The Galaxy Mega 6.3 follows the same design language of just about every other Samsung-branded device that’s been released this year, not counting the Galaxy S4 Active, more or less. But if you were to look at the Galaxy S 4 itself, or even the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, and compare it to the Galaxy Mega 6.3, you’d feel comfortable in the similarities. If you like that sort of thing.
No doubt, the Galaxy Mega 6.3 is a lot of plastic and LCD. With its 6.3-inch display, it’s a massive phone. And let’s be clear right here and now, before we get too far into this, and while we’re talking about the design and feature-set of the Galaxy Mega 6.3. This is supposed to be a phone. You’re supposed to use it like you’d use the Galaxy S 4, because it has all the same features, and you can make phone calls. This is supposed to be a phone, more than a tablet. And, after using it, it’s obvious that it’s not even meant to be a “phablet.”
Now, getting down to the nitty-gritty. The Galaxy Mega 6.3 features a 6.3-inch display, with a resolution of 720×1280. That means you’ll get a pixel per inch count around 233. Interestingly enough, the fact that the Galaxy Mega 6.3 boasts a SC-LCD panel, instead of the practically standard AMOLED display, makes the Galaxy Mega 6.3 not a giant screen of saturated colors.
Above the display, you’ll find the speaker grille, a Samsung logo, and a notification light tucked up towards the top-left (facing the device). There are a pair of sensors at the top-right, and then finally the 1.9-megapixel camera. Below the touchscreen, you’ll find the regular physical Home button, with the Back button on the right, and the Menu button on the left. On my review unit, the Home button felt a bit loose in its setting, but it still provided plenty of travel and feedback, and it was responsive enough during usage.
The Galaxy Mega 6.3 breaks the Samsung-branded tablet button layout, and goes with the smartphone layout instead. Meaning, on the right side of the phone you’ll find only the Power button, which is slightly raised along the edge, so you can find it easily enough just by sliding your finger along the ridge. On the top, you’ll find the 3.5mm audio jack at the far left. And, on the left side, you’ll find the volume rocker. At the bottom, the single micro-USB port.
On the back, the plastic panel is dominated by the 8MP camera at the top, with the single LED flash right below it. AT&T’s minimalistic globe branding sits below that. At the bottom of the back plate there’s the Galaxy MEGA brand.
You’re either going to like the way the Galaxy Mega 6.3 looks, with its black plastic front-and-back build, or you won’t. In truth, the Galaxy Mega 6.3 feels sturdy in the hand, and even if it is plastic, I don’t think it felt like a toy like older Samsung-branded devices have. It is a fingerprint magnet, so you should be okay with seeing evidence of your fingers all over the back of the handset.
published by Brockston Blount