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You told us: The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is still worth buying a year later

It seems like the vast majority of polled readers think the Note 20 Ultra is still worth the cash.

Published onSeptember 7, 2021

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra S Pen on back
Hadlee Simons / Android Authority

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is the most recent Note device to be released, as the Korean manufacturer has skipped a Note release in 2021. Instead, Samsung has opted to bring S Pen support to the Galaxy S21 Ultra and Galaxy Z Fold 3.

We conducted a long-term review of the Note 20 Ultra to figure out how it’s aged since a year ago, while also asking readers whether it was worth buying at this point. Here’s how you voted in this poll.

Should you still buy the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra a year later?


We posted the poll inside our Galaxy Note 20 Ultra long-term review on September 4, accruing just over 1,700 votes until now. The result? Well, almost 88% of respondents said the most recent Galaxy Note definitely is worth buying a year down the line.

Comments supporting this choice point to features like MST payment support, storage expansion, the dedicated S Pen slot, and great cameras. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S21 Ultra lacks the first three features.

More Samsung coverage: A guide to Samsung phones — What you need to know

On the other hand, 12% of polled readers say the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra isn’t worth buying one year later. There aren’t many comments supporting this option, but at least one of them points to the Exynos version being a no-go.

We also mentioned in our long-term review that the S21 Ultra packs a faster chipset, two telephoto cameras for improved zoom performance, a bigger battery, and 120Hz at QHD+ support. So these could be reasons for giving the Note 20 Ultra a miss too.


  • Eoaoos: Let me just say the Note 9 is still an awesome phone. That should answer this articles question.
  • ntrophy: One pretty important thing you forgot to mention is that Note 20 is the last Samsung phone to support MST payment technology that allows you to use the phone with any payment terminal whether it supports Google Pay or not by mimicking a magnetic strip card transaction.
  • Angela Romain: I use it consistently for shooting my hiking and other videos if I don’t have to zoom too much as the stabilization feature is superb. I finally figured out how to use the yellow box for better focusing; especially with zoom so I’m pleased with that. With my Pany ZS 70 that I normally use, I usually have to stabilize the videos via Filmmora. I also like the expandable storage and having that pen is a big plus. I pretty much agree with this the review one year later article, the pros and cons. The question I always ask when considering a product, would I buy it again…. yep!
  • Tony’s Texas Hots: I got one last year when it was released. It’s still an excellent phone. I use the S-pen all the time, hate that companies are moving away from expandable storage, and have big hands. It’s the perfect phone for me! Is it for everyone? Definitely not. But a year later I’d argue it’s still one of the absolute best phones you can buy and worth consideration.
  • Wongwatt: In any Exynos market it’s automatically an easy pass…
  • Yaddy: Keeping my ultra 20 it’s a great phone with a pen love it and picture quality is awesome for video calls…
  • Seth J.: Shallow camera depth-of-field and iffy fingerprint sensor are the only real issues I’ve encountered over the past year. The former being the most annoying. Don’t care much for expandable storage since I bought a 512GB variant. I was tempted to trade it in for Flip 3, but canceled my order before they shipped fearing battery life would be abysmal.

Thanks for voting in our poll and for leaving comments. Are there any other 2020 devices that are still worth buying today? Let us know below.

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