Why the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is totally worth buying

At a price tag of $1,400+ is the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra worth it?
That’s a question tech bloggers are tackling with mixed results. The overwhelming majority are finding reasons you shouldn’t buy the Galaxy S20 Ultra, and while those arguments have some merit, I have a much different point of view. I bought the Galaxy S20 Ultra myself (two of them actually) and I’m excited to share my reasons for declaring the Galaxy S20 Ultra as totally worth buying.
The “Ridiculous” Price
There is no denying that the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is expensive – that’s a fair point. But Ultra critics cherry-pick specs by pointing out “comparable devices” for half the price or less:

The S20 Ultra has a periscope optical zoom but so does the Huawei P30 Pro ($700) and Oppo Reno 10X Zoom ($630) for half the price
The S20 Ultra has a 5,000 mAh battery but so does the Moto G7 Power ($175), Zenfone 6 ($750), and Nubia Red Magic 3 ($540)

Yes, you can find S20 Ultra specs and features on other much cheaper devices, but put the entire S20 Ultra spec sheet side-by-side with any phone on the market and it’s easy to understand why it costs so much more. There isn’t a single area in which Samsung skimps on specs. There is no weak point.
It’s important to distinguish between budget phones, value phones, flagship phones, and premium phones. Different devices target different types of customers at different price points. The S20 Ultra is intentionally expensive but if you want the top of the line smartphone, care about photo and video quality, and can afford $1,400 – you’re not going to find a better device.
This is the exact same reason that MKBHD spent $42,399 on a Mac Pro with zero regrets. And it’s why YouTubers like Austin Evans insist you should “Stop buying expensive smartphones” and then confirm the $1,400 Ultra is worthy of the price tag:

You’ll always pay a premium for the best of the best. In this case, the S20 Ultra is the best of the best. It might not be the best value, but that’s not what makes something “worth it”. If the $1,400 doesn’t make you flinch and you’re mostly interested in buying the absolute best phone with the best camera? The S20 Ultra is worth it.
The DSLR Replacement
I’ve been waiting for an Android device to replace my DSLR since I blogged about the original Samsung Galaxy Camera way back in 2012. That article started off with this very telling sentence: “On a scale from 1 to Awesome, I rate the Samsung Galaxy Camera a 12.”
The Samsung Galaxy Camera wasn’t an Android phone but a camera running Android.

It was discontinued after 2 years but not long after they filled the gap between DSLRs and Smartphones with the likes of the Galaxy K Zoom:

Unfortunately, that experiment didn’t fare too well, either.
Let me be clear: I understand that smartphones won’t replace the quality of a DSLR and that’s not what I’m expecting. What I’m suggesting is that – as a person who loves traveling and taking photos and videos, I want a smartphone that makes me feel good about leaving my DSLR at home. I want to do away with the burden of lugging around a bulky camera and be happy with the single electronic device that I always carry with me everywhere I go. Better the camera, the happier I am.
To that end, no device outperforms the Galaxy S20 Ultra. If you’re like me and love your DSLR but find yourself leaving it at home because it seems like more trouble than it’s worth? Yes, the S20 Ultra is worth it. Especially considering the cost of a DSLR.
The 100X Space Zoom Fake News Gimmick
Samsung is catching a lot of heat for the marketing behind the Galaxy S20 Ultra camera specs. The biggest complaint is surrounding the “100X Space Zoom” which is supposed to “change photography forever”.
Does the name overhype the feature? Perhaps… but maybe that’s just good marketing. Or consider that maybe it’s called Space Zoom because the images look like they came from a satellite or a Google Earth screenshot.
The feature is supposed to be more fun than useful and this is clearly illustrated in Samsung’s own ads for the Galaxy S20 Ultra:

See the guy in the hot air balloon? Kinda sorta. That’s the point. The Galaxy S20 Ultra 100X Zoom allows you to see something you normally would never be able to see and capture it if you’d like. If anything, it’s a pretty good replacement for a pair of binoculars.
Unfortunately, sensationalism goes both ways and many news outlets (including the Wall Street Journal) are covering the S20 Ultra as a privacy-invading tool for creepers. And while you’re at it turn off that rap music and get off my lawn? Sheesh.
The Galaxy S20 Ultra has icons for each zoom level:

