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Samsung Galaxy Mega; Is It Too Big A Smartphone?  
User currently offlinethesultanofwing From El Salvador, joined Dec 2012, 140 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 6 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5801 times:

Hi,

Although I have been an Iphone user for quite some time, I don't like the rumors I am hearing about the Iphone 5s / 6.
I mean it seems that Apple sticks to the smaller screen (maybe making it a little tad bigger on the 6?), and the other day I bumped into somebody with the Galaxy Mega; which was quite a sight!

The fact that I only make a few phone calls a week and use my smartphone for 95% of the time for E-mails, A-net and news etc; does make me wonder: would the "Mega" be an option?

I have been doing some investigating on-line with regards to its speed, screen quality etc.
The specs seem quite okay but it's not really high end. I would be glad to not have to use that stylus type of thing, anyways.....I believe it's not even compatible for that.
But mainly it's the physical size of the screen that makes this phone stand out, isn't it?

I would like to know from other aviation enthusiasts..........most of us are travelers, as am I.......would you go for it....or would you keep your phone and tablet strictly separate?

(And how would the change to Android be, as a novice.......being used to iOS only??)

Thanks!


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User currently offlineDreadnought From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 8966 posts, RR: 24
Reply 1, posted (1 year 6 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5787 times:

I already think the iPhone 5 is borderline on being too big for a cell phone.

And by the way...




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User currently offlineAesma From France, joined Nov 2009, 6935 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (1 year 6 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5772 times:

My phone is 7 inches, the first Galaxy Tab :d I use an earpiece for actual phone calls, though.


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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27316 posts, RR: 60
Reply 3, posted (1 year 6 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5763 times:

I have the iPhone 5 and using the new IOS7 and I love the upgrade. In fact some things are similar to an Android. Personally all my things are Apple so I like to keep everything the same and SYNC etc...

Samsung make some good phones so you would not be dissapointed Im sure. Some of my friends have them and love them. I personally wouldnt change but I dont think it would be hard to move between the two. Ive used both and its easy enough. For me my iPhone does everything I need it to and I rarely use it for phone calls. Id say 90% is for data. If you need/want a bigger screen then I guess Samsung is the way to go or an iPad mini  


User currently offlineAyostoLeon From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (1 year 6 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5761 times:

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 1):
And by the way...

Doesn't the 6.3 offer 233ppi?

OK, that is less that the S4 but it would only matter depending on your intended use of the device. If you only intend to use it to make phone calls (does any one actually do that?) or read SMS messages and email that will be more than enough. If you want to download and watch high quality videos (or record them) then another choice may be optimal.

It all comes down to what you want from a device and asking which suits your needs. Higher specs are not all that important if you never use the applications that require them.


User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21521 posts, RR: 53
Reply 5, posted (1 year 6 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5754 times:

The biggest difference in day-to-day usage will be that you cannot comfortably use the big phones with just one hand. You need to have the other hand free as well to use them properly.

An iPhone can be used with just one hand pretty much exclusively (typing is faster with both hands, though), and that is one of the reasons why I don't miss a bigger device. Much of the time I don't have both hands free just to operate the phone, and with the iPhone I don't need to.


User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26812 posts, RR: 75
Reply 6, posted (1 year 6 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5600 times:

Quoting Klaus (Reply 5):
An iPhone can be used with just one hand pretty much exclusively

So can an S4.



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User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21521 posts, RR: 53
Reply 7, posted (1 year 6 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5555 times:

Quoting N1120A (Reply 6):
So can an S4.

Not really.


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27316 posts, RR: 60
Reply 8, posted (1 year 6 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5545 times:

Quoting N1120A (Reply 6):
So can an S4.
Quoting Klaus (Reply 7):
Not really.

Its not a right or wrong . It depends on the user and hand size etc... One size fits all does not work in this instance. I find my limit would be a iPhone 5 to comfortably use one hand without mistakes in typing but a mate of mine can do it with one hand on a S4 as he has larger hands/longer fingers etc... So its down to the individual.


