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Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra Review.

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Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra Review.

The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is the epitome of the Ultra phone and it is undoubtedly Samsung’s most sought-after device. Some may find the design slightly uninspiring at present, however it is unquestionably an example of function preceding form. The rectangular body is perfectly suited to hold a powerful four-camera island, a formidable chipset with its associated cooling, a substantial 5,000mAh battery, and a stylus. Plus the largest possible display on a non-folding phone.

The Galaxy Ultra is now in its fourth iteration, and Samsung has made sure it stands out from the competition by including the S Pen and a 200MP camera. This solidifies that the Galaxy Ultra has a feature that no other device has.

The Galaxy S23 Ultra is a perfect choice for those dedicated to the Galaxy Ultra and the prior Galaxy Note series. Samsung has been very thorough in ensuring that the device is in line with its traditional roots. A similar situation can be seen with the iPhone Pro Max, as people have been eager to invest in it year after year.

The Way it is Designed and How it is Used

The Galaxy S23 Ultra has maintained the same overall design as the former S22 Ultra model, but a few changes have been made for the better. The display and glass panel curves have been drastically decreased, and the frame has been widened at the sides. This has made the phone easier to get hold of as well as less slippery – a bonus for those who use their phones without a cover.

The rear glass with a matte finish is pleasant to the touch yet can be slick at times; however, the shiny Armor Aluminum frame is prone to smudging but it has the advantage of being easier to hold.

It’s impossible to ignore the enormous size of the Galaxy S23 Ultra, but Samsung has perfected its handling. Specifically, the device has a balanced weight distribution, so it won’t tilt or lean when held in the hand.

The button arrangement is dead-on accurate – the power button is in the perfect spot for either the right thumb or left index finger. Having the button placed in the right area is a skillful craft – if you ask any iPhone 15 Pro Max user, they can tell you if the new Action Button location is comfortable for them.

The S23 Ultra performs as competently as can be expected from a device of its dimensions. However, individuals with smaller hands may find the Galaxy S23 Ultra to be overly bulky.

What has been the outcome?

Since the Galaxy S23 Ultra released in February, we have usually kept it covered in a case. Although, there have been a few times during its months of use that we deliberately removed it from its case to appreciate its superior texture.

The rear panel of the phone is beset with the same minute dot-scratches or blemishes as the Samsung S22 Ultra. We can only assume that specks of dust became lodged in between the phone and its protective casing. Nevertheless, they are practically invisible.

The frame is flawless. We can’t say for sure if it’s made of Samsung’s particular alloy (called Armor Aluminum) or something else, but we haven’t experienced any issues with it.

The Galaxy S23 Ultra’s earpiece has a tiny slit that tends to accumulate dust. Attempts to eradicate it with an air blower, water, and a toothbrush have been unsuccessful. Fortunately, it does not have any effect on the phone’s call quality.

In regards to phones with curved displays, there are very few quality glass screen protectors available for the Galaxy S23 Ultra, but there is a greater selection for the Galaxy S23 and S23+, which won’t obstruct the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. The good thing about glass protectors is that they have their own oleophobic coating, and when it wears off, you can just switch out for a new protector and enjoy a great display for another six months to a year. On the other hand, if you prefer the cheaper feeling of plastic, you could opt for a plastic protector.

Using Biometrics for Identification

Biometrics is a technology that utilises a person’s biological traits, such as their fingerprints, to authenticate and identify them. This technology has become an integral part of a variety of security systems because it is an incredibly reliable method for verifying a person’s identity. The use of biometrics has helped to reduce the risk of fraud and security breaches.

The fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S23 Ultra is fantastic. It is identical to the one from the Galaxy S22 Ultra, which was also of outstanding quality. It is still incredibly quick and precise, even after extended use and no smudges make any difference in its performance – that’s the beauty of ultrasonic fingerprint scanners. It would be great to have the same tech featured on the following Galaxy S Ultra.

