Bigger vs. better: Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 and Galaxy S4
Last week, Samsung introduced a superbly monolithic phablet to the market: The Galaxy Mega 6.3. This is the biggest smartphone ever, period. Is there a market for such a device? Apparently so. Are you in that market? Let’s find out by comparing the Mega 6.3 to the Samsung Galaxy S4.
Last week, Samsung introduced a superbly monolithic phablet to the market: The Galaxy Mega 6.3. This is the biggest smartphone ever, period. While the Galaxy Note devices were tablet-ish phones, the Mega 6.3 is a phone-ish tablet. Is there a market for such a device? Apparently so. Are you in that market? Let’s find out by comparing the Mega 6.3 to the most popular Galaxy device ever, the Samsung Galaxy S4.
Where Android phones are concerned, many believe that the S4 is the best – the mothership and shining capital of Android devices. The shining bundle of specs that all Android phones aspire to.
To start with, the S4 isn’t a small device, featuring a 5-inch Full HD screen boasting 1080p resolution, and an extraordinarily dense 441 PPI (S4 owners don’t envy the iPhone 5’s 326 PPI Retina displays).
The Mega, on the other hand, certainly has a larger screen than the S4 – 6.3-inch, which is 1.3 inches larger – but has a good deal lower quality 720P 233-ppi display.
Speaking of bigness, the Mega is a clear winner. The Galaxy S4 measures 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm, whilst the Mega dwarfs it in all but its thinness at 167.6 x 88 x 8mm. It is a good thing that Samsung managed to keep the Mega thin – few would buy a hulking, metal soapbox.
The Mega has a fairly average 8 MP rear facing camera, while the S4 sports a somewhat better 13 MP camera – both phones include a number of helpful features to compliment the cameras. Both include high quality front facing cameras.
The final question to be answered about the two phones is capacity. In this case, the Galaxy S4 is really “bigger” in every way. The Mega includes a not-too-shabby 1.7GHz Cortex-A15 Exynos 5250 dual-core, while the S4 has the option of a 1.6 GHz Exynos 5 Octa Cortex-A15 processor (1.8GHz for Koreans). Neither are bad CPUs, but the one in the S4 clearly provides more punches.
Additionally, while the Mega 6.3 has1.5 GB of RAM, the S4 boosts that to 2 GB. Finally, the Galaxy S4 goes up to 64 GB capacity, while the Mega 6.3 has two options: 8, and 16 gigabytes.
The question of which device to go with, we're one pitting one against the other, really boils down to bigger vs. better. The Galaxy S4 wins every department in terms of real capacity and usefulness, while the Mega 6.3 is just bigger in every way.
It will be easy to pick out a Galaxy Mega 6.3 in the local Walmart as (like the Galaxy Note devices) they are the sort of gadgets which immediately catch people's eyes. However, it is hard for some to conceive why somebody would need or want such a device, unless they have some vendetta against their unripped pockets.
Do people really buy phones because they are bigger? Maybe not physically – but it does seem like people settle with inferior spec'ed devices simply for their popularity: for their "bigness". As shown above, the S4 has some of the best smartphone hardware on the market. It's powerful, comes with an amazing display, camera, and memory. Yet, some tend to like bigger things.
Bigger or better. What's your preference?