So, Samsung launch phones almost every minute and they are particularly focusing on the Indian market with India exclusive M series and the new F series. To sum it up, Samsung has their S and Note flagship lineup, Z Foldable lineup, A budget-midrange lineup and M and F India exclusive budget lineup. So, what’s the difference between the M and F line? Well, there isn’t. The Galaxy F41 shares it chassis with the Galaxy M21 which shares it with the Galaxy M31 which shares it with 2019’s Galaxy M30s, their practically the same phones even with the same aged Exynos 9611 chipset(which by the way is also in the global Galaxy A51, the most popular android phone of 2020) with few trade offs to justify their prices.

First, let’s talk specs. So, it gets a 6.4″ sAMOLED FHD+ display with a notch housing the front camera. It has a triple camera setup with a 64mp(f/1.8) main lens, a 8mp(f/2.2) 123° FOV ultrawide lens and a 5mp(f/2.4) depth camera along with a 32mp(f/2.0) front camera. It can shoot upto 4k@30fps from the main lens and the front camera. The body is made up of plastic, sorry polycarbonate. For security, you have 2d face unlock and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. It has 6000mAh battery. Thankfully, it still comes with headphone jack and a 15w fast charger out-of-the-box. It comes in two variants, 64gb and 128gb with 6gb RAM as standard along with MicroSD card which can expand your storage up to 512gb.

Now, I do think the design is a bit outdated, with a notch and a thick chin but the display is too good for its segment, none of the competition offers an OLED display, I had absolutely no issues with it, it can go up to 425 nits of brightness, it maybe not too bright but I didn’t had problems in direct sunlight. I talk about the cameras with some samples in the end. Talking about battery life, I charge it overnight with fast charging off(to not overheat the phone) and it has amazing battery, I get up with 100% and go to sleep with minimum 25%, Usually I get left with more than 35%, I couldn’t kill this battery in a day.

Touching at the performance, I’m a mild user with mostly using social media. I game few times a week, so its been fine but I recently started playing Call Of Duty Mobile, whenever I play that, the phone heats a bit but nothing to serious. There have been hiccups in the UI while opening and closing apps or just while surfing through them. I definitely want a faster processor but the Exynos 9611 has been fine, not great, fine. Samsung confirmed second phone in the F series, Galaxy F62 which is set to rock the flagship Exynos 9825, chip which powered the Galaxy Note 10 lineup.

Software, It came with OneUI 2.1 based on android 10 but got upgraded to OneUI 3.0 based on android 11 in late-January. Samsung gives 3 generation android updates to its flagships but I still don’t know how much Samsung will hold onto this phone. The software is also a stripped down version of the flagships, so that’s disappointing because it takes away many useful features like native screen recorder and many more.

As this phone shares it chassis with the many more phones but the camera bump is shared only with the Galaxy M31, they both also share cases. I use a case on my phone because I drop it lot but if you’re thinking of going commando, keep in mind that it is a fingerprint magnet. It is a bit heavy and thick because of the big battery but the thickness is almost same as the galaxy S21 Ultra and you’ll get used to the weight.

It comes in three colorways, Fusion Black, Fusion Blue and Fusion Green. It also has Dolby Atmos whenever earphones are connected, wired or Bluetooth, it kicks in and sounds are noticeably improved. The Galaxy F41 is gonna set you back 15,999(~$220) for 64gb variant and 16,499(~$227) for the 128gb model but with cards and deals, you can get it for much cheaper than that. I have put some camera samples down below, it’ll give you an idea what’s all the fuss is about and also Amazon links of the Galaxy M series, so do check that out, it really helps the blog.

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Galaxy M31s Galaxy M31
This clip is shot at 4k 30fps on a bic and at that resolution, you do miss out stabilization. I noticed that it constantly struggled for white balance, if take a look at the sky, sometimes its blue and other times completely blown out.
This clip is shot at that Super Steady mode and while you get much more stable video and all this is without OIS, you lose many details of the video because it is shooting from the inferior ultrawide angle lens with much lower rez sensor.

So, its 2021 and if you’re reading this then congratulations, you survived 2020. It’s a new year and good news in raining, the vaccines are finally rolling out and with CES 2021 showing some pretty promising products and software, its the first smartphone launch of the year, the Galaxy Unpacked. In this event, Samsung launched quite some products with the Galaxy S21, S21 Plus and S21 Ultra, such as the Galaxy SmartTag and the Galaxy Buds Pro.

