Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Review: Everything You Need to Know Before You Buy

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Just when we thought we had seen it all, Samsung has not failed to surprise us once again with its latest addition Galaxy S10 Plus.

Samsung and Apple are constantly racing to design better, more elegant phones with more innovative new features than the other.

You probably think that by now we have seen it all. Well, with Samsung that is definitely not the case. Their designers always seem to have new tricks up their sleeves.

With the latest Galaxy S10 Plus, Samsung has surprised us once again. To find out what new features they are presenting with the new S10 Plus model, read the following review.

Specifications

CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 855
RAM 8GB, 12GB
Battery 4,100mAh
Display resolution 6.4 inches (wide quad HD+)
Size 6.2 x 2.91 x 0.3 inches (157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8mm)
Cameras Front: 10-MP dual-pixel (f/1.9), 8-MP depth-sensing (f/2.2) Rear: 16-MP ultra wide (f/2.2), 12-MP dual-pixel wide (f/1.5, f/2.4), 12-MP telephoto (f/2.4)
microSD Yes
Weight 6.17 ounces (175 grams)
Colors Prism Black, Prism White, Prism Blue, Ceramic White, Ceramic Black, Prism Green (not available in the U.S.), Flamingo Pink (not available in the U.K.)
Operating system Android 9.0 Pie
Material Gorilla Glass Six (front and back), metal
Sensors Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, accelerometer, pressure sensor, accelerometer, barometer, gyro sensor, geomagnetic sensor, hall sensor, HR sensor, proximity sensor, RGB Light sensor
Sound Stereo speakers and Dolby Atmos

Design

S10 design

If you thought smartphones couldn’t get any thinner, you were wrong. This new model not only has a larger screen than the previous version, but it is ridiculously thin as well.

The back of the phone is made of glass, with a metal line around the edges. The charging port, headphone jack and speaker are located at the bottom.

The first possible flaw in design is the location of the power button on the top. The sheer size of the phone makes it hard to reach the power button with one hand.

The device comes in six colors—prism white, prism black, prism green, prism blue, ceramic white and ceramic black.

The display is made of Gorilla Glass Six which makes it resilient to common accidents.

Camera

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus has not two, not three, but five cameras.

The three back cameras include a 12MP Telephoto Camera that enables you to zoom in without losing details, a 12Mp Wide Angle Camera which allows you to fit more into one shot and a 16MP Ultra Wide Camera that has a 123-degree range of view, almost like human eyes.

When it comes to the cameras on the front, the Galaxy S10 Plus offers a technology called 4K UHD recording as well as a dual camera for the best selfies. These features will allow you to play with the depth of your images and make perfectly clear selfie thanks to a dual pixel sensor.

The cameras don’t perform quite as well in low light as the Pixel or Huawei equivalent but this may not be a deal breaker for most users.

Battery

With the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, even the battery is smart. It learns your daily routine and based on that it powers down the apps you do not use. The Adaptive Power Saving Mode makes sure that your battery does not die at a critical moment.

The capacity of the battery is 4100mAh which reduces how often the phone needs to be recharged. The battery will last 12 hours and 35 minutes if you are constantly browsing the web and much longer with reduced activity.

Wireless Charging

Wireless Charging

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus can be charged wirelessly. All you need is the Samsung Wireless Charger Duo Pad and your device will be charged in no time. The pad is also equipped with cooling fans, so you do not have to worry about overheating.

Moreover, you can charge your phone with your friend’s Galaxy S10 Plus. All you need to do is to activate the option in the settings menu and place your phone back to back with your friend’s phone. In the same way you can charge your wireless earbuds and Galaxy Watch Active.

Performance

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus has outstanding performance thanks to One UI and the latest Android operating system. These features allow you to customize the software according to your preferences.

Besides the standard Google Assistant, you can also use Bixby. All you need to do is press the Bixby button. If you want to continue using Google Assistant, you can change the function of the button.

