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.
Too many settings can be overwhelming for some people, which is why Samsung breaks out some of One UI's in-depth customization options into a separate app called Good Lock. The app was recently updated with a new module called Keys Cafe, which includes detailed settings for keyboard customization. With custom layouts, new themes, games that improve your typing accuracy, and even typing effects, it blows Gboard's theme options out of the water.
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.
In the last year or so, Samsung has started splitting up its flagship experience with new "Ultra" devices. At first, it seemed like these new, higher-end phones simply had more and better stuff to elevate them further, but with the new Note20 series, I think it's clear Samsung is intentionally making its base phones worse. However, the world of smartphones is lacking in absolutes, and I still think Samsung did a whole lot right with the Note20. Somehow the company managed to fit a huge and flat 6.7" screen in a phone without making it unwieldy or awkward to use. Battery life is also ridiculously good, and I even honestly like the matte plastic back now that I've used it.
There's a lot of great stuff to say about the Samsung Galaxy Note20. It's got great performance, a decent camera, the S Pen — unfortunately, what it doesn't have is a great price, still sitting at $1,000 MSRP. If you're looking for the flagship experience at a discount, Microsoft has the unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note20 listed on sale for just $800 ($200 off) on eBay.
Samsung offered some decent trade-in values and a good amount of store credit with the launch of the Galaxy Note20 series, but if you'd rather have a good old discount, you're in luck. Amazon and B&H currently have the US unlocked models of the Note20 and Note20 Ultra for $799.99 and $1,099.99, respectively, representing a price drop of $200 for both.
Samsung's flagships have never been cheap, but even base prices are now eclipsing the four-figure mark. It's no surprise, then, that customers often opt for the company's Care+ protection plan for a few dollars a month. Unfortunately, Note20 buyers are finding that they're unable to add Care+ after they've purchased the phone.
The Galaxy Note20's only been out for a week or so, but Target is already offering a pretty enticing deal. With the purchase of a Mystic Gray unlocked Note20, you'll get a $200 Target gift card sent to you. If you were already buy things regularly from Target, that equates to around 20% off.