User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21521 posts, RR: 53
Reply 9, posted (1 year 6 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5530 times:

I have pretty large hands. And the regular iPhone still is about the maximum size of screen where the entire screen is comfortably reachable with my thumb when I'm using it single-handedly.

With the iPhone 5 the upper left corner is already a stretch. With the Galaxy S4 I'd have to use the other hand has well or balance it precariously while trying to reach the far corner.


User currently offlineDarkSnowyNight From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 1412 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (1 year 6 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 5505 times:

Quoting thesultanofwing (Thread starter):
I would like to know from other aviation enthusiasts..........most of us are travelers, as am I.......would you go for it....or would you keep your phone and tablet strictly separate?

I would say cost is a big factor. A lot of these phones can set you back a bit, so I'd look beyond the basic specs to see what you would actually use it for. IMHO, the Samsung lineup is pretty great for browsing and higher end video. My phone has some kind of AMOLED screen, and I swear, the biggest deal there is how black the blacks are. This is crazy, but I actually watched the A350 First Flight on my phone when I had an opportunity to use a laptop instead. The video really was that much better.

My iPhone (a 4S) is very good for work and email, but for my personal use, I do still prefer the Samsung, for what it's worth. They both do very well with actual phone calls.

Quoting Klaus (Reply 7):
Quoting N1120A (Reply 6):
So can an S4.

Not really.

Yes, they most certainly can. I have an S4 (In fact it's kind of a joke for one of the lady friends that one phone is a 4S & the other an S4), and I have no trouble, at all, using it one-handed.

As complex a product as it is, I would agree that there is no way that everything on it is 'perfect' by any means, but usability as a hand held is not one of my gripes with it. In fact, I got a neat case for it off of Amazon that actually doubles as a wallet, so with the space my old wallet no longer takes up, I actually have more space (um, pocket pitch?) to use.

Just to be clear, I certainly have nothing against the iPhone 4S (no experience with the 5 yet,   ), and I think I speak for literally every member of mgmt where I work that we all glad the days of Blackberry's thumb hating keys are long over!


Just Saying.



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User currently offlinethesultanofwing From El Salvador, joined Dec 2012, 140 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 6 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 5477 times:

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 1):

And by the way...only 190PPI
Quoting AyostoLeon (Reply 4):

Doesn't the 6.3 offer 233ppi?

The following article mentions the PPI being 223, as do a few others I came across.
http://www.sammobile.com/2013/06/18/...-samsung-galaxy-mega-6-3-gt-i9205/

Still not earth-shattering Dreadnought, I agree; but can't larger screens get away with a little less?
The idea being that you wouldn't hold a larger phone as close to your face!

What I read in most reviews is that the screen is good, maybe not top of the line but definitely good enough for most users.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
Samsung make some good phones so you would not be dissapointed Im sure.

Great to hear! No Android-adaption issues then?

Quoting AyostoLeon (Reply 4):
read SMS messages and email that will be more than enough.

Yes, plus surf the net and perhaps play the odd game.
Certainly no movies etc!

Quoting Klaus (Reply 5):

The biggest difference in day-to-day usage will be that you cannot comfortably use the big phones with just one hand.

That is an interesting point......and was consequently debated by others with regards to the smaller S4.
You got me thinking Klaus, and I think I've come to realize I do most things with 2 hands actually. (Joke away!)
Checking my mails in a bus, train or plane.....surfing the net in my bedroom or hotel room...I don't hink I would have an issue with that......and the odd moment that it's "unhandy", checking something while carrying a bag for instance; well I guess I'd take that as part of the deal.

No actual Galaxy MEGA owners out there?

1 final question, games like FIFA 14 will come out on this platform, correct?

Cheers!



