Samsung’s Galaxy Mega scores PC Mag’s Editor’s Choice for best phablet

by David Needle

August 28 2013

Vendors may hate the name, but "phablets", those oversized smartphones that can also be used as mini-tablets, have established themselves as a distinct product category.

The venerable PC Mag has given Samsung’s Galaxy Mega, a smartphone that sports a “massive 6.3-inch screen” it’s coveted Editor’s Choice award for best phablet.

“...the sheer absurdity of this phone is kind of awesome, and it's a lot of fun to use,” PC Mag said in its review of the $149.99 Galaxy Mega sold by AT&T.

Reviewer Jamie Lendino also says the Mega compares favorably to the site’s previous Editor’s Choice, Samsung’s Galaxy Note II, which is slightly more-powerful, but twice-the-price. 

The Mega’s bigger screen makes it “more phablet for less money."

In his conclusion, Lendino adds that “... even more so than with the Galaxy Note series, I can imagine carrying the Galaxy Mega and not needing a separate tablet—which is the real point of this device. Just use a Bluetooth headset (or stereo Bluetooth headphones, for less of a dorky look) for the occasional voice call.” 

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