It has true 4X Optical Zoom
It has 10X Hybrid Zoom (optical + software magic)
Up to 30X Zoom still looks pretty darn good
At 100X Space Zoom it’s mostly blurry blobs

The bottom line is that the Galaxy S20 beats every other smartphone’s zoom by a landslide. Even Dieter Bohn from the Verge claims that it “embarrasses the iPhone”:

His complaints about 100X Space Zoom are spot on. They might not be something you use for social media shots or YouTube vlogs, but it’s a powerful and fun tool to have at your disposal. I don’t think it’s the type of thing you use with specific moments in mind, but instead, you have it in your arsenal for when those unpredictable moments arise.
It’s Too Damn Big & Ugly!
The Galaxy S20 Ultra is gigantic! The phone has a 6.9-inch screen and weighs nearly half a pound. This is a fact and a legitimate complaint from which we can’t escape. Simply put, if you hate large devices, the Galaxy S20 Ultra isn’t worth it for you. For me, the pros outweigh this con.
The screen is gorgeous but critics have also complained that it only comes in two boring color options: black or grey. On top of that, the rear of the device doesn’t exactly turn heads. I’d argue that 99% of users will slap a case on the phone, rendering the color limitations meaningless. More importantly you’ll be protecting the Ultra from the inevitable falls when you fumble and bumble and ultimately drop it on the ground… it’s going to happen, accept it. But in this case the $1,400+ spent is for the specs and camera features, not it’s sleek and sexy design.
Although this “it’s too big” criticism has the most merit, it’s one of the tradeoffs that come with the territory. When it comes to stuffing all the highest-end specs into one device you either go big or go home. That’s up to you.
No 3.5mm Headset Jack?
The lack of a 3.5mm headset jack might be a deal-breaker for you. I was the same way for a long time but recently jumped ship. Three months ago I got fed up with the wires and upgraded:

From the wired Bose QC35 (Series I) to Bluetooth Bose QC35 (Series II) at my desk
From the old-school Sony behind the head headphones to the Powerbeats Pro on the go

I couldn’t be happier. My only complaint is the QC35 MicroUSB charging port is not Type-C, forcing me to carry around an extra charging cable or dongle. The growing pains of technological progress can be annoying but it’s usually for the better, and in this case, I’d urge you to make the leap. I don’t think you’ll look back.
If you’re in the 3.5mm tribe then perhaps this is a deal-breaker for you. And that’s fine. But if the fact that you don’t own Bluetooth headphones is what’s holding you back, consider that Samsung is offering free Galaxy Buds with the purchase of the Galaxy S20 Ultra.
The Bottom Line
The $1,400 price tag makes the Galaxy S20 Ultra seem stupid for anyone focused on value. For half the price you can find a smartphone that’s almost as good in nearly every category: nice screen, great camera, large battery, plenty of storage, yada yada yada. But the Galaxy S20 Ultra isn’t for people seeking the best value. It’s for people seeking the best.
The zoom features blow every other smartphone camera out of the water and when comparing basic photo/video quality, the S20 Ultra fares well against the perennial favorites (iPhone & Pixel). In perhaps the most critical and thorough look at the S20 Ultra vs iPhone 11 Pro Max, you’ll see it holds up very well in side-by-side examples:

The world of smartphones is crowded and the outstanding value offered in mid-range devices has made things seem a bit boring at times. Phones like the Galaxy Z Flip and Galaxy S20 Ultra are re-imagining what a smartphone can be and re-energizing consumers, including me.
If you love tech, you’re in the market for a new phone, and you want to take the best photos and videos possible: the Galaxy S20 Ultra is definitely worth it. Even at $1,400 bucks.

Mobvoi TicPods 2 Pro review

Mobvoi made a name for itself with its smartwatches, but it’s also known for its AirPods competitors. Some may even call them copies, though one could argue that they differentiate themselves enough. The company has released an update called the TicPods 2 Pro and they pack even more features into a true wireless earbud without a seal.

