So after two weeks of keeping an eye out, we finally have our thoughts on the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus.
You’re beautiful, but I don’t want you….
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ smartphones where released in the past two weeks to the expected amount of attention on the web and in the worldwide tech community. Now while it’s usually our nature to cover such devices just as soon as they’re unveiled, we thought we would wait this one out a bit. Why? Well, we have thoughts about the Galaxy Note 10 brothers. In fact, I’ll personally just go out and say it, these phones are almost perfect. I repeat almost perfect. And that’s exactly why in all honesty I wouldn’t buy either of them even if I had the cash to spare. Because where Samsung could’ve made the perfect smartphone, they ended up making two that miss the mark just enough to make you wonder why Samsung made the decisions that hold these devices back anyway. And thankfully, a lot of internet tech reviewers agree with us.
So if you watched the whole video above then you’ll get similar sentiments for the Note 10+. It’s an amazing device; beautiful (most beautiful device of this year actually), powerful (the OnePlus 7 Pro can take it blow for blow but still), and honestly impressive in almost every way possible. The camera is versatile and takes awesome pictures, the S-Pen is still an acquired taste that brings enough improvements for its most die-hard fans and the storage on this phone would make a spec nerd blush with excitement. The same can mostly be said about its younger brother the normal Note 10. And again, both phones on paper seem like they’re near transcendent perfect devices. But the thing is they both have small quirks that stop them from reaching that exact level of perfection, and those quirks come from petty decisions Samsung made to essentially make more money off of these two phones. First among those quirks is the removal of the headphone jack. Yes, we’re still mad about that and in all honesty you should be too. We already talked at length about why the removal of headphone jacks is nothing but forced obsolescence for companies to make more money from smartphone accessories and cost cutting but the Note 10s cutting the headphone jack is arguably worse than when the iPhone 7 did it. The Note 10 is Samsung’s kitchen sink phone. They throw everything into it and leave nothing behind. Yet it was this phone that Samsung decided to take out one of the best parts of the Galaxy S10. It was a dumb move, doesn’t matter if Samsung is doing this to promote their wireless Galaxy Buds. In the end the headphone jack becomes one profit- hungry move for Samsung however as the fact that the phones are two to begin with is a quick money grab as well.
|Note 10+||Note 10|
|Operating System||Android 9 Pie|
One UI 1.5
|Android 9 Pie|
One UI 1.5
|Display||6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED|
|6.3-inch Dynamic AMOLED|
|Processor||Snapdragon 855 or Exynos 9825||Snapdragon 855 or Exynos 9825|
|Rear camera one||12MP, f/1.5-2.4, OIS, 77° FoV||12MP, f/1.5-2.4, OIS, 77° FoV|
|Rear camera two||16MP, f/2.2, 123° FoV||16MP, f/2.2, 123° FoV|
|Rear damera three||12MP, f/2.1, OIS, 45° FoV||12MP, f/2.1, OIS, 45° FoV|
|Rear camera four||VGA DepthVision|
f/1.4, 72° FoV
|Front camera one||10MP, f/2.2, 80° FoV|
|10MP, f/2.2, 80° FoV|