Somewhere at Samsung's sprawling campus, deep in the headquarters of the mobile phone division, there is a PowerPoint slide with a simple line graph. On one axis is "sales," and on the other is "screen size." The graph shows a positive correlation between the two.
This graph has no extra information or context. It does not note that the marketing budget for Samsung's enormous phones is much larger than for the smaller phones. It does not note that Samsung also, typically, reserves its best hardware for its large phones. It does not note that Samsung no longer even makes flagship phones with screens smaller than about 4.5 inches. It does not note that its chief competitor, Apple, essentially created the category and has succeeded with a phone that's never had a larger screen than 4 inches.
The executives look at this graph often. Whenever a reviewer says phones like the newly announced Samsung Galaxy Mega, which has either a 6.3- or 5.8-inch screen, whichever you prefer, is absurd to use, that it requires two hands, that its screen sucks up battery life, that it doesn't fit in a pocket, that when you use it to make phone calls you look like a child with his head down on a school desk, that these phones represent the worst tendencies of Samsung, a company with the creativity and aesthetic sensibility of a bundle of Swiss chard--the executives point to this graph. "But look," they say, with the tone of a parent explaining the ways of the world to a toddler. "The line goes up."
And so Samsung continues on the path laid out by this graph, blowing past the 6-inch mark with a phone that is larger than several gadgets called "tablets." We can talk about this phone in terms of "feet" now. This phone is over half a foot long. That is a fact, with numbers.
This phone has middling specs. It's not even as fast, in the oblique and increasingly useless list of numbers that constitute "speed," as the Galaxy S 4. I won't list them here. You can't make me.
The Samsung Galaxy Mega will be available in May, starting in Europe.
One day when the cell phone is big enough,
I will have an app and cables to jump start my car, lol.
Not that I'm a fan of the prospect of this phone, but this was literally the worst written article I've ever read here. Almost entirely overly-angry, biased spew.
I thought the article was hilariously biased; I honestly enjoyed it. I might get one when they come out with the Mega II, or the Ultra/Humunogo/BAMF/WhateverComesAfterMega.
I had apple friends that talked about hacking the iPad mini to be a phone, when it first came out.
I cary around a phone and a tablet 95% of the time when I leave the house. One day they will add calling and bluetooth to tablets and a lot of people might just leave their phone at homes most days. Seriously, imagine if they were interchangible. 1 plan, 1 number (or more with google voice), and 2 devices (just pay for the second device). I would love to be able to text on my tablet (not using an app to cheat texting, but actual texting like phones do). If that were the case I would probably have an 8-10" device and like a 3-4" device.
Big phones are here to stay. Reviewers hated the Galaxy Note. Turns out they were completely wrong.
I personally agree that this phone is going to be a little too large. But these reviewers seem to have a vendetta of sorts trying to correct their previous massive blunder.
Oh, Lord: Popsci editors have a tremendous hatred towards anything not Apple.... Give it up guys Apple is losing ground when it comes to the cellphone industry. Personally I'm waiting for the Note 3, which I hope has the s4 specs with a monster screen >:D
"a company with the creativity and aesthetic sensibility of a bundle of Swiss chard"
LOL. Are you guys serious? Apple makes nice products but the Samsung Series 9 is the sexiest ultrabook on the market. The 7100 Series LED TVs are also gorgeous. The phones are also amazing - and despite the "plastic backing" everyone complains about on the Galaxy S series, it is a brilliant design b/c it is lightweight, cheap and replaceable, and can be popped on and off to replace batter/sim/memory. Unlike a certain glass-backed Apple product.
if theres "mini" evrything, why wouldnt there be something "mega" too?
more choice, better life... use whats best for you
No facts, No response...
Short answer: big phones sell!
Long answer: don't think of this as phone. Think of it as the evolution of PC. The future of laptops and netbooks. A laptop that fits your pocket, that makes phone calls, and has 10 hours of battery! YES please!
another news article whining about how big this phone is. Again, this is a multimedia pda consuption mobile office device. The bigger screen space is appreciated. My labtop and tablets makes phone calls, but will I hold it up to my ear? Probably not. They have bluetooth headsets if needed. If, needed. I have a galaxy note and when I hold up an iphone its screen looks like a minature toy. Samsung is on the right path. Stick with your apples and I ll eat my oranges.
