Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Review: Not Your Everyday Note
The Galaxy Note series is the biggest device manufactured by Samsung. In August 2019, Samsung released the Galaxy Note 10 Plus and Note 10, giving the Samsung fans lots of options to choose from.
I was a little underwhelmed with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ because Samsung has made improvements on the device over the Galaxy Note 10, but the device doesn’t give you a unique experience.
We’ve reviewed all the extra features in Note 10 Plus, read till the end to discover how this device will radically change your life.
Things to Consider Before Buying a Samsung Galaxy
The price of the device – Samsung is a household name, famously known for manufacturing high-end smartphones, and they also charge the top dollar for their devices. Decide how deep you will dig into your pockets to get the latest Samsung Galaxy smartphone.
We know Samsung for producing the best screen displays for their phones. At times their experiments with the curved screen fail.
The design of a curved phone looks amazing, but the functionality of it is terrible. Imagine, your screen is unresponsive because you have accidentally touched the sides of your screen. So, ensure the design of your phone looks beautiful and is functional.
Samsung has an excellent history of releasing new products every year with the latest processor. Ensure the smartphone you get has an excellent processor, you will multitask faster and in the long run, it will make your life easier.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ Specifications
Display: 6.8 inches Quad HD+ Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O Display (3040×1440), 498 ppi, HDR10+ certified | CPU: Octa-core (2×2.73 GHz Mongoose M4 & 2×2.4 GHz Cortex-A75 & 4×1.9 GHz Cortex-A55) | RAM: 8 GB | Storage 256GB | Rear camera: 12 MP, f/1.5-2.4, 27mm (wide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS + 12 MP, f/2.1, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.6″, 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS, 2x optical zoom + 16 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide), 1/3.1″, 1.0µm, Super Steady video | Front camera:10 MP, Dual Pixel AF, f/2.2, 1.22 µm | Platform: Android 9.0 (Pie), upgradable to Android 10, One UI 2.5| Battery life: Li-Ion 3500 mAh, non-removable
Chipset/IOS & Performance
The Galaxy Note 10 Plus comes has two chipsets. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855chipset is in the China/US version devices while the global market gets Exynos 9825 chipset.
The SNAPDRAGON 855 wins in multi-core while the EXYNOS 9825 makes the phone perform faster. Though both chipsets make the phones perform great, there is a slight difference in how the battery is consumed because of the chipset.
The device runs on Android 9 and has 12GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. They also support the micro SD card for the expandable storage of 1.5 Terabytes. You can store a tremendous amount of series and movies on your phone without worrying about the storage space running out.
It’s no secret that the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ is a beast. What I love most is the fact that you can connect the Note 10 Plus to your laptop and operate it there.
The phone will feel super fast thanks to the One UI 2.0 beta software. The new air gestures and air doodles are very gimmicky!
Display of Samsung Galaxy Note 10+
Samsung makes the best display for the iPhone, makes sense if they manufacture better displays for their own devices. The Note 10 Plus has a stunning a 6.8 inch DYNAMIC AMOLED screen display 1440 by 3040 resolution at 498 pixels per inch it also supports high definition resolution plus.
You really can’t get a better screen display like this. With a 60 Hz refresh rate, you can enjoy watching movies at max brightness. You won’t have trouble viewing the content on your Galaxy Note 10 Plus when you are out in the sun.
The Note 10 Plus feels good when you are holding it in your hands. The device comes with a pre-installed screen protector, underneath the gorilla glass 6, to protect your screen from breaking.
Since this phone will cost you over Ksh.100,000, it has IP 68 water and dust resistance certification giving you the peace of mind if it falls on the swimming pool or bath tab; I assure you it’s not the end of the world.
On the bottom, you will find the Spen that charges itself while it’s in place, USB C, and a speaker that gives you a high audio quality sound experience.
On one side of the phone you’ll have a power button that doubles up to be Samsung assistant, Bixby, and a volume rocker.
On the top, you have a sim card tray with an expandable SD card up to 1.5 TB. Talk about carrying the power of a computer in your pocket.
Spen of Samsung Galaxy Note 10+
The reason most people buy the Galaxy Note devices is because of the Spen, being able to scribble notes and your thoughts on the note give you a satisfactory experience.
The Spen also comes in handy when you want to sign documents, taking screenshots, and recording gifs. You can take notes with the Galaxy Note 10 Plus notes using the Spen and convert it into text.
The Spen uses gestures; it has a gyro in the pen that allows the pen to operate like a remote, so you can operate the phone even without touching it.
Battery & Charging
The Galaxy Note 10 Plus has a battery capacity of 4300 mAh that can last you up to 2 days. It supports 45watts fast charging and 15 watts wireless charging and reverse charging where you can top up other devices such as your ear pods.
