After another day of testing, more was revealed about the Galaxy Note 10 Plus which compares the battery life viewing, the in-screen fingerprint reader’s efficacy and the night mode photo quality with the Note 10’s camera And Google was focused on Pixel. 3, two best-in-class expressions of dedicated night mode. It’s been only four days since I unboxed the Note 10 Plus, but so far I like what I’m seeing.
So far I’ve set up 10 Plus how I like (below to change the wallpaper and choose a custom watch color) and switched to my sim card – this is the only phone I’m currently using until That is not the time to run the battery drain test, which can take 24 hours or more on the 10 Plus’s 4,300mAh battery. After that test, I will continue to use the 10K note full time.
I’m almost done with the review (it takes a solid week to run a thorough test and for all the best and worst parts of crystallizing a phone). There is still much to explore about the capabilities of depth sensors (a feature, 3D scanners, still not out) and how useful Samsung’s new S Pen gesture controls really are.
So far, the Note 10 Plus is taking shape to be beautiful, thanks to its colorful beguiling backing and more comprehensive and sophisticated design than the Galaxy Note 9. Its cameras, equipment and features have started to appear as a complete package that is fun and satisfying. To use. But I’m struggling with button placement and missing headphone jacks, and I have some questions about some new features. Read further for details.
Night mode makes a difference
Samsung’s Galaxy cameras have a very good pas but have struggled to keep up with low-light night mode shots compared to rival mobile devices, like the Huawei P30 Pro and Google Pixel 3, and the zoom quality like the Oppo Reno 10x zoom. Samsung pulled out a standalone night mode after criticism of the S10 Plus, but the Note 10 phone took them in.
The camera’s dedicated night mode takes clearer, brighter shots that pop than using automatic mode.
I’m very happy with the dedicated Knight mode so far, but the comparison to the contestants is interesting. The objective is to brighten and sharpen the dark scenes so that the details stand out. For example, streetlights that diffuse glow drops in an automatic photo rule the night mode. Neon signs should be easy to read.
This process takes a few seconds on all phones. What I love about Google and Huawei’s phones is that they both indicate how long you have to stay stationary; Note 10 is more of a guessing game.
In terms of actual image quality, Samsung’s photos are the brightest, with the most background detail outside the field of focus. This is not always what you want, however, if your goal is to capture the fact that these pictures are taken at night. In the photo below, the Note 10 Plus grows the leaves of the tree. The P30 Pro did a better job keeping the watch (focus area) clear and easy to read, which has a higher contrast in the overall image, which I like.
Here is the Note 10 Plus both with and without dedicated night mode.
Major observations so far
Screen: Dynamic AMOLED display sounds great, but even when you choose the settings for “vivid” and calm tone, the phone doesn’t feel bright white. The 6.8-inch display is amazing for watching videos and reading e-books. It becomes heavy if you are trying to lay it down while laying down. My palm triggered the screen for some time when I didn’t mean it, and the curved screen made it difficult for the S Pen to be used on the edge.
Fingerprint Reader: I’ve struggled with the phone’s in-screen fingerprint reader, much more sensitive than the S10 Plus, a very good thing.
Aura Glow Color: It is gorgeous, but the fingerprint oil moistens the appeal. Gorilla Glass 6 helps shine the rainbow effect back and forth, but you need a case to prevent all that glass from breaking into a bad drop, which will either be muted or hide the color.
— Jessica Dolcourt (@jdolcourt) August 15, 2019
Front-facing camera placement: The focused 10-megapixel front-facing camera is much less distracting than the Galaxy S10’s selfie cam placement. (Here are 7 fun note 10 wallpapers you can get right now.)
New camera tools: Portrait Video worked in an early test, but I wasn’t sure I liked background blur. The zoom-in-audio acted as an advertisement, but the effect was more subtle than I expected, and when you zoom in too closely, the image quality is affected. The new video editor was easy to trim and add to music tracks. A new live focus filter makes portrait shots dreamier.
Battery life: Battery life actually lasts all day, and recharging with the included 25-watt charger is impressively fast. The Note 10 Plus’ 4,300mAh is regularly emptied and fully charged in 65 minutes.
S Pen Stylus: It is shorter and thinner than the Note 9. Its button seems hard to press by mistake, which is a good thing. It also seems less adequate, and I’m not sure how I feel about it. The S Pen Air Control provides a refreshed look. It is much more comfortable when you are sitting for a while, when you are sitting for a while.