Let’s talk specs, so both the S21 and S21 plus gets downgraded FHD+ after many years of floating at QHD+ but S21 Ultra still gets QHD+, now, also with 120hz, simultaneously. The whole lineup gets variable refresh rate with 48hz-120hz on the S21 and S21 Plus and 11hz-120hz on the S21 Ultra. Talking about the display, the S21 and S21 plus gets a 6.2″ and 6.7″ flat display, respectively, so Samsung went from waterfall to slightly curved to now flat but the S21 Ultra has 6.8″ slightly curved display. Now, cameras, S21 and S21 Plus shares the same cameras, primary lens is 12mp(f/1.8) with OIS, ultra-wide is 12mp(f/2.2) with 120° FOV and a 64mp 3x telephoto with 30x Spacezoom. The Ultra has a quad camera setup including the 2nd gen 108mp(f/1.8) main lens, 12mp(f/2.2) and two 10mp 3x and 10x telephoto going all the way to 100x with laser autofocus sensor. Its a 10mp selfie lens for S21 and S21 Plus and 40mp for Ultra.

All the lenses can shoot at 4k60fps now with directors view, in which you can shoot from all cameras together. They can also shoot upto 8k. Coming to the build quality, S21, now comes with a plastic back but the S21 Plus and Ultra has the glass back. The camera design also seems like it has been designed and not slapped at the back of the phone, I really like the way it melts at the sides of the bump. Samsung came with a bunch of different color options but the Phantom Violet really caught my eye, not one of my favorite colors in general but the rose gold camera bump and frame with violet back looks awesome. All the devices comes with IP68 water and dust resistance rating and Gorilla Glass Victus for more durability. For storage, S21 lineup comes with 128GB, 256GB and a 512GB variant exclusive to S21 Ultra.

The S21 Ultra now also supports S-Pen but its not integrated, its a separate accessory and the domino tipped by Apple has hit Samsung, They removed the headphones and charging adaptor out-of-the-box, they also removed MicroSD card support for the whole lineup. Juicing these devices are 4000mAh cell for S21, 4800mAh cell for S21 Plus and 5000mAh for the S21 Ultra. It would be quite interesting to see battery test because of the new variable refresh rate screens. The S21 devices also comes with the Qualcomm Sonic Max 2nd gen, which is get to 50% faster and 1.7x bigger than last in-display fingerprint sensor.

Samsung still continues its trend of two different chips for different markets, Snapdragon 888 for Qualcomm regions and Exynos 2100 for international markets, Exynos 2100 looks promising but further testing will show how it stands against its counterpart. Now, what’s the damage gonna be? Samsung realized their mistake and unlike last year, this year S21 starts at $799(69,999 INR), S21 Plus at $999(81,999 INR) and S21 Ultra at $1199(105,999 INR), seeing the $700 to $800 segment battle last year, this could be Samsung’s chance of redemption with a S flagship phone.

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Galaxy S21 Galaxy S21 Plus Galaxy S21 Ultra Galaxy SmartTag (Black) Galaxy Buds Pro

So, 2020 is about to end in a few days time and I(people) had some thoughts and the topic for this blog is people’s thoughts on smartphones these days. Everyone is saying that all the smartphones look the same and are boring with no major upgrades from one generation to the next. Well, there can be a debate on this, its true that all the smartphones of today are pretty similar but that’s the beauty of it, now you can pick up any phone and wouldn’t be disappointed, plus there’s so few differences in feature set of the flagships and the mid-range or even the budget range. The Pixel 4a can shoot stills which much more expensive offerings can’t.

That was the one side of it but on the other hand, phones like the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has a 108MP main sensor, with 8k video recording, from a smartphone. The iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max can shoot in Dolby Vision HDR, its at that quality that most devices doesn’t support it. The OnePlus 8T can charge at 65w fast charging or the Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra which can charge at 120w, these kind of devices keep things interested in the industry. If this wasn’t enough, brands came out with folding phones, like the 2nd gen Galaxy Z Fold2 5G or the Moto Razr 5G, every manufacturer has their own philosophy of multitasking and fitting a bigger screen in your pocket, like with the Galaxy Fold, Samsung folded the tablet sized display is half or the Galaxy Z flip and the Moto Razr folds in a clamshell making a normal phone more pocketable or the Microsoft Surface Duo which has two displays glued together with a 360° hinge.

In today’s world, every brand is trying to web you in their ecosystem, like Apple, a ecosystem which is becoming more and more exclusive to its products each day or Samsung, which may not be as exclusive but has a much more wide range of products ranging from smartphones to TVs to refrigerators to smart home appliances like Ballie and there are rumors of an OnePlus smartwatch in partnership with Google.

In the end, buying a phone is a very personal decision, if not the most and I and in fact, every tech youtuber or blogger is trying to show you the best deal for your hard-earned money. I can tell you which is the best but I cannot influence your preference or choice, like a iPhone user will not change to an android phone because its their choice, while the phones in that price point provide much more on paper but the user wants to buy the new iPhone and doesn’t care about the spec sheet.

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So, its finally december and a fullstop to the year 2020 and while this might not be great for everybody, its been awesome for tech. We had many launches/unveiling ranging from smartphones to tablets to the new Next-Gen consoles. A bit of disclaimer, the choices below are my personal preferences and what I think might be the best for your buck. So, let’s get into it, I’ve divided the categories into six parts, Budget, Mid-Range, Flagship, the best overall package, the most innovative and the bust of 2020. I’ll be sharing my personal favorite in the end.

