The king of Samsung smartphones is finally here, but is the Galaxy Note 10+ and its S Pen stylus really the super phone for super fans of the South Korean brand?
For a long time, the Galaxy Note line was used to extend the boundaries of what is possible with a smartphone, with the "phablet" category being targeted for large screens. I am sorry to inform you that this is no longer the case. The £ 999 Note 1
Beneath the glass and metal case, the 10+ grade is essentially a Galaxy S10 + from March. This is not a bad thing, as the S10 + is a very good phone, but it means that the 10+ mark is no longer the technical monster it was. If you always bought the note because it was "the best Samsung", your decision is not so clear anymore.
You get a slight change to the design. The impressive 6.8-inch QHD + AMOLED display is huge, but in fact only 0.1 inches larger than the S10 5G. Still, it's great to watch, videos look great, and the hole in the top of the selfie camera is smaller than any other. But it's not as gentle and impressive as Samsung's 90-Hz AMOLED display on the OnePlus 7 Pro.
The Note 10+ has surprisingly good stereo speakers, especially as the top model projects its sound from a barely perceptible gap at the top of the screen.
The build quality is exceptional. The phone is thin, feels lighter than 196 g, and the glass front and rear are curved at the edges to a thin metal band with square ends at the top and bottom. Nowhere is there any surrender, so that touch 10+ feels as good as the glass plate of a phone we've known for a decade in science fiction.
But these rounded ends, harder corners, and thanks to the huge screen, the 10+ grade is heavier to use with one hand than any other phone. This is definitely a two-handed phone. Use it at your own risk with one hand without tools. If there ever was a phone that should have been delivered with one of those old lanyards, then this is the thing.
I also received many accidental touches from my palm in the lower right corner of the screen. Accidentally enlarging web pages, exciting apps trying to achieve something, and even breaking music while scrolling through Spotify have been the order of the day. Taking pictures without pressing the back or start button was particularly difficult and resulted in some missed photos.
Screen: 6.8 inch QHD + AMOLED (498ppi)
Processor: Samsung Exynos 9825 or Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
RAM: 12 GB RAM  Memory: 256 GB + microSD card
Operating System: A user interface based on Android 9 Pie
Camera: Triple Rear Camera, 10MP Selfie Camera
Connectivity: Dual SIM, LTE, WLAN, NFC, Bluetooth 5, wireless charging and GPS
Dimensions: 162.3 x 77.2 x 7.9 mm  Weight: 196g
The 10+ touch comes with the same processor as the S10 + in the US (Qualcomm Snapdragon 855) and a slightly updated processor (Exynos 9825) with the same performance and slightly improved energy efficiency in Europe. It also has 4GB more RAM for a total of 12GB (which is a bit over the top).
One big difference is the use of newer UFS3.0 memory technology, which makes 256GB of built-in memory much faster than the one used in the Galaxy S10 + (and most other phones, except the OnePlus 7 Pro and a handful of others). ,
The Note 10+ is a very powerful phone on paper, but does not feel faster than a S10 + in use, and certainly not as snappy or fluid as the OnePlus 7 Pro.
The battery life of the Galaxy Note 10+ is good and averagely more than 32 hours between charges under heavy use. If the screen is on for more than five hours and set to FHD + and the Always On Display (AOD) is off, the phone will last from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm on the first day. This means that you can browse and use apps with about a hundred push messages for four hours, watch Netflix for 40 minutes, take about 10 photos a day, and listen to about five hours of music through Bluetooth headphones.
The battery will be spared with lower consumption It will take a few more hours, as well as the activation of one of the many battery saving modes. The Touch 10+ features wireless charging and powershare (for charging headphones and other devices from behind), but offers faster cable charging than previous Samsung phones. When the battery is completely discharged, the battery is 80% charged within 40 minutes using the included 25W charger. Note 10+ can charge up to 45W, but requires a special charger that supports Power Delivery 3.0 with PPS and is not included A user interface works well, but is currently based on the older Android 9 and lacks a good gesture Navigation. Photo: Samuel Gibbs / The Guardian
The Galaxy S10 series was the first to hit the market with Samsung's redesigned version of Android called One UI. It is based on 2018s Android 9 and not on the recently introduced Android 10.
Most adjustments that Samsung makes to Android are welcome
However, it is withheld by the use of the old Android navigation keys or the focus Rather than using more modern gesture controls used by other manufacturers such as Huawei and OnePlus, or those now integrated with Android 10, the use of the lower edge of the screen is for things to touch and the top of the screen is for information helpful when using large screen phones You can not reach the lower left corner with your right thumb or the lower right corner with the left mouse button for the navigation buttons on this screen.
