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Well, you clicked on the right page, my friends. For the last week or so I’ve been daily driving. This Samsung Galaxy Z, Flip., And there is a lot like. However, at 1400 it really begs the question: shouldn’t you just spend that money on the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra or make better financial decisions. Quoti honestly want to know if you were able quotto fit the phone in your pocket, that’s it quotthat’s the tweetquot.. Well, I mean we can find out, I mean upbeat music yes.. It actually fits in the pocket. Fine quotDoes, it seem too big quotOr. Has it reached the point of almost being a tabletquot? I am still kinda on the fence on this one.. So this is a 6.9 inch smartphone. It’s big.. It is very big. And as someone who’s typically not a big fan of large smartphones it’s a little bit annoying right. So, especially last night, as I was sort of scrolling through Twitter, I was on the phone for like 30 minutes and at that point like kinda, I used a little pinky grip and it was just starting to feel sort of heavy and annoying. quotDoes. It come with a clear case in the box: quotlike, the Asian markets do No. More specifically, we get the phone itself, the pretty beefy power, adapter, USB C to C cable and a pair of USB C AKG headphones. quotDoes. It come with a screen protector out of the boxquot. Yes, it does.
And I proceed to immediately. Take it off because look I’m gon na be real. I started peeling it off because I thought it was the protective plastic. quotIs 120 hertz really worth getting over quota. Normal 60 hertz phonequot Yes. So last year, of course, OnePlus brought out 90 hertz displays.. However, this year we have a full 120 hertz on the S20 and the S20 Plus and the Ultra.. So I actually went much more in depth on this. On my podcast, The Test Drivers, which you can shamelessly download at the link in the description, if you haven’t already subscribed., clears throat. Sorry what was that clears throat Right out of the box? You can see it set to not only 1080p resolution, but standard 60 hertz smoothness.. Now the thing is well, I mean sure, for some people that might be all right. When you paying this much money for a phone, I mean you got ta turn that on right. Am I uncomfortably close right now. Look Ken’s been gone he’s in Japan right now. I had to shoot this video by myself., So things are gon na get weird I apologize.. The main downside is that you have to run it at 1080p to get that full 120 hertz experience.. If you want the full resolution of this phone, which would be nice, especially considering how huge it is, you have to run it at 60 hertz.. So your trade off is literally full resolution with 60 frames per second or lower resolution with 120.
quotGeekbench or AnTuTu benchmarkquot. So this is the first time that I’ve used a Snapdragon 865 powered device which, as you may expect, is the most powerful Android phone yet easily outperforming the last year’s model of like the Galaxy S10, as well as the OnePlus.. However, while it is more powerful than most Android phones, if you compare it to something like the iPhone 11, it is close, but it still falls behind specifically in single thread.. Quothow fast is the phone unlock quotwith, the in display fingerprint sensorquot It’s fine.. So, as far as I can tell talking with Samsung, it is very similar, if not identical to the sensor, that we had on the S10 last year., Which means that it is fine.. I will say after spending this last week with also the Z Flip. I much prefer how fast the side mounted actual physical fingerprint sensor is on this phone, as opposed to the S20 Ultra. It’s. Certainly not bad, but it’s, not really major improvement over last year. quot5G speedsquot. So I am using the S20 Ultra on T Mobile’s, 5G. Network.. Now I do have 5G here at the office. However, what I have is their sub 6 5G., Which means that it is similar to 4G LTE except it’s faster, but it’s, not quite as crazy as some of those mmWave speeds that you might see on some other networks. And that technically S20 Ultra does support. If I was on say like Verizon or something.
, But well let’s just speed test it and see., So I have full bars of 5G right now. And I am getting 40 50 50 megs down.. This is while a step forward for LTE and it’s better than generally speaking than most LTE.. It is not as crazy as some of those mmWave speeds that you’ve probably seen in like Marques’ video. quotHow’s, the battery life beenquot Good.. So, of course, the Ultra one of it’s headlining features among many. Many ridiculous specs is a huge 5000 milliamp hour battery. Now to be fair. I have not spent enough time to really get to grips with this, especially ’cause. I haven’t been on any kind of millimeter wave 5G it’s been kinda fairly standard use., But I’ve easily been able to get through a full day of use with this guy, which well shouldn’t, be a surprise. Even with that 120 hertz display on. quotIs 100 times space zoom, just a gimmickquot, Well no.. So this does have a five times: optical zoom, not 10 times optical zoom, like I was led to believe before. clears throat. So if we jump into the camera, you can see that if I switch over to the ultra wide that’s night mode, I don’t want that., But I switch to the ultra wide. You can see that obviously very wide field of view switch to the standard. It looks nice, but as soon as I go to zoom in I’m at five times And that’s, actually a pretty significant zoom.
, You can really see a lot closer.. However, once you start getting beyond that, it gets to be a little sketchy.. So if I pull up this feature again, so we can go to 10 times which say I wan na look at the camera on the ceiling. Well, that looks fine and it’s, certainly better than something like the iPhone.. That actually is pretty impressive. What you can get out of even just five times zoom., So if I zoom into something like 30 times, it doesn’t look super impressive until you jump out to the wide angle and see just how far away you are.. It is not a perfect setup and I think the fact they put that 100 times space zoom on the back is a little bit disingenuous., But I think there’s, no doubt that this is one of the best zoom cameras on any phone that you can get. quotAustin. They hyped the cameras on this thing. Quotand I mean they hyped the cameras. quotSo my question: quothow: does this 1000 plus phone quotcompare with the point and shoot camera quotlike an RX100 or G5Xquot? It is good, but it is not as good.. So I took a couple of sample stills. I will show you guys right now.. So if you zoom in on a shot like this on the RX100 you’ll see that it’s really nice, you know you got a little bit of depth of field in the background plenty of detail.