Performance: This is Zippy, so far supported by benchmarking tests that are compatible with other phones using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 899 chipset.
Rebooting and taking screenshots feels awkward
Let’s talk about the button. Samsung moved the power / lock button to the left and made it a three-in-one power / lock / bixby button that you can reprogram. It is now called just the side key. I am skeptical about the placement, although I think it is a boon for the Left. Still, I get used to it. In fact, I wound up pressing the Bixby button on the Galaxy S10 Plus to turn it on. Muscle memory is a funny thing.
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However, the button reboots to take and close geography screenshots or to complicate the Note 10 a bit. You can of course take screenshots with the S Pen (I like the accuracy of the Screen Select tool), but if you want to use the button controls, you briefly press the volume-down and lock buttons on the left. Seems strange.
Long press this button combo and you will see the power-down screen. This is different from other Samsung phones, where a long press on the power / lock button gives you the power-down option. But with the Bixby voice function moving to the press-to-hold function by default, you’ll need to do something else. Samsung also bets in tutorials to guide one way. You have three options:
- Also press and hold the volume-down and lock buttons (this is the iPhone root)
- Tap the power button at the top of the quick access panel (slide down from top of Note 10)
- Ask bixby to turn off the phone
Option D (none of the above) restart the press-and-hold function in the power off menu from Wake Bixby and go about trading as usual, just from the left side of the phone and not to the right.
The Note 10 Plus’s other design challenge is the headphone jack – or rather, its lack. Samsung removed this 3.5mm port in the Note 10 phone and gave you a pair of wired AKG headphones in the box, which is fine until you reach your trusty wired pair and find that you get a dongle adapter, wireless earbuds Requires a new pair of or to bring those new USB-C earbuds from where you left them.
I will update this continuous review with new comments, and it will finally be mine, CNET rated reviews. For now, here are some introductory comments (after pricing information and all the specs).
Coming up next…
Further camera testing including AR doodles and AR measurements.
Gestures with S Pen.
Handwriting for text conversion.
Link for Windows, which makes the contents of Note 10 Plus good with Windows 10 computers.
And now, back to the Note 10 basics, originally published on August 7.
Note 10 Plus S Pen (blue) versus Note 9 S Pen. It’s shorter, thinner, the button is harder to accidentally press (a good thing), and — plot twist — it loses the Samsung branding #GalaxyNote10Plus @CNET pic.twitter.com/antMr4Rzu8
— Jessica Dolcourt (@jdolcourt) August 16, 2019
The deal with the Note 10 and Note 10 Plus
First, there is not just one Note 10, but two: the 6.3-inch Galaxy Note 10, starting at $ 949, £ 899 or AU $ 1,499, and the 6.8-inch Note 10 Plus, which starts at $ 1,099, £ 999 or AU Starts at 1,699. (See how to push the Note 10 forward.) The phone replaces one of its two color options with a stunning prismatic backing, shining the rainbow back. And, as noted, Samsung has killed the headphone jack in the Note 10 phone.
The Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus have not changed. The larger Note 10 Plus has four rear cameras, and the smaller Note 10 has no microSD card slot. The S Pen controls gesture control which lets you swipe through the screen remotely. The Note 10 Plus vs Note 10 has a larger battery and more RAM, and wireless charging provides faster speeds for both phones.
Samsung has also created a 5G version of the Galaxy Note 10 Plus which is similar in every way, apart from the modem inside it gets the fastest data speed. This Note 10 Plus 5G variant will be sold with Verizon before branching to T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint. The Note 10 Plus 5G is priced at $ 1,299, £ 1,099 or AU $ 1,999, the Galaxy S10 5G price.
Of all the changes in Note 10, two are the highest. Saying goodbye to the Samsung headphone jack is a big deal as the brand was the last major stronghold of the 3.5mm port. Knowing that the future is a sign of a possible change for the Galaxy phone. You’ll get a pair of free USB-C headphones in the box, but an adapter dongle for your existing headphones will cost you $ 10 from Samsung. (I tested four dongles from rival manufacturers including Google and Apple, and they all work on the Note 10)
As interesting, the Samsung 10 Note is splitting the family into two sizes. The company says that this is being done to make a cheaper, smaller phone for those who want a note, but it is not a very big device. The strategy also gives Samsung the opportunity to sell the note at two different prices, somewhat towards an expensive phone. With phone sales slowing down, Samsung may try to hit the sweet spot of more people.