This phone also utilizes the next generation processor which allows the device to run smoothly even if you are playing games. The processor is designed to use less energy, while the device provides 12GB of RAM.

Also, you get an incredible 1TB of memory along with an extra 512GB with a microSD.

User Interface

One UI is the best software the company has ever used. The device is easy to use because all of the elements are now more accessible. There are also a lot of new features for Bixby which makes it a perfect virtual assistant.

The operating system perfectly handles multitasking and all of your favorite apps are only one swipe away. Dark mode and system management tools are also available.

Another great feature is the Kids mode which prevents your children from ordering things online and provides a child-friendly interface.

Bixby can also learn your routines. For example, it can connect to the Wi-Fi when you get home from work and turn the brightness of the display back up.

Special Features

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is completely water and dust resistant. The device has the IP68 rating which is the highest standard for water and dust resistance. You can even take amazing pictures and videos in the pool and your device will still work perfectly.

Another awesome feature is the Samsung Knox. It turns your phone into a vault the minute you turn it on. That way, all of your data and sensitive information remains safe.

Biometric authentication includes an Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner and Facial Recognition. However, if you prefer old school features, you can choose PIN, password, or a pattern to unlock your device.

Available Accessories

Galaxy watch and Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphone batteries charged

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus offers many great accessories and gadgets that are sold separately.

  • Galaxy buds are wireless and they can be charged the same way as the phone. Just place them on the back of your phone and you will be good to go in no time.
  • Galaxy Watch Active helps you track your daily activities while it stays connected to your phone.
  • Clear View Cover is protection specially designed to allow you to view the screen without opening the case.
  • LED View Cover offers custom LED icons such as time and date.
  • LED Cover allows you to create a lightshow on the back of your phone along with LED icons.
  • Protective Standing Cover protects your phone from a drop while providing a stand so you can leave the device in a vertical position.
  • Wireless Charger Duo Pad allows you to charge all of your Galaxy S10 devices, as well as your ear buds and Galaxy Watch Active.
  • Wireless Battery Pack helps you to charge your phone both wirelessly and with a cord.

Users’ Reviews

Given the fact that the Samsung Galaxy S10 has just been released, there are only a handful of customer reviews so far. However, most users are thrilled with Samsung’s latest model and not a single bug has been reported.

The most popular features include the wide-angle cameras, great selfie features, top-notch security, outstanding design and wireless charging.

One thing you should be aware of is the grip, or lack of. The phone is big and slippery so it can easily end up on the floor. However, thanks to the Gorilla Glass Six on both sides of the device, your phone is less likely to break compared to older versions.

The only group of people who were not thrilled with Samsung’s newest addition were iPhone users. However, this is more a matter of habit or preference.

Pros and Con of Purchasing Samsung S10 Plus

Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor High price
Fast performance Slippery and easy to drop
Five outstanding cameras Limited low-light camera performance
Wireless charging  
Equipped with Samsung Knox  
One UI  
Elegant design  
Battery capacity of 4100 mAh  
Gorilla Glass Six front and back  
Water and dust resistant  

The Bottom Line

The only negative that comes to mind is the high price. The device can be bought for $999.99 or more, depending on retailer and the storage size selected. But, the price is something you have to deal with if you want a high-end device and Galaxy S10 Plus is as high as it gets right now.

It is equipped with five cameras, three rear and two front lenses designed especially for selfies. Moreover, the device features an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor which utilizes ultrasound to scan your fingerprint. Another impressive feature is the fact you can charge your phone with your friend’s. Just enable the option and leave the devices back to back.

The general first impression regarding the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is that it is a high-end device that will not fail to impress you. You can fully customize the software according to your needs and preferences. Bixby will even learn your daily routine and make changes, turning apps on or off by itself according to your daily patterns. Last but not least, you can connect the phone with your other devices such as the Galaxy Watch Active.

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