Drivers: 13mm
Bluetooth version: 5.0 with aptX
Water resistance: IPX4
Battery life: 4 hours, 20 hours total
Size: Earphones: 16 x 17 x 40mm, case: 24 x 32 x 71mm
Weight: 4.4g each, 29.5g case
Price: $139.99 (Amazon)

The case of the TicPods 2 Pro is surprisingly small and lightweight. At under 30 grams, it’s significantly lighter and smaller than the Samsung Galaxy Buds. This makes it super portable and easy to throw into that weird little pocket above your main right jeans pocket. Unfortunately, the size also means a lack of wireless charging.
Once you open the textured lid you’ll find the earbuds inside, tightly magnetized in. For the most part, this magnet will align the earbuds if you put them in close enough. There’s also a button that allows you to re-pair the earbuds.
The earbuds have an elongated stem like Apple’s AirPods, but the entire thing is a touch surface. This opens up the possibility of multiple touch gestures, but Mobvoi kinda dropped the ball here. The only track control gesture is double-tap. It’s customizable (I set mine to pause the music), but that means there is no track skipping. There are also no unique gestures side to side. However, you can slide your finger up and down the stem for volume controls which is nice. Still, there needs to be a way to skip tracks.
Build quality
The earbuds themselves are extremely well built out of durable plastic. They have no flex, creak, or give and feel solid and dense. The grill covering the driver is well attached and hard to rip out when cleaning the earbuds.
The case is a different story. The base is reasonably nice but the lid is very thin and cheap feeling. It flexes and creaks even when closed and the back of a detent in the open position leads to easy, accidental closes. There’s a light spring that pops it open once you push it past the magnet but it’s still floppy and annoying. It’s not awful by any means but it’s behind similarly priced earphones.
Sound quality
Audio quality is just as much a factor of earphone design as it is driver design. You could have the best drivers on the market and still have poor-sounding earbuds if they weren’t designed right. And frankly speaking, non-sealing earphones generally sound worse than sealing ones.
The TicPods 2 Pro feature very large 13mm moving coil drivers. And thanks to the large drivers paired with the Qualcomm aptX codec, they can produce some big sound. The highs are relatively clear, the mids are powerful, and the bass is quite a surprise.
Despite having no seal, there is a substantial amount of bass. It’s not particularly sharp, but it is more impactful than expected. You’re not getting a ton of detail out of it, but it’s there to bring the music alive beyond the tinny sound of many earphones in this class. The TicPods 2 Pro get very loud, loud enough to drown out almost any noise. However, at high volumes the highs get shrill and the bass starts to disappear. Still, the extra volume headroom is appreciated.
Overall the sound isn’t great for the price, but it’s definitely pretty good. And for unsealed earphones, it’s surprisingly competent. Firmware updates have really helped the overall sound signature in the past, so things may get even better in the future. One of the updates did make the sound warmer and bassier in a very good way.
If you take a lot of calls, the TicPods 2 Pro won’t disappoint. The dual mics per side sound particularly good and people told me I sounded clearer than usual which is a benefit.
There’s one more thing to praise. Mobvoi’s choice of sounds for the connection and button activations are lovely, both noticeable and soothing.

