Read why we love the Galaxy S10+.
It goes without saying Samsung currently has one of the best smartphones around. The Galaxy S10+ is their latest device, and with it comes a feat of engineering that will wow you from the moment you take the device out of the box.
The Galaxy S10+ is one beautiful device – from the shiny curves to the elegant exterior, everything screams luxury on this smartphone, which may somehow justify its crazy pricing. One thing you’d notice about the Galaxy S10+ is the awesome QHD+ screen – all 6.4-inches of it. It’s edge-to-edge, meaning that you have a smartphone with almost a 93.1 percent screen-to-body ratio. Despite the large screen, you’d be surprised to know that the Galaxy S10+’s is small enough to be held on one hand.
Samsung has packed the Galaxy S10+ with various new technologies that put on top of the flagship list: in-screen fingerprint scanner, wireless charging, a new feature called Wireless PowerShare that basically turns the smartphone into a wireless charger and of course, the dual cameras at the front and the triple cameras at the back.
First off, Samsung makes gorgeous displays and the Galaxy S10+ didn’t disappoint – it’s easily one of the best displays we’ve seen on a smartphone. This, in turn, makes the Galaxy S10+ a joy to use for your favorite apps or taking images or even watching movies. The screen covers the entirety of the device, and it has a small punch hole design for the dual front cameras. It can annoying seeing the cameras right on the display, but as I used the smartphone more and more I eventually got used to it. You can even cleverly hide the camera cutout using some nifty wallpapers you can find online.
You can set up the in-screen fingerprint scanner easily, though on normal usage it’s a bit hit and miss. There are times when my finger didn’t get easily recognized so I had to try it again. Samsung recently released an update to make the sensor faster, though I barely noticed any improvement.
Samsung’s own Exynos octa-core chipset coupled with the 8GB of RAM makes the Galaxy S10+ a breeze to work with. Apps launch without any hiccups and games always look at their best, especially on the AMOLED screen. The Galaxy S10+ we had for review came with 1TB of storage, but I doubt everyone will go for that capacity since it also supports a microSD card.
The Galaxy S10+ also launches with One UI, a customized interface based on Android Pie. I actually love the new interface. It’s fresh and has extra software that’s actually useful. They’ve designed in a way that makes it easily usable even with one hand, evident by the large menus on top. That being said, I’m still annoyed that Samsung has to use two app stores (Galaxy Apps and the Google Play Store), and I had the extra task to keep checking both stores for updates. I know you can set it to automatic, but I always want to see what I’m updating BEFORE I update it.
Bixby is still present, though I must say that there’s been a vast improvement on its functions since I’ve last used it on the Galaxy S9. The hardware button is still there, so I guess Samsung’s still pushing for the virtual assistant to be a standard on all its devices.
But let’s head to the best part of the Galaxy S10+ – the camera. The triple camera setup at the back includes the same 12-megapixel lens (with dual-aperture support) and 12-megapixel telephoto lens found on the Galaxy S9, but a new 16-megapixel ultra-wide lens has been added to the mix.
The ultra-wide camera is probably my favorite feature since it lets you take sweeping landscapes and include detail into one frame. The images will have a fisheye effect though, but it isn’t really a con.
Samsung’s camera also includes all the various enhancements that would give your photos more ‘pop’. This includes scene recognition along with real-time suggestions on how to take your images. It’s AI stuff working on the background, which is one of my favorite aspects of the camera’s features.
Images are excellent, especially on daylight. Color is brilliant and skin tones on subjects are always spot-on. While it did give us decent shots in the dark, the Galaxy S10+ at times applies too much smoothing effects on images with lots of noise, resulting in somehow a dull image. But that’s just a minor concern since a majority of images I’ve shot with the Galaxy S10+ all came out great so no complaints there.
The 4,100 mAh battery on the Galaxy S10+ is enough to keep me enough juice from my early morning meetings up until after I finish my day. We did mention that the Galaxy S10+ lets you wirelessly charge other devices on its back, and while I never really found a use for it, it certainly helped when my other phone needed a little charging boost after being drained.
There’s also a plethora Samsung Galaxy S10 devices to choose from: the cheaper S10e, the regular S10, the S10+, a special edition S10+ with faster hardware, and an upcoming 5G version of S10+. This Galaxy S10+ we have for testing will have a 3,599 AED starting price, easily making it one of the expensive Android smartphones available. It may be okay for some, though consumers on a budget might go and buy the cheaper S10e instead.
The Samsung Galaxy S10+ ticks all the right boxes on what you should be looking for on an Android smartphone. It’s fast, the display’s gorgeous, and the cameras are good enough to replace your point-and-shoot. If you’re looking for the best top-of-the-line Samsung device, the Galaxy S10+ is your best choice.
+ Beautiful display
+ Great camera
+ Excellent battery life
– In-screen fingerprint scanner is hit and miss
– No point in upgrading if you already own the S9
Final Rating: 4.5/5