Samsung note 20 ultra full reveiw , depth all pros and cons

Samsung note 20 ultra full reveiw , depth all pros and cons


SAMSUNG NOTE 20 ULTRA 


Why do I still daily drivea two generation old Note9? Well, thing is when Iswitched to the Note10 for a few weeks from my review, my complaints were as follows. It lost features over the previous gen, (clears throat) like theheadphone jack and iris scanner. Pinhole cameras are obnoxious. The side bezels were too small. And because of that last one, there wasn't enough space at the top of it making the Note10work better as a vibrator than it did as a speakerwhen you turned up the music. So I jumped shipimmediately back to my Note9 after handing the 10 off toour camera guys for B-roll. Fortunately though, thetime has come again. I have Samsung's next iteration of their flagship offlagships, the Note20 Ultra. Let's see if it's gonnaend up in my pocket or back in the box. Ridge Wallet wants to redefine the wallet with its compact frameand RFID-blocking plates. Check out how Ridge Walletcan keep your vault down and use offer code Linus to save 10% and get free worldwide shipping. (upbeat instrumental music) Before we get into my experience, we need to talk about positioning, because this phone is ina bit of a confusing spot. And it's funny because Samsung's lineup hasn't always been this messy. Even just a few short yearsago, it was a lot simpler, if we ignore the mid-range mess. The S series was the daily driver with top-tier specs in areasonably sized chassis at a high but not exorbitant price. Then for those who wantedthe biggest and best of what Samsung had tooffer, there was the Note. Sure, it cost a prettypenny, but as you'd expect, it was a mostly zerocompromises experience. Until the Note10 started shedding features compared to the previous gen and launched alongside a confusing, smaller Note10 with a lowerpixel density display, and no expandable storage. So no longer was the plus model simply a larger version of the same phone, there was this weird feature disparity. Sure enough, when S20 launched,it got even more confusing. There was the S20, the S20+. And, oh, that's the Ultra, whatever. The point is there arethree different phones. So the Ultra ended up with a completely different camera array, differentRAM and storage options, and a mammoth price tag. At the very least, at least the S20 Ultra looked like the otherdevices in it's family, which is more than I can say today. This is the Note20 Ultra. And this is the Note20, really very not Ultra. Not only does this look likea completely different device, but it's actuallyplastic instead of glass, has a 60 Hertz screen comparedto 120 Hertz on the Ultra, not to mention that all the S20s also have 120 Hertz displays. It's got less memory thanall the S20s and the Ultra. No expandable storage. No ultra-wideband connectivity,more on that later. And it's got a $1,000 price tag! So here's my quick reviewof the Note20 non-Ultra. Buy an S20 or S20+, unless you need a pen, in which case you should just save yourself a bunchof that hard earned money and buy a used Note10 or Note10+. Or pony up for the Note20 Ultra. Honestly, it kind offeels like the Note20s' only reason to exist is tomake Samsung's other phones look better by comparison, like this one. Because on paper, the Note20Ultra is looking pretty fine, improving on the Note10 lineupin practically every way while managing to actuallycost less than the S20 Ultra. Now as before, I am not a huge fan of the hole-punch display. See, look at it, eh. But to Samsung's credit, the hole is way smaller, to the point where it's in line with the notification shade icons and all right, I'll allow it. Don't get me wrong, I still can't wait forthese to be replaced with under-screen cameras. But if the punch is this small, it's probably worth theslight aesthetic hit over the durability concernsof a motorized camera, at least for clumsy people. Now the actual screen itselfthough, is visually stunning. The bezels are still tiny, but Samsung seems to have tweaked their edge rejection enoughthat accidentally opening the notification shade during a movie or accidentally bumping letters when you're reaching across the keyboard is practically a nonissue. I also noticed what appears to be a proper ear piecespeaker grill up top, unlike the Note10, meaning that it doesn't vibrate when you turn up yourmovie like a cheap toy. But man, back to the screen. If you guys thought Samsung'sindustry leading displays couldn't get any better, you obviously haven'tbeen paying attention, 'cause they just keep doing it. Not only is the Note20 Ultra around 20% brighter than last gen, but Samsung continues to