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Samsung Galaxy S20 Review Rundown

Samsung Electronics | Published on 21 Mar 2021 | Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer

Overview

Photo of Samsung Galaxy S20
  • Fantastic camera performance
  • Great battery life
  • Great performance
  • Smaller screen than the Galaxy S20 Plus
  • Smaller battery than the S20 Ultra

Summary

The Samsung Galaxy S20 is the best phone in Samsung's S20 series. It has a 6.2-inch screen with a fast 120Hz refresh rate, 5G download speeds, high-spec cameras on both sides of the phone, and a big battery to boot. It's missing some of the top-end features that the Galaxy S21 Ultra is showing off, but it's more affordable, and easier to hold or store in your pocket. While it may not be the most impressive device from Samsung in 2020, it's a powerful handset that will more than satisfy most who buy it.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

digitaltrends[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 71%
Reviewers from Digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The Galaxy S20 is one of the best smartphones. Yet Samsung erred by not carrying over the Galaxy S10e's even smaller 5.8-inch screen size. The screen is superb, but while I'm willing to work around the downsides of the 20:9 aspect ratio on the larger models, I'm less willing to do so on the midsize S20. Like the phone itself, the camera is a brilliant all-rounder, which happily does without the gimmicky features.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous 20:9 screen
  • Fantastic camera
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • Slightly smaller screen than the Galaxy S20 Plus

nextpit[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from Nextpit have found the following[***]:
Samsung has once again delivered a set of smartphones with breathtaking displays. I was never a huge fan of Samsung's own Android interface, but One UI 2.1 is easily the best the company has produced. The S20 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865. Samsung can save a few quid per device by doing this, as it doesn't have to pay Qualcomm for the CDMA.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous display with 120 Hz refresh rate
  • Fantastic camera performance
  • Long battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

pcmag[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 81%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Samsung Galaxy S20 ($999) can be comfortably cradled in a single paw. It has a big battery, a zoom camera, 8K video recording, and a 120Hz screen. There's one important thing you lose by choosing the S20 over last year's Samsung models: the 3.5mm headphone jack.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Long battery life
  • 8K video recording
  • 120Hz screen
  • Good camera performance
Cons[**]
  • Camera patch isn't as big as last year's model

techadvisor[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 82%
Reviewers from Techadvisor have found the following[***]:
With virtually no bezels the 6.2in display feels compact and easy to use one-handed, just about justifying Samsung's decision to not offer any smaller handset. At the heart of the triple lens rear setup is a 12Mp f/1.8 wide-angle that's ultimately pretty similar to the core of the S10's camera. You can also use this lens to take 64Mp photos, from 1x zoom right down to 6x zoom. Finally, on the front of the phone there's a single 10Mp selfie camera. Sadly this can't match the 40Mp selfie shooter on the Ultra (my favourite front-facing camera in years), but it's not bad.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Slim, lightweight design
  • Superb camera performance
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • Camera isn't as good as Ultra

techradar[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 87%
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
The Samsung Galaxy S20 is cheaper, and easier to handle, than its siblings. It has a 6.2-inch screen with a fast 120Hz refresh rate, 5G download speeds (where available), high-spec cameras on both sides of the phone, and a big battery to boot. This is the phone to get if you want to try out the 2020 tech that Samsung has to offer, but you don't want a large phone, or a large dent in your wallet. Samsung has you covered with its own Galaxy Buds earbuds and Galaxy S21 Plus.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Fantastic 120Hz display
  • Great camera
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

theverge[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 74%
Reviewers from Theverge have found the following[***]:
Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus are the first mainstream 5G phones. The only Android phone that's faster than the S20 is probably the Galaxy S20 Ultra. Samsung is losing some of the restraint it once had when it comes to piling on confusing features.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Great camera
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • 5G speeds
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • Some features are only compatible with other Galaxy phones

tomsguide[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from Tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The Samsung Galaxy S20 is the Android flagship for people who actually like smaller phones. It has a fluid 120Hz display, powerful new camera system with improved zoom and 5G speeds. Some may prefer the OnePlus 8 Pro, which offers a bigger display and longer battery life for $899. If you want to keep it in the brand family, check out the new Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Fantastic 120Hz display
  • Long battery life
  • Fast 5G speeds
  • Long-lasting battery
Cons[**]
  • Camera isn't great

trustedreviews[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 84%
Reviewers from Trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
The Samsung Galaxy S20 has been one of our favourite Android phones. While it's a great Android phone, there are very few surprises here. Samsung hasn't delivered a huge redesign of its flagship “S” handsets in several years. It looks like a Samsung flagship, takes the kind of photos you expect from a Samsung phone and has the same software.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Fantastic 120Hz display
  • Great camera performance
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • Not as fast as the Galaxy S21 Ultra

references

  1. 1. ^ Samsung Galaxy S20 Review: The smallest Galaxy S20 isn’t small enough. Digitaltrends. 25 April 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  2. 2. ^ The regular Samsung Galaxy S20 is absolutely the one to buy. Nextpit. 24 April 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  3. 3. ^ Samsung Galaxy S20 Review. Pcmag. 18 March 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  4. 4. ^ Samsung Galaxy S20 review. Techadvisor. 13 March 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  5. 5. ^ Samsung Galaxy S20 review. Techradar. 02 February 2021. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  6. 6. ^ Samsung Galaxy S20 review: just right. Theverge. 11 March 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  7. 7. ^ Samsung Galaxy S20 review . Tomsguide. 13 August 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  8. 8. ^ Samsung Galaxy S20 Review. Trustedreviews. 04 December 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  9. *. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher's own rating, if available, as a result.
  10. **. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher's own bullets points, if available, as a result.
  11. ***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher's own, if available.

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