Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Review: Does It Live up to the Hype?

With an incredibly fast processor, a sleek design, and an ultra-bright HD screen, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is in a league of its own.

• Massive display that covers its entire slim design
• Includes a whopping 256GB of storage
• Video recording incorporates the Live Focus feature
• Faster charging than ever before in a Samsung phone

• A MicroSD slot and headphone jack are both absent
• The handwriting feature needs work
• The “Aura Glow” color option is awful for fingerprints
• DeX for PC doesn’t work as well as intended
• Battery drains a little quicker than similar models

The primary reason Samsung created the Note initially was to provide users with a larger screen than was commonly available at the time. Heck, that’s the still the reason they continue to make it and why it’s so popular among consumers.

The Samsung Note 10 is more compact than almost any other large-screen phone. The Infinity-O screen all but eliminates bezels to accomplish this incredible feat. Some things needed to be trimmed to give the phone its petite figure; there are glaring omissions of a headphone jack and microSD card slot on the standard Note 10.

At just a little smaller than the Note 9 and not as massive as the Note 10 Plus, the Note 10 is sure to appeal to the masses looking for a big screen without all the extra bulk.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Overview

-We like to compare the Note 10 to other Samsungs, but even compared to other brands with a 6.3-inch screen, the Note 10 is still one of the smallest ever.
-Live focus effects are the largest camera upgrade from the Galaxy S10
-The Galaxy Note 10 sports the Snapdragon 855 processor which makes the phone incredibly snappy, but still lags behind the Note 10 Plus because of its extra memory.
-Air Actions are now possible with the S Pen, such as changing modes and settings just by waving your hand.
-The screen is a half-inch smaller than the larger Plus version. It also has less RAM and a smaller battery, but it’s $150 cheaper.

How Much and Where to Get It?

All of the big carriers in the United States offer the Samsung Note 10 at $949. You can find it at T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T, among others.

If you have an old phone you want to trade-in, check out to find out how you can get up to $600 off your Note 10.

Design: Phablet for the Masses

The Galaxy Note 10 is one of the most gorgeous phones to be released all year. It’s even more breathtaking in the Aura Glow color scheme.

The screen on the Note 10 is only 0.1 inches smaller than the Galaxy Note 9, while the most notable difference is the size and weight. The Galaxy Note 10 weighs 1.2 ounces less than the Note 9 and is almost half an inch shorter.

If you closed your eyes and held this thing, you might think you’re holding a standard phone instead of a phablet. That is because the Galaxy Note 10 makes highly efficient use of the surface area it has to fit a large screen on a smaller device.

The worst thing about traditional phablets is most of them won’t fit comfortably in your pocket, and feel like you’re walking around with a brick in there. The Galaxy Note 10 gives you back that feeling of security without sacrificing your comfort.

The slim design is also great for one-handed use, which is one of the biggest downfalls of chunkier models. The curved edges can get in the way at times when you accidentally touch the screen, but the Galaxy Note 10 has palm rejection built-in, which does a great job at limiting that frustrating occurrence.

Display: Bright as the Sun

The cutout for the camera lens on the Galaxy Note 10’s Infinity-O display is the only blemish on an otherwise flawless appearance. There really isn’t much they could do about that; the phone need a front-facing camera, and the technology isn’t quite at the point of placing a working screen directly on top of the lens.

The Note 10 boasts a 2280×1080 AMOLED display. It’s one of the brightest screens ever to be included on a smartphone. Out of our most recent tested phones, only the Galaxy Note 10 Plus can beat it, and just barely.

The biggest downside to the display is the 60Hz refresh rate. That means fast scrolling and screen transitions might not be quite as smooth as they could be.

S Pen: Great Idea, Poor Execution

Some of the S Pen’s new features seen to be more about novelty than function. One of its more promoted features is the ability to write a note by hand and convert it to text so you can use it in a word processing app. The problems arise when you realize you need to dig to find the settings before you can begin, and if you make a note in the wrong place you need to transfer it to a compatible app before it is converted.

The Air Action work a little better. You can swipe through the air to change camera modes, and you can draw circles in the air to make the camera zoom. While these features do work pretty well, you might be hard-pressed to find a practical use for them They feel more like something you can show off to your friends but never use in daily life.

Cameras: One of the Best, but Not the Best

The back-side camera comes equipped with three separate lenses; one at 12MP for quick shots, one for super-wide-angle pictures, and one designed for bokeh effects.

The camera is identical to the one found in the Galaxy S10, which means the same amazing low-light visibility can be found here. The tradeoff with this feature is the reduced dynamic range. It captures just slightly less detail than something like the Pixel 3.

Performance: One of the Most Powerful Androids

The USF 3.0 storage makes the Galaxy Note 10’s read and write speeds almost instantaneous. It packs an enormous 8GB of RAM which gets bumped up to 12GB in the Plus model.

During benchmark tests, the Note 10 only trailed it’s larger Plus version and the iPhone XS Max in terms of raw performance.

Battery: Fast Charging, Fast Draining

The Galaxy Note 10 comes equipped with a modest 3,500 mAh battery. The Note 10 Plus and even the Note 9 have it outkicked in this department. The smaller battery is due to the sleeker form factor. After running multiple tests, the Galaxy Note 10’s battery life is an hour shorter than the average smart phone’s, at 9 hours and 14 minutes. The average battery life for smartphones is 10 hours and 13 minutes.

Final Thoughts

The Galaxy Note 10 is a well-rounded phone and a solid addition to anyone’s tech arsenal. The downgrades in certain areas might be a bit disappointing, specifically the removal of a memory card slot and headphone jack, but the ample storage and smaller size make it a much better fit for the average person than its predecessors.

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