Visuals and Audio output

The Galaxy S23 Ultra has an impressive display that surpasses that of its rivals in terms of size, color accuracy, and viewing quality. Additionally, it can also be utilised for writing or drawing purposes, making it one of the best displays on the market.

Samsung’s auto brightness feature is top-notch, always adjusting to the lighting around you to provide the perfect level of illumination. You can manually tweak the brightness if necessary, but it will stay that way until there is a drastic shift in the environment. To put it another way, this functionality is “just right” for your needs.

When you are reading a book in the evening, for example, the screen of the phone can be adjusted to be quite dim.

If you’re using your phone right before going to sleep, the blue light emitted from the display can interfere with your ability to rest and reduce your sleep quality. Samsung has implemented an advanced blue light filtering system to adjust the color temperature to one that you prefer or have the phone adjust it based on the light in the environment. Additionally, you can also have the tones and contrast of the display adapted.

The Always On Display of the Galaxy S23 Ultra is great. You can enable it to appear when you receive a notification or manually activate it, and it will stay lit for 6 seconds, conserving battery. You can select to keep it constantly up, stipulate it to a certain schedule, or have it only show when there is a notification. Additionally, you can customize the clock design, color, or pick a widget.

The sound system of the Galaxy S23 Ultra is remarkable. This model features a hybrid speaker setup, with one located in the earpiece, yet it doesn’t compromise on quality. Audio is full and robust, and it has a great range of volume.

Showing Outstanding Results

The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is a dependable device due to its powerful chipset, efficient cooling system, and dependable software.

The phone is able to quickly process apps without any issues, and is powerful enough to take on more demanding tasks, such as editing ExpertRAW (or other RAW formats) photos in Adobe Lightroom Mobile, creating 4K videos in programs like Adobe Rush or KineMaster, and running two apps simultaneously.

Our testing of the Galaxy S23 Ultra has been completely problem-free, with no interruptions, unexpected shutdowns, crashes, or restarts occurring. The phone has been highly reliable throughout our evaluation.

During the summer months, when watching high-definition videos on the phone, it can become quite hot; however, this did not seem to have an effect on the functioning but did impact the battery life.

Power Durability and Recharging

The Galaxy S series has made the switch to the Qualcomm chipset, pleasing both the casual fans and those in the know. Our review of the S23 Ultra revealed that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 was more efficient than the Exynos 2200. Our battery tests displayed that the device had 5 and a half hours more of video playback and 4 hours more of internet browsing than its predecessor. This was likely due to the new Snapdragon chip and its TSMC architecture being more adept at handling the 5,000mAh battery than the Exynos ever was.

The impressive battery life has remained mostly consistent since we began using the Galaxy S23 Ultra. However, when the weather heated up, we noticed that the battery was dropping faster during an hour-long navigation session than it had in the cooler months.

On a daily basis, you can depend on the Galaxy S23 Ultra to provide no less than 6 and a half hours of screen-on-time, except if you’re running Waze or Google Maps for over two hours at maximum brightness, at which point the time is closer to 4 hours.

I charge my Galaxy S23 Ultra on a wireless charger each night, and only need to occasionally refresh the battery during the day with fast wired charging. The device has an impressive charging control system, which allows the user to separately configure fast wired or fast wireless charging. It even has a smart function that will trickle charge the battery to 100% right before the phone is unplugged in the morning, theoretically reducing stress on the battery.

To further safeguard your battery, you could set the maximum charge to 85% – this will reduce the amount of charging cycles and will not be as taxing to the cells.

Recent Developments

When it comes to updates, Samsung has proven itself to be reliable in regards to both major OS updates and minor security patches. Each year, the company has been pushing its newest version of Android to its Galaxy S series earlier and earlier – the Galaxy S20 series got One UI 3 in December 2020, the Galaxy S23 series got One UI 4 in November 2021, and the Galaxy S22 series obtained One UI 5 in October 2022. Our Galaxy S23 Ultra was provided with One UI 6 on October 30th, offering a variety of features, enhancements, and a revitalized design, including a new system-wide font, a revised Quick Settings design, and more.

