Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Mega(s)

Vs Tony Crammond 08:54, Apr 12 2013

We compare Samsung's newest devices, the Mega 5.8 and 6.3, with its fantastic Galaxy Note 2

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 is a fantastic device that straddles the line between high-end smartphone and portable tablet. But Samsung isn’t satisfied with having just one line of devices owning a section of the market, so it has decided to introduce a new entry, called the Galaxy Mega. Samsung's Galaxy Mega aims to bring the big-screened, "phablet" features to market, along with a sense of value.

Would you be better off buying a Galaxy Note 2 or one of these new devices though? We aim to find out as we compare the Galaxy Note 2 with the Galaxy Mega.

Display

The Galaxy Mega comes with two screen sizes: 5.8 inches and 6.3 inches. The 5.8-inch model hosts a TFT screen that operates at a resolution of 540 x 960 and offers up a pixel density of 190PPI, while the 6.3-inch version weighs in with a TFT screen running at 720 x 1280, with a pixel density of 223PPI.

The Galaxy Note 2 sits firmly between the two, with a 5.5-inch screen running at 720 x 1280 with a pixel density of 267PPI, giving it a win in this round on stats alone.

Winner – Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Power

Again, the Galaxy Mega comes with two different specs.

The 6.3-inch Mega offers up an Exynos 5250 chipset, running at 1.7GHz and 1.5GB RAM, as well as the capable Mali-T604 GPU and 8 or 16GB storage options with micro SD support.

The 5.8 inch offers a dual-core 1.4GHz CPU, as-yet unknown GPU and 1.5GB RAM. The device also offers support for micro SD cards up to 64GB in capacity and doesn’t appear to offer any notable amount of internal storage.

The Galaxy Note 2 offers Samsung’s Exynos 4412 Quad chipset, which gives users a quad-core 1.6GHz Cortex-A9 CPU and Mali-400MP GPU. The device comes in 16, 32 and 64GB options, all of which offer micro SD support and it also brings 2GB RAM to the table.

Winner – Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Form

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – 151.1 x 80.5 x 9.4mm, 183g

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 – 162.6 x 82.4 x 9mm, 182g

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 – 67.6 x 88 x 8mm, 199g

The Galaxy Mega devices are ably constructed by Samsung and remain lightweight, owing to a largely plastic chassis. They do, however, feel robust and immensely durable.

The Galaxy Note 2 takes things a step further though, with a nice weight and resilient shell – though it does still have the bendy, squeaky battery cover that makes us cringe.

Winner – Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Camera

The Galaxy Note 2 is home to a solid 8-megapixel primary camera that is never exceptional but always reliable and decent. It features an LED flash, simultaneous HD video and still capture, geo-tagging, touch focus, face & smile detection, image stabilization and 1080P video capture.

The device’s secondary camera is 1.9-megapixel.

The Galaxy Mega 5.8 and 6.2 both feature an 8-megapixel primary camera with autofocus, geo-tagging, touch-focus, face & smile detection and HDR, as well as LED flash and 1080P video capture.

They too, play host to a 1.9-megapixel secondary camera.

Winner – Draw

Value

It’s difficult to assess the overall value in terms of the monetary aspect of these devices as neither the Galaxy Mega 5.8 nor 6.3 have been officially priced yet.

The Galaxy Note 2 can be currently bought off-plan, for $550 though, and it’s one hell of a device for the money.

If Samsung is able to bring the megas in for under $400 then we’d have to seriously consider giving the meatier of the two, the 6.3, the nod over the Galaxy Note 2. But a lot is hinged on how the devices are priced and, most importantly, what happens with the next-gen Galaxy Note 3, which will obviously drive down the price of the Note 2 further still.

Winner – Draw

And the winner is…

Samsung Galaxy Note 2

As it stands, the Galaxy Note 2 is the better device by a fair margin, but we’d urge you to shop around when the Galaxy Mega devices launch, because the Note 2 is better than both. However, it is not better enough if the others are considerably cheaper -- unless of course you simply have to have the S-Pen!

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