Samsung's new Galaxy S10 is almost a master class in how to make a superb, premium smartphone
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- Samsung's new Galaxy S10 comes with a welcome overhaul in design, performance, and features over previous Galaxy S phones.
- It's a fantastic smartphone that anyone would be happy with.
- With that said, there are some disappointing aspects of the Galaxy S10.
Samsung's last few Galaxy S phones have been "boringly" good, but I can drop the "boring" part with the Galaxy S10.Indeed, Samsung's previous Galaxy S devices were some of the best smartphones you could buy, but the Galaxy S9 was an incremental update over the Galaxy S8.Advertisement
The Galaxy S10 is an overhaul in design, performance, and features, all while maintaining the Samsung smartphone formula that makes its smartphones great.
With that said, the Galaxy S10 isn't without its disappointments.I've been using the Galaxy S10 Plus for more than a week, but almost everything mentioned below applies to the regular Galaxy S10, too.
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There's no doubt this is the best-looking smartphone Samsung has made so far — at least without a case.
The hole-punch is better than the notch.Advertisement
The display is fantastic, but I don't really see the added benefits of Samsung's new "Dynamic AMOLED" display that's supposedly better than previous Galaxy displays.
The Galaxy S10 works great out of the box with the latest processor and Samsung's new One UI.Advertisement
Samsung (or any other tech company) hasn't reinvented the battery yet, so there's nothing significant to report on battery life other than that it's good.
Reverse wireless charging, or "Wireless PowerShare," is there if you need it. But I haven't run into a situation where I've needed to use it.Advertisement
The camera is great, and I love the new ultra-wide angle camera that Samsung added for the first time.
It takes good selfies, too, but Samsung wasted a huge opportunity to do something special with the dual-lens selfie camera on the Galaxy S10 Plus.Advertisement
I found that I ended up using the less secure facial recognition 90% of the time over the fancy new ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor.
Samsung also missed an opportunity to do something fresh with the included fast charger.Advertisement
My only other complaint is nitpicky: The power button is positioned directly in line with the volume up button on the other side of the phone, and it's led me so take numerous accidental screenshots.
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