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

How's the camera, battery life for you?

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Feb 17, 2012


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Jan 20, 2013
I tried all these mode with all aperture (even pro mode).

The worse was 200 mpx...
The 50 mpx was ok but with noise and mvmt blur on element.
The 12mpx was ok but nothing more than my s21+

It was really bad, i hope it was just a software problem. I receive mine monday I can try some more.
Sometimes a lemon is a lemon and you just got a bad sensor. Would be returning that and get another if nothing works.
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Feb 17, 2012
Do you mean that those prices are for the phone only, without a subscription?
Mine cost €895 with a 2 years subscription plan.


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May 23, 2013
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
To users who received the unit already:
Could you share

the vibration motor?
camera shutter lag across all modes?
Any charging speed difference/total time taken to fully charge in between 45W vs 25W?
Vibration motor is very good compared to my previous phone(s21+).

There is shutter lag on 200mp mode because of processing. But regular auto photos are fast to capture. You can make it even more faster installing "camera assistant" from galaxy store and ticking "faster shutter option"(you'll lose some details in darker areas but without zoom you can't even see it).

Personally I don't use fast charging because I'm planning to stick with this phone for at least 3 years. For regular charging It charges even faster than my s21+ with smaller battery and same power brick. That surprised me.

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    Best Note after last Note!
    Feel free to share any reviews (and let me know if I can add it in the thread)
    Hey notnoelchannel, sure, here is the full video where I did the battery drain test on both phones:
    and sure you can add it in the thread. Thanks!
    Hey notnoelchannel, sure, here is the full video where I did the battery drain test on both phones:
    and sure you can add it in the thread. Thanks!
    hi, i've added it in the thread and thanks for linking!

    the NOTE 10 plus has nothing to be ashamed of...
    Saw the spec and I really dig the haptic and SD card on the Note 10+. Also, in 2023, the snapdragon 855 is still a beast. Also, side by side picture is not night and day difference. There's a difference, but for the average is not crazy.

    Coming from a Snapdragon 835 8gb ram (oneplus), and Im Very very surprised how in 6 years the tech didn't evolve much.
    I miss physical button, ceramic quick finger print, good haptic feed back, sd.
    App load almost as fast, game as well.
    I'm happy with the S23u, but this is not a 1900$ upgrade good for sure.
    Good lightning picture there's not much difference and I do photoshop. But night and zoomed picture, wow, s23 is a beast.
    After more than 10 years of using Android and in between other platforms like iOS and extinct Windows phone, also having used different devices from different brands since I don't have brand loyalty. My last three devices have had the lastest chips and have done pretty well. I still own the past five devices I have used and I can tell you that even with custom roms and using root to modify the thermal levels to achieve better performance and fluid ui there was always something there that wasn't 💯. With this phone I don't have that it is really very well optimize in imo and it does feel very fluid . I like the customization options and I can finally say that it's the first Samsung phone I have used that doesn't struggle with using all those extra features. It's a great phone imo the best I have owned it in years. ( Iast three where pixel 7 pro, Xiaomi mi 11, OnePlus 7t ).
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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