There has been a long standing debate in the tech world about whether the Galaxy series or the Galaxy Note series are the true flagships for Samsung, Our answer, who cares? Both are phones serving different purposes, which just happen to be specified in a high end manner. With that being said, the recently released Galaxy Note 10 is making the waves due to it’s massive display, and triple camera setup. It’s worth examining whether this is just the Samsung hype machine, or whether the phone is actually worth our time. The following is our review for the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus.
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It is no surprise at this point that Samsung makes the best displays in the entire smartphone industry, and by proxy, the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus feature some of the sharpest, clearest, and most colorful screens on the whole smartphone market right now. The displays on both the smaller, and larger phone display Android OS about as crisply as can be on any phone at this moment. The bigger display on the Galaxy Note 10 Plus especially is something special, as the larger screen real estate makes it so there is a lot more space to appreciate the work put in by Samsung’s engineers into making the screen as bright and beautiful as possible.
As one would expect from a large company like Samsung, the performance is strong, smooth, and snappy at all times. While Android does have a bit of a reputation of being sluggish at times, we’re pleased to report that we experienced no such issues on either the Galaxy Note 10 or the Note 10 Plus. The OS is optimized very well, and even when tens of apps are open at the same time, slowdown cannot be felt. For performance and gaming enthusiasts, we also highly recommend as the chipset is strong enough to do justice to the brilliant display. As for battery, it performed par with phones this price on our tests, however, we must say that Samsung batteries tend to wear out a bit quicker than one would expect, certainly something to keep in mind.
As always, the new breed of Samsung devices, the Note 10 and Note 10 Plus both feature Android OS, however, Samsung continues to utilize it’s “TouchWiz” skin on top of the stock android experience, with no option to revert to the original. This is a feature which has been divisive thus far, with purists preferring stock android, and TouchWiz itself being a little faulty and laggy at places. Certainly, the icons could use a change, since they look a little bit dated on what is otherwise a beacon for modern smartphones in 2019. Additionally, the phone does come preloaded with a few filler Samsung apps, as well as Bixby, the voice assistant, however, we’d highly recommend choosing Google Assistant over this, since it is far more advanced in its reach of capabilities.
We mentioned in an earlier piece that the triple camera setup, while certainly interesting, was fairly unimpressive on paper when it comes to the Galaxy Note 10 and Plus. We said this since having a main shooter of simply 16 megapixels failed to hold a candle to even some cheaper phones. However, we’re being made to eat our words, because the camera on this phone is simply brilliant. The 16 + 12 + 12 setup works brilliantly well, with the telephoto lens feeding data to the other two shooters for a more complete photography experience. Some of the shots taken from these shooters genuinely impressed us a lot, and suffice to say, this camera will never let you down.
All in all, it is evident that this smartphone is not just a perfectly serviceable one, but one which is brilliant in almost any way. We are long standing fans of the Galaxy Note series here, but that doesn’t influence our verdict at all. Everything from the display, to the camera setup, to the ultra power saving mode is perfectly engineered to ensure maximum consumer satisfaction, which is why we can highly recommend the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus.