Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs. Samsung Galaxy Mega

Vs Tony Crammond 09:08, Sep 18 2013

Does Samsung's Galaxy Mega amount to better value than its Galaxy Note 3?

When it comes to the ever growing tablet market, Samsung certainly has things cornered. Its Galaxy Note range is already onto its third generation and with the introduction of its Galaxy Mega, we can safely say that the Korean manufacturer has its sights set on phablet domination too.

But, with the wealth of products available, which should you choose? Here, we compare the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with the Samsung Galaxy Mega to see if the phone maker's more budget-friendly offering packs enough punch to be considered above its more premium sibling.

Power

The Samsung Galaxy Mega has been given a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset consisting of a dual-core 1.7GHz processor and an Adreno 305 GPU. It has 1.5GB RAM and comes with either 8 or 16GB RAM, depending on how much you want to spend. The device also has a micro SD slot that allows you to add up to 64GB extra space, if you so desire.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is considerably better endowed than its sibling, coming equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset, which is made up of a quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 processor and an Adreno 330 GPU, if you opt for the LTE model, or a quad-core 1.9 GHz Cortex-A15 and quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7 in the 3G model, which utilizes Samsung’s BIG.little technology. Both models come with 3GB RAM and are available with either 32 or 64GB storage space, with a micro SD slot for adding up to a further 64GB.

Winner – Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Display

The Galaxy Note 3 has some impressive screen tech, offering a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, which displays 1080 x 1920 pixels, giving it a pixel density of 386PPI. The display offers multi-touch input, but perhaps the best part of the Note 3 is the S-Pen, which takes your input and control of the phablet to the next level.

Unfortunately, the Mega simply can’t match up to the Note 3, offering a slightly larger 6.3-inch SC-LCD capacitive touchscreen which displays a comparatively low 720 x 1280 pixels, giving it a pixel density of 233PPI – which is by no means shabby, but no match for its high-flying stable mate.

Winner – Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Software

As with most, if not all, of Samsung’s most successful devices, both the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Mega run on Google’s famed operating system, Android, with the Galaxy Mega offering the 4.2.2 iteration and the Galaxy Note 3 running the most up to date version, 4.3, both of which are part of the Jelly Bean release.

Both devices also have Samsung’s TouchWiz UI overlay, which gives additional personalization options, apps, widgets and eye candy.

Winner – Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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So your actually saying HD, which makes little to no difference on screens this small, is better or more advantageous than a 6.3 inch 720p superclear LCD? As an owner of the note 2 S4 and 3 galaxy mega i 9205s, you're dead wrong. The difference in clarity between my s4, note 2, and mega are negligible, but the difference in size is massive. The fact that Note 3 is 5.68 inches, which is a half an inch smaller screen Than the mega Cannot make up for The reading, video watching, or gaming benefits of The mega. Period. I can only assume Your writing this staring at a spec sheet or else you'd never write such a ludacris article. And this is coming from someone who has preordered 2 Note 3s. The mega is an amazing device thats truly in a Class of its own. Replacing the Note series in terms of uniqueness as the Note 3 @ 5.68 inches is just another midsize phone with standard 2013 specs. And @ 5.68 inches the S pen will remain a novelty due to lack of usable Surface area... Therefore, the mega will remain my main phone until Samsung release Note 4 as they draw out the incrimental updates for every dollar they can before releasing a 6 inch Note like Note 3 should have been.

ckh14 sounds full of crap.. They don't own all of those phones and haven't ordered TWO note 3s. Sounds like hurt feelings to me. The note 3 still has the better screen. The partial inch more that the mega has isn't even worth it.

There are always going to be differences of opinion and while I respect yours, I don't agree with it. The Note 3's screen is newer, sharper and felt, to me at least, more responsive.

The purpose of this piece isn't to present a review-like result though, rather it's to deliver an assessment of specification to determine value (or relative value).

Differences of opinion aside, I'm very grateful for your feedback. =)

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