Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus – Review
So you may not realize how good the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus are until you’ve held and used either of them. Then you begin to see that a lot of the negative things said about the phones just fades away. I know this is true because a good number of the reviewers who bashed this phone before having a hands on experience completely changed their narrative after owning the device.
In the box you’ve got the device, a USB C to USB C Data Cable, A travel Adapter that charges at 25 watts, USB type C Earphones by AKG, Pen Tips and Tweezers, a Clear cover case, ejector pin, protective film already applied to the phone and some paper work. Now this phone is fast and there’s literally nothing you’d throw at it that it can’t handle.
Samsung upgraded the internal storage on the Note 10 and Note 10 Plus to a UFS 3.0 storage and although the One Plus 7 also uses this storage type, Samsung’s UFS 3.0 storage absolutely blows One Plus’s in terms of read/write speeds. Everything is fast. Gaming is absolutely amazing on the Note 10 plus. I’ve thrown practically every demanding task at this phone and its held up under every pressure I could conjure. To give you proper perspective on how good this smart-phone is. Here are my observations over the period of a month using this phone.
Battery and Performance
First, the battery here is a champ, its 4300mah and thanks to the improvements in the Exynos 9825 it lasts all day. I typically achieve 6 to 8 hours of screen on time depending on usage and I often go to bed with about 20 to 30% battery life left. Multitasking is a breeze and you mostly don’t think of how you going to get stuff achieved on these devices you just do cos they work great.
I want to talk about some reviewers saying this is the most disappointing smart-phone from Samsung yet. Those statements in my opinion are from reviewers who haven’t or had not really used the device. If they have over time they’d definitely change their minds just like Dave2d did. These are some of the best designed and built devices in the market and you cant call that a failure. Agreed the whole SPEN waving magic wand gestures thing is something you’d probably never use after you try it for the first time, but I’m talking about the device itself, its absolutely a performer. One major thing I would have loved to see was a 90 or 120 Hertz screen but I guess Samsung would consider that for the S11 or Note 11.
This phone was built with creatives and corporate executives in mind and it perfectly fits those
roles. Talking about creatives and creativity, the Galaxy Note 10 and 10 Plus have a quad camera
setup at the back of the device and a single selfie camera upfront.
The 10MP selfie camera is also used as a face unlock camera, I not quite sure what tech Samsung put in that thing, but it works 100% of the time in day-light or in darkness. I’ve also wondered how they achieved the ambience feature on the device seeing that there are no visible sensors on the front of the device. But I discovered that Samsung used a really ingenious method here. They put an infrared sensor underneath the screen just beside the front facing camera. And you can see this in action when placing a call.
Images from the selfie camera look great churning out good looking selfies almost all the time. You’d hardly be disappointed with the result from the 10MP selfie camera. Images look gorgeous and can be compared to what you get from the likes of the iPhone XS Max.
The rear camera system sports a triple camera setup including a 12MP Wide, a 12MP Telephoto and a 16MP Ultra-wide camera and a fourth depth vision camera for use in portrait and 3D Scanning. These camera produce very good images with it’s dynamic range producing very decent results. As you can see from the images scrolling on your screen, you’d mostly get good images at least 8 out of 10 times.
Most modes work pretty well but I’ve found that the portrait mode with the background blur feature looks a bit weird compared to what you get from the likes of the Pixel camera. You’ve also got an inbuilt scene optimizer that helps you shoot better images in about 30 different modes including but not limited to, Face, Baby, Person, Dog, Cat, Food, People, Beaches, Sky, Mountain and etcetera.
I’ have the aura glow version of the Note 10 Plus here and that aura glow is beautiful. Depending on how light hits the device it produces a different color pattern and it’s just amazing.
