there is a lot that can be said about the brand new Samsung Galaxy S10 , it can be summed up pretty quickly, this is the phone to beat for 2019 .
after 10 years of Galaxy devices we have one seriously nice piece of hardware with the Samsung Galaxy S10 , put it side-by-side with an earlier model, it is absolutely crazy at how far Samsung has come .
now you can’t talk about this phone without acknowledging its most unique feature, the hole punch display, yeah it’s definitely they all right .
now I recently did a video talking all about the hole punch display versus the notch which you guys can go check out, but there’s no getting around the fact that while this is a pretty much full screen display, it is kind of distracting to look at that hole punch all the time .
now because of this there is one key disadvantage to the Samsung Galaxy S10 plus versus the standard Samsung Galaxy S10 in the Samsung Galaxy S10e , both of those phones have a single camera up front which means the hole punch display is much much smaller than the double camera on the s10 plus, sure it looks a little bit more distinctive, but you’re losing basically double the real estate like that .
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now I’ve kind of gotten used to at this point to be totally honest but it is a little bit of true Civ still and I think this is one of those things where time will definitely tell whether this is a good idea or whether will look back on the hole punch is something that’s even worse than the notch .
the screen itself is typical Samsung, bright, vibrant and pretty much as good as it gets as far as smartphones go today, what’s new this year is that the fingerprint sensor is moved from the back of the phone to the front, now it’s underneath the display and generally speaking it works pretty well .
so it’s very similar in fact to d1 plus 60 not only an accuracy but as well as speed, now you can’t just put your fingerprint anywhere on the display, there is a fairly small sensor in the middle but once you get used to it you can pretty easily unlock the phone without having to tap the screen or do anything, you just set your fingerprint it will wake up and you’re good to go .
the only galaxy has ten that misses out of this feature is the Samsung Galaxy S10e which instead has a fingerprint sensor on the side of the phone, now personally I actually don’t think this is a huge loss, even though it is a cool feature to have it underneath the display it still feels a little bit more like a gimmick that I must have feature .
the rest of the hardware is absolutely top-notch, after all these years it’s weird that Samsung is still the only ones really pull off the curved front and back glass, and I like does it look nice but importantly it gives a very nice feel in the hand .
amazingly if you look on the bottom of the phone you’ll find that there is still a headphone jack, now I don’t know how much long this is going to stick around at this point it feels like the Samsung Galaxy S10 is one of the very few flagships that still has it, but huge props to Samsung on this one .
and to top it all off, Samsung now allows you to remap the Bixby button, this is an incredible brave new world we live in, if that’s not enough we also still have stereo speakers onboard even though we don’t have really kind of any sort of top bezel, there’s a tiny little driver up top which sounds pretty good .
there is not a lot to complain about with this hardware I’ll be totally honest with you, Samsung absolutely nailed it this year, speaking of hardware something that returns this year is dex .
so Samsung is one of the few companies that really fully takes advantage of the USBC port, a lot of other phones just use it for charging with this you can kind of turn it into a full desktop .
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all you do is take a single USBC cable and while you could use a dex stock what I personally prefer is running it to a USBC monitor, not only do you get a full display but you also get stuff like mouse and keyboard support, and honestly Android apps have come a long way as far as being able to be used in a Windows sort of fashion .
and no Dex is not the fastest thing in the world it does feel a little bit stuttery compared to running the apps natively on the phone, but this is absolutely the dream right, you take your phone you use it all day you drop it into a dock or you plug something in and it turns into essentially a full desktop computer, if only was just a little bit faster .
don’t let that fool you though, this is an absolute performance beast when you’re using it as a phone, here in the US all models of the Samsung Galaxy S10 use the same snapdragon 855 .
the main difference is just in the amount of RAM as well as the amount of storage, there are a ton of different skus, but pretty much all of them have eight gigs of RAM with the exception of the base model of the Samsung Galaxy S10e which has six gigs as well as the high-end version of the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus which has 12 .
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regardless though you shouldn’t see any major difference between the different phones, it’s very nice to see that you’re not getting sort of a skimp down version when you go to the lower end models performance should be very similar across the board .
speaking of that 855 it is a big step up over the 845 of last year, now it’s still an 8 core processor but they’ve done something a little bit different, so you have four cores which are a little bit more on the power efficient side and you have three big cores for heavier tasks but there’s also a single core which is a higher clock speed which is especially helpful for single thread performance which let’s be real is a lot of what you do on your phone every day .
that plus the new seven animeid process really pays off, put it side by side with not only last year’s models but as well as the brand new iPhones and you’ll see that while yes it’s not quite as fast as that iPhone 10s it is much closer than Qualcomm and Snapdragon have been in years .
graphics are also an improvement, we’re looking at a solid uplift versus last year’s model and again it is not quite there with the iPhone 812 but it is a lot closer than it used to be now small note about cooling well the Samsung Galaxy S10 the Samsung Galaxy S10 you have fairly standard cooling the s10 plus actually has a vapor chamber .
now I don’t have those other two phones into test but with this guy it actually does a very good job of staying fairly cool even you’re under extended gaming loads, I saw a top out or around 40 to 41 degrees Celsius .
