48 hours with the Samsung Galaxy S20+


Getting a new phone is always exciting. There’s nothing more satisfying than taking a phone out of the box for the first time and peeling off the protective plastic film from the screen and carefully examining the glass on the front and back of the phone before getting my greasy fingerprints smudges all over it.

I picked up the Samsung Galaxy S20+ from Best Buy over the weekend and have started my typical review routine. The process typically includes camera comparisons with other flagship devices, some benchmarking and speed tests to get a better feel for its performance and a deep dive into the software to see there’s anything truly useful in all the bloat that manufacturers add on top of Android.

While that whole process typically takes 5-7 days, I thought I’d share my experience with the phone after owning it for two days. This isn’t a comprehensive review by any means; simply a few initial thoughts worth considering if you’re planning to buy the phone before our full review comes out.

They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I’m pretty confident that the Samsung Galaxy S20+ is the ugliest flagship smartphone Samsung has build since the Galaxy S7. This isn’t an issue of build quality or the finish materials. The phone feels really good to hold and I truly appreciate the flatter screen which reduces glare and makes far more usable, but it just feels like the design team phoned it in this time.

Samsung forgot to add a sense of flair, something that makes a statement. Of course, most people aren’t going to care about this since you’ll likely be protecting your Galaxy S20+ with a case to protect it, but it’s still disappointing when you consider the phone’s price tag.

Nick Gray
I'm a life-long tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC. After writing about tech for more than a decade, I jumped at the opportunity to take on the role of Editor in Chief at Phandroid. Please contact me at [email protected].

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