Camera & Video Capabilities of Samsung Galaxy Note 10+
Things get interesting with the Note 10+ with the quad-camera found at the back. You get the best value for your money with the 16MP Ultra-wide camera with f/2.2 since you can get some creative shots with the 12 mm lens. Plus, I love the fact that you can shoot videos with an ultra-wide main camera.
You have a depth 12 MP variable aperture of 1.5 – 2.4 that takes amazing photos when the photos at night.
The shutter speed in the 12MP telephoto camera with F/2.1 is A-okay, though when your object moves, then you will get blurry images. We also have a time-of-flight 3D VGA depth camera that helps with AI stuff.
On the front of the display, there is a selfie camera punch out of 10 MP with a focal aperture of 2.2 it also has the dual-pixel autofocus and can record in 4k@30fps. Taking videos with the Galaxy Note 10 Plus is incredible, you can shoot up to 4k.
The live focus video is new on the Galaxy Note 10 Plus, even though the video gets out of our focus. You can take super steady shots at 1080p and the depth camera allows you to take fantastic photos.
I feel as if Huawei P40 Pro offers better zoom up to 10 times hybrid and Google Pixel 4 offers amazing images. The Galaxy Note 10 Plus offers an incredible camera as a package.
Extra Features of Samsung Galaxy Note 10 +
- In print fingerprint scanner
- Fast charging
- Supports face recognition
- Reverse charging
- WIFI 802.22 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
- Bluetooth 5.0
- FM radio
- Cool wallpapers
How much is the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus in Kenya?
The new Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus comes in four different colors, aura glow, aura white, aura black, and aura blue. Its price is around Ksh. 81,000.
Here is a list of things you will find included in the box:
- Terms and condition
- Screen protector
- Sim card ejector
- Superfast charger
- Tools for changing the tip of the Spen
- Adapter for transferring data from one phone to another
- USB C cable
- Headphones with USB C
Here is what some verified purchases from Amazon had to say about the product.
Steve was unhappy that the Note 10+ failed to keep up with his daily work usage.
He said, “I’ve always desired to have the S pen. Battery life is sub-par. Fast charging is much slower than what I had. The camera doesn’t quite compare to my old phone’s Leica camera, I’m returning it.”
was delighted with the phone.
He said, “I can honestly say they exceeded every expectation. Battery Life is unbelievable. Screen excellent. The included software, great. I can carry with me every document, every picture, and every video.”
was very disappointed with the phone.
She said, “The phone was defective out of the box. I contacted Samsung for support, got a tech that knew less about the phone than I did grrr… hate that wasted my time and still didn’t work.“
If you are not loving the Samsung Galaxy S10 + here are alternatives:
One plus 8 Pro
If you are taking a break from Samsung the next great alternative is the One plus 8 Pro. The device has 6.78 inches fluid AMOLED touch screen, a 48 MP main camera and is operating on the latest chipset Snapdragon 865 with 12 GB of RAM.
When you compare all the important specs, the One Plus 8 Pro seems like a better phone alternative with a higher battery capacity of 4510 mAh.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G
You could take it a step farther and purchase this powerhouse phone. The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has the latest operating system Android 10 with One UI 2.5 with 12 GB of RAM.
The screen display is 6.9 inches Dynamic AMOLED screen that is 2X responsive than the Note 10+. Samsung flipped the camera game by adding a 108 MP main camera lens, and they increased the battery capacity to 4500mAh.
They increase all the specs numbers in the Note 20 Ultra and the same thing goes for the price of the phone. It is the most expensive phone that Samsung has released.
Read the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Review
Which is better Note 10 or the Note 10 plus?
If the Note 10+ is a little too much, you can step down and select the Galaxy Note 10, both phones use Android 9.0 with One UI 2.5. The screen display of the Note 10 is 6.3 inches Dynamic AMOLED touchscreen, slightly smaller than what’s found in the Note 10+.
The phone has a battery capacity of 3500 mAh and the main camera is 12 MP. While we have the Note 10 + offering a 4300 battery capacity with a 16MP main camera lens.
At the end of the day, both phones are great. You will pay the extra money for all the added features on the Note 10+.
Is it worth Buying Note 10 Plus?
If you love powerful gadgets in the pocket, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus will give you a fantastic experience.
You get over two days of battery life with the Note 10 Plus, also they have the biggest displays that we’ve seen so far in the phones, top of the line specs, 5 G support, and great camera set up. You get a tremendous amount of value with the Galaxy Note 10 Plus you enjoy gaming on this device.
Samsung did a fantastic job with the Galaxy Note 10 unless you have your eyes focused on the biggest screen and live focus video or the Spen that is found in Note 10 Plus then I would recommend that you select the Galaxy Note 10. You will pay less for a fantastic device.