Budget(~$400 or less)

The participants for this round are the OnePlus Nord, Google Pixel 4a and iPhone SE. I’ll not dive too deep here, if you want to see the comparison just click here, The Midfield Battle. Anyway, for me the Pixel wins the battle because it has the vanilla android with first in line for updates, a killer still camera without any useless 2mp lenses, stereo speakers and its the best of both worlds, the compact form-factor as the iPhone SE and a great OLED display like the Nord. Now, I know that the Nord got a high refresh rate, glass back and faster charging but most people will slap a case on the back, so it doesn’t matter and iPhone SE, in the same category, has got the 5w ultra slow charger in 2020, this makes the 18w decently fast charger of Pixel look pretty good.

Mid-Range($500 to $800)

In the ring for this round are, the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition, OnePlus 8/8T, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 and the Google Pixel 5. Now, this segment has been the most tricky one, because the S20 FE and 8T are value kings and the iPhones are more of a premium devices. So, I choose the iPhone 12 Mini as the winner, its a massive refresh to see a phone, at this price point, as small as this, with a screen size of just 5.4″, the phone, physically, is smaller than the iPhone SE but has a much larger display. The features are exactly same as the OG 12 but just smaller in size. To read in detail, just click here, iPhone 12 series.

Premium Flagships(~$900 or above)

Now, this is where things get interesting, this is the bracket where brands doesn’t hold back and give us everything their R&D teams can squeeze out of the technology available. The contenders are the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max, OnePlus 8 Pro and the Motorola Edge. Now, Apple says that the iPhone 12 Pro Max gets a 47% larger sensor than the 12 Pro but its still quite small compared to the Note 20 Ultra, it still gets a new Sensor Shift Stabilization which can stabilize a footage 5k times per second than the usual 1k times in normal OIS, pretty impressive, but the winner of this round is the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra because it has a much faster refresh rate at 120hz, a 9ms latency S pen, much bigger main camera sensor at 108mp and a fast charger included in the box(*last point is just for humor).

The Bust of 2020

This does not come as a surprise, the worst smartphone of 2020 is the regular Galaxy Note 20, while its big brother is best android phone on the planet(if you can afford one), it does not live up to any standards of a $1000 phone. The OnePlus 8 Pro has a better spec sheet and is still cost less. It has a 1080p 60hz display which is exactly the same as Samsung’s own budget smartphone, the Galaxy A51/A71. The back is made up of Plastic, I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with plastic but at that price, I would want my phone feel a bit more premium. It has faster S pen than the last gen at 26ms latency but still slower than 9ms of the Ultra.

The Best Overall Value

It was a close call but the best value smartphone of the year is the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition. The only two phones in the race were S20 FE and the OnePlus 8T. Both trade blows in features and also cost around the same price. The S20 FE doesn’t support the crazy 65w charging of the 8T but the S20 FE has more pros, it has wireless and reverse wireless charging, an official IP rating and better cameras. The third camera on the S20 FE is a telephoto lens than a useless 5mp macro and 2mp monochrome lens as the 8T. The OnePlus 8T is a bit more premium because it has a glass back but the S20 FE has a plastic back. Both the phones have a 120hz refresh rate and have a flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, in the case of S20FE including European regions, too but not India and other international markets.

The Most Innovative of 2020

Most people are saying that smartphones are all the same and boring now, well, Samsung, LG, Microsoft and Motorola has just the answer for you. Last year, Samsung started the trend of folding phones and it caught on fairly quickly. This year Samsung and Motorola is back with their 2nd generation as the Z Fold2 5G and Razr 5G but this year Microsoft and LG also threw their hats in the ring as the Surface Duo and Wing, respectively. Now, all the Fold, Surface Duo and Razr and a folding phone but the LG Wing is a device that I’m out of words to explain the mechanism on paper, basically the main screen swivels revealing half a screen and forming a T-shaped device but it still a 1st gen product, so while being great, developers still need to optimize apps to work with it. The winner is this category is the Galaxy Z Fold2 5G because Samsung really took customer’s feedback on-board and improved it from the OG Fold. It now gets a bigger cover display, shrunk the cut-out on the inner display to just a tiny punch hole, made the inner display 120hz, now it might not be as durable as a mainstream smartphone but seeing that the tech is still improving, I’m gonna let that slide.

My Personal Favorite

As you’ve seen in the above image, its the iPhone 12 Pro, not the Pro Max, just the Pro. Now, there’s a reason why this is my favorite, the flat edges, the cameras and the colors. Apple’s decision to go back to the flat edges really makes the new iPhones feel much more premium plus the stainless steel makes it the durability champ. I know the 12 Pro Max has the jump in cameras but its really not that much and the they both the LiDAR sensor which really helps in AR, depth mapping and low light portraits. I do miss the Sensor Shift Stabilization but considering, both the Pros can shoot Dolby Vision HDR, I’m not too worried. Now, colors might not be a big advantage in terms of use but I’m in love with the Pacific Blue. This year all the new iPhones upgraded to 5G so this plus Apple’s track record of 5-year updates really makes it future proof.

