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Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra Review

The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra has taken the smartphone market by storm, showcasing Samsung’s commitment to innovation and excellence. Tristin-Chad Maherry, a member of the Prestige Magazine team, recently spent a few weeks putting the S23 Ultra through its paces. This is what he had to say:

With its cutting-edge features, stunning design, and powerful performance, the S23 Ultra raises the bar for what a smartphone can offer. As one may expect, it certainly felt like an upgrade to its predecessor.

Design and Display:

The Samsung S23 Ultra boasts an exquisite design that exudes elegance and sophistication. Its sleek, slim profile combined with a premium glass and metal construction offered a luxurious feel in the palm of my hand. The 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED display is a visual treat, featuring QHD+ resolution and HDR10+ support, providing vibrant colours and deep blacks. The 120Hz refresh rate ensures smooth scrolling and enhanced user interaction.

Galaxy S23 Ultra Video Display

Camera System:

Being required to gather content at media events, I used the camera function more than most. The camera setup of the S23 Ultra is nothing short of exceptional. Equipped with a quad-camera system, featuring a 108MP main sensor, a 48MP periscope telephoto lens, a 12MP ultra-wide lens, and a 3D ToF sensor, this phone delivers unparalleled photography capabilities. The zoom functionality is a standout feature, offering up to 100x Space Zoom, which enabled me to capture stunning details even from a distance. Low-light photography is impressive, thanks to improved night mode algorithms and larger pixel sizes. Ensuring clear and bright images in challenging lighting conditions, which made taking pictures and videos at nighttime events a treat.

Performance and Battery Life:

Powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8-series chipset (or Samsung’s own Exynos variant), combined with ample RAM and storage options, the S23 Ultra delivers lightning-fast performance. Multitasking and app switching are seamless, with no lag or slowdowns. I would imagine that this is also true for gaming.

Since I do quite a bit of video and image editing, I really pushed the limits on performance and was suitably impressed.

The device also supports 5G connectivity, ensuring blazing-fast download and upload speeds when connecting to 5G networks. The substantial battery capacity, combined with optimized power management, allows for all-day usage without the need for frequent recharging. Which was definitely a win on long days with multiple events. The S23 Ultra also offers both wireless charging and reverse wireless charging capabilities, the latter being particularly useful for charging my wireless headphones.

Galaxy S23 Range Product Visual

Software and User Experience:

The Samsung S23 Ultra runs on the latest version of Samsung’s custom user interface, which offers a polished and intuitive experience. The UI is feature-rich, with customizable settings, improved gesture navigation, and a wide range of pre-installed apps. The integration of the S Pen, a feature I loved on the Galaxy Note, further enhances productivity and creativity. I mainly used it to take notes and draw, but it also allowed me to navigate with precision.

Galaxy S23 Ultra S Pen

Additional Features:

The S23 Ultra is packed with additional features to elevate the overall user experience. The ultrasonic under-display fingerprint scanner provides fast and secure biometric authentication. The stereo speakers tuned by AKG deliver immersive audio, while Dolby Atmos support enhances the sound quality further.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra Conclusion:

The Samsung S23 Ultra showcases Samsung’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of smartphone technology and I, for one, was very impressed. With its stunning design, exceptional camera capabilities, powerful performance, and a plethora of features, this device is a true flagship contender. While it comes with a premium price tag, the S23 Ultra’s impressive performance and top-of-the-line features make it a worthy investment for content creators, tech enthusiasts, professionals, and avid photographers alike. Samsung has once again raised the bar for smartphone excellence. Nonetheless, the S23 Ultra rightfully proves to be a true powerhouse in the ever-evolving world of mobile technology.

For more information please visit Samsung’s website to get your hands on the new Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra.

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