The difference with Note 10+ is the addition of S-Pen features for drawing on the screen and accessing various apps via pop-up menus. New for the S-Pen this year is the greatly enhanced handwriting recognition feature in the Samsung Notes app, which was impressive, and even made accurate use of flawless texting and Samsung's aerial actions.
Last year, Samsung added the functionality of the remote control to the S-Pen; This year, using the pen like a wand for air gestures is part of it. You can change titles, switch cameras and take photos, and generally navigate or enable features by swiping and rotating the S-Pen. It's quite impressive, but after a brief patter, it was easier for me to press a button on the screen, besides taking pictures with the tripod-mounted phone, which I did just once to check whether it would work] The S-Pen remains one of the best available pens and fits easily into the case of the Note 10+ when not in use. If you never use it, the S-Pen will not interfere, but it's essentially the reason to buy the 10+ mark.
Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner
The Note 10+ incorporates the same ultrasound fingerprint scanner as the S10 + under the screen. If it works, it's great. It does not feel fast, but seems to unlock faster than Samsung software responds, causing a sluggish response, especially when compared to the excellent OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro optical fingerprint sensor.
However, it is the inconsistency of the 10+ mark that is extremely annoying. About every fifth time, it just refuses to do the work, which is always the case when you're in a hurry. Others have proven that in-screen fingerprint sensors on the front and back are as fast and accurate as conventional ones, but Samsung's are not that good.
The Touch 10+ features a triple rear view camera system supported by a new depth sensor that enhances portraits and other depth effects, including video.
The 12 megapixel main camera is complemented by a 12 megapixel camera. Megapixel telephoto camera (2x optical zoom) and a 16 megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, which is among the best in the industry. Together, they provide a lossless zoom of 0.5 to 2 times and a 10x hybrid zoom.
The 10+ grade has one of the better available cameras for recording with great detail and overall good exposure and color. It turns off in low light conditions and zooming in addition to the Huawei P30 Pro. The night mode of Samsung also does not match with that of Google for the pixel.
Video capture quality is first-rate at up to 4K @ 60 fps and can now perform live focus effects similar to Samsung still images, but in real-time. With the new AR Doodle from Samsung, you can draw on the face of you or other people in real time with the S-Pen that your children will love.
The selfie camera was a bit disappointing and took pretty good pictures outdoors. Good lighting, but trouble indoors and during events where a bad photo can not be taken anymore.
The stereo speakers are really good.
The ultrasonic fingerprint sensor is not compatible with most screen protectors. A compatible sensor is included.
Haptic feedback (vibration) is the best yet on a Samsung phone
] A small pop-up window when you remove the S-Pen from the slot shows you which gestures you can use in the current app or if they do not work here, which is convenient.
There is no headphone jack.
You can connect it to a PC or simply to a computer screen / mouse / keyboard to use the 10+ mark as a computer.
The On / Off switch is located on the left side of the volume keys, which takes some getting used to, and by default, Bixby can be enabled instead of turning the phone off completely.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ costs £ 999 at 4GB and 256GB storage, £ 1,099 at 5GB and 256GB of storage, or £ 1,199 with 5G and 512GB storage in black or aura.
Recommendation d The competition's retail prices are now £ 799 for the Galaxy S10 + with 128GB of memory, £ 1,099 for the 256GB Galaxy S10 5G, the 128GB Huawei P30 Pro cost £ 799, the 64GB Google Pixel 3 XL costs £ 869, the 64 GB iPhone XS Max costs £ 1,099 and the OnePlus 7 Pro with 256 GB costs £ 699.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ is a piece of hardware. A huge screen and a sense of solid glass just look futuristic. But this huge screen is also its drawback – it's just too big to handle with one hand.
He is also plagued by accidental touches that are downright irritating. Probably one case will solve these problems, but it will make the phone bigger and less slim.
The phone offers good performance, a solid battery life, the display looks great, and Samsung's new aura luminescent option is interesting. But where the old notes in that year were the basis for everything that Samsung could achieve in a phone, the S10 + offers virtually everything the touch offers, minus the s-pen and at least £ 200 cheaper.
So the reason why the Note Still exists for those who love the productivity and fun of the stylus that Samsung has just added with the wand-like S-Pen Air gestures. Note that fans will love it. But for everyone else, the S10 + is probably the better Samsung phone, while the competition from OnePlus and Huawei is very strong.
Pros: Massive screen, S-Pen hole notch, good battery life, wireless charging and powershare, great camera, good performance, good software, good feel, microSD card slot, dual-sim option, 5G option
Disadvantages: no headphone jack, not Android 10 at launch, low-light camera not as good as Google / Huawei, too large, more expensive, inconsistent fingerprint sensor on the screen, many accidental miss-touch events
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