Samsung Galaxy Nope 20!Jun 08, 2021
Ty foreign here and this is the Samsung Galaxy Note 20. It's like the little brother of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra that I just reviewed but as a package this is a very strange phone it's a very confusing phone but let's back up for a second place i bought this phone from b h tax and shipping included 1086 dollars but after using this phone for a while it seems
samsungnever made up its mind if this was supposed to be a premium phone or not. For a thousand bucks, you'd think this should be a premium phone for sure, but as you use the phone and scroll through the list of features and specs slowly, it feels more and more like each significant feature has been whittled down a bit from the note. 20 Ultra like the screen for example if that's where we start it's a bit smaller but not a big deal it's still 6.7 inches and it's even flat edged which I honestly prefer and Samsung it still gives you many of the features of the edge-less Edge screen. light ing which I don't think anyone would consider a necessary feature but it's 1080P and 60 hertz then it has a slightly larger hole punch for the same 10 megapixel selfie camera and the same ultrasonic fingerprint reader underneath now 1080p resolution is ok , I can handle it with that after all I set the resolution on the Note 20 Ultra to 1080p but that's because you have to get 120 hertz but that's ok even if visually 1080p is ok you still get the great colors and brightness from Samsung panel and it's still really thin bezels and honestly to me it looks great for most things and if you're not a fan of refresh rate it's not a big deal watching videos and taking photos and stuff It's amazing on this screen, but for the price of a thousand dollars on a flagship in 2020, you should get a screen with a high refresh rate, but that's not the worst part of this phone; the updated S Pen is physically the same on this note 20 as the ultra, but latency doesn't drop as much because it's still a 60Hz display, so it drops from 42 to 26 milliseconds, not down to the ultra's understandable nine milliseconds.
Ultra's review is definitely not the worst part of this phone, the camera array is also scaled down and different, as you might have guessed from the significantly smaller camera bump, so instead of the massive main camera from 108-megapixel ultra and Periscope 5x optical zoom you have a much more reasonable 12-megapixel main camera, 12-megapixel ultra-wide and 3x zoom 64-megapixel, and photos and videos from these cameras are honestly very similar to those of the note 20 Ultra. Samsung has a very colorful saturated HDR look which I like and this phone achieves that look too and there are even some advantages to this system: the not-so-giant sensor focuses quickly without even needing laser autofocus, but while keeping 8K video it also reduces some of the other high end Ultra features like the 108 megapixel mode 50x space zoom only goes to 30X Max but again if most people just point and shoot and 30X is enough from the back row of the bleachers to catch your kid on the other side of the soccer field, then honestly most people probably won't miss out on these cutting-edge features: the camera isn't the worst part of this phone, so it's ok let's take a look at this spec sheet so Snapdragon 865 Plus 8 gigs of RAM 128 gigs of storage unexplained 4 300 milliamp hour battery ok let's discuss it to so Snapdragon a65 plus and eight gigs of RAM as the only top-end spec is down a bit from the 12 gigs of RAM on the ultra but you know this should still deliver top-end performance for sure and then it does that 4 300 milliamp hour battery again ok it's actually a bit smaller than the note 20 ultra battery but this is of course a slip It's a much smaller phone and since it's just a screen From 1080p 60hz, which is usually the biggest battery hog, you're actually looking at slightly better overall battery life on a charge than the ultra, so that's fine, but 128 gigs as the only non-storage spec. expandable, at least in the US, it feels a little small and you know maybe some people are totally okay with this, but on a thousand dollar phone where you expect to probably use the cameras all the time it takes a lot of pictures where you can shoot 8K video and there are plenty of games and apps you'd think would give at least 256.
The Snapdragon note 20 Ultra oddly has a 128 or 512 internally, but at least the ultra has expandable storage via a Micro card slot SD, this phone doesn't have that. so maybe in the ultra where you could get away with 128 on this one that's all you get so overall specs while still high end definitely starting to feel the price pressure slightly lower here but that's still not the worst part of this phone so you have the reduced specs, reduced battery, reduced storage, reduced cameras, reduced screen, but none of this makes headlines like Reduced materials, this phone is plastic, now it's okay, plastic goes bad. wrap on smartphones I'm guilty of never having been a big fan of plastic, but I will say that plastic has its place in the world of smartphones.
