Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

It is hard to call the Galaxy Mega 5.8 big. It is with­out doubt a gi­ant in com­par­i­son to the big five-inch­ers.

Like the Note II, this phone isn't easy to grip. Through­out the re­view, we feared the phone will slip out of our hands. Plus, it is too big for any pocket.

The over­all de­sign is very sim­i­lar to other Galaxy de­vices. The TFT LCD dis­play has 540x960p res­o­lu­tion, while there is a very glossy plas­tic at the back. Re­move the back cover and you have a huge 2600 mAh bat­tery and two mi­croSIM slots.

The UI is the same, but press the set­ting icon in the key­board for long and you can call a smaller key­board that is con­ducive to sin­gle hand typ­ing. The ex­tra real es­tate makes it easy to read web­sites, watch videos and play games. But the low res­o­lu­tion is a damp­ener all the while.

Plus, the Mega 5.8 is not as pow­er­ful as it looks and it pow­ered by a 1.4 Ghz dual-core pro­ces­sor and 1.5GB RAM. This is good for daily tasks, but slows down the phone while play­ing heavy games or run­ning some apps in the back­ground.

The 8MP cam­era on­board cap­tured sharp and de­tailed im­ages dur­ing day­time, though with very iffy colour re­pro­duc­tion. Im­ages cap­tured in­doors were not that im­pres­sive.

The 2600 mAh bat­tery used is good enough to last a day.

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