Samsung announces new Galaxy Mega smartphone with 6.3" display

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  • Reply 81 of 166
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,388member


    Originally Posted by v5v View Post

    What are you doing with your other hand that you can't use it for portable computing?




    Carrying groceries, opening a door, writing something down… you know, living a life.





    Originally Posted by v5v View Post


    …tell me that I'm not capable of making good decisions and should leave it up to the manufacturer to decide for me what constitutes the "best" size?



     


    You're perfectly capable of making good decisions. Just decide to buy something else.

  • Reply 82 of 166
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    These aren't flagship models, they're just enormous.  Their screens are very low resolution for the size (1280x720 for the 6.3 in model and 960x540 for the 5.8 incher).  Beyond that, they have last generation processors and only 75% of the RAM of current flagships.

    I think the 6.8" model also fails to support LTE.

    That said, for the intended markets it may be exactly what they need. Large and low cost. I'd think it's for people that don't have a great deal of disposable income, therefore not being able to buy multiple devices. A really large phone that doubles as a tablet could be a low cost replacement for each, and perhaps a 'PC'.
  • Reply 83 of 166
    jungmarkjungmark Posts: 6,926member
    igriv wrote: »
    As discussed in another thread, bluetooth is your friend in those situations. Most cars are already wired for hands free.

    So I can use Bluetooth to play Angry Birds, check email and surf the Internet?
  • Reply 84 of 166
    igrivigriv Posts: 1,177member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dmarcoot View Post



    Apparently Samsung hasn't learned to focus.



    "People think focus means saying yes to the thing you%u2019ve got to focus on. But that%u2019s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I%u2019m actually as proud of the things we haven%u2019t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things."



    Steve Jobs

    %u2014Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, May 13%u201316, 1997


     


    Steve was talking about major directions, not minor tweaks. If the customer wants a 6.3" phone, why not give it to him? It is otherwise the same as a 4.5" phone, just, um, bigger.

  • Reply 85 of 166
    igrivigriv Posts: 1,177member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jungmark View Post





    So I can use Bluetooth to play Angry Birds, check email and surf the Internet?


     


    You play Angry Birds and check email and surf the internet while driving? What state are you in, I will alert the fuzz. Playing Angry birds is quite tricky with one hand anyhow, surfing the internet is impossible on the subway (no reception, at least in NYC), checking email while walking the dog I will give you, everything else is silly.

  • Reply 86 of 166
    igrivigriv Posts: 1,177member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by v5v View Post


     


    WTF? Why on Earth would you care what kind of phone someone else uses? Seriously dude, you have an awfully high opinion of your own opinion. Do you "taunt" people who whose cars are a different color than yours? Or perhaps more closely related, buy a truck instead of a car? If it's not what YOU prefer the buyer is stupid? Wow.



     


    YES! There is no phone but the iPhone, and Steve Jobs is its prophet.

  • Reply 87 of 166
    v5vv5v Posts: 1,357member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jungmark View Post



    Driving. Jk. If your on a subway, holding on tight. Holding your lunch, an umbrella, a leash while walking the dog, a drink, ...


     


    Good examples, I'll buy that.


     


    Personally, I'm willing to forego that benefit for the advantage of easier web browsing, typing and gaming. I can see why others might choose the opposite though.


     


    Hey, here's a thought: why not make a slim, one-handed version for people who walk the dog in the rain at lunch time, and a bigger, two-handed model for fumble-fingered, half-blind, headset-wearers?


     


    Nah, that would be as silly as offering computers in more than one form factor...

  • Reply 88 of 166
    solipsismx wrote: »
    I think the 6.8" model also fails to support LTE.

    That said, for the intended markets it may be exactly what they need. Large and low cost. I'd think it's for people that don't have a great deal of disposable income, therefore not being able to buy multiple devices. A really large phone that doubles as a tablet could be a low cost replacement for each, and perhaps a 'PC'.

    I think you're right about that. At over 6", there is very little difference between carrying a Galaxy mega and a 7" tablet.
  • Reply 90 of 166
    kdarlingkdarling Posts: 1,640member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post



    Samsung is planning a global roll-out of the Galaxy Mega, beginning in Europe and Russia and May. 


     


    In Soviet Russia, phone carries you!

  • Reply 91 of 166
    jragostajragosta Posts: 10,473member
    igriv wrote: »
    Steve was talking about major directions, not minor tweaks. If the customer wants a 6.3" phone, why not give it to him? It is otherwise the same as a 4.5" phone, just, um, bigger.

    Because smart companies realize that running down the path of "we'll make 50,000 different varieties of our product so that we can make every single customer happy" is a losing game.
    igriv wrote: »
    As discussed in another thread, bluetooth is your friend in those situations. Most cars are already wired for hands free.

    So if the phone is being stashed somewhere because it's too large to be usable, what's the point?
  • Reply 92 of 166
    v5vv5v Posts: 1,357member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post


    Carrying groceries, opening a door, writing something down… you know, living a life.



     


    Fair enough. I use my iPhone two-handed now so I guess I'm already conditioned to setting things down to use it.


     


    As a respectful aside, not necessarily related to either single- or double-handed use, as someone who shares the space in which others' lives are lived, I wish like crazy you would put the damn phone AWAY when you're doing those things! I'm tired of executing gymnastic evasive maneuvers to avoid being run over by people who have their noses buried in a screen instead of paying attention to to all that living.


     


     


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    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post


    You're perfectly capable of making good decisions. Just decide to buy something else.



