I’m usually not a very big fan of big screen phones or phablets. I always have this notion that any phone screen bigger that 4.5 inches is already a struggle if not inconvenient. But all my previous thoughts about these types of phones were shattered and actually got me into excitement when I saw the gigantic Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 last weekend.
The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 (GT-i9200) has been around the Philippines for quite some time already since it was first introduced April this year. In fact, this phablet has already been exclusively offered by Smart under their postpaid plan 2000 for FREE. At first glance, it might confuse you on whether it is a super-sized smartphone or a miniaturized tablet. Well, the answer is: BOTH. Check out my hands on and initial impressions about the Galaxy Mega 6.3 below.
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Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3
To start, let’s see first the complete Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 (I9200) specs:
- 1.7 GHz Dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
- Andreno 305 GPU
- 6.3 inches HD capacitive display (720 x 1280 resolution @ 233 ppi)
- 1.5 GB RAM
- 16 GB (expandable up to 64 GB via microSD)
- 8 MP autofocus rear-facing camera w/ LED flash (1080p video recording @ 30 fps)
- 1.9 MP autofocus front-facing camera
- 4G/LTE network support
- Single micro SIM
- WiFi / WiFi Hotspot / Bluetooth 4.0 / GPS with a-GPS / NFC
- Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS
- 3,200 mAh Li-Ion battery
- Dimensions: 167.6 x 88 x 8 mm
- Weight: 199 grams
The Gigantic S4-like Design
Obviously, the very first thing that caught my eye is the size. It’s a rarely seen screen size compared to other touch screen phones which are playing around four (4) to five (5) inches big. The overall design of the Mega 6.3 is quite identical to the Samsung Galaxy S4 and other remaining Samsung Galaxy lineups. It’s got a very big and wide 6.3-inch TFT LCD screen with 720 x 1280 resolution at 233 ppi. Despite its gigantic design, the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 is actually very slim at 9 mm thick and surprisingly not so heavy at only 199 grams. Most parts (especially the back part) is made of glossy type of plastic with metallic finish on the sides.
Performance wise, the Mega 6.3 can do whatever task you throw at it. It is powered by a 1.7 Ghz dual-core Snapdragon 400 processor with Andreno 305 GPU for graphics and 1.5 gigs of RAM. It is not as powerful as compared to other quad-core flagship devices but it’s also not that power hungry. It’s got a 3,200 mAh battery powering the device which has 600 mAh more juice than the S4. Not to mention that it is also among the first few 4G LTE capable phablet available in the market today.
But unlike the S4, the Mega 6.3 does not have the Super AMOLED display making colors less saturated but very bright. Without a screen protector, scratches can also penetrate on the main screen since it doesn’t have the Corning Gorilla Glass technology found on other premium Galaxy phones. Also, do not confuse this one with the Samsung Galaxy Note because this phablet does not have a built-in stylus you can use for drawing or taking down notes.
Navigating with the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 is very smooth and quite responsive. I haven’t experienced any lags whatsoever at least during flipping between different screens as well as opening its native apps. Since it’s quite a handful, one hand operation is a bit difficult unless you have super big hands. Typing is best achieved using both hands either in portrait or landscape modes.
Since it runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS with Touch UI, you still get the same Android smartphone experience all throughout with Samsung developed features like tabbed Settings, S Translator, Story Album, Air View, Watch On, S Planner, and many more. Multi tasking is also made easier thanks to multi-windows feature, allowing you to split your screen based on your active apps.
Another major eye-turner for the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 is its wide full HD display. The screen looks amazing with its almost bezel-less edge-to-edge design. Colors are well-saturated and surprisingly very bright in indoor viewing. I also tried playing some stock videos that are pre-installed in the device and I was stunned by the clarity and vividness of video quality. It’s like holding a full-sized HD television right at the palm of your hands. Every detail just seems to pop out the screen.
Although some would say that it’s not as good as those with retina-like and Super AMOLED equipped phones, for me I don’t really matter. I loved it just the way it is with its 720p display. You can also experience the same when browsing the web and playing your favorite Android games on the Mega 6.3.
Price and Availability
Here in the Philippines, the official retail price for the unlocked (open-line) Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 is Php 23,999. You can also get this phablet through Smart either via postpaid (FREE under Plan 2000 or with Php 4,000 cashout under plan 1,500) or via prepaid kit which will cost you Php 25,000 (Smart-locked).
So is there really a spot in the smartphone market for this unique type of device? Definitely YES! Just take for example a field reporter, a corporate secretary, or perhaps a visual artist? All of them have different demands which the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 can definitely provide. Some people think it’s too big but it’s exactly for this reason that the Mega 6.3 was created for – to bring the best of both worlds.
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