My Experience With the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

By Banu Athuraliya | Published: 2:00 AM Sep 5 2020
Tech Talk My Experience With the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

By Banu Athuraliya

I have been using the newest Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra over the past few weeks as my primary smartphone and have been enjoying the experience with it.

 As a long-term Galaxy Note user, having used every Galaxy Note from the very first Galaxy Note 1 back in 2011, I must admit the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is by far the most adventurous and feature-packed smartphone that Samsung has put out.

Samsung calls the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra the ‘The ultimate power phone for work and play’ and I agree after using it all this time.  The specs play a big part in making the phone what it is.

 With Note 20 Ultra, Samsung has stuck to its DNA and continues to have the S-Pen and big screen experience. This time the Note 20 Ultra comes in a 6.9» Dynamic AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate that makes it one of the best displays out on a smartphone right now.

 The front of the device is also protected by the latest Gorilla Glass Victus and the entire phone is fully protected with IP68 Dust and Water resistance. Powering the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is the Exynos 990 SoC in Sri Lanka and it packs 12GB RAM and 256GB internal storage that can be further increased by using a Micro SD card of up to 1TB.

 Featuring a 4500mAh battery with fast charging not only wired but wireless and having reverse wireless charging makes it convenient. There is also a triple camera setup at the back with a 108MP primary camera that can capture so much detail.

With the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Samsung has stepped up its game not only when it comes to the specifications but also the features. Note 20 Ultra has a good balance of great features that enhance the user experience. The spec sheet doesn›t disappoint.

 For day-to-day activities, the Note 20 Ultra was a pleasure to use and this design is a delight to carry around daily. The only thing I didn’t like so much in the design is this huge camera bump. It is really big!

The main reason why a lot of people will buy the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is mainly because of the S-Pen and this time around Samsung has improved the S-Pen by reducing the latency of the S-Pen to just 9ms. This means whatever you write with the S-Pen will feel smooth and it will be one more step closer to writing on a piece of paper. 

I enjoy having the S-Pen and this is why the Galaxy Note series is still my favorite Samsung smartphone series. Samsung Note gets major upgrades this time around which allows users to make a professional document anywhere and it has other features like auto handwriting recognition and alignment, digital conversion with text or math, voice recording, and note writing. 

Collaboration with Microsoft has enhanced the experience on the Note 20 Ultra and having better access to Microsoft Office Suite right on the smartphone makes it suitable. It is easier now to use Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint to get work done. You can connect a wireless mouse or keyboard and enhance your experience further because the phone has a 6.9» display.

If you feel like the display isn›t big enough, Samsung also has introduced Wireless Dex mode with the Note 20 Ultra this time which means you can connect your smartphone to your Smart TV and get your work done there too. The best thing is that is on you can connect your smartphone to the big screen wirelessly and can have a desktop-level experience.  

You need to have a compatible Samsung Smart TV for this though but luckily; I had one that I used to get it done. The advantage of this approach, I identified was that all the files that you have on your phone stay with you no matter where you go and that’s neat. 

To get a better idea of how this works, I recommend you to check out my video on YouTube at www.youtube.com/androdollar as these features get demonstrated well. I enjoyed using this for my day-to-day activities at the time I used it.

The camera experience was overall good. The focusing issues that I had with the S20 Ultra have been fixed and that was the first thing I appreciated. Day time photos were nice, no matter what lens I used.  Shot most of my photos with the primary 108MP camera those photos had more detail. 

This time around the 100X Zoom option from the S20 Ultra has been removed and now the max is 50X. I also didn’t like the over processing of the images sometimes and I noticed some artificial effects on the images. I still wish there was an underwater shooting mode to capture cool photos and videos underwater with this phone.

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is a fun phone to use because it has everything you would need in a phone. It›s great for gaming. It›s good to shoot photos, videos, and art. It›s impressive for watching videos on YouTube or Netflix. It›s great for multitasking and productivity. 

The ‘Ultra’ moniker fits this phone. All of this comes at a hefty price of Rs 260, 000 officially from Samsung in Sri Lanka. If you want all these features and performance, that›s the price, you will have to pay.


By Banu Athuraliya | Published: 2:00 AM Sep 5 2020

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