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Published On: Thu, Jul 25th, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 – Great screen but overall, disappointing

Samsung has been enjoying great success in the mobile market these days and this company is neck and neck with the iPhone. Hence, there are always a lot of expectations from those who are at the top. Samsung makes different phones for different types of needs and this manufacturer is the best smartphone maker in the world. Samsung recently released 2 new phones for the Indian market — Samsung Mega 6.3 and Mega 5.8. Both these handsets were released in India in April this year.

We got the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 in our offices and hence we are writing a review of it here. It is a phone having huge 5.8 inches screen and other specs include 2,600mAh battery, 1.4GHz dual core chip, 8GB internal memory, and up to 64GB expandable memory. The price of this phone is Rs. 23,500. Let’s see what this phone is all about in more detail.

Design

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 looks big and hence it is clear that it is a high end phone. There is a huge 5.8 inches display on the surface and has a big profile. However, the phone doesn’t weigh too much; it is just 182 gms in spite of the 2,600mAh battery inside. Weight is kept low due to the material used and 9mm thickness.

Critics have always been talking about the design of Samsung phones and they will keep talking about Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 as well. It is because this phone looks similar to other handsets from this company. It looks like premium phone with metal shiny strip surrounding the edges and below the screen, there is the home button. Looking more closely at the body will show you textured design.

On the back, there is plastic panel which is shiny but isn’t too slippery. The phone looks strong but Samsung could have used sturdier material to make this phone look more reassuring.

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8

Display

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 comes with qHD screen and is 5.8 inches big. The resolution of the screen is 540×960 pixels and this doesn’t look too good on paper. However, this resolution looks good in real life. We kept this phone with Micromax Canvas 4 and the display of Galaxy Mega looked much better. this screen is quite big and hence you can easily watch movies or play games.

On the other side, we were disappointed with touch response of this screen. Samsung has made some graet quality screens in the past but this one isn’t good enough. Things get worse at times due to the mediocre processor and this is bound to frustrate you.

OS and UI

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 comes with TouchWiz interface which we have always liked. It improves the user experience of the phone. TouchWiz interface is heavily modifies the stock Android OS. this phone runs on Android 4.2.2 aka Jelly Bean OS. There are 7 home screens for storing your widgets. You can delete the ones which you don’t want. Below the screen, there is home button between the menu and return touch-based buttons.

Notification bar has most control options which you need for controls and they include GPS, WiFi, Sound, Bluetooth, Screen Rotation, Mobile Data, Power Saving, Blocking Mode, Multi Window, Driving mode, WiFi Hot spot, Smart Stay, Flight Mode, and Synch. In this phone, you get to change the order of these controls. For example, if you use GPS too often then you can set it to appear first on the strip so that you don’t have to swipe ahead all the time. There is also brightness controller here with default SIM option. This is a dual SIM phone and you can choose the default card here — SIM 1 or SIM 2. There is settings icon on the top.

Settings page has controls like Accounts, My Device, Connections, etc. They are classified well for easier access. Main menu page too has Downloaded, Widgets, and Apps section.

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 Display

Apart from this, there are also other cool features like Smart Stay, Multi Window, and Story Album which is only seen in other high end Samsung phones.

RAM, processor and performance

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 comes with latest Android 4.2.2 OS inside. There is decent dual core chip inside running at 1.4GHz clock speed and there is also 1.5GB RAM. Dual core phones are getting a bit out-dated in the wake of quad core technology now but Samsung chose slower chip inside to keep the price of the phone low. There have been some rumours of a Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 having quad core processor but nothing has been confirmed yet.

The performance of the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 wasn’t up to our expectations. We were disappointed to see that even daily apps took longer than usual for opening up. Heavy games were worse. In our tests, this phone froze a lot and we were often frustrated.

Memory

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 comes with eight gigabytes internal storage and 5.39GB is available for users. For more memory, there is external microSD card slot which can take up to 64GB cards. We don’t have any problems here but there are phones which cost less than this and still have up to 16GB internal storage memory.

Camera

Samsung smartphones have always been good on camera front and hence we were looking forward to test the camera of Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8. This handset comes with 1.9 megapixels front facing camera and there is eight megapixels rear facing camera on the back. This combination is even found in Indian phones which cost less than Rs. 10k. On the bright side, the colours of this camera are good looking and there is bright flash for capturing pictures in dark.

Camera app is designed quite well and hence it is easy to use. It has lot of modes inside like best face, sports, panorama, sound and shot, beauty face, Auto, etc. You can use it according to the situations. Front camera too is good for capturing pictures in sound & shot, beauty face, and auto modes.

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 Camera

Battery

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8comes with 2,600mAh battery inside and it sound good on paper. However, in our tests, the phone battery didn’t even last for one day with standard tasks like half hour gaming, one hour calling, and medium Wi-Fi use.

Verdict

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 comes with less powerful hardware inside and hence this phone isn’t as fast as the Galaxy S one. The performance is a bit disappointing as compared to other Samsung phones. Intrinsically speaking, it feels like this is abig screen phone having out dated hardware inside. For its price, this phone is seriously dated and hence we find it hard to recommend.

The only bright spot on this smartphone is the awesome display which his even better than the HD screens of phones like Micromax Canvas 4. The UI is also good and the handset has Samsung’s brand name which is trusted world over. However, there is nothing else on the phone worth its price. Xolo brought Tegra 3 based phone for Rs. 15,999. We expected much better performance from the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8′s combination of 1.5GB RAM and dual core chip inside.op

Specs

  • Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS
  • 182 grams weight
  • 5.8 inches display with qHD resolution of 540x 960 pixels
  • Touch screen display
  • 1.5GB RAM,64GB expandable memory slot, 8GB internal memory
  • Dual core 1.4 GHz processor
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi Hot spot
  • Eight megapixels rear facing camera and 1.9 megapixels front facing camera
  • GPS available
  • 2,600 mAh battery
  • One year warranty
  • Rs. 23,500

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