Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ review
Samsunghas launched the
note10 plus in this
reviewwe're gonna be focusing on the
note10 plus version of the phone and not the vanilla
notebecause it has more features and it's a bigger jump from the
galaxys 10 plus now this is one of the shiniest and prettiest phones that we've seen recently but does that mean that it's premium enough for its high price tag I'm Angie for GSM marina and this is a
notes n+ okay so ah I wanted to take a moment and bring your attention to the fact that we just hit 800,000 subscribers and I think all of you guys for your support and for your appreciation of our work so with that said let's get back to the
note10 plus the design is gorgeous this beast of a phone is practically bezel free it has a tiny hole punch and the ARRA glow color is the definition of eye catching it actually reminds me of the back of a CD or like Matthew Mona said a disco ball in terms of ergonomics it's also much comfier to hold in last year's
note9 despite the size this is probably because the aluminum frame is thinner also the phone is bounced quite nicely so it feels much lighter than it actually is the curve of the sides is also much more subtle than last year which adds to the elegant effect the power button has been moved to the left or the Bigsby key used to be one of our working theories is that Samson didn't have a lot of space to put the button in a comfortable spot on the...
right since that's where the bulk of the electronics for the s-pen are still the move isn't much of a loss because that big speaky has been hanging around for three generations now and nobody really liked it very much and now you can remap the power button so you can choose whether you want Bigsby the camera app or something else yeah taking screenshots is a little more awkward but you can also turn on the palm swipe shortcut the fingerprint reader is noticeably faster than on the s10 but it's still slowed down by the unlocking animation you can actually make it quicker by switching on faster recognition which is slightly less secure than a regular fingerprint scan or if you don't care about crazy good security there's also a face unlock option on the top you'll find a card slot which still supports external storage on the
note10 plus what is missing on this device and its little brother is the headphone jack I'm honestly a little surprised that they did it first on a
noteline and not on the
GalaxyS phones because the
noteis typically associated with having every important feature out there and the s-pen if you can afford this phone you can probably afford a nice pair of bluetooth headphones or
Galaxybuds but I'm still wary of the whole bluetooth headphone thing I've learned to live with the annoyance that is charging them and the occasional dysfunctional Bluetooth connection on even the best of phones but in general...
those super expensive headphones honey have mediocre microphones and I'm constantly forced to turn them off and use a phone normally like a plug so yeah it's official that jack is dead but can the headphone industry catch up already until it does you can buy a
Samsungdongle because there isn't one included in the box still if that's the main way you listen to music you'll be happy to know that the wired audio quality is excellent and surprisingly there's still FM radio also whether you're dealing with Bluetooth cans or the dongle life the adapt sound option is still available so you can add a personalized sound profile depending on how good your hearing is while we're on the topic of audio the stereo loudspeaker setup is surprisingly loud and well balanced especially once you consider how incredibly tiny that earpieces mid-tones and highs are nice but lows can be a little more powerful still it's one of the best you'll find on a phone another feature that's one of the best you'll find is that gorgeous 6.8 inch dynamic AMOLED screen it's a qHD display that supports HDR 10 plus and has excellent colors the vivid mode can be a bit bluish but the natural mode makes it incredibly accurate brightness can get it to a nice 381 nits in manual mode and a whopping 794 in auto mode so sunlight legibility should not be an issue the whole bunch also isn't much of a problem since it's pretty small in comparison to the size of the...
display you hardly notice it even when you're watching videos if it really bothers you there's no way to hide it but this is an AMOLED display so anytime there's something darker on the screen it'll simply blend in depending on where you live you'll get a
note10 plus that's powered either by the Snapdragon 855 plus or the Exynos 9825 we tested the Exynos version of the phone and established that while it has slightly higher clock speeds on some of the cores performance is not substantially different from that of the
galaxys 10 plus battery life however is much better with a massive 4300 milliamp hour battery the Knutson plus got a hundred and seven hours of endurance on our tests and you could probably even bump this up by going into settings and changing the power consumption options charging is also improved and the phone supports charging up to 45 watts if you shell out some extra cash for
Samsung's fast charger if you don't want to give up the extra money and just use the standard keyboard a box then you'll get 25 watt charging the phone sports Android hi with one UI on top well the software is packed full of options it doesn't feel as heavy as that of previous generations it also makes this behemoth a little easier to navigate than the
note9 from last year but it's still far from a one-handed device gestures in particular make this phone much easier to navigate and we really recommend you use them instead of navigation...
