Note 10 + Review

The Galaxy Note 10+ will be too expensive for some people. It’ll be too big for others; some will nag at its lack of a headphone jack; few might want a dual selfie cam; If these drawbacks aren't an issue ...

Note 10 + Review

The Galaxy Note 10+ will be too expensive for some people. It’ll be too big for others; some will nag at its lack of a headphone jack; few might want a dual selfie cam; If these drawbacks aren't an issue then the Galaxy Note 10+ should quickly become your favourite phone of all time. 

 

The Note 10+ will be an improvement from almost any phone that you used before its release. The phone is hands down the fastest out in 2019; the display is beautiful. From the bezels to the battery life, the Note 10+ is at the top of the phone game, capping off the Samsung's strongest year in recent memory.

 

A DESIGN TO CHERISH

 

The phone is a beauty to watch. Samsung has somehow trimmed the bezels beyond what the Galaxy S phones brought earlier this year. The bezels are so skinny that you would think the phone is made out of only glass.

 

Without the bezel holding the front camera, Samsung has gotten creative with the 10+. Like the S10, there’s a hole in the screen for the camera, but the central circle is way easier on the eyes than the S10’s right-corner design and barely noticeable. 

 

The back of the Note 10+ repositions the camera array in the left corner—a first for the Note line—and introduces a new Aura Glow colour that turns the back of your phone into a mirror prism — a cool new look but a fingerprint magnet.

 

The camera, power and volume buttons are now all on the left side of the phone; which makes the Note 10 one of the few phones on the market to adopt this style; this may take some getting used to but, I do not think it will affect the decision to get the phone or not. Taking screenshots and, turning off the screen will take some reprogramming of your muscle memory, but it’s a design decision that won't affect people too much especially as the Bixby button is axed out.

 

The headphone jack is a goner as well RIP. Samsung says it was eliminated to make the phone thinner, but the trade-off does not fair well with many. Samsung’s phones were among the few that still cherished the traditional jack. The phone now bundled with the AKG USB-C headphones are as good as the 3.5mm version but, owners of better high-end headphones that use the jack, may not be too pleased with the decision to remove the jack.

 

GIGANTIC SCREEN A+

 

The screen gets all of the attention. The Note 10+’s 3,040 x 1440 display is the best I’ve ever laid eyes on. The phone has impressive brightness and remarkable colour accuracy. Hidden in the gem that is the screen is the fingerprint sensor. It’s still an ultrasonic sensor, unlike the optical sensor in the Galaxy A50 but, it’s loads are more reliable here. Some complained about constant rescans to unlock the S10 but, now the complaints have almost all disappeared. Samsung has given the sensor a serious speed boost so, you no longer have to hold your finger on it for more than a split second. 

 

The Note 10+’s 6.8-inch infinity screen presents more than enough room for productivity. Some people complain that it is harder to grip, and it has a tremendous screen-to-body ratio. Do persons forget that the whole point of the phone is for productivity; as is the case for all other Notes? 

 

SSB - STORAGE, SPEED, AND BATTERY LIFE

 

The Note 10+ uses the same Snapdragon 855 processor as do the Galaxy S10. The newer 855+ processor might beat it in some tests, but the 12GB of RAM and super-speedy and spacious 256GB of UFS 3.0 storage puts the Note 10+ ahead of its 855 peers. The vapour chamber cooling system that seemed keep the phone noticeably cooler than other 855 handsets. Controls are smart, gestures are more intuitive, and it feels like an elegant, modern operating system built for the hardware that runs it. 

 

The Note 10+ has an impressively large 4,300mAh battery. The size translates into outstanding battery life that will easily get you through a full day of use. Benchmarks determine that the phone will deliver 11 hours of screen-on time. Turning on the adaptive power saving will easily push it to 12 hours.

 

THE PEN IS AN EVEN BETTER TOOL

 

The S Pen has some improvements as well. Samsung built Bluetooth into its mini stylus with the launch of the Note 9 so, it doubled as a remote. On the Note 10, the stylus can act as a sort of wand so, Instead of simply clicking to advance a track, you can wave your hand to change it.

The gestures are tricky and take some practice to get used to it. The gestures can be dubbed useful but, I do not see it as a necessity to learn.

 

Far more useful is the optical character recognition built into Samsung Notes. The prime benefit of the S Pen is for quickly jotting down notes and, Samsung has made it more useful with the Note 10+. You can now convert your writing into text by using a new button at the bottom of the screen. The OCR engine is exceptionally accurate at recognising handwriting; now even the notes you scribble are searchable and categorized as text.

 

The Camera 

 

Camera 1: 16MP Ultra Wide, f/2.2 

Camera 2: 12MP Wide, f/1.5-f/2.4 

Camera 3: 12MP Telephoto, f/2.1

Camera 4: DepthVision time-of-flight 

 

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ offers good results and is still at the top of the game when it comes to smartphone cameras. Samsung’s wide-angle camera delivers some of the best performances I have seen in outdoor conditions and is among the best for indoor lighting. At 12mm equivalent, it covers a wider field of view than most of its direct competitors and still manages to produce good image quality across the entire wide zoom range up to 20mm equivalent.

 

 Exposure, colour, and detail are good in most conditions, and it controls distortion well. The Note 10+ night mode is very good but, it can do with some more improvements. Night photos looked less realistic on the Note 10+ and, the processing engine tends to get confused by the dominant colour and had trouble focusing. But it’s a step in the right direction by Samsung.

 

The 3D camera will mostly be used for portraits and, this is where the S10+ excels. Live focus images (Samsung’s name for portraits) were excellent with visibly crisp edges and recognition of the most miniature details. The differences between the Note 10+ and its predecessor's camera were barely noticeable.

 

BOTTOM LINE

 

With a $1,100 price tag and top-of-the-line everything, it’s geared toward the Android user who wants the best phone.

There are some great cheaper phones that you can choose from but, if you want the best and, the price tag does not bother you go right ahead and get this tremendous piece of hardware. 

 

Rating 8.9 / 10

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+

Pros

  • Amazing screen 
  • Very Responsive
  • A fingerprint sensor in the screen that works
  • Tons of Storage

Cons

  • No headphone jack.
  • Screen size may be too big for some hands
  • The camera is not much of an improvement 

Bottom line:

If you can afford it you won't get a better phone for the price.