I had more than 3 weeks to answer the question whether it is worth buying Samsung Galaxy Note 10. Spoiler: it's worth it.
While most of the attention after the premiere was focused on the larger Note 10 Plus, I immediately asked for a small test copy Note’A 10. Because let's meet – it was known from the beginning that big Note will be great, all-inclusive and so on.
I was interested, however, what compromises Samsung had to make in order to offer the possibilities of the big one NoteIn a small package. And does it even make sense?
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus is too big
Meanwhile, Samsung Galaxy Note 10 has the perfect size. With a 6.3-inch display, it may still seem too large for most users, but in practice, thanks to the almost non-existent frames and slim design, it is smaller (!) Than competing smartphones with 6-inch displays.
Note 10 fits perfectly in your hand. Better even than Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, which is mainly due to the angular edges at the top and bottom. It was also a hit in the bull's eye to move the buttons to the left side of the housing, where they are easy to feel. Well, applause for removing the Bixby button – all 3 people who have ever used Samsung's voice assistant can wake him up by holding the start button longer. The rest of the world can simply turn it off and forget that Bixby has ever existed.
Small dimensions in everyday use Note10 didn't pose any problems, unlike the big ones Note10 plus, which hardly fits in most pockets of men's trousers, women's handbags and car holders. Note 10 is much more accessible, also with one hand.
"Then come, paint my world …"
This song was sung by Samsung engineers, designing new color variants Note"(Or so I heard). Well, next to classic black and white, and slightly less classic pink, we also have the Aura Glow variant to choose from. To the question "what color is it?" I can only say "yes".
Most of the time Note 10 Aura Glow looks like an inconspicuous silver piece of aluminum and glass.
It is enough, however, that the light falls on him and suddenly a whole palette of colors appears on his back. From rainbow stripes, through orange zarb, to purple-blue-pink connections. It all depends on what light and on what angle falls on the housing. The impression is quite … psychedelic, but certainly you can not deny its charm and uniqueness.
The downside to the shiny, silver surface, which is present in most new smartphones, is cruelty to finger and dirt. Note 10 looks beautiful for about 30 seconds out of the box. Then most of the time it looks … like this:
Screen Note10 is the eighth wonder of the technological world
I was the first to throw a stone at Samsung for being a small screen Note10 has a resolution of "only" 2280 x 1080 px, while large Note 10 Plus has these pixels up to 3040 x 1440.
I was wrong. The decision to reduce the display resolution did not affect the user experience at all, nor did it reduce the overall "wow effect" that the display produces.
panel Note10 is beautiful. Almost perfect. Viewing angles and colors are perfect, the display gets both properly bright during the day and dark at night. Even the hole on the front camera does not bother, because it takes up so little space that it is easy to ignore it.
What I lacked the full satisfaction is the higher screen refresh rate. display Note10 works with a standard frequency of 60 Hz, and you would like it to be 90 or 120 Hz. Painful fact, because Samsung has a technology that uses OnePlus 7 Pro in its 90 Hz screen. It is a pity that it could not be implemented in Note 10.
However, this is a trifle. If we don't care about a higher refresh rate, the screen Note'A 10 is simply sensational, which translates not only into a great experience in everyday use, but also to a great multimedia experience, further enhanced by fantastic stereo speakers.
For many people, a tablespoon of tar in this barrel of honey will probably lack a headphone connector, which would be another plus for multimedia experience, but let's not kid ourselves – when buying a phone of this caliber in 2019, we will rather definitely connect decent Bluetooth headphones to it, and not some wired fleas for 200 PLN.
However, it is difficult to get over the rounded display frames that slightly make it difficult to hold the phone in a horizontal position – it is very easy to accidentally rewind the video being played, because the screen will register the touch on the very edge. You have to keep this in mind and get used to it over time. It's even harder to get over the fingerprint reader hidden under the screen. This reader just works badly – it is slow, inaccurate, it is difficult to hit it and is the only element Note10 who regularly frustrated me during testing. However, I believe that – as in Galaxy S10 – its accuracy will increase with software updates and regular use.
No one will run out of
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 just like Note 10 Plus is a ful beast. It has a little less RAM compared to the bigger brother and is not available in the 512 GB data space version, but I don't think anyone will run out of anything.
We have here the Exynos 9825 processor, one of the most efficient systems on the market. We have 8 GB of RAM, which cope with maintaining a dozen or so applications at once. We have 256 GB of data memory, which I think is enough for everyone. Since 256 GB is enough for us to work in computers, so in smartphones even more.
For over 3 weeks, Samsung has never happened Galaxy Note 10 has cut, hung or caused any problems related to the efficiency and smoothness of work. The thing is impressive because under load Note 10 has a tendency to heat up around the camera module – but this does not cause a noticeable decrease in .
Unfortunately, I was unable to test the DEX mode, because for a known reason alone, my laptop refused to connect to the phone via a cable and initiate desktop mode in it. However, there will be an opportunity to do so, and I don't think DEX mode is important enough for anyone to make a purchasing decision.
There may be no energy for it
Here we come to the biggest disadvantage of a small Samsung Galaxy Note 10 – working time on one charge.
How big? Note 10 Plus has a large battery with a capacity of 4300 mAh, yes Note 10 have cells with a capacity of only 3500 mAh. And it is definitely too low value for a smartphone with such possibilities.
