Diary Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: moving to a new smartphone in 2020 via ... USB cable

Only a few flagship smartphones appear on the market every year (you can count them on your fingers

one hand), which have maximumtechnical capabilities, which makes them interesting for anyone interested in advanced technologies. The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra certainly belongs to such models. With this post, I open an experiment with a series of publications about this smartphone, in which I will describe the impressions of its use. This cannot be called a traditional review (it will be later, based on these publications), but you can always ask any question about this model in the process, and I will try to answer it, because the smartphone will still be in my hands.

A moment of nostalgia

Samsung Galaxy Note series of smartphones was born yetin 2011 and since then, a new generation of users has grown up who no longer remember how it all began. The very first Galaxy Note smartphone was presented at the IFA exhibition, which until then no one perceived as an exhibition where there could be world premieres of smartphones, and it was Samsung who began this tradition, making the exhibition in Berlin the venue for the world premiere of new models of this series for several years. The main competitive advantages of the series were so strong that they never changed: the largest diagonal on the market, high performance and autonomy, and a stylus that received its own name S Pen and opened up new use cases that appeal to buyers of these models. If the Galaxy S series was a massive and beautiful flagship that became the face of Android for many years, then the Galaxy Note was certainly liked by geeks and users who actively load their smartphones (dozens of installed applications, constant use throughout the day). Here's what I wrote about my impressions of the first Galaxy Note 9 years ago:

To admit I stuck to traditionallya skeptical point of view about the ease of use and carrying of a pocket device with such a display diagonal. But it only takes 5-10 minutes to understand - Samsung managed to get it right without losing any usability.

Moving from an old smartphone: three ways

Any move to a new smartphone asthe main one takes me a lot of time now. This is due to dozens of applications used (only banking I already have 4 of which I regularly use for different purposes). And each one requires authorization. Add messengers, social networks, applications without which it is already impossible to live: New mail, applications for retail networks and online stores, gas station applications. Finally, Google Pay, which turns a smartphone into a means of payment - getting used to it turned out to be much more difficult than I could imagine. And even at the first start, there is often already a smartphone firmware update and updates to already preinstalled applications, which can be a lot.

And the Android operating system itself, and everythingmajor smartphone manufacturers are doing everything to make this move as easy and fast as possible, creating their own tools that allow you to pre-archive your old smartphone data using cloud services. In Android itself, there is a section of the settings menu for this: Google-Backup, linked to a Google account. Samsung calls the corresponding application Smart Switch and automatically starts when the smartphone is turned on for the first time and connected to a Wi-Fi network.

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If you move from another smartphonemanufacturer, for this you will have to install Smart Switch on your old smartphone - from the app store or using the QR code that appears in the tips on the new smartphone. Since my move took place with the Galaxy Z Flip, on which Smart Switch is already installed, I decided to use this path, but in addition to the traditional transfer of data via a Wi-Fi connection, I was offered a third transfer option (more precisely, its branching inside the second) - using USB cable. Since I have never transferred data from one smartphone to another via a USB cable, and luckily I had a USB / C to USB / C cable at hand, I decided that it might be faster this way. In practice, Samsung uses its own kind of Wi-Fi Direct called Samsung QuickShare (in Russian it is called "Fast Send", in Ukrainian - Fast Spilny Access), which appeared in 2020 and works on devices with Andrpod 10 and higher. That significantly speeds up the process of transferring data over the air, but the choice has already been made in favor of curiosity.

The Galaxy Z Flip smartphone connected via USB to the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra "wound up with a half-turn" and quickly picked up everything after the necessary authorization procedures through a one-time password from numbers.

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On the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra itself, the full process took a couple of dozen screens, but in general the procedure looked something like this:

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What else can make moving to a new smartphone easier?

Data transfer (installed applications and archivephoto and video) is one part of the problem. You also need to run all installed applications and log in to them. You can use a Google or Samsung password store called Samsung Pass to store passwords. To do this, of course, you need to add fingerprint authorization, but you still need to do it if you plan to use your smartphone as a means of payment. Of course, this does not eliminate the need to enter one-time passwords, for example, when authorizing instant messengers or banking applications, but you can save some of the time.

I have a data transfer (10 GB apps, 22 GBphotos and 5.5GB video) took approximately 45 minutes. Taking into account all the settings, entering passwords for all applications, numerous two-factor authorizations in a dozen applications and manipulating screenshots for this text, everything took about 2 hours of work.

Three things to know about transferring data to Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

  • There are several ways to transfer all data from your smartphone now. The easiest way, of course, is with Android, for this there are tools built into the operating system
  • The easiest way for a user to get over to the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is to use the proprietary Smart Switch application, which starts when the smartphone is initiated
  • You can transfer data over a wireless connection, and for fans of old school, you can use a USB cable.

To be continued. If you have questions about the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra smartphone - leave them in the comments, I will try to answer.