The COVID-19 pandemic is coming to an end, or at least it’s reached a point where a lot of people don’t care enough to worry about it (whether they took a vaccine or caught the virus and are now dependent on natural immunity or masking or any of those combinations).
I don’t care much either. Well, I still wear a mask to the movies or anywhere where I have to meet strangers, but I’m fine with others walking around without they Covering faces (although any coughing or sneezing from people nearby is still more of a jump scare).
But many people are still feeling the effects of the pandemic. For me, the pandemic has pretty much killed outdoor travel. Not that I’ve been going out a lot anyway (working from home, seeing and testing new places isn’t exactly my thing), but even after almost all pandemic-related restrictions have been lifted in my country, I find myself sitting at home most of the time (my cute, infected “pandemic dog”) Epilepsy is part of the reason) or, at best, going out to the movies.
And since traveling outside my home or community has been reduced to a minimum since 2020, I know I’ve lost my appreciation for two of the best features we find in Samsung’s flagship smartphones.
The zoom camera on my phone was the first casualty
I’ve said before about how dog pics are the main reason I really can’t do without a phone with at least a 3x zoom camera, but before the pandemic sent this world into a tailspin for about three years, I often used the camera zoom on my phone to take pictures of other things. Now, though (actually, since mid-2021), my gallery is literally filled with pictures and videos of my dogs.
I am not exaggerating. If anyone looks at my phone gallery the amount of pictures and videos of my dog there is insane. I have a few photos taken with the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s zoom camera from my trip to Dubai late last year, but that’s mostly it. Whichever phone I’ve used since early 2020, its cameras have spent most of their time as my dog’s paparazzi.
That may sound sad to some, and I agree. But I have friends. Everyone I know now has gotten out of the “let’s take selfies all day” phase, and for no reason to snap beautiful scenery and inanimate objects, I’m left with nothing but dog pictures.
However, I still want a zoom camera on my smartphone, preferably something as good as the ones on Galaxy S Ultra smartphones. It is better to have one used in moderation than not to have one at all.
Just because the pandemic may have ruined any travel plans I might have otherwise made, I suddenly don’t think it’s a good idea for flagship phones, or anything that costs a thousand dollars or more, not to have an ultra-wide and a zoom camera. The main shooter.
Samsung DeX is the other casualty, although it’s a smaller one
Samsung DeX is the other feature that I more or less forgot about over the past couple of years. I’ve never been a heavy DeX user by any means (the title for this achievement goes to my colleague Mihai, who ditched his Windows PC for Samsung DeX months ago).
But before the pandemic, when I was on trips, Samsung events, etc., DeX came in handy more than once, especially when I had one of our Samsung tablet review samples with the official keyboard cover on, meaning I could leave my laptop heavy behind.
Again, I wasn’t a heavy user of DeX even before the pandemic hit, but I’ve completely forgotten about it now, despite it being one of the best features you’ll find on Samsung’s flagship phones and tablets (and some mid-range tablets, as well).
I might give it another try sometime, but with almost all of my time at home sitting at a computer desk, I don’t see much chance of using DeX regularly until life is a bit more sorted (yeah, I know coronavirus isn’t such a big deal anymore, but there’s no harm in being caution).
Are there any features on your Samsung Galaxy smartphone or tablet that have taken a back seat due to the pandemic in the past couple of years, or have you found yourself appreciating some features more? Hit it in the comments and on our social media channels!