Samsung is back with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus. In this blog post, I will be reviewing the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus, this is the bigger of the two phones.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Introduction:
There is a huge demand for big smartphones. Thus the reason why Samsung continues to increase the size of its smartphones.
The Galaxy Note 10 Plus is a 6.8-inch phone, I never thought smartphones would get this big but Samsung continues to surprise me.
All the phones in the Samsung Galaxy Note line have been big phones with hefty price tags, and Samsung continues that trend with the release of the Galaxy Note 10 Plus.
Someone who enjoys having a huge smartphone with all the latest bells and whistles will enjoy having this phone.
Some of the best phones that are currently on the market have big display screens. So it’s a normal thing for Samsung to want to go above and beyond the other big phones by releasing a bigger phone.
The Galaxy Note 10 Plus comes with the S Pen as usual. However, there are some new gesture control tricks which have been added.
Samsung continues to find new ways to re-invent itself with the release of every premium Samsung phone.
Samsung does this by increasing the size of the phone/display screen, improving the quality of the cameras, increasing the number of cameras, adding new features and functionalities, and improving the user interface to make the phone more user-friendly.
This phone has five cameras which have a Live Focus (portrait mode) with some nice filters.
The cameras on this phone are great as usual, however, the selfie camera is amazing, this may be the best selfie camera on the market.
This phone has a Live Focus video feature as well. This feature may not be a popular feature because most people may not want a blurry background in their videos.
This feature is also present on the Galaxy Note 10, the two phones are very similar but the Galaxy Note 10 is smaller and easier to handle with one hand.
However, there are a number of things that are exclusive to the bigger sibling the Galaxy Note 10 Plus which will separate it from the Galaxy Note 10.
The Galaxy Note 10 Plus has expandable storage via a microSD card slot, faster specs, bigger battery, and ultra-fast charging speeds.
Both Galaxy Note phones are missing the 3.5mm headphone jack. More and more smartphone manufacturers have been doing away with the headphone jack.
But this is something that many smartphone users appreciate on a modern-day smartphone.
For Samsung, the removal of the headphone jack meant that its phones can be thinner while fitting a bigger battery inside.
There are some pros and cons involved with the removal of the headphone jack. Nevertheless, the Galaxy Note 10 Plus is a fast and responsive phone which possesses great cameras.
The phone is fast, but it’s not the fastest phone on the market. The cameras on this phone are great but this is not the best camera phone.
As this review progresses I will tell you more about all the pros and cons of this phone.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus User Interface:
The user interface on the Galaxy Note 10 Plus has been redesigned to match the big display screen that this phone possesses.
It’s extremely user-friendly, and it’s easy to find everything within the menu. The camera app has some nice features without being extremely complex.
The user interface is very clean and most of the phone’s navigation is located in the bottom half of the display screen.
So it’s easy to reach everything with your thumbs while holding the phone in a natural position.
The Bixby voice assistant is alive and well on the Galaxy Note 10 Plus, however, it feels as though it hasn’t been improved very much.
Bixby struggles to understand simple instructions so most Samsung Galaxy users opt for the Google Assistant.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Display Screen:
The Galaxy Note 10 Plus comes with a huge 6.8-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display screen.
This phone has the thinnest bezels that I’ve ever seen on a phone. On the edge-to-edge display screen, you will notice that there are pixels spilling over the left and right edges of the phone.
The curved display screen is very attractive. However, there is one problem that I discovered, due to the bezels being so thin false touches occur from time to time as a result of this.
There is a punch hole located at the top of the display screen in the center which houses the selfie camera.
This punch hole is 26% smaller than that of the punch hole on the Galaxy S10 Plus. This makes it much less intrusive than the punch holes or notches that you will find on some of the other phones on the market.
This display screen has colors that pop, a Quad HD+ pixel-dense resolution, and it’s extremely bright, this makes the display screen look extremely attractive and it provides an immersive experience.
This is one of the best display screens that you will find on a phone but it doesn’t have the smooth 90Hz screen refresh rate that the OnePlus 7 Pro has.
Even though this phone has a 6.8-inch display screen, it’s thinner and lighter than some of the other big phones and it’s slightly taller.
Samsung has done a great job engineering a big display screen in a smaller body and making a smaller punch hole and center aligning it was brilliant.
It’s extremely easy to ignore the punch hole when watching videos on this phone.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Design:
The glossy back panel of this phone makes it a bit slippery so you will want to hold on tight to it when you have it in your hands.
There are five different color variants which include Aura Black, Aura Glow, Aura White, Aura Red, and Aura Pink.
These colors are very attractive but due to the fact that the back panel is made of glass and the phone has an aluminum frame, it has a tendency to collect lots of fingerprints.
The glossy back panel changes colors when viewing it at different angles in a well-lit setting, it feels like a shiny new toy.
So this means that the Galaxy Note 10 Plus does not have a facial unlock feature. Nevertheless, this has been replaced with an ultra-sonic in-screen fingerprint scanner which is very fast and responsive.
The power button has been relocated to the left edge of the phone, the power button is also used as the Bixby button.
To turn this phone off, instead of just pressing and holding the power button (which Samsung now refers to as the “Side key”).
You must press and hold the power and the volume down buttons simultaneously for several seconds.
This will take a while for most people to get used to it. However, I think this was a great decision on Samsung’s part because the phone has one less physical button and the Bixby feature isn’t popular because the Google Assistant works much better.
As I stated earlier, Samsung removed the 3.5mm headphone jack so the phone could be thinner.
But this has been replaced with the USB-C port which gives you the ability to plug in USB-C headphones which are included in the box with the phone.
This had to happen at some point, Samsung kept the 3.5mm headphone jack for as long as it could, but now it’s time to move on.
The Galaxy Note 10 Plus has an IP 68 water and dust resistance rating which means that it can be submerged in 1.5 meters of fresh water for up to 30 minutes without having any adverse effects on the phone.
However, Samsung advises against using this phone at the beach or in a pool and you should know that water damage isn’t covered by the warranty.