Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.Eight Evaluation

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.Eight detailed evaluate

As soon as upon a time, within the daybreak of the smartphone period, round 2010, a 3.5-inch gadget was thought of to be the perfect measurement for a smartphone and there have been talks of what the Dell Streak might and couldn’t do because the next-gen smartphone.

Quick ahead to 2013, and the era of the smartphone-tablet hybrid has made its presence felt. Now we have the 5-inch display screen measurement dominating the smartphone market, and naturally, bigger phablets ranging all the best way to the 7-inch tablets which provide the skill to make calls – how instances have modified!

Samsung was the primary firm to make a profitable giant show smartphone, with the unique Galaxy Observe. The corporate lately showcased two new phablets in India – the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8, which boasts of a 5.8-display, and the Mega 6.3, which has a 6.3-inch show. In the present day, we have now the Galaxy Mega 5.Eight for evaluate. Is the gadget price contemplating as your subsequent massive smartphone?

At a Look

In two phrases – it’s massive. You could have the 5.8-inch show with a qHD decision. It runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean straight out of the field skinned with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. It has the identical plastic really feel and barely curvy design discovered on all different Samsung Galaxy smartphones just like the S III, S4, Observe II and extra.

Here’s a fast take a look at the specs of the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.Eight when in comparison with the competing smartphones in the identical value vary.


Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8

Huawei Ascend Mate

Lenovo IdeaPhone Okay860






182 grams

198 grams

193.5 grams

Show Measurement




Show Decision









Android 4.2

Android 4.1

Android 4.0

Pores and skin

TouchWiz UI

Emotion UI


Builtin storage




Expandable storage

as much as 64GB by way of a microSD card

as much as 32GB by way of a microSD card

as much as 32GB by way of a microSD card

Processor cores




Processor clock velocity








Rear digital camera entrance digital camera









Rs. 24,900

Rs. 24,900

Rs. 18,490

From the specs desk it’s evident that if an enormous display screen gadget is what you need, then the Huawei Ascend Mate is the gadget for you when in comparison with the Galaxy Mega 5.8, on paper at the least.


Staying true to the Samsung custom, the Galaxy Mega 5.Eight has the identical appear and feel because the Observe II, however in a 5.8-inch kind issue. You could have the entrance dealing with digital camera above the show together with the one bodily house button and capacitive menu and again buttons on its both aspect.

The rear of the Galaxy Mega 5.Eight has the digital camera together with an LED flash and the speaker all saved subsequent to one another. Rip out the rear panel and you’ve got entry to the battery together with the 2 SIM card slots and the microSD card slot. The underside of the smartphone has the microSD card slot the place as the highest has the headphones jack. The left of the Mega 5.Eight has the quantity rocker and the precise has the facility button; a fairly commonplace button structure.

When it comes to its design, the Mega 5.Eight has the usual appear and feel that we have now come to know from Samsung units. The largest distinction is that it’s actually massive. It was uncomfortable carrying the smartphone in my denims pocket and I discovered myself carrying it in my hand greater than in my pocket. Whether or not the scale of the Galaxy Mega 5.Eight is just too massive so that you can use as a cellphone is one thing very subjective. Now we have seen individuals use it comfortably however a majority of individuals agree that it’s a little too massive for use as a cellphone.

Person Interface

Staying true to Samsung custom, you might have the usual TouchWiz UI overlaying the Android OS on the Mega 5.8. The smartphone comes preloaded with a bunch of apps such because the S Memo, S Planner, S Translator, S Voice, S Journey and the Samsung App retailer, a bunch of options that we have now began seeing on Samsung units from the times of the S II and the Observe II. For the reason that show is giant, you even have entry to single-hand operation options equivalent to keypad and in-call buttons, calculator and extra.

The Mega 5.Eight additionally has Sensible Keep, the flexibility of the show to stay on as long as you’re looking at it. Frankly, this characteristic appears like a gimmick. I’m not saying that it doesn’t work. However I do have a problem with it. To start out with I put on glasses, and with glasses on, the Sensible Keep doesn’t work. And once I take away my glasses, effectively I’m as blind as a bat so what’s the purpose?

Put merely, the UI is one thing that we have now seen on a plethora of Samsung units and that could be a good factor. If you’re part of the Samsung ecosystem or like utilizing Samsung smartphones or are shifting from one Samsung gadget to a different, you’ll just like the acquainted territory.


