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Mostly Excellence, Little Disappointment – Droid Life

Samsung is back in a big way with new phones this year, a total of three, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S1

0 and Galaxy S10 + . There is also the Galaxy S10 5G, but since it is not available yet, we will not include any talk about it. The cell will have a separate Galaxy S10e review, so this is about the Galaxy S10 +.

There seemed to be a lot of hype around the Galaxy S10 lineup that we built up to the disclosure. It was a mixture of people who liked what they saw in the leak, as well as good marketing from Samsung. The question is, does the Galaxy S10 live up to that hype? Well, that's why we're here.

This is our Galaxy S10 + review!


Samsung saves no cost when putting together the Galaxy S10 +, which offers the best of the best in terms of display, RAM, processor and cameras. The S10 + has a 6.4 "D-AMOLED HDR + (Infinity O, QHD, 522ppi, Gorilla Glass 6) display, Qualcomm-made Snapdragon 855 processor, up to 12 GB of RAM, up to 1 TB of memory, 4100mAh battery, three rear-facing cameras (12MP image, 12MP wide angle, 16MP ultra-angle), dual forward-facing cameras (10MP + 8MP depth sensor), IP68 water resistance, ultrasonic fingerprint reader, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC and MST for mobile payments and the company's latest One UI software on top of Android 9 Piece

In the United States, this package can't really be improved on much, Samsung also has a ceramic model for anyone who wants the ultra-modern hardware experience, which of course is the one we've used in the past week.

[19659002] Display [19659002] I'm not a big monitor, so I can't break into technical terms what it does that way, but the Galaxy S10 + has easily one of the best screens I've ever used. it becomes extraordinary gt bright and easy to use when it's out, but the colors look amazing and how Samsung looks the panel as if sitting right on the glass is exceptional. The overall viewing experience is grade A.

While you can argue that contrast and color vibration like this is not exactly "natural" when it comes to a monitor, I prefer this. In the software settings, you can select the type of screen mode you want to use. For me, I go with Vivid, but you can choose a more natural look with nature. With Vivid, you can set white balance to cooler or warmer tones, as well as RGB values. This lets you really set the screen to any profile you want.

Of course, I can't discuss the screen without mentioning infinity O dual front-facing camera clips. You know, it's really not that bad! Does it annoy me that it pushes system icons to the left and gives me an overall smaller registration space? Absolutely, but it still looks better than the Pixel 3 XL's notch. In addition, using reddit community you can find some amazing wallpapers that utilize cutouts in humorous ways.


As I mentioned, I have used the ceramic white model, which is a bit heavier than the non-ceramic Galaxy S10 +. I've been in love with it since I first took it out of the box, but I can't help but think that this is one of the more dangerous things I could have done. If you don't use a case with this phone, you risk a $ 1,250 + accident every time you take it out of your pocket, which can be scary. Personally, I threw a case and I feel pretty good about it, plus the extra grip of the phone is nice. All this glass is lame, after all.

Like previous years, if you don't get a ceramic model, these phones are pure glass and metal, with Samsung achieving the highest hardware quality with the Galaxy S10 family of devices. Honestly, I do not know where they are going from here in the next few years, because it will not be easy to improve on this in a big way. The biggest improvement they can make is to flush the back cameras with the body, which LG does with this year's G8 and V50. Having the small camera buffer on the back is not good, but again, using a case with the phone solves the edition .

And unlike what seems like any other company Samsung still contains a headphone jack. You must love it!


When Samsung first presented a user interface at its annual developer conference last year, I explained that this is the software design we have needed for several years. I am happy to report that after using it now I still feel so. There is something about older versions of Samsung's software that would make me ask to be back on a Pixel after a few weeks, but with a user interface on top of Android Pie, I don't really feel that need. A user interface looks great, is extremely responsive and neat (8GB + RAM always helps a phone feel fast), and Samsung has just the right amount of customization options for you to do it yourself.

