In fact, after reviewing samsung’s s21, i found myself returning to the rather spiffing galaxy s20 fe 5g, which hit the uk in november last year. This fan edition model cost 700 quid, which is a small chunk of change less than that s21 flagship – and i got ta say personally, i prefer using samsung’s galaxy s20 fe 5g clunky name, but what you’re going to do as my full time smartphone compared with that S21 flagship now i’ve had a lot of people asking me about what i still think of the s20 fe. Now that the s21 is out so here’s, my updated three month review with this bad boy in a post s21 world and from on the latest greatest tech. Please do poke subscribe and ding that notifications bell cheers now. One of the reasons i prefer the s20 fan edition is the sherbet mix of colors. You can grab it in. We are talking a veritable rainbow of hues that slap you right in the mug, while samsung’s s21 selection is a bit more sedate, of course, after fallen in love with all those vibrant vivid punchy models at the hands on session. What version do i then get sent to review it’s the very, very, very dark blue model, but here or sod’s law and first world problems, and all of that now that r sounds may be constructed from glastic, which is samsung’s special concoction of glass and plastic. But don’t, let that put you off the matte finish, helps to repel grease and crap and keep the phone looking reasonably smart, while three months on the s20 fee still looks box fresh as well after a quick spit and polish now i’ve certainly not shown any kind Of respect to the s20 fe 5g, these past three months, in fact, with all the homeschooling shenanigans i’ve, even just handed it off to my kid on more than a few occasions – here’s a game with unicorns in it.
Please leave me alone for 20 seconds and i swear not a single scratch, scuff or chip anywhere on that back end or the aluminium sides either and around front as well. Super super safe because not only do you have gorilla glass, 3 caught on this thing, but you’ve also got a pre installed screen protector, although speaking of which that screen protector is getting proper banged up now, which is starting to annoy me so that’s probably going to Come off pretty pronto and the s20 fe even boasts the same full ip68 water and dust resistance as those flagships as well. So you can take a full on dunking in a bath sink whatever so on the jason statham, tough boy scale. This bad boy definitely gets at least a four. My only real complaint here is that the s20 fe 5g feels like a cheapy mid range smartphone, rather than something that costs 700 quid that’s an unfortunate, but not particularly unsurprising, consequence of the glastic finish, which mostly to be fair, just feels like plastic and to be Fair that’s, an issue that continues with the s21 flagship and one aspect of this phone that i’m certainly noticing more since using the galaxy s21 and xiaomi’s fresh me, 11 flagship smartphone is the fan editions not particularly skinny bezels, surrounding that 6.5 inch screen they’re, not exactly Super massive or anything, but they do add to the overall girth of this 6.5 incher, which makes one handed use particularly tricky, not great.
If you’re trying to message someone, while desperately trying to keep a frantic five year old under control, thankfully you do get a good bit of one handed help on here, including the dedicated 100 more, which is absolutely excellent, especially when you’re using any apps where you have To be constantly reaching up towards the top end of the screen, and i do still find three months on whenever i’m, trying to type out a message on the galaxy s, 20 fe with just the one hand that my palm flab kind of intrudes on that bottom Corner of the display so it’s pressing things that it shouldn’t now the s20 fun edition may not boast. Samsung’S super swanky, dynamic, amoled tech, but this super amoled screen is almost as great it’s, bright, it’s, punchy and it’s, just as crisp as that s21 flagship with its full hd plus resolution. The likes of xiaomi’s me 11 do bust sharper visuals, but i really do adore the deep tones produced by the s20 fe you can fiddle about with the color reproduction in the display settings. I usually just stick it in vivid mode and rejoice in the pop tastic picture, which especially shines for animation and those brighter images and like every other premium, smartphone as well, or should i say every other premium. Android smartphone you’ve got fast refresh support on here as well, 120 hertz, so everything looks super silky smooth. The only probably is the lack of support for hdr streaming in services like netflix.