set the standard for color accuracy andoutdoor readability. Believe me, if there's one thing this phone is amazing atit is content consumption. It will probably be thebest looking display in your household. And it'll probably lookcloser to brand new for longer than you'd expect. Corning's brand new Gorilla Glass Victus is on both the front andthe back of this device, with Corning claimingthat for the first time, they've made significantimprovements to both drop and scratch resistancewithin a single generation. This new version canapparently withstand a drop of 6 1/2 feet compared to 51/4 for their previous gen. And they've also improved drop endurance with Victus typicallysurviving 21 meter high drops, while Gorilla Glass 6could only handle about 15. As for in the real world, well, I did drop it afew times without a case and it didn't break. So mission success? Now you might rememberthat I bashed Samsung when the Note10 launchedfor sticking to 60 Hertz when competitors were shipping with 90 and even 120 Hertz displays. This time around though, the Note20 Ultra features a full, fat, QHD+ 6.9inch, AMOLED display, with the option for crispy120 Hertz smoothness. Really does look great. But like the S20 series, it's limited to full HD resolution when it's running in 120 Hertz mode. Something that Samsung still has not offered an explanation for. Although, like I said last time, I don't personally findmuch of a difference in daily use at this size. It's more just that it'slike kind of a tease, right? To not allow both the full refresh rate and the full resolution at the same time, especially given thatthe Exynos and Snapdragon processor versions of thiscould technically support it. And competitors like OnePlus already do. On the subject of processors, inside our Note20 Ultra, we have the latest Snapdragon865+, it's lightening fast. I don't really know what elsethere is to say about that. Phone processors have gotten to the point where honestly they were fast enough that you're not reallygonna notice slow downs, a couple of years ago. But power management was also excellent, which is definitely a plus. And I even survived an overnight lake stay without a charger,that's a win in my book. Now there are some reportedissues with heat and power draw on the Exynos variant, but unfortunately we weren'table to validate that. So if you live in those regions, hey, you'd best do some more digging. Underneath the screen, what has become a staple for Samsung is a characteristically Samsung ultrasonic fingerprint sensor. It's not the fastest in the world, but it does work well andconsistently, so good job. And then alternatively,there is face unlock. But with the currentsituation in the world, I imagine most peopleare gonna be sticking with the fingerprint sensor. By the way, can I actuallyjust take a moment to say iris scanner master race,love you, Note9, thanks. Anyway, the rest of the device will be pretty familiarto Note10 series owners, save for the side buttons, which have been swappedto the right hand side, like the S20 series. Something that most peoplewill probably find easier to reach on a device this size. The iconic Note S Penis virtually identical, save for the vastly lowered latency, nine milliseconds down from 45. Now I mostly use my S Penfor taking quick notes or annotating screenshots. So for me, that wasn'texactly a game changer, but it definitely felt more fluid while I was sending latenight memos to my staff. Like, "Hey, why this?" And you know, writing on things. Could just be a placebo effect though. Back to size, around back,we've got sweet honey barbecue! The largest camera bumpthat I have ever seen. I mean, do you rememberwhen people complained about the bump on like, do you remember when people complained about the iPhone 6 bump? "Oh, a camera bump, this is disgusting!' Or the one on the Pixel 4 or the S20? They got nothing on this. How did Samsung think thiswas at all reasonable? Like if you put the phone down on a table and touch pretty muchanywhere on the screen, it's gonna wobble around. Now fortunately, if you rocksomething like a dbrand grip, it takes up the space wherethe camera bump isn't. But I usually don't run a case, so it's a little awkward for me. In fairness though, there's at least a solid technical reason for the massive bump. Under it is the periscopesuper-zoom camera. This time with lower resolution, but larger pixels and locked to 50X compared to the maximumof 100X on the S20 Ultra. As usual, I tried it once. Said, "Wow, that's pretty cool." And then promptly never touched it again. I mean, at least Samsungrealized that 100X was a joke, because of all thepost-processing required, and they limited it to zoom that they can somewhat with a straightface say is usable. Like, I don't know, maybe if you're into wildlife photography, but on your smartphone. 