With a design almost identical to the AirPods, you know what to expect. They use a full hard plastic construction and do not seal. And thanks to this, they’re ridiculously comfortable. They can stay in your ears without you feeling them and they have no major pressure points that cause long term discomfort.
Some people do find AirPods and their copies uncomfortable, and some find that they don’t stay in their ears. But for a majority of people, these are going to be a pleasure to wear.
The connection of the TicPods is a major weak point. I’ve found that the connection between the two buds is pretty shakey. They often go out of phase, which is a bit disorienting as it almost sounds like the sound is shifting side to side. There’s also some flickering in general, especially when one earphone is being used. Since the left earbud is the one that can be used on its own, and my phone is in my right pocket, walks with one earbud were often aggravating and had me put the TicPods away just because of connection issues.
The latest update did improve the connection, but it’s still substantially weaker than any other earphones I’ve tested. I’ve had no such issues with the competition. And at this price, it’s a hard pill to swallow. Hopefully, future updates will make this even better.
Battery life
The battery life of the earbuds is rated at four hours, but you’d be lucky to actually hit that. I’ve gotten around two and a half to three in actual use. A few years ago this would be considered decent outside of AirPods, which were the gold standard of true wireless battery life for a long time. But now, it’s sub-par when factoring in what’s being offered by the competition. The year-old Galaxy Buds get six at $10 less and the Creative Outlier Gold get 14 hours at $40 less.
With the case, the battery life is 20 hours total, which is pretty good. Plus putting the earbuds into the case for five minutes gives you an hour of charge. Honestly, four hours is not bad, especially with a short break giving you a few more hours of playtime. Crazy battery life isn’t needed, and if the three hours of actual playtime is enough, you’ll be happy. Unfortunately at this price point, it’s simply not competitive.

Mobvoi has included a few features to set the Ticpods 2 Pro apart from the pack. The first is the ability to control your music with voice commands without using a trigger word. You can say things like “pause music” and “next track” out loud. If you’re alone and no one is there to hear you, I can see that as being pretty useful. But it doesn’t work most of the time. Once in a while it’ll work, but it usually takes a few tries in a quiet area and I ended up disabling the feature.
The feature that did work is Call Control. When there’s an incoming call, you can nod your head to accept or shake your head to decline. It works perfectly, and even though it’s a bit gimmicky, it’s a lot of fun and a useful hands-free way to control calls. I love it.
These earbuds have wearing detection, so once you remove one the music pauses. This works pretty much perfectly, much better than some other earphones. You can also say “Hey Tico” to trigger your favorite assistant.
The app is pretty simple and not very useful outside of the initial setup, but it is where you update your earphones. One of the updates was a major improvement in both sound quality and connection, so keep an eye out for software updates that will improve your experience.

Mobvoi TicPods 2 Pro Rating: star_fullstar_fullstar_75star_0star_0 (2.75 / 5)

The Good

Tiny, pocketable case
Super comfortable fit
Head gesture for controlling calls is fun

The Bad

Battery life is terrible
Connection issues abound
Not enough control
Case build quality could be better
Too expensive for what you get

I wanted to love these true wireless earbuds. Between the tiny size and super comfortable fit, they were the ones I grabbed for work every time. They even sound pretty good and have many of the features you’d want like noise-canceling microphones, wear detection, and touch controls.
But the constant side to side phasing, sound disruptions, and other connection issues made them aggravating to use unless your phone is on the table. And the short battery life means constant breaks needed to give them a recharge. This really hurts when the price tag is a very high $140. They’re priced quite a bit over mid-range, and they don’t seem to be up to par for the price.
There’s a ton of potential. Maybe software updates will improve the connection issues. Maybe an upgraded model will get at least six hours of real battery life. There’s a lot to love here, but it’s just not enough to recommend until the kinks are worked out.

5 interesting Android apps to check out this week (FEB 29, 2020)

The Google Play store is full of awesome apps that can help you with tasks or simply help you take a break and relax with an engaging game. But how do you know what ones you should try? We can help you with that! Every week, we will share awesome new apps that we think you will enjoy. The highlights from this week include a news-curating app and an app to help you share files with your friends and family.
Take a look at the list below to find the perfect new app for you this week.
Beta Maniac – Life of a beta tester

Description: Beta Maniac is a great tool for adventurous Android users looking to try out the latest release of their favorite apps. The app periodically scans your device and informs you when new beta versions are available. You can easily subscribe and manage your subscriptions directly from the app.

Price: Free
In-app Purchases: No
Rating: 4.8/5
Installs: 10K

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Knewz: Local & World News App

Description: Knewz is a brand new news aggregator app for people seeking unbiased, trusted, true and quality journalism. All Knewz stories are presented to you after the content is critically reviewed and evaluated to make sure it presents a balance of coverage and context.

