This Galaxy S20 guide explains the top 5 worst features of Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra: in-display fingerprint scanner, curved screen, no headphone jack, no QC 3.0-, and the price.
In-display fingerprint scanner: the worst of the worst features of Galaxy S20
Samsung introduced the ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor in Galaxy S10.
It's probably one of the worst features in S10 and S10+. Luckily, you can still choose Galaxy S10e if you need a better fingerprint reader.
The in-display fingerprint reader in most cases is less accurate, slower, and inconvenient. It is an example of meaningless innovation for smartphones.
Samsung since then added this not-ready features to all of their “flagship” smartphones to differentiate them from other Android phones (because only a few Chinese brands used similar or even worse in-display fingerprint read).
If you skip the fingerprint reader, then you have only the less secure face recognition for biometric authentications. The default behaviour of face recognition in Galaxy S20 is that you have to swipe on the lock screen after the phone is unlocked. You need to follow this guide to disable the stay on the Lock screen.
All of the three Galaxy S20 models (Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra) use the same in-display fingerprint sensor.
If you need a normal fingerprint reader, you should eliminate Galaxy S20 from your list.
Although Samsung claimed they improved the fingerprint sensor, for example, a larger touch area (see Galaxy S20 layout) and faster recognition, it is still inferior to most of the capacitative fingerprint readers found in many middle-range smartphones.
You will feel the pain sooner or later. Especially, in the dry winter, it is almost impossible to use the in-display fingerprint reader.
So, we consider the in-display ultrasonic fingerprint scanner is the worst of the worst features of Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and S20 Ultra.
Samsung “invented” the curved screen in Galaxy Note Edge (Note 4 Edge) with a separated curved edge screen, which nobody likes.
Samsung is so proud of their curved screens that they want to make it a signature feature of their top-tier smartphones, although it reduces the usability of the phone.
Since Galaxy S6, the curved screen became an option: you can choose Galaxy S6 with a normal flat-screen or Galaxy S6 edge (and later Galaxy S6 Edge+).
Samsung tried hard to make the curved screen a premium feature. In Galaxy S8 and S9, they totally removed the flat screen option.
They added the flat-screen option in last year's Galaxy S10e, the cheapest model of the Galaxy S10. FYI, edge screen (which most owners never used), does not need the curvature. It can be implemented on any flat screens.
Now, in Galaxy S20, all three models (S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra) use the curved screen although the curvature is different in three models (see Galaxy S20 layout). The sharper the curvature, the more expensive.
Over the years, Samsung actually scaled back the “curved” part due to negative feedback. But they still want to try their luck.
A phone is not a piece of jewellery to show off. It is for practical use.
The curved screen in Galaxy S20 is purely for aesthetics (so-called infinity display) at the cost of conveniences. You will inevitably touch the “edge” screen inadvertently. It is surely one of the worst features of Galaxy S20.
Manufacturing the curved screen is the strength of Samsung ‘s display unit. But you (or only you) can do it does not mean you should do it.
No headphone jack
Samsung started to remove the headphone jack in Galaxy Note 10. Now, the headphone jack is an exclusive feature of “cheap” smartphones. Basically, you pay more money to let Samsung remove some features.
Removing the headphone jack is the most stupid choice Android manufacturers ever made. It removes a useful feature without improving anything or delivering a better solution.
HTC, who championed the move, is dead already. It should.
Google's Pixel (except the with -headphone-jack Pixel 3a) is harder to sell than ever. Forget about the all-inclusive Nexus phones.
Apple is laughing with billons of dollars revenue from AirPod and AirPod Pro. For Apple, it is a smart business move of getting a new revenue stream.
Galaxy S10 is Samsung's last flagship phone with a headphone jack, which can now be found in cheaper phones.
Maybe, Samsung will brag about headphone jack as an innovative feature in S21 or S22. Remember, they removed the SD card in Galaxy S6 and Note 5. But they later added it back as a “new” feature.
Anyway, most USB-C headphones do not work universally. The choice is very limited.
Bluetooth is mainly for “voice” and “sound”, not for music. Period.
No QC 3.0
But all of the 3 Galaxy S20 models only support Quick Charge 2.0 (QC 2.0) and their proprietary adaptive fast charging. None of them supports QC 3.0.
Please do not confuse QC 3.1 with the PD 3.0 (USB-C Power Delivery). All Galaxy S20 models support PD 3.0.
Although the charging speed of Galaxy S20 is in par with other flagship smartphones, missing QC 3.0 is still a failure of Galaxy S20.
Galaxy S20 charging guide can be found here.
We cannot avoid the price when talking about Galaxy S20, which is absurdly expensive. iPhone looks so cheap now.
The starting price of Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra is $1000, $1200, and $1400 respectively.
As a comparison, Apple asks $700, $1000, and $1100 for iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max respectively.
For Android phones, Google's Pixel 4 and Pixel XL 4 start from $799 and $899 (most of the time, you can get $200 to $350 cheaper). A lot of Pixel and Nexus owners already complained about the price of Pixel 4.
So, if you do not want to waste money, go to buy iPhone 11 or Pixel 4.
At least, there is no reason to buy Galaxy S20 or Galaxy S20+ at this price point. Only Galaxy S20 Ultra has some unique and useful camera features that cannot be found in other smartphones.
If you think Samsung can pocket in more profit, very likely, you are wrong. Samsung needs more money to advertise the Galaxy S20 because Samsung lacks a solid loyal user base. And Samsung tried hard to get “new” buyers, instead of pleasing existing customers.
Roughly, the selling cost (excluding reseller/distributor's profit) per set of Galaxy S ( and Galaxy Note ) phone is at least 2 to 4 times that of an iPhone. Apple usually spends less than $100 per handset for marketing and direct sales cost. But for Samsung Galaxy S and Note devices, it is about $200-400.
So, when you see the large Galaxy S20 billboards everywhere, you will then understand the hefty price of the phone.
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