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User currently offlineStarAC17 From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 3410 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (1 year 6 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 5435 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 8):
Its not a right or wrong . It depends on the user and hand size etc... One size fits all does not work in this instance. I find my limit would be a iPhone 5 to comfortably use one hand without mistakes in typing but a mate of mine can do it with one hand on a S4 as he has larger hands/longer fingers etc... So its down to the individual.

Argeed, I have the S3 which is only marginally smaller than the S4 and can use it with one had for most things. When texting I would use two hands but I would with a BB or an Iphone also. That is more of a preference thing.

Quoting DarkSnowyNight (Reply 10):
Just to be clear, I certainly have nothing against the iPhone 4S (no experience with the 5 yet,   ), and I think I speak for literally every member of mgmt where I work that we all glad the days of Blackberry's thumb hating keys are long over!

IIRC the BB Q10 has gotten some pretty good reviews.



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User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2477 posts, RR: 24
Reply 13, posted (1 year 6 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 5400 times:

Quoting Klaus (Reply 9):

I have pretty large hands. And the regular iPhone still is about the maximum size of screen where the entire screen is comfortably reachable with my thumb when I'm using it single-handedly.

You said the same thing when the display size on the iPhone was 3,5".  


User currently offlineTLG From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 379 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (1 year 6 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 5396 times:

Quoting Klaus (Reply 9):
With the iPhone 5 the upper left corner is already a stretch. With the Galaxy S4 I'd have to use the other hand has well or balance it precariously while trying to reach the far corner.

Klaus, you probably have more technical knowledge than anybody else on this site, but do you actually use an Android? It sure doesn't seem like you have any experience with one.

I happen to carry two phones: an iPhone 5 and a Nexus 4. The Nexus 4 is every bit as easy to operate one-handed, even though it has a 4.7" screen. This is mostly due to the iOS UI. With the way it's designed you have to be able to reach the whole screen. Prompts are towards the top, and icons start in the top left corner, the absolute worst place for one-handed use! The stock Android keyboard with the sliding feature is also much more accurate than iOS's keyboard at correction.


User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21521 posts, RR: 53
Reply 15, posted (1 year 6 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 5348 times:

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 13):
You said the same thing when the display size on the iPhone was 3,5".

Mine still is, and you can check: My remarks regarding the screen size have never changed, just like the size of my hands (at least not recently).

Quoting TLG (Reply 14):
Klaus, you probably have more technical knowledge than anybody else on this site, but do you actually use an Android? It sure doesn't seem like you have any experience with one.

I've used the big ones occasionally.

Quoting TLG (Reply 14):
I happen to carry two phones: an iPhone 5 and a Nexus 4. The Nexus 4 is every bit as easy to operate one-handed, even though it has a 4.7" screen. This is mostly due to the iOS UI. With the way it's designed you have to be able to reach the whole screen. Prompts are towards the top, and icons start in the top left corner, the absolute worst place for one-handed use!

Fullscreen browser usage is one of my primary kinds of interaction. And links just happen to be all over the pages – including at the top. There are relatively few uses where it's really never necessary to reach the top of the screen.

And never actually needing the other hand is just very convenient, regardless whether it's a coffee cup, a briefcase or a door handle that's occupying the other one.


User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26812 posts, RR: 75
Reply 16, posted (1 year 6 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 5299 times:

Quoting Klaus (Reply 15):
I've used the big ones occasionally.

Which means no.



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User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21521 posts, RR: 53
Reply 17, posted (1 year 6 months 22 hours ago) and read 5258 times:

Quoting N1120A (Reply 16):
Which means no.

Wrong. I haven't used them for a longer time, but I have used them occasionally. And the kind of easy, one-handed fullscreen use I get out of my iPhone is simply physically impossible with these big devices, which wouldn't change in any way after months of using them either. At least my fingers won't stretch because of repeated struggle.


User currently offlineMIAspotter From Spain, joined Nov 2001, 2853 posts, RR: 25
Reply 18, posted (1 year 6 months 21 hours ago) and read 5244 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
iPhone 5 and using the new IOS7

Where did you get the iOS7?