Price: Free
In-app Purchases: No
Rating: 3.9/5
Installs: 5,000+

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Napkin Calculator and Notepad

Description: Napkin is a unique, but helpful app. Think of it as a cross between a calculator and a spreadsheet. Enter text and if necessary, associated value. Once everything is entered type the mathematical formula you want to Napkin to complete. Light and Dark modes are included in the app.

Price: Free
In-app Purchases: Yes
Rating: 4.7/5
Installs: 100+

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Screencode – Offline File Transfer

Description: Screencode lets you quickly share files among friends and family. a screencode is similar to a QR code but contains more information and lets you easily transfer data without having to configure NFC, Wifi, or other commonly used methods of transferring data between devices. Screencode can transfer many types of files, but transfer speeds can vary greatly. It’s best used for documents.

Price: Free
In-app Purchases: No
Rating: 4.4/5
Installs: 100+

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Scroll: A better internet

Description: Twice as fast, 80% fewer trackers, no distracting ads. The Scroll app unlocks a fast, clean, ad-free experience on an increasing number of sites. Scroll works across Safari, Firefox, Chrome and lots of other in-app browsers including Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and Flipboard. Ad-free sites include The Atlantic, USA Today, BuzzFeed, Vox, The Verge, Business Insider, Slate, Salon and hundreds of others.

Price: Free
In-app Purchases: No
Rating: 4.6/5
Installs: 1,000+

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Samsung confirms Galaxy S8, Note 8 will not receive Android 10 update

Typically, Android handset makers promise at least two years worth of major Android updates for their phones. Anything after that is pretty much up to the company if they want to continue supporting the device with additional updates. This is why it sounded like great news when it was suggested that both the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note 8 could be on the receiving end of Android 10.
Both phones received their Android 9.0 Pie updates back in 2019 and according to erroneous statements made by Samsung reps (apparently on multiple occasions), they stated that both these phones could be updated to Android 10. It has since been confirmed by SamMobile, who spoke to Samsung at the company’s Unpacked event, that this is simply not true.
Like we said, handset makers usually release at least two major Android updates, and Samsung has lived up to their promise with the Galaxy S8 and Note 8. To receive Android 10 would have been a nice bonus, but if you were holding your breath for the update, it looks like you can start breathing again.
That being said, it should be noted that while both devices will no longer receive major Android updates, they are still very much eligible for security updates that will patch bugs and vulnerabilities, so you can safely continue to use either handset for a while more.
Source: SamMobile

Samsung unveils an OLED display that’s “optimized for 5G”

Unlike last year, 5G smartphones appear to be more common these days. For the most part, 5G smartphones aren’t too different from non-5G smartphones, save for certain pieces of hardware like the modem which will now support 5G connectivity, but Samsung thinks that more components of the phone can apparently be optimized for the new mobile standard.
Samsung Display has recently unveiled a new OLED display which they are claiming has been “optimized” for 5G. We’re not sure what exactly that means, but presumably they are referring to the amount of energy that this new display consumes.
According to the company, they boast that their new OLED display is now not quite as power-hungry compared to previous displays, where its power consumption has been reduced by 15%. It is widely believed that 5G will end up consuming more power compared to 4G, so by reducing the amount of power the display actually uses, it should help with smartphone battery life.
Jee-ho Baek, vice president of the mobile display strategic marketing team at Samsung Display was quoted as saying:
“5G is expanding into a rapidly commercialized ecosystem where consumers can be connected to 8K as well as 4K streaming services, cloud-based gaming content and infotainment networks, increasing mobile device usage everywhere. Our 5G-optimized OLED display is taking the lead in the 5G era with its crystal clear imagery, distinguished designs, economical power consumption and increasingly eye-protective functionality.”
In addition to being “optimized” for 5G, the new display is also said to be easier on the eyes, where the amount of blue light it emits is 6.5%, versus 7.5% from Samsung’s OLEDs from last year. For those unfamiliar, studies have found too much exposure to blue light is said to be bad for our eyes, where it has the potential to mess up our sleep cycles.
Source: Samsung Display

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip real-world camera test (70+ photos & videos)

