This week on The Verge’s flagship podcast, The Vergecast, Dieter Bohn, Becca Farsace, and Dan Seifert log into a Zoom meeting to discuss their reviews of the next line of Samsung hardware on the market: the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, the Galaxy Buds Live, and the Galaxy Watch 3.
The Note 20 Ultra is a really big phone, but are we cool with that now? Dieter explains why a bigger phone suits the stay-at-home lifestyle of 2020 and how delightful Samsung’s updated note-taking app is to use on the device.
Now, we know the Galaxy Buds Live are not named the “Galaxy Beans,” but we call them that anyway. Becca points out that while those beans have active noise cancellation, in practice, it just doesn’t do the job.
Dan’s review details how the Galaxy Watch 3 compares to Samsung’s other watches — the materials, the software, the size — and what you are really getting if you upgrade from the last models.
There’s definitely a whole lot more in between all of that chatter about Samsung products — like the news of a 5G BlackBerry coming in 2021 — so listen through the show to hear all of this week’s gadget news from The Vergecast.
Stories discussed this week:
- Attack of the gaiters
- Galaxy Note 20 Ultra review
- How Samsung’s beans broke the mold of wireless earbuds
- iFixit’s Galaxy Buds Live teardown shows that even Samsung calls them beans
- Samsung Galaxy Buds Live review: good sound, unique design
- Google’s Pixel Buds are now available in more colors nearly four months after launch
- Google’s Pixel Buds get new transcribe mode, attention alerts, and sharing detection
- Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 review: time for a change
- Fossil updates its Gen 5 smartwatches with sleep tracking and more fitness features
- The Nubia Watch is a decadent OLED smart bracelet
- New images of Fitbit Versa 3 and Fitbit Sense leak
- Epic says Apple threatens ‘catastrophic’ response in two weeks if Fortnite doesn’t comply with rules
- Apple tells Epic ‘we won’t make an exception’ for Fortnite
- Uber CEO on the fight in California: ‘We can’t go out and hire 50,000 people overnight’
- Here’s your best look yet at ZTE’s first smartphone with an under-display camera
- Apple is now a $2 trillion company
- A new 5G BlackBerry phone with Android and a physical keyboard will arrive in 2021