We've all heard Zack say that glass is glass and as glass breaks, glass is more expensive and more brittle. so on phones like the pixel 4A for example you'll never hear me complain that they chose plastic and the plastic here on the Note 20 is even a little more glossy and a little more reverse reflective than the ultra it does a great job of hide it. fingerprints and all the micro scratches you normally get with plastic and at the risk of sounding like I'm defending it this plastic actually has some advantages over glass like this huge phone now feels and is much lighter which which can make the previously unwieldy Ultra phone suddenly feel a little more manageable and of course less likely to break and at the end of the day when I'm told 80 percent of you use a case on your phone no matter what so I guess if it was the glass on the note 20 Ultra or the plastic on the note 20 people were going to put a case on it anyway so I guess it makes sense that that's one of the areas where
samsungdecided they should save money so even this phone being made of plastic still isn't the worst part about this phone the worst part about the
galaxynote 20 is the introductory price they chose a thousand dollars there's no f Orm that this phone should justifiably be at a thousand bucks out of pocket like flossy carter would say the price is too high but look the thing is this phone is actually not that bad but when you combine this phone with that brand of note and that thousand dollar price, it gets very confusing but if you just go back and remove the price and the name of the note I mean this is a pretty unique phone you get the S Pen you get wireless platforms you get the whole of Samsung features, there's really nothing to match in terms of features, it should have been. seven hundred dollars instead of a thousand I really think Samsung was confused like they weren't they didn't decide if they were going to make a premium phone or not like it started out as a Galaxy Note and Galaxy Notes are always high end I get it but I actually really like what they did last year, not the rainbow reflection part, but the part where they did two different notes for the first time, the high end flagship and then a little bit smaller but a little bit one slightly more affordable version of the same thing where they first understood that people didn't want to have to spend as much money on the biggest phone but you still get a big screen stylus for less money so this next year and th They do the same thing they got high end Galaxy Note Ultra and then they got another more attainable note which is also in the note series so it's still high end and also has a snapdragon 865 plus p or so it's still high end but then the rest just cut out too much plastic 1080p 60 hertz not expandable 128 scaled down too much so i think there are two alternative paths they could have taken probably should have taken with this phone one would be just not cut that much down and commit to that thousand dollar price for this phone should probably come with a high refresh rate and more basic storage at this point so 120 hertz like the rest of samsung's high end lineup and 256 512 or just put expandable storage in this phone or two just commit to making a more competitively priced lower end Galaxy Note like they could have made it into the note 20 Lite or the note 20 and trade the Snapdragon 865 plus that big expensive chip with the Snapdragon 765g then you have a 700 phone you can compete with great phone great stylus much lower price or as I think it would have been really interesting and potentially really cool for this line and probably would have eaten alive a lot of the sales of some of the other 700 or so phones sitting at 1080p 60 hertz like the LG velvet but I think the reason why that Samsung didn't do it is because it would also have been a bit confusing in their lineup to have a new Galaxy Note priced lower than some of the Series S and it starts to cannibalize some of those sales and also have a 600 price difference between two bills is kind of weird so as a result they straddled all this stuff and we ended up with this terrible slightly confusing thousand dollar plastic 1080p 60 hertz note 20 deal. and i really cant recommend it to most people that you buy this note 20 at this price as long as those other phones like s20 plus and OnePlus 8 Pro and others that are just more phones for the same or less money, but if absolutely I need you an S Pen and I just can't spend 1300 bucks.
I guess I'd say that's okay, because instead of the Note 10, Samsung just promised three major Android updates to its flagships from now on and it looks like the Note 10 won't. be getting that so if you're on that little sliver and you have to have the S Pen then samsung made this phone just for you if you're not that person you probably shouldn't buy this phone anyway that's all i hope you guys enjoyed this
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