Samsung's Galaxy Mega 2 is a great big smartphone that won't break the bank. The affordable Android device sports a gigantic 6-inch display, midrange hardware and most of the software features of Samsung's flagship phablet, the 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 4. Although the Mega 2 can't quite compete with the Galaxy Note 4's power or screen resolution, and it lacks an integrated stylus, it's still a solid pick for budget-minded business users who want a smartphone with more screen space to work on. While we wait for the phone's Oct. 24 launch on AT&T, here are three features that should make it good for work.
Relatively speaking, the Galaxy Mega 2 is a pretty affordable phablet. It will be available for $150 on AT&T when you commit to a two-year contract, with the option to buy the device off-contract for $475. To put those prices into perspective, consider the cost of Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 phablet: $300 with a two-year contract and $850 without one. Overall, the Galaxy Mega 2 offers good value compared to more premium phablets.
So, what do you get for that $150? For starters, the Mega 2 has a huge 6-inch display that's even bigger than the Note 4's 5.7-inch screen or the iPhone 6 Plus' 5.5-inch display. That's a perk for business users who want to perform screen-intensive tasks, like editing a spreadsheet on the go — as long as you can handle the extra bulk. Even everyday tasks, like managing your email inbox, are more comfortable on a display this large. However, the Galaxy Mega 2's 720p display isn't as sharp as screens on those premium phablets.
Other hardware highlights include a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor with 1.5GB of RAM, which should provide decent performance; 16GB of onboard storage; and a beefy 2,800-mAh battery.
Samsung packed a ton of handy software features into the Galaxy Mega 2. Like all Galaxy phones, it supports Multi Window mode, which lets you run two windows on-screen at the same time to allow for better multitasking. Meanwhile, Private Mode lets you store sensitive work files in a hidden, password-protected folder. Finally, Ultra Power Saving Mode automatically restricts background updates when your device's battery is running low, to help it last through the end of the workday.