Despite the fact this is an hdr certified device. So i really thought this would have been sorted by now. As for the galaxy s20 fe, 5g stereo speaker setup, well, that’s, just as good, if not better than the s21s, although sadly there’s once again a complete lack of headphone jack. Here, thankfully, i’ve had bugger all problems when it comes to bluetooth streaming from the s20 fan edition. However, you’ve got a full ldac support on there, as well as a good bit dolby atmos action as well. So when you’re streaming to a decent pair of headphones, you get a nice meaty, beefy, full bodied, audio it’s, especially great if you’re using a high fidelity service like deezer and another area where the s25 edition is superior to that s21 flagship is its micro sd memory Card support, so you can expand the 128 gigs of onboard storage that’s, something missing from the s21. As far as the general software goes, the fun edition basically rocks all of the same slick. One ui features that you’ll find on the s21 sure the s25 edition still isn’t quite fully up to date, compared with that flagship as it’s running one ui version 3.0, rather than version 3.1, but it’s not like there’s a wide gulf between those two different versions, and It should be getting an update fairly shortly. Meanwhile, any security conscious peeps can once again rest assured that samsung’s knox suite is on board this bad boy as well, to encrypt all of your sensitive data and keep your privates private.
You also have a dependable optical fingerprint sensor, plus an equally reliable slice of face and lock action which works well even in low light and samsung has made it very easy to customize the ui here and set up the s20 fan edition 5g. Just the way you like it, although i’d still rather have the google feed than that bloody update effort, which isn’t nearly as smart, i mean come on princess friggin eugenie. I mean honestly, i care more about the fox that keeps coming into my garden every morning to chew on the ivy and take a massive steam and dump on my porch. Then i do random pointless royals that have got more chance of colonizing mars than they do have actually ever sit in their arse on the throne and of course, samsung still has that annoying habit of basically copying android features. So you have duplications of almost every single service on here. You got two payment options: two smart assistants, two pawn finders, i mean sorry, two web browsers, plus there is occasional spots of jank on here as well, which has become more noticeable over the past couple of months or so possibly a result of a slightly dodgy update Who knows but, for instance, apps will occasionally get most of the way through lordon and then just kind of stops, all the likes of netflix and disney plus you’ll get the nice jazzy animated logo and then it’ll just stop right there, like nice work, everybody job done.
Let’S take five; thankfully you can just kill the apple and restart. It again is generally absolutely fine, but it is still quite irritating. Now, when it comes to this fan edition, i always recommend the 5g model over the bog standard, lte version even to people who live way out in the countryside and probably got more chance of being mauled by a horny ram than they do of actually finding a 5G signal and that’s, not because i just like seeing people pointlessly waste their cash it’s, because the 5g model actually boasts a platform upgrade from samsung’s own exynos it’s, a good old snapdragon. The snapdragon 865 chipset stuffed inside of here may be over a year old now, but it’s practically as powerful as samsung’s latest exynos 2100, as found in that s21 flagship tick, gentian impact which, on top detail levels, will have more smartphones shooting themselves in utter terror. But here on the s20 fe 5g, this runs impressively well. I’M talking a super smooth frame rate here i only saw a couple of little jutters here and then there were certainly no heating issues either you can have a good old blast on that thing for a good hour or so, and the back end gets mildly. Warm at best and that slick gaming experience definitely extends beyond that. Wii snapdragon chipset too, the perfectly flat screen with its 240 hertz touch response rate is reassuringly, responsive and certainly more than spacious enough for enjoying any kind of game out there now samsung’s game booster tool is definitely still a bit of a pain in the posterior to Actually activate when you’re in the middle of a monster, capping session, you got to drag out.
The notifications bar just right sometimes takes a couple of swipes and so on, but at least it’s there, and it does its job really well as well blocking notifications. It can monitor the internal temperature and even tell you roughly how much battery life you’ve got remaining if you decide to save bollocks, to work and just game all day and speaking of which another major benefit of that snapdragon 865 chipset over the exynos version is that Superior battery life, which is still fantastic three months on i’ve, been really stretching this thing as far as it could possibly go these past three months really tested it metal and so forth, i’m, yet to be disappointed, generally uh, with around six to seven hours of screen. On time, during the day, lots of intensive use using it as a sat nav streaming audio in the background, all that good stuff i still generally have about 20 battery life left, come the end of a long day and that’s with all those heavy features. Like always on display 120 hertz, all that good stuff active, so yeah again another area where the fun edition is superior to that flagship. Sadly, the samsung s20 fan edition doesn’t exactly charge super fast. It does support up to 25 watt charging, but there’s only a 15 watt charge actually bundled in the box, but at least there is actually a charger bundled in the box right. Samsung you’ve also got 15 watt wireless charging on here as well, which yeah show it in anywhere near as impressive as the 50 watt wireless charging on xiaomi’s me 11, but you know whatever what you’re gon na do now.
