For many people, Android and Samsung are synonymous, especially if you live in the United States. This Korean giant makes some of the best Android devices you can get, no matter what your budget.
However, Galaxy devices are not without problems, ranging from mild annoying problems to outrageous ones. Next, we’re going to list six of the worst things about a Galaxy phone that a Samsung fan shared.
1. Too Much Bloatware
Galaxy devices are full of pre-installed Samsung apps, many of which are just replacements for Google apps, which are also pre-installed on all Android phones. If you don’t like using Samsung’s alternatives, you have to manually remove these apps from your phone to get back all the wasted storage space.
In addition, system apps like the Galaxy Store, Bixby, AR Zone, etc. can’t be uninstalled or disabled, so your only option is to hide them from the app drawer and home screen.
In addition, a lot of Samsung users complain that their phones automatically download apps without permission, and there is no easy way to stop the Galaxy Store from installing bloated apps on your phone. All the extra bloated software continues to run in the background, taking up processing power and accelerating the drain on your phone’s battery.
2. Photos look overworked
Today, the software is just as important as hardware for smartphone photography as image processing algorithms become more and more powerful. However, if you own a Samsung phone, you must notice how it tends to overprocess and make your images look fake.
Also, what you see in the viewfinder tends to be so different from the end result that you never know what to expect from your camera. This problem is more prominent on mid-range and economy Samsung phones than on flagships, which have better image processing.
In contrast, the iPhone’s photos look more natural, more consistent, and have never been over-processed. No matter which iPhone you buy, you can trust its camera system.
3. One UI Annoyances
While we agree that One UI is one of the best Android skins, some parts of it do not feel well designed, meaningless, or feeling incomplete.
For example, there is no native option to change the shape of an application icon. A UI used to have this option, but Samsung later removed it for no reason. This means that you can only use the circle icon unless you download Samsung’s Good Lock custom app.
Fingerprint scanning is slow
We’ve also noticed that it takes a long time to register fingerprints, especially for people with calluses or other skin abnormalities on their fingertips. Sometimes, due to the above abnormality, the phone will completely refuse to register your fingerprint.
Even after registration, some mid-range Galaxy phones take a long time to read your fingerprints and unlock the lock screen. This is very inconvenient because you have to work hard to unlock your phone every time.
Widgets and the App Drawer
Another annoying feature of the One UI is how it arranges app drawers. Almost every Android phone arranges it vertically so that you can easily scroll to find the app you need. It’s natural, smooth, and simple. But Samsung phones arrange it horizontally, which means you have to slide the screen instead of scrolling, which is less intuitive.
In addition, some Samsung widgets cannot be resized, such as Dual Clock, Digital Health, Samsung Internet Search, Bixby Routines, Calendar Months and Today, and so on. This makes it harder for you to decorate your home screen the way you want. Other Samsung widgets are resizable, but in small increments.
We also don’t like it when Samsung makes its own service the default option for many operations in the user interface. For example, long pressing the power key starts Bixby by default instead of turning off the power menu. Swiping left from the home screen will pull out Samsung Free instead of Google Discover.
However, our biggest complaint about one UI may be that it’s sometimes difficult to navigate. To put it bluntly, we like that the One UI is full of useful features, but we can’t ignore the unintended consequence of having to find features buried deep in the software. Because of this, a lot of good features are not used.
4. Samsung Pass is not available for Chrome
Samsung Pass is a biometric authentication service that allows you to quickly log in to websites and apps with your fingerprint. Basically, it’s an autofill service. The best part of it is that your biometric information is protected with the Samsung Knox security system.
Samsung Knox is by far the most secure Android mobile security platform, which makes Samsung Pass more secure than third-party authentication services like LastPass.
What is the problem? Samsung Pass only works with Samsung Internet, the company’s default mobile browser. If you use Chrome or any other browser as your default browser, you won’t be able to take advantage of it and Knox’s security benefits.
5. Slower Charging Than Android Rivals
Compared to its Android rivals, Samsung is probably the slowest when it comes to improving the charging speed of mobile phones. While other brands are launching phones with charging speeds of 65W, 80W, 120W, and even higher, the highest charging speeds Samsung now offers are the 45W of its flagship models, the S22 Ultra and S22+.
6. Samsung Messages Issues
Samsung Messages is the default messaging app on many Galaxy devices and is a direct competitor to Google Messages. The problem is that Samsung information is very limited.
For example, Google Messages has the ability to intelligently reply, nudge, suggest actions, Google Assistant suggestions, and send files in conversations and automatically delete OTP messages after 24 hours. Samsung Messages doesn’t have those things.
In addition, Google Information is easier to use on the desktop, thanks to its web information service; Samsung Messages requires you to jump in circles to achieve the same result. If you want to send stickers in a conversation, the latter will also force you to use a Samsung keyboard and send you a notification every time you send a new message that you have to swipe.
Defects of Samsung phones
On the one hand, Samsung phones have a lot to like, from the plethora of features to the added customization support to Knox security. But on the other hand, issues like bloat software applications, automated application installations, photo overprocessing, and UI design issues can make the experience worse.
Of course, some of the problems with Samsung phones are not company-specific; Xiaomi phones, for example, are also awash with outdated software, while Nokia and Motorola aren’t entirely known for fast charging. Still, it’s helpful to be aware of these issues when you’re buying your next Galaxy phone on the market.