Since March, my Android smartphone of choice has been the Samsung Galaxy S10+ which has been a joy to use. Even now, the S10+ is still an excellent smartphone and I will still recommend it for a long time, however, a part of me still longed for what was to come.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 & Note 10 Plus were officially revealed on August 7th at Samsung’s Unpacked event in New York and as usual, I needed to have it. The standard Note 10 model is the lower end of the two models and doesn’t offer all the features and beefiness of so I wasn’t too interested.
I have been using this device for a few weeks now so here are my first impressions:
The 6.8 inch dynamic AMOLED display is brilliant. Media consumption on this device delivers probably the best experience on a smartphone. Viewing spreadsheets, reading books or browsing the web is terrific and as good as it gets.
IMPROVED FINGERPRINT SENSOR
One of the bigger issues I had with the S10 Plus was the inconsistency of the in-display fingerprint sensor. I did end up getting used to it after a while but it just wasn’t as responsive as I was used to. Luckily, the version on the Note 10 Plus is much more responsive and much faster.
S PEN: HANDWRITTEN NOTES
I jot down a lot of notes with the S Pen every day. Taking down quick notes is a breeze with the “Screen-off Memo” feature which allows you to quickly take down a note without the need to unlock your device.
Because I captured so many notes with my Note 9, it became a mission to track down a particular handwritten note a few days later. The Note 10 is now able to recognise your handwriting as digital text, so you can now easily search through your handwritten notes and easily have your notes converted to digital text as well. This is brilliant.
This is hands down the fastest and best-performing smartphone that I’ve used to date. The Note 10+, with its 12GB RAM, chews up anything you throw at it with no problem at all. The phone never lags, apps open very quickly and the experience is just incredibly smooth and responsive.
No matter what I tried, I just couldn’t get this guy to slow down at all. Multitasking, gaming and media consumption is amazing on this device.
DESIGN & BUILD
This is my favourite smartphone design and build. I love the squared design and boxy feel of the device. It makes the phone easier and more comfortable to hold and operate.
Unlike the Galaxy S10+, the Note 10 now has a single camera cutout and it is situated in the center. The cutout never bothered me before because I became used to the iPhone Xs Max’s huge notch. With the Note 10, you’ll never be bothered at all by the cutout. It’s actually a very clever implementation.
If you’re familiar with the camera setup on the S10+, you’ll be right at home with the Note 10+. It features the following:
12-megapixel wide-angle lens
16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens
12-megapixel telephoto lens
10-megapixel front-facing camera
I find myself using all 3 rear sensors a lot but my favourite is by far the 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens. Photos are sharp, detailed and one of the best setups you’re going to find.
Samsung has finally found their winning formula for their OS, One UI. This has become my favourite and preferred Android OS. It’s fast, stable and allows for a lot of customisation which is very important for me.
The Note 10+ is the ultimate companion for productivity and getting things done. The no-compromise approach is what makes this such an amazing package. It’s a no brainer, get yours now.