After 4 years on iPhone I watched all those US-based reviewers with their Snapdragon CPU and decided, that it is right time to switch on Android and ordered an Exynos version. I was so happy in the first day.
Such a dissapointment.
I. Camera: total failure.
1) Camera overheats even while being in app. While doing photos or changing setting, heating intensifies. Recording video makes the phone temperature grow gradually, and after 1 min it is literally unusable.
2) Slow shutter speed. "Hey, S21! 2012 called, asked his camera back!"
3) Overall photo quality on my 2021 Exynos ultra-mega S21 4-lens camera is not even a bit better, that my 2018 iPhone XR. That's a shame. Not worse though, lol.
4) Portrait mode and HDR in direct lighting on even a "budget" single-camera iPhone XR are better. Who needs macro, when you can't deal with a regular sunset?
II. Gaming: total failure.
I was very surpized and I didn't belive my eyes, when some simple and by any mean not the most intesinve games like Blizzard's Hearthstone, which is basically a card game, were unplayable due to constant lags. Laging was the same, as on my old budget HTC 10 or so years ago in the end of its cycle.
I googled and read, that it happens due to Samsung Game Booster and some gaming optimizing services meant to enhance gaming experience, but in reality ruining it. I had to buy $4 app in order to disble that noncence, afer that game lags dissapeared.
III. Advertising. Samsung, I just bougth a brand new S21 Ultra, to see an advertising of S21 Ultra in my health app? Like really?
I will return my S21 ultra later this week, ask for a refund and will return to apple with no delay. Apple may give you less functions, but they are working perfectly. Samsung is giving you twice as more, promices twice more from that and then nothing works. Shame.
Hi, no smartwatch. The only thing I did was to transfer Contacts from my iCloud during the initial setup.
Even after setting up as a new phone it still heats up. It even heats up in safe mode.
Restored backup stored on external Usb C thumb drive. No issues with my 512gb S21 Ultra
Seems like in recent years Samsung has been caught up in having the top specs while sacrificing the quality of their phones. I recently returned my Note 20 Ultra for all of these same issues. Previously I owned the Note 9, S8+ and S7 Edge and loved all three of those phones. After the Note 9, I went to the LG V60 which I was very happy with, traded that for the Note 20 Ultra, returned that after a couple weeks and got a new V60 again.
I don't plan on buying another to Samsung until they can release a phone that doesn't only do well in YouTube reviews, but excels in real world performance. I question some of these reviewers, almost like they are shilling for Samsung and not talking about the real problems.
Hopefully Samsung will actually pay attention and address these problems instead of just focusing on specs and hype.