Samsung has proudly unveiled its latest flagship devices of 2019, the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus. The devices are exceptionally built, feature top-of-the-line specs, and cost a fortune. The Galaxy Note 10 has a starting price of $950, while the bigger Note 10 Plus will cost you at least $1100.
Needless to say that you need to be certain before splashing such a huge amount, and this section has been curated, especially, to help you with that dilemma. Let’s dig in.
- → Five reasons to buy Note 10/Note 10 Plus
- For the Gorgeous Screen
- For the S Pen
- For the Superfast Charging
- For Standing out
- For the Rear Cameras
- → Four reasons to Not buy Note 10/Note 10 Plus
- Lack of high refresh rate
- Lack of 3.5mm Headphone Jack
- Lack of Expandable Storage
- Lack of Very Impressive Selfie Camera
→ Five reasons to buy Note 10/Note 10 Plus
For the Gorgeous Screen
Samsung has a well-earned reputation for building some impeccable smartphone displays, and it hasn’t done its reputation any harm with the Note 10 lineup. While the standard Note 10, too, features a gorgeous FHD+ panel, this section is reserved for the Note 10 Plus’ QHD+ brilliance.
A 6.8-inch dynamic OLED display at 498 PPI with almost no bezels — it simply doesn’t get any better than this. If you are adamant about getting a gigantic screen for unmatched media consumption, look no further than the Note 10 Plus. But wait, all is not good here, be sure to check out the Reasons to not buy section below for the big feature that’s missing from Note 10’s display.
For the S Pen
The super sleek stylus has been the standout Note-series feature since ages, and Samsung has refined it even further with the Note 10 devices. The S Pen now supports Air Actions, allowing you to perform some neat tasks — switching between front- and rear-facing cameras, toggling lenses, and YouTube controls — without making contact with the screen. This feature might seem gimmicky to some, but it’s a welcome change, nonetheless.
For the Superfast Charging
This is an exclusive Note 10 Plus characteristic, so, standard Note 10 enthusiasts can give this one a miss. Apart from packing a beefy 4300mAh battery to keep you company throughout the day, the device supports 45W wired and 15W wireless charging. However, it is to be noted that you’ll need to shell out extra for the 45W brick, as the Note 10 Plus only comes with a standard 25W charger.
For Standing out
This may or may not be important to you, but the fact is, the Note 10 smartphones are two of the most beautifully built devices on the market right now. Thanks to the unibody design and alluring color options, you are bound to turn heads. So, if you want people to take notice of your shiny new possession, you know what your options are.
For the Rear Cameras
The Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus also came with three brilliant cameras at the back, but the Note 10 duo takes the game to a new level. While the standard Note 10 packs three cameras — F2.2, 123˚ FoV, 16MP Ultra Wide Camera; F1.5/F2.4, OIS, 77˚ FoV, 12MP Wide-angle Camera; F2.1, OIS, 45˚ FoV, 12MP Telephoto Camera — the bigger Note 10 plus comes with an additional 72˚ FoV, VGA Depth Vision Camera.
On paper, the primary camera setup is almost identical to the current S-series flagships, the S10 and S10 Plus. However, the tiny Depth Vision Camera on the back of Note 10 Plus is something worth noting. While the three primary cameras allow you to take stunning photos — even in low light thanks to Samsung’s dedicated Night mode — the FoV camera enables 3D scanning of objects and later lets you incorporate your scans in live shots.
→ Four reasons to Not buy Note 10/Note 10 Plus
Lack of high refresh rate
No, we’re not talking about the display quality here. Samsung smartphones are well-known for their jaw-dropping displays, and the Note 10 devices are no exception. However, seeing Samsung stick to 60Hz display is quite disappointing, especially when the likes of OnePlus 7 Pro, Razer Phone, and reportedly, Pixel 4, have moved on to the next tier.
Lack of 3.5mm Headphone Jack
Samsung used to take pride in being the only top-tier company not to ditch the conventional 3.5mm headphone jack. That has changed with the introduction of the Note 10 lineup, as they are the first Galaxy flagship devices not to come with the legacy 3.5mm headphone jack. This has come as disheartening news to audiophiles, as they won’t be able to use their favorite pair with the device anymore. To top it off, Samsung isn’t giving away a 3.5mm dongle with the devices.
Lack of Expandable Storage
Yes, the bigger Galaxy Note Plus comes with a hybrid SIM/memory card slot, which supports Micro-SD expansion of up to 1TB. Sadly, the company has intentionally left that feature out in the standard Note 10, forcing the device to be stuck with 256GB of in-built storage. So, if you’re into recording way too many 4K videos, you’d better invest in the Note 10 Plus.
Lack of Very Impressive Selfie Camera
It’s quite disappointing that Samsung couldn’t find a way to implement a dual-camera setup like the S10 Plus. So, if you’re not confident about Note 10’s front-camera portrait shots, maybe take a look at the S10 Plus.
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