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Galaxy Note10 Review: S-Pen + Smaller Size ❤️


Hey there, Alex here. It’s that time of the year again where we
get a brand new Galaxy Note. This time round, we actually get two options. The Note10+ which is similar in size compared
to the Note9, and a smaller Note10. Because I normally prefer smaller phones,
I went with the Note10, and this is my review of the phone. In terms of design, I think this is the best
looking and most polished Samsung phone to date. The more squarish design, attention to details,
the new camera layout, and of course the incredible looking screen. I know it’s only FHD+, but there is more
to a display than just resolution. With the less rounded corners, smaller bezels,
and a smaller camera cutout, it looks even nicer than the S10 to me, which was already
really good. Like the S10, it has an Ultrasonic fingerprint
sensor under the screen. Once I got used to the timing and position
of the sensor, and register the same finger twice, it works a little better. But it’s still a bit more finicky compared
to other solutions like the optical sensor on the One Plus 7 Pro. While we’re talking about not so good stuff,
we might as well just get this out of the way first. The Note10 is not only dropping the headphone
jack, but also the microSD card slot. Personally, I don’t really care about either
of those things, since it’s really easy to get good quality bluetooth earbuds at reasonable
prices these days, and the phone comes with 256GB of storage as standard. But I know some folks are still going to be
pretty upset by this. Some users do have specific needs that might
require a headphone jack. Before we talk about the good stuff, I want
to talk about the processors for a bit, because it’s something that I don’t really like,
but it’s not exactly a bad thing either. So, the Note10 is using the new Exynos 9825
chipset in most markets, and according to Gary’s test, it seems like the Snapdragon
855 variant still performs better, especially in terms of GPU performance. But on the other hand, I have no issues with
the performance of the phone at all in day to day usage, and it still feels really snappy
to me. I also don’t want Samsung to give up on
their own chipset as well. Remember the Snapdragon 810? Those were dark days for any Android phone
that isn’t a Samsung. Like I mentioned in the Exynos vs Snapdragon
comparison video that I did for the S10e, I can only hope that Samsung will keep improving
on their own chipset. Let’s go back to talking about the good
stuff now. The Note10 is actually one of the smallest
Galaxy Note to date in terms of physical size. It’s not really a small phone considering
it’s just slightly smaller than the Note7, but it is small by today’s standards. Because it’s thin and narrow, it’s actually
not that hard to use one-handed, which is something that I care about. In terms of hardware, the Note10 comes with
all the goodies from the S10. Good sounding stereo speakers, IP68 water
and dust resistance, fast wireless charging, reverse wireless charging, and support for
dual SIM. Samsung also removed the dedicated Bixby button
in favour of a programmable power button, so definitely a huge improvement here. On top of all that, we have the S Pen of course
which is what makes the Note, the Note. Samsung added in a gyroscope and accelerometer
in the new S Pen. So aside from being able to use it as a remote
trigger, we can now use swipe gestures, or even a rotating gesture to control supported
apps. It seems like an interesting idea, but I think
like the Note9, it’s not something that I would be using much. Basically, the things that I like about the
S Pen are still the same as before. The ability to get precise inputs which is
great for editing videos or playing some games, the ability to quickly take notes just by
pulling the pen out, and the ability to use it to draw things when I’m bored. Take this timelapse video for example. I recorded myself drawing this using the new
screen recorder feature in OneUI, and edited the whole video using the S Pen in Adobe Rush. The whole process was made a lot easier because
of the S Pen. Anyway, I know a lot of folks don’t really
use the S Pen, so Samsung is trying to find more uses for it, which is a good thing for
sure. But I think this is still where its true value lies. Other than the new screen recorder feature
I mentioned earlier, in general, the software experience is largely the same as what we
have on the S10. It’s no longer like the TouchWiz we used
to make fun of. OneUI is snappy, has a lot of useful features,
and the UI design is quite nice. I think it’s actually pretty enjoyable to
use. There are still a couple of bloatware, but
for the units sold in Singapore, we do get the option to choose what Samsung apps we
want. Which brings us to the cameras. It’s a very similar setup compared to the
S10, and I’m seeing largely similar results, so it’s still not going to beat the Pixel
3 in terms of image quality. However, I’m at a point where I can’t
really say the Pixel still offers a better camera experience anymore. The thing is, the image quality is at a good
enough level already, and that 10 to 15% difference in image quality is not enough to make up
for the other things that the Note10 can do better. Like taking wide angle shots, recording super
slow motion videos, creating more unique looking videos with the new live focus video mode
and AR Doodle feature, and even regular video quality is better on the Note10. It supports plenty of recording options including
4K for the front camera, and the super steady stabilisation works really well. Samsung even added a Zoom-in mic feature that
will enhance the audio on the area that you’re zooming into. So overall, it’s just a really nice camera
experience. In the end, the Note10 is yet another great
phone from Samsung, and easily one of my favourite phones so far. However, like the past couple of years, it’s
still not the Samsung phone that I would recommend to most people. The differences between the S10 and the Note10
are not really that big. Because the S10 came out earlier in the year,
in terms of pricing, it’s a better deal now if you’re buying the phone off-contract. The Note10 does have more storage of course
which is nice, but the S10 has expandable storage, and it still has a headphone which
some folks might need. Ultimately it comes down to the S Pen again,
and how much extra you’re willing to pay
for it. I suspect that for a lot of folks, that number
is still smaller than the difference between both phones now. It’s still an awesome phone, and I love
it. But until we start seeing better deals for
it, this is a phone that you buy with your heart, not your head. Thanks for watching this review. If you’ve enjoyed it, be sure to leave a
like and subscribe to the channel for more content in the future. I’m on instagram as well if you want to
stay up to date on what I’m up to. Thanks again, and see you guys on the next
one.

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