First Impressions: Samsung Galaxy S20+

The Samsung Galaxy S20+ goes on sale March 6.

The Galaxy S20+ has come across my review desk, and I’ve been playing with it for the past several hours. I can’t do a full review yet, but here are some of my initial impressions:

  • The packaging is generic, but packs everything nice and tight.
  • The iPhone is still easier to set up.
  • The lack of bezel is fascinating. It’s also fascinating that I’ve only accidentally touched the screen a couple of times.
  • Thank GOD the Bixby button is gone. How ’bout just getting rid of Bixby permanently.
  • The camera bump is not as big as people are making it out to be. It won’t matter at all once you put it in a case.
  • Speaking of a case, definitely get one. This phone can easily slip out of your hands.

Galaxy s20+ with clear protector case.

  • Samsung includes a legit screen protector. Apple should consider doing the same.
  • The stereo sound is incredible for such a small device. It’s even better than that of the iPhone 11 Pro Max.
  • The size of the S20+ is great, but it really tests the limits of pocket portability. That’s why the S20 Ultra may not be a good fit for many.
  • It’s best to keep the resolution at FHD+ (2400 x 1080) so you can get take advantage of the 120Hz refresh rate, which makes browsing the Internet and switching screens fun. It’s unfortunate that Samsung doesn’t offer this feature for the WQHD+ mode (3200 x 1440), but that would eat up a lot of battery life.

The Galaxy S20+ comes in three different colors.

  • Speaking of battery life, it seems excellent so far. I will have full tests when doing the full review.
  • The camera is fun to use, but it doesn’t necessarily take better pictures than the iPhone 11 Pro Max.
  • For some reason, my unit is having some trouble with screen rotation.
  • I prefer the one-hole punch selfie camera to the double one on the S10+. It’s also more practical than the iPhone “notch.”
  • The S20+ still doesn’t feel like a huge upgrade from the S10+ from 2019. It’s not a “must upgrade” device.
  • I miss the headphone jack on the S10 series! The S20+ does come with wired AKG USB-C earbuds that work very well.
  • So far, the S20+ works very well with the AirPods Pro.
I should have a full review of the Galaxy S20+ by the weekend. So far, it feels and operates very well. It’s just not the upgrade I originally thought it would be. 

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Daryl Deino has been a technology enthusiast since 1995 and has written for several newspapers and technology sites. Please reach him at [email protected]
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