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the Samsung Galaxy S10 line is also one of the first phones to support the brand new Wi-Fi 6, now this isn’t going to be dramatically faster than the previous generation of Wi-Fi, it’s maybe 20% or so but the big difference is this should be much more reliable in more congested areas which of course is basically everywhere at this point .
now I haven’t had a ton of time to try with a Wi-Fi 6 router yet definitely stay tuned this actually is something that could be a pretty big deal going forward .
battery light is definitely a strong suit with the Samsung Galaxy S10 plus and a big part of that is due to that huge 4100 milliamp hour battery, I’ve had no problems making it through a full day of use .
now as you’d expect the Samsung Galaxy S10 is water-resistant and it does support fast wireless charging, what’s really cool about this is that it supports reverse wireless charging .
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turn on power share and all you need to do is take another phone or another accessory and the Samsung Galaxy S10 will begin to charge it via qi wireless charging, this is a joke feature, especially considering that you have such a big battery on the Samsung Galaxy S10 plus, it’s a legitimately super super useful thing to do .
when it comes to cameras the 10 megapixel front facing camera on the Samsung Galaxy S10 is all new this year, now on the plus model you do get a secondary depth sensor, which is nice for portraits, but it also means that the little hole punch thing is well not so little .
so if we take a normal shot it looks pretty decent, but we also do have the improved portrait mode, now the blur effect actually looks pretty decent, it still does have an issue with my glasses like every other front-facing camera ever .
but so there are some very interesting effects with the portrait so you can do a sort of like weird zoom which actually doesn’t look that I mean some of this stuff is really fun if you have the right kind of shot you can get a really cool effects .
the different options here are totally unique and actually do work pretty well, and of course though that’s not the entire story on the back of the Samsung Galaxy S10 plus we have a full three cameras .
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so the main white Ayub camera is essentially unchanged from last year you still have optical image stabilization as well as that cool dual pixel autofocus and the dual apertures if that’s not enough the tools for you and on top of that the telephoto camera is also very similar .
it does have ois you really have seeing any kind of major differences on the actual hardware side of things what’s new is a brand new wide-angle camera which is standard on the Samsung Galaxy S10e the Samsung Galaxy S10 and the Samsung Galaxy S10 plus .
the only thing that the e really drops is that telephoto camera so for an example this is what the telephoto looks like this is the standard shot and this is the wide-angle you can see that there’s a pretty wide range here now I personally find that the wide-angle is probably the most useful obviously are gonna be using the main camera 90% of the time .
I would just find that telephoto is usually not that much higher quality than just digitally zooming in, but that wide-angle camera actually does work really well .
video shooting is also pretty impressive on the Samsung Galaxy S10 so this is what the wide-angle camera looks like if we punch into the standard you can see that we’re still getting a lot of range and we go all the way into the telephoto is it kind of stutters for a second .
you can see you get some very different focal lengths, but the camera goes a lot farther than just that especially when it comes to video you’re also getting double the record time on the super slow-motion I gotta say even though it’s not something I would use every day when you pull it off it is a very very cool effect .
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no sure well the Samsung Galaxy S10 match something like that pixel three as far as raw image quality not really but because you have all these different modes the video is so solid .
I mean especially considering that you have that super wide angle lens, I don’t think anyone is going to be particularly disappointed with the camera of the Samsung Galaxy S10 this year .
there is no getting around that the Samsung Galaxy S10 is an expensive phone, now well the Samsung Galaxy S10 a is kind of reasonable at 750 bucks if you want to get the S 10 plus like this model it’s going to start at a thousand if you go for the full maxed out one terabyte ceramic model it is 1600 bucks .
realistically though this is just kind of the world we live in at this point the thousand-dollar flagship is here to stay and beyond price there’s really not a lot I have to complain about with the Samsung Galaxy S10 .
as far as an Android flagship goes there’s really no other recommendation that I have right now beyond the Samsung Galaxy S10 and especially this Samsung Galaxy S10 plus it really is that good so of course the question is is the Samsung Galaxy S10 worth , yes of course .
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