So, that’s been it for the 2020 Smartphone Awards. If you liked any of this above then like, share, subscribe and follow, also follow me on Instagram at scuderiavedang. I’ll be leaving the Amazon links for the winners of each category down below.

iPhone 12 Mini Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (Mystic Bronze, 12GB RAM, 256GB Storage) Samsung Galaxy Note 20 (Mystic Blue, 8GB RAM, 256GB Storage) Galaxy S20 Fan Edition Samsung Galaxy ZFold 2 5G

So, it’s been quite a while since a huge change came to the form factor of mobile devices, So Samsung decided,” Okay, we’ll give a tablet that fits in your pocket.” And gave us the first ever Galaxy Fold, a tablet with a folding screen. It raised many eyebrows and was supercool to think that you can actually fold the screen of your phone but it was a first-gen product, so it had many issues, like the screen blacking out after people removed the screen protector and the cover display being too small and it was too fragile and also very expensive. Samsung took the whole batch back, fixed it and tried to sell it again.

Now, even though it was a bust but the Fold started a revolution and many brands started making their own different folding phones with different philosophies. Like the Huawei Mate Xs was a outward folding phone, the Motorola Razr is a clamshell folding, the LG Velvet is phone with a secondary screen cover case, etc. But now, Microsoft made one and Samsung is back with second-gen. So, which one is better?

First, let’s talk specs, so the Microsoft Suface Duo has a total 8.1″ dual AMOLED screen taped together with big bezels housing the 11mp 2k camera and a extremely sleek look. It weighs at 250g and Gorilla Glass 5 all around and powering this is the last year’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 with 128gb storage and 6GB RAM. The camera can shoot upto 4k@60fps. It also has a 3577 mAh cell. That rounds pretty much the Surface Duo.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 5g, that name is a mouthful, kills the Surface Duo when it comes to specs. It’s has the Samsung’s super AMOLED 7.6″ 120hz display with 373 ppi. It has 4500 mAh battery with 6.2″ super AMOLED 60hz screen with slim bezels all around on the cover display. It is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+. Coming to the cameras, it has five in total, 3 on the back, 1 on the cover display and 1 on the main screen. The main triple camera consist of a 12mp(f/1.8) main shooter with 12mp(f/2.4) 3x telephoto and 12mp(f/2.2) 123° ultrawide angle lens and 10mp(f/2.2) selfie camera on both the cover and main screen. It also stereo speakers tuned by AKG. It comes with two storage options 256gb with 12gb RAM and 512gb with 12gb RAM.

After putting them in a ring together, it’s clear that Galaxy Fold wins, so what’s the point of this comparison? Well there’s more to that than it seems. The Fold will set you back $1999(₹149,999) whereas the Surface Duo will cost you $1400(₹99,999). Now, $1400 is also not cheap by any means in which you can get the ultra premium, the best of Android, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra but if you’re in the market for a foldable, these are your best choices.

Now, you might be skeptical about its durability of the hinge, as its gonna be most used part of the device, the Fold can stand on any position as unfolded and has tiny brushes to keep out the dust from entering whereas the Surface Duo is two separate screens with two top and bottom, 360° hinge. So, it can withstand your daily use but I suggest you to not push it too much. Both phones support fast charging 18w and 25w for the Surface Duo and Fold 2, respectively but only the Fold supports fast wireless charging and reverse wireless charging.

I have to talk about their looks because it’s worth talking about in Surface Duo’s case. The Fold, when folded, is really thick like a brick with still a little gap between the screen but the Surface Duo folds flat and it’s really, really sleek looking. When unfolded, it’s almost as thick as a USB type-C port and the camera bump of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. But there’s a bit of a trade off, the Fold might be thick but its narrow, so it can fit in your pocket and hand, easily. The Surface Duo has quite a width so it’s hard to use one-handed and you have to use both your hands to adjust the pocket and put it in.

I didn’t compared the Moto Razr 2 or Galaxy Z Flip 5g because they are not the devices you would multitask on and the LG Velvet is not a folding phone, rather it comes with a accessory which you have to buy separately. Apple is also working on this form factor so stay tuned for that one.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G (Mystic Bronze, 12GB RAM, 256GB Storage) Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G (Mystic Black, 12GB RAM, 256GB Storage) Microsoft Surface Duo (Glacier, 6GB RAM, 256GB Storage) Microsoft Surface Duo (Glacier, 6GB RAM, 128GB Storage)

Its 2020 and people don’t have much money lying around to spend on a $1400 flagship. So, the race to the middle is on, with more and more brands launching $400 mid range phones and they’re quite good.

