Samsung Galaxy S24 Review

Every year, it is more difficult to locate a little, portable phone with a ton of features and functionality. The majority of phones fit into the “go big or go home” mindset, pushing out others who would rather have a more sensible size. Fortunately, Samsung refrained from doing so with the latest Galaxy S24.

Samsung Galaxy S24: design

The Galaxy S24 and the Galaxy S23 from last year resemble each other in most aspects. The identical triple-lens column camera module, flat screens, and frame antenna markings are shared by both of them. However, there are a few noteworthy variations.

First off, the S24’s frame is no longer rounded at the corners as it was previously; instead, it is now flat, much like the iPhone 15. Additionally, the frame is now matte rather than shiny. Though the S24 essentially resembles an iPhone 15, it does appear that Samsung is copying Apple

Gorilla Glass Victus 2 is used for both the front and back glass, and the back is still matte-finished, making it somewhat fingerprint-resistant. It does feel slick and slippery, though, so I would rather use it with a decent, grippy case.

Samsung Galaxy S24: display

Although the Galaxy S24 and its predecessor share identical displays, this year’s model has one. Samsung has switched to an LTPO AMOLED panel, which uses less power when the display is always on. While not in use, the S23 could only drop as low as 24 Hz, but with LTPO, the refresh rate can drop as low as 1 Hz.

Apart from that, the Galaxy S24’s display has more variations. Samsung increased the screen’s size this year from the 6.1-inch model of last year to 6.2 inches. This indicates that the bezels have slightly shrunk and that the chassis is slightly higher and thinner than it was the previous year. I was initially concerned that there would be an obvious difference, but after using the S24 for a week, I can’t tell.

The dynamic LTPO AMOLED display, measuring 6.2 inches, boasts a peak brightness of 2,600 nits and a refresh rate of up to 120 Hz. In contrast, the S23 could only obtain 1,750 nits. 1080 x 2340 pixels with a density of 416 pixels per inch (ppi) make up the resolution. Strangely enough, there is a tiny but noticeable difference between the PPI and the S23.

Samsung Galaxy S24: performance and software

Samsung used Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 for the Galaxy processor to power the whole S24 range. With a minor overclock, this Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 variant is suited for Samsung Galaxy handsets, meaning improved efficiency and performance.

One UI 6.1 is placed on top of Android 14 on the Samsung Galaxy S24. Samsung equipped the S24 base model with 8GB of RAM and either 128GB or 256GB of storage. The standard S24 is nevertheless rather quick and powerful for the ordinary user, even though it has less RAM than its larger brothers (the S24 Plus and S24 Ultra both have 12 GB of RAM).

The Circle-to-Search function of Galaxy AI is my absolute favorite. You can search for anything on the screen by simply long-pressing the center button or the navigation bar, depending on whether your device supports button or gesture navigation. You can also tap, circle, or draw anything on the screen. Similar to Google Lens, it only functions in any app.

Samsung Galaxy S24: cameras

The Galaxy S24 base model’s camera hasn’t changed all that much from its predecessor. A 50MP primary camera, a 10MP telephoto lens with a 3x optical zoom, and a 12MP ultrawide lens with a 120-degree field of view are, in fact, nearly identical lenses. There is still a 12 MP selfie camera on the front.

The pictures on my earlier Samsung phones were one of my main complaints. It wasn’t that the cameras weren’t good; rather, Samsung tends to oversaturate and distort colors in images to the point that the result occasionally looks unnatural or unrepresentative. While some people may not mind, I enjoy pictures that are a little more true to life and realistic; if I want something to stand out a little more, I can adjust it throughout the editing process.

I’ve taken some very amazing pictures so far. They are still striking, but the coloring is more true than it was previously. Even close-ups have been well captured by the cameras, which also pick up all the subtle nuances, textures, and crispness. Additionally, I’ve noticed that this time around, the skin tones feel more natural because they haven’t turned my selfies orange yet. As I discovered when I tested it while my daughter was playing with a bubble wand, it can also take pictures rather quickly.

Thankfully, given what I’ve noticed, Samsung appears to have finally corrected the colors in images shot with the S24 range. The colors are still quite vibrant, but they’re a little closer to reality and more realistic.

Samsung Galaxy S24: battery and charging

The internal battery of the Galaxy S24 is 4,000 mAh, which is marginally larger than the 3,900 mAh unit found in its predecessor. Don’t let the smaller battery size (in comparison to its larger siblings) deceive you, though; the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3’s efficiency will allow it to endure for a good amount of time.

I have been using the Galaxy S24 for more than a week, and depending on how much I use, a single charge usually lasts me more than a day. Once more, I mostly use it for reading, watching videos, sending and receiving emails, endlessly cruising around social media, and taking a ton of pictures. I would still have at least 20–30% battery life left after a full charge and one day of moderate to heavy use, which might allow me to use it for part of the next day before needing to plug it in.

Regretfully, the Galaxy S24’s maximum charging speed of 25 W is limited to that of Apple’s iPhone 15 series. While the S24 Plus and S24 Ultra offer up to 45W fast charging, I wish the S24 had faster charging capabilities like its larger brothers. A USB-C cable is included in the package; however, Samsung does not offer a charging converter.

The fact that Samsung chose not to implement the latest Qi2 wireless charging standards, which would have included magnetic alignment to facilitate wireless charging, is a little surprising. Though it is limited to 15W, wireless charging is still possible. This is not as quick as the OnePlus 12, which has 50W wireless charging

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