Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 Review – Just One Big Budget Phone
Big phones don’t always fit a reasonable price tag, especially if you want one that’s really, really big. Samsung tries to solve this problem with the Galaxy Mega 2. With a 6″ inch display a sub-$500 price tag, is it worth buying? Let’s find out.
- 6.0 inch 720 x 1280 Display
- 1.2 – 1.5 GHz Snapdragon 410 Processor
- 1.5 GB RAM
- 16 GB Internal Storage with up to 64 GB additional memory
- 8 MP Rear Camera
- 2.1 MP Front Camera
- 2,800 mAh Battery
- Android 4.4 KitKat
One thing they got right with this phone is the hardware. Everything feels nice, like most other Galaxy devices. Everything is placed nicely, too. For instance, the power button is on the right side and the volume rockers are on the left side of the phone. There is a speaker on the back though, which isn’t an awful thing, but it’s not the best spot. I want to make clear that this IS a budget phone, so you shouldn’t expect the greatest performance out of this huge thing. Something I didn’t like was the plastic feel of the sides. They aren’t even made out of decent plastic, instead they are the painted silver plastic that scratches easily. But the back of the phone has a very nice feel to it, thanks to that fake leather material they add on.
There really isn’t much to be said about the display of the Galaxy Mega 2, expect for that it’s huge at 6 inches. But with a display that big, at least make it 1080p. I know, I know… “It’s a budget phone! What can you expect?” My answer: 1080p.
The screen also has kind of a yucky feeling plastic that easily catches grease and dirt. Touch recognition is OK as well.
Lag was a major issue with this phone. Because this is a budget phone, it doesn’t get the best specs out there, obviously. So, of course, this phone is going to have some problems with performance. It does, and in the speed department. The phone can get pretty slow after some decent usage.
The camera on the Galaxy Mega 2 wasn’t the best at all really. It’s an 8 MP camera, but somethings just missing there. Everything looks a little dull and desaturated. It wasn’t good in low light situations either. The camera just isn’t the selling point on this phone.
The battery on this thing is a beast. On standby I got a good few days out of it. But even when I used it frequently it still took a couple days to drain the thing. Of course, that is because of two things:
- The battery is huge
- There isn’t much to drain it because of the sub-par specs on the phone.
So at just under $500 off-contract, this might not be the best choice. But if you set your heart on a large Galaxy device with a big battery, then it might be for you. It’s all according to your preferences. You might also be looking for something huge that you can make phone calls on. If that’s the case, then go for it!