Samsung Galaxy Mega review: ‘It doesn’t fit in my pants’

“With a 6.3-inch screen, Samsung’s ginormous Galaxy Mega smartphone verges on the absurd,” Florence Ion writes for TechHive. “And it’s further evidence that Samsung won’t rest until it has a mobile device of every conceivable size and shape, the accepted conventions of smartphone ergonomics be damned.”

“How big is too big? When do we, as consumers, step in and stop this maddening inflation of screen dimensions? Samsung has ignored the pleas of the rational by adding yet another model to its already saturated phone lineup,” Ion writes. “And with chassis dimensions that come perilously close to those of tablets such as the Nexus 7, it’s aiming to fill a niche that doesn’t exist.”

Ion writes, “At 6.59 by 3.46 by 0.31 inches, the Galaxy Mega is bigger than both the LG Optimus G Pro and Samsung’s own Galaxy Note II. If you wear skinny jeans, or anything smaller than giant man pants, you will struggle to get the Mega fully inside your pocket. And if you have small fingers, as I do, you’ll find yourself constantly cradling the Mega with both hands so that it doesn’t slip out. This isn’t a phone that you can hold discreetly, or comfortably use one-handed. Dialing a number or replying to a text message with just your thumb is a challenge, and in my tests I often hit a button I didn’t mean to.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: “How big is too big?”

“It doesn’t fit in my pants.”

“I often hit a button I didn’t mean to.”

“Constantly cradling the Mega with both hands so that it doesn’t slip out.”

This review reads like a compendium of things the girl said at the picnic.

47 Comments

    1. Found a couple of images of her. The first one, I thought “Kind of geeky, but not bad”. Then I looked closely and saw she was wearing a GoogleGlass device (are they supposed to be called GoogleGlasses?). Found another image and came to the conclusion she probably gets lots of offers to cradle megas.

    1. Apple just needs to add a “Phone” app to iPads that have cellular. Make iPads useable as phones, using a wired or wireless headset. Wireless carriers can add the voice feature to data plans for a small extra fee, for customers who want to make phone calls using an iPad.

  1. This is a fatal mistake by Samsung. They are diluting their product line to help drive sales. However instead it will just increase their cost and cut their margins. Once another competitor comes in and takes their business they will start losing money.

    1. Nah, it won’t be fatal, except maybe to the Mega. Samsung sells too many phone lines for any one, particularly a niche one, to b fatal.

      But add 2 or 3 or 4 together and we may have something . . . .

  2. Don’t like it don’t buy it.

    In Asian markets bling bling and big screens are much more appreciated than in Europe or in the US.

    Samsung provides a product to a market requesting it. It’s as simple as that. One model doesn’t always fit to all.

    FYI: This is a one shot comment. I won’t lose my time answering all the insults you will send in reply to my post.

    1. There is nothing wrong with your post, Novad, so no insults are warranted. However, just because a “market” requests a product does not mean that it makes sense for a company to provide that product. What are the anticipated unit sales? The profit? Is it worth adding additional complexity to an already complex range of handsets? Sometimes you just have to decide not to go after the last few percent of the market. And sometimes you have to recognize that what people need (or really want) is different than what they tell you they want (or what you think that they told you).

      But I agree – if you don’t like it, then don’t buy it.

  3. No, Samsung is “Innovating” again. Next, they will innovate in a new color. Maybe put little rubber feet in the corners. Their research team is hard at work on the “innovating”.

    Not to worry, as soon as the team can pick up the next new device at the Apple Store, they will be on to their next really “New” “Innovative” “WOW” device.

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