The $1699 smartphone you will never regret purchasing
I'm no stranger to buying dubious packets of reduced home brand sausages when it comes to the end of my pay cycle, so believe me when I say I hear your hesitations about the $1699 price tag of the Galaxy Note 10 +.
It's eye-wateringly expensive. I get it. But, Samsung's latest flagship is truly an example of getting what you pay for.
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HOW DOES THE PHONE LOOK?
The Note 10+ has a 6.8-inch AMOLED display, HDR 10+ technology and a Full HD resolution at 3040 x 1440 pixels. This means you're going to get unrivalled brightness and remarkable colour accuracy on the large display which has been stripped of almost all bezel to deliver a cinematic experience.
The off-centre hole-punch front camera introduced on Samsung's Galaxy Note 10 has been simplified to a single hole in the centre of the screen - a move welcomed by my OCD. The fingerprint scanner is embedded under the screen, although this is a common feature for most Androids on the market.
The frame of the phone is premium metal, while the back is made of glass over one of two colours. The edges of the screen are curved and the enitre device looks brilliant. It's worth noting the power button has been removed (the old Bixby button is now the power button).
A screen protector is already applied and a clear case comes hidden inside the box. I can't stress enough to use a case because the premium finishes make the phone very slippery and fragile. My device took a tumble from my pocket onto the carpark floor and cracked the corner of the glass on the rear. Not a mistake you want to make when paying almost $2000 for a phone. Case applied, problem solved.
Samsung has finally joined the rest of the pack to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack for the first time – a move that will disappoint audiophiles who prefer wired audio. While the phone includes USB-C AKG wired earbuds, it annoyingly doesn't have a USB-C to 3.5mm adaptor, meaning additional costs to use your current wired headphones. It also means you can't use your USB-C charger and listen to wired music at the same time.
WHAT ABOUT ITS PERFORMANCE?
The Note 10+ is one of the fastest phones on the market. It has a Snapdragon 855 processor, 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The phone also includes a vapor chamber cooling system so stop it becoming too hot when using it for prolonged periods or for heavy duty tasks such as gaming.
Samsung has added the ability to charge another smartphone or any Qi-enabled device by simply placing it on the back of your own Note 10. The massive 4,300mAh battery is impressive and the supplied Super Fast Charger gives you a day of use from half an hour of charge.
The Note 10 + has four rear cameras – a 16MP ultra-wide camera, a 12MP wide angle camera,12MP telephoto camera and a DepthVision VGA camera for augmented reality. It also has a 10MP forward-facing camera.
There is a feature to amplify the audio of the subject in frame while reducing background noise and also a built-in screen recorder. Overall, the cameras are very high quality and several native features make capturing pro-grade video and photographs with ease. Look at a couple of my pics:
IS THERE ANYTHING I MIGHT NOT HAVE SEEN?
The Note 10 has a plethora of lesser known features that are very helpful in day-to-day life. Here's a sample:
Samsung is the only device on the market to include an in-built stylus. Dubbed the S Pen, the stylus offer the ability to control certain aspects of the device using gestures. It might sound like a gimmick but I use the stylus more than expected.
My usage includes taking selfies without having to set a timer, drawing doodles while bored and handwriting notes. Unlike the previous model, Samsung has added ability to instantly convert handwriting to digital text which can be exported in a variety of different formats, including Microsoft Word.
PIN TO SCREEN
You owe your mate money for beers and he sends you his bank details. Instead of going between his message and the online banking app, you can just screenshot his details, pin them to the screen and they will stay in the set location even while you use the app in the background.
NO TAPE MEASURE? NO PROBLEM
The Note 10 augmented reality camera gives the ability to use the device a tape measure. All you need is to download the Samsung's AR augmented reality app and the Quick Measure app.
The Note 10 + links to Windows 10 with one click. This allows you see notifications, send and receive messages, and review recent photos without having to lift your phone – just don't let your boss know I told you that. In lieu of a laptop, you can also connect your phone to a monitor using a USB cable and it will operate like a PC. Enhance the experience with a wireless keyboard and mouse.
SHOULD I BUY THE DEVICE?
It's a huge yes from me. Big phones are not for everyone, but if you're someone looking for a larger device capable of meeting all your business, personal and creative needs, the Note 10 is solid choice. Those who are more technical will love taking a deep dive into the settings to discover all this machine can achieve. While Apple still has a phone to announce, the Note 10 could be in the running for the best device of the year.
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