The Background of Samsung Galaxy Mega 2
Soon after the marketing blitz settled down for Samsung Note 4, the leading handset manufacturer was not breathing easy. It soon launched another phablet in the mid priced segment on October 24th 2014. While the Note 4 and Galaxy S5 are premium products offered by Samsung, the Galaxy Mega 2 is much more affordable and comes with a smart price of Rs 20992.
So who are the competitors of Samsung Galaxy Mega 2? The recently launched Huawei Honor X1 comes to mind as the pricing of that phablet is almost similar. Both the phablet are tablets combined with the features of a smartphone enabling the users to make and receive calls apart from using it for data services.
Samsung has called it Smart, Simple with Intuitive Usability and we will just check as to whether the phablet deserves such laurels.
How is Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 to Look?
The looks of the Galaxy Mega is impressive as it boasts of a 6 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touch screen. The screen resolution is 1280*720 with a pixel density of 245 PPI.
The colour depth is 16M. The pictures, videos and games can be viewed clearly and vividly with such specifications. The Galaxy Mega 2 comes in two colour variants of Black and White. The home key and the two capacitive buttons are at the bottom of the screen, the volume rockers on the left ridge and the power button on the right. The back of the phablet sports the camera and the front camera is right next to the speaker on the top of the screen. The audio jack and the USB slot are on the top ridge.
The back of the Galaxy Mega 2 is laden with false leather but it does not look classy unlike the Note 4 which too sports a faux leather back flap. The front frame of the phablet is with a glossy finish. Overall the looks are good but don’t expect it to be a sophisticated one.
The screen offers fabulous multi window facility so that multitasking is quicker and more effective. The screen can be split and can run multiple applications at the same time. So on one screen you can watch movies or videos and you can browse through your messages on the other screen.
The 6 inch phablet allows to be handled with one hand and makes multitasking easy with a host of features.
The Hardware Specifications of Samsung Galaxy Mega 2
The Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 is a dual core powered by Quad-core 1.5 GHz with a chip set Exynos 4415, Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon. The GPU is Mali-400 Adreno 306. These heavy duty specifications ensure that the device stays powerful and provides an enriching experience to the user. The RAM is 1.5 GB with an impressive internal memory of 16GB. This can be further enhanced up to 64 GB using a micro slot.
The Galaxy Mega 2 is equipped with both a front and a rear camera. The front is 2.1MP and the rear is 8 MP which is satisfactory but the rear camera could have been of higher mega pixel. The rear camera has LED flash and has features like Panorama, Beauty Face and Best Photo. There’s also a voice command function that allows the user to dictate as to when exactly the picture or the video must be shot.
The battery too is impressive and comes with a specification of Li-Ion 2800mAh battery with an talk time of 18 hours .If the phablet is to be used only for audio then the audio playback time would be an impressive 87 hours and if used only for playing videos then it gives an incredible 10 hours for video playing.
The Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 offers Smart TV features where one can browse for shows by genre.
Which Software Does Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 Supports?
The Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 has the favourite Android OS, 4.4.3 (Kit Kat) supporting the phone’s huge multitasking abilities and intuitive customization features. Samsung has not revealed whether the phablet can be upgraded to Android 5.0 Lollipop or not. The Kit Kat ensures that the phablet can be customized and the display features can be organised.
The phablet can be browsed with the use of a finger because of its Air View feature. This means only by flicking the finger in the air, the screen can be browsed .It also has voice control options that enable the user to answer or reject calls, stop or snooze alarms, control the music player and given a command to take pictures.
The phablet comes loaded with Bluetooth and loads of sensors like Accelerometer, Geomagnetic, Gyro, RGB light, Proximity, Hall etc. It has GPS and aGS. The phablet has applications and services like Samsung Apps, Music Hub, Readers Hub, Game Hub, mfluent IM etc. It supports all the major audio formats and video formats. The phablet is a single sim and does not come as a dual sim variant.
The Galaxy Mega 2 is compatible with 2G, 3G and even 4G. Hence the phablet is equipped to be compatible with the next generation of high speed data services.
The Final Verdict of Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 Review
The Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 gets a 5 star rating as it is a power packed phablet and comes with a price that is easily affordable. Unlike the Huawei Honor X1 which suffered due to its outdated operating system, the Galaxy Mega 2 which had Jelly Bean as its OS when launched in other countries has been released here in India with Kit Kat 4.4.3. This specification alone makes it a strong contender in the phablet market.
Though it may not flaunt all the features of the Galaxy 5 or a Note 4 the phablet comes with features, specifications that are extremely good and provides a strong alternative to some of the phablets in the market today. Together with the strong hardware, backed by an equally powerful OS, the pricing of the Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 makes it as an irresistible buy. For users who cannot afford to buy a Samsung Galaxy S5 or a Note 4, the Galaxy Mega 2 provides the perfect alternative.
The Galaxy Mega 2 has all the makings of a good phablet and there is no doubt that it is here to stay.
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