Difference between Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0

Key difference: Samsung has now expanded its’ offerings in the phablet category by introducing the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3. The Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 is named such because of its 5.8 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen, with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. The phone is powered by a Dual-core 1.4 GHz processor with a 1.5 GB RAM. The Samsung Tab 2 7.0 is a 7-inch tablet that offers a PLS TFT LCD display, with approximately 170 ppi density. The device is also available in two versions; Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + 4G. The Wi-Fi only tablet is powered by a 1 GHz Dual-core processor and is available with the Android v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, while the Wi-Fi + 4G LTE tablet is powered by a 1.2 GHz Dual-core processor and comes with Android v4.1 Jelly Bean.

Samsung is a major player on the world smartphone platform. It is the second most popular smartphone retailer in the world by number of units sold, after Apple. It is in fact the first most popular Android smartphone retailer in the world by number of units sold. The company’s Samsung Galaxy S3 was the first phone that gave the iPhone a real competition. Hence, effectively making the Galaxy brand, a brand to be reckoned with.

Samsung is also credited with creating the ‘phablet’ category by introducing the Samsung Galaxy Note. A phablet is a cross between a phone and a tablet; it sized as a table but with all the properties of a phone. Samsung has now expanded its’ offerings in the phablet category by introducing the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3.

The Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 is named such because of its 5.8 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen, with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. The phone is powered by a Dual-core 1.4 GHz processor with a 1.5 GB RAM. The phone runs Android 4.2.2, the latest version of Android at the time of its launch. The phone also features an 8 MP primary camera and a 1.9 MP secondary front-facing camera.

In addition to the above mentioned features, the phone also boasts several features that are available on the Samsung Galaxy S4. This includes ‘Group Play’, which enables easy content sharing for up to 8 devices on the same Wi-Fi network; ‘Samsung WatchON’ that transforms the phone into an IR remote controller to connect to the home entertainment system; ‘Samsung Link’ for streaming photos, videos, notes, or music to the television, tablet or computer; ‘S Translator’ that provides instant translation, using text or voice translation on applications including email, and ChatON, which allows the user to share the phone’s screen with other users.

Furthermore, the phone also has a split screen capability that allows two or more applications to share the screen. These applications include email, messages, ‘MyFiles,’ ‘S Memo,’ ‘S Planner’, and more. The phone also has the popular ‘Air View’ feature, which allows users to preview information in emails, photos in Gallery, and speed dial contacts, before opening them. In addition, the ‘S Travel’ feature trip information, local guides and resources, etc., while the ‘Story album’ allows users to create albums of daily events, keep special moments in one place using a timeline, geo-tag information and publish digital albums in hard copy.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is a major upgrade to the company’s original Samsung Galaxy Tab. The tab shares many features to its big brother The Galaxy Tab and the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. The tab is actually a downgrade compared to the Galaxy 7.0 Plus, including the price of the tablet. However, during the launch it was also the only Tablet on the market at that time which served the Android Ice Cream Sandwich right out of the box. The device is also available in two versions; Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + 4G. Both the devices differ in a few areas so, when purchasing either device, make sure to once look over the various different features that are offered in the Wi-Fi + 4G, which are missing the Wi-Fi only model.

Both the models offer similar dimensions and major features, with the differences being only with the processor speed, OS, camera features and colors. The Samsung Tab 2 7.0 is a 7-inch tablet that offers a PLS TFT LCD display, with approximately 170 ppi density. The Plane to Line Switching (PLS) differs from the IPS technology of the other tablets and while it provides decent wide viewing angles, it still has a high propensity for reflecting surfaces. The display also lags compared to the other IPS displays with higher resolutions. The tablet is small and sleek compared to the other 7-inch devices making it lighter and easier to hold. The device has a sturdy design and has an all-grey plastic back. It has a thick bezel with a light grey screen. The device houses the power button, the volume button and the IR-port on the right side of the device, the microSD card slot is placed on the left side covered by a plastic flap. The 3.5mm jack is on top of the device and docking port is at the bottom.

The Wi-Fi only tablet is powered by a 1 GHz Dual-core processor and is available with the Android v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, while the Wi-Fi + 4G LTE tablet is powered by a 1.2 GHz Dual-core processor and comes with Android v4.1 Jelly Bean. Both devices offer 1 GB RAM and are available with 8/16/32 GB internal storage capacity that is expandable by 32 GB. The tablets house a 3.15 MP rear camera and a VGA front camera for video conferencing. The VGA camera is a downgrade from the 2 MP offered on Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. The camera also comes with a Flash that is placed under the camera on the back of the device. The 4 LTE tablets also come with additional camera features such as: Smile Shot, Geo-tagging, Editing Modes, Camcorder, DivX, HD Recording, HD Playback, Video Share and Online Image Uploading.

