Samsung Galaxy Note 20 phones. Whose buying....

dts197

Distinguished Member
The phone forums in general on here haven't generated much interest in a long time now, nothing to do with the Note 20 specifically.
 

lee667

Well-known Member
I guess that it is safe to assume that this phone has not generated as much interest as its predecessors, at least among members of these forums.

I was expecting a bit more from it. I wonder if the exynos CPU has cooled people’s interest. Saying that, I do not think most people will know about CPU. In the other hand, I think most people buying this sort of phones will be looking at the specs.

Any new owner's experience?
I think it's reached the stage where the improvements each year are nigh on minimal to justify upgrading if you have the previous model.

Buyers of flagship phones are in the minority now, and if the specs aren't much different to the previous model I imagine a lot of them are saving their cash and either waiting for the inevitable price drop or waiting for the next release to see if there's a bigger jump in specs.
 

Slugsy01

Distinguished Member
Ok, sadly tomorrow I will start the returns process.

It was a pain for first few days moving from Apple to Android, a quite painful transition period - who knew how many passwords I had set up on Apple for example!

But once I had got over that, I really, really liked the phone. In fact there are some things I absolutely love about this phone:

1. Screen - massive and sublime
2. S pen - I’m using it more and more
3. Camera zoom - awesome
4. Android and all its customisation and productivity short cuts and clever things that Apple don’t do

Stuff that was so so:

1. Refresh rate - I don’t buy this adaptive malarkey, it wasn’t much different from 60hz
2. Apps crashing - there is till some bugs in android that IOS still shows it up
3. Camera - sometimes great, some times average - Apple software is still better in my opinion for general photos and video aside from zoom

Dealbreaker - battery

It’s simply not good enough for a +£1k phone. It doesn’t last a day if you really use it as I do for work. I compared it to the one plus 8 my mate has and it trounced the Note Ultra.

I grudge paying what I’ve paid, knowing Samsung offer a better device over the pond, it’s simply unacceptable. I wanted to move from Apple, I really like this phone, but its software is not optimised enough, it needs a Snapdragon chip and a bigger battery.

Maybe next year Samsung....
 

kamy100

Active Member
Same here, I have had the last 3 iterations of the Note phones. However, I am returning the Note 20 Ultra, after a week of use I have come to the conclusion that the battery life on this phone is really bad and not acceptable for a flagship product like this. Shame because this phone does so much else that is really good.
 

WhiteHartMart

Distinguished Member
My Ultra is always going back also - although not just for one reason.

I was hoping to stick with the Note as I really make good use of the S Pen for annotating PDFs etc for work.

I love the design of the phone (wish all colours had the frosted back though!) and the screen size and Android as an OS appeals in so many ways to me, but

1. While the screen can be stunning in some ways I find something about the overall colour to be not to my liking. It's most apparent in apps such as Twitter with a white background where the background is just so muted and dull compared to the same app on my 11 Pro Max. Text also just isn't as crisp in some of these apps to my eyes and reading text in some apps just isn't as enjoyable. This could be app specific I guess but after almost 2 weeks I just can't get the display as I want it.

2. The camera in general is fantastic - I'd say its probably better than the 11 Pro Max in most areas (not video though). Its does need more work to get the right shot though as the depth of field can mean parts of what you're shooting can easily be out of focus. Get it right though and I think photos are absolutely superb. iPhone camera is more consistent/reliable but personally think the better shots come from the Note.

3. Battery - not as bad as feared. If I'm home all day I can just about get a 7am to 11pm shift out of it (with about 5% left) but on many days I've had to give it a quick top up. In comparison, the 11 Pro Max can end up with in the region of 40% - 60% left with the same usage. I had to change a few settings on the Note also to try to eek out some more battery life but then found notifications on some apps were hit and miss. Problem gets worse with the note though when away from home. Went out for a few hours with the kids and was on 4G taking a few photos and lost 20% battery in the space of about an hour or so - that's disappointing for a productivity device like this.

All in all, I'm disappointed to be sending it back - there are so many things I like about it but just too many things I'm not convinced about when spending the best part of £1,200!
 

marvi0

Active Member
So how are you guys with the note 20 ultra exynos holding out? Are you happy with it or its going back. I can see the prices falling fast and will probably only bite when the prices go below £700 I 🤔.
 