For the purpose of this review, we will not focus on the recent Android 14 software as all of our long-term testing was done using One UI 5 and Android 13.

Despite having a good history of releasing updates, Samsung’s August security patch had a hiccup as it took two months to reach many Galaxy S23 users, our own included.

The S Pen

The S Pen is a stylus that comes with certain Samsung devices. It allows users to jot down notes, draw, and perform other tasks. It has become an integral part of many Samsung phones and tablets, providing a great way to interact with the device.

Samsung has been relying on the S Pen as a unique feature for a long time. It’s experienced several improvements and is now seamlessly connected to the Galaxy S23 Ultra.

The S Pen is highly advantageous in a variety of situations, such as annotating screenshots, entering into non-disclosure agreements, creating directions on a map, and even providing a form of amusement for passengers on an extended journey. It is an invaluable asset!

Samsung Notes is an excellent tool for writing and sketching, as well as organizing your notes. Additionally, the Screen off memo feature allows you to quickly jot down a note without having to unlock your phone – simply take out the S Pen and write your note, put the pen away, and your phone will save the note for later.

Camera

The use of cameras has become increasingly commonplace in our culture, from capturing moments with loved ones to taking pictures of unique moments. Now, cameras are a part of everyday life, and photographic equipment has become commonplace in our society from taking pictures of special occasions to snapping shots of the extraordinary.

The new Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra has released a 200MP imager, being the largest one on a Samsung phone to date. Samsung claims that users will experience clarity unlike anything seen on a Galaxy phone before, so we put it up against the best on the market at the time to see how it would fare. For more detailed information on the camera specs, we recommend looking at our review. In this article, we will be focusing more on particular camera features rather than the whole system.

The 200MP primary lens of the Galaxy S23 Ultra is impressive, but the real strength of the device is the range of its camera system. Starting at 13mm with an ultrawide, the phone progresses to 23mm for 2x zoom, then to 69mm for 3x, and all the way to 230mm with its unique 10x lens. This is an unrivaled level of zooming for a phone, and with rumors of the Galaxy S24 Ultra ditching the 10x camera in favor of 5x, the Galaxy S23 Ultra might be the last phone with optical 10x available.

Speaking of quality, the Galaxy camera app is one of the top apps and has not seen many changes in recent years. This makes it recognizable to those with a Galaxy phone. Anywhere the user is, they can double-press the power button to open up the camera, double-press it again to switch to the selfie camera, and double-press it one more time to get back to the main camera.

When it comes to good lighting conditions, the main camera of the Galaxy S23 Ultra does a great job of taking crisp images with almost no grain. The dynamic range is impressive – darker tones are still detailed but retain their natural hue, while the highlights are never too bright. We’d refer to the saturation as leaning heavily towards midtones. The colors are lively without being over-the-top, and the sky colors are a faithful representation of reality.

The Galaxy S23 Ultra really stands out when it comes to zoomed images. Its 3x and 10x cameras capture shots of remarkable quality in both bright and dim lighting. The details, contrast and hues are all quite impressive, however, grain can be seen with the 3x and 10x cameras.

These cameras are more about providing a different outlook, rather than purely great photography. The 10x lens on the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is an unparalleled optical tool at 230mm, allowing for a distinct viewpoint, be it in a bustling city or up in the clouds gazing down at wind turbines from 11000 meters. Long-term use of the S23 Ultra instructs the photographer to look beyond the 5x camera of a standard smartphone. We’re looking forward to a bigger sensor zoom in the next iteration of the Galaxy S Ultra.

The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is a dependable camera, and it continues to be one of the most adaptable on the market. You can be certain that it won’t let you down, be off-focus, or fail when it matters most. It offers reliable stabilisation up to 230mm, and its autofocus has a knack for accurately pinpointing the subject of your shot – be it an individual nearby or a plane soaring across the sky at 10x. No other phones allow you to fit an ultra-wide, a wide, a midrange zoom, and a super telephoto lens into your pocket.