I thought in USA we prefer to put big engines, big tires, bright lights and bling bling on everything. This cell phone is feeding the USA appetite.
Dan, bummer this wont fit in your NY skinny jeans. May I suggest maybe finding some room in your Merse? Haha... Problem solved my friend! :)
My guess is that they are exploring the limits. I just wish that they wouldn't neglect the lower end as they move up in size. The only reason I bought a flagship 4.7" phone is because it wasn't available in a 4.3" size.
I'm all in for top of the line speed, performance, and high DPI screens. But, I'm not keen on the high DPI screen getting to large to carry unobtrusively.
Replacement for the TV pretty soon. The people in Texas should like it. I hear everything is big there. Like the bulls are so big, you can only get one in a box-car.
So, GlobeGenius, you're from Texas? Certainly explains the screen name. ;)
I sure do enjoy animated icons and yes big, REALLY BIG cell phones too, lol.
I'm torn between my dislike of enormous phones and my distaste for biased "journalism"...
Instead of complaining about how this article was written, I would like to say thank you to Dan Nosowitz. I was on the verge of leaving popsci and you just tipped the scale. Biased writing such as this is all too common on this website. Thanks Dan.
Does it come with "big @ss fries", and a "big @ss coke" too?
nkfro. It sounds better than "bonehead" It is a domain I bought awhile back so I use it as an online handle. I really wish I was a genius. lol What does your profile handle mean?
So back to the brick-age. I've been right all along. You won't catch me peering at a tiny screen. I make my calls with Skype on my laptop or PC. Big screens. Good work Samsung!
Bloomberg aint gonna like this one bit
I have a Samsung Note II, and it already feels normal in my hand. It only feels big for the first few hours, and then you get used to it. Big screens are SO AWESOME to use!
I think the correct size for any phone is "whatever is the biggest one you can hold with one hand". Also people are going to have to quit being to cowardly to wear a fanny-pack too (I wear one), and go ahead and admit we need fanny packs to be back "in style" for these larger phones.
There is an inverse relationship between screen/penis size. That is why I love large screen phones. They give me a confidence that allows me to prosper. Women seem to find me more attractive,I have secured employment, and I have moved out of my Mom and step-dad's basement. Thank you big screen phones!!
I remember when the first Galaxy Note came out. At the time, it seemed similar in size to a Kindle...so I felt that was a little big for a phone.
(I have an older Kindle Keyboard and tried to imagine using it like a phone; the concept of possibly knocking myself out with it just because I'd grabbed it in a rush to answer before it rolled to voicemail was...troubling.)
And now Samsung has an even bigger phone than that? Wow. But...I no longer hate the concept. Personally, I have a Samsung Stratosphere that with a few minor quibbles I adore. Primarily because of the slide-out keyboard.
The virtual keyboards Samsung has made standard on all their *other* smartphones don't work as well for me. I've begged them for a Galaxy SIII or SIV with a slide-out keyboard but apparently that would be...cost-prohibitive.
Too bad. Because, for me? My phone has pretty much replaced my computer. And tablets, while super cool? Just still seem too large and less portable than they could be. Let's be honest: you still can't put a tablet in your pocket. Just saying.
When I first started using the Stratosphere, I wondered how long it would be before the tablet makers added external keyboards or when PC makers would make laptops with touch screens or detachable keyboards so they could be either/or.
(Too bad for me I'm not an inventor. I might already have made my first billions with either of those ideas, since they now exist and I didn't have the money to patent the original ideas. And we now know how many companies already have *those* products out in the marketplace.)
Truthfully? I sensed the death knell was tolling for PCs when I saw the first tablet and the first smartphone. Yes, people like bigger screens, Samsung. But...get your smartphones in everyone's pockets and I believe PCs will soon die off completely. (Even with the advent of small netbooks, you still can't put a PC in your pocket, either.)
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