Mark1985

Active Member
So how are you guys with the note 20 ultra exynos holding out? Are you happy with it or its going back. I can see the prices falling fast and will probably only bite when the prices go below £700 I 🤔.
I've got no issues, battery lasts me a full day normally, odd occasion it doesn't but I'm happy enough
 

Steven

Senior Moderator
It was mentioned in this tear down comparison video there may be a display colour variance, mentioned by @WhiteHartMart above why the thing is going back

 

Har-One

Member
The arrogance of Samsung is very clear. Their website does not even publish the technical specifications.

I was seriously contemplating getting the Note 20 Ultra but I guess that I will look somewhere else. I did try to get some technical information about the phone and managed to chat with “Galaxy Note 20 specialist” who knew nothing about the phone. I imagine that specialist meant that he could read the Samsung website.
 

mark6226

Well-known Member
I've played gears 5 on my 20 ultra through xbox game pass new cloud streaming app. Its certainly impressive. I got the moga whatever game pad free with the phone
I also tried forza 4.once again it looks good
I'm not sure how much I'll use this app as there's not much on the game pass I'm interested in.
Flight simulator would be interesting
Even on a large screen, it's a bit of a strain on the eyes. I can't see any difference between 120hz and 60hz. Graphics look identical with both
 

mark6226

Well-known Member
I think it's reached the stage where the improvements each year are nigh on minimal to justify upgrading if you have the previous model.

Buyers of flagship phones are in the minority now, and if the specs aren't much different to the previous model I imagine a lot of them are saving their cash and either waiting for the inevitable price drop or waiting for the next release to see if there's a bigger jump in specs.
I only updated from the 10 plus as I'm in the Samsung upgrade program. I'm paying less for the 20 ultra than the 10 plus
I can't see any difference between the two phones apart from a larger screen. Graphics are identical on both.
Unless you've got the upgrade program then there's no reason to go from the 10 plus to the 20 ultra. But there is the xbox cloud gaming. I'm not sure that's on the 10 plus.
 

dts197

Distinguished Member
The arrogance of Samsung is very clear. Their website does not even publish the technical specifications.

I was seriously contemplating getting the Note 20 Ultra but I guess that I will look somewhere else.
What do you need to know? The Samsung site has all the specifications of the phone. Specs of any phone are easily Googled anyway.
 

Har-One

Member
What do you need to know? The Samsung site has all the specifications of the phone. Specs of any phone are easily Googled anyway.
Most manufacturers have the technical specifications published on their website, including CPU, GPU etc. Samsung in the other hand has no info at all whatsoever. In “old” models, e.g. S20, where they have some specs; it mentions octa-core, which does not give any information of which CPU is using. It is like going to a restaurant and the menu has the entry “wine” and a very high price tag. I personally would like to know which wine in particular I am going to be given.

You mention that Samsung has all the specification of the phone. Could you be so kind to post the link? I am assuming that you are referring to the Note 20.

Yes, one could search for the specs of any phone and there is a plethora of websites that will have those specifications but none of them is Samsung’s. None of those websites can be used to support a claim against Samsung.

What would be a good reason for not publishing the technical specifications?
 

jjgreenwood

Well-known Member
I got the ultra snapdragon version of this today in mystic black which is replacing an Iphone XS Maxx. Initial impressions are very good and it seems much snappier than the 2yr old iPhone.
 

fcz

Active Member
I only updated from the 10 plus as I'm in the Samsung upgrade program. I'm paying less for the 20 ultra than the 10 plus
I can't see any difference between the two phones apart from a larger screen. Graphics are identical on both.
Unless you've got the upgrade program then there's no reason to go from the 10 plus to the 20 ultra. But there is the xbox cloud gaming. I'm not sure that's on the 10 plus.
i have a note 10 plus, didn't realise it didnt support the xbox cloud gaming :-(
 

edward

Member
A grand for a phone that no longer provides a 3.5mm socket... yeah, right.

The last Bluetooth I heard was disappointing and even buying an outboard DAC+Amp doesn't do it. Twice the amount of kit in my pocket when travelling. double the devices to charge at night, lack of personal equalisation... Samsung has cut of wired headphones a bit too early in the development of WiFi+ headphones I think.

I'd be delighted to be proven wrong on Bluetooth headphones, of course. Meanwhile, Samsung won't see so much as the steam off my wallet.
 

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