If you are not aware of the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 then here is a small description: It comes with a huge 5.8-inch screen, 1.4 GHz dual core processor, 1.5 GB RAM, 2600 mAh battery, 64 GB expandable storage slot, 8 GB internal memory etc. Currently, it is available for around Rs 23,500.
But before you get carried away with the “bigger the better” notion, here is an in-depth review of the performance and everything else that you need to know about the Mega 5.8.
It is laughable to see many reviewers crying about its big size. When a phone comes with a 5.8-inch screen, it is bound to have a big profile. But surprisingly, it is quite light weighing just 182 grams despite having a big 2600 mAh battery. This is partially because its 9 mm thickness and the quality of material used.
It looks aristocratic with its shiny metal strip that surrounds its edges while the iconic home button sits just below the display. The body, if you look closely, has a textured design that personally loved very much.
The back panel is plastic and is shiny but not that slippery. Though it looks strong, I feel, better material could have been used.
A 5.8-inch with qHD (540x 960 pixels) resolution does not sound good at all in the paper but believe me, it does not seem as bad as it sounds in real life. Since it’s a huge display, you would also like to watch movies and play games on it, as I did.
However, the touch response of the screen of Mega 5.8 was not at all smooth. It’s erratic to be precise, which can create a lot of heartburn while playing games.
OS and user interface
The Galaxy Mega 5.8 does not disappoint in TouchWiz interface that modifies the stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system’s UI. First of all there are seven home screen pages. There is a home button just below the display alongside which lies return and menu touch keys.
The notification bar harbours most of the control options that you may need to control from time to time that includes the Wi-Fi, GPS, Sound, Screen Rotation, Bluetooth, Mobile Data, Blocking Mode, Power Saving, Multi Window, Wi-Fi Hot spot, Driving Mode, Smart Stay, Synch and Flight Mode.
A notable point here is that you can change the order of these notification panel options.
Processor, RAM and performance
The Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 does come with the latest Android 4.2.2 operating system. It has also a decent looking dual core processor with 1.4 GHz clock speed and 1.5 GB RAM. The dual core processor looks ordinary in an era of quad core processors but remember that there is a quad core version of Mega 5.8 as well but Samsung has so far not announced its availability in the market.
It has 8 GB of internal storage out of which 5.39 GB is available for users. There is an external card slot though which could accommodate up to 64 GB of micro SD card.
This ought to be the highlight of the phone than any of its other features. Figuratively, it comes with ordinary 8 megapixel rear camera and a 1.9 megapixel front camera — a combination that you would even find in phones priced below Rs 10,000. It captures colours as they are, while its LED flash comes really handy indoors where you won’t often get sufficient light.