Apparently Samsung wants to create a phone and/or tablet that’s perfect for every person on the face of the planet — even if that takes 7 billion different models. Okay, that may be a bit of an over-statement, but honestly! Samsung, can’t you do something about your runaway screen sizes?
The Galaxy Note II has a diagonal screen measurement of 5.5-inches. That’s a pretty big “phone”. It’s so big, in fact, that we had to coin a new term to describe it: the “phablet” — part phone, part tablet. It’s a strange beast, but it ends up working pretty well, as long as your hands are big enough.
We thought we’d seen a pretty clear line drawn in the sand. 4- to 5-inch devices were “smartphones”, 5- to 5.5-inch devices were phablets, and anything above that was a “tablet” (whether “mini” at 7- and 8-inches, or “regular” at 10-inches).
Then Sammy went and threw a curve balls that has confused everyone. They call it the “Galaxy Mega” — and there’s more than one.
The Galaxy Mega 5.8 measures in with a bigger screen than the Galaxy Note II. The Galaxy Mega 6.3 is even bigger! These things are so much bigger than the Note family we can’t really called them a “phablet” anymore, so when then? A “tablone”? That’s just goofy.
Other than their screen sizes, what makes them different from the Galaxy Note family? They don’t have an S-Pen. You read that correctly. One of the main points of differentiation between Samsung’s smartphones and “phablets” is the presence of, and software suite designed around their S-Pen. The Mega’s don’t have one. Confusing, no? Here’s what Samsung had to say:
“GALAXY Mega provides both tablet and smartphone usability. It has a wider LCD with a landcape UI mode like tablet for maximizing viewing experience and various features. It is also developed as a phone with slim form factor which gives the same usability of smartphones. GALAXY Mega focuses on customers’ media and contents consumption and GALAXY Note products are more concentrated on media and contents creation with S pen.”
Ironically, one would imagine that a larger device would lend itself better to “content creation” than would a smaller one. Apparently Samsung thinks differently.
Ultimately, both devices are intended to be large smartphones with an emphasis on media consumption. If you want something that’s closer to a phone in size, go with the 5.8. If you want a small tablet that also has telephone capabilities as a first-class-citizen, you’ll probably want the 6.3.
All this, however, may be moot for our US readers. Although we’ve heard quite a few rumors about a May launch date in Europe, not much has been formalized in the good old US of A. The 6.3 does have AT&T compatible wireless bands and has a label that’s made it to the FCC, so there’s hope for us land-lubbers.
Ultimately, we may only see the Galaxy Mega 6.3 in the States, so for those Yanks among us, that might be your only “official” option. For our friends across the pond, your deciding factor may come down to how big the pockets in your cargo shorts are.
Which Mega is right for you? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!