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Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Review – A Comprehensive Look

Introduction

Each generation of the Galaxy S series seems to bring a slight improvement, incorporating new features and borrowing a few tricks from the iPhone. After more than a month of using the Galaxy S24 Ultra as my main device, I can confidently say that it’s a highly recommendable Android phone. Many people ask me whether they should upgrade to the S24 Ultra, and my answer is consistently affirmative.

ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 (4 nm)
GraphicsAdreno 750 (1 GHz)
Battery & ChargingLi-Ion 5000 mAh, 45W wired, PD3.0, 15W wireless (Qi/PMA), 4.5W reverse wireless
ScreenGorilla Glass Armour, 6.8″ AMOLED 2X, 120Hz, HDR10+, 2600 nits (peak), 1440 x 3120 (505 ppi)
RAM+Storage12GB RAM, 256/512/1TB storage, UFS 4.0
Rear camera1x Zoom 200 MP, f/1.7, 24mm (wide), 1/1.3″, 0.6µm, multi-directional PDAF, Laser AF, OIS
5x Zoom 50 MP, f/3.4, 111mm (periscope telephoto), PDAF, OIS, 5x optical zoom
5x Zoom 50 MP, f/3.4, 111mm (periscope telephoto), PDAF, OIS, 5x optical zoom
3x Zoom 10 MP, f/2.4, 67mm (telephoto), 1/3.52″, 1.12µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom
0.6x Zoom 12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm, 120˚ (ultrawide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, Super Steady video
Front camera12 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), Dual Pixel PDAF
Video recording8K@24/30fps, 4K@30/60/120fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, 1080p@960fps, HDR10+, stereo/360 degree sound, gyro-EIS
OSAndroid 14, One UI 6.1
Size & Weight162.3 x 79 x 8.6 mm / 232g
LongevitySamsung promises 7 years of OS and security updates

SAMSUNG Galaxy S24 Ultra Cell Phone

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Design and Build

The S24 Ultra hasn’t changed much from the S23 Ultra, except for its flat screen and material enhancements. This year’s top model in the S24 series has shifted to a titanium frame combined with an aluminum chassis, giving a more premium feel, albeit not lighter. Compared to the iPhone, its finish is rougher and textured but aesthetically pleasing, especially in the titanium black version I chose. This year, I stuck with the 256GB model, but Samsung has standardized 12GB of RAM across all versions, eliminating any disparities.

Handling and Feel

The device is still quite large, and I’m primarily a user of smaller phones. If Samsung made a similar device in a smaller size, like the iPhone 15 Pro, it would be perfect. The S24 Ultra’s flat, square design is visually appealing, though the sharp corners can be uncomfortable when held. Its size and the positioning of the volume buttons on the right make it challenging for left-handed users like me, despite the functionality of the buttons for answering calls and controlling the ringtone.

Display Quality

Samsung’s display remains outstanding in the smartphone world, now transitioning to a flat panel with an added anti-glare layer that I find very appealing. It excellently prevents light reflection, enhancing the viewing experience. Initially, the S24 Ultra had a bug where the Vivid mode didn’t differ from the standard, but this was quickly fixed. One UI 6.1 introduces an adaptive tone setting, similar to iPhone’s True Tone, adjusting the screen’s color temperature based on ambient light for a consistent viewing experience.

AI Features

The pre-installed One UI 6.1 brings several adjustments and AI features, enhancing the lock screen customization with options to add widgets like weather and UV index. Like the iPhone, the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra dims the lock screen wallpaper when Always On Display is active, allowing visibility without brightness. The AI-generated wallpaper I’m using, which I highly like, adds a personal touch. AI features like searchable zoning, image editing, and web page summarization have proven quite handy, although they also nudge users towards using Samsung’s native apps like Gallery and Samsung Internet instead of Google’s alternatives.

SAMSUNG Galaxy S24 Ultra Cell Phone

Camera Performance

The camera on the S24 Bright and fresh, making it ideal for food photography. This year, the 10x optical zoom lens is gone, as Samsung probably realized not many people were using it to capture distant objects or the moon. They’ve replaced it with a 5x lens, similar to what’s found on the iPhone 15 Pro Max or Pixel 8 Pro, which will likely appeal to more users, though not necessarily to me.

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra
Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Benchmarks

Conclusion

The Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra continues to impress with each iteration, offering sophisticated features in a premium package. While it may not be for everyone due to its size and sharp edges, it remains a top choice for those seeking a powerful, feature-rich smartphone.

Pros
  • Better performance and battery life than ever before
  • Great cameras improve the photo quality over last year
  • Titanium frame and durable Gorilla Armor glass
Cons
  • Big and heavy – titanium didn’t help with that
  • Many new and great features are hidden beneath terrible menus
  • AI features are often useless and cause performance delays
9.2 Total Score
Good

Better performance and battery life than ever before

8.5Expert Score
Design and Build
8.4
Display Quality
9
Performance and Features
9
Camera Quality
9
Value for Money
7
9.8User's score
Design and Build
10
Display Quality
10
Performance and Features
10
Camera Quality
10
Value for Money
9
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  1. 4.9
    Design and Build
    100
    Display Quality
    100
    Performance and Features
    100
    Camera Quality
    100
    Value for Money
    90

    Top-tier smartphone

    + PROS: Premium materials like titanium and aluminum give it a luxurious and durable feel.
    - CONS: The large size and sharp corners can be uncomfortable to hold, particularly for those who prefer a more compact device.
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