna issues that have affected other phones in the past – most famously the iPhone 4.

However, putting a phone as large as the Galaxy Mega against your head looks and feels odd. You may get used to it, but passers-by won’t any time soon.

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 – Battery Life

To go with its huge screen, the Galaxy Mega has a big battery. It’s a 3,200mAh, 12.16Wh unit that’s just a little higher-capacity than the Galaxy Note 2’s 3,100mAh battery.

While we found the Note 2’s stamina impressive, the Galaxy Mega’s performance was a little more ordinary. With slightly above average scree use (and if you’re not going to indulge in that, why buy such a large screen phone?) you can drain the phone’s battery in a day.

To give a more empirical view of its entertainment stamina, we tested how long it can play video without conking out. It’ll play an SD quality video for 9.5 hours, which is comparable with tablet stamina – not bad at all.

Should I Buy the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3?

The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 is destined to become a niche phone. In our opinion, it’s simply too large to use without feeling like you’re having to ‘deal’ with its size. Samsung’s software tweaks make better use of the screen inches than most phones this size, notably the recent Huawei Ascend Mate, but without the digitiser of something like the Note 2, it seems a case of overkill.

Its price doesn’t help, either. The Galaxy Mega is only slightly cheaper than the Galaxy S4, while having a less advanced screen, a much less powerful processor, less RAM, a worse camera and – worst of all – diminished usability.

In other words, it falls some way short of making our top 10 of best mobile phones 2013.

Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 is essentially a giant version of the Samsung Galaxy S3. It doesn’t quite have the up-to-date specs of the Galaxy S4, making this phone all about screen inches. And you need to be all about screen inches too, as the sheer size of the otherwise-accomplished phone makes it tricky to use one-handed.

Overall Score

6

Scores In Detail

  • Camera 8
  • Design 6
  • Features 9
  • Performance 7
  • Screen Quality 7
  • Usability 5
  • Value 6
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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.

Andy

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.

Completetab

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

BEN66

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

skywalkr2

August 26, 2013, 8:11 pm

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

skywalkr2

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.

dubya

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.

bill

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

MANthrax

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.

jamal

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

Solomon

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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