Making the Note 10 essentially “Note” is a new role for the phone, representing the most powerful, feature-stacked device made by Samsung in a year, since the very first Galaxy Note. It is not so now. Now, the smaller Note 10 competes with the Galaxy S10 Plus, and the S10 5G is very close to the Note 10 Plus 5G.
The foldable Galaxy Fold is another story altogether, but it also threatens to eclipse the Note 10 with a larger screen and more bang design.
Keep reading for all Galaxy Note 10 preorder details, specs, camera equipment and new S Pen features.
How to pre-order and purchase the samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus
The Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus pre-augment run on August 8 at 12 pm ET, and go on sale on August 23.
In the US, you can buy both phones Aura White, Aura Black and Aura Glow (iridescent color above). We also saw the Note 10 at Aura Pink in the UK, and Aura Red will be available in some countries. Additionally, the Note 10 Plus will be sold in Aura Blue, which also has a prismatic back, but only for US customers can buy it from Samsung.com and Best Buy.
If you either buy a Note 10 through Samsung.com or the selected carrier you will get a credit that you can apply to devices or devices that are not other phones, such as the Galaxy Buds or the Galaxy Watch Active 2. Samsung will give you Will give $ 100. For Note 10 and $ 150 for the Note 10 Plus.
Here you can buy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus everywhere.
Very Bad No Note 10 headphone jack: It’s time to embrace
At the risk of alienating some fans, Samsung has removed the headphone jack from the Note 10 phone. The cold, hard truth is that most phones already dig the 3.5mm headphone jack, relying on the USB-C port to plug into wired headphones. Samsung was the last major holdout.
Why remove jack? Samsung claims that it was decided to free up space in the phone for more battery capacity and said that around 70% of owners of the Galaxy S and Note were not using it anyway, as people shifted to wireless earbuds .
With the headphone jack gone, those of you who feel connected to wired headphones will need to either buy a dongle adapter or use a pair of USB-C headphones that come in the box. Samsung does not supply you the dongle, but will happily sell it to you for $ 10. You may decide to switch to wireless headphones, including Samsung’s Galaxy Buds.
Galaxy Note 10 vs. Note 10 Plus: What’s the difference?
Although the design makes up for last year’s Galaxy Note 9, I was impressed with the way the Note 10 and 10 Plus looked and felt. Leave it to Samsung to make a beautiful phone, and one with eye catching colors (I mean Aura Glow and Aura Blue, of course).
The hole-punch selfie camera goes to the center of the Note 10’s screen. This is a major improvement over the Galaxy S10 phone, where the lens is located on the right.
Samsung has also moved the button configuration. The Bixby button is gone. Or rather, it is the one with the power / lock button on the left spine under the volume keys. Press once to lock and unlock the screen, press twice to launch the camera (or any app – you can program it in settings) and press and hold to trigger the Bixby voice.
Note 10 phones use the in-screen fingerprint reader we saw on the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus.
During my short time with the phone I liked the phone and the S Pen in my hand. Although the Note 10 Plus is massive, I have yet to find it much lower. We will see if this is true even after spending more time in testing.
There are more similarities than differences between these two phones, but Samsung wanted to ensure that the larger Note 10 Plus had an edge over features. We finally compare the specs, but here are the main differences that make the Note 10 Plus a little extra premium.
- Display size: 6.3-inch versus 6.8-inch.
- Device size and weight: Note 10 Plus is significantly larger and heavier.
- AR camera: The Note 10 Plus adds a 4th camera, for AR video and drawings.
- Battery capacity: 3k500 mAh versus 4k300 mAh.
- Storage: Note 10 has 256GB, for Plus 256 or 512GB .
- RAM: 8GB or 12GB.
- microSD card slot: Nor on the Note 10, but available in the Note 10 Plus.
No microSD card slot on the Samsung Note 10
Samsung got rid of the microSD card slot for the 10K Note only. Plus you will still accept any card you throw.
Again, the reason for the change appears to be a space-saving mission that also helps keep the smaller Note 10 lighter and thinner. That said, it seems that Samsung also wanted to give the Note 10 Plus another way of being different.
— Jessica Dolcourt (@jdolcourt) August 16, 2019
Note 10 Plus cameras do night mode, portrait video, AR doodling
The Note 10 and Note 10 Plus cameras are not much different from the Galaxy S10 Plus and S10 5G phones that Samsung released earlier this year.
