Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra review: the best and the most expensive

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra review: the best and the most expensive

For what it costs, the Note 20 can already do everything right … and it does. It is undoubtedly the best Android phone ever made, packed with style details and luxurious finishes

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra review: the best and the most expensive

In the same way that the iPhone has been for many years, Samsung phones have become aspirational phones. Although it seemed that Huawei was going to steal the throne a couple of years ago, for various reasons (Trump, one of them), it has not been like that. The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G is what every Android phone should aspire to be, save for one thing.

As an aspirational mobile, the price also has to be something you aspire to be able to afford. At 1,309 euros in its 256GB storage version and 1,409 euros in its 512GB version, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G is the most expensive mobile on the Android market by a wide difference.

It has everything you can ask a phone in return, of course. Its AMOLED screen is immense, 6.9 inches, QHD + resolution and refresh rate of 120hz. It's so good that I think it looks better than most televisions today, although it does give the phone a size that even for my big hands is starting to get too big.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra review: the best and the most expensive

Under that screen, an Exynos 990 processor, the most powerful of which Samsung makes, but far in performance from the Snapdragon 856+ that models from other countries carry. Why does Samsung sell a lower version of its mobile in Spain? I wish I knew the answer.

Be that as it may, it also has 5G connectivity, 12GB of RAM, two space options (256GB / 512GB) and a 4,500mAh battery with high-speed wireless charging that, although it is lower than what the Galaxy S20 Ultra included, it should give for a day of use without problem.

With all these features, you can be very sure that the mobile will perform at an enviable performance that few mobiles achieve and will achieve in the years to come. To which we must include the detail that makes this Samsung range unique and that no other phone in the world includes: the S-Pen, the little pen with which to interact with the mobile and that makes it quite useful both for scribbling drawings on the Metro to take notes at an important meeting.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra review: the best and the most expensive

Whenever I think of the S-Pen, it seems like a dispensable accessory; but the truth is that when I have to try a Samsung Note, in the end I end up using it more than I expect. Since it's there, in the end you end up using it for very specific things where your fingers aren't enough. This is the only mobile in which editing texts is not a complication.

If everything I have said seems like an excess, you are right, but at the risk of repeating myself: this phone is aspirational, almost as much as the other great Samsung phones at the moment, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 and the Galaxy Z Flip 5G, two foldable phones that hopefully are a preview of what is to come in the future.

In the time that I have been using the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G for my analysis, I have not stopped thinking about two things: if I really need a 5G phone in 2020 when I am just leaving home because of a certain pandemic and if I really need the phones they have to be so big.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra review: the best and the most expensive

I think many of us will agree that a 5G phone is still an unnecessary luxury for 99% of the population of Spain, and not only because we are not straying so far from the home router lately.

On the other hand, I know that I am one of the few who think that small mobiles, with screens between 5.8 and 6 inches with an aspect ratio of 19: 9, more or less, are the best format and that anything else big will end up hurting your hands. For me, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G is too big, even if this includes benefits such as more battery or less heat during use.

On the other hand, I don't think that having three cameras is excessive. I will always prefer one very good camera to three bad ones, which is what other manufacturers do not understand, but it is not the case with Samsung. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G takes wonderful photos in all circumstances, be it against the light, be it with a shaking hand, be it on a dark street.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra review: the best and the most expensive

Unlike Google, which is all software, Samsung does things roughly and puts you four very advanced lenses to do most of the work, although its software is better every year and behind are those extremely saturated and razor-sharp photos of the old Galaxy mobiles.

The main sensor of this mobile is immense, with 108 megapixels that creates very detailed 12 megapixel photos thanks to the 'pixel binning' technology, which means that you take a very large photo with many details and leave it smaller for collect all that information and the result is better.

This lens is responsible for the magic of the phone when it comes to taking pictures, although to show off in front of your brother-in-law, the telephoto lens with 5 'optical' magnifications (they do not work like a traditional camera, hence the quotes) that later arrives up to 50 digital magnification. The first five magnifications give a magnificent result rich in details, although from 10 digital times part of the grace of any photo is lost and it only serves you, as I said, to show off your 'zoom' to people.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra review: the best and the most expensive

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra review: the best and the most expensive

If you're into taking photos with people, you'll find the 12 megapixel 'super wide angle' more useful, which has a 120-degree angle of view to bring out more people in the group at once.

All cameras perform great, the mobile processes them instantly and the results are more than worthy of a phone that costs 1,309 euros. The best Android camera along with that of the Pixel 4, although it only has two cameras and in general it is a much worse phone.

The Note 20 Ultra 5G also excels at video recording. Samsung is the only great company to compete with the iPhone in this section and it more than succeeds, recording with digital stabilization at 4K and 30FPS, which added to the recording quality of its software itself, makes it a video camera also very capable. Beware that it can record up to 8K and 24FPS, but this is perhaps getting too ready.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra review: the best and the most expensive

This mobile is clear that it stands out for its great features, but it is also full of small details that are the icing on the cake, such as the feel of its back, slightly rough so that it does not slip out of your hand (if you are crazy and you do not carry this mobile phone in an impenetrable case) or the vibration system, which is very precise and makes it possible that when you press a virtual on and off button of something, it almost seems that you are doing it for the tactile response of the mobile.

And as a Samsung mobile, it includes its entire ecosystem of its own applications, from Samsung Pay for cardless payments to Smart Things to control your Samsung TV or other devices, as well as other more useless ones such as Bixby, which continues to have its own specific actions. on the power button and which, fortunately, can be easily disabled.

As you can see, it is very difficult to speak ill of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G because it is an almost perfect phone. It could be asked for more battery, it could be asked not to include so much software that you never use the same (Facebook pre-installed, for example), it could be asked to have the Snapdragon instead of the Exynos in Spain; but none of this makes a dent in an immovable set of good screen, good battery, good cameras and good performance.

It is what I expect, on the other hand, from a 1,309 euro phone, which is practically infallible. And it is the case. I do not need 5G at all, but I appreciate the use of the S-Pen for many things, such as to make more original stories on Instagram or to review documents on the mobile instead of on the computer.

Despite its perfection, it is difficult to recommend this phone for an ordinary user, and I think Samsung would understand this perfectly. My mother does not need such an extremely capable mobile phone, most of my friends do not need it, I hardly need it either because I use the computer more to work than the mobile. But there is out there a very specialized user profile or very obsessed with that their mobile is everything for which the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G is perfect.

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