In the past few years, I would feel lost going through all Samsung's setup menus, but a user interface has greatly reduced the number of pages to see through. While there is still an overwhelming amount of options and settings, Samsung has organized them in a way that does not give you a panic attack, which is appreciated. No more Zoloft for me when using a Samsung phone.

Some important software pieces I would like to point out are to use the gesture navigation, which shoulder the navigation keys in favor of swipes from the lower part of the screen. I know some don't care about it, but if you like a clean and minimal look at your phone, it's not a bad option to activate. The other is "Smart popup view". When enabled, new messages can appear as pop-ups, like a Chat Bubble, which can then be opened on an app that is currently running in the foreground. For chat and text applications such as Hangouts, this is a pretty connective feature.

Finally, let me draw some on Bixby. I do not like it and I do not think there is a dedicated hardware button to access it. To combat it, I've used an app called BixAssist that lets me set up a Google Assistant shortcut from the dedicated Bixby hard drive key. Samsung does not allow this out of the box without the use of an app, which is a total accident on Samsung's part, but what should you do?


This phone is neat, you! Thanks to the Snapdragon 855 processor and 8 GB of RAM (you can go all the way up to 12 GB), it's probably one of the faster phones you can find right now. For me, performance is a big thing for any mobile game I participate in. Whether it's classics like the Whale Trail or a slower space adventure like Out There, my phone has always felt incredibly fast when doing things.

And let's say I quickly jump out of these games and into Chrome or open my camera. I never came across jank or korters who made me wait for the phone to respond to my inputs. It has been a real pleasure to use, and this is always the case when a phone has excellent response.


With a 4.100mAh battery, this phone basically outputs exactly what I suspected. Every day I easily get over 4 hours of screen in time, almost 5 hours, which is good for me. I am mostly on WiFi all day, but this is because my house is a black hole for both AT&T and T-Mobile service. But I made up for all the WiFi usage by using the camera and games a lot, so the fact that I could easily get through all the time with hours of screen in time is just fine in my book.

Somewhere in the Middle


The three rear-facing and two front cameras are the only things that touch me on this phone. To be honest, I was expecting to be blown away with almost every shot I took, but unfortunately it was not always the case. Don't give me, this phone takes amazing pictures, but if you're in what you would call non-ideal shooting situations, which can often be the case, you'll be disappointed.

Now, I would usually not give a phone too hard if it can't take good low light pictures, but with Google completely upset the bar with Night Sight, without having a particularly low shooting mode on the Galaxy S10 and S10 +, starting at $ 999, is a serious downturn. What Samsung gives us instead is the Scene Optimizer, which automatically recognizes if you are in a dark environment. When it detects it, it snaps a shot of shots and compiles them into a single image, with what should be decent lighting. Unfortunately, it looks like it looks like a muddy mess.

Scene Optimizer will also recognize if the phone has been placed on a tripod. When this is clear and in low light, the camera will capture even more pictures to compile them in a single shot. These results are better, but that means you have to carry your tripod if you are planning to do some night shooting. Compare this with the Night Sight on Pixel and you are just left laughing at how far ahead Google is in the mobile low light photography category. I have some examples of some light below. The same low-light performance is also seen on the front cameras. Embarrassingly, I recently had a birthday together and after having shuffled on how my Galaxy S10 + could probably take a better forward-looking group shot than my brother's Pixel 2, I got the results you see below. The pictures are completely useless. We stopped regaining groufie with Pixel 2 and the shots were a night / day difference. Come on, Samsung!

When you have the right lighting, the Galaxy S10 lights up and its amount of cameras. I notice that purple looks amazing, as well as green. In good light, contrast and detail are also extremely good. Also good is the addition of the ultra-wide lens. I love this thing. It's perfect for shooting landscapes or just catching more context for a particular photo. Honestly, I would tell Samsung to ditch the telephoto lens that I hardly used and just give me a regular lens and an ultra wide angle, plus invest more in low light mode development.

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