Question What do you think about the S23U so far? (first thread)

How's the camera, battery life for you?

  • It's good!

    Votes: 79 94.0%
  • It's bad

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • It's a meh for me.

    Votes: 5 6.0%

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Jul 15, 2014
Paradise Valley
I hated samsung phones but recently (latest 2-3 generation) those are really good piece of hardware and software , I do really like S22 ultra , I went from s22U to pixel7pro but pixel in my opinion is no as good as S22U , of course they can fight with whos is better for photos , but overal for sure S22u , I cannot wait and feel what S23U can offer .
If they could combine the pixel software with the Samsung hardware I think it would be the ideal phone.
The hardware updates along with the OneUI 5.1 update will make the S23U the #1 beast. 5.1 is adding more features than the 5.0 release. I think they saved the good stuff for the new phone release.. As far as ROMs, it would be hard to improve on the stock OS. The phone will be nice but probably won't get much love here. XDA used to be a fun place to talk phones, especially new releases. Everything is negative now - everything sucks - the camera sucks, the price sucks, the battery life sucks, the size sucks, no SD card, no headphone jack. Jeez, no wonder this place is deserted.
I wish I could try out oneui 5.1 :ROFLMAO: everyone who gets an s22 / s23 is pretty lucky with oneui imo.

And yeah, everything is negative now in this world. And we need to get along with it.

I sold mine for this reason. I doubt it will be a huge improvement with the 23 without a larger battery.
I hope that the S23Ultra is getting a larger battery upgrade! S23 is still stuck at 3900mAh (leaked specifications) , in my opinion it should have 4000mAh for a better battery life.

hallo dare

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Jan 23, 2012
Is it worth paying the extra for the 12GB ram or is 8GB plenty?

I wouldn't ever do much, if any, multitasking/split screen process at any time.



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Sep 21, 2017
Greenville, SC
If I we’re getting it, I’d buy in person. Samsungs shipping timeline has been unreliable the past few releases. Other people we’re getting their devices that ordered after me.
Samsung doesn't ship phones in the order recieved. Who gets their phone first depends on Shipping Location, Availability of Stock for model ordered and that Carrier models get priority over Unlocked models. Just cause you ordered yours before somebody else doesn't mean a thing to Samsung.
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S23U's specs got released!!!!!!!!
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    After reading all these 13 pages and many reviews online (but i prefer users feedbacks as it's more real and meaningful for me than press or Android tech reviews) and i gotta say Samsung seems to kill it this year !
    I own a S22 Ultra Exynos and wasn't really thinking about upgrading but ii'm so hyped right now that i have to get this masterpiece ! So tonight i will buy it... Gosh i'm weak ah ah ;)
    I think it's much of the same as far as the Ultra goes. I have the s22 ultra and my gripe is battery life. Improve battery life on the s23 and I am all in.
    So i' bought mine yesterday in a store for 150€ eh eh (couldn't wait any longer ah ah) and jeez... Samsung definitely released the ultra we're all waited for ! I mean, i was thinking coming from an S22 Ultra that i will not see so much differences but i was so, so wrong :

    - The phone feels really premium and i loved that they curved the edges a little less, flater screen is best forr me.
    - The screen/panel is supposed to be the same as the S22 Ultra, but it feels even better !
    - External speakers are just really really good with nice bass, it's loud and clear !
    - it's smooth as f*ck (thanks to the SD 8 Gen 2 who just killed and burried the Exynos 2200 ah ah)
    - I played a little bit with the camera and i already felt the difference : Every shot feels like a piece of art ah ah
    - I played non stop with it (to reinstall all my apps, settings, pics/videos and stuff) for about 5 hours non stop and the battery was almost not draining, it's just day & night with the S22 Ultra (i was forced to disable 5G and 120hz because it was draining too fast the battery and i mean, what the purpose of having a premium smartphone ii we can't use all these great functions... But now, i can without worrying about the battery).

    I could go on and on but to resume, i think we hold between our hands the most perfect and achieved smartphone ever release by Samsung; It's gonna be a best seller i"m sure !
    First thing, I absolutely love the flatter screen, nearly completely flat. Can't wait for them to go all the way so we can buy regular screen protectors again.

    Never owned one but this is most Note-like S-Series yet. It has the old school boxy feel which I actually like.

    The camera is a big improvement in my opinion. Skin tones look better and images are generally sharper. I like that we get a 12MP, 50mp and 200MP mode. Also that Raw supports 50MP. Side note if you didn't know, Raw Camera is now in the 'More' section in the main camera but unfortunately you can't drag it out. Hopefully in an update.
    Front facing isn't bad but it's a letdown that they dropped the 40MP front facing. I know MP doesn't necessarily indicate the quality of the image but it's definitely a lot less consistent.

    Fingerprint scanner is a mixed bag. Every time I upgrade I feel like I need to retrain my brain how to activate it. It doesn't feel consistent between upgrades even if you register it perfectly and at different angles.

    Battery is definitely improved. In my use case I'm getting about 20% more battery by the end of the day. Wish the battery was bigger.

    Heat-wise it seems this year it doesn't get as warm. S22U would get warm under extended workloads. While setting up the S23U i didn't even notice a change.

    Speakers seem clearer, maybe a bit louder.

    Screen looks great as always. Wish we got adaptive resolution as well but maybe some day.

    Packing is super lackluster. I'm not talking about the materials but that tiny image of the phone on the big front of that box? I feel like for the money the presentation could have been more. And more can be less, look at last year, it wasn't much but how they designed the front art made it feel premium.

    Sidenote and irrelevant to the phone itself, I was so happy to see this year that my rugged case and screen protector played nice. Screen protector aligns perfectly and the case doesn't tug thanks to the flatter screen.
    Battery is a beast coming from s22 exynos

    Wifi and phone signal seems to be stronger, I'm getting service where I didn't before

    Call quality is better