So far, we have OnePlus going back to its roots with the Nord, Google, after a billion years of leaks, coming with the Pixel 4a and, in all weirdness, Apple with the new 2020 iPhone SE. Now, let’s dive into specs.

OnePlus Nord

So, first up we have the Nord, deriving it name from the direction North, it’s pretty great. It has a great display, many cameras, fast charging and a great packaging. Talking about numbers, for the display we have a 6.44″ FullHD+ 408 PPI 90hz AMOLED screen with a pill shaped hole punch camera in the top left corner. It has edge-to-edge display which is on par with 2020 standards. The screen resolution is 2400×1080 with 20:9 aspect ratio with HDR10+ support.

Now, the cameras, six, that’s right, it has six cameras in total, four on the back and two on the front. The main shooter is 48mp(f/1.8) with OIS, an 8mp(f/2.3) 119° ultrawide, 5mp(f/2.4) depth sensor and 2mp(f/2.4) macro lens, the front has a 32mp(f/2.5) main lens and a 8mp(f/2.5) 105° ultrawide. I said many cameras and not great ’cause they aren’t. The main lens is good, when you give it well lit conditions, it will give you a good and sharp images. Things go south when we check out the other lenses, the ultrawide is good at capturing more into the shot without making you go further back but the sharpness takes a hit, the images are a bit too soft shifting from the main lens and the depth camera is absolutely useless because even if you cover the depth sensor with your finger or anything else, it will still the portrait shot and the macro lens is just bad. Coming at just 2mp, even if you shoot in sunlight, it will struggle to focus and because of that low rez camera, the photos does not have any sharpness.

So what if the cameras not as good but it still has many great stuff. The Warp Charging 30T is fastest charging in its competition. It has on-screen fingerprint sensor which is really fast to unlock along with face unlock which also very fast. Its future-proof with 5g. It does not a official IP rating but it has rubber rings on every opening of the phone. With the 4115 mAh battery, it should last you a whole day but if it doesn’t then the Warp Charge can give it 70% juice in 30 minutes. It is a Corning Gorilla 5 sandwich with metal buttons but plastic frame. It is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G which is a pretty good processor for mid range phone and it starts from €399 or ₹27,999 for 8GB+128GB.

Google Pixel 4a

After months and months of leaks and rumors, its finally here and it checks all the boxes while costing $50 less than iPhone SE at $349(~₹25,914). First let’s look at the thing you will look at the most, the display, it is a 5.8″ OLED panel 60hz with 443 PPI and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Pixel’s display is also very 2020 with minimum bezels and a single hole on top left corner of the screen and 2340×1080 screen resolution.

Google’s Pixel is known for it’s still and low light photography even in the budget range and the 4a keeps tradition going with exceptional camera. It has only two cameras, one on the back and one in the front. The rear has a 12.2mp(f/1.7) with OIS and a 8mp(f/2.0) front camera. You expect a ultrawide angle lens but that really, really good camera makes up for it. I shoot many stills and low light photos and it’s really good at that. The front camera is, although a not very high rez but clicks decent shots.

It comes Google’s stock android with a promise of at least 3 years of software updates. It has stereo speakers who quite loud. This time Google kept the Pixel extremely simple with no XL version and only one color, Just Black, and only one storage option at 128GB of ROM and 6GB of RAM. It get a mid range processor I.E. Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, which might not be 5g or a gaming processor but snappy in day-to-day tasks and would not give you trouble. It comes with an 18w fast charger out-of-the-box *Coughs*Apple.

iPhone SE 2020

Apple finally went to the drawing boards and designed an iPhone and 3 years later, we have the iPhone SE. I won’t go in-depth ’cause I already wrote a whole blog on that. If you wanna read that just Click here.

Comparison

Now, stacking them up against each other, which will come out on top?

Display

The OnePlus Nord is the only phone with a high refresh rate at 90hz, the other two are maxed out at 60hz. Both the Nord and Pixel has a OLED screen but the iPhone has a LCD, sorry, Super Retina Display, but the highest pixel density is in the Pixel, but it is very difficult to pick out pixels on the trio. iPhone might be LCD but has Apple has the LCD panels in the industry, you see the difference in high contrast content and blacks of the content. For me, the winner in the display department is the OnePlus Nord, because the OLED display and a high refresh rate.

Build Quality

Breaking down each of the phones, not literally, the Pixel 4a is all plastic build and Google didn’t tried to hide it, which is good, it will not break if it falls off your hand and much more durable than glass. The OnePlus Nord is a glass sandwich with metal buttons but a plastic frame, so it feels more premium than the Pixel but then iPhone SE enters the room with most premium in-hand feel among these, it is a metal and glass sandwich with full metal front and back with aluminium frame. So, the iPhone SE takes this one.

