Always On: Unboxing the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3
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Always On: Unboxing the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3

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Molly Wood unboxes this big-screen phablet with an 8-megapixel camera and a customized interface.

Inside this box I have the Galaxy Mega 6.3. And since I'm such a Phablet fan, you know, I've been waiting it [unk] 6.3 does refer to the screen size. All right, let's see here. Okay. Let's get this guy out of here. Wow. That is a big phone. They're using millimeters as their primary measurement. Just as a trivia note 6.3 inches is 159 millimeter. Good to know. All right. Let's see what else is in the box. The instruction booklet, headphones, it's kind of a nice touch and it's media-friendly, charging cable, international power brick. Oh hey, it's an adapter. I actually thought that it might come with an SD card, Can you imagine how useful that would be? Just a micro SD adapter and then a little 4gig micro SD card. All right-- and our big, big battery. Let's get it on. It already, I will say, even though it is obviously ginormous, it feels really lightweight and the battery isn't that much heavier so I think it's gonna be pretty nice in the hand. The simcard slot is right on top of the micro SC card slot that's kind of an awkward stacking. But I guess if you did this all at once when you very first got the phone, maybe you would have not to mess with again but I would be kind of annoying if you wanted to swap out your simcard or your SD card for something bigger. This 4 gig is not very much. Let's get out battery in. Maybe because it's so big, this plastic case fills even flimsier than usual. It feels like paper. And power got this big display, big display. And now familiar Samsung startup screen and while I go through some of the setup, let's do the specs. The Mega has a full HD 6.3-inch TFT display. The resolution is 1280x720. It runs Android 4.2 Jellybean. It has a dual-core 1.7 GHz processor. The battery is good size 3200 mAh. Samsung says that should run up to 17 hours. Obviously, we'll have to test that because that screen is gonna eat up some battery. Memory is 16 gigabytes, ports include micro SD, expandable up to 64 gigabytes, USB 2.0 and the micro Sim slot. The micro SD card slot is on top of the micro sim port and the way they're stacked is a little bit awkward. Connectivity wise, the Mega comes pack with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and a GPS. The 6.3 version comes with LTE but the 5.8-inch Mega does not have LTE support. The camera on the Galaxy Mega is a slightly disappointing 8 megapixels but there are ton of built-in photo modes that are really fun. There are filters and you can even apply them when you're taking video and then there are various camera modes that the ability to automatically choose the best photo from a bunch, continuous shooting, the best face and something called beauty face. And the front-facing camera is 2 megapixels. The unlocked price is pretty high, $798, most of that custom course goes to the screen. Now a couple of key difference is between the plain old Galaxy line or in this case the Galaxy Mega line and the S4 line even though it has some of the Samsung-only features like Smart Stay, Airview, S Beam and, of course, the somewhat annoying Touch Wiz interface. It doesn't have some of those premium S4 features like the high-scrolling and the gesture controls. Personally I find those to be a little bit of a novelty anyway so I don't think you'll miss them. This phone is really all about this huge display. So if you're really into watching a lot of media on your phone and you don't mind pairing something around this size, it's a pretty nice phone. I mean, you know me. I like it-- this phone. What I don't understand is what Samsung is going to do with the Note 3. They're still expecting not to be announced so if 6.3 or 5.8 inches seems to be a little too much for you, my little hold out to get the announce there. Five-and-a-half could be the perfect size. At least you have options. All right, for our full review, checkout cnet.com.
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