Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Review: Samsung Galaxy S24 shines on T-Mobile 5G network

In the 14 years since Samsung first launched the Galaxy brand, there have been far more ups than downs, and a significant period of platforming. 

While the Galaxy S24 may not call back to the days of rapid advancement, the latest iteration continues a moderate upward trend in the past few years, positioning the Galaxy at the top of the smartphone hill alongside the latest iPhone releases.

Streaming video, making blisteringly fast game downloads, app updates and multitasking with triumphant ease, riding the curl of T-Mobile's impressive 5G network with a cool confidence.

Most impressive is the suite of AI features, which acquit themselves well against those of the latest Google Pixel models. The promise of seven years of steady update support also feels as though you're future-proofing by taking the S24 ride.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 for Galaxy CPU can keep up with seemingly any demands, and will no doubt grow more efficient as eventual updates are rolled out.

The device managed to hold up well under my abusive testing regimen, which involves a steady loop of sports highlights, gaming, video browsing and news consumption. 

While the aluminum build and general feel of the device seem somewhat cut rate -- as though every effort were made in order to keep material and design costs down -- the phone feels sturdy and capable overall. Its lightweight feel and diminutive bulk makes it an ergonomically sound daily driver.

The 6.2-inch display, a modest upgrade from the S23, glistens in 2340x1080 resolution, delivering clear, crisp images that eschew blurring or choppiness.

The 4,000mAh battery is amped up considerably from the S23, and offers rapid 25W wired and 15W wireless charging speeds. The device held strong for more than 12 hours of heavy use without needing a charge pitstop.

While the camera suite remains largely unchaged -- a main 50MP camera with a 12MP lens, as well as a 10MP telephoto with 3x optical zoom capabilities. The ability to snap images that weigh in at as many as 50MP is astounding, if a little absurdly over the top. The same goes for the 8K video capabilities.

Chief among the AI enhancements are the Circle to Search feature, which lets you hop off your current screen for a quick Google Image scan, as well as Object Eraser imaging touch-ups, are colossal quality-of-life improvements, helping the phone keep pace with its Pixel 8 rival.

The S24 manages to continue Samsung's steady hike to the pinnacle of the smartphone peaks, and while it may lack the wow factor of the bulkier Z Fold 5 or the zippy muscle-flexing of the S23 Ultra, it cuts a sleek, efficient figure that delivers loads of impressive features in a diminutive factor.

T-Mobile sent device for review.

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