Samsung Galaxy S10 & S10+ Review

Design
Performance
Features
Battery
Camera
Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 plus flagship phones are finally here. We believe S10 has all the features S10+ has, if you are not a big fan of larger displays or not huge fan selfie cameras. S10 is a great way to go or maybe S10e.

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The phone of the year 2019 is finally in town. Samsung galaxy S10 was first officially announced on 20 February, 2019 and released on 8 March, 2019. The phone is already in market, today we decided to review Samsung galaxy S10 and S10 plus. We will be reviewing hardware changes, software changes and overall specs and performance of phone.

Specs

Before we dive into other changes let’s take a look at the flagship device specifications. Samsung initially launched three versions of phone SM-G973F/DS (Global Version), SM-G973U (USA Version) and SM-G973W (Canada Version). The specs below are for global version.

NetworkTechnology GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE
BodyDimension
Weight
Build
Sim
149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8 mm
157g
Gorilla Glass 5 + aluminum frame
Single/Dual Nano SIM
DisplayType
Size
Resolution
Protection
AMOLED touchscreen
6.1/6.4″
1440 x 3040 pixels
Corning Gorilla Glass 6
PlatformOS
Android 9.0 + One UI
MemoryCard Slot
Internal
MicroSD up to 512GB
128/512GB + 8GB Ram
CameraTriple
Video
12MP Dual pixel
2160p, 60FPS
Front CameraSingle
Video
10MP Dual pixel
2160p, 30FPS
BatteryCharging3400/4100 mAh
CommonsWLAN
USB
Bluetooth
Wi-Fi 802.11
3.1
5.0

Galaxy S10 and S10 plus are almost identical, both phones are beautifully designed, slim and shiny. They are made of Gorilla glass 5 and aluminum frame. Both phones display is awesome stretching from one corner to other which is called edge to edge or infinity display.

Size

We found Galaxy S10 far better than S10 plus in terms of use, the device is compact and a lot easier to hold which is important considering both phones are slippery. Which one is your favorite please tell us in the comments below.

Fingerprint Scanner

S10 in-display Ultrasonic Scanner
S10 in-display Ultrasonic Scanner

The Samsung has made major changes in the design of their flagship phones over the time and the Fingerprint reader placement is one of them in S10. The fingerprint scanner is no longer on the back of the phone it has been moved to in-display and replaced optical fingerprint reader with ultrasonic sensor which is a big step from the company, it offers better security.

If you have been using S8 or S9 in the past you might not be doing good with the major change but eventually you’ll get used to it in a couple of days. It also offers face unlock which does a great job as an alternative.

Display

I am generally the fan of Samsung phones displays. Samsung always prove they are the best smart phones producer in the world. With S10 release the company offers almost frame less cinematic display.

The display is brighter, vibrant colors, amazing contrast and supports 16 million colors with HDR 10+ certified infinity screen, which delivers brighter colors even in daylight. S10 comes with 6.1″ Quad HD+ Dynamic AMOLED Infinity Display whereas S10 plus comes with 6.4″ Quad HD+ Dynamic AMOLED Infinity Display.

The curved edges are back in S10, some people don’t like them some do, but that’s what makes galaxy series a S-line. Moreover both phone still has the feature called Always on Display, which can be turned off with one tap from the menu/notification bar settings. Cool, isn’t it?

Photography

Photos taken with Galaxy S10
Photos taken with Galaxy S10 Photo credit PCMAG

The Samsung has made tons of changes to the S10 and S10+ cameras. S10 plus is featuring 5 cameras in total, 2 on front and 3 on back giving you the power to take coolest pictures even low light.

The front camera in S10 plus comes with two modes for focal range and depth sensing, plus it gives you the ability to beautify your face on the go, adjust jawline, shrink nose/chin, beautify tones of your skin and adjust live focus. You can play around with settings to get the best out of your selfie.

On the back of both phones there are 3 cameras one is telephoto 12MP camera, second one is wide angle 12MP camera and last one is ultra wide 16MP camera great for taking landscape photos.

Performance

Samsung Galaxy S10 Performance
Samsung Galaxy S10 Performance

The galaxy S10 and S10 plus has either the Exynos 9820 or the snapdragon 855 chipsets depending on the version of phone and comes with 8 gigabytes of ram, multi tasking is no longer an issue. Each chip performs blazing fast. This is the best so far an Android phone can offer.

The graphics performance is nice boost over last year’s chips. However, both phones do heat up a little while gaming but it’s not something that one would be very uncomfortable with.

Battery

Both galaxy S10 and S10+ batteries are larger than last years S9 and S9+ models. But the battery is almost the same. S10 comes with 3400mAh battery while the S10 plus comes with 4100mAh battery size. Pretty good huh?

Wired charging speed decently fast but nothing mind blowing there. It took half an hour to charge 0-40% on galaxy s10 and s10+ it charged 48% in 30 minutes. We didn’t have a chance to test wireless charging and Power Sharing features but we hope it is fast enough for the price.

One UI

Galaxy S10 OneUI
Galaxy S10 OneUI

On the software side, there is a major addition to S-series which is One UI. Basically it is an user experience (UX) improvement which makes a lot easier to use the smart phones with one hand. Although, not everything is working yet, but we hope Samsung will be able to simply the user experience further.

There’s More

The flagship phones also come with pre-applied screen protectors. Both phones has Night mode feature, which activates black theme. It also helps reduce the strain on eyes in low light. It doesn’t work with 3rd party apps though, such as facebook, instagram etc. But it works great with built in apps messages, samsung browser etc.

Bixby has never been our favourite ever since it was shipped with flagship phone S8, however we must admit it is becoming more intelligent than ever. Not only this but Samsung added new gestures for home screen which is a good addition but not ground breaking.

Samsung galaxy S10 and S10 plus comes with 128GB/512GB builtin storage and it can be extended with external microSD card up to 512GB. The phones are water resistant.

Galaxy S10 and S10+ are unlike last year’s phones has more variety of colors to choose from.

Galaxy S10 is available in Prism White, Prism Black, Flamingo Pink and Prism Blue. On the other hand Galaxy S10+ is available in Ceramic Black, Ceramic White, Prism Blue, Flamingo Pink, Prism Black and Prism White. Which one is your favorite color do let us know in the comments bellow.

Pros

  1. Amazing display
  2. The phones are blazing fast
  3. Triple cameras are great for photographers
  4. Ultrasonic fingerprint scanner is a nice addition
  5. The Bixby button remapping is great
  6. Night mode and OneUI are great features

Cons

  1. The phones are slippery
  2. Price is too heavy
  3. Fingerprint scanner could be a little visible for easier use
  4. Night time/low light photos are not great
  5. S10 battery life is not good enough
  6. Does heat up a little, while gaming

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