Samsung's Galaxy Mega Smartphone Line: 10 Impressive Features

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2013-07-05 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Samsung is a dominant force in the smartphone market. In fact, Samsung and Apple together generate nearly 100 percent of all profits in the smartphone space. Samsung's Galaxy S 4, which comes with a 5-inch display and a whopping 13-megapixel camera, is leading the company's smartphone line and has reportedly reached 20 million unit sales in just two months in the market. But Samsung is also winning over customers with several other Android-based devices that appeal to various consumer needs. One device that is currently attracting customers is Samsung's Mega smartphone line, which includes one handset with a 5.8-inch screen and another with a 6.3-inch display. These devices are designed to bridge the gap between smartphones and tablets and effectively carve out a new slice of the market that neither Apple nor any other major competitor is currently competing in. This eWEEK slide show takes a closer look at Samsung's Galaxy Mega line to show what makes these models sensible alternatives for some buyers who want something different from the typical smartphone design.

 
 
 
  • Samsung's Galaxy Mega Smartphone Line: 10 Impressive Features

    by Don Reisinger
    1 - Samsung's Galaxy Mega Smartphone Line: 10 Impressive Features
  • Not One, but Two Versions

    Unlike Samsung's many other products, like the Galaxy S 4, which comes in one version, the Galaxy Mega is available in two options: a 5.8-inch model and a 6.3-inch model. That's actually a good thing. Samsung is offering those who want a more smartphone-like experience to opt for the smaller Mega, while those who'd prefer a tablet experience can go for the larger option.
    2 - Not One, but Two Versions
  • Samsung Getting Ready to Market the Mega in North America

    Although the Mega launched internationally at first, a recent filing with the Federal Communications Commission shows that Samsung is planning to bring the device to AT&T and U.S. Cellular. It's not clear when that might happen, but it should happen soon.
    3 - Samsung Getting Ready to Market the Mega in North America
  • Mega Sports a Galaxy S 4-Like Design

    Samsung has been successful with the Galaxy S design. So, it would only make sense that the company would deliver the same design with the Galaxy Mega. The device has rounded corners; a big, prominent screen; and comes in a black or white finish.
    4 - Mega Sports a Galaxy S 4-Like Design
  • Both Models Have Strong Processors

    The Galaxy Mega 6.3 comes with a capable 1.7GHz dual-core processor. The Galaxy Mega 5.8 has a 1.4GHz dual-core processor. Although that's not quite as powerful as the larger option, it'll still handle just about any application a person throws at it. And nowadays, that's about all users can ask for.
    5 - Both Models Have Strong Processors
  • Screen Size Isn't the Only Difference

    Although the screen size and processors are different in the Megas, they don't end there. The higher-end 6.3-inch model comes with 16GB of internal storage, compared with 8GB on the smaller version. In addition, the Mega 6.3 allows for more connectivity to 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks. The differences between the devices aren't minor.
    6 - Screen Size Isn't the Only Difference
  • Megas Deliver Ample Storage With microSD Help

    Admittedly, the Galaxy Mega's 8GB and 16GB of onboard storage isn't the most impressive. However, the devices come with a microSD card slot that supports up to 64GB of additional storage. On those cards, users can store apps, music and other information. It's a nice addition.
    7 - Megas Deliver Ample Storage With microSD Help
  • They Deliver the Same Samsung Software Experience

    Samsung didn't try to change the basic design or internal specifications of the Galaxy Mega simply because the device has a bigger display than those it currently offers. That's a good thing for users. Samsung's Android skin is still running on the device, as are the company's many software applications. The experience that has made Samsung so popular among Galaxy S buyers is also the driving force behind the Mega.
    8 - They Deliver the Same Samsung Software Experience
  • Your Choice of App Stores

    One of the nice things about Samsung products, the Mega included, is that they can access not one, but two application stores. Those looking for a huge selection of apps can download programs from the Google Play marketplace. Those looking for programs designed for Samsung products can download apps from the Samsung Apps marketplace. In either case, Mega owners will find a solid collection of programs.
    9 - Your Choice of App Stores
  • A Built-In Siri Alternative

    Seeing that voice control might be a thing of the future, Samsung has included its own Apple Siri alternative in the Galaxy Mega. With help from S Voice, users will be able to call out commands, look up information and more. S Voice isn't as solid as Siri, but it's a nice option.
    10 - A Built-In Siri Alternative
  • Big Screens Allow for Split-Screen

    The 6.3-inch Mega comes with a really neat function: the ability to split the screen in two. With that, users can view two applications simultaneously and dramatically improve their productivity. Don't underestimate the value of the split-screen feature.
    11 - Big Screens Allow for Split-Screen
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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