Switching to the Samsung s23 Ultra: A Review
Hi guys, it’s great to be back again. For those of you who are new here, my name is Patrick and I love to talk about tech and other cool things.
Why I’ve Been an Apple Fan
For the past few years, I’ve been an Apple fan. I started using MacBooks and iPhones and ended up sticking with them for a while.
What Made Me Switch To Apple Products
In April 2020, I decided to pick up an iPad Pro and loved it. It had apps that weren’t available on my Android tablet and worked so well with my MacBook Pro. I liked the iPad Pro so much that I wanted that same experience on my phone and switched back to iPhone.
Why I Decided to Review Samsung s23 Ultra
But now, I’ll be switching to the Samsung s23 Ultra for at least two weeks since I really want to review this thing, and there are a couple of reasons why.
Reason 1: Next-Level Camera Specs
Firstly, as a content creator, the camera will always be one of the most important specs on a phone. Although the iPhone is top of the game in that department, the camera on the new s23 Ultra is supposed to be next-level.
Reason 2: Snapdragon Processor
Secondly, it now finally comes with a Snapdragon processor, and not just any old Snapdragon but the super-fast Snapdragon 8 gen 2, which is truly impressive.
Reason 3: Availability in Europe
The third reason why I decided to review this phone is the fact that it’s available over here. A lot of my YouTuber buddies were complaining that they had to wait so long for their pre-ordered s23s, but then I saw a third-party reseller here in Belgium that was just casually having a bunch of them in stock for next-day delivery.
Unboxing the Samsung s23 Ultra
Now, let’s move on to the unboxing process, and I’ll explore what’s in the box.
Here’s what I noticed immediately: the Samsung s23 Ultra looks almost identical to the s22 Ultra, except for a few differences. The edges on the Samsung are a little less curved than they were on the s22 Ultra, which makes the phone just a little bit boxier and probably a little easier to handle. I really like the way it feels on my hand; I’m a fan of boxy designs. The camera rings are also a bit bigger now because of the new cameras, but of course, that also means that if you’re upgrading from the s22 Ultra, your cases won’t fit, so keep that in mind.
Display and User Interface
One of the things that have always impressed me about Samsung flagship phones is their bright vibrant displays. The Samsung s23 Ultra features a dynamic AMOLED Quad HD Plus display, which is quite impressive, and a bit smaller in size than that of the iPhone 14 Pro. The brightness at 1750 nits is slightly less than the 2000 nits on the iPhone 14 pro, but still incredibly bright for a smartphone. It’s using the Advanced Vision Booster technology, which is essentially an adaptive brightness that adjusts to your surroundings. The phone has a 120hz adaptive refresh rate, which is exactly the same as the iPhone 14 Pro, making it very efficient and snappy in its operations.
Skin and Sound Quality
The skin Samsung put on top of Android 13 is one UI 5.1, and although I prefer the naked Android skin, the new skins these days are much better and less bloated than they used to be. The speakers on the Samsung s23 Ultra have also improved over their predecessors and will be compared to the speakers on the iPhone 14 Pro in my full review.
Now let’s move on to the camera system. There have been some significant improvements made to the camera on this phone, and I’m excited to explore them.
Samsung tells us that the image quality has improved, even though it’s a lower resolution than that of the s22 Ultra. The s23 Ultra has a 12-megapixel dual-pixel autofocus camera, which means that improvements are mostly visible in focusing, but it also delivers better skin tones and more details.
The real magic happens on the backside, where Samsung really went all out with the camera system. Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait for the full review until that is fully explored.