Product Review: Samsung Galaxy Note20 5G

The latest Android phone from Samsung is part of the next generation of smartphones that will be 5G compatible. 5G networks promises fibre optic like wireless speeds and increased bandwidth capacity on the internet. This is the foundation of the Internet of Things (IoT) wave of products. Smart cities are being created on 5G networks that uses new devices like smart lamp posts as part of the near future digital infrastructure.

The test model received from Samsung was the Galaxy Note20 5G that comes with a 6.5″ screen which is little bigger than the 5 5/8′ inch screen of the Samsung 8 currently being used . This was a welcome change as the larger screen allowed the touch keyboard to be a little bigger so there was fewer typos. On the flip side some people who was shown the phone felt is was too big. If you recall the term phablets was used to describe smartphones that had larger screens so they can be used as a tablet.  Do you remember the 7 inch tablet craze. This is a step in that direction. 

Palm Pilot circa 1997

Samsung is positioning the device as the work smartphone that allows you do the daily work on it. The phone comes with stylus that pops out that can be use to write or draw on the phone in the Notes or Draw app that comes with the device. The stylus also allows you to to make comments on PDF documents and your notes can be converted to text. In this area the Samsung smartphone has taken a big leap with an updated retro feature from the days of the Palm Pilot when the first pen base device was created in 1997.

Like all smartphones a camera is a very important feature and this one comes with 3 lenses (10 mp resolution) and we put the camera throughs its paces for a photo shoot for Woah Dough a line of Gluten Free desserts, bread and prepared meals. There are are variety of settings for the camera that include a Food mode that changed the lighting settings of the camera. We found the camera very simple to use and the shots provided studio quality images for the website.

The use of the smartphone is so much more convenient for this type of shoot as you get the large screen display of your shot and then it gets posted in the Google Photos app very quickly on the 5G network. The SLR camera is now collecting more dust in the closet.

Woah Dough Shots

We then tested the phone using a fitness app and music for a ride on a bike. Here we found little difference between the experience with a Samsung 8 model except that I had to deal with the migration of Google Play Music to YouTube Music of my music library. I was hoping the GPS signals would be picked in more remote locations, but a new smartphone did not help if there is no GPS signal to pick up. We also found no difference with the speed of games played on the phone as compared to a Samsung 8 model that is 4 years old and still going strong albeit with a cracked screen that costs $400 to repair.

The smartphone is now your primary business device as your cell number is now how you can be reached and the use of text in business is now expected. The phone is more than capable in handling all the needs of social media apps.

As with any smartphone you need to take care to prevent screen damage that results from falls from your hands, especially if you are clumsy as the exterior case is very slippery. They still need to make an exterior case that will withstand a fall on ceramic tile floor, but it is water proof, so if your drop it in the toilet you are safe.

We did find that the Telus 5G network used as part of the phone review spotty sometimes and was very slow in the service. This is anticipated until more of the 5G network is built in Canada, so you do not have to worry yet about getting a 5G phone, but it is here to stay.