Samsung Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus: Overlooked and Underrated Gems
Samsung’s Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus have been flying under the radar since the release of the highly anticipated S23 Ultra. However, these smartphones have a lot to offer and should not be overlooked. Pratima from Gadgetbytes believes that the S23 and S23 Plus have not been getting the attention they deserve, and she has been using them side by side with the S23 Ultra.
While the S23 Ultra boasts impressive features, such as improved battery life and a new 200-megapixel camera, the S23 and S23 Plus should not be dismissed. Samsung has worked hard to narrow the gap between the regular and Ultra models this year, and the design elements on the S23 and S23 Plus are just as premium as the S23 Ultra. The frosted glass back is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus, the phones have armored aluminum frames, and they both have an IP68 rating. Pratima prefers the flat edges of the S23 over the curved, boxy design of the S23 Ultra, which makes the S23 Plus feel more natural to her.
One of the most significant differences between the regular and Ultra models is size. The S23 Plus is the perfect size, not too big or small, while the vanilla S23 model is more compact. However, the S23 Ultra’s battery life is better, and it has a third-gen LTPS display, whereas the S23 and S23 Plus miss out on an LPTO controller. This means that the Ultra can switch between 1 and 120 Hertz, whereas the regular models are stuck on the older LTPS deck that can only switch between 10 and 120 Hertz. However, the difference in experience is not significant, and Pratima found that the S23 Plus’s display changes refresh rate quite effectively, dipping to as low as 24 Hertz when idle.
Pratima is quite satisfied with the battery life on the S23 Plus, which has been giving her 6 to 6.5 hours of screen-on-time on her typical usage, which is an entire day of use from morning until bedtime. Her friend Rajesh has been using the S23 and getting around five hours of screen-on-time, which is still pretty solid. Samsung’s official 45-watt charger takes the S23 Plus from zero to 100 in one hour, while the S23 is limited to 25-watt charging, which takes around 15 minutes longer.
In conclusion, while the S23 and S23 Plus may not have all the bells and whistles of the S23 Ultra, they are still great smartphones with premium design elements and excellent displays. They are the perfect size for those who prefer a more compact form factor, and the battery life is more than adequate for typical usage. Don’t overlook these underrated gems when considering a new smartphone.