Like most of my tests, you will find below the video to find out my opinion on video after several days of testing the Samsung Galaxy S10 +. If you liked the video, subscribe to the channel YouTube of Lemon Squeezer, the videos are released a few hours before the article. For the written test of Galaxy S10 +, it’s a little lower than it happens.
Design and hardware of Galaxy S10 +
With the emergence of players like Huawei, and competition fromApple and its iPhone XS Max, Samsung was expected to turn on its new iteration of the S10 models, and after the S10e I decided to test the Galaxy S10 +, the most upscale.
At the gross power level, the Galaxy S10 + is equipped with an Exynos 9820 SoC and 8 GB of RAM. The entry-level model has 128 GB of storage, which is more than enough for my use. If you want more memory, you will have to go to the next model or add a microSD card to the available slot (which is also useful if you want a second SIM).
As on the Galaxy S10e, European models of Galaxy S10 + (which I took in test) are entitled to an Exynos processor, while those sold in the United States or in Asia run thanks to the Snapdragon 855. Even if Samsung claims that its home processor is as powerful as the Qualcomm, this is not the case in fact, the Mi 9 having an Antutu Benchmark score of 366,000 against. The Galaxy S10 + is logically less powerful than the Mi9 with its score of 316,000.
Despite everything, the Galaxy S10 + is much more powerful than the S9, and places itself at the top of the ranking of smartphones of 2019. On raw power, other cheaper models like the Xiaomi Mi 9 are ahead, but the price difference is explained otherwise. In the end, my test of Galaxy S10 + is very positive from this point of view, but I expected it.
As you would expect for a phone at this price, no slowdown in the interface, the OS is very responsive, and greedy games like PUBG or Fortnite turn very easily with maximum graphics, this is the case on all flagships tested for more than six months. Important point, even when stressed, the S10 + tends to heat less than the S10ewhich is a good thing.
In terms of design, the 6.4 ″ AMOLED screen is simply beautiful, with a rendering of colors very close to reality, and above all an impressive brightness. It has a resolution of 522 ppi and a definition of 1440 x 3040 pixels. It’s simply the most beautiful screen I’ve tested today, and it’s a big highlight that I noticed during my test of the Galaxy S10 +.
As has been the case for several years on this range, the screen is curved, some love it, for my part I do not find this essential, especially since it generates a few unintentional clicks on a daily basis.
The screen-to-body ratio is good with 88.9%. For the front camera, Samsung managed to offer a screen pierced on an AMOLED panel, and it did not bother me during the whole test of the S10 +, especially since two sensors are present. Of course, there are many dedicated wallpapers available that add fun to the use of the “pill”.
This smartphone is huge with dimensions of 157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8 mm, but it fits very well in the hand. I’ll come back to that later in this test of Galaxy S10 +, but the OneUI interface is designed for large screens and actions are facilitated on a daily basis. On the finishes, we clearly feel the difference with a Mi 9 or a View 20 for example. The premium feeling is there on this S10 + and the white version that I tested gives it a different look from all the competition. Small point that is close to my heart, a jack port is in the game, thank you Samsung.
The other available colors are black and green, and I really find that the design of all S10 is very successful, and the triple photo sensor on the back of this S10 + barely protrudes. As was the case with the S10e, I really like the silver outline, and it is true that the curved screen adds a little more to the feel of Premium.
One of the great novelties of Galaxy S10 and S10 + is the appearance of an ultra sonic fingerprint sensor, placed under the screen. Samsung has done a lot of marketing around its performance, and I frankly don’t see any difference on a daily basis with the more conventional sensors on the Mate 20 Pro and OnePlus 6T. Its placement is quite low and I often have to reposition my finger to unlock.
If you have too many mistakes, consider redoing the fingerprinting process, it made things better for me. At this level, I therefore prefer the fingerprint sensor on the side proposed by the Galaxy S10e, and it will certainly be necessary to wait for the next version of this ultra sonic sensor before it gains speed.
One of the important technical features for many: the sound quality of the Galaxy S10 +. As on its little brother, the sound is excellent with a very good rendering. I’m not a sound specialist, but Samsung incorporates Dolby Atmos technology and the S10 + gave me the best sound impression of the models I tested recently. In the box we are entitled to wired headphones signed AKG of very good quality, the purchase by Samsung is positive for our ears. This is another highlight of my test of Galaxy S10 +.
To summarize this part of the test Galaxy S10 +, Samsung has not failed in terms of design, with a very successful smartphone and neat finishes. I really regret that we are not entitled to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, which could have given it a little more power. The release of the OnePlus 7 Pro (test) really competes with this S10 +, especially on the screen.
OneUI: Samsung at the top of its game
If you are already familiar with my S10e test, there will be a lot of repetition in this part of the test of the Galaxy S10 +. Samsung has made a huge evolution of its overlay, and OneUI marks a real turning point in comparison with Samsung Experience.