If it can be ¨known¨   

MIAspotter



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User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21521 posts, RR: 53
Reply 19, posted (1 year 6 months 20 hours ago) and read 5229 times:

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 18):
Where did you get the iOS7?

Apple has provided external developers with a preview version so they can start adapting their apps to it. That is the main reason why they presented it at the developer conference long before its main release in autumn (likely with the next iPhone model).


User currently offlineMIAspotter From Spain, joined Nov 2001, 2853 posts, RR: 25
Reply 20, posted (1 year 6 months ago) and read 5141 times:

Quoting Klaus (Reply 19):

I see...

I´m holding on to see what will apple come up with the next iPhone... hopefully something worth the upgrade, otherwise I´ll stick to my trusty 4S.

MIAspotter.



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User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21521 posts, RR: 53
Reply 21, posted (1 year 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 5088 times:

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 20):
I´m holding on to see what will apple come up with the next iPhone... hopefully something worth the upgrade, otherwise I´ll stick to my trusty 4S.

I'll likely keep my 4S as well – iOS 7 will already give me a whole new device, basically. And the hardware already meets my needs pretty well.


User currently offlinemdavies06 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2009, 387 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (1 year 5 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 4978 times:

I think the idea of having a phone with a 4 inch screen (such as ip5) is too limiting because 4 inch is far too small to read web pages and text. The last time anyone calls me to talk about anything useful was the past weekend! A phone which I only use for calls is useless to me.

Often I am in a situation where I want to carry just one device (a phone), not two devices (a phone and a mini tablet), so here the thinking by Apple fails because they think people likes their phone to be as small as possible but actually an average gentleman's trousers pocket or a ladies' handbag can hold much bigger gadgets comfortably. Besides, a small phone plus a mini tablet together is going to be heavier than a large phone, naturally.


User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21521 posts, RR: 53
Reply 23, posted (1 year 5 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 4952 times:

Quoting mdavies06 (Reply 22):
I think the idea of having a phone with a 4 inch screen (such as ip5) is too limiting because 4 inch is far too small to read web pages and text.

I can't confirm that from my own experience. I'm regularly using the 3.5" 4S to read the web (with iCab mobile: full screen plus various gesture controls) or ebooks and it works well enough when I'm on the road to not really miss my iPad. I only take the iPad with me if I'm carrying a briefcase or travel luggage anyway or if an appointment requires it for more extensive use of documents or for presentations.

A bigger display of course wouldn't hurt when I'm reading, but I wouldn't want to pay for that with it being unusable in daylight (OLED), flimsy mechnical build (thin plastic cases) or with it being too big for easy single-handed use (I practically never use both hands on the phone except sometimes for typing).

You can very well have different priorities, but from my own experience I must definitely disagree with your fact-related claims above.


User currently offlinebongodog1964 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 3682 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (1 year 5 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 4943 times:

My HTC One X is 133 x 70mm and weighs 134 grams, the info I've found on the Mega is 168 x 88 and 199 grams.

As the One X only just fits in my shirt pocket the Mega is in my opinion too large and too heavy. My wife however would be better off with it as it would be less likely to get lost in her cavernous hand bag.


