Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Ultra almost makes me want to ditch my iPhone 11
When the iPhone and Android were still young mobile platforms in the early stages of their respective development, there were tons of dramatic differences between them. Apple’s iOS platform was simple and sleek, offering users everything they need without overcomplicating any core functionality. Android, on the other hand, was open and versatile. Sure you could just pick up an Android phone and start using it as-is, but a big part of the draw for tech-savvy smartphone shoppers was how dramatically a person could change practically any part of the user experience.
These days, the two platforms are far more in line than they were back then. Android is still open source and fully customizable, but it has been streamlined and simplified over the years. Meanwhile, iOS has gained tons of new functionality that makes the mobile platform more versatile than ever. Moving back and forth between them doesn’t necessarily involve making any huge sacrifices one way or the other. This is meaningful today because Samsung’s new Galaxy S20 lineup just became available for preorder, and it’s aimed squarely at the ultra-premium flagship smartphone segment that Apple currently dominates. The cheapest Galaxy S20 phone costs $1,000, while the high-end Galaxy S20 Ultra with its incredible new quad-lens camera and 100x zoom climbs as high as $1,600. Interestingly, it’s also the first new Android phone in a long time that has me wondering if I could ever make the switch to Google’s mobile platform.