Samsung doesn't shy away from making large smartphones; just ask the millions of people who own the Galaxy Note and Note 2. But the company's newest release, the Mega, makes its point clear: Go big or go home.
Sporting a 6.3-inch screen, the Galaxy Mega is nearly a full inch larger than the Note 2, and is for the person who wants the best of both the smartphone and tablet worlds but doesn't want to split time between multiple devices.
For $150 with a two-year contract through AT&T ($480 without), it's easy to see why people would want to consolidate devices and choose to use something like the Mega for an all-in-one device.
Though the screen size will have its fans, and though the price will definitely convert people to the Mega, the device doesn't excel on a technical level, especially when compared to other popular Galaxy devices like the S4 and Note 2.
Instead, it's perfectly adequate for everything you toss at it.
The screen, the Mega's main appeal, isn't a Super AMOLED display, and it shows. Colors aren't as vivid or accurate as they are on other devices, and the LCD's 720p resolution results in rougher looking text when browsing the Web or texting.
But the screen's size is impressive. Surfing online and watching video is less strenuous on the eyes, previewing photos is a great experience, and reading eBooks and comics is a pleasure.
Samsung also makes it easy to use the Mega's screen, by giving the option to split it between two apps, and giving the user a more tablet-like experience in landscape mode.
The Mega's size also makes the phone a tad more difficult to use for the normal person with non-Shaq hands. Texting with one hand is doable but not completely comfortable. And though there is a one-handed operation mode, that mode works only on the number keypad and the calculator app, so I was always using two hands to do things like text.