Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8



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The Samsung just released to huge phones, I am talking about the size and not its personality. The Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Samsung Galaxy 6.3. Mega 5.8 has a display of 5.8 inches, not like the 5.3 inches were less anyway. Think about the 6.3! God, how do they do this? The 5.8 and the 6.3 are very similar in terms of design and feel, they just vary in size. Lets see how this phone fares.
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Hardware

As we earlier mentioned, it looks and feel quite similar to the Galaxy 6.3. It gets its design philosophy from Samsung Galaxy SIV originally, not like it is any different from other Samsung smartphones. Frankly, we are bored now. Bored of seeing the same design on every phone. the same feel of polycarbonate in the high end phones. We are also bored of mentioning the same to you every time. Its time Samsung stepped up to a challenge to give a phone that feels worth having based just on how the phone looks and feels in the hand. If they could achieve that, they would outgrow themselves. HTC knew this and they changed, but maybe Samsung has not learnt yet.

The dimensions of this phone are 162.6 x 82.4 x 9 mm (6.40 x 3.24 x 0.35 in). Thats large. Very large. It weighs around 182 grams that does not help its cause either. The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 weighs about 199 grams. No idea who would want to carry such heavy phones around. There is an optional dual phone variant that is available. It comes in the usual White and Black colours of Samsung.

Display

We are very disappointed with the 5.8 inch TFT display on this which is at a very low ppi at 190 pixel density. Its just compromise written all over the phone when we talk about design and display. The screen resolution is a surprisingly low 540×960 pixels! But due to the software tweaking it does not look as bad it is on paper. Same way they were successful to show better pixels for the same number on the Galaxy Grand, they passed it on to that on to this phone. But facts remain same. We could understand what they tried to do with Galaxy Grand, it was for rather low end of the market tending to 19k INR but this one does not come cheap.

Camera

They have fared fairly good on the camera front. carrying a 8MP Primary Camera capable of taking photographs in 3264 x 2448 pixels. The primary camera takes stunning videos in 1080p. The front camera is 1.9MP. There is support of led flash, auto focus, touch to focus, face detection and smile detection. The images are quite noisy in uneven light conditions but do a good job in capturing average detail in good light conditions. But it is no competition to the rival Nexus 4 or the Nokia Lumia 820’s cameras.

Performance

Power is what Samsung is known for. They never leave out on this front. Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 has a quick 1.4Ghz dual core processor along with 1.5 GB RAM which gives you amazingly smooth experience on the Android v4.2.2 Jelly Bean powered device. Like we have told you, Android being the heart of this device, it just gives you immense power in your hands for you to develop or to enjoy. The stream of applications on Android are just incredible, from games to professional apps. Over a period of time you might experience lag but it will still be manageable and continue to support your device with its processor.

Memory and Data

Internal storage on the Mega 5.8 is 8GB. You can expand it to upto 64 GB via microSD cards. There is surprisingly NO NFC support for this phone for file transfer though you get the latest Bluetooth v4.0. There is no 4G network support too! Just 2G and 3G wavebands. That is kind of disappointing. I mean give me something for me to buy this phone. Power, you get it on others too!

Final Thoughts

Love a big phone? Your place to shop mate. A great UI, good enough design and decently built but same old Samsung stuff. If you are new to Samsung consider it as a nice option. If you love your display, not your phone. The display is quite pixelated with such a small ppi density for such a large screen. But you wont see it that way all the time. Welcome this if you like to, we kind of do not say you buy it. Consider other options.
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GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – GT-I9150
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – GT-I9152 (SIM 1 & SIM 2)
3G Network HSDPA
SIM Optional Dual SIM (Micro-SIM)
Announced 2013, April
Status Available. Released 2013, May
BODY Dimensions 162.6 x 82.4 x 9 mm (6.40 x 3.24 x 0.35 in)
Weight 182 g (6.42 oz)
DISPLAY Type TFT capacitive touchscreen
Size 540 x 960 pixels, 5.8 inches (~190 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
– TouchWiz UI
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 64 GB
Internal 8 GB storage, 1.5 GB RAM
DATA GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
Speed HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v4.0 with A2DP, LE
NFC No
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
CAMERA Primary 8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, check quality
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection
Video Yes, 1080p@30fps, check quality
Secondary Yes, 1.9 MP
FEATURES OS Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
CPU Dual-core 1.4 GHz
Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS
Browser HTML5
Radio No
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Colors White, Black
– SNS integration
– MP4/WMV/H.264/H.263 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player
– Organizer
– Image/video editor
– Document viewer
– Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
– Voice memo/dial/commands
– Predictive text input


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Author: Sinha

Passion and Inspiration drives my life and I get them both from technology. Getting to write about it is an absolute bliss. The bliss comes from people reading what you want to convey. There is nothing better for a person than his views to be heard. I am a music, tv shows, movies and technological enthusiast.

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