On not too intense days Galaxy Note 10 managed to stay away from the socket for about 18 hours, ending with a result of about 15-20 percent. charge. It was enough, however, that the day was a bit more intense, and it was not without topping up the phone around 15:00 / 17:00.
Regardless of the load, I was not able to exceed 3.5 hours in front of the screen even once.
For clarity – Samsung's working time Galaxy Note 10 isn't dramatically bad and you can live with him most of the time. It could have been a lot better.
Let's talk about the camera
Or rather – about cameras which Note 10 has four.
On the front is one of them, 10-megapixel selfie sensor. On the back we have sensors with a resolution of 12/16/12 Mpix, with telephoto, wide-angle and ultra-wide angle lenses. It's basically the same system as in Samsung Galaxy S10.
What results does it produce? Well, similar to Galaxy S10, which is great, but not outstanding.
During the day it's hard to do anything Note10 to complain about the quality of photography, the speed of autofocus or the general pleasure of using the camera. Pictures come out beautiful, with properly saturated (but not saturated) colors. Maybe they lack the contrast a bit, but it's a matter of personal preferences.
Samsung also boasts a new audio zoom function for video recordings. In a nutshell, it involves increasing the intensity of the audio as the image zooms into the object. This works surprisingly well and you can actually hear a huge difference in volume between the three camera lenses.
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The quality of the portrait mode made no less impression on me. As a rule, I am strongly opposed to such "false bokeh" because most smartphones cannot cope with cutting off the object from the background in a natural way. It's different here. If we leave the blur at a minimal level, Galaxy Note 10 is surprisingly good at detecting edges and blurring them.
Strangely enough, the case looks good with the front camera, both in standard mode and in "wide" mode. This is what a selfie looks like without blur:
And with blur.
Galaxy Note 10 even managed my hair sticking out in all directions, impressive!
The blurring of the background in the video is not impressive. In fact … it's so bad that Samsung would do better if it just plowed it temporarily.
Unfortunately, it is also not best after dark. Pictures in worse lighting conditions are simply poor against the background of Pixel or top Huaweii. Both when it comes to the main cameras …
… as well as the front camera, which switches to potato mode after dark.
That said, Samsung worked hard at night mode. It is true that it takes a few seconds to take a photo in it and it cannot be used with moving objects, but the effects are more than satisfying.
These are the shots after dark without night mode:
And so with the night mode on:
It's a shame that Samsung has not used it Note10 to carry out a photographic revolution, which is supposedly being prepared by the way Galaxy S11. New cameras NoteAnd they are so good that nobody should complain about them.
Could it be better? Yes of course. Is the camera good enough to handle almost any situation? Definitely. As long as we refrain from taking photos in complete darkness, we can count on really beautiful shots and great versatility thanks to three lenses.
Where is the place for the stylus in all this?
That's right, S-Pen. I deliberately put this aspect aside NoteAt the very end of the text, because to tell the truth I have the impression that to a small one NoteAnd 10 is not a good match.
Let's not get it wrong – Note in the past it had a smaller screen and the S-Pen performed perfectly in it. Here, however, the combination of a narrow housing and exaggeratedly curved edges means that the writing space with a pen is very, very little. Typing is also uncomfortable, because holding the phone vertically it is difficult to stably move the stylus.
It is also a pity that Samsung this year went in the direction of "innovation for innovation" and instead of something really useful, added a series of unnecessary gestures to S-Pen. feather Note'And we can now wave like a magic wand, changing the volume of multimedia or moving the screen. Everything is cool, except that these gestures work very randomly, and the man waving the S-Pen looks quite … eccentric. Personally, I used gestures only a few times at the beginning for testing, and then I forgot about their existence.
I don't discredit S-Pen. It came in handy during tests many times, even in situations where you had to sign a contract to rent equipment for tests – instead of printing and scanning contracts, I could simply sign them quickly on my smartphone and send it back to the company. But is it a serious enough argument in the small Note 10 to consider buying it instead of the cheaper Samsung that can do exactly the same Galaxy S10 Plus, which in addition has a much better battery?
This question must be answered by everyone.
My answer is: it's worth it
Despite the smaller battery from Samsung Galaxy Note 10 I used a lot better than with Galaxy S10 Plus. Mainly due to improved ergonomics, in fact, because the S10 Plus irritated me mercilessly with the edge roundness on each side. Note 10 has at least an angular bottom and top, so you can comfortably hold it in your hand and not worry about a potential fall at every step.
Note 10 is humanly prettier. The vertical arrangement of cameras on the back looks much more elegant than the horizontal arrangement in Galaxy S10, and a single indentation for the front camera and symmetrical up-down frames are much nicer to the eye than the longitudinal indentation in the S10 Plus.
Is it worth buying a small one? Note10 instead of large Note10 plus? I have mixed feelings here. Despite being small Note 10 really does not lose much in relation to the large variant, these differences are significant enough to seriously consider buying a larger device. The more that the surcharge to Note10 Plus is relatively small.
So I'd say if someone wants to buy NoteLet him take it Note"And with a capital" N ". The big one. Sticking to tradition NoteBest, all-ful and all-ful.
Note 10 and he should seriously interest those who have been looking in the direction so far Galaxy S10 Plus, or for which gargantuan sizes Note10 Plus are simply insurmountable.
It's a really great phone, even if you have to charge it a little more often than we would like.