Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus review: the king claims his crown


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Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus review: the king claims his crown

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus review: de koning claimt zijn kroon

Thomas Haenen


19:12 pm
13 min



The Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus are the two smartphones full of technical marvels, of ultrasonic vingerafdrukscanners to triple cameras. How that works, you can read this Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus review.

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As an Android user you have so many smartphones to choose from. Even if you’re alone, the toptoestellen limited, you have the coming months, the choice of the OnePlus 7, Huawei P30, Xiaomi Mi 9, LG G8, ThinQ, Nokia 9 PureView, Sony Xperia 1 and the Samsung Galaxy S10. Despite that huge range, the vast majority of all Dutch people probably for Samsung. It is still by far the most popular Android manufacturer in our country.

Fortunately, doing Samsung there every year, enough to bring that popularity to earn money. Also with the Galaxy S10, they have numerous features have been added to ensure that the unit is head and shoulders above the competition. Of a full screen with cameragat and finger print scanner, up to three cameras on the back and the fastest hardware. Is that enough in a market in which that competition is getting stronger?

Note: although I in this review both the Galaxy S10 when the S10 Plus mention, he is mainly based on an extensive review of the Galaxy S10 Plus. The ordinary model, we have only briefly able to try out. The differences between the two smartphones are, however, at least – see later in this review. Soon you’ll be a rich, isolated Galaxy S10e review Android on the Planet expect.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus review

Design: elegant solution for the notch

Samsung has been working a few years to ever-larger screens in ever-smaller surface area, and the ‘Infinity’O ‘ -display of the Galaxy S10 is the provisional highlight. At the top is a minimum bar, by Samsung the selfiecamera in the screen. At the bottom is still such a narrow beam, but in total, more than 93 percent of the front screen. Because the image is also slanted in the side, creates an impressive voorkantvullend design.

By that smaller edges are the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus the same size as their predecessors, despite the larger screens. The Galaxy S10 with 6,1 inch screen is 70 millimeters wide and 150 millimeters high, the Galaxy S9 79 mm width, and 148 millimeters high. The new aircraft are even a little lighter: 157 grams for the Galaxy S10, 163 grams for the Galaxy S9. The larger screen ensures absolutely not for an other device.

The cameragat I experience as a great alternative to the notch. Such a notch feels almost like a bite out of the screen, no matter how small he is. With a hole exactly the same size as the camera continues to impact, however, is limited. Because more and more menus and apps already, or completely black, the hole is completely beautiful way.

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The hole is flat with the rest of the screen, and nicely finished. The full display has a consistent brightness, even right next to the cameragat. To the Honor View 20, another smartphone with a camera in the screen, which earlier this year appeared was quite different. There was the image just a bit duller and darker at the edge. There is here absolutely not the case.

Incidentally, deserves Samsung also kudos for keeping the design elements provided by others shall be deleted. So is the Galaxy S10 is one of the few top models with a headphone jack. Also the device has space for a memory card, and is wireless charging supported. More can hardly.

Screen: class as usual

The screen is, as we at Samsung are used to, top of the range. The maximum brightness makes the screen so bright that you have the S10 even in the full sun, it can still be read, while the lowest brightness is the quantity enough dims, your eyes are not equal burn away if you are in the morning, in the dark your smartphone it picks up. In terms of sharpness, you have nothing to complain about thanks to the high resolution of 3040 by 1440 pixels.

In the past, got Samsung criticism on the color fastness of the image. The manufacturer chose to make the amoled screen is vibrant and colorful, and that was sometimes at the expense of what it really heard to see. It all looked very nice, but for kleurpuristen and image manipulators, it was far from ideal. Samsung has this year finally made it to the criticism listened to, and gives users options. In the settings you can switch between ‘natural’ and ‘vivid’ colors, and manually adjust the white balance.

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Finger print scanner: prefer the back

The Galaxy S10 is one of the first smartphones equipped with an ultrasonic finger print scanner in the screen. That use sound waves and vibrations to create a 3D scan of your finger. According to Samsung, that is even better than the optical ngerprint scanner, for example, in the OnePlus 6T and Huawei Mate 20 Pro. There is a little camera under the picture that you make a scan of your finger. Such a scanner would not work well with water on it.

