My new phone arrived! Two days early. So exciting. Now if I could only get the box open!
I did finally get the box open! Then I turned it on and followed the instructions to turn OFF my old Samsung/Verizon phone so that the new one (the S21 Ultra) could automatically activate. Amazing. I didn’t have to deal with the SIM card at all, it just did everything for me. After that, my Google Backup and the Samsung “Smart Switch” utility went to work transferring everything from my old phone to my new one.
Top of the Line Camera
OK, now let’s go have some fun with that camera! It has 4 – yes, four! Different lenses. Think of it like a digital SLR camera like my old Canon where I bought separate lenses for different purposes. With the Canon I had to detach one lens and attach another, it’s a bit of a process. And, I had to lug around all these lenses. With the Samsung S21 Ultra it’s all built in.
On the camera, you select the different lenses by tapping on the on the selection on the camera screen.
I found a pretty spot in our neighborhood where there was a sign and I got a ways away. I stood in one spot and took 4 photos, one with each of the different lens settings. You can’t even see the sign when I use the wide angle or the normal lens. With the 3X You can see that there is a sign there. With the 10X you can almost read the sign – and if you zoom in a bit with two fingers, you can clearly read it. WOW
Surprise! Samsung has an Object Eraser
I bought this phone because of the lenses. I knew that taking telephoto shots was going to be awesome. What I did not know is that the Samsung Gallery app has a feature called Object Eraser. I strongly considered getting the Google Pixel 6 instead of the Samsung, and one of the reasons is the Google Photos feature called “Magic Eraser” which is only available on the Pixel 6.
I usually do not use the Gallery app that comes with Samsung phones because I use Google Photos instead. But I do open it up and take a look around, saw an option called “Object Eraser” and asked myself, “What does this button do?” And, look what I found!
So, how easy is it? Pretty darned easy! All you do is
- Open the photo using the Samsung Gallery app
- Tap the edit button (pencil icon)
- Tap the 3-dot menu and choose Object eraser
- Then you just touch the object you want erased – I touched the first person, then I touched the second person. It figured out where the outlines of each person was.
- I touched the “Erase” button, then Done