'Cause I really don't knowwhat else that 50X zoom would actually be usefulfor that's not illegal. You can of course shootand edit 8K video again, just like the S20 series. But again, it's mostlyjust a marketing gimmick. Yes, there is slightly moredetail in the 8K footage. But when I say slightly, I mean slightly. The overall image on the4K still feels better. And if you shoot a lot ofvideo, well, quite frankly, you're probably gonnawant an iPhone anyway. Photos off the Note20Ultra consistently have Samsung's usual cooler white balance, but hold plenty of detail. Their automatic HDR was not as good at balancing the highlights in the sky to the darkness by thewheels in this shot here, compared to the Pixel 4. And the amount of detailwas definitely less. But if you're not pixel peeping, the Note20 Ultra, like therest of Samsung's lineup, it's eons ahead of where they were just a few short years ago, and they even cleaned up the focus issues from the S20 Ultra with theaddition of a laser autofocus. So kudos to Samsung for the camera here. As for the rest of thechanges this time around, the Note20 Ultra got something brand new, which is ultra-wideband. UWB is a short-range, wirelesscommunication protocol, a lot like Bluetooth or WiFi. But what makes it specialis that it operates at very high frequencies, allowing equipped devicesto accurately track the relative positionand motion of each other. Now it doesn't really have a use case yet, aside from speeding up Google's Airdrop competitor, Nearby Share. But in the future, we could see deviceslike a smart door lock that could sense exactly where you are in relation to the door, allowing it to proximity unlock only when you're right outside it, instead of unlocking, you know, when you're approaching fromthe inside, for example. That'd be cool, right? And then Samsung'sdesktop replacement, DeX, is also now wireless on the Note20 series, so you can cast to acompatible Samsung TV. It works fine, but it's just not something that I've ever really had a use for, so your mileage is gonna vary there. So that's it then. The pinhole is smaller, cool. And the edge rejectionissues are solved, awesome. It doesn't shake like my old Lambo when you turn up the volume, woo. So you should buy one or should you? Well, the unfortunate truthis that regular smartphones, like Samsung's S series havegone up so much in price and feature set that they've actually taken over a lot of whatused to make a Note, a Note. It's 1,300 U.S.dollarsfor the base version. And that's a pretty penny. I mean, I guess if you want a phone that does pretty welleverything really well, with a gorgeous, big 120 Hertz screen, a chungus of a batteryand a massive camera bump, then, hey, maybe theNote20 Ultra is for you. But the Pixel still takes better photos. An iPhone still takes better video. And if you don't wanna spend that much, the regular S20 is reallyonly missing the pen and fancy zoom camerathat I think most people probably don't need to spend $300 on. As for me, the Note20 Ultrais going back in the box right next to it's older brother. You know what dbrand? Had enough of your bull (beep). What's up with these awesome,textured, vinyl skins that are available for laptops, phones, tablets, consoles, controllers, and more? I'm sick of it! They're made from suchhigh quality 3M vinyl that it just, it makes all yourcompetitors look bad, okay? The patented adhesive, itleaves no residue on my devices! What's my excuse for replacingmy phone all the time, if it doesn't have an uglygross, you know, residue on it when I change out myskin to another color? And the precision! It's uncompromising! It's like a factory fit for my device. It even keeps it protected when I accidentally drop it all the time! I mean, look at this, Idon't have my phone on me. So I'ma pick up my prompter remote. See, we all know that I do that! And your customer service. I mean, I've never used itcause I'm an influencer, so I just talk directly to the higher ups. But like I heard it's pretty good too. So you can, well, it's pretty rude. But other than that, it's good. So check him out at the linkin the video description. Dbrand they're bad people,but with good stickers. Thanks for watching, guys. If you enjoyed this video, then maybe check out the... Actually, go check outour ShortCircuit channel, where I checked out a Xiaomiphone with a 120X zoom. Predictably, the zoom is bad,but the phone was really cool. So you need to go watch that. 

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