世界百事通！Top Things I Want To See Improved in the S23 Lineup
Last year’s S22 lineup was extremely well done in many ways, but in many others it was lacking, even worse than their last generation flagships, the S21. So here are my top things I want Samsung to improve on in their flagship lineup this year, from the minor to the extremely important.
On the S21 Ultra, or any S phone in that lineup, for that matter, the display is flat on the screen, so it’s better protected from damage over time. But the S22 Ultra, on the other hand, is pretty much the opposite. Instead of flat like previous models, it was curved out, like the “waterfall” technology from many Huawei phones. But there’s a problem with this: while it makes the bezel smaller, you will miss out on reading some parts when watching any sort of content, and the viewing angle will not be the best, especially along the curved part of the display. And so, for that reason, I really wish the S23 Ultra, or any phone in that series, would flatten out the display a bit, as happened with the Pixel 7 Pro.
The design of the S22 Ultra is clearly inspired by the design language of the Galaxy Note, which is why it is considered by many to be the new Galaxy Note Ultra. While I do not hate the design, there are things I would like to improve on with this design. First of all, I would still like it to look like a normal phone. Not that it has not distinguished itself. It has a stylus like a Note, and it’s shaped like one. It even feels like one, and I also like the modern design without that camera bump, although all camera lenses will never be completely dust-cleaned. But on the sides of the phone, I feel like it could be a bit more rectangular, like the iPhone, since that’s the most efficient way to pack things inside a phone, and recent renders of the phone actually show that, so I am fine with that. And at last, Samsung had to keep the green. That color is just mesmerizing, almost as good as the iPhone’s Alpine green.
Now this is where it gets extremely serious. Samsung has a notorious reputation for the batteries in its smartphones. Galaxy Note 7 explosions cost Samsung an estimated whopping $12 billion! And recently, a couple of months ago, many Samsung users with older Samsung phones discovered that many of those older phones had batteries that had swelled to such an extent that someone could die if they did not realize it. So Samsung had to make sure their battery technology was vetted multiple times before they could put them on their outrageously expensive flagship.
This is easily the No.1 thing I would like to see dramatically improved in this year’s lineup. Because for the past few years, most Android flagships have been dominating the iPhone in most scenarios when it comes to photo quality and the ridiculous amount of built-in camera features, but they’ve mostly been held back by their garbage video quality, at least next to the iPhone’s. I’ve always loved the way those photos look on a Samsung, for example. Samsung’s photos are vibrant and contrasting. That has always been one of its strengths. But that’s always been its weakness in the video department. It only shoots 8K at 24 fps, and the overall video quality is just plain trash, whether in slow motion or stabilization mode, or even normal video. It always seems to be wobbly, and in places the dark spots can be too dark, and the treatment is just not right. Do not take my word for it. This is largely shared by all tech reviewers, so it’s critical that Android needs a company to step up and compete with the iPhone in video quality. For now, that company has to be Samsung, because it will be another full year before Google releases a new phone and Chinese Android tech giants like Xiaomi have to improve their software reliability and updates.
While many of the improvements mentioned in this article may not be found in the actual product, these are improvements that, in my opinion, serve as very good suggestions for their upcoming future products. But this is a critical year for Samsung’s S23 lineup to blow all other competitors away, since Apple has been doing extremely well with their iPhone 14 Pros, which have been universally praised as one of the strongest smartphones ever. The S23 series will prove that they are going to lead the fight against the iPhone and not lose to them.