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Having all that extra screen real-estate to play with gives Samsung a few extra options with the Mega 6.3. The image above shows the notification bar pulled down with quick access to the system options. Rather than just showing things like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and perhaps one or two other options, the Mega 6.3 lets you switch most of the system functions on or off without needing to delve into the menus.
In addition to the standard Android options that you can change: multi-window mode, S Beam, Air View and Smart Stay can all be switched on or off directly from the notification bar. Potential Samsung Galaxy S4 buyers that wanted those software features specifically will be pleased to find them included on the Mega 6.3, although Air Gesture is not present.
Air View is Samsung's way of allowing users to see a preview of a text message or email (or quick dialling) without needing to open the message, or even touch the screen. Similarly, Smart Stay is the feature seen on previous generation Galaxy devices that keeps the screen awake as long as you're looking at it.
Other Samsung specific features like Group Play, WatchON, ChatON and S Translator are present on the device too.
With a release date pegged for May and no retail price yet announced, the software on the Mega is not quite yet perfect — twice in the ten minute period I was using the phone, it popped up a message to say that the TouchWiz UI had crashed and needed to reboot.
To put the Mega's 6.3-inch display in context it is pictured above with a BlackBerry Z10 sat atop of the screen. The BlackBerry's screen is 4.2 inches, while the total length of the Z10's chassis is just over 5.1 inches. The Mega really is a monster.
Oddly, and presumably as it would make it just too similar to the Note family, there is no stylus on the Mega 6.3.
Despite being huge, the Mega manages to keep a slimline frame that is just 8mm thick. The BlackBerry Z10 sat on top of the Mega 6.3 is 9mm thick, for comparison.
Around the outside of the chassis is a metal band, adding a touch of refinement to an otherwise plasticky feeling device, mitigated somewhat by having a textured rear.