However this phone is a super fingerprint board and you’d find yourself having to wipe it all the time. But good thing Samsung included a transparent TPU case in the box in my region. And this case allows you see the beauty of the device while providing some protection to the device. Samsung was also gracious to give me two other cases which includes the official cover case that allows you see notifications, take calls and change music while closed, Then there’s the bumper case that’s also got a stand for watching videos without the need to hold your phone and it also provides the much needed cover around the device. This case also has a lip on the top and bottom to raise the screen when placed face-down on a table.
Now what makes the Note a note is that huge screen and SPEN. And talking about the SPEN, it’s a much more improved version from the Note 9. It’s now got a gyroscope in it frame allowing perform gestures without the need to touch your phone. You can do things like use it as your shutter button in taking pictures, change camera modes, zoom in and out of your camera and also switch from the rear to the front camera and vice-versa.
One of my favourite things to do with the SPEN in the camera both rear and selfie is the AR Doodle mode. This allows me doodle/or just draw silly stuff on my friends faces and it stays on them all the time. It’s a fun feature to use. You could also use it if you’re into interior decor and just wanna note stuff at certain locations in the house all the while recording your notes and then play back what you noted when you’re back home or in your office.
The SPEN also allow you take notes and make creative drawing on it beautiful screen.
One more thing you can do is convert your handwritten notes to text using the built-in OCR feature in the phone. That’s pretty impressive.
Let’s talk about the screen for a bit, you have simply put the best display on any smart-phone out there. It’s a 6.8inch Infinity O Super AMOLED Dynamic HDR display, it’s HDR10+ certified, it’s got a total PPI of 498 and its utterly incredible.
4k video looks insane here and watching high resolution HDR content on Netflix just look absolutely beautiful. Gaming on this display is a Joy to behold. Graphics in high end games are mind blowing and you just don’t realize how great it is until you play the same game on another smart-phone, then you get what I call brain lust. Your brain just wants to go back to the Note 10 plus.
The Dynamic AMOLED display on Galaxy Note10 and Note10+ received a certification from VDE Germany for 100 percent Mobile Color Volume in the DCI-P3 color range, which means your images aren’t washed out and you’ll get unbelievably vivid colors regardless of differing levels of brightness. The display can achieve peak brightness of up to 1200 nits improving the contrast between dark and light aspects of digital content for a more brilliant picture quality, with a 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio to make your mobile experience more immersive.
And to give you perspective of what this mean, Samsung’s 75 inch Q900r 8K TV reaches 4000 nits of brightness. That’s just 2800 nits more that this phone. Think about that. It’s Crazy
Now you would be very happy with the audio output from the Note 10 and Note 10 Plus. You’ve got stereo speaker sounds by AKG using the external speakers, You also have Ultra High Quality 32bit and DSD 64/128 Bit support for really high quality audio output. DSD stands for Direct Stream Digital. It’s a high-resolution format that produces a high-resolution signal in a different way to that employed by the PCM system that can be transmitted as WAV, FLAC, ALAC or AIFF.
Audio playback supported includes MP3, M4A, 3GA, full list will be on your screen now. AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, APE, DSF, DFF
You’ve also got Dual Audio: to connect two Bluetooth devices to the Galaxy Note10 or Note10+ to play audio through the two devices simultaneously.
Specs on the Galaxy note 10 Plus are top of the line, you have the Exynos 9825 or Snapdragon 855 handling things in the processor department, depending on your region. Both phones are IP68 water resistant, they’ve got an in-display fingerprint reader.
The galaxy Note 10 and note 10 plus are no doubt the best designed and best looking smart-phones on the market that you can get right now. And I mean that. The look and feel very premium and have held up in my on month of use. If you didn’t know already I’ve made the Note 10 Plus my daily driver alongside my Xiaomi MI8.
I’m very impressed with these devices. If you’d like to pick one up it’ll cost you N384,000 for the Note 10 Plus and N330,500 for the Note 10. That’s $1100 and $950 respectively. They’re quite expensive, but if you want the best of the best in the android space, then this is the device for you.