Cameras

Even with the most numbers of cameras, the Nord lags behind the Pixel and the iPhone. First, lemme give you the video specs, the OnePlus Nord can shoot upto 4k@30fps at the rear and 4k@fps on the front. The Pixel 4a can also shoot 4k@30fps at the rear but only 1080p@30fps at the front. The iPhone SE is the only phone which can shoot 4k@60fps from the rear but only 1080p@30fps from the front. Now, iPhone is the only one who does not have a night mode, there’s Night Sight and Nightscape on Pixel and Nord, respectively. Pixel has one more trick up its sleeve, that is the Astrophotography, if you don’t know what that is, if you put it on a tripod and click the shutter button then it captures light in most darkest areas and can shoot the stars clearly. So, in stills and low light, the Pixel wins, but when it comes to video, iPhone takes it home with highest resolution and high dynamic range. The Nord is still not lost, it has the most versatility.

Performance

When it comes to performance, I don’t even have to say who is the winner ’cause the iPhone SE has the chip which runs ahead of both OnePlus and Google flagship, the A13 Bionic is world’s most powerful processor. The Nord has the Snapdragon 765G which is a upper mid range chip and the Pixel has the Snapdragon 730G which totally mid range and should able to handle your daily tasks with ease.

Battery Life

While winning by miles in performance the iPhone lags way behind in battery with just 1821mAh which is lot smaller than Pixel’s 3140mAh and Nord’s 4115mAh, now even though the A13 Bionic is very power efficient processor but the battery is just too small even for that and Apple bundles a whopping 5w ultra fast charger*sarcasm*. The Pixel gets a 18w fast charger and the Nord has the 30w Warp Charger. So, among these Nord wins.

Special Features

Each of these phones has unique to themselves. Like the Astrophotography in the Pixel, 90hz refresh rate in the Nord. So, the SE is only one who has an official IP rating and wireless charging. Both the Pixel and iPhone has stereo speakers. Only the Nord has a in-screen fingerprint sensor.

Now, you wouldn’t be wrong going with any of these devices. Like, if you want OLED screen but not too big, you got the Pixel 4a. You want an iPhone and the A13 Bionic but wanna spend a $1000, get the iPhone SE. You want good value for money phone, get the OnePlus Nord.

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OnePlus Nord

So, the ultimate super spec, “Phablet” is finally official. The Galaxy Note 20 series is here and its packing some serious stuff. Along with the Note 20 series, Samsung launched four other devices, that are, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G, the Galaxy Beans, sorry, the Galaxy Buds Live, the Galaxy Watch 3 and the Tab S7 and Tab S7+ at the Galaxy Unpacked event.

So, first up, Specs. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is rocking a gigantic 6.9″ Quad HD+ super AMOLED 120hz curved display with, I think, thinner than human hair bezels and tiny punch-hole for front camera. The screen resolution is 3088×1440 with 496 ppi, so the every content you watch is gonna be crisp and very clear but there’s a asterisk, you still can’t use 120hz with Quad HD resolution or vice versa. There’s new adaptive refresh rate, so what it does is, whenever you’re not using the phone, it can drop down to just 1hz and that helps in saving the battery life.

The Note 20, however, gets a 6.7″ Full HD+ 60hz flat screen and the bezels and the punch-hole is much bigger than the Ultra. The screen resolution is 2400×1080 with 393 ppi. I’ll be giving my thoughts on the Note 20 later down the blog.

Now, coming to the cameras, the Note 20 Ultra has a triple camera setup with main shooter being a 108mp(f/1.8) with OIS, an ultra-wide 12mp(f/2.2) with a 120° field of view and a 5x 12mp(f/3.0) tele-photo and also a laser auto-focus sensor. The Samsung realized there mistake and ditched the 100x space zoom down to 50x and with the new laser auto-focus sensor the focusing of the subject is super fast. Now, the dynamic range is also improved, so basically, all the problems of the Galaxy S20 Ultra is fixed. So, the talking about the video, both the Galaxy Note 20s can shoot upto 8k 24fps.

And the Galaxy Note 20 also has a triple camera setup, the main shooter is a 12mp(f/1.8) with OIS, a 12mp(f/2.2) ultra-wide with a 120° field of view and a 3x hybrid zoom with 64mp(f/2.0) and super zoom going max at 30x. There’s no laser auto-focus sensor in the Note 20. Both the Note 20s have the same 10mp(f/2.2) front facing camera.

Like every other Note, the Galaxy Note 20s get the best ever S pen. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra’s S pen latency which was 42ms has come down to 9ms and combing that with the 120hz refresh rate, the writing is gonna ultra smooth, the Note 20 Ultra’s S pen has reached the best Apple Pencil smoothness level. The Galaxy Note 20’s S pen is still has 26ms latency, so it’s not gonna just as smooth. The Ultra gets upto 12gb of UFS 3.1 RAM and 256 or 512gb of on-board storage which is expandable and a 4500mAh cell which maybe small but with the new adaptive refresh rate, it can get you through the day.