On both the phones you get:
- 12-megapixel dual-aperture lens.
- 16-megapixel wide-angle lens.
- 12-megapixel telephoto lens.
- 10-megapixel front-facing camera.
Like the Galaxy S10 phone, you will be able to switch between rear lenses. Notably, Samsung removed a second front-facing camera from the Note 10 phone, citing better software for taking portrait selfies.
The Galaxy Note 10 Plus adds a fourth 3D depth-sensing camera at the back, which you can use to take portrait videos that blur the background, and with a new feature called AR Doodle for photos and videos. Can draw up.
I have been impressed with the portrait video on the Galaxy S10 5G, which also features a 3D camera on the back. When people walk, the video has a tendency to blur hair, legs, hands, and other appendages around the edges. Samsung says that this is improving the quality of portrait video, and my test videos on the Note 10 Plus were definitely better. I am trying to do more of this.
The AR Doodle is the second main use of this fourth camera. With a stylus, you can pull out all photos or videos of a person or thing, annotating them with words, arrows, starry sunglasses, hats, you name it. If you shoot a video of a person, AR Doodle will track their antics, so with the bowler whose cap you draw on your friend’s move. This is a fun bonus.
Another cool thing about AR Doodle is that you can save the file as a JPEG or movie file and share it on any other platform and not with other Note 10 users.
Video tools get better for everyone
New to Galaxy Note phones is a native video editor that you can use to insert composite clips, transitions, a music track, and a polished video with trimmed edges. The point of the S Pen is a more accurate means for scrubbing than your fingertip.
This new video editor works with a version of Adobe Premiere Rush that is optimized for Galaxy phones, and you can export to social platforms. It already feels like a win.
Samsung also has a new video feature called a zoom-in mic, which uses multiple mics to target audio according to your records. That is, it will use mics to record frontal sounds in front of you, which should make the sounds clear. As you zoom closer to a subject, say a speaker or a musician, the audio will get louder – a bit like a boom mic.
Samsung also says that it is improving the smoothness of its super stable video mode that we saw on the Galaxy S10 phone. The mode now also applies to hyperlap video.
Gesture control is a big new S Pen trick
The S Pen stylus gets some bonus features in the Galaxy Note 10 and 10 Plus. Last year’s Note 9 introduced Bluetooth capability in the stylus, so you can take photos remotely with a click of the S Pen button. It also has a battery that recharges when you slide the stylus back into the phone.
This time, the S Pen adds to that Bluetooth power with a new set of gesture control tricks. While holding down the button, you can flick left, right, up and down to perform tasks such as switching from main to rear camera, switching music tracks or slides on Spotify in a PowerPoint presentation launched from your phone. To zoom in or out of the camera, you can also use some more advanced gestures, like a circular arc.
It is better to think of it as a remote control. There is really no reason why you would need to use control over gestures when the phone is in hand, but if you set it to tripod to take a group shot, it can be easy.
I’m on the fence about gesture control in general – it’s often a gimmicky solution looking for a problem that I rarely have – but I can see some real utility here for some specific examples. Some of the more advanced gestures took some time to hang, but practice makes it possible.
Handwriting text is too good
Another interesting S Pen enhancement makes it easy to turn text into a note in text, by simply tapping into a region and pressing an on-screen button. You can also export it to a Microsoft Word dock.
If you are the type of person who needs a break from typing to write, this will be a way to bring your thoughts down.
Hand-off your Windows laptop with a link to Windows
Export to Word is only a tie-in Note 10 with Microsoft. I’m excited about the second one, the link to Windows.
When you turn it on from the Quick Access menu, you’ll be able to sync the Note 10 to your Windows 10 desktop. You will be able to see your Samsung messages, notifications and recent photos and mirror your screen.
Wireless charging, gaming, Samsung DX saw slight improvements
- The Note 10 phone will work with a 45 watt wired charger.
The 30-minute charge lasts all day.
- Wireless charging speeds up a bit, too.
- The AI-based game booster app pulls up from the bottom and runs in the background as you play.
- Galaxy Link is a PC app that makes a connection to stream games from your Note 10 wirelessly. It will be available in the future and will work with the gamepad sold by Samsung.
- The update simplifies using DX: you’ll be able to use that feature – which lets you access the contents of your phone from any laptop or monitor – with the cable coming into the Note 10 box.