The Samsung Galaxy Mega is now available to U.S. consumers, prompting a battle of the big screens in the Samsung market. While the Galaxy Mega is touted as simply a monster smartphone, it approaches the tablet territory with its 6.3-inch screen. It also surpasses the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note 2 smartphone. Both gadgets offer benefits of both smartphone and tablet devices, putting them in direct competition with one another. Which Samsung phablet offers a better user experience in the Samsung Galaxy Mega vs. Galaxy Note 2 showdown? Both devices offer the ease and portability of a tablet while also featuring the capabilities of a smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 5.5-inch Samsung Galaxy Note 2 smartphone (photo: Samsung)

Samsung Galaxy Mega vs. Galaxy Note 2 Display & Dimensions

The latest Samsung Galaxy Mega smartphone matches the Galaxy Note 2 with 720p HD display, however the pixel density goes to the latter. The Galaxy Note 2 has a 267 pixels-per-inch resolution, offering a sharper display than the Galaxy Mega with only 233 pixels-per-inch. This could be in part to the slightly larger screen size on the Mega.

The 5.5-inch Galaxy Note 2 measures in at 80.5 by 151.1 by 9.4 mm compared to the Galaxy Mega, which features dimensions at 167.6 by 88 by 8 mm. The Galaxy Note 2 weighs in at 182.5 g, compared to the 6.3-inch Galaxy Mega at 199 g. Therefore, both phablets have their perks in terms of dimensions. If a consumer is looking for a thinner device, the Galaxy Mega sheds a little off the body. However, in terms of overall weight, the Galaxy Note 2 is a lighter option.

For media use, both offer large, high-resolution screens to view photos and videos.

Samsung Galaxy Mega vs. Galaxy Note 2 Processor & Storage

The Galaxy Note 2 takes the lead in memory, offering 2 GB of internal RAM compared to the 1.5 GB internal RAM included in the Galaxy Mega 6.3. Both Samsung smartphones do offer up to 64 GB of expandable storage via microSD.

The Samsung Galaxy Mega also falls behind in the processor department. The Galaxy Note 2 is powered by an Exynos 4 quad-core processor at 1.6 GHz compared to the Galaxy Mega, which is powered by a Snapdragon 400 dual-core processor at 1.7GHz. This means the Galaxy Note 2 offers 1.88 times faster CPU clock speed.

Samsung Galaxy Mega vs. Galaxy Note 2 Software & Battery

The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 will launch running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, a clear advantage over the Galaxy Note 2 powered by the outdated Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. In this case, the Galaxy Mega smartphone's more recent release date gives it an edge with the latest software.

The Galaxy Note 2 also loses out on battery power, with just a smidge less than the Galaxy Mega. The Samsung Galaxy Mega smartphone includes 3200 mAh battery power, which is 3.23 percent more than the Galaxy Note 2 with 3100 mAh. The latest 6.3-inch smartphone is the clear winner, although the difference is slight.

Samsung Galaxy Mega vs. Galaxy Note 2 Miscellaneous

Based on Samsung Galaxy specs, both smartphones have additional features that give one an edge over the other. The 6.3-inch Galaxy Mega has 8.68 times faster uploads and 4.76 times faster downloads than the Galaxy Note 2.

While the smartphone comparison also lists the bigger screen size as an advantage, with 14.55 percent larger screen size than the Galaxy Note 2, this can be dependent on the user. Typically, if a device is used primarily for media playing, a larger screen size will be the more ideal choice, thus giving the 6.3-inch Galaxy Mega the upper hand over the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note 2.

The Galaxy Note 2 is lighter, narrower and shorter than the Galaxy Mega. The Galaxy Note 2 also features a BSI sensor (backside illuminated) that captures better quality images in dim lighting conditions, creating a sharper overall image quality. The Note 2 also has a Corning Gorilla Glass display. This is a durable glass that prevents the device from scratching and cracking. Additionally, the Galaxy Note 2 has stereo speakers.

Both the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy Mega smartphones feature a rear facing 8-megapixel LED flash camera as well as a 1,080 pixel video. The Galaxy Mega surprisingly doesn't come with the popular S Pen stylus that the Galaxy Note devices have.

Samsung Galaxy Mega vs. Galaxy Note 2 Price & Availability

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 availability date launched October 2012 starting at $299.99. The Samsung Galaxy Mega is available to U.S. consumers this month. So far, AT&T has stated that the latest handset will be available August 23 for $149.99. The Galaxy Mega will continue to roll out to Sprint and US Cellular with varying release dates. The Galaxy Note 2 has been available much longer than the Galaxy Mega, allowing for inexpensive options on third-party websites. Though, the Galaxy Mega still appears to be the more cost-efficient option of the two devices to date.

The bottom line in the Samsung Galaxy Mega versus Note 2 debate comes down to the minute details. The Galaxy Mega is the more recent gadget released of the two, giving it a slight edge in terms of the operating system and battery power. However, even with a timely advantage, the Galaxy Note 2 still beats the Galaxy Mega in display, processor and storage. When the Galaxy Mega becomes more readily available for purchase, it is likely to take the slot for the cheaper alternative to the Galaxy Note 2. However, with the impending Galaxy Note 3 release date, the Galaxy Note 2 is expected to be reduced in price as the older variant.

The Samsung phablet showdown has no clear winner. Both devices have pros and cons. The 5.5-inch Samsung Galaxy Note 2 gives users remarkable expression tools and power performance. The 6.3-inch Samsung Galaxy Mega offers an even larger-sized viewing experience on a mega-sized portable device.

Both Samsung smartphones are good choices for users looking for all of the features of a smartphone packed into a portable, yet considerably sized device. Which do you like better, the Samsung Galaxy Mega or Samsung Galaxy Note 2?