Samsung’s OneUI 2.1 introduces a more minimalist approach to design. From the icons to the menus. Performance-wise, the UI runs smooth and fluid without any stutters. It seems to be well-optimized.
The software now allows for a system-wide Dark Mode, in case you want a fresh new look and well, a bit of battery-saving. You also get Microsoft Apps pre-loaded and other useful features such as screen recording.
Game Launcher serves as a central hub for all installed games and also lets you change the performance profile via the Game Booster settings menu.
Samsung Pass is also another useful feature, especially if you have a ton of passwords to remember. It takes away the need to input them every time you log on to an app.
The Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensor in the S20+ is well, not the fastest out there, but it’s fast enough that it’s not annoying. I still prefer Face Unlock though.
Thanks to improved integration with Windows, you can connect the S20+ to a Windows PC and control it from there using the “Your Phone” app.
You can also view photos, send messages, and even answer calls. It does take a bit of time to set up, as it requires permissions and the notifications for these don’t always appear on the phone the first time.
If you want a PC-Like experience, you can also use Samsung DeX, which basically launches a PC-like interface on top of your Windows Desktop (If you use the Windows App). You can also connect your phone to a monitor to do this, but you’ll need a dedicated cable.
DeX mode allows you to basically use your phone as if you’re using a PC. The interface can be navigated using your PC’s mouse and keyboard.
While in DeX mode, you can do the usual tasks using the interface – open apps, open your gallery, check your notifications, and more.
Need to transfer files? no problem. You can easily drag and drop files from your desktop to the DeX interface and vice versa.
As far as performance is concerned, the DeX interface isn’t the snappiest out there, you’ll definitely notice micro stutters when say, scrolling through apps. But it’s more than usable.
To use Samsung DeX on top of Windows 10, you’ll need to download the corresponding app from the Samsung DeX website. Setting things up only takes a few seconds, just open the app, connect your phone, and let the app do its magic.