Last up, i still really like the galaxy s20 fun editions, camera tech – you may not get the 8k billy big bollocks features found on the s21, but that 12 megapixel primary sensor is still fantastic for shooting. The fam i’m really disappointed with a snap even when trying to grab a photo of my offspring, running and leaping about the place like her arse was on fire. Very few rivals can do this good, a job with fast moving subjects. I’M thinking. Basically, you know sony xperia, one and five mark ii with their eye tracking smarts, and you know not much else and samsung has proper nailed that portrait mode too it’s rare to see any kind of junk here, even with the moving subject again and you can fiddle About with the bokeh style effect after you’ve, taken each shot, if you’re not entirely happy, then there’s that single take mode which is again great when you can’t make up your mind whether to shoot, photos, videos whatever, and it definitely works to treat whenever your kids are Going mental, so if most of the pics you end up taking on a daily basis or of your mates or your kids or your family in general, then definitely the samsung galaxy s20 fan edition is a great choice. Photos look natural too, with realistic colors. As long as you’re, not using the scene optimizer modes or trying to shoot in very bright conditions, mostly though the s20 fe 5g can handle troublesome contrast without much saturation, while detail levels are certainly strong enough when bologna picks right up and the night mode also, does A great job in low light, producing bright and crisp snaps with impressively natural looking tones, the s20 fe 5g also sports, a 12 megapixel ultrawide angle lens, which lets in less light and so produces darker images it’s next to useless indoors.
But it does add some flexibility when you are outdoors and i actually found that samsung’s telephoto lens was more capable here on the fun edition versus the s21. As you get a proper three times, optical zoom, yes, the color accuracy does take a hit, but you get respectable detail up to around the six to ten times zoom level. As for the video side of things, well, i couldn’t really give two shiny stuffs about the complete lack of 8k uh video options here on the s20 fan edition, because that’s, because the only real reason i have it on the s21 anyway, is to take high res Screen grabs while you’re watching a video, but then the single tick mode kind of does photos and videos simultaneously for you anyway. So it kind of negates the advantage and the 4k home movies i’ve shot with a fun edition or as good as you’ll get on. Basically, any other phone out there you’ve got sharp detail, infallible focus very respectable image, stabilization the works there’s, even a pro mode. If you want to manually play around with the camera settings, while you’re filming or get a nice bit of pan zoom action on the go and last up, is that 32 megapixel selfie snapper, which can offer quite a wide view. If you want to squeeze a few peeps into frame and you’ve once again got those portrait mode smarts on board too, on the whole a solid effort, although occasionally when shooting against a bright background, i did end up looking a wee bit soft.
So to speak. Sorry there’s what i think of samsung’s galaxy s20, fun edition 5g model, three months after it was first released here in the uk, got ta say i really really like it. It does have some very strong competition, especially from likes of xiaomi’s new me, 11 flagship phone, which upgrades the specs to a snapdragon. 88 you’ve got the sharper quad hd display and everything as well and all for about the same sort of price point. But i got ta say i prefer the overall general experience here on the s20 fun edition and i do prefer using it to the s21 because of the superior battery life. It doesn’t have that exynos 2100 chipset in it. The performance is just as good. The screen is basically stunning still, and i really like samsung’s camera tech on this thing as well. It’S not infallible, but it is absolutely marvelous for shooting fast moving subjects so perfect for the fan, but it’d be great to hear from you guys as well. If any of you have actually been using, the s20 fan edition 5g as your full time smartphone. Please do. Let me know what you think down in the comments below leave your own mini review and please do uh poke subscribe.