Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3

Vs Paul Briden 18:41, 17 Apr 2013

How does the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 compare to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2?

The Galaxy Note 2 is Samsung’s second-in-command from the Galaxy S flagship model (formerly the Galaxy S3, now the Galaxy S4). It has a high-end premium spec alongside a distinctive approach to the smartphone concept due to its huge 5.5-inch display and the inclusion of a stylus.

The Galaxy Mega 6.3 is an even larger smartphone, but appears to be intended as a more affordable media consumption device. It has a mid-range spec and an enormous 6.3-inch display without the stylus input.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2: Key specs and features

A primary pulling point of the Galaxy Note 2 is its substantial touch display. At 5.5-inches it’s no small fry and it utilises a Super AMOLED at 1280x720 pixels with a pixel density of 267 pixels-per-inch (ppi). This is reasonably sharp and makes viewing feature films or playing games an enjoyable experience. Colour depth, contrast and brightness are all quite strong too.

Another key component is the power behind the device, both in terms of the processor and the battery pack. It features Samsung’s Exynos 4212 quad-core chip clocked at 1.6GHz with 2GB of RAM and a Mali-400MP quad-core graphics processing unit (GPU). This is the same setup as the Galaxy S3, though clocked a little faster and with twice the RAM and, like that particular model, it has no problems running Android at a slick pace.

The battery pack is a 3,100mAh unit which provides a pretty incredible lifespan – with normal smartphone use you can typically expect to get at least a couple of days on a single charge. Not many other handsets can make such a claim.

The third pillar of the Galaxy Note 2 is its S-Pen stylus functionality. The S-Pen turns the Galaxy Note 2 into a full-blown creativity platform and PDA device. It has 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity which delivers a much more usable interpretation of the stylus driven phone concept than its predecessor, or indeed any other stylus-equipped handset to date.

The result is that you can confidently write or sketch and expect to get all the nuances of line-weight you’d normally see from using a pen and paper. The relevant tools and UI elements designed for the S-Pen also function very well – handwriting recognition in particular is a good one.

Multiscreen used to be a bit problematic but it’s been tweaked since the phone launched and now works as it was originally intended. You can have two apps (from a pre-defined list) running side-by-side.

The handset runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and has all the usual perks such as improved performance and stability, Google Now, the multitasking carousel and plenty of neat menus and UI features. It’s also business as usual when it comes to the rest of the TouchWiz interface overlay and Android’s 700,000 plus apps.

Other advantages include the full selection of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB internal storage variants, each with microSD support for card expansion by up to 64GB.

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3: Key specs and features

With the Galaxy Mega 6.3, Samsung is aiming to expand (literally) on consumer interest in its large screen devices by giving the handset and even bigger display for users to consume content through. It’s a 6.3-inch LCD with the same 1280x720 pixel resolution as the Galaxy Note 2. Samsung has managed to squeeze a high pixel density out of this larger screen at 233ppi – it’s not quite as sharp as the Galaxy Note 2 but it’s not far off. The touchscreen is just as bright and colourful as any we’ve seen from the manufacturer.

While the processing power might not be quad-core based it’s still quite a competitive setup. That’s because it uses Samsung’s Exynos 5250 dual-core chip found in the Nexus 10, which is ARM Cortex-A15 based, clocked at 1.7GHz and features 1.5GB of RAM with a Mali-T604 GPU. This is powerful stuff and for Android in its current state it will happily keep up with the majority of its contemporaries.

The Galaxy Mega 6.3’s battery is also suitably big at 3,200mAh.

Direct spec comparison: Shootout

Device Samsung Galaxy Note 2
Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3
Dimensions 151.1x80.5x9.4mm, 183g 167.6x88x8.0mm, 199g 
Display 5.5-inch Super AMOLED,1280x720 pixels,267ppi 6.3-inch LCD,1280x720 pixels,233ppi 
Camera 8-megapixel,LED flash,1080p video 8-megapixel,LED flash,1080p video
Storage 16GB/32GB/64GB,microSD up to 64GB 8GB/16GB,microSD up to 64GB
Processor, RAM, Graphics 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos 4214,2GB RAM, Mali-400MP GPU 1.7GHz dual-core Exynos 5250 (Cortex-A15),1.5GB RAM,Mali-T604 GPU
Operating System, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
UI  TouchWiz TouchWiz
Connectivity microUSB,Bluetooth,NFC,Wi-Fi,Wi-Fi Direct,Wi-Fi Hotspot,DLNA,4G,GPS,MHL microUSB,Bluetooth,NFC,Wi-Fi,Wi-Fi Direct,Wi-Fi Hotspot,DLNA,4G,GPS,MHL
Battery 3,100mAh 3,200mAh

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