Then there are the disadvantages that any smartphone with a scanner in the screen know. The relatively small field, on which your finger can be placed is, for example, difficult to find by touch. The device is on standby, then it is just your finger should sit. After a while that you could remember, but it’s never as easy to find as a small indentation for your finger on the back. Moreover, the ultrasonic scanner is not good with thicker screenprotectors, so you’ll never miss a piece of protection when the scanner wants to use.

It had already helped a lot if the Galaxy S10 use an alternative method. Unfortunately, the options in that area is limited. Face detection is present, but relies completely on the selfiecamera. This allows it all to unlock it with a photo of yourself. In the cameragat was no space for more advanced gezichtsherkenningtechnologie. If the finger print scanner you irritate, you actually have to have a pin or pattern, and that is satisfying in 2019 really not more.

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Software: OneUI is cleverly addressed

The Samsung Galaxy S10 is equipped with Android 9.0 (Pie) with the OneUI interface. Previously, the Samsung interface is sometimes maligned on this site, but I am very pleased with OneUI. The software is optimized to the smartphone as much as possible with one hand. In many of the included Samsung apps is the top of the screen filled with information, and are the buttons all on the bottom half. Thus, you can easily reach if you the device. It is a concept that seems really simple, but surprisingly good overall, especially on the larger screen of the Galaxy S10 Plus.

Samsung has a whole zwik to pre-installed apps. Not only their own services like Samsung’s Health and the Galaxy Store, but also Microsoft apps such as LinkedIn, and Office Mobile. That are not, unfortunately, of all removable.

The update policy of Samsung is now very much in order, especially for the Galaxy S series. The manufacturer rolls out monthly updates until at least three years after the release. In practice the support for the most popular devices and then even more by. In addition, Samsung is generally faster with these updates than most competitors. Also updates to Android Q, R, and perhaps even Android’s, the coming years are reasonably fixed. About the support you need so little to worry.

About Bixby, the smart assistant that Samsung with the Galaxy S8 introduced, I can be brief. The assistant adds very little and is in no way better or smarter than the Google Assistant. The latter can be moreover, since the end of last year in Dutch, and is by far the best stemassistent on Android. Fortunately, you can relatively easy the Bixby-button on the side to link to the Google Assistant.

Hardware: fluency is fixed

The full Galaxy S10-family is equipped with an Exynos 9820 chipset. That is an 8 nm-chip with eight cores: four 1.9 GHz two 2.4 GHz and two 2.7 Ghz. You can there are plenty of benchmarks on release, and they will all agree: this is one of the most powerful chipsets of the time. Only the iPhone, and some Android devices with the Snapdragon 855, know that speed and power to match.

In practice, you will notice that, especially in how smoothly everything in the image appears. Quickly switching between tabs and numerous websites in Chrome without gehaper, and also a graphic intensive game like Fortnite is not a problem for the Galaxy S10. By the spacious 8GB of ram (6GB in the S10E), you can also effortlessly often and quickly switch between all your apps in the background.

All appliances in the range are equipped with at least 128GB of storage, of which more than 100GB available to users. That would be more than enough to the unit to fill up with apps, games, photos, videos, and music. Is the unexpected not enough, the Galaxy S10 there is still room for micro-sd cards of up to 1 terabyte. For a little more money sell Samsung also variants of the Galaxy S10, and S10 Plus with more storage space.

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Camera: surprisingly good, but also not surprising

Samsung last year was just about the only large manufacturer that the flagship does not have a dual camera offers. With the Galaxy S10, they make that up by three cameras on the back to convert. You have the primary camera of 12 megapixel with the help of a variable aperture of f/1.5-f/2.4 also sharp photos in low-light situations.

Then there is still the telefotolens, also 12 megapixel. That can be two times optical zoom without the image quality loses. Useful for example when you want to zoom in on the details of a building, or if you like macro photography want to practice. The third camera is a wide-angle lens 16 megapixel. That has an angle of 123 degrees, which means that you whole photos shoot.

With the primary camera if you shoot very nice photos under almost all circumstances. The image is sharp, colour-fast, and packed with details. Also at dusk or in the dark shoot the Galaxy S10 quick and sharp. With the other two cameras the picture is also good, but a bit less impressive. Do you make a picture with the wide angle lens, you will see the picture look good on a small screen, but is soon blurred as soon as you have a bit of zoom.

