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Opinions on the S21 series

(Topic created on: 1/14/21 6:11 PM)
bill-e
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I moved away from Samsung after the Note 3 and went over to Motorola. I had a number of good years with Moto but Lenovo began taking away the features I moved over to them for. So when I saw that even as a current Verizon customer I could get a S21 Ultra w/512K for a $600 discount I jumped ship back to Samsung.


I see most of the posts are exclaiming outrage over the lack of removable storage and over the years my microsd card has become a place to hold a bunch of files I hardly ever use because of my use of cloud storage to keep all my photo's and music. Will I miss having the perceived security of having those files on a memory card and the definite ease of moving it from phone to phone? Sure, but by getting a phone with 512k I'm not really impacted. I do realize that this may be a legitimate deal breaker for some but with the way I use my phone it isn’t...especially at the discounted price.


To me I interpret the lack of a charger as Samsung just being cheap and thinking that they can get away with it because of Apple but in reality it's of no impact to me.  I have more chargers than I can shake a stick at and I think I'm going to go wireless since I also have wireless in my truck.

 

It's been so long that you've forgotten but the one feature that I really miss is the removable battery and I really wish that would come back.


I'm excited and hopeful that Samsung will take Google and Qualcomm up on their plans to ensure that operating system boosts for new SoCs, beginning with the 888, are available for a longer period of time, four (4) years.


Other than the Camera Mod for my Moto I haven’t had a good phone camera in years so I'm looking forward to that with the S21.


And of course I'm excited to experience the performance and display boost that the S21 Ultra will give me over my previous phones...This will be the first real flagship I've owned since my Note 3.


Admittedly had I not stumbled upon the Verizon deal I would probably not have considered the phone but at that price even with feature issues I couldn't turn it down.

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Galaxy S21 Ultra 512g(VZW), Galaxy Book (original, VZW), Tab S4, Galaxy Watch3 (VZW)
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MoniqueO28
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So I watched the Samsung Unpacked (s21 series) event this morning hoping to see some great things. But boy was I let down 100%!! The design of the s20/s21+ look nice with the wrap around camera but the s21 ultra looks again like a stove top like the s20 ultra, Note 20 and Note 20 ultra. It's just so big and ugly! And then the disappointments just kept coming, saying that the smaller s21 will have a plastic back but the other 2 versions will have glass backs. The color choices are still limited to the device you choose which I HATE!! Why can't you make available all the colors for each device? I'm a woman who likes big phones and I would appreciate having a BIG PINK PHONE!! And just because I'm a woman (with small arthritic hands) doesn't automatically mean I want a small phone. 

 
As the presenters kept talking they just talked about the collaborations they're going with. So now Google and Samsung are basically one in the same and it shows with the decisions Samsung made with the s21 devices. Like making Google Messages the default messaging app. Which to me means that Samsung apps are going to be pushed to the back burner. And don't get me wrong Google is pretty good at what it/they do. But if I wanted a Google phone I'd buy a Pixel. I guess it makes sense though because Samsung is becoming the new iPhone. NO headphone jack, NO charger, NO headphones AAAANNNNNDDDD NOW NO SD CARD SLOT. 
 
Samsung, you're literally taking away everything that is the Android experience which is being different/a stand out and customizing. Why would you make decisions to downgrade features and to force limitations?!!!! We buy Samsung/Android devices because we're able to show off our style through our phones...that we pay premium prices for. 
 
My thoughts may be a bit scattered and all over the place. But the bottom line is that I was highly disappointed with what I watched today. And like many of the recents posts I'm thinking of leaving Samsung because I can't support a company that clearly doesn't care about their customers. Which wasn't as evident in the beginning but it's blatantly obvious now. 
 
Thanks to anyone that reads this whole thing. I know that no one from Samsung cares about our opinions/feedback/experiences/insights. But maybe someone in the community will appreciate my thoughts. And/or offer their own thoughts, I enjoy talking to ppl who share a common ground. That being Samsung messed up with the s21 series. Omg and the Android 11 update, don't get me started on that whole thing...another disappointment. 
Echo808
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I totally agree with you. So far the only thing I was happy to see in the event is the Buds Pro.


Gallery's cloud sync is now Microsoft OnDrive and dropping support for Samsung Cloud Drive. Got the notifications on my phone now to switch.

Samsung Pay dropping MST and Samsung Rewards. Havent seen much banks being added either. Might as well make Google Pay the default too.

They also dropped the specs on the S21 and S21+. 1080p max resolution. Less RAM. The S10e and S20 FE was their "cheap" option...I wonder how much more they can drop on a S21e/FE version.


Im not a Note guy but hopefully they learn by the Note 21 comes out...doubt it though sadly.

Echo808
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(weird...my original comment didnt go thru or got deleted).

Yeah I was disappointed too. Only thing I liked in the event was the Buds Pro.

Samsung been dropping a lot lately...
- No SD card support. Cause supposedly a lot of people dont use it. S6 all over again.
- No included charger. Cause Apple.
- Dropping the specs on S21 and S21+. They turned these two into e/FE versions. i cant imagine what the S21e/FE specs will be.
- Making Google Messages default app. Not sure why though.
- Making Gallery's cloud sync Microsoft OneDrive and dropping Samsung Cloud Drive support for it. I dont even think they give you extra OneDrive space...just made it the new cloud storage.
- Discontinuing Samsung Rewards along with dropping MST support. Is there any reason to use Samsung Pay over Google Pay. Samsung Pay list of banks is sad (One of my banks is not on the list) and they hardly add more.


One can only hope the Note 21 or S22 will be better. Was looking to upgrade my S20 Ultra since they havent fixed this focus issue but the S21 really is a downgrade for me.

userO8O3sV5pfb
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samsung is making the same mistake that apple made. i left apple because of no sd card and way too many attempts to make you use cloud. it is no longer worth it for me i got over the fold 2 hype got one but pointless on long term price is not worth no sd card. samsung care plus is even more confusing need to call them because they charging a device a sent back through trade in program. they starting to become rip off just like apple you cannot identify which device has a samsung care plus unless you call your account does not list the device under the subscription....

userU4moLSXqTw
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I'm disappointed, also. I've been waiting to upgrade to the s21, but with no SD card, I'm starting to consider switching to Apple. I've had Samsung phones for years, and I've put up with less than stellar portrait photos while iphones take great portraits. Being able to customize my storage has been the deal breaker. Now Samsung takes great portrait photos, but I have to pay for storage. I have a Mac and an ipad, but I've held continued to keep Samsung as my go-to phone. Thanks, Samsung, for putting the last nail in the coffin. RIP 

Capo
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The upcoming s21 series of phones are disappointing. I will never understand the decision to mock Apple then copy what they do with the headphone jack first and now the included charger. Not to mention the removal of the SD card slot basically forcing you to either pay for cloud storage or pay for a higher memory variant of the phone which is also a very Apple move. It honestly feels like Samsung <edit> is strictly out for a profit 

MisterySmile
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It seems a trend in industry. Out of ideas for both innovation and cost reductions. Much easier to copy whatever others do. Apple claims innovation whatever have been already on the market (mostly through Samsung) and Samsung learn somehow to increase their revenue through Apple' tricks

OMEN20
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This so wrong.. People will switch to other companies.. I hope they are not gonna kill the microSD slot for the NOTE

Vegeta044
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if this happens to the note 21 I'm skipping it