Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Review – A Great Upgrade

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In this Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus review, I will tell you everything you need to know about this phone. This is a premium phone with a huge display screen and a hefty price tag.

 

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

 

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

4.7
Battery Life 5.0
Camera 5.0
Software 4.5
Hardware 4.5
Performance 4.5

Pros

  • Beautiful display screen
  • Great battery life
  • Great cameras
  • UltraSonic Fingerprint Sensor is great

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Slippery

The Galaxy S10 Plus was released with the Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy S10e. The Galaxy S10 Plus is bigger and more expensive than these phones but it offers more value.

 

Within the past few years, phablets have become significantly more popular among avid smartphone users. This is due to the fact that we’ve had some great phablets and the Galaxy S10 Plus is continuing with the trend.

 

This phone has a 6.4-inch edge-to-edge next-generation Infinity-O display screen which has a punch-hole design for the dual camera set up at the front of the phone.

 

It also has over 93% screen-to-body ratio and the display screen starts from the small speaker at the top and it extends over the curved edges to the right and left.

 

The Galaxy S10 Plus is the first phone to feature an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor which is built into the display screen.

 

The phone is powered by a 4,100mAh battery and it has Samsung’s new Wireless PowerShare feature located at the back.

 

This is a feature which gives you the ability to use the phone has a power bank to wirelessly charge other phones.

 

Located at the back of the phone there’s a triple camera setup which has a small camera bump. Each camera has a specific function.

 

There’s a normal camera, a telephoto camera, and a new ultra-wide camera, this camera gives you the ability to capture more of what is in front of you without having to back up.

 

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Display:

 

The Galaxy S10 Plus comes with a beautiful 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display screen which makes it the biggest display screen that we’ve ever seen on a Galaxy S phone.

 

What’s great about the display screen is that it’s over 93% screen-to-body-ratio. Samsung continues to find new ways to fit more pixels into a tighter frame.

 

This results in thinner bezels above and below the display screen. Samsung managed to avoid using a notch on this phone, instead, they opted for a hole punch display in the upper right corner of the display screen.

 

It’s likely that the hole punch display will soon become a trend. The Galaxy S10 Plus has a dual camera set up at the front of the phone.

 

This means that the hole punch on the Galaxy S10 Plus takes up more space than that of its siblings the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10e.

 

The hole punch isn’t distracting and it does not ruin the user experience in any way whatsoever. Because the hole punch makes it possible to have a bigger display screen.

 

As a result of this, more small notification icons can fit across the top of the display screen and the dual camera setup at the front of the phone lines up perfectly with the notification bar.

 

However, if you’re watching videos/movies or playing video games, a black bar will appear at the top of the display screen.

 

Thus making the notification bar with the icons and the dual camera setup disappear.

 

The display screen on the Galaxy S10 Plus has 1440 x 3040 QHD+ resolution with an aspect ratio of 19:9 and a pixel density of 526ppi.

 

The default screen resolution is set to Full HD+ (2280 x 1080) Samsung has done this a few times within the past year or so, this was done in an effort to conserve the battery life.

 

This resolution looks perfectly fine, however, the resolution will automatically change when you start watching a 4K video, this was a great decision on Samsung’s part.

 

The Galaxy S10 Plus and Galaxy S10 are the first phones that support HDR10+ which allows superior color and contrast. People who enjoy watching lots of videos will appreciate having this on the phone.

 

The display screen can get extremely bright which makes it easy to see it when you’re viewing it outside in direct sunlight.

 

It’s great that the phone has thinner bezels, however, there’s one drawback to this. Thinner bezels result in more false touches, particularly when typing.
The palm rejection software for this phone could have been better. The display screen is beautiful, it’s bright, and it has a wide array of rich and vibrant colors.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Design:

 

The design of the Galaxy S10 Plus has been refined, it has a similar look and feel to that of its predecessors. However, it has some improvements.

 

The display screen is made from Corning Gorilla Glass 6 and the aluminum frame is thinner than that of the Galaxy S9 Plus.

The Galaxy S10 Plus comes in Prism Black, Prism White, Prism Green, and Prism Blue.

 

Located at the back of the phone there’s a triple camera setup. The Wireless PowerShare module is located below the camera.

 

However, you can’t see it when looking at the back panel of the phone.

 

The fingerprint sensor is back, but it’s not a physical fingerprint sensor, it’s virtual. It’s located at the front of the phone to the bottom portion of the display screen under the glass.

 

This is possible due to Qualcomm’s ultrasonic fingerprint technology. This technology is more advanced than that of the optical scanners that are present on the OnePlus 6T and the Huawei Mate 20.

 

The ultrasonic technology is more secure and more accurate and it will work even if the display screen or your finger is wet or cold.

 

These are two scenarios that can cause major issues with optical scanners. The fingerprint scanner is great but it’s not as fast as the optical scanners.

The fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S10 Plus isn’t slow, it takes about one second to unlock the phone when using this feature.

 

That’s not long by any means, however, if you’ve been using a phone with an optical scanner you will immediately notice the difference.

You have to apply more pressure when using the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner than you would on an optical scanner and you must put your finger in the right place or it will not work.

 

Luckily a fingerprint icon appears on the screen to show you where your finger has to go. You may experience some problems when trying to unlock the phone this way due to incorrect placement of your finger.

 

However, the more you use this feature the better your success rate will become.

The Galaxy S10 Plus has also retained the facial unlock feature from its predecessors. You should also set up this feature because it’s faster than the fingerprint scanner.

 

However, Samsung has stated that the facial recognition feature on this phone is not secure, it was implemented for convenience.

 

The dimensions of the Galaxy S10 Plus are 157.6 x 74.1 7.8mm. The phone is made primarily from glass and aluminum this gives it a nice look and feel.

 

However, the phone gets slippery when wet so if you get this phone you should probably consider getting a case for it.

 

Located on the left side of the phone there’s the volume rocker, directly below is the Bixby Assistant. Pressing this button will launch the Bixby Assistant.

 

The Galaxy S10 Plus has also retained the 3.5mm headphone jack, this is great because many smartphone manufacturers have been doing away with this.

 

But this is something that many smartphone users appreciate having on a phone. The headphone jack is located at the bottom of the phone next to the USB-C port.

 

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