Thus, the camera is ultimately not as big an upgrade as I previously had hoped. The pictures are absolutely beautiful, and the two extra lenses are great gimmicks. But you look to the Night Sight feature of Google Pixel smartphones, the five cameras on the Nokia 9 PureView or the periscopische zoom with Huawei and Oppo, then you will see that the competition is bigger steps. The Galaxy S10 has one of the best smart phone camera’s of the time, but the innovation seems to be of the competition.

Samsung has the camera app in addition, yet jam packed with all kinds of other features, mostly already known from previous years. For example, think of superslowmotionvideo, AR Emoji and Bixby Vision. Who work, at most, something more stable and better than previous years, but they are gimmicks that you in practice rarely or will never use.

Battery: mega battery appears middenmoter

In the Galaxy S10 is a battery with a capacity of 3400 mAh, the S10 Plus is even a 4100 mAh battery. Anyway, I got with the S10 Plus often just a full day without charging. I use my smartphone probably more intense than most people. Often I have bluetooth devices connected, and I switch throughout the day between all kinds of apps. On a busier day had the battery at around 19:00 equally to the charger at the end of the day. Also the limit of the resolution up to full hd took a little off.

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Even with relatively normal use of apps and functions I get usually a screen-on-time of only five to six hours on the Galaxy S10 Plus. That is absolutely reasonable, but with such a big battery capacity, I felt more charged. Samsung is in this area passed over by the competition, in particular Huawei. The Degree 20 Pro has a similar battery, but there was a screen on time of 7 to 8 hours is the rule rather than the exception.

Another area where Samsung is lagging behind by standing still: the upload speed. The Galaxy S10 comes with a charger, 15 watt. That is, since the Galaxy S7 from 2016 the maximum upload speed of Samsung smartphones. That is absolutely still under the ‘quick charge’, and it is a lot more powerful than the 5 watt charger that comes standard with an iPhone. But the competition is doing it now better.

The 4100 mAh battery of the Galaxy S10 Plus sitting after a half-hour charge for 42 percent full. For a full battery, you have about a half hour. For comparison: with the supplied charger of the iPhone XS Max, it takes more than three hours to make the battery full. But the biggest Android competitors from Samsung are a lot faster. So is the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, with a 40-watt charger and a 4200 mAh battery, all for less than 70% full after a half an hour. In an hour the whole battery is full. Even the Moto G7 Plus, a budgettoestel of only 300 euro, has a more powerful 28-watt charger that the battery in about an hour.

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Differences with the Galaxy S10 Galaxy S10e

Samsung brings this year for the first three versions of the Galaxy S10 at the same time. I have two weeks to the most expensive model tested, the Galaxy S10 Plus. That has a fairly high suggested retail price of 999 euro, but is equipped with just some extra features. Thus, the Plus the biggest screen of 6.4 inch, and also a larger battery of 4100 mAh. He also has a second selfiecamera paramount, which is used as a depth sensor so you get a bokeh effect can add.

The Galaxy S10 offers for 899 euros, a 6.1 inch display, a 3400 mAh battery, and a few selfiecamera first. The new entry-level model is the Galaxy S10e, with a suggested retail price of 749 euros, the cheapest of the three. Here the differences are slightly larger. The Galaxy S10e has a smaller screen of 5.8 inches, with a lower full hd resolution. Moreover, it is not sloping at the edges, but flat. The finger print scanner is not in the screen, but in the power button on the side. In addition, sitting behind only two cameras: the telefotolens is deleted.

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Conclusion Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus review

The Galaxy S10 shows that Samsung is still very strong is when it comes to his designs. The display is world class, the chipset is very powerful, and the cameras shoot excellent photos. Some of the customizations that Samsung, this year’s change are more gimmicks than actual improvements. The finger print scanner on the back would have been better worked, and the two extra lenses are not as strong as the primary model.

You can buy the Samsung Galaxy S10, then you buy a device that is very well finished. It is the smartphone from a company that’s already at the top, a company that (justified) confidence in his own abilities. But it is also a company that’s not too much on its laurels must rest the next time. Let’s hope that Samsung next year will not again, especially when the gimmicks, but also surprised with the most beautiful night-time pictures, the very best battery and enhanced security. Then you know for sure that Samsung next year even at the top.

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