SAMSUNG GALAXY S10 PLUS – FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Another year, another Galaxy. Samsung announced a few new smartphones at its event a few days ago.

I’ve chosen to go with the Galaxy S10 Plus ‘Performance Edition’. What makes this model so special is that it features a whopping 1TB of storage as well as 12GB of RAM. As a power-user, this is absolutely amazing!

The first thing I noticed was just how sleek this device is. It’s a combination of great hardware and design that just makes it feel so premium. I’m glad that Samsung avoided the “Notch” trend of 2018 and adopted this “Punch-hole” design with their display. The two front-facing camera modules are situated at the top-right corner of the screen and are surrounded by the screen. This implementation is much better than the attempts from Apple, OnePlus, Huawei, etc. It doesn’t take any getting used to in my opinion.

The S10 Plus now has 5 cameras in total – 3 at the back and 2 in front. I’ll have to do more testing but from the few days of testing, there are no complaints at all.

What I’m really enjoying, is Samsung’s new software skin, One UI. Previously, Samsung was often criticised for their heavy skin on top of Android and I didn’t enjoy it at all too. Since the release of the Galaxy S9 last year, the software experience was great and I had no major complaints. One UI has now become my favourite Android skin which is a really big factor for me. I have been using it on my Note 9 for a few weeks and it works even better on the S10 Plus.

Another major positive for me is the performance. This phone is exactly what I needed – It’s so responsive and reacts to actions very quickly. There’s been no lagging at all yet. Not sure if this is because I am using the top-end performance edition or not but I’m sure the standard versions are great too.

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Quite a big change with this release is that there’s no fingerprint sensor at the back of the device, instead, the scanner is now beneath the display. Don’t get it confused with the implementation in the Huawei Mate 20 Pro or the OnePlus 6T, Samsung is the first to make use of Qualcomm’s ultrasonic in-screen fingerprint technology. This means that the scanner uses sound waves to read your fingerprint! It’s not as quick as the sensor on the Note 9 but its much better than the attempts by other manufacturers. I have the face scanning feature active as well so its good to have two methods of unlocking your phone.

I also like that Samsung made the S10 and S10 Plus in some cool colours. I chose to go with the Prism Green version.

Samsung has really found a great formula when it comes to their smartphones and it can only go up from here. These were just some quick first impressions after using the device for a few days but there will be full in-depth review later on.

Stay tuned.

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