For the reason that smartphone is priced at Rs. 24,900, allow us to have a look and see the way it compares to different units in the identical value vary such because the Nexus 4, Samsung Galaxy S III and the Lenovo IdeaPhone Okay860.

As you possibly can see from the scores, the Galaxy Mega 5.Eight doesn’t have one of the best benchmark scores. If a tool with uncooked horsepower is one thing that you’re searching for then there are higher choices obtainable on the identical value vary.

Beginning with the response of the Mega 5.8’s touchscreen, we’ll should say it is rather good. The interface is clean and responsive. Shopping the Web, taking part in video games, and usually something to do with navigating the touchscreen is an efficient expertise.

The keyboard on the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.Eight is sweet too. You could have the usual QWERTY keyboard with entry to numbers above it. The keyboard is sweet and effectively laid out for 2 hand use and there’s additionally the mode the place you possibly can squeeze the keyboard for single hand use, be it navigating web sites, texting or simply plain typing, the keyboard is good and effectively responsive.

The 5.8-inch show has a 960×540 pixel decision giving it 190ppi pixel density. The show has good viewing angles, however you do have some tough edges, with the overall impression of a comparatively low decision show, when in comparison with most trendy shows. After we noticed the smartphone for the primary time, we noticed it subsequent to the 6.3-inch Galaxy Mega, and that gadget has a particularly crisp show. Now we have additionally seen the Huawei Ascend Mate, which has a 720p 6.1-inch show and that appears manner higher than what we have now on the Mega 5.8. We do want the show decision of the smartphone have been higher and that is one place the place the Mega 5.Eight really fails.

Talking of video games, all of them labored on the Mega 5.8, however the likes of Useless Set off stuttered with the slightest improve of stress onscreen and the lag is kind of noticeable. Indignant Birds Star Wars, Subway Surfers, Phrases With Pals and extra ran fairly easily and it was a deal with taking part in the video games. Graphically intense video games nevertheless will stutter.

Transferring to the calling functionality of the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8, put merely, it’s good; no complaints with the standard. For the reason that smartphone has a 5.8-inch show, which is larger than the Observe II, it could be a bit uncomfortable for some to make use of on a day-to-day foundation. Holding such an enormous cellphone to your ear shall be tough and uncomfortable for some. If you’re one who doesn’t thoughts an enormous gadget, then you definately shouldn’t have any complain with the scale of the gadget.

The digital camera on the Galaxy Mega 5.Eight comes with a bunch of taking pictures modes equivalent to auto, sports activities, panorama, sound and shot (This mode provides just a few seconds of background sound with the picture), finest face, steady shot, finest face and sweetness face. Phew! That’s a number of modes. Coming all the way down to the precise efficiency of the digital camera it’s good, however there are higher choices on the market for a similar value vary. In outside situations the place the lighting is extraordinarily good, you get some actually stunning photographs. Indoors nevertheless, there’s lack of element particularly if you happen to blow the picture as much as its precise measurement.

Natively the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.Eight recognised MP4 with none points. It refused to recognise AVI and it acknowledged the video within the MKV movies however not the audio. You possibly can nevertheless run all of the audio and video codecs on the gadget by way of third occasion apps.

When it comes to its battery life, the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.Eight has sufficient juice to get you thru the typical day, particularly if you happen to contemplate the scale of the show. Certain, if you happen to preserve the brightness excessive and depart sensible display screen on, then the consumption of battery shall be quick. In our steady video playback take a look at, the smartphone lasted for slightly over 7 hours with the brightness on full in addition to the quantity. The Wi-Fi too was on.

Backside Line
It’s tough to advocate the Galaxy Mega 5.8. To start out with you get higher specs from the Huawei Ascend Mate for a similar value. Certain, the Mega 5.Eight has a superb digital camera; works effectively as a cellphone, and options Samsung shenanigans. Nevertheless, the show and construct of the gadget really feel lacklustre when in comparison with the competitors. If you need a tool with a extremely giant show that isn’t the Galaxy Observe II, it’s best to contemplate the Galaxy Mega 6.Three or the Ascend Mate. If you need a powerhouse of a smartphone for Rs. 25Okay, there are higher choices on the market.

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