Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 I9200 review: Largest Screen Smartphone

posted at 19 June 2013 by Paul


The newest TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 comes on top of Android 4.2.2 with some of the hand-gestures and eye-tracking features to be found on the S4 flagship. Samsung has provided a dedicated portrait mode for the interface to help you when you turn the phone sideways and hold it with two hands.

As you can imagine, the default portrait keyboard on the huge display makes it perfect for typing. The generous size of the display gives other advantages such as the uncramped gallery's split view feature and the usable multi-window mode for running two apps at the same time.

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Samsung did not include a stylus with the Mega 6.3 (probably to keep the price low), but you can easily use your finger on that large screen canvas. The 1.7 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor backed up by 1.5 GB of RAM does its job well, with no noticeable lag or stuttering. There are 4 GB of internal storage with about 2 GB being user-available, but you may expand it using a microSD card.

Camera
The 8-megapixels camera of the Mega 6.3 comes with LED flash, and is paired with a 1.9-megapixels front-facing unit, capable of HD video recording. The camera app takes advantage of the newest interface from Samsung, with Best Photo, Drama and HDR modes, but also a large variety of scenes and color effects for your photos and videos. The pictures that the camera produces, however, are average at best, as they look soft, have less detail than expected and color representation is rather oversaturated.

Video is recorded at a 1920x1080 resolution and 30 fps, and looks fluid enough, but again, the quality is not extraordinary.

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Multimedia
As we said, Samsung's split-view gallery mode looks great on this screen size, and you can pick and zoom folders with image and video content pretty fast. The built-in editing option has a rich set of features to make you enjoy drawing. The music player comes with the usual functionality including a number of equalizer presets, surround sound modes, and the Smart Volume and Adapt Sound technology to offer personalized sound settings. The phone’s loudspeaker manages to produce some pretty strong and clear sounds.

The video player supports every popular format including DivX/Xvid/MKV files, up to Full HD definition, as well as subtitles, live zooming, and a number of sharing options. The Pop Up Play function on board detaches the video windows and floats it above, with the interface underneath.