The new Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is our new favorite foldable display smartphone for 2020. While it may not have all the bells and whistles found on 2020 flagship smartphones, it a much better device than the new Motorola Razr, packing a high-end processor, an amazing foldable display and flagship-tier cameras.
on the back, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip features two 12MP sensors, paired with f/1.8, 27mm (standard) and f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide) lenses while the 10MP front-facing camera sports an f/2.4, 26mm lens. All three sensors are capable of recording 4K 60/fps video, though you will need to bump down the resolution and frame rate to take advantage of OIS and the phone’s HRD10+ video capture mode. 
Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
To give you an idea of how the cameras on the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip will form in the real world, we took the phone out and captured more than 70 images and video clips with the device. Check out the embedded video and sample gallery to see if the Galaxy Z Flip’s camera lives up to your expectations.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip camera samples

5 action-packed Android games to check out this week (FEB 28, 2020)

The Google Play store is full of awesome apps that can help you with tasks or simply help you take a break and relax with an engaging game. But how do you know what ones you should try? We can help you with that! Every week, we will share awesome new games that we think you will enjoy. The highlights from this week include the mobile port of a popular web-based game and a new game for fans of Magic: The Gathering
Take a look at the list below to find the perfect new game for you this week.
Happy Wheels

Description: Happy Wheels is a popular web-based game that’s been given the mobile treatment. You play as one of several unique characters including an Effective Shopper and a Business guy each with their own method of transportation. Travel through over 60 levels dodging spikes, harpoons, and other objects.

Price: Free
In-app Purchases: Yes
Rating: 4.5
Installs: 100K

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Kiki’s Vacation

Description: Kiki’s Vacation sets you off to the breezy paradise of Kokoloko Island in a relaxing idle adventure! Join Kiki as she befriends the locals, explores the islands’ secrets, finds romance (*wink*wink*) and discovers herself in the process!

Price: Free
In-app Purchases: Yes
Rating: Early Access
Installs: 500+

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Magic: ManaStrike

Description: Magic: ManaStrike is a battle-strategy game set in the Magic: The Gathering theme. Using mana colors players are familiar with, craft your team and use your cards strategically to defeat your opponent. Summon Planeswalkers to turn the tides of the battle and capitalize on their unique skills to win. Each battle lasts only a few minutes with Seasonal ranked play available. Bring on the battles!

Price: Free
In-app Purchases: Yes
Rating: 4.1/5
Installs: 500K

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Description: MergeCrafter is an idle puzzle game merging objects together to form new ones and discover new items in Runaria. Complete enough puzzles and you can unlock additional biomes and game mechanics. No internet? No problem, MergeCrafter can be played offline. Start building today.

Price: Free
In-app Purchases: Yes
Rating: Early Access
Installs: 100+

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Stickman Trick Soccer

Description: Let’s kick the ball into the goal! What sounds easy will be quite challenging because in Stickman Trick Soccer you have to find and play the best possible path to the goal which is covered by various obstacles. Use some of them for your advantages like trampolines, wheels and wind machines and try to avoid others like spikes, water, and explosives.

Price: Free
In-app Purchases: No
Rating: 4.3/5
Installs: 10K

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Everything new that came to Netflix this month (February 2020)

You may not have caught all the new shows and movies Netflix put out in January, but that’s not stopping the company from releasing more favorite shows again this month! February 7th brings us the highly-anticipated Locke & Key series. On February 12th, the popular high-school teen drama  To All the Boys is back with To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You. We’ve embedded a handful of trailers but we also encourage you to take a look at Netflix’s official teaser video for its February lineup.
Let us know which show or movie you’re looking forward to the most this month.