buttons however even if you choose not to you can swipe down in almost every menu and what's on the screen will drop down to the bottom half of the display for easier reaching in general if you've used any recent
Samsungphone everything will be pretty familiar there's still edge lighting for notifications and they've brought a tapped awake function so you can activate the always-on display the S Pen also includes new gestures for the camera but there's still a bit gimmicky taking a photo from far away as super useful but now you'll also have the option of air gestures which allow you to switch from one camera mode to another really I can't think of many situations we're just walking over and switching the camera mode isn't easier you can also use the combined powers of the time-of-flight camera and the s-pen to create a our doodles the top flight sensor it doesn't just aid with a are however tof cameras use infrared lights to determine depth distance and that's the reason why even though the triple camera setup is pretty much the same as the one that you'll find on the
galaxys 10 the
note10 plus has way better portraits actually I think it's time we talk about the cameras they can make or break a flagship especially one as premium and expensive as this one the main 12 megapixel camera has a variable aperture and it's pretty much the same hardware that we've been seeing on
Galaxyphones since the s9 however since...
the chipsets and image signal processors have gotten better the photos and videos we're seeing have also gotten better the main camp produces shots with low noise good detail and punchy colors during the day we compared them to photos produce by the Exynos version of the
GalaxySN plus and the 1 plus 7 pro the
note10 tends to use a lower exposure than the S 10 better HDR but slightly softer images at times the 1 plus 7 pro on the other hand has slightly less amazing HDR but more detail sometimes significantly so on a telephoto camera there's less detail than on the main cam but the processing is very similar so we see the pattern repeats the dynamic range is still good in HDR is once again better than the equivalent on the s10 the
notetends telephoto also has a slightly wider aperture which means less shaky photos as far as the ultra wide is concerned the
notem+ has one of the widest fields of view on a phone but very little distortion despite that once again HDR is better on the
notethen on the s10 at night however the results surprised us low-light photos are great with generally nice detail and good colors if you switch on night mode the already good dynamic range is further improved however this mode isn't necessarily better than the regular photo mode so whether it's worth using or not depends on the scene your taking a shot of when we compared the
note10 to the s10 we didn't find any significant differences but when we compared it to the...
1 plus 7 Pro well the oneplus tended to capture better photos at night even without night mode the oneplus had more detail with sharper and dealt better with light sources the
notehad better dynamic range but images were significantly softer despite the smaller sensor the ultra wide camera produces good images even without night mode in fact night mode only helps for improving the dynamic range at the cost of some softness where the
note10 really shines is edge detection you can treat portraits with both the telephoto and main camera and the 3d tof sensor allows for excellent portraits on even difficult subjects I mean look at the hair here the tof also allows for live focus and videos but the blur effect there is much less successful than what you get with stills the colorpoint and glitch effects seem to work a bit better and would be pretty effective for something like Instagram stories other than that the
note10 plus excels in video recording and it even supports HDR 10 plus recording and 4k there's plenty of detail excellent dynamic range and punchy colors you can use all three cameras when you're shooting in 4k and you can choose whether you want to shoot in 30 or 60 frames per second Full HD video keeps the same characteristics albeit in a lower resolution and allows for a super steady stabilization last but not least the selfie camera it's the same one as in the previous generation although with a slightly smaller opening because
Samsungwanted to make...
the punch hole less obtrusive selfies have impressed some dynamic range and the autofocus means they're pretty much always in focus the