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Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 - Software and Video

Andrew Williams

By Andrew Williams



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Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 – Software

The Samsung Galaxy Mega runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, with the usual Samsung TouchWiz interface laid on top. Consequently, it looks and feels almost identical to the other high-end Galaxy phones, including the Galaxy S4 and the S4 Zoom.

It can do everything any other Android phone can, with full access to the Google Play app store and home screens you can customise like any other. However, if you’re expecting the Galaxy Mega’s screen to give you access to more things per screen, you’ll be disappointed.

It merely blows up what you’d see on a smaller screen, resulting in jumbo-sized icons that help to mitigate how tricky that huge display can be to navigate across with a thumb.

The Samsung Galaxy Mega feels right when used with two hands – one holding the thing and the other acting as a fleshy prodder.

Held like this, the Galaxy Mega is one of the only phones that can make Air View make some practical sense.

Air View is a feature Samsung introduced to its higher-end phones with the Galaxy S4, and it lets you interact with the screen without touching it. Using Air View you can see quick previews of photo albums, and zoom into parts of web pages.

With one-hand operation, we found Air View only got in the way, but it’s marginally better with the Galaxy Mega.

However don’t go thinking that this means the Mega’s screen is super-clever. It doesn’t have a digitiser layer like the Galaxy Note 2, as Air View works using uses the super-high sensitivity capacitive screen of the phone, rather than anything more technologically impressive.

Aside from the still-gimmicky attractions of Air View, the Samsung Galaxy Mega does have us wondering exactly what the phone’s immense screen size is particularly useful for.

As already detailed, the TouchWiz software in the Mega doesn’t fundamentally alter the interface to make better use of those screen inches throughout. Apps aren’t more involved, they don’t have any additional UI elements. They’re just bigger.

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 – Browsing

We came to the conclusion that there are three main benefits to the screen’s giant size.

While browsing, fonts will generally be easier to read than on a Galaxy S4, despite the much higher resolution of the smaller phone. Videos are more pleasurable to watch on-the-go, as long as you can handle the person next to you on the train spying on your episode of Mad Men. Best of all, though, TouchWiz lets you run two apps at once - more on that later.

Of course, the browsing benefits only become apparent when you hand the luxury of using both hands to operate the phone. With one hand, navigating around websites can be a real chore.

Rendering of web pages is reasonably fast, with a 1121ms Sunspider benchmark score consistent with a decent mid-range phone.

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 – Video and Multimedia

Is the Galaxy Mega a good video player? It has a dedicated video player app that offers reasonable video codec support, although not the best we’ve seen in a Samsung phone.

It refused to play our 1080p MKV video sample and failed to play the sound in another MKV sample, but HD DivX and Xvids had no problems playing. And, like the Galaxy S4, videos can be overlaid on homescreens as widgets.

The extra screen space again makes this extra feature somewhat more useful than in Samsung’s smaller phones, but we found few situations in which we used it.

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 – Apps and Games

The Samsung-specific software feature to make best use of the Mega's screen is Multi Window. This lets you split up the 6.3-inch screen into two windows (see above), each running a separate app. It was good in the Galaxy S4, but it’s even better here.

However, the apps you can run in Multi Window are, predictably, limited. You can’t play Real Racing 3 while checking out your emails, but you can browse the web while doing so, watch a video or run a large number of other apps.

The Samsung Galaxy Mega has access to the Google Play app store and its vast array of apps good and bad, but Samsung has packed a bunch of apps into the phone from the off.

All of these are found in Samsung’s other phones, but they are reasonably diverse. S Memo is a comprehensive note-taking app, ChatON an online chat interface, S Translate a translation app and S Planner Samsung’s own calendar.

The Mega misses out on S Health, a Samsung-made fitness tracker. However, as there are plenty of alternatives available from Google Play, including much better free-to-download running and cycling trackers, it’s not a huge loss.

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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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