February 1st

A Bad Moms Christmas
A Little Princess
Back to the Future Part III
Blade Runner: The Final Cut
Center Stage
Cookie’s Fortune
Dear John
The Dirty Dozen
Dirty Harry
Driving Miss Daisy
Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Fools Rush In
Love Jacked
The Notebook
The Other Guys
The Pianist
Police Academy
Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment
Police Academy 3: Back in Training
Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol
Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach
Police Academy 6: City Under Siege
Police Academy 7: Mission to Moscow
Purple Rain
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Scary Movie 2
Sex and the City 2

February 3rd

Sordo — Netflix Film
Team Kaylie: Part 3 — Netflix Family

February 4th

Faith, Hope & Love
She Did That
Tom Papa: You’re Doing Great! — Netflix Original

February 5th

Black Hollywood: ‘They’ve Gotta Have Us’
The Pharmacist — Netflix Documentary
Uppity: The Willy T. Ribbs Story

February 6th

Cagaster of an Insect Cage — Netflix Anime

February 7th

The Ballad of Lefty Brown
Dragons: Rescue Riders: Season 2 — Netflix Family
Horse Girl — Netflix Film
Locke & Key — Netflix Original
My Holo Love — Netflix Original
Who Killed Malcolm X?

February 8th

The Coldest Game — Netflix Film

February 9th

Better Call Saul: Season 4
Captain Underpants Epic Choice-o-Rama — Netflix Family

February 11th

Good Time
CAMINO A ROMA — Netflix Documentary
Q Ball

February 12th

Anna Karenina
To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You — Netflix Film

February 13th

Dragon Quest Your Story — Netflix Anime
Love is Blind — Netflix Original
Narcos: Mexico: Season 2 – Netflix Original

February 14th

Cable Girls: Final Season — Netflix Original
Isi & Ossi — Netflix Film
A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon — Netflix Family

February 15th

Starship Troopers

February 17th

The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia — Netflix Family

February 19th

Chef Show: Volume 3 — Netflix Original

February 20th

Spectros — Netflix Original

February 21st

A Haunted House
Babies — Netflix Documentary
Gentefied — Netflix Original
Glitch Techs — Netflix Family
Puerta 7 — Netflix Original
System Crasher — Netflix Film

February 22nd

Girl On The Third Floor

February 23rd

Full Count

February 25th

Every Time I Die

February 26th

I Am Not Okay With This — Netflix Original

February 27th

Altered Carbon: Season 2 — Netflix Original
The Angry Birds Movie 2
Followers — Netflix Original
Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution — Netflix Family

February 28th

All The Bright Places — Netflix Film
Babylon Berlin: Season 3 — Netflix Original
Formula 1: Drive to Survive: Season 2 —Netflix Original
Jeopardy!: Celebrate Alex Collection
Jeopardy!: Cindy Stowell Collection
Jeopardy!: Seth Wilson Collection
La trinchera infinita — Netflix Film
Queen Sono — Netflix Original
Restaurants on the Edge — Netflix Original
Unstoppable — Netflix Original

February 29th

Jerry Maguire

5 reasons you shouldn’t buy the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

By now you’re up to speed on Samsung’s S20 lineup for the year. Samsung’s didn’t bother to replace last year’s Galaxy S10e, but kept its 3-device lineup intact with the introduction of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra at the very high end of the spectrum.
If you’re in the market for a killer flagship smartphone, on paper, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra appears to be perfect.  That being said, there are a few issues worth considering which may keep you from buying this phone. I’ve put together a list of items to consider before purchasing the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra.
Ridiculous price

I can’t be the only one to think that smartphone prices are out of control. Not only does the Galaxy S20 base model now cost $999, but the Galaxy S20 Ultra comes in at $1399. That’s completely absurd!
Sure, you get a ton of RAM 16GB to be precise), a periscope Zoom camera lens and a massive 5,000 mAh battery, but there’s no reason why the price tag needs to be that high. Oppo included a 10x optical zoom in an 800 euro phone and 5,000 mAh batteries are becoming increasingly more common in mid-range devices that cost one third the price of the S20 Ultra.

