Paying via NFC with Google Pay is more convenient, safe, and hygienic than swiping a payment card through a seldomly cleaned payment terminal. These days, almost every flagship phone includes the NFC interface required for Google Pay to function. But that doesn't guarantee that tap-to-pay will actually work. Recently, issues have popped up on the Galaxy Note20 Ultra and the Pixel 5 — but it looks like this problem might be much more far reaching.
Samsung kicked off this month's security patch rollout last week with the budget Galaxy A50. Within days of that release, some of its recent S Pen-clad flagships are also being bumped to the latest Android security level. Alongside their international variants, the US Note20 and Note10 series have started getting the October update, starting with the unlocked models.
Samsung Pay is a big perk of ownership for Samsung's phones. The MST-based system on most of the company's phones works with plenty of card readers that don't actually support contactless payments, and that's especially handy these days. There's not a whole lot of reason to give it up, but if you do want or need to switch to Google Pay and you're using a Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, you might run into some trouble.
Samsung has been pretty quick to update their devices with the latest security patches in the past couple of years, and it looks like not much is going to change for the month of September. The company is continuing to update its lineup of phones from the past few years, starting with the Exynos Galaxy Note9.
This year's celebration of capitalism Prime Day has finally arrived, and Samsung has a few sales to mark the occasion. You can now get some of the company's top flagship and budget phones at a great price, including the Galaxy S20, A71, and Note20. However, the recently-launched Galaxy S20 Fan Edition is not among the sales.
Google Fi and its customers have nominal access to T-Mobile's 5G network, but frankly speaking, the number of Fi subscribers who have brought their compliant devices onto the network probably doesn't amount to a hill of beans. So, the virtual carrier is taking things into its own hands by selling six of Samsung's 5G phones direct to buyers.
Samsung released the Note20 Ultra earlier this summer, and by almostall accounts, it's a great phone. Not everything is hunky-dory in Note20 land, however. One of the many neat case options for Note20 Ultra is Samsung's S-View Flip Cover, which allows for quick access to common functions without opening the cover and viewing the entire phone screen. While it sounds good in theory, it seems like the accessory might be causing more damage than it's worth.
If you've seen our review of the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra, you know it's slick. You also know it's expensive — a $1300 price tag can be a hard pill to swallow. Luckily, eBay seller sobeonline1 has listed the international, dual-SIM, 256 GB model of the Note20 Ultra for $930 — $370 off the price of the single-SIM, 128 GB US model.
The Google Pixel 4a and Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra launched within a few weeks of each other, but they could not be more different Android phones. The Note20 Ultra is a humongous beast of a phone with all the latest and greatest hardware and an unsurprising $1,300 price tag. The Pixel 4a is smaller, less powerful, and only costs $350. And yet, Google's camera processing is so good that it can clobber phones that cost several times more. Is the Note20 Ultra one of them? Well, it depends on what you want out of a phone camera, but there is not a $1,000 gap in photo quality here.