 

 

Our experience with this phone has been a positive one, as it has been able to handle all our requests without difficulty. We anticipate that other users would benefit similarly from its performance.

The Galaxy S23 Ultra is a significant improvement over its predecessor, however it still remains relatively the same phone. It’s unlikely to persuade iPhone or Pixel users to switch, so it’s important to manage one’s expectations of the device. This phone has been designed with a very specific user in mind, and those that fit the criteria will be more than content with the Galaxy S23 Ultra. It is very distinctly Samsung in its design, with lots of features and a huge size.

 

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  1. Christyblaire

    December 8, 2023 at 7:37 pm

    G, this one got my heart i thought am the only one in love with OPO but with all the future’s in this, OPO bye, bye me test this one.

    • Ibe

      May 12, 2024 at 8:09 pm

      thank you for your feedback

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Honor Magic V3 Specifications

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Honor Magic V3 Specifications

Design

The phone has a bar design with the following dimensions:

  • Unfolded: 156.6 x 145.3 x 4.35 mm or 4.4 mm
  • Folded: 156.6 x 74.0 x 9.2 mm or 9.3 mm

It weighs 226 grams and is IPX8 water resistant, capable of withstanding submersion up to 2.5 meters for 30 minutes.

Display

The Honor Magic V3 features a foldable LTPO OLED display:

Main Display: 7.92 inches with a resolution of 2156 x 2344 pixels and 402 PPI.

Cover Display: LTPO OLED, 6.43 inches, 1060 x 2376 pixels, 402 PPI, and features nanocrystal glass 2.0. It supports 1 billion colors, 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+, and reaches up to 2500 nits brightness.

Protection: King Kong Rhinoceros glass.

Hardware

The device is powered by an octa-core CPU (1×3.3 GHz Cortex-X4, 3×3.2 GHz Cortex-A720, 2×3.0 GHz Cortex-A720, and 2×2.3 GHz Cortex-A520) and an Adreno 750 GPU. It offers RAM options of 12 GB or 16 GB and internal storage options of 256 GB, 512 GB, and 1 TB. There is no memory card slot. The phone includes sensors such as a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, accelerometer, gyro, proximity sensor, compass, and barometer.

Software

The phone runs on Android 14 with MagicOS 8.0.1.

Camera

Rear Camera: Triple setup with a 50 MP wide, 50 MP telephoto, and 40 MP ultrawide sensors.

Front Camera: 20 MP wide sensor.

Video: Capable of recording 4K at 30/60fps (10-bit) and 1080p at 30/60fps.

Flash: LED flash.

Network and Connectivity

The device supports various network technologies, including GSM, CDMA, HSPA, CDMA2000, LTE, and 5G. It offers dual SIM options with nano-SIM and eSIM capabilities.

Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6e/7, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct.

USB: Type-C 3.1.

GPS: GPS (L1+L5), GLONASS (L1), BDS (B1I+B1c+B2a), GALILEO (E1+E5a).

NFC: Yes.

Wireless Charging: Yes.

Headphone Jack: No.

Battery

The phone has a non-removable Si/C 5150 mAh battery that supports 66W wired charging, 50W wireless charging, and 5W reverse wired charging.

Media and Other Features

Video Playback and Out: Yes.

FM Radio: No.

Ring Tones, Loudspeaker, Handsfree: Yes.

Data and Speed

The Honor Magic V3 supports various 4G LTE and 5G NR bands, with network speeds of HSPA, LTE, and 5G.

The phone is available in Velvet Black, Snow, Tundra Green, and Red, priced at approximately 1140 EUR.

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The ZTE Voyage 3D, launched on June 27, 2024, is a feature-packed smartphone that aims to stand out in the competitive mid-range market. With its unique 3D lightfield display, powerful Unisoc T760 chipset, and dual camera setup, the Voyage 3D promises an engaging user experience. Here’s a detailed look at what this smartphone has to offer.