The Note 20 has a max of 8gb of UFS 3.1 RAM and only option of 128gb of storage with no expandable memory. The battery size is 4300mAh. Both the new Notes have same S pen functionality and comes with a 25 watt fast charger out-of-the-box(I’m talking to you, Apple), they both support wireless charging and wireless powershare with 5g and have a IP68 water and dust resistance.

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra comes with the first ever Gorilla Glass 7 aka Victus which is shatter resistant from a 2m drop. Both the Note 20s comes with the wireless DeX so you can connect your TV or laptop wirelessly and make them your computer on-the-go.

When the Galaxy S20s launched, Samsung, like always, gave the world 2 phones, Exynos and Snapdragon. Snapdragon 865 came to US, Canada and their hometown South Korea and the rest of the world got the Exynos 990. Like always there was a performance and battery life gap but it was massive this time. Consumers got furious and started a petition to ban the Exynos chipset but I think Samsung didn’t saw that and went again with the same Exynos 990. The Qualcomm regions got the new Snapdragon 865+ and other regions, including me, got the Exynos 990 and because of that Snapdragon upgrade the gap is seriously increased between the two chips. If you want my whole thoughts then click here.Samsung vs Samsung. Samsung, if you’re reading this, please stop.

For security, both Note 20s get the ultrasonic fingerprint sensor with 2d face unlock. This time, Samsung put in an Ultra Wide Band chip which basically helps to transfer and share files easily and fast.

The pricing starts at $1,299 for the Note 20 Ultra and $999 for the Note 20.

Now, let’s talk about Note 20, I think Samsung made this phone to make their A series to look good. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a great phone but I never said Note series to be overpriced but this time, it is. You get a 1080p 60hz screen with comparatively big bezels and a plastic body and that’s not a way to justify the price. There might a very small group of people who want a flat screen Samsung flagship or the new S pen but can’t afford the Ultra, they would go for this but everyone else should look right-left, like the Oneplus 8 pro or the upcoming iPhone 12 series or even the S20 series. These phones feel more premium and comes with more features. The Note 20 Ultra is still justifies the price and still is the ultra premium phone.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (Mystic Bronze, 12GB RAM, 256GB Storage) Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (Mystic Black, 12GB RAM, 256GB Storage) Samsung Galaxy Note 20 (Mystic Blue, 8GB RAM, 256GB Storage)

As smartphones prices goes through the roof with Galaxy S20 ultra starting at $1399, and not everybody has a kidney to sell. So, for past few years the mid-range market has become popular, with many brands like Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo and many big boys like Samsung and Apple, too. As weird as it is to see Apple on that list, it’s true, back in 2016 they launched the iPhone SE, which was a mid-ranger at $400.

In 2020, this market is making the most profit than any other segment and Oneplus slowly drifting away from this but there are rumours of a Oneplus Z, stay tuned for that one, but for now let’s look at the options we have, first up, we have the Galaxy A51 which is priced at $400(25,250 INR) is a really good option.

The Galaxy A51 is a very 2020 looking phone, with a punch-hole selfie cam, quad cameras at the rear, fast charging and a great display.

Coming to the specs, the display is a 2400×1080 resolution FHD+ screen with 405 ppi and a 20:9 aspect ratio with a screen size of 6.5″. Under the hood we have the in-house Exynos 9611. A 4000 mah battery and in-display optical fingerprint reader. Now, cameras, it has a quad camera setup with 48mp main shooter(f/2.0), an ultra wide angle lens(f/2.2) with 123° of view, a 5mp depth camera(f/2.2) and also a 5mp macro lens(f/2.4) and 32mp (f/2.2) front camera. For video, we can record upto 4k@30fps and from the front 1080p@30fps. It also has a 3.5mm headphone jack.

In the other corner of the ring, we have the iPhone SE 2020, It has 4.7″ IPS LCD Super Retina Display with a resolution of 1334×750, 326 ppi, and a 16:9 aspect ratio. It has only a single rear facing camera of 12mp(f/1.8) with OIS and a 7mp(f/2.2) selfie camera. For videos, it can shoot 4k@60fps from the rear and 1080@30fps from the front. It doesn’t have a headphone jack but it does stereo speakers. It also has the most powerful smartphones chip, the A13 Bionic, which is also used in the iPhone 11 series. If you want read the full review just click on the link here. iPhone SE 2020 Full Review

Now, stacking them up against each other, we see some pros and cons of each of these phones, so first talk about display and it’s a clear win for A51 as it has a 1080p AMOLED display whereas the iPhone has a 720p LCD display, so the everything is more clear, the blacks are deeper and colors are also bright and A51 also has a bigger display at 6.5″ compared to 4.7″ of the iPhone, which is personally too small for me, and the A51 is more 2020 with a punch-hole and minimum bezels but the iPhone has the big chunky bezels, which houses the Touch id, shouts old.