. Now, if we switch over to the Samsung, you can see that it does have that larger sensor. And with the 108 megapixels and that huge sensor, it actually does give us a little bit of depth of field, especially when you go to the beard there’s. A lot of extra details – I’m, not really a huge fan, of. And if I switch over to the iPhone you’ll, see that it is just not quite as nice.. So I will say that the iPhone does not sharpen things quite as much, and this is only a single sample., But on the other side, what we’re looking at here is something which white balance doesn’t look quite as nice and the color looks to be fine, but Not particularly impressive., So to sort of sum it up. If you look at the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra side by side with an RX100, it gets reasonably close, but it is not as good and there’s still probably a good couple year. Gap between them., Especially considering that the RX100 has a much nicer, lens. There’s a lot of stuff. You can do in software to make color and dynamic range look better. At the end of the day. So much of it does come down to that glass that you put in front of the sensor and that’s, just simply not something that you can really push smartphones that far on yet, unless you wan na have like a lens like this pop out.
The back of your phone. quotIs, the 8K video as good as the RED cameraquot, So for context. Right now, I am recording on an 8K RED camera., Although to be fair, the lens is much much nicer than on the S20 and the color has been custom profiled for this location.. However, this is what it looks like when we are recording 8k video on the Galaxy S20 Ultra.. Now we are recording it that same 24. Frames per second, however, something I really noticed is that when you go from 4k to 8k, it gets really noisy.. So this is not exactly a dark environment, but it is not a super high key, really sort of brightly lit one. And, as you can see, on the RED it handles it. No problem. There’s, essentially no noise and again we sort of custom built this entire set for the RED. With the exact same settings, you can see that while the 8K video isn’t terrible, it is certainly nowhere near as good as a true 8k camera. quotHow about a low light photo comparisonquot. So I had some time to take the S20 Ultra, the Galaxy Z Flip and the iPhone 11 Pro out for a little photo test. Last night. And, generally speaking, the results are good.. Now I will say that I’m, not a huge fan of the way, the Samsung night mode, performs., So some shots. Actually, I will say didn’t even want to kick into night mode.
And some of them looked quite nice.. But when you click into that night mode, unlike something on the Pixel, which I feel like generally speaking, does a very, very good job of kinda, balancing a long exposure with multiple and kind of merging it well. The S20 Ultra would like sit there and go. Oh, I need a 10 second exposure. And you can see a shot like this. It just doesn’t look as good as something like the iPhone which only needed a couple of seconds to do. It. And a lot of that, because when you have such a long exposure got ta hold the phone exactly straight, like 10 seconds. It’s difficult to get any kind of real detail, there. Now mind you in some other shots. It is significantly better than something like the iPhone or the Z Flip., But for the most part it’s a little bit of a mixed bag.. I think that the iPhone and Pixel may still have a slight edge in night mode, but we’ll see when I spend a little bit more time with it.. Generally speaking, though it’s good, not amazing., quotIs the selfie camera better than the normal quotand plus versionsquot. So, sadly, I only have the S20 Ultra and right now I will be getting my hands on the standard S20, probably in the next couple of weeks or so, but I can compare it to again the iPhone, as well as the Z, Flip., So let’s see.
We put them all side by side. I think it’s pretty clear to say that the S20 Ultra wins. Now I do slightly prefer the look of the iPhone as far as color goes. But the extra detail on the S20 Ultra really is pretty apparent., Although I’m not entirely sure how many people want that much detail in their selfies, maybe isn’t that what beauty modes for Is to smooth things out: quotCan the S20 Ultra record 60 FPS quotwith. All three cameras like the iPhone 11 Proquot No.. So if I jump into the camera app when I’m on 4k 60, it simply does not give me an option to zoom in or out. Now, if I jump into the settings and switch it to say, 4k 30 you’ll see that now I have those options.. So, while I’m recording, I can easily sort of jump in jump out and it will work.. However, at 4k 60 you’re stuck with just the standard angle, camera. quotHow significant of a difference does it have quotcoming from the S10 or the S10 plus like? Does this really qualify for being Ultra So that’s? Really the main question for this video right With a 1400 price tag is the Galaxy S20 Ultra really worthy of that name, I would say yes.. So while it is very expensive, it is very large, but this is a ridiculously spec hungry monster. Right I mean you’ve got 108 megapixel camera five times optical zoom, with 100 times space, zoom 5000 milliamp hour battery fastest Snapdragon 865 processor.
You get you got 120 hertz display. I mean yes, this really is about the most ridiculous overkill phone I can think of, and you have to pay the price for that. So coming around to, I guess the beginning of this video is the Galaxy S20 Ultra worth it It depends.. Are you a person who just wants a good, solid smartphone with decent cameras, The standard S20 or iPhone or OnePlus? There is a lot of other options, which will be just fine right. This is not for you.. The S20 Ultra is only worth it if you’re one of those nerds who really wants the absolute max. And I don’t say nerd in a bad way right. If you really want that ultimate experience, the Ultra does deliver something that you just can’t get on any other phone right. Now., The cameras are quite good. The battery is massive.. There is just a lot to like with this phone.. So, if that’s, what you are interested in, if you really want the ultimate the max the most I mean sure I might be perfectly happy with the Z, Flip and just sort of the form factor of it, but at the price you are getting much less specs. You are getting much less of pretty much everything just besides the novelty., Whereas the S20 Ultra really does deliver ridiculous overkill, performance.. So I’m curious. What do you guys think about the S20 Ultra And if you enjoyed this video, definitely be sure to subscribe to the channel.
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