Samsung Galaxy S20+ review: Just right

by birtanpublished on August 25, 2020

On our s20 ultra video we had a lot of comments asking why there wasn't more coverage on the smaller more affordable s20 variants and the simple answer is Samsung didn't send us any so we had to wait on retail units just like everybody else so here it is the s20 plus and

Without getting too ahead of myself I think this is the best of the three phones in this series so let's talk about what makes the s20 plus so good on paper the galaxy s 20 plus is almost identical to both the cheaper as 20 and

The pricier s 20 ultra all three models have the same snapdragon 865 processor the same 12 gigabytes of RAM though you can pay to upgrade the ultra to 16 and the same gorgeous 120 Hertz display look you might be tempted to run your phone

At wqhd plus resolution but trust me 120 Hertz 1080p is the only way to use the S 20 plus yes it impacts battery life a bit but everything is smoother it all feels faster and more responsive you just won't want to go back to 60 Hertz

The extra hour of battery life just isn't worth it speaking of battery life I've actually noticed slightly better endurance on the S 20 + vs. the ultra despite having a smaller battery given the similarity in specs I'm not really

Sure where this boost is coming from but the S 20 plus is easily lasting me through just about any day even when I'm using google maps and streaming music from Spotify now some people unabashedly love giant

Phones and there's nothing wrong with that but I can't tell you how much better the S 20 plus feels in my hand and pocket compared to the s 20 ultra it's a millimeter slimmer it's 36 grams lighter and the smaller camera housing

Makes the plus feel better balanced though I will say accidental touches on this screen have been a big problem for me even with the reduced curve on the glass over previous generations that's with accidental touch protection enabled

And extra touch sensitivity disabled so I would definitely throw a case on this phone thankfully Samsung has some really nice first party options like this leather case I'm a big fan of so the software on the s20 plus is

Unsurprisingly identical to that of the s20 ultra which is pretty much indistinguishable from the software on the s10 this is Samsung's 1ui to running on top of Android 10 and it's just as smooth and responsive as ever

I still don't love Bixby but it's easy enough to disable and the rest of the software mostly just stays out of your way but man I wish Samsung would improve its biometrics you get the same ultrasonic sensor as before and it's

Infuriating how often it just doesn't read my fingerprint there's an argument to be made that it's more secure than what you'd find and say the oneplus 70 but when I can't even get into my own phone that's a problem but as

Frustrating as that is I'm willing to put up with it for mostly one reason the new cameras this isn't the same 108 megapixel camera you'll find on the s20 ultra but the story is pretty similar Samsung up to the size of its sensors

This year allowing this 12 megapixel primary camera to take in a ton of light and even get some impressive natural bokeh I'm constantly surprised by the natural depth of field and regular point-and-shoot photos and even

Low-light photos taken in Auto mode are surprisingly bright and sharp but that doesn't mean the s20 Plus as cameras are perfect these are still Samsung cameras with the same Samsung image processing I complained about in our Ultra video

Shadows still get brightened in post text still gets over sharpened and facial details are still over smoothened but a lot of that can be circumvented by switching to pro mode and the one huge advantage of this camera over the s20

Ultra is it's much more reliable focusing see that day one update that was totally gonna fix the s20 ultras focusing issues yeah that still hasn't happened yet and meanwhile the S 20 plus has been just like any other phone's

Camera it's been great but look the s20 ultras focusing problems will get fixed eventually and when that happens the S 20 plus may lose its competitive edge the 30x zoom on the plus isn't nearly as sharp as on the ultra and of course the

Ultra can reach all the way up to a hundred x but are you really gonna spend an extra 200 dollars just so you can digitally zoom a little further the s 20 plus is the perf middle-ground that gives you a large

Screen with tight enough bezels that you can still use it in one hand a great camera system that doesn't get in its own way with focusing issues a 5g powerhouse that's at least somewhat reasonably priced I have a hard time

Recommending the s20 ultra to most people not just because it's $1400 but because that extra money isn't really justified over the s20 plus if you ask me this is the real phone to beat in 2020 if you enjoyed this video give it a

Like and subscribe to the channel for more weekly tech coverage you can also check out our written review of the s20 plus over at android central.com thanks for watching we'll see you next time

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