Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Review

by Matt Brauer

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 has an edge to edge display technology called infinity-O. Therefore, it squeezes its 6.3-inch screen into a phone that is about the same size as the iPhone XS. When compared to other Note line entries, using the Note 10 with one hand is much easier. To most people, the Note 10 is similar to the Note 10+ because both have the same powerful specs and cameras. However, the Note 10 has some tradeoffs that make it a little bit inferior to its big brother. The Note 10 has a lower screen resolution, less RAM and does not have a MicroSD slot. It is surprising the price did not change that much because it’s quite high compared to the features that are missing.

What’s different to the Note 10 Plus?

There is a reason for the new Note models to come in two sizes

The main reason behind Samsung trading off these features was to make the phones body smaller and make it appealing to a greater audience. However, with the price of the Note 10 being around $950, this phone is not meant to be bought by an average Note fan. Samsung is trying to sell the S pen to a large number of people especially those who find Samsung Notes too big or appealing due to some of the specs. Whether you are considering buying the Note 10 or 10+, it is important to understand that the two have similar features with minimal differences. Therefore, this article will explain the features that make the Note 10 different to help you decide which one to get.

What about the S Pen?

The Samsung S Pen is a versatile tool that has gotten many improvements in its latest revision

The S pen is one of the main features coming with the Samsung Note series. The S pen in the Note 10 has a wide range of use cases and doesn’t fall short to the Note 10 Plus by having the same features. In the past, the stylus was used to either draw lines or write notes on. However, with the current technological advancements, the S pen can be used to do other things besides writing.

S Pen Gestures

S Pen Gestures are a great way to interact with your Samsung Note more efficiently

Last year, Samsung added Bluetooth support to the S pen and after turning it into a remote control, there were plenty of supported gestures to use. The stylus still has a gyroscope and an accelerometer. The current S pen is advanced and can help you use your Note 10 with ease. For instance, if you want to switch cameras or zoom, you just need to swing the pen around instead of clicking once or twice. Therefore, the pen can help you do things and tasks faster and more easily than most other phones.

Memos and notes

Taking Notes is easier than ever with the new Samsung Note 10

With the release of the Note 5 in 2015 Samsung introduced the Screen-Off Memo feature. It’s still available in the Note 10 and it can help you take digital handwritten notes. With this feature, it is possible to write on the Samsung Note 10’s face even if the phone is asleep. It is now easier to sort through your digital notes and make sense of the scribbles. This has been made possible by the improved handwriting recognition system. Unlike with the Note 5, your digital handwritten notes are automatically converted in the background. The words are indexed to help you search and find a specific thing, topic or memo. Ergo, if you love taking notes the S pen will play a huge role in making it a success.

Note 10 vs. Note 10 Plus: What are the differences?

The display differences

The Note 10 vs. Note 10 Plus Screen Comparison

Besides size, the screen is one of the things that makes the two notes vary. The Note 10+ has a 6.8-inch Quad HD+ display while the Note 10 has a 6.3-inch full HD+ screen. It is evident that the two Notes have a difference display-wise but you won’t notice any major differences regarding picture quality. If you watch a movie or a video, you will find that they both offer good viewing experiences.

Expendable storage?

The Note 10 does not have a Micro SD card slot

The missing MicroSD slot is another huge difference. However, even if the Note 10 does not have a MicroSD slot, it has 256 GB internal storage. This internal storage is enough for most users but if you prefer installing numerous apps, downloading videos, taking selfies, etc., you might require additional space after some time. This could be solved with cloud storage but if you’re adamant on having your files available offline you might want to choose the Note 10 Plus.

RAM

There are different Random Access Memory options for both models

The Note 10 has 8 GB RAM while the Note 10+ has 12 GB RAM. Although this is a difference, you probably won’t notice it especially if you don’t use high-end applications on your phone. The additional 4 GB RAM will only come in handy for power users who regularly use high-demanding applications.

Battery

The Note 10 Battery is smaller than the Note 10 Plus

The small size of the Note 10 results in a smaller battery compared to the Note 10 Plus. But since the Note 10 has a lower screen resolution, the battery might last for a day plus a few hours depending on how you use your phone. In reality, the two Note 10s have no major difference in terms of the actual runtime.

Camera

The Note 10 Plus has an improved AR Camera

It is important to understand that the Note 10 does not have a depth sensor on the rear side. This feature helps the Note 10 Plus with AR effects and applying a more realistic blur to photos and videos. The Note 10s camera consists of a vertical triple rear camera system made up of the main 12-megapixel camera with Dual Aperture (f/1.5 and f/2.4) and OIS, an ultra-wide 16-megapixel camera with an aperture of f/2.2 and a telephoto 12-megapixel camer with an aperture of f/2.1 and OIS. The smaller Note 10 has one of the best cameras on the market right now. For all the selfie takers out there you’ll be relieved to hear that the front camera in the Note 10 and Note 10 Plus is the same with a 10 megapixel sensor.

The verdict!

Which one is the right model for you? Let us know in the comments below!

With all the differences listed above, you should still know that the two Notes are quite similar having mostly identical features and the same Snapdragon 855 processor. If you want a phone that you can use easily with one hand, the Note 10 is the ideal choice although the price is a bit steep at the moment. However, with time, there will be some offers to make it easy for Note 10 enthusiasts to buy the phone. For instance, T-Mobile has a buy one get one free offer for the Note 10! On the other hand, for enthusiasts who prefer a high-res screen, high RAM, a MicroSD slot, a battery with higher mAh and a big screen, they will prefer the Note 10+.

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