The Good The Galaxy Note 10 brings the best Samsung Note lines in a compact case that sells for the right price.
The Bad It does not have a microSD card slot and 3.5mm headphone jack.
The Bottom Line Despite the lack of a few minor features, the size, price and features of the Note 10 is the best all-round Samsung phone you can get right now.
Galaxy Note 10, or Note 10 Plus ? For the first time, Samsung has announced two sizes of the same Note phone, with only a few differences beyond their screen size and price. Finally, we can answer the questions we’ve been chewing on ever since Samsung’s discovery: are there any differences, and which one is the best buy?
Although the 6.8-inch Note 10 Plus is impressive in almost every way, I am happy to say that the cheaper, smaller 6.3-inch Note 10 is the best choice for most.
Its large screen gives you the ability to do what you want without holding it too clumsily (the point is, I dropped it a lot less than the Note 10 Plus), and the features it trades for – no depth camera on the back of the phone, no microSD card slots, less RAM, less battery life – even if you consider the relative portability of the Note 10 and the $ 150 cost savings over Plus.
The Galaxy Note 10 costs $ 949 against the original Note 10 Plus price ($ 1,099 (both – 256GB)). In the UK it is £ 869 against £ 999 and in Australia it is £ 1499 against £ 1699.
Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus look incredible
As usual with the Samsung variants, the two phones have major features: from the AMOLED crystal clear screen and attractive design to the Snapdragon 855 chipset and the S Pen stylus. They have the same basic rear and front facing cameras, fast charging with the included 25W charger, waterproof (IP68), and the ability to wirelessly charge another Qi-enabled device. They run Android 9 and will be available for upgrade to Android 10 – not a single word on the timeline. (Scroll to the end to fully compare specifications.)
And the Note 10 is the same as other Samsung phones, like the Galaxy S10 Plus ($ 800 on Amazon) , cheap-premium Galaxy S10E and “fast” phones like the Note 10 Plus 5G and Galaxy A90 5G ? Whether you like a budget of $ 1,000 – or expecting deals – it simply provides the best design and meaningful value for money. For now, you can configure the use of wireless or USB-C headphones. Honestly, I just learned to wear the included headphones with me.
The best headphones for Samsung Galaxy Note 10, Note 10 Plus
For nicer Samsung devices, we recommend that you give up 5G phones until the networks are developed and phone prices go down.
How to Compare Note 10 and Note 10 Plus
- The smaller Note 10 is easier to hold and use.
- Note 10 “Screen larger” is better for watching movies and reading stories.
- Note 10 “The depth camera now only works with mediocre 3D scanning and measurement of AP applications; you don’t need it for portrait photos or portrait videos.
- None of the Note 10’s storage is annoying, but 256GB is more than enough for most.
- Battery life lasted 18 hours in our Flight Video Cycle Test versus 21 Hour Plus.
- The smaller Note 10 does not support the Samsung 50 Watt Charger for $ 50.
- Most people will not notice the 8GB of Note 10 RAM compared to the Plus 12GB.
Both Note 10 phones also have some edge-to-edge display that sometimes logs errors that it should dismiss, meaning you can start or close the application by accidentally tapping the screen.
For everything from rugged camera quality to impressive Aura Glow Note 10 processing, read my full review of the Galaxy Note 10 Plus.
Galaxy Note 10 vs Note 10 Plus
|Samsung Galaxy Note 10||Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus|
|Display size, resolution||6.3-inch AMOLED; 2,280×1,080 pixels||6.8-inch AMOLED; 3,040×1,440 pixels|
|Pixel density||401 ppi||498 ppi|
|Dimensions (inches)||5.94 x 2.83 x 0.31 in.||6.39 x 3.04 x 0.31 in.|
|Dimensions (millimeters)||151 x 71.8 x 7.9 mm||162.3 x 77.2 x 7.9 mm|
|Weight (ounces, grams)||5.93 oz.; 168g||6.91 oz.; 196g|
|Mobile software||Android 9.0 Pie||Android 9.0 Pie|
|Camera||12-megapixel (wide-angle), 16-megapixel (ultrawide-angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto)||12-megapixel (wide-angle), 16-megapixel (ultrawide-angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto), 3D depth (HQVGA)|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, or Samsung Exynos 9825||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, or Samsung Exynos 9825|
|Expandable storage||No||Up to 1TB|
|Battery||3,500 mAh||4,300 mAh|
|Special features||S Pen stylus; Wireless PowerShare; hole punch screen notch; water resistant (IP68)||S Pen stylus; Wireless PowerShare; hole punch screen notch; water resistant (IP68)|
|Price off-contract (USD)||$949||$1,099|