Do not look ahead to the Galaxy S24 Extremely. Simply purchase this cellphone as an alternative

Do not look ahead to the Galaxy S24 Extremely.  Simply purchase this cellphone as an alternative

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The Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely is 9 months previous, and over the subsequent few weeks, discuss of its successor – the inevitable Galaxy S24 Extremely – will begin to ramp up.

I went again to the S23 Extremely to see if it was nonetheless as thrilling because it was in February of this yr. I additionally wished to know if ready for the sequel as an alternative of shopping for it right this moment can be a clever determination. This is what I discovered.

What makes the Galaxy S23 Extremely distinctive?

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Simply utilizing the Galaxy S23 Extremely will not be sufficient. I wished to remind myself what made her particular. What if I mentioned I wrote the opening paragraphs on a Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely, all utilizing an S Pen? Effectively, I did, and though it took some time and wasn’t very intuitive at first, it jogged my memory simply how good the know-how behind the Samsung Pen is.

I’ve all the time struggled to get a lot use out of the S Pen as a result of I am not an artist or a prolific note-taker, but it surely’s one of many distinctive options of the S23 Extremely. It is also actually well-designed and really exact, so I wished to discover a means that might match into my life when revisiting the Galaxy S23 Extremely after 9 months of life.

Not solely that, however I might discover any excuse to make use of the Galaxy S23 Extremely’s digicam once more, particularly because it additionally has the distinctive characteristic of 10x optical zoom. If I exploit these two options and do not feel a lot about them, or are disillusioned not directly, sticking with the Galaxy S24 Extremely will in all probability seem to be the best plan of action.

Writing with the S Pen

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Sure, I am really writing these phrases on the S23 Extremely’s display screen utilizing the S Pen. It is unlucky that my choices for writing something with it are restricted, particularly since I wished to make use of the S Pen’s handwriting-to-text characteristic. It does not work in Google Docs, so I had to make use of Samsung Notes. It turned out to be actually correct as soon as I bought used to it, but it surely goes very slowly.

Writing a thousand phrases utilizing simply the S Pen and Notes will take for much longer than it could with a keyboard, and modifying them will probably be much more time-consuming. To keep away from confusion with conversion to textual content, it is best to kind just a few phrases at a time, and punctuation ought to be added utilizing the keyboard, whereas leaping between paragraphs and phrases would possibly imply messing the whole lot up.

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Writing quick notes is nice – it was surprisingly correct in changing even my worst scribbles into the right textual content – however not a lot for longer speeches. At this level I am going to swap to my trusty pc to put in writing the remainder. Sorry about that, however I’m Do You’ve got different issues to do right this moment.

There is no different cellphone on sale right this moment just like the Galaxy S23 Extremely with an in-body stylus, and the S Pen units the bar for efficiency at a really excessive stage. I do not actually have a purpose to make use of it lots, however after I do, I am all the time impressed by what Samsung has managed to realize. It actually looks like a pen when writing on the display screen, proper all the way down to the accompanying scratching sound results, and though it is very skinny, I did not discover it uncomfortable to carry. It makes the S23 Extremely particular, and in the best fingers, it is a actually huge profit.

Zoom in and edit

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The S Pen is not the one characteristic that makes the Galaxy S23 Extremely distinctive out there. It stays the one smartphone to make use of a telephoto digicam able to 10x optical zoom. That is what actually stands out to me in regards to the S Pen, and I all the time get lots out of the Galaxy S23 Extremely’s versatile telephoto digicam.

Over the course of the time I have been utilizing the S23 Extremely once more, I have been pitting the digicam in opposition to the Apple iPhone 15 Professional Max. Though the Professional Max has 2x and 5x optical zoom, it is nowhere close to reaching the Galaxy S23 Extremely’s zoom and lacks the identical stage of element and sharpness. In the identical means, the S Pen separates the S23 Extremely from different telephones, as does the telephoto digicam. It will not be obtainable to everybody on a regular basis, however once you use it, it is all the time spectacular.

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Edited in Lightroom for Samsung units


Not solely is taking pictures enjoyable with the Galaxy S23 Extremely, it is modifying them too. Whereas Google is engaged on utilizing AI with Magic Editor to alter the look of your pictures, I believe Lightroom for Samsung is the higher possibility. It is value subscribing, as you possibly can create extra sensible, better-looking photographs that fit your style and do not depart the whole lot to luck and AI. The 2 photographs above are a before-and-after view of what is attainable in Lightroom, even for amateurs like me who solely have a basic understanding of the app’s energy.

Is it value shopping for on the finish of 2023?

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It will not be lengthy till we begin listening to extra in regards to the Galaxy S24 Extremely, which is able to inevitably arrive in early 2024. However what in order for you a brand new cellphone now and are eyeing the Galaxy S23 Extremely however know it is going to arrive? Will or not it’s changed early subsequent yr? It is all the time exhausting to know when to attend for a brand new piece of {hardware}, and whereas it is all the time a good suggestion to step again and get the newest merchandise, I am not satisfied you want that with the S23 Extremely.

He hasn’t “aged” at everywhere in the previous 9 months. It is nonetheless simply as nice because it was after I first reviewed it. Each time I’ve gone again to the cellphone this yr, I’ve loved it lots, and this time is not any totally different. Except for the sheer energy and functionality – the processor and show are nonetheless one of the best you may get – the distinctive options just like the S Pen and telephoto digicam actually make it stand out and are unequalled by different costly units.

I selected the Galaxy Z Flip 5 over the Galaxy Z Fold 5 this yr and I like to recommend the Galaxy S23 Extremely over the Galaxy Z Fold 5 as nicely. A big foldable display screen might have the preliminary wow issue, however the S23 Extremely represents the top of non-foldable large-screen flagships in 2023, whereas the Z Fold 5 now has a pair of actual rivals within the Google Pixel Fold and OnePlus Unfolded. Utilizing the Galaxy S23 Extremely has jogged my memory as soon as once more why it is nonetheless unequalled and stays an absolute advice, even with the S24 Extremely probably just some months away.

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