Editor's note: In the past, Samsung immediately sent us reviews of the units we want to review. But for reasons best known to the company, Samsung has not sent us the Galaxy Note 10 Plus for review. Tech2 had to wait for the sale of the device and purchase the retail version, which is why our review for Note 10 Plus was so delayed.
Samsung designs and manufactures premium mobile phones long before the launch of the Galaxy S with Android in 2010. Over time, better products with better quality appeared, along with new and improved features. And in 2011 the Galaxy Note appeared, it had a huge 5.3-inch display and a stylus. It was a productivity increasing device, intended mainly for businessmen and creators who loved scribbles, but simply too big for the ordinary user. It was the first of its kind and a bit too big for its time, but to some extent it met the needs of many who wanted a larger display despite its weight, which was then considered too heavy.
Over time, they have changed drastically, as have the needs of users. Larger displays are now something, and even after Steve Jobs Apple has the iPhone Max model with a larger display (and better battery life) for those who need it.
But the smartphone market is also improving. Buyers of smartphones are now aware of the specifications, and prices are also in the spotlight. Because Huawei and Google are at the forefront of innovation and hardware, what can Samsung bring to the game with its aging Note segment when everyone is eagerly waiting for the foldable display? You give your clients "superiority".
And this is what the new 10+ note is all about. This is a high-quality Android smartphone with a premium price, which is a kind of catching up game when it comes to the camera.
The design is brand new. There has never been a Note or a Samsung smartphone that looks so good, and the reason for this is the attention to detail from Samsung.
The Galaxy Note 10 looks so premium that it makes the Galaxy S10 seem cheap in comparison. This year's S10 design was nothing special and it looks like Samsung has forced everyone to work on Note 10, and it shows.
It is a polished, razor-thin (but elegant) metal frame that has no sharp edges and blends seamlessly into the curved glass panels at the front and back. On the front there is only a display with thin frame stripes at the top and bottom.
The massive selfie camera punch is much smaller in Note 10 than in S10, S10 + and even S10e. It's small enough to be forgotten on the large 6.8-inch Dynamic HD AMOLED display that will take your breath away, regardless of whether you are watching Stranger Things or admiring the excellent graphics of David Attenborough Our planet in HDR. The wonderful display is accompanied by loud and clear sound by switching on the set with two speakers.
The Aura Glow is eye-catching again and is unique only to the Note 10 series, but I really didn't like how the smudged glass panel on the back could get on the smartphone, which price is 79 999 Rs. Bad enough that you will have to wipe the smudged mess on your clothes every time you want to show it to someone. If you can afford a smartphone with a price of 80,000 Rs, you really don't want to wander with a microfiber cloth in your pocket.
What has been improved?
Note 10+ may have the same optics as the Galaxy S10 Plus, but image processing has improved significantly, which was not as exciting with the S10 Plus.
Portrait mode (Live Focus Photo, as Samsung calls it) works well and shows sharp photos in daylight, but has problems with details and textures in the room. In short, he is still unable to beat Pixel 3 XL, which currently costs around 55,000 Rs.
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A new feature introduced by Samsung this year was the Live Focus video. where portrait style bokeh effects are applied to real-time video. The effects look great, but I preferred to keep the setting to a minimum so that the blur (and other) effects look more natural.
You can take a look at the video embedded below.
The night vision device, which now appears as a dedicated camera mode, has significantly improved compared to the S10 + in terms of transparency and noise. But the images look a bit flat due to the lack of sharpness and aggressive noise reduction. I liked how you can access the night mode on all three cameras and even in selfie mode.
The Galaxy Note 10+ video stabilization is excellent, regardless of whether you are using SuperSteady mode or even in normal mode. Samsung's software also works very hard on the front camera, making it a really good smartphone for vlogging when mounted on a selfie stick. Still, I preferred to stick to 1080p @ 60 fps to get the most stable image in all lighting conditions. 4K video looks great, but it's not as stable as 1080p. Scenes in low light bring a noticeable amount of noise, but it still does not beat the video iPhone & # 39; a XS.
Battery life with a 4300 mAh battery has also improved compared to Note 9. Our standard PC Mark Work 2.0 battery life test provided impressive battery life with 11 hours and 9 minutes of recording, which is quite good for a smartphone with a 6.8-inch display QHD +. There is a 25 W charger in the box, which is quite fast (about an hour and a half), and if you need something faster, you'll find a 45 W charger that you can buy separately.
What has not been improved?
OneUI from Samsung seems fluid (maybe 12 GB of RAM plays a role), but things have not really improved for the better.
The S Pen is used for taking notes in writing (for people like me) and for artists who like to sketch, but Samsung is trying to give it another dimension using AR, which makes little sense, and also makes the stylus look ridiculously.
I am sure that of everything that was presented on stage during the inauguration, this management presentation showing the writing of AR was more worth attention than fun. Gesture control for manipulating the camera is almost as bad. Sure, it's cool, but would you wave a magic wand at a party or in public to partially control the camera? I'd rather not. And how often do you place your phone so far that you need gesture control to get started?
I liked how DeX worked on the Tab S5e. Thanks to this, I could have a desktop-like interface when I really needed serious work. DeX on Note 10+ is slightly different, it works more like a connection between a phone and a laptop that allows access to files stored on the phone and simply copy and paste them on a Mac or Windows PC when you have the computer application installed. It seems to be trouble-free and works theoretically, but it's not really usable (read slowly). The only advantage is that you can directly transfer the file from your PC / Mac to the smartphone application Instagramthat has no browser interface.
"Premium" does not necessarily mean "best"
So Samsung Galaxy is currently the best-looking Android smartphone on sale in India (or at least until the appearance of the Huawei Mate 30 Pro whenever it appears). In the coming months, we also expect Pixel 4, but Pixel is more Volvo than Lamborghini, and that's what we really have here. It's flashy, has great equipment under the hood, and wow performance when needed, just the camera needs work.
My biggest problem with Note is that it hasn't changed much compared to Note 9 in terms of features. You will get a better camera (flexibility of three lenses + dedicated night mode), a larger display and better battery life. Which in my opinion is not enough to justify an update over Galaxy Note 9.
Although the display has improved (it may even be the best in the industry), like its design, there are really no innovations here that would bring something valuable to an ordinary Note client.
Huawei recently announced Mate 30 Pro with the promise of providing better video (Ultra Low-light, Ultra-slow Motion and Ultra-Wide Angle-lapse). It also gets rid of some physical buttons, includes 27W super-fast wireless charging, and even restores a good old xenon lamp. Unfortunately, there is no Google application, which in some way saves Samsung from the embarrassment associated with competing with Huawei.
Remembering the premium prices in Note 10:
I recommend keeping on buying Note 10 if a great camera is a priority. Better things than Google are heading in this price range around October.
If you're looking for hardcore gaming performance, then Asus ROG II (12 GB of RAM in Rs 59999) seems to include this. Please note that Samsung Exynos is still lagging behind Snapdragon 855+, which is available on phones sold below the price of Rs 40k.
If you're looking for a movie, then iPhone XS (Rs 89.900) still shoots the best HDR movies, and the iPhone 11 Pro (Rs 99.990) is to take everything to a whole new level. (Spoiler alert: We're still checking the new iPhone, but we can now tell you cameras are rather epic).
Buy Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ if you desperately need a luxury Android smartphone and a good display that can withstand slower software updates. Or if you just can't do without S Pen.
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