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Samsung's massive Galaxy Mega phablet to arrive on US soil this week

By Shawn Knight
Aug 20, 2013
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  1. Samsung’s Galaxy Mega smartphone is headed to US soil later this week. The aptly-named 6.3-inch phablet will launch on AT&T, Sprint and US Cellular in black and white starting August 23 according to a press release from Samsung.

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  2. Rasta211

    Rasta211 TS Enthusiast Posts: 197   +28

    Bigger is better?
     
  3. ghasmanjr

    ghasmanjr TS Booster Posts: 363   +86

    "it?s been Samsung?s strategy to flood the market with devices and see what sticks"
    They may introduce 10ish new products per year, but at least they're trying to innovate. Each device is unique. You never know what's going to become the next market fad in this day and age. Hell, cerebral linking could be the next feature that makes a phone a hit.
     
  4. mctommy

    mctommy TS Enthusiast Posts: 133   +16

    I personally don't see the innovation. The few differences between the Tab and the Note 10.1 were not that innovative. I do have the Note 10.1 and like it. As far as Galaxy S3 vs. S4, changes were minimal as well. My next phone my be the HTC one or its successor (or whatever else is available at that time) - since I won't be able to upgrade until fall of 2014.
     
  5. If screens didn't shatter so easily and frequently, I would consider this phone. I like large screens. I don't hold my phone to my ear ever, I have a bluetooth earpiece. I am also texting and surfing the next much more than I actually talk on my phone anyhow. It also depends how massive it is in my pocket, I think it would fit alright.
     
  6. IAMTHESTIG

    IAMTHESTIG TS Enthusiast Posts: 417   +40

    Interesting... It will be fun to see who ends up buying these things. You would think your grandparents would be ideal, they would like the big screen. But they probably think it is too garish and simply ridiculous.

    I would love to see Windows 8 Pro on a device like this, but I am power user with mobility in mind.
     
  7. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,156   +737

    Why is a 6.3 inch Samsung device 'massive' but a 7.9 inch iPad is a 'mini'? Just because it can make phone calls?
     
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  8. Windows power user

    an oxymoron if I ever heard one
     
  9. Panda218

    Panda218 TS Enthusiast Posts: 101   +16

    I'd be surprised if HTC is still making phones by that time. I upgraded my Galaxy S2 to a HTC One and returned it no more than 4 days later for a Galaxy S4. I do agree that the jump from the S3 to the S4 isn't that big, but if you consider all of the sensors they added to the device it's hard to say they aren't innovating.
     
  10. ghasmanjr

    ghasmanjr TS Booster Posts: 363   +86

    I think the jump from the Galaxy S3 to the S4 was a little more innovating than the jump from the iPhone 4s to the 5. There are 4 versions of the Galaxy S4, each of which is very different. There is the Zoom, Active, Mini, and the regular S4. Each one of those is unique and available in many colors. At least Samsung is trying to cater to a wide range of people instead of the lack of innovation from Apple featuring minimal changes and two colors (three if you count Pimp Gold, which I don't until I see it available).
     
  11. mctommy

    mctommy TS Enthusiast Posts: 133   +16

    HTC will still make phones then if they don't die after spending all that money on marketing (see new ads with RDJ).

    Having 4 different kinds is hardly innovating - see how people made fun of apple about the iPad - it's just a bigger iPhone) vs. Galaxy S4 mini. Same thing happened with the iPad mini, it's just a smaller size iPad. Regardless if it's Samsung or Apple or HTC, I guess from my point of view, there hasn't been THAT much innovation in the smartphone arena in the last few years or so... the whole industry in general has been let's play with chips, screen sizes and screen resolution, then mix a few new features/sensors here and there and bam, here is the next phone. Don't get me wrong, the S3 is great for my use. The iPhone 5 is great for my wife who likes things to work out of the box without customization.
     
     
  12. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 3,345   +806

    Marketing my boy, marketing. Not logic.
     
  13. Now, I cant tell the difference between tablet and mega-phablet
     


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