     


    LOL! I get that. The only thing I *don't* get is Apple's apparent refusal to stray from "small" and "medium" screens to also offer "large." They added "small" to the MBP line with the 13" but killed off my beloved 17" "large." They produced a smaller iPad with the Mini but not the 15" version you and I want. With the iPhone they seem determined to offer ONLY a "medium" and neither "small" nor "large." It's frustrating to be both a preferrer of Apple's OSes *and* a screen hog!

  • Reply 93 of 166
    gtrgtr Posts: 3,231member
    And, in other news, Samsung decides to compete against Google Glasses...

    [IMG]http://forums.appleinsider.com/content/type/61/id/23425/width/200/height/400[/IMG]
  • Reply 94 of 166
    slurpyslurpy Posts: 5,384member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by v5v View Post


     


    Why do you feel that's a good thing?


     


    I can see some benefits to doing things differently:


     


    Flagship 1: Destroyer class. Sleek, comparatively compact device for those who feel that how you use it matters more than size.


     


    Flagship 2: Carrier class: Larger unit with controls that are less about quick input and more about immersive control.


     


    They do it with computers -- Air for the light-and-compact set, Pro for the worker bee -- why not phones?


     


    I'm not sure why an annual release cycle is better either. Shorter cycles allow capitalizing on trends and bringing new features and technologies to market quicker.


     


    I'm not presuming to say Apple is doing it "wrong," just that I can see at least some advantages to alternative approaches.



     


    Because, for most people, ie. not people that peruse tech blogs everyday, an annual cycle is a good timeframe. My dad has an iPhone 4, and is shocked that there's already 2 newer models and a 3rd on the way. Having new products/lines come out every month or other month creates consumer hesitancy and apprehension when buying a product, as well as confusion and increased uncertainty, as well as buyers remorse when you hear the new thing you just bough got superceded so quickly. It's nice to have consistency and a reasonable timeframe between product launches. In my opinion it gives more respect to the consumer, and I'm not of the philosophy that polluting the market with as many products as possible is a good thing for the consumer or the industry as a whole. Creates lack of focus, lack of optimization, dilutes the product worth and ends up confusing the **** out of most people who are already more than confused about technology. I respect Apple's consistent attempts to streamline things from both a hardware and software perspective. I think it EMPOWERS people to do more, as they're more comfortable, and not the opposite. Then there's that whole paradox of choice thing that paralyzes people when they feel they have no idea what the best option for them would be. 

  • Reply 95 of 166
    mjtomlinmjtomlin Posts: 2,678member


    This is the business model of, "Throw everything at the wall and see what sticks." ...Just the opposite of Apple's M.O.


     


    The problem with a device like this is that it's not going to attract new people to their lines, it will just displace sales of "smaller" screened devices like the Note. At this size though, why not just go to a 7" tablet? I think this is what Samsung is trying to accomplish; to boost their share of the "smartphone" market, since they can't seem to make a dent in the tablet market.


     


     


    Apple's line of devices are all very distinct from each other both in size and functionality. Less choice equals less flustered customers. Although I can see Apple eventually making a larger iPod touch (5"-6"), but the iPhone is the perfect size to use as a phone and I don't suspect Apple will make it much larger, in fact, smaller with a non-retina screen is a more likely 2nd model for "emerging" markets.

  • Reply 96 of 166
    tzeshantzeshan Posts: 2,351member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by tzeshan View Post


    This is really not a phone.  It caters to people that wants mobile internet the most.  But then why not buy an iPad mini with cellular?  The answer is simple.  AT&T, Verizon do not subsidize iPad mini because it has no phone function.  In essence people buy this instead of iPad mini because they can save hundreds of dollars.  But then if they don't have a separate phone, it is inconvenient to use this device to call because it is heavy and big. 





    I think this is a strategy in Samsung to break into the stronghold of iPad market share by Apple. 

  • Reply 97 of 166
    clemynxclemynx Posts: 1,552member
    Even if it was the best device ever this is just fucking too big. How ridiculous people will look with this at their ear.
  • Reply 98 of 166
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    I think a lot of regulars aren't seeing this for it is. This is not a flagship device like the Galaxy S or Note lines.

    These are large budget devices and everything I've read so far appears to be focused on very specific markets; markets where Apple has yet to venture.

    Samsung has plenty of throw-it-at-the-wall-to-see-sticks-devices but I don't think the Megas fall into that category, at least not as much as many of their other devices.
  • Reply 99 of 166


    Hah. At this size, 6.5, I'd say it's not even a phablet but a small tablet with phone capability. Like Skype on a PC etc. image

  • Reply 100 of 166
    gazoobeegazoobee Posts: 3,754member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by charlituna View Post



    It's the elephant in the forum so we might as well get it out of the way

    That's what she said. image


     


    I've always thought Apple should do a series of TV commercials along the lines of "It's not how big it is, it's what you do with it."  But they are probably too prudish to do such a thing.  It would go over big in Europe and other more modern countries but it's perhaps a bit to risqué for the US.  


     


    I'm envisioning a female lead who is new to a city and has a series of encounters with men during her day as she asks them for directions or whatever.  Each guy takes the opportunity to show off their giant, manly phones, each bigger than the one previous, each man bragging just a little bit more, each looking a little more pathetic than the one before them.  They all fail to help her in one way or another until she meets someone with an iPhone 5 who immediately is able to answer her questions and help her out in record time.  Then the tag line of course.  

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