Do you regret buying the Galaxy S20?

Galaxy S20 Ultra
Galaxy S20 Ultra (Image credit: Andrew Martonik / Android Central)

Samsung's Galaxy S20 doesn't officially launch until tomorrow, March 6, but a lot of people have been getting their pre-orders ahead of time and been able to play around with the phone quite a bit.

The S20 is a darn good phone, but looking through the AC forums, a lot of our members don't have the best first impressions. In fact, some of them are already talking about wanting to return the phone.

Here's what they have to say:

I never regret buying new phones Especially Samsung ones since they have great trade in offers and pre order goodies, and retain value for the next trade in. From what limited time I have, the phone is feeling great to use. Still have to test out the camera. Love the almost flat screen, that's the biggest thing I'm liking lol


I decided to return my S20 ultra. It’s not a bad device, but for $1400 I was expecting better 5G performance, better in screen fingerprint scanner, and most of all better cameras. The cameras are the biggest let down for me. I have an iPhone 11 Pro Max and a Pixel 4 XL and I love the cameras on both. The S20 is not a bad phone at all, but for $1400 those particular shortcomings shouldn’t exist. I...

JD Moogan

I'm leaning the same way for mostly the same reasons but am going to give it a few days to decide. Other than night mode, I don't see anywhere that this camera is better than my Note 10+ and definitely not my 11 Pro Max and due to the focus issues it is actually not as good in many scenarios. Thinking that I'll return it and if it improves over the course of time repurchase it but right now I...


Mines going back. I have a Note 10+ and there is no compelling reason to switch over. The camera is very disappointing and not because it's bad. It's a good camera but It's typical Samsung processing with no real improvements. Samsung decided to spend time on gimmicky space zoom instead of double down on their camera software and leaping over pixel/iphone. The 120hz screen is nice but I...


How about you? Do you regret buying the Galaxy S20?

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Joe Maring

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

  • I can't believe the people that have iPhones, Pixels and then purchase a $1400 Samsung. My goodness are you all in debt to phone manufacturers?
  • No just a tech junkie..
  • What's the problem here? I could say the same about people who buy super expensive houses, cars or designer clothes and jewellery... but I don't because what people spend their money on and interests them is entirely their business
  • Don't get too offended, just a question and really tongue and cheek.
  • No sweat my friend. I did sound a bit defensive there 😂
  • It's all good. 😊
  • I WOULD say exactly the same about people buying three houses in the same neighborhood...!!!
  • But houses most likely appreciate in the long run. Also, the additional houses provide rent as your second income. Not even a point to compare.
  • My first thought as well... Why are they even buying another phone in the first place?!?
  • I bought my iPhone 11 Pro and iPad Air (with Apple Pencil - both with 256GB Storage and AppleCare+ [$299 AP+ Plan for the phone]) with cash from the Apple Store. Some of us are a bit more financially responsible. I don't even have credit cards, and since I've paid off my Student Loans... no debt. I'm even taking a year off from work, because I saved up and can afford to do so.
  • You are not financially responsible if you don't have a credit card and if you are taking a year off of work. Credit cards are key to building credit and taking that much time off work will not benefit you long term. But whatever. Enjoy wasting your money on all those apple products.
  • Time will tell. My Ultra preorder isn't expected til next week and already I'm a bit concerned by the issues with the camera. I held off getting other phones this year purely because the camera was supposed to be such a big improvement but so far that's not been the case at least from the reviewers. The rest of the phone looks outstanding so hopefully they fix the issues with updates. If not I won't think twice about returning it
  • The most comprehensive test I've seen is the one at Techradar; their shots show more detail and less noise in the Ultra shots. These things matter to me, so I'll be upholding my preorder.
    Focus issues is likely the only thing that could see me returning it...
  • The Auto Focus on this phone is worse than a Galaxy Note 3. Lol. I can't even understand why they would release the phone in this state, considering this is trivial to notice in routine tests. I would never buy a Samsung phone hoping for FW updates. They're more likely to fix this in the Note 20 (or whatever) and ask you to upgrade to that later on, instead. They love doing that sh*t.
  • You do understand that the problem here is the size of the sensor which is humongous and very hard to handle, I'm not even sure the 865 Snapdragon will be able to fully take advantage of it now. software updates will fix a lot of stuff. Don't get me wrong it is the best phone right now all parts considered. they have focusing issues but it doesn't mean the pics are trash in fact i saw plenty of comparisons where it's beating the previous king of smartphone cameras. the updates are going to make it only better and widen the gap with the others
  • If getting focus is an issue, they should used PDAF and laser AF to cover the bases. It was their choice... Phones half the price have both.
  • Still enjoying my S10e, but the upgrade offers for the S20 are attractive. I have until just before midnight tonight to decide. But the Z actually appeals to me more, given its gadgetiness.
  • You'd still be able to return it at this point.
  • Reasons to regret buying an S20:
    The girl next door found out about the zoom and keeps her shades pulled now.
    You found out you need a dbrand skin JUST for the camera module.
    The Note 20 is coming out.
    You found out the 5G antenna is actually TWO blocks away, and it's out of range.
  • No because I did not by one because the price is too high.
  • Really had to talk myself out of pre-ordering and upgrading from the S10 to S20 Plus. I'm going to hold out for the S20 Note and hope the screen sizes don't go over 7 inches.
  • Had it since Monday and I don't regret it for a second. But then again, I upgrade every cycle.