Samsung wristwatch blends style Review
Please turn off all electronic devices , the crew instructs the approach to Los Angeles . With a small phone , I could have gotten away with ignoring safety standards . New phone Samsung Galaxy Mega was too obvious for it.
The Mega should not even be called a phone, if
not for the fact that it makes phone calls. With a screen of 6.3 inches diagonally, the Mega is more like a small tablet computer Android . Share the benefits of the tablet to show more detail in photos and video. Text is larger and easier to read , too.
That does not mean that the Mega practice , however.
As a phone , it’s huge . This does not fit easily into the pocket of my jeans, and sometimes peeks in my stomach when sitting. It feels comfortable in my hands . I can not grip it tightly because it is very wide , so I feel like you’re going to fall into my hands . Without the grip , I also feel it will be easier for a thief to snatch .
A friend joked that was bigger than her head as she held her ear. A cousin called ridiculous. A coworker pointed out that cell phones used to be big, too – in the 1970s .
Could have been worse , though.
Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet from Samsung has an 8-inch screen , the length of the diagonal only a quarter larger than the Mega . However, the tablet is about twice the size of the Mega , partly because it has a thick frame . With the Mega , the screen extends close to the edge , keeping the device relatively thin overall . Held at his side like a movie screen , the Mega is about as wide as a dollar bill , but a little higher .
AT & T Inc. is selling the Mega for $ 150 with a service contract for two years, or $ 480 without one. By contrast , smaller phones like Apple iPhone 4 inches 5 inches 5 Samsung Galaxy S4 normally cost $ 200 with a contract and $ 600 without .
The Mega also costs only half of AT & T of the contract price of the Samsung Galaxy 5.5 inch Note 2 . It’s like having a bigger screen with less. The Mega is just a little heavier – at 7 ounces compared to 6.4 ounces for the note 2 . ( Samsung is expected to announce the Note 3 in Berlin on Wednesday night . )
The Mega is also coming to Sprint and U.S. phone. Dates and prices have not been announced.
Although I did not see with the Mega , I can see its appeal to those who are willing to bring along a Tablet PC , but do not want to carry a second device – the phone .
The Mega offers many of the advantages of tablets. With the larger screen, I can read the fine print on websites without zooming, and make fewer mistakes when trying to click on buttons and links. For e- books , I get a screen that feels closer to a paperback book . I see a little more content when checking email or Facebook . I do not see much more , however. Usually, the text and images only get bigger to fill the extra screen space .
Some Android applications have been adapted to take advantage of the big screen of the tablet, but for which I checked, the Mega applications appear as they would on other phones. With social network Foursquare, for example, a map with friends and nearby places is compressed into a rectangular flag on top when held upright. In tablets , the map is allowed to fill the entire right half of the screen.
It’s a shame that the screen is not clear. The resolution is 233 pixels per inch , compared to 441 for the S4 and 326 for the iPhone 5 . The video looks dull compared to the Mega .
And fans of the note may be disappointed with the Mega . Although the Mega has a bigger screen , which does not come with a stylus , which the Post is known.
I am impressed by the battery life of the Mega . Despite the larger screen, it uses more energy, Mega survived Samsung flagship phone , the S4 , for streaming video from Netflix. I have almost six hours in the Mega , compared with about five hours in the S4 . The Mega is full of a large larger capacity battery – something the S4 could not have because of their size .
Like other Samsung phones , the Mega comes with a variety of applications from Samsung , including the translation of text, take notes and control a TV, turning the phone into a remote control. There is also an easy way with limited options for smartphone users for the first time , in addition to the ways to perform tasks without touching the phone . Some of these features may be useful. Others are gimmicky or duplicate what comes as standard with other phones with Google ‘s Android system .
I decided to use the Mega to finish reading the eBook “Up in the Air ” near the end of my flight to Los Angeles . I thought it was appropriate given that the main character goes through life accumulating frequent flyer miles on airplanes. But a stewardess was on my lap and said : “You can turn that off , please. ”
About 20 minutes later , we landed . I called my brother to pick me up at the airport. To do this , I used the smaller iPhone 5 .
The Mega is still a novelty that will appeal to people who primarily want a tablet and make some calls. For everyone else , small is the way to go .