25 Post contains images AyostoLeon : Oops. I read that as "carnivorous hand bag."
26 Post contains images Klaus : That could get messy, I guess...
27 bongodog1964 : Its a place where only the foolhardy ever penetrate, as it swallows things whole perhaps I did mean Carniverous
28 zckls04 : I second that. I can use my S3 easily with one hand, and the S4 is only 0.2" bigger. Not sure that's always true. I hold my S3 a little differently f
29 Klaus : When I'm browsing the web and I need the other hand to tap a link in the upper left corner, then that is not a matter of a learning curve. It is simp
30 zckls04 : Hmmm- not sure you really read my post. The point is that using it one-handed is perfectly possible if you take the time to learn how. Just as playin
31 Klaus : I know that it's possible to take a risk and to juggle a too-large device to still reach all of the display even so, but that is quite a bit removed
32 zckls04 : I can easily and safely use my phone without limitations and without any fear of dropping it. I don't think I have unduly large hands (although I am
33 thesultanofwing : So.....no Galaxy MEGA owners out here? Apparrently this MEGA is fully functional both horizontally and vertically....that is another advantage I see a
34 AirPacific747 : Forget about the Samsung Mega.. the Sony Xperia Z Ultra looks much more promising. Very nice design, water proof and a HD display. Also faster than th
35 Rara : I'm a Galaxy Note II owner, so I've got a fair bit of experience with larger-than-normal phones. My first impression would be that the Galaxy Mega is
36 zckls04 : I haven't tried putting apps on there as I just want my music on there. I just copied it on to the SD card. I copied it in a folder structure similar
37 Klaus : In iTunes you can simply cut & paste any image into the Album Art field of the info dialog. This is how most of my albums got theirs. Trivially s
38 zckls04 : Indeed- but that requires installing the iTunes bloatware. As far as I know you can't do it by just dragging and dropping a file into the folder stru
39 Klaus : I don't see any "bloat" on the Mac. It's simply a very good music management and device synchronization software; Very quick and reliable. Why would
40 trav110 : I saw one at BestBuy the other day and it was absurdly large, I'm talking this thing was borderline mini-tablet big. It would be hell carrying it arou
41 Post contains links zckls04 : Good for you- not everybody has the same experience. http://www.slate.com/articles/techno...rrible_bloated_program_to_die.html http://www.newser.com/
42 Post contains images Klaus : That's why I'm talking about mine. No, but having to hunt for the folder in the first place, having to save the image to the filesystem in a format t
43 Post contains images zckls04 : So to summarize: Your opinion is that it's simpler to load what you perceive as a lightning fast piece of software which loads in under 2 seconds on
44 Klaus : ...and repeating that process for every device you're using your music on. That sentiment is tightly correlated to people using Windows. There you ha
45 zckls04 : Windows 7 is fairly speedy for every program I run except one. Guess which one. Who's at fault here, Microsoft or Apple? In any case the point is moo
46 Klaus : Your post #36 indicated that you didn't know that covers could also simply be pasted into albums in iTunes beyond just the auto-detection which you i
47 Post contains images zckls04 : You inferred incorrectly, but I guess I could have worded it better. To me it's axiomatic that loading software is more complex than moving files, bu
48 Klaus : The file exporer or the Finder is also just an application, just one that is always configured for autostart (which is easily set up for iTunes as we
49 Post contains images zckls04 : God, what an awful thought These days I find virtually everything is tagged. If I get music from Amazon it's tagged, ditto when it's ripped from CD.
50 srbmod : I've had two Curves and never really had any issues with the size of the keyboard, but noticed when messing around with the Bold as well as the Q10,
51 Klaus : Bizarre. You must be talking about a completely different program. Again not true. iTunes leaves it to you whether you want to manage the actual file
52 zckls04 : No, otherwise I would have said the name of that program. But trying to convince you that there can ever be a variation in people's experience with A
53 max999 : When I'm traveling in the developed parts of Asia, I've noticed that the large screen phones (especially Galaxy Notes) are especially popular with wom
54 Post contains images AirPacific747 : In other words - iTunes is not user friendly enough.
55 thesultanofwing : And I have my leg-pocket to deal with that! It's a niche market I guess........ I am assuming it will work for me......on average I probably call 5 m
56 mdavies06 : I went window shopping yesterday and saw the phone in the flash. The screen size really is big. Compare to a 5.5 inch screen phone say, the difference
57 gingersnap : Clearly your hands aren't as large as you think.
58 Post contains links Ken777 : It's friendly enough for my grandkids to use it. Ironically, I was reading an article earlier today on mobile platform security that is worth a read
59 thesultanofwing : Thanks......I think so too! Will post my experiences here, if somebody's interested!
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