And it’s become my favorite Android experience, it’s the first overlay I prefer to use over a stock Android version. Every detail seems to have been thought through, and a feature is not there because it has to be there, but because it is useful.
The navigation in the interface is designed for large screens (by putting the max info on the lower part), I almost never had to hold the S10 + with both hands to navigate during my test, while it is one of the biggest smartphones of the market. The settings menus are clear and well structured, and the swipe down scrolling through the notification menu is welcome. In short, a positive experience for my test of Galaxy S10 +.
The side panel available via a swipe from the right is always as practical as it is to launch apps, access favorite contacts or other services such as the weather. You can even configure combinations of apps like YouTube+ WhatsApp which open directly in multitasking. It’s very smart, and really practical in everyday life.
This OS needed a bad point, and that’s Bixby. The voice assistant with Samsung sauce is not useful when you have already tasted Assistant, and its dedicated button is fortunately programmable to launch other actions, but not … other voice assistants … The French version does is for now only in French, but I think Samsung will have a lot of trouble developing Bixby: recognition works more than moderately and the phrase “Hi, Bixby” does not help to want to use it.
On a daily basis, OneUI adds many useful small features such as the choice of devices directly when Bluetooth is activated. These little ideas make a big difference day by day.
The night mode is also there and it is perfectly integrated into the Galaxy S10 +, and allows you to save battery thanks to the AMOLED screen. The notification bar takes advantage of a nice place left by the double sensor, which shows the interest in the face of a notch, as on the Mate 20 Pro for example.
Samsung really masters its software now, I’m really looking forward to seeing what becomes of OneUI. Now let’s go to the photo offer – which we have been able to largely test with this Samsung Galaxy S10 +.
A high-performance triple photo sensor
Yes, the Samsung Galaxy S10 + offers a combination of three sensors for photo and video. The first of 12 megapixels, offers an adjustable aperture f / 1.5-2.4, as was the case on the S9 last year. The second is a 16MP wide-angle sensor, opening at f / 2.2. The third is a 12 MP zoom which opens at f / 2.4.
In the facts, the images captured in bright light are of excellent quality, and the palette available is really significant. The sharpness is there, and I really used the three sensors during my whole test of the S10 +. It’s the first time I’ve taken the time to switch from sensor to sensor, and this test of Galaxy S10 + was successful.
As often with Samsung, clichés tend to be more exposed, and with colors a little more pronounced than on other models, it’s all a question of taste.
In low light, the S10 + does well, but without being excellent. It is, in my opinion, always lower than the Mate 20 Pro and the Pixel 3 on night shots and in low light. Now that Samsung has created a superb vision of the software on OneUI, the processing of photos could be the next project to launch, as we saw on the Pixel 3 that the multiplication of sensors was not everything.
At the sensor on the front of the phone, I find that the captured images are excellent in all situations. There is no face smoothing, unlike many competitors on the market. The portrait mode is still well used, but I don’t see any noticeable differences between the selfies taken with the S10e (and its simple sensor) and the S10 +. The ultra slow motion mode is fun, but the final quality leaves something to be desired. There also seems to be a codec problem, impossible to read the file elsewhere than on my S10 +, or to integrate it into my test video.
Samsung has once again succeeded in its photo part, without offering the best model on the market.
Autonomy of Samsung Galaxy S10 +
While autonomy is clearly the weak point of the S10e, the S10 + is doing really well every day. It was predictable with a capacity of 4100 mAh. It is, on my use, slightly behind the Mate 20 Pro, but has one of the longest life on the market. This is a positive argument for this test of the Galaxy Samsung S10 +.
Samsung learns from your habits and will adapt consumption over time, and it is true that I saw a positive evolution of the battery between the first and the last day of test, a little more than week after. I covered an event over several days, with extremely intensive use of social media and the camera, and it held up well.
Fast charging is present, but not as efficient as its competitors. You can fully charge the smartphone in just over an hour and a half. Reverse wireless charging is also there, and works quite well, even if the S10 + is not compatible with fast wireless charging, unlike the Mi 9 for example. The fast charger is included in the box with a USB-C cable.
Samsung test Galaxy S10 +: my opinion
It’s all good. Despite everything, I think Samsung is falling behind Huawei, which released a smartphone with the same characteristics more than 5 months ago now. However the OneUI experience, the design and the power are there, doing Samsung Galaxy S10 + one of the very best smartphones of the market.
Samsung is the closest Android smartphone maker to what it does Apple with his iPhone. Care is taken on all points, and the brand seems to revive the momentum with these S10s, after fairly bland S9s in novelties. The photos are certainly not at the Pixel 3 level, but the complementarity of the sensors gives you access to a very appreciable palette, which I liked to use during my test of the Galaxy S10 +.
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