What does Samsung need to make the Mega successful?Anna Scantlin - Contributing Editor
On the opposite side of the spectrum from my article I wrote earlier today, for this post we’re going to talk about big phones - well, really more than big phones. Giant phones. No, mega phones. As many of you recall, about this time last year we were introduced to the Samsung Galaxy Mega line - a surprise launch that caught many off guard. At the time, Samsung had been putting a lot of effort into their Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lines. With the Samsung Galaxy Note already being known as one of the larger phablets on the market, it was somewhat of a shock when they decided to unveil the Galaxy Mega 5.8 and 6.3.
Aside from the massive size of the devices, probably the most surprising aspect of the phones was the type of specs running under the hood of the massive phones. You would think that by being such large devices that there would have been room for better specs, however, that’s just not how things turned out.
With a 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, a 720x1280 pixel display and a choice between either 8 or 16GB of internal memory, and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, the giant phone is very mid-range. Perhaps the Mega was meant to be a mid-range phablet for those who wanted the large size, but not the large price tag. But in the end, I believe people started wanting larger phones solely because the larger the phone, the better the specs would be. I’m not sure anybody wanted a comically large phone for the sake of having a large phone.
There really doesn’t seem to be a reason to make a phone that big unless it has big specs to match. You have all that room and all that space with nothing to fill it with - even the display was abysmal. So with the Mega allegedly coming back for a second generation release this year, it seemed to be a good time to discuss what would make this phone interesting the second time around; I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t think I’ve ever actually seen somebody carrying this phone out in public.
Simply put, all the phone needs is some good specs. There are people out there willing to buy this large phone if it is powerful enough. The Galaxy Note also used to be described as “comically large”, but it’s one of the more popular devices today (although that might be because of the S Pen functionality, which the Mega doesn’t have). Still, if you can make the device one of the largest and one of the most powerful, that’s how you’re going to get people talking.
Still, I’m not sure if I can see the Mega ever getting to be that popular whether it has good specs or not. The Note was at least, in some way, wieldy. The Mega, however, is ridiculous. I walked by one of the Megas on display at Wal-Mart not too long ago, and it stood out because it was so large, but I never really noticed how much larger it was compared to other large phones - like the Note 3. I tried to hold it, and the phone is just... huge. It looks and feels like a tablet to me. Then again, I don’t have big hands.
In the end, though, we know that the Mega could probably do better than it did last year. What are your thoughts, readers? Do you think that the next generation Megas would be worth checking out if they had better specs, or do you think that the phones are just too large in the end anyway? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!