As I've gotten older, I've come to prefer simple, sophisticated designs that emphasize practicality and avoid flashy designs. The Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra is a great example.
For years, Galaxy Ultra models and their predecessors, the Galaxy Edge, have had curved edges on their displays. Improvements in display panels over the years have resulted in bezel-less screens with gently curved edges that are extremely easy to use. Curved displays have also been adopted in Google Pixel smartphones and flagship model OnePlus.
However, like the Google Pixel 8 Pro, the Galaxy S24 Ultra ditches the curved edges of its predecessor in favor of flat screen edges. I would normally consider this an unpleasant downgrade. What can I say, I like curves.
It's always been fun to see how the screen blends neatly into the phone's chassis. Because it always felt a little sci-fi to my eyes. Star Trek Rather than a rough aesthetic, Star Wars' A galaxy far, far away. Also, in general this makes the phone quite easy to grip, but especially with larger screen sizes of 6.7 inches and above, you really need to grip it, as the curved screen makes it more slippery.
So when it came to the Galaxy S24 Ultra, I was ready to turn my nose up at its lack of curves. But I didn't. In fact, I'm pretty obsessed with this change.
Samsung said it did away with the curved display to give the S Pen more practical screen space for people to doodle. And we found that to be the case, as with the Galaxy S23 Ultra, even with long sweeps of the stylus, it stuck to the screen instead of sliding off the curved edges.
I thought the Galaxy S24 Ultra would be difficult to hold because of its flat screen, but that's not the case.
The curved titanium sides are finished with a slightly soft touch, making the large phone unexpectedly beautiful in the hand and capable of suddenly popping out of your grasp when you reach for the top corner with your fingers extended. It means low sex. passed.
I also think Corning's new use of Gorilla Glass Armor works better on flat screens rather than curved ones.
We were hoping that the Galaxy S24 Ultra would use titanium to be noticeably lighter than its predecessor, but that's not the case; it's only 1 gram lighter overall. But in my hands, the Galaxy S24 Ultra feels better than the Galaxy S23 Ultra. I still think the Galaxy S23 Ultra has a great design.
The matte back of the Galaxy S24 Ultra has been coated with paint to give it a smooth finish, giving it a sense of depth (this may sound a bit nonsensical, but when you see the Galaxy S24 Ultra in the flesh) ). Flat screen and curved edges.
Overall, these small tweaks may seem repetitive, but the result is a phone that looks and feels better than the previous Ultra.
Of course, as you'll see in our Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra review, there's a lot more to like about this phone. These range from a sophisticated rear camera suite to future-proof, if not yet perfect, AI features.
Other than tweaking the software experience (which I feel is still a weak point on Samsung phones, with too many menus and One UI-centric apps) and beefing up the AI smarts, Samsung is It's hard to see how to improve the design of the Ultra line. I guess we shouldn't be surprised that Samsung used the same overall design for three generations of his Galaxy Ultras.