!!Samsung Galaxy S10 Review: Shines Bright Like a Diamond !! - Gadgetbits

!!Samsung Galaxy S10 Review: Shines Bright Like a Diamond !!

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Design and Build

A couple of years ago, lots of people complained about the placement of the fingerprint scanner on a couple of Samsung flagship phones. And while that has changed last year, Samsung has been generous enough to add another nuisance this year in the form of the placement of the power button. It is placed way too high, and even people with large hands will have a hard time handling it. Come on Samsung, this is a schoolboy error. You just brought yourselves a problem that isn’t even supposed to happen.
But Samsung has added an option to remap its extra button, the infamous Bixby button, which is a nice thing. I use it to open the camera app, but it’s up to you to choose for yourself.
Continuing with the design, the Galaxy S10 is curved on the back, giving us a better feel on hands. However, due to the glass back, it is a lot slippery, so you should probably use a case at all times. I also like the color options these phones have. I am not into white phones, but this here, I liked. It has a white color that shows off subtle change in color according to its reflection. It’s really cool. But my pick of the bunch is the blue one, 100%. However, having used the Galaxy Note 9 for several months, the Samsung Galaxy S10 doesn’t feel as premium as its predecessor. Don’t get me wrong, it is premium, but it isn’t up there at the top. It actually feels more like the back on Samsung’s A-series smartphones.
We are all aware that both the S10 and the S10+ are more or less the same device. S10+ has the bigger display, bigger battery, and that twin notches with dual camera. The S10 is for those who want smaller form factor and minimalism.

Samsung Galaxy S10 & S10 Plus Specifications

Samsung Galaxy S10Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
Display6.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED Quad HD+ Infinity-O display, HDR10+6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED Quad HD+ Infinity-O display, HDR10+
ChipsetExynos 9820Exynos 9820
GPUMali-G76 MP12Mali-G76 MP12
RAM8 GB8 GB
Storage128 GB128 GB / 512 GB
Rear Camera12MP, f/1.5 – 2.4, 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS (Primary) + 12 MP, f/2.4 1.0µm, Auto-focus, OIS, 2x optical zoom (Telephoto) + 16 MP f/2.2 (Ultra-wide)12MP, f/1.5 – 2.4, 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS (Primary) + 12 MP, f/2.4 1.0µm, Auto-focus, OIS, 2x optical zoom (Telephoto) + 16 MP f/2.2 (Ultra-wide)
Front Camera10 MP, f/1.9, Dual Pixel PDAF10 MP, f/1.9, Dual Pixel PDAF + 8 MP, f/2.2 (Depth sensor)
Operating SystemAndroid v9.0 Pie with One UI on topAndroid v9.0 Pie with One UI on top
Color OptionsPrism White, Prism Black, Prism BluePrism Black, Prism Green (128 GB variant), Prism Black (512 GB variant)
SensorsFingerprint (under-display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, heart rate, barometerFingerprint (under-display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, heart rate, barometer
Battery3,400 mAh, 15W wired fast charging4,100 mAh, 15W wired fast charging

Performance

Talking about the processor, the units we reviewed are powered by the Exynos 9820. It excels all the benchmark tests and as far as the performance is concerned, initially I faced this PubG issue on the phone. See at first when I started playing the game, I had no problem at all. But reading all the posts about it lagging, I reinstalled it and that brought in the lags. And those lags were crazy, I start walking from somewhere and a few seconds later, I end up in the same place. This was obviously fixable through software updates, and Samsung has looked into it yet. I recently received an update on the phone which seems to have fixed the issue completely. Other than that, I have had no problem with the S10 as far as the performance is concerned. It easily handles all other games, and its RAM helps with the multi-tasking effectively. There have been no stutters anywhere, and you will get the almost perfect flagship experience with the phone.
Other than these two issues, I have had no problem with the Galaxy S10 as far as the performance is concerned. It easily handles all other games, and its RAM helps with the multi-tasking effectively. There have been no stutters anywhere, and you will get the almost perfect flagship experience with the phone.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Benchmark Tests

  • Geekbench v4.3.2
    • Single-core: 4460
    • Multi-core: 10046
  • AnTuTu v7:
    • 329680
  • 3D Mark
    • Slingshot Extreme OpenGL ES 3.1: 4340
    • Slingshot Extreme Vulkan: 4297
  • PC Mark
    • Work 2.0: 7861
  • Andro Bench
    • Sequential Read: 794.35 MB/s
    • Sequential Write: 191.02 MB/s

Software

And part of this is also due to One UI, Samsung’s new and improved user interface. The software is really light, and even with a lot of customizations in its bag, it is really smooth. Gone are the days of laggy Samsung phones. Samsung has also made this UI by keeping tall phones in mind. If you have small hands, you will really like how the whole interface tries to bring most of the things down for the ease of use. However, I think that this UI’s icons are quite cartoonish and also the notification shade is too big for my taste.
Like always, though, Samsung has added in a few of its own applications with some being useful. The Samsung Password app saves you the hassle of saving your password every time, and Samsung health is helpful in keeping track of your health status. The heart rate sensor at the back, which is something essential and something we don’t get on any other smartphone. I have also seen people complaining about bloatware’s on Samsung phones, but there are very few that cannot be uninstalled. This includes the LinkedIn, Office mobile, galaxy store, and one drive. On the positive side, you get 100GB of cloud storage with Onedrive, which is a great complement to the internal memory. Oh, I completely forgot about Bixby. Actually, Bixby was the first thing I disabled and I even remapped the button to the camera app. So, let’s not just talk about Bixby.


REVIEW OVERVIEW
Design
9.5
Build
8.5
Display
10
Performance
9
Software and UI
9.5
Rear Cameras
9
Front Camera
9
Battery
9
Value for Money
9

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