Samsung introduced its Galaxy S20 series this year, which includes the Galaxy S20, the Galaxy S20 Plus and the Galaxy S20 Ultra. They sent me the Galaxy S20 Plus for review, which I used for a few weeks. I used the phone as my primary device with every app I normally use and all games I play, and I used the camera a lot to update my Instagram feed – this also helped The real battery test of the phone.
For everyone who is Aergia on Earth, here is my rating in three lines:
The Galaxy S20 Plus has a fantastic design, it has a beautiful edge. The state-of-the-art display lasts quite a long time and can easily take on very energy-intensive tasks. However, sometimes the camera and usually the fingerprint sensor interfere with the experience. Though far from the ideal smartphone, it's still close at best in most other categories, justifying the staggering price tag.
Interested enough to learn more? Here is my detailed assessment.
Beautiful display, but the design is not up to date.
When you look at the Galaxy S20 Plus, the first thing that catches your attention is the beautiful edge-to-edge display. As the name suggests, the Plus variant is larger than the regular model and has a 6.7-inch display. This screen size is fantastic for people who consume a lot of video content on their smartphone, and even for gaming enthusiasts. Some people generally prefer a large-screen device to make multitasking easier, and for them, too, the Galaxy S20 Plus has a very suitable screen size.
It's not just the size, the display quality of the Galaxy S20 Plus is great too. The phone's 6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED display has a resolution of 3200 x 1440 with an aspect ratio of 20: 9. It is large, slim and super crisp. To do this, add a 120 Hz refresh rate for smoother scrolling, and you have a winner yourself.
Although the 120 Hz refresh rate of the Galaxy S20 Plus is only available with an FHD + resolution – personally at 60 Hz with QHD + I think that was a great decision from Samsung to extend the battery life.
Although the display size and quality of the Galaxy S20 Plus are top notch, you might not appreciate it if you have tiny hands like mine form factor of the device so much. Much like the Galaxy S9 and S10 series, the Galaxy S20 Plus has a long design, but to give you a screen area of 6.7 inches, the dimensions of the phone had to be stretched from all sides, making it difficult to make it comfortable to hold it in the palm of your hand.
Considering that women's clothes rarely have pockets and even if they are not big enough for a pack of M & Ms, the S20 Plus is not easy to carry around in a pocket. Even for men, it won't be easy to fit in the breast pocket, and even if you can do it, you won't! You will interrupt this ad that I have uploaded so many times. The only thing that is not "plus" on the phone is the weight – the phone is surprisingly slim and light!
In addition, the Galaxy S20 Plus has a very general looking glass design, but the variant that I have is a gray color, and I personally think that although it is a matte gray, it is refreshing too see Such a simple and subtle color option amid the sea of exotic gradients around me.
However, what I don't like is the unbalanced, chunky camera module on the back. It's boring to look at and if you place the phone face down on a surface camera, touching anywhere on the screen will wiggle it.
So I don't forget: This massive phone doesn't have a 3.5mm jack (although it comes with AKG Type-C headphones) and Samsung removed the physical button to trigger Bixby. Thank God for that!
Performance is not a problem.
When making a list of the key specs you want to see In a phone, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus is more than likely to pack it. This beast is powered by a Samsung Exynos 990 chipset (probably a Snapdragon 865 SoC equivalent) with 8 GB of RAM. And it is undoubtedly quick. Playing, viewing videos, multitasking or just scrolling through social media is a breeze. I never noticed a slowdown or delay during testing.
With the Galaxy S20 Plus, you can also attach up to three apps to the working memory so that they remain open at all times and enable you to use these apps freely.
The variant I'm testing has 128 GB of storage that can be expanded to 1 TB. And support for expansion means you'll never run out of space!
However, for a smartphone that was so impressive in terms of performance, I was surprised to see the delayed and unreliable fingerprint sensor on the display on board. I could rarely unlock the device the first time I tried using the fingerprint sensor. You don't expect such a mistake in a flagship that costs Rs 74,000.
Samsung uses a side-mounted fingerprint sensor for the Galaxy Z Flip (test) and I prefer this in-display every day in the S20 Plus. It's just so slow and frustratingly unreliable.
For software, the Galaxy S20 Plus uses One UI 2.0, a skin on Android 10. I really have no complaints with this interface. The user interface offers a lot of flexibility in customizing the clock on the lock screen, the grid size, the layout of apps, the constantly active display, the clock color or even the quick setting field. It is also very user friendly.
I am both impressed and disappointed with the camera.
I know this could be controversial, but I prefer the Galaxy S20 Plus front camera over the rear camera, and that's not because I love taking selfies. Although this is also a good reason for some.
Before going into details, the S20 Plus camera array includes the following:
- 10 MP Punch Hole Selfie Camera
- 64 MP 3x Telephoto Camera, 12 MP Wide Angle Camera, 12 MP ultra wide angle camera, depth sensor
- ToF sensor
- 30x digital zoom
I will repeat the problem of many other reviewers who are faced with the Galaxy S20 Plus – it smoothes the face too much. However, I found that this is an issue that is limited to the device's rear camera. Even in "natural mode", the camera processes images into an almost unnatural version of your face. The front camera is not affected by the strange image processing problem. The pictures contain more details and are sharper.
