First Impressions: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Is Your Do-It-All Smartphone

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is priced at $1,299.

I’ve been using the Samsung Galaxy 20 Note Ultra for the past couple of days. I will post my full review soon, but here are my first impressions for now:

  • This Mystic Bronze color is beautiful.
  • The matte coating really does help keep away fingerprints.
  • This smartphone screams, “Get me a case!”
  • The screen cover that comes with the new Note is very weak, and it wasn’t even put on evenly.
  • I wish the screen wasn’t curved. The edges really reflect sunlight. I like the flatness of the Galaxy S20 series better.
  • However, the screen is just beautiful. I don’t leave it on the full 3088 x 1440 pixel resolution. Using the 2316 x 1080 resolution enables me to use the 120Hz screen, and the smoothness really comes alive.
  • Watching movies on the edge-to-edge display (there is barely any bezel) is like watching a floating screen.

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is beautiful....and very big.

  • The stereo speakers are good, but not spectacular. Even when set with Dolby Atmos, you still don’t get the full stereo effect of the iPhone 11 Pro Max.
  • The camera, which sticks out a little too much, is incredible. Here is a photo taken at 50X zoom”

At 50x Zoom, the Note 20 Ultra Camera can still take viewable pics.

  • The video camera is also fantastic. I’ll post a sample when I do my full review.
  • Everything operates so smoothly, even with all the unnecessary bloatware installed.
  • The Note 20 Ultra takes the S-Pen to the next level. The writing experience is the best it has ever been a digital device.
  • However, putting the S-Pen slot on the left — instead of the right, where it’s been for years — is a confusing move. I still can’t get used to this.
  • Like the last flagship Note, the 20 Ultra is a little too big. But I really don’t mind since it looks and feels so good.
  • The battery life isn’t as long-lasting as it was on the previous Note. It’s good, but not great. Perhaps Samsung needed to make some compromises.
  • Samsung needs to get rid of Bixby, like, now!
  • I’ve gotten more looks from others with the Note 20 Ultra than I have with any other device in the past two years.
So, it appears that the Note 20 Ultra is possibly the best smartphone on the market right now. But is it worth the $1,299 price tag? Stay tuned to my full review in a couple of days. 

About Daryl

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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