Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3-inch hands-on

I’ve had some hands-on time with the most recent addition, the Galaxy Mega 6.3 – the 6.3-inch 720p screen is no match for the Galaxy S4 in terms of resolution or display, but is perfectly adequate for the mid-to-high end of the market that the Galaxy Mega will likely be priced to attract.

Photos and more details after the jump.

If I see you walking down the street talking on one of these things with your ear to your head, I reserve the right to cockpunch you. At least use a Bluetooth earpiece.

Also, the word “phablet” displeases me.

  • Is using one of these phones to talk on the phone the phone-call equivalent of taking a picture with your tablet?

  • def4

    For phablets they should say it’s a paws-on preview.

  • Is it mega, Aunt Slappy?

  • Peter, what if you spot this woman with her 27″ tablet in this very pose?

  • yummyyummyfly

    For a lot of people out there, 2 portable devices is too many. I’m not even talking about affordability. I’m talking about convenience.

    I saw a very petite woman in the library the other day using a massive phone. She was using it for texting, etc. The half an hour or so that I observed her, she was using it constantly, but never as a phone held up against her face.

    If you’re using it mostly as a touch-screen computer, what difference does it make that it’s huge and doesn’t fit in your pocket? My iPad doesn’t fit in my pocket either.

    Also, regarding one handed use, either Samsung or Android has a mode where the entire screen temporarily shrinks down to a smaller size, off to one side, to allow for one-handed use.

    We Apple fans need to get over our conceit. Laptops have different sizes, Tablets have different sizes, Monitors have different sizes. Different strokes for different folks. Why can’t phones have different sizes? Give people what they want.

    • Next time, don’t include the rest of us in your conceit.

    • I pointed out you negatively grouping other readers here; your “butt hurt” comment is just you being a dick. I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you didn’t mean it that way, but I’d suggest editing it again.

      Apple has no conceit here, nor do its users. We have our needs, and they’re satisfied. Others are welcome to have their own needs. There’s nothing wrong with that.

      It doesn’t mean that someone holding a 6.3″ phone is any less comical to me. What of it? They’re free to do it. I’m free to snicker. I don’t have to think a 6.3″ phone is a good idea, nor does Apple.

  • Should be called the “Samsung Mega Douche”

  • Great Bearded one: Do you mean “suckerpunch”? Or is it just something they do in Canada?

  • Winski


  • Thanks for that picture with a BlackBerry Z10 for scale, ZDnet. Maybe next time you could, you know, include a phone that people have actually used.

  • DanPierce

    Actually, I get why this would be an appealing form factor. As the name of the previous large form factor phones suggests (the Galaxy Note), these would be for people who like to take notes with a stylus. This has no appeal for me as my handwriting sucks, but I get it. Which is why it is confusing that according to the article, it does not come with a stylus.

    • We did an in-house field test with the Note 2, as some colleagues were interested in that capability. What we found:

      • To write legibly with the stylus, you have to produce fairly large letters (e.g. my last name which contains 14 letters easily consumed 3 lines of text in portrait and 2 lines of text in landscape mode).

      • Because even short sentences do not fit on one screen, you constantly have to scroll back to the beginning of the sentence to figure out what you actually wrote. A lot of people wrote sentences whose endings did not match their beginning. This included complete nonsense and, more often, unclosed quotations and braces, sentences ending without a closing.

      • Even the fastest stylus user was still 2-3 times slower than the slowest user of the on-screen keyboard.

      So, note taking was obviously not the device’s strength. So, how about marking up pictures and PDFs using circles, arrows, highlighting, annotations etc? This was a bit better, but still far away from good. Making any real use of this functionality meant permanently going back and forth between stylus and finger use (use fingers to pan and zoom, stylus for actual annotations), which is extremely slow. We asked people to make the same annotations using the Note 2, the iPad Mini and the full-size iPad (using iAnnotate PDF on the iPads). The result was absolutely clear. People using the big iPad were approx. 5 times faster than people using the Note, iPad Mini users were still 2-3 times faster. (And this does not even account for frequent software crashes on the Note.)

      In the end, nobody wanted to keep the device after this test. And people asking for styluses before are pretty silent now. The only real use for a stylus I see is for painting/drawing, and for this the Note is simply too small.

  • Jon

    Ugh, if you use a Bluetooth earpiece you deserve a double cockpunch. Anyway, I think most neckbeard Android owners don’t care what people think of them.

  • Jon

    Ugh, if you use a Bluetooth earpiece you deserve a double cockpunch. Anyway, I think most neckbeard Android owners don’t care what people think of them.