We’re only halfway through the year and we’ve already been treated to a host of great flagship phones, chief among them being the Samsung Galaxy S20+.
Samsung didn’t mess around when it crafted the S20 series and while the Galaxy S20 Ultra is an undeniable head-turner, it’s the S20+ that strikes the best size/price/performance balance; with its expansive high refresh rate display, fast charging, 5G connectivity and a host more goodies to enjoy.
The Samsung Galaxy S20+
Here’s a more in-depth look at what the indomitable Galaxy S20+ brings to the table and why it’s such a smart buy in 2020:
Samsung knows displays - whether you’re oolging one of its industry-leading 4K QLED TVs or you’ve been following envelope-pushing smartphones like 2014’s Galaxy Note Edge, the company has a knack for making sure content looks good.
This expertise is apparent in spades when enjoying media on the Galaxy S20+. Whether you’re playing Fortnite on the go, streaming the hottest new Netflix series or just navigating around the phone’s interface - everything looks vivid, crisp and - when it comes to motion - unbelievably smooth.
This is all thanks to a host of innovative display tech that Samsung’s packed into the S20+’s screen; from its super-smooth 120Hz refresh rate (that’s double that of the iPhone 11 Pro) to the Quad HD+ resolution Dynamic AMOLED panel, which lets you view of supported HDR (high-dynamic range) content.
There’s an impressively versatile set of cameras at your disposal on the S20+, with a triple sensor setup on the back accompanied by a depth sensor, along with a respectable 10Mp front-facing hole-punch camera actually embedded in the phone’s display.
The S20+ sports a 12Mp primary sensor, along with a 12Mp ultra-wide and a 64Mp telephoto sensor, which grants you up to 3x hybrid zoom, so even distant subjects look good - not to mention there’s OIS (optical image stabilisation) built-in.
Beyond those three different sensors letting you get a new perspective on things, the camera’s versatility also extends to its excellent image processing, giving you great shots in a whole host of different shooting environments, without having to fiddle with settings beforehand.
Samsung’s also worked to improve past problem areas, like low-light performance, with its new Bright Night mode, and graced the S20+ with up to unprecedented 8K video recording.
One of the main takeaways from our in-depth testing of the Galaxy S20+ was its consistent all-round performance. The Exynos 990 chipset at the phone’s heart is paired with 12GB of RAM to keep this device feeling fast and responsive for years to come.
That speed also carries over to storage too, with super-fast UFS 3.0 memory and a generous 128GB capacity for your apps, pictures, music and more.
Samsung wouldn’t be at the top of its game if it didn’t include the latest technology in its best and brightest, which is why the Galaxy S20+ is one of the few phones to support new 5G network speeds.
In the day-to-day, this means you can download music for offline listening in an instant, stream high-resolution HDR content from the likes of Netflix without having to wait for it to buffer and enjoy crystal clear video calls without freezing or losing quality.
One UI to rule them all
A phone with as many features as the S20+ is useless if it’s a pain to access them. Thankfully Samsung’s One UI user experience atop the latest Android 10 makes it easy to navigate around and instantly get at the apps and the features you want most.
The Edge Screen is on-hand for access to your top apps and contacts, one-handed mode makes moving around the phone’s expansive 6.7in display far more manageable and there are a heap of customisation options on offer to make your phone feel more personal.
A demanding flagship phone needs plenty of power to back it up, otherwise, you’re left with an expensive paperweight by lunchtime. Thankfully, Samsung hasn’t skimped on the S20+’s battery, which clocks in with a 4500mAh capacity that’ll get you through a full day’s use without breaking a sweat.
Better yet, the phone supports 25W fast charging - granting you over 50% charge in just 30 minutes - as well as wireless charging and reverse wireless charging; meaning you can power up a compatible smartwatch or pair of Bluetooth headphones when you’re away from a plug point.
Vodafone’s best Galaxy S20+ deals
Provided you’re won over by Samsung’s efforts with the Galaxy S20+, next you have to pair the phone with a tariff that allows you to get the most out of it. Thankfully, Vodafone’s got your back, with a host of offerings to suit a range of budgets, plus a heap of extras that you won’t find elsewhere.
That’s not all though, with access to roam-free destinations - letting you use your phone abroad at no extra cost, Vodafone’s own VeryMe Rewards, which includes everything from tasty treats to free movie rentals and, right now, a three-month free trial of Secure Net, for online protection from viruses.
Unlimited (£29 upfront, £74 a month): As the name suggests, you get unlimited calls, texts and data, included usage across 51 roam-free destinations and download speeds of up to 10Mbps, along with everything already mentioned.
Unlimited Max for Entertainment (£29 upfront, £79 a month): While any of Vodafone’s Pay Monthly plans can be paired with one of four Entertainment packs, Vodafone’s fastest 5G tariff is best-enjoyed with 24 months of Amazon Prime Video, Spotify, Now TV or Sky Sports access.
What’s more, this plan includes additional roam-free destinations (bringing the total to 81), as well as 100 international minutes to EU destinations.
Unlimited Lite (£29 upfront, £70 a month): You can still enjoy 5G speeds and all those great Vodafone benefits for less with the network’s Unlimited Lite plan.
Head to Vodafone’s dedicated Samsung Galaxy S20+ tariff page to choose from a range of Unlimited 5G plans and Red 4G plans, right now.