Samsung Galaxy S24 Review: Compact Flagship

The Samsung Galaxy S24, the latest in the Galaxy lineup, promises a compact and powerful experience. This review delves into its design, display, performance, battery life, and camera capabilities. From its pocket-friendly design to its AI-enhanced camera system, we uncover the strengths and weaknesses of the Galaxy S24, providing valuable insights for making informed smartphone purchase decisions.

Design and Build

Samsung Galaxy S24 Design and build

The Samsung Galaxy S24, part of the new Galaxy Trio, boasts a compact 6.2-inch display, making it one of the few mini-mobiles in 2024. It’s ideal for users seeking a smaller device, offering comfort and ease of handling compared to the larger Galaxy S24 Ultra.

With slimmer bezels, the Galaxy S24 enhances its one-handed usability, similar to its predecessor, the Galaxy S23. However, its design has drawn comparisons to the iPhone, lacking the curved edges some users anticipated, but notably without the notorious notch.

Built from aluminum with a matte finish, the Galaxy S24 is durable and resistant to fingerprints, featuring a decent range of colors. Despite Gorilla Glass Victus protection, the screen can scratch easily, highlighting the importance of using a screen protector. Additionally, it includes IP68 water and dust resistance, providing reassurance for users in various environments.

One UI 6.1 And AI features

Samsung Galaxy S24 Software and Ui

On the software side, the Samsung Galaxy S24 comes with Samsung’s One UI 6.1 launcher a top Android 14, It retains the familiar One UI experience albeit with some fresh fonts. Samsung has loaded it with its own apps and tools, some of which improve upon Android’s offerings, while others are unnecessary duplicates.

AI features are prevalent in this iteration with some genuinely useful additions such as The recorder app’s summary tool is excellent for extracting key points from conversations handy for students, business professionals, or journalists.

The quick image search tool is surprisingly useful for instant information especially during travel. It impressively recognizes various landmarks and buildings. The most entertaining addition is the feature that polishes messages into polite and posh language.

While the Samsung keyboard offers new tools, its autocorrect could be smarter. Some AI features require an online connection leading to delays, though downloading language packs can expedite translations. Samsung promises seven years of OS updates and security patches that’s a commendable commitment. However concerns have arisen about potential charges for AI features though Samsung representatives deny current plans for such fees.

Display and Audio

Samsung Galaxy S24 Display and Picture quality

The Samsung Galaxy S24 features a reasonably compact 6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED screen offering a full HD Plus resolution, While it may not match the sharpness of other S24 models, the display remains crisp enough for everyday use. Boasting HDR 10+ streaming support the screen’s refresh rate ranges from 120Hz to as low as 1Hz during inactive periods preserving battery life for features like the always-on display or photo viewing.

Samsung opted for an iPhone-style Always On Display (AOD), though users can switch to a more traditional option if preferred. Outdoor visibility is satisfactory albeit lacking the ultra’s Gorilla Glass armor which reduces reflections. Occasionally the screen may feel overly bright especially in the morning, but AI features could address this issue. 

Regarding audio the regular Galaxy S24’s stereo speakers deliver decent performance considering the device’s size, They offer ample volume and clarity, complemented by excellent microphones for clear calls even in noisy environments. Bluetooth connectivity remains solid even in busy places like airports and train stations. 

However the S24 disappoints with its limited 128GB storage non-expandable via microSD, which falls short compared to budget-friendly smartphones offering 256GB as standard along with memory card expansion.

Performance and Gaming

Benchmarks PerformanceScore
Geekbench 6 (Single-core)2150
Geekbench 6 (Multi-Core)6924

The Samsung Galaxy S24 runs on Samsung’s own Exynos 2400 chipset instead of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen3 found in most other flagship phones. Paired with 8GB RAM reactions to this news were less than enthusiastic akin to a disappointing Christmas morning discovery. While benchmark results may not match the Galaxy S24 Ultra with its Snapdragon chipset or the S24 Plus with its 12GB RAM, real-world performance remains smooth.

However the Galaxy S24 can get warm during heavy use though this hasn’t affected performance during winter. Gaming performance, particularly with demanding titles like Genshin Impact suffers compared to the Plus model, with increased heat and frame rate issues. Serious gamers may prefer the Galaxy S24 Plus or Ultra for better performance, although differences between the Plus and Ultra are minimal. Connectivity-wise the Galaxy S24 supports Wi-Fi 6E delivering fast and reliable performance over both Wi-Fi and 5G networks.

Battery life and Charging

One of the major concerns with Samsung’s smaller Galaxy S24 Series smartphones is the battery life especially whenever exness is involved and packed into dinky frame is a not particularly impressive 4,000 milliamp capacity battery which is one of the smallest to be found in any Flagship smartphone outside of those Apple iPhone.

It struggles with more intensive tasks, yielding around 4.5 hours of screen-on time during heavy use like camera usage or gaming. However for typical usage messaging, web browsing, video streaming, and music the battery lasts around 7 hours making it suitable for most users.

And the charging is slow with only 25W wired charging taking over an hour to fully charge. Also the wireless charging at 15W which is slow requiring a few hours to fully recharge making overnight charging preferable. So as battery life it’s not as good as other rivals at flagship price point.

Cameras Test

Samsung’s camera setup on the Galaxy S24 is straightforward featuring a 50-megapixel main sensor with dual-pixel autofocus, a 10x telephoto lens and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide shooter. Samsung enhances these optics with AI algorithms to improve low-light performance and scene optimization, While the device excels in capturing natural-looking tones motion can still cause blurriness and noise.

The portrait mode produces clean results with adjustable background blur, photos are sharp especially when viewed on a computer monitor and can be upscaled to the full 50 megapixels. The ultra-wide and telephoto lenses offer consistent color capture though graininess becomes noticeable at high zoom levels.

Video recording capabilities include AK at 30fps or 4K at 30/60fps delivering high-quality footage with smooth transitions between lenses.

The selfie camera captures detailed shots, with options to adjust beauty settings. Night mode performs well in low-light conditions producing bright and crisp images with minimal noise.

The Galaxy S24’s photo editing tools automate tasks like removing reflections and straightening shots, making it easy to achieve professional-looking results. Video features include instant slow motion playback though AI struggles to recognize.

Final Thought

That’s my full review of the regular Samsung Galaxy S24 after using it as my full-time blower for just over a week. Here the fact you’ve got that iPhone design Samsung’s mini mobile always wins me over just because it’s more compact than pretty much anything else out there.

I do love the camera improvements genuinely impressed by some of those AI features as well which honestly think I would even bother touching in the actual real world and thankfully we haven’t been shafted too hard by that exus Shenanigans either.

Despite the fact that the Galaxy s24 does struggle a bit under pressure gets quite toasty and definitely not as good at that fullon gaming so yeah if you’re a more demanding user you rinse the camera the going Etc then definitely you want to upgrade to the Plus or the ultra.

if you just want something that’s easy to get on with and want poke you in the pancreas well the s24 is the way forward anyway enough banging on for me it’ be great to hear your own thoughts down below.

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