Design and Build

The ZTE Voyage 3D sports a sleek and modern design, featuring a glass front, plastic frame, and plastic back. It measures 163.5 x 75 x 8.5 mm and weighs 190 grams, making it relatively lightweight and comfortable to hold. The device supports dual Nano-SIM cards, allowing users to manage personal and work contacts seamlessly.

Display

One of the standout features of the Voyage 3D is its 6.58-inch IPS LCD display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The screen boasts a resolution of 1080 x 2408 pixels, offering sharp and vibrant visuals with a 20:9 aspect ratio and a pixel density of around 401 ppi. The unique 3D lightfield display technology provides real-time 2D to 3D content conversion, adding an extra layer of depth and immersion to the viewing experience.

Performance and Software

Under the hood, the ZTE Voyage 3D is powered by the Unisoc T760 chipset, built on a 6 nm process. This octa-core processor includes one Cortex-A76 core clocked at 2.2 GHz, three Cortex-A76 cores, and four power-efficient Cortex-A55 cores. Paired with 6GB of LPDDR4x RAM and 128GB of eMMC 5.1 storage, the Voyage 3D delivers smooth and responsive performance, capable of handling multitasking and gaming with ease.

Running on MyOS 13, based on Android 13, the Voyage 3D offers a user-friendly interface with a host of customization options. The dedicated button on the device can be programmed to launch specific apps, adding convenience to the user experience.

In terms of benchmarks, the Unisoc T760 scores around 540 points in single-core tests and 2155 points in multi-core tests on Geekbench, indicating strong performance for a mid-range device.

Camera

The ZTE Voyage 3D features a dual-camera setup on the rear, consisting of a 50 MP primary sensor with PDAF and a 5 MP secondary sensor. The camera system supports LED flash, HDR, and panorama modes, and can record 1080p video at 30fps. On the front, there is a 5 MP selfie camera that also supports video recording.

The camera performance is impressive for its price range, capturing detailed and vibrant photos in good lighting conditions. The AI enhancements and various shooting modes further enhance the photography experience, making it suitable for casual photographers.

Battery and Charging

The device is equipped with a 4500 mAh non-removable battery, which provides ample power to last through a full day of moderate to heavy use. The 33W wired charging with PD3.0 support ensures quick and efficient recharging, minimizing downtime.

Connectivity and Additional Features

The ZTE Voyage 3D comes with a comprehensive set of connectivity options, including Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (dual-band), Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, GALILEO, GLONASS, and BDS for precise location tracking. The device also features a USB Type-C 2.0 port for charging and data transfer.

For security, the Voyage 3D includes a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, providing quick and secure access to the device. Other sensors include an accelerometer, gyro, proximity sensor, and compass.

While the device lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack, it compensates with a loudspeaker that delivers clear audio output. The absence of NFC and FM radio might be a drawback for some users, but these omissions do not significantly detract from the overall value of the device.

AI and Software Enhancements

Beyond its hardware capabilities, the ZTE Voyage 3D leverages AI algorithms for various applications. These include real-time translation, an AI intelligent voice assistant, and features such as chat dialogue, knowledge quizzes, creative writing, and food reviews. These enhancements add a layer of interactivity and functionality, making the Voyage 3D a versatile tool for everyday use.

Price and Availability

Available in classic black, the ZTE Voyage 3D is priced at approximately 190 EUR or $204, making it an attractive option for budget-conscious consumers seeking a feature-rich smartphone.

The ZTE Voyage 3D stands out in the mid-range smartphone segment with its unique 3D lightfield display, solid performance, and versatile camera system. While it may lack some premium features such as NFC and a 3.5mm headphone jack, it offers a comprehensive package that caters to a wide range of user needs. For those looking for an affordable yet capable smartphone with innovative display technology, the ZTE Voyage 3D is a compelling choice.

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Lenovo Tab K11 Plus Review

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The Lenovo Tab K11 Plus stands as a testament to the company’s dedication to delivering high-quality tablets with impressive specifications, catering to both productivity and entertainment needs. With its sleek design, powerful internals, and a host of features, the Tab K11 Plus is positioned as a strong contender in the mid-range tablet market. Here’s a detailed look at what this device has to offer.