Another reason why I prefer the front camera of the phone to the back is the problem of image oversaturation. When I got the devices, the first picture I clicked on was from my mother in a well-lit living room, and the pictures were so warm and saturated that it looked almost like jaundice. After that, I clicked on a few other objects and found that the over-saturation was noticeable in all types of shots and most lighting conditions, but it looked bad when you clicked on a portrait. With the same lighting, however, this problem did not occur with the front camera.
To make sure the jaundice pictures weren't the result of poor display – extremely unlikely, I know, but I had to be sure – I also exported the picture to my laptop and found the oversaturation persisted.
In particular, a week after the device was reviewed, Samsung released an update that included some improvements to the camera app that resolved the issue that made my mother look so pale and yellow. However, like most Samsung phones, saturation remains excessive and warmer.
Note: There is nothing wrong with lighter and warmer tones in an image, but you should keep that in mind when choosing a smartphone camera that works for you.
I also have a third reason for my preference for the front camera: autofocus!
Even in broad daylight, the Galaxy S20 Plus has problems with focus, especially when the subject is close to the subject camera. And don't make a mistake when I say close, I don't mean a distance of 10 cm, I'm talking at least half a foot. However, I noticed that this mostly happens when you are even slightly against the light. This problem does not occur if you click on distant subjects or if the light falls directly on the subject.
The rear view camera of the Galaxy S20 Plus also has focus problems when taking a photo of moving objects. You usually get blurry images. By default, the shutter speed is also slow. However, this problem can be fixed. All you have to do is switch to Pro mode if you know your subject is not still.
The amazing thing about the Galaxy S20 Plus’s camera is that while it has a fair amount of problems, landscapes, and portraits, good lighting and selfies are from acceptable to adorable.
Click the Flickr album below to view all of the images the Galaxy S20 Plus clicked on (in full resolution).
The improved ultra wide-angle lens and the 64 MP telephoto lens together make some nice pictures.
With the Galaxy S20 Plus you can record between 0.5x and 30x zoom. Although it only supports optical zoom up to 3x, everything else is hybrid. Everything that is clicked up to the 3x zoom is displayed crystal clear, with all details retained and the image is sharp. In addition, you'll notice a loss in quality that doesn't make it difficult to guess that the 30x zoom as such doesn't retain much detail, and images are more like a colored silhouette of something that is really far from you. Also, don't try to click 30 times on the phone's handheld, as this can cause headaches.
Samsung has improved the night mode of the Galaxy S20 Plus. It retains many details and captures a lot of light. However, with this artificially added light in the picture, the end result sometimes looks very unnatural. In many cases, I preferred to click with night mode off, although this resulted in loss of detail.
In addition, the Galaxy S20 Plus has 8K video recordings that were introduced as one of the highlights of the device at the time of launch. But I would be able to do without it completely. While you can record high-definition content, what are you currently doing with 8K video? It's not that you have something to watch, and high-definition videos are simply more difficult to process and edit.
It's likely good marketing for Samsung to claim to be one of the first to introduce this feature in early 2020, but the feature is currently not practical.
The standard video quality of the S20 Plus is quite good. Videos have good details and are fairly stable, even if they were shot on your handheld. The Galaxy S20 Plus also has an option to zoom audio. So if you approach a subject while recording a video, the audio will be enlarged accordingly. A good addition to video mode is that Samsung can now switch from the rear to the front camera while recording without stopping or stopping the video.
The battery is a champion.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus is powered by a 4,500 mAh battery. I used the phone's display in both the standard 60 Hz refresh rate mode and 120 Hz. The latter naturally loads the battery quite a bit. With the higher refresh rate, the battery lived a good 9 to 10 hours after using several apps on the phone and some games.
At 60 Hz, however, battery life improved dramatically, and the phone lasted well over a day (sometimes two days, depending on use) on a single charge.
The Galaxy S20 Plus comes with a 25W quick charger, so the battery is fully charged in about an hour and 10 minutes.
Does the phone justify its price?
It depends on whether the S20 Plus is a flagship that is worth flagship money. So is it?
There is no doubt that the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus is quite expensive. It costs 73,999 rupees in India, but it's still far cheaper than an iPhone. The phone has its shortcomings, but it's also very appealing.
Let's look at it this way: With the Galaxy S20 Plus you get:
✓Good battery life
ㄨ Fingerprint sensor in the display
ㄨ Image processing in some scenarios
The advantages and disadvantages mentioned above should help you make your decision . Note that Samsung has been able to significantly improve the software app through software updates. I hope the camera quality will continue to improve over time, although it is not yet perfect. So you have to put up with the jerky fingerprint sensor in the first place.
If you can get over it and despite these little issues, you can be sure that the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus is one of the most well-rounded Android phones out there today, and it's well worth the price.
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