We all know that smartphones have gotten bigger and bigger with each new generation, but I think we can all agree that there’s limited payoff when a phone weighs half a pound. The Galaxy S20 Ultra has a massive 6.9-inch display, roughly the size of a small tablet. Yes, it’ll still fit in your pocket, but you’ll want to pull it out every time you sit down if you don’t want it to stab you.
The phone also weighs in at 7.83 ounces, (222 grams) just shy of half a pound. If you thought last year’s galaxy S10+ was heavy, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is 26% heavier.
A lot of people interested in this phone are looking forward to it’s immense power and battery life for gaming, but they probably haven’t factored in the extra hand fatigue they’re looking at due to the phone’s weight.
100x zoom is 100% gimmick

The marketing hype Samsung is trying to push with the Galaxy S20 Ultra is beyond ridiculous. Samsung’s delivered a phone with 10x hybrid zoom thanks to its periscope lens, but they’re marketing it as having 100x zoom.
Samsung has even printed “Space Zoom 100X” on the phone’s rear camera module. Seriously?
Samsung claims that with a steady hand, you’ll be able to take up-close photos of objects that are miles away and they even did a demo at the launch event. There’s just one catch, the results are a blurry mess, even when you’re using a tripod.
You’d probably be better off snapping a picture with the 108MP main camera sensors and then cropping it. That being said, the 10x zoom feature seems to work quite well and I’m honestly excited to use it more
You deserve a headphone jack
We all have our list of personal complaints we bring to the table. While I’ve been using Bluetooth headphones for years, but it still irks me when a phone of this size comes out without headphone jack.
The phone is 1mm thicker than the S10+ and as I’ve already pointed out, the phone is practically the size of a tablet. There’s no reason why they couldn’t throw in a 3.5mm headphone jack as well, especially thing they’ve charging nearly a grand and a half for this thing. What makes things worse is that the new Sony Xperia 1 II and the LG V60 both include a 3.5mm headphone jack, making them better (and cheaper) options for audiophiles.
Bland color options

For the past few years, we’ve seen some incredible new colors when it comes to smartphones. Changing build materials from metal to glass has produced some of the most incredible looking gadgets I’ve ever seen. I don’t think anyone can deny that the prism glass back of the Note 10 last year was jaw-dropping and the orange, green and yellow finishes of last year’s S10 lineup were fantastic as well.
But if you’re going to spend $1400 on the S20 Ultra, you’ll only be able to choose between grey and black. Tow of the most boring color options we’ve seen in a very long time. Now I know that this phone isn’t going to be a huge seller, so having a half dozen color options really isn’t needed, but there should at least be one color that matches what you’ll be paying for the phone.
Final thoughts
And there you have it, my five reasons why you shouldn’t buy the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. There’s nothing fundamentally bad about the phone, but Samsung could have made it much more compelling with a few minor tweaks. It’ll be interesting to see how well the phone sells since Samsung has already shown that its flagship lineup is no longer accounting for the bulk of its smartphone sales. With more and people opting for mid-range devices, I don’t see how the Samsung Galaxy Ultra and its $1,400 price point will help reverse that trend.

The Black Shark 3’s physical trigger buttons could make it the ultimate gaming smartphone

When Xiaomi first launched the Black Shark gaming smartphone, it felt like the company was simply hopping on board the gaming smartphone bandwagon. Fast forward to today, it seems that the Black Shark series is starting to shape up to be rather interesting, especially with the details teased about the Black Shark 3.
In a series of posts made on Weibo, Xiaomi’s co-founder Lei Jun revealed some details about the Black Shark 3 ahead of its scheduled announcement on the 3rd of March. The highlight hardware feature revealed is physical trigger buttons on the side of the phone. While we’re seen capacitive trigger sensors on devices like the Nubia Red Magic Mars, we haven’t seen physical buttons like these since the Sony Xperia Play which made its debut 9 years ago.

A second unique feature is rather interesting as it seems that the phone will come with a magnetic charging port on the back that will support 65W fast charging.

Now, most smartphones typically charge via micro USB or USB-C, but the use of a magnetic port is interesting and convenient. Presumably, this will be similar to the Apple Watch’s charger, where users can attach it magnetically and detach it just as easily. This is better than current wired methods and also faster than wireless.
Other details about the phone include a decently-sized 4.720mAh battery that’s been split into two and placed on either side of the motherboard. We’re not sure what else the Black Shark 3 will be hiding under the hood, but check back with us next week if you’d like the official details.
Source: XDA Developers