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Samsung Galaxy S20 Review Rundown

SamsungPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Overview

Neoscore* 85%
Pros**
  • Powerful camera
  • Fast 120Hz refresh rate
  • Great battery life
Cons**
  • Nothing in particular

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

androidauthority[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 93%
Reviewers from androidauthority have found the following[***]:
Samsung claims the S20 has pro-grade videography powers. 8K video can be down-converted to 4K or Full HD for pushing to other devices. Samsung says it will support Google Duo as the native video chat client in the phones' dialer app. All three phones support 5G and 4G networks.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Fantastic 120Hz display
  • Fast charging
  • 5G and 5G support
Cons[**]
  • No headphone jack
  • No wireless charging

digitaltrends[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 81%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The Galaxy S20 costs $1,000 and comes in the cloud blue color seen above, plus a cloud pink, cloud white, and cosmic gray. It's available to buy now from Samsung, various retailers, and with a contract with carriers. In the U.K., the phone costs 800 British pounds, and is sold through all major carriers, and through Samsung itself too.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous display
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent cameras
Cons[**]
  • No 5G
  • No waterproofing

nextpit[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 90%
Reviewers from nextpit have found the following[***]:
The Galaxy S20 is far from a performance monster in 2021 – but it wasn't one in 2020, either. Although you can buy more powerful smartphones for less money – like the Realme GT – the Exynos 990's performance is more than enough for everyday use. Samsung did not increase the battery capacity in the Galaxy S21 and the fast charging technology remained the same.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Fantastic cameras
  • Fast charging
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • No wireless charging
  • No memory card expansion

pcmag[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 91%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Galaxy S20 is the most manageable S20 lineup in terms of size and price. You get the super-bright, super-smooth screen; the improved zoom; a better night mode; and 8K video recording. No other major US phone lineup right now has all that. The Galaxy S10e is still better to use in one hand than the S20.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Super-bright, super-smooth screen
  • Great battery life
  • 4G and Wi-Fi 6 support
Cons[**]
  • Camera patch is big
  • No 5G support

techadvisor[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 73%
Reviewers from techadvisor have found the following[***]:
The Galaxy S20 is the best phone in Samsung's S20 series. It's powerful, compact and packs a versatile camera system that may not match the Ultra. The S20 ships with Android 10 - as you'd expect - and running Samsung's One UI 2.1. It costs £799 for the 4G option, and £899/$999 for the 5G model.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Beautiful 120Hz display
  • Compact design
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • No 5G support
  • No wireless charging

techradar[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 86%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
The Galaxy S20 is powered by one of two different chipsets. If you're in the US you'll get Qualcomm's top-end Snapdragon 865. Those around the rest of the world get Samsung's similarly high-end Exynos 990. The S20 has a 4,000mAh power pack, a notable increase over the 3,400mAh capacity on the S10. It's running Android 10, and we'd expect it to get the upgrade to Android 11 later in 2020.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Super-fast 5G
  • Solid battery life
Cons[**]
  • No wireless charging
  • No microSD card slot

theverge[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 81%
Reviewers from theverge have found the following[***]:
The S20 isn't bloated at all yet, but I see the direction the pendulum is going. Android and Samsung are open enough to allow things that would never fly on the iPhone. Despite Samsung's claims, it does feel more like an S11: a solid improvement over last year.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Great screen
  • Excellent camera system
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Software bloatware
  • Only one major Android update

tomsguide[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 84%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following[***]:
At $999, the Samsung Galaxy S20 isn't cheap, but it is the most affordable phone. It's also the most compact phone in Samsung's flagship lineup, making it the best choice for those looking for an Android device that doesn't bulge out of their pockets. The biggest reason not to get the Galaxy S 20 is its battery life is about an hour behind the iPhone 11 Pro.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • 120Hz display
  • Fast performance
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • No 5G
  • No wireless charging

trustedreviews[9]

Sentiment Score[*] 75%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is one of the best Android phones on the market. It has a top-of-the-range Snapdragon 865 processor and a 120Hz display. The One UI 2.1 Android here is the most complete and reliable skin yet to grace an S-series flagship. However, it isn’t Android as Google intended.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Fantastic 120Hz display
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Middling performance
  • No wireless charging
  • No 5G

whathifi[10]

Sentiment Score[*] 93%
Reviewers from whathifi have found the following[***]:
The Galaxy S20 has a Full HD+ (2220 x 1080) resolution screen as standard. You can choose to up the resolution to WQHD+ (3040 x 1440) in the settings. You will sacrifice battery life if you do, however, and most people will probably find it unnecessary. Stick to the standard resolution and you will benefit from a key upgrade on this S20 – the 120Hz refresh-rate display. The S20 is almost certainly now the best Android phone for sound quality.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Great performance
  • 120Hz refresh rate display
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • No 5G
  • No wireless charging

References

1. ^ Samsung Galaxy S20 hands-on: Out-featuring the competition. androidauthority. 2020-03-01 Retrieved 2021-10-14.
2. ^ Samsung Galaxy S20 Review: The smallest Galaxy S20 isn’t small enough. digitaltrends. 2020-04-25 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Samsung Galaxy S20 re-reviewed: A no brainer after 2021's price drop?. nextpit. 2021-06-21 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Samsung Galaxy S20 Review. pcmag. 2020-03-18 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Samsung Galaxy S20 review. techadvisor. 2020-03-13 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Samsung Galaxy S20 review. techradar. 2021-02-02 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ Samsung Galaxy S20 review: just right. theverge. 2020-03-11 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
8. ^ Samsung Galaxy S20 review . tomsguide. 2020-08-13 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
9. ^ Samsung Galaxy S20 Review. trustedreviews. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
10. ^ Samsung Galaxy S20 review. whathifi. 2020-04-06 Retrieved 2021-10-14.
*. 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.
**. 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.
***. 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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