To be honest I watched the presentation at 3pm GMT with a very open view. I have a Galaxy S10 plus which is coming on 2 years old, and it is time to consider a replacement. I am not desperate for a phone replacement, as the S10+ is still a great phone although battery life is beginning to drop below a day usage on the S10 plus and I was intrigued as to the S21 Ultra as a replacement ...
Actually the refinements to the camera compared to last years S20 ultra look really promising improvements... along with the Exynos 2100 which looks very good performance from initial benchmarks, and for once to be as good as the Qualcomm 888 equivalent... and the addition of the S-Pen as a useable feature at a cost of £29... and which is now of a 'proper' size that may actually be useful for more than just the odd scribble than the note sized pen that is uncomfortable for anything other than a few minutes of usage, especially if you have adult sized hands ! :).
I also really like the look of that new camera that is moulded into the shape of the chassis rather than looking like a separate camera block cut into the back of a phone as an after thought.
The main thing that I am really shocked about is how good the pre-order deal is right now. A free pair of £219 buds pro which are also just released, a free £30 tag (to give it a go i guess), and also a £380 trade in value for my old Galaxy S10 plus... which I wouldn't expect to be able to sell for that price, even privately. Making the upgrade costs for me massively lower... at about half the RRP costs.
When all this is considered, it seems like a no brainer to me. I am about to pull the trigger.
The only things that I am disappointed about is my Gear VR and Dex. The S10 is the last supported phone and I will miss messing around with it with my kids. Mostly i use the GearVR to watch movies and Netflix on VR cinema sized screens... it works great for that purpose. I was disappointed to learn that Samsung and oculus fell out... as this was one thing that most other phone manufacturers have not managed so far. Anyway I guess I can survive without the VR. Perhaps to upgrade my gaming PC to a Rift S instead ! I have the Dex dock at work with a separate KB and mouse attached... it is also a great way to use the phone in the office. I will miss both of those gadgets when I upgrade my S10+. I know Dex works wirelessly now, but not with a wired keyboard and mouse and which is convenient.