Coming to the cameras, you have more versatility of the Galaxy with quad rear cameras against just one on the iPhone, the specs are above if you wish read them, the photos are more or less are the same but there are some differences. The photos of flowers and food are better because Samsung offers a Scene Optimizer which makes the colors to pop out a bit more and make them over saturated, which is good but iPhone pulls ahead when cropping in, it has more details compared to A51(if you’re shooting in default 12mp mode) but if you shoot in that 48mp mode you get a bit more detail while cropping in.

Talking about video, both phones can shoot 4k but the SE can shoot upto 60fps and it also OIS which makes a huge difference in stability of the video, the A51 also has Super Steady mode but it’s totally depending on software to phase out the shake in a video but you can shoot in ultra wide angle mode which captures way more into your video.

With the 4k, you the a processor that can handle your videos and photos, so going under the hood, we have the Exynos 9611 in the Galaxy A51 and the most powerful chip ever the A13 Bionic in the iPhone SE and it more clear than a 8k video who is the winner in this department (sorry for the bad joke).

Let’s talk about the in-hand feel of these devices, Samsung says that the A51 has a ‘glastic’ back, which is a mixture of glass and plastic but it still feels cheap in hand whereas the iPhone feels more premium with the aluminium sides and glass back. iPhone SE 2020 also has IP68 water and dust resistance rating, A51 doesn’t.

Everyone today is concerned about privacy, the iPhone gives the same old Touch id which really secure but no face recognition whereas A51 here too gives you more versatility and gives an optical fingerprint reader and also a 2d face scanner, the Touch id is more secure than an optical reader but it’s nice to have options. Galaxy A51 also comes with faster 15w charging out of the box than a tiny 5w charger of the SE, it charge with 18w but you have buy that separately, it also have wireless charging which the Galaxy A51 lacks.

All that above is the hardware, the software is equally important, so the iPhone SE 2020 comes with iOS 13 and the Galaxy A51 comes with OneUI 2.0 based on Android 10.

Now, if you get into the Apple ecosystem but don’t want to spend a $1000 and also want a great in-hand feel, longevity, wireless charging, IP rating and that iOS experience but also don’t care about the way it looks, then buy it, you’ll not be disappointed but if you want that 2020 vibe in your phone, Android experience, a great display and don’t care about the wireless charging, IP rating, then get it. Personally, I would take the A51 because I want a up-to-date, high res display and I’m not a heavy user, so the Exynos 9611 would be fine for me.

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Samsung Galaxy A51 (Blue, 6GB RAM, 128GB Storage)

When someone talks about android smartphones, the first name which comes to mind is Samsung. The Korean tech giant has a hand in your home in one way or another. Whether it is in the form of your iPhone screen or your refrigerator or your living room TV etc. It contributes to 17% of total GDP of South Korea. Samsung is the innovator of most of the “firsts” in the market like foldable phones, curved displays, a 108MP camera and many other things.

Samsung holds two major launches in a year, first for the S line-up and second for the Note line-up and now for the Fold line-up too. They always have the most cutting edge technology with the most premium design ever but there has to be a catch, there’s always a catch. Samsung releases two variants of their flagship phones. One Qualcomm’s Snapdragon version and other their in-house Exynos chip.

This year too, Samsung brought to market their new S20 series with the same tradition as ever. The US, Canada and now their home, South Korea got the Snapdragon whereas the whole world got the Exynos and Exynos has been the inferior cousin to the Snapdragon. Previously, there was a gap in performance and it grew substantially in 2020.

The Galaxy S20 series starting at a $999 price tag and the S20 Ultra priced and $1399 is not at all cheap. This year, the S20 got either the Snapdragon 865 or the Exynos 990. While paying that premium you know that there is a person also paying the same but getting a better phone with 5g, while being the same phone.

People started to have major issues and bugs with their S20 devices, like screen turning green in black background of the display, problems with cameras and many more like that. Chipset is the brain of a smartphone and when things in the brain goes south, every component will slow down or have some kind issue with it.

Snapdragon version also captures better pictures, now you would ask that with the same hardware how is that possible? But software is equally important in a perfect shot and with better ISP or Image Signal Processing, the Snapdragon pulls ahead. It is also smoother during those long or gaming sessions and heat up less. When a chip starts to heat up, the Thermal Throttling starts to dial down the performance and when the chip heat less, it doesn’t need to bring down the performance, which is the case in Snapdragon but not in Exynos.

The community lived with it for a long time but not anymore. There was a petition for Samsung to stop selling inferior Exynos phones to us. It had over 40k signatures, 44,843 to be exact, which may not sound a lot but these are not actual numbers as these are the tech savvy people in their own circles, like one person from a family or friends group. They are the people whom others come to when they have a tech related question. So, you can think of the estimated number of they are connected to.

Leaked rumours say that Samsung is working on the Exynos 992 based on a 6nm process which could be a major improvement over the 990.

Leaks also say that Samsung will partner with AMD for their S21 series to improve their Exynos chip and to bring to Qualcomm’s level but it is not going anytime soon. But if they pull this off with AMD, they could be back in the game.

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