Design and Build

The Lenovo Tab K11 Plus sports a sleek and modern design, highlighted by its metal case. The tablet’s dimensions, 268.7 x 168.96 x 7.15 mm, and its weight of around 520 grams, make it a portable and lightweight option. Its Luna Grey color adds a touch of sophistication. The build quality feels solid, with a glass front, aluminum frame, and aluminum back, ensuring durability and a premium feel.

Display

The device features an 11.45-inch 2K display with a resolution of 2000 x 1200 pixels, resulting in a crisp and vibrant visual experience. The 90Hz refresh rate enhances the smoothness of animations and scrolling, while the 400 nits brightness ensures readability even in bright environments. The display’s 72% NTSC color gamut provides vivid and accurate colors, making it suitable for media consumption and creative tasks.

Performance

Under the hood, the Lenovo Tab K11 Plus is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon SDM680 processor, an octa-core CPU with a configuration of 4x Kryo 265 Gold cores clocked at 2.4 GHz and 4x Kryo 265 Silver cores at 1.9 GHz. This setup, combined with the integrated Qualcomm Adreno 610 GPU, delivers reliable performance for everyday tasks, including web browsing, streaming, and light gaming. The 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM ensures smooth multitasking, while the 256GB of UFS 2.2 storage provides ample space for apps, media, and documents.

Camera

The Lenovo Tab K11 Plus comes equipped with a 13 MP rear camera featuring an f/2.2 aperture and autofocus, capable of capturing decent photos in good lighting conditions. The front-facing 8 MP camera with an f/2.0 aperture is suitable for video calls and selfies. Both cameras support 1080p video recording at 30fps, ensuring clear and smooth video capture.

Audio

Audio is a strong suit for the Lenovo Tab K11 Plus, thanks to its four speakers optimized with Dolby Atmos. This setup delivers immersive and high-quality sound, enhancing the media consumption experience. The inclusion of a 3.5mm headphone jack provides flexibility for wired audio connections.

Battery Life

The tablet is powered by an integrated 8600mAh battery, which offers impressive battery life. Depending on usage, it can easily last a full day on a single charge. The 10V / 2A power adapter supports quick charging, ensuring minimal downtime.

Connectivity

The Lenovo Tab K11 Plus excels in connectivity options. It supports Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax 2×2), ensuring fast and stable internet connections. Bluetooth 5.3 offers enhanced wireless connectivity for peripherals. Additionally, the tablet features GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, and Beidou for precise location tracking. The presence of NFC adds convenience for contactless transactions and data transfer.

Software

Running on Android 14 or later, the Lenovo Tab K11 Plus provides a smooth and intuitive user experience. The operating system is optimized for tablets, offering a range of productivity and entertainment features. Lenovo’s customizations are minimal, allowing for a clean and responsive interface.

Additional Features

The Lenovo Tab K11 Plus is equipped with a range of sensors, including an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, hall sensor, and proximity sensor, enhancing its functionality. The device supports a stylus (purchased separately), making it a versatile tool for note-taking and creative tasks.

Certifications and Durability

The tablet is certified with ENERGY STAR 8.0, ErP Lot 6, ErP Lot 26, and RoHS compliance, reflecting its energy efficiency and environmental friendliness. It also boasts an IP52 rating for dust and water resistance, ensuring durability in various conditions. TÜV Rheinland certifications for flicker-free and low blue light further enhance its suitability for prolonged use.

The Lenovo Tab K11 Plus is a well-rounded tablet that offers a blend of performance, design, and features at a competitive price point. Its vibrant display, robust build quality, and long battery life make it a compelling choice for media consumption, productivity, and casual use. While it may not match the performance of high-end tablets, its value proposition and feature set make it a strong contender in the mid-range tablet market. Whether you’re a student, professional, or casual user, the Lenovo Tab K11 Plus is worth considering for your next tablet purchase.

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