Both the devices sport IR blasters, which allow the tablet to be used as a fully-functioning remote control. The device houses a non-removable Lithium-ion 4,000 mAh that provides a lasts a good amount of time on the Wi-Fi as well as the 4G network. The device is available in black and white on the Wi-Fi + 4 LTE, while an additional Garnet Red color has been added to the line for the Wi-Fi only tablet. Both the models come with various built in Samsung Applications and have been approved for Enterprise by the Company, something known as SAFE (Samsung Approved for Enterprise). This includes an array of business applications such as: Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, Virtual Private Network (VPN) Access, Polaris Office, Video Chat, Cisco WebEx, EAS IT Policy, HW Encryption and Sybase Afaria. However, it lacks in terms of tablet based applications in Google Play. Well, that is not exactly Samsung’s fault but it is one of things that have been keeping pushing sales of Apple tablets more than Android Tablets. Google Play has not been able to offer enough applications that support the tablet format. This problem should only be temporary as the demand for tablets is on the rise in the market.

The information for the detailed table about the two phones has been taken from the Samsung website, pcmag.com, engadget.com, samsungmobilepress.com, samsungtomorrow.com, gdgt.com and GSMarena.com.

 

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0

Launch Date

May 2013

April 2012

Company

Samsung

Samsung

Size

162.6 x 82.4 x 9 mm (6.40 x 3.24 x 0.35 in)

193.7 x 122.4 x 10.5 mm

Display

TFT capacitive touchscreen

7.0 in (18 cm) PLS TFT LCD display

Screen

540 x 960 pixels, 5.8 inches (~190 ppi pixel density)

1024 × 600 pixels (~170 ppi pixel density)

Protection

-

N/A

Weight

182 g (6.42 oz)

345 grams

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - GT-I9150

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - GT-I9152 (SIM 1 & SIM 2)

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

3G Network

HSDPA

HSDPA 900 / 2100 - GT-P3100

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 - GT-P3105

4G Network

No

Depends on market capability

GUI

TouchWiz UI

TouchWiz UX UI

CPU speed

Dual-core 1.4 GHz

1 GHz Dual-core processor/ 1.2 GHz Dual-core Qualcomm processor (4G)

GPU

-

PowerVR SGX540

OS

Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)

Android OS v4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich), upgradable to v4.1.1 (Jelly Bean)

Chipset

TBA

TI OMAP 4430

RAM

1.5 GB RAM

1 GB RAM

SIM Size

TBA - Optional Dual SIM

mini-SIM

Internal Memory

8 GB

8/16/32 GB

Expandable Memory

microSD, up to 64 GB

Up to 32GB

Sensors

Accelerometer, Geomagnetic, Proximity, Light, Gyroscope

Accelerometer, digital compass, light and proximity

Connectivity

Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, WiFi Direct

BT 4.0(BLE), USB 2.0 H/S

GPS+GLONASS

2G, 3G, 4G, Bluetooth technology v3.0, USB 2.0 Host, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA and Wi-Fi Direct

Data

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB

Speed

HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps

HSPA+ 21Mbps 850/ 900/ 1900/ 2100

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot

Bluetooth

Yes, v4.0 with A2DP, LE

Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, HS

USB

No

USB v2.0, USB On-the-go

Primary Camera

8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash

3.15 MP, 2048x1536 pixels

Secondary Camera

1.9 MP

VGA

Video

Yes, [email protected]

Full HD @30fps

Camera Features

autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, Beauty Face, Best Photo, Best Face, Drama, Rich Tone (High Dynamic Range),

Sound & Shot, Sports,  Continuous shot

LED Flash, Smile Shot, Geo-tagging, Editing Modes, Camcorder, DivX, HD Recording, HD Playback, Video Share, Online Image Uploading

Sound Enhancement

-

SoundAlive

Audio supported formats

MP3, M4A, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF,

MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA

MP3, AAC, AC-3, AMR, FLAC, MID, WMA, WAV, OGG

Video supported formats

MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM

3GP, ASF, AVI, MP4, WMV, FLV, MKV, WebM

Battery Capacity

Li-Ion 2600 mAh battery

Non-removable Lithium-ion 4,000 mAh

Stand-by

-

2G: 1190 hours

3G: 1080 hours

Talk time

-

 

2G: 40 hours

3G: 20 hours

Available Colors

White, Black

Black, White, Red

Messaging

SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS

SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM, RSS

Browser

HTML5

HTML5, Adobe Flash

Radio

No

No

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS

A-GPS support and GLONASS

Java

Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

Java via Java MIDP emulator

Additional Features

  • Group Play: Share Music, Share Picture, Share Document, Play Games
  • Story Album, S Translator
  • Multi Window, Pop Up Play
  • Samsung ChatON mobile communication service
  • Samsung WatchON
  • Samsung Link, S Travel (TripAdvisor), S Voice 2.0
  • SNS integration
  • Organizer
  • Image/video editor
  • Document viewer
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input
  • IR blaster
  • TV Out
  • SNS integration
  • Organizer
  • Image/video editor
  • Quickoffice HD editor/viewer
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
  • YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
  • Voice memo
  • Predictive text input (Swype)
  • Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync
  • Virtual Private Network (VPN) Access
  • Polaris Office
  • Video Chat
  • Cisco WebEx
  • EAS IT Policy
  • HW Encryption
  • Sybase Afaria
  • Samsung Media Hub
  • Built-in Samsung Apps
  • 50GB of free Dropbox storage for a year.

Image Courtesy: samsungtomorrow.com, samsung.com

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