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Samsung Galaxy S10+ Long Term Review

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It has been 6 months since Samsung launched the Galaxy S10 Series. With the Galaxy Note 10 series has just been announced, is the Samsung Galaxy S10+ still a good buy? We have the Samsung Galaxy S10+ for about four months now and here’s our long-term review.

Samsung Galaxy S10+ specs:

  • Octa Core Exynos 9820 processor
  • Mali G76 MP12 graphics
  • 8GB RAM /128GB internal storage
  • 12GB RAM / 1TB internal storage
  • Expandable memory via microSD up to 512GB
  • 6.4-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display (3040 x 1440 pixels)
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 6
  • Rear Cameras
    • 12MP f/1.5-2.4 main camera (Dual aperture, Dual Pixel, OIS)
    • 12MP f/2.4 telephoto (OIS, Auto-Focus)
    • 16MP f/2.2 ultra-wide angle lens (123 degrees, fixed-focus)
  • Front Cameras
    • 10 MP, f/1.9, Dual Pixel PDAF
    • 8 MP, f/2.2, depth sensor
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 4G/LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax , Bluetooth 5.0
  • Fingerprint Scanner (ultrasonic, under display), USB Type C
  • Sensors – accelerometer, barometer, gyro, geomagnetic sensor, hall sensor, heart rate sensor, proximity, RGB light sensor
  • 4,100 mAh battery with 15W battery charging, wireless and reverse charging supported
  • Android 9.0 Pie with OneUI
  • Price: Php 55,990 (8GB/128GB) and Php 89,990 (12GB/1TB)

HARDWARE

One of the best features we like about Samsung flagships is the display. The Samsung Galaxy S10+ remains the best in terms display. Colors are very lively with good accuracy and it is very bright even on outdoors. We set our unit only to Full HD+ and display is still the best. We did not encounter any dead pixels or distortions in the display.

The Galaxy S10+ is made in glass and metal. This combination is always prone to breakage and chip off during accidental drops. So make sure you always have your case on. Overtime, the included clear case turns into light yellow. We suggest you buy another case of higher quality if intend to keep this phone for two years. Our four-month unit remains on tip top condition. We took care of this unit like a baby in a stroll.. Although we drop it twice from a table, there were no dents or dings thanks to the case that protected it.

The AKG dual stereo speakers are the loudest and the has the most bass among the 2019 flagships we have tested. With the omission of the audio jack in the Note 10 series, the Galaxy S10 series are the only flagship option you have now that has that.

As for the connectivity, WiFi and 4G/LTE speeds are decent. We noticed oftentimes certain drop of signal quality in areas where Smart and Globe have very good signal and LTE speeds. We think the Exynos powered Galaxy S10+ has a different 4G modem as compared with the Qualcomm-powered Galaxy S10 which is not available here.

SOFTWARE

Samsung’s OneUI is big step up from the old TouchWiz and Experience UI of the past. This custom skin on top of Android 9.0 Pie has many useful features that we love especially the dark mode. The UI is generally smooth although we noticed some unusual app closures and lags but these are very rare.

We had our monthly security and software updates which generally improve the overall experience. We are very happy with the improvement brought by these updates. The biggest update we got is the inclusion of a dedicated night mode for the camera. As for the Android Q update for the Galaxy S10+, we are confident that it will receive the latest Android version and even the next Android R. The question is how fast will Samsung roll out the latest Android Q version. When Android Pie was launched last year, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 got the update in January and February 2019. Let’s see when will the Galaxy S10+ will get the update.

CAMERA

As we mentioned, Samsung has rolled out software updates to improve the camera by bringing a dedicated night mode. We noticed some improvement on the photos we took especially at night time. Daylight shots are the best in its class especially that wide angle shots. Video is still the best among the flagships with very good stabilization and dynamic range. Audio capture is also good.

BATTERY

On paper, the 4,100 mAh battery should last you two days since its competitor, the Huawei P30 Pro with 4,200 mAh battery can last up to 2 days of mixed moderate to heavy use. Unfortunately the battery of the Galaxy S10+ is a bit underwhelming. We managed to get around 6 hours of battery life on our video loop test in which our screen is set to Full HD+. Compared to the OnePlus 7 Pro we reviewed recently, we managed to get 8 hours of screen on time with the screen set to 60Hz and Full HD+. That phone has a smaller 4,000 mAh battery.

On the flip side, the battery charges fast at 15W but there are faster charging speeds out there on other phones. For us 15W charging is decent and can charge your phone to 1 hour. Plus wireless charging is so handy. There are a lot of power banks now that supports wireless charging and 10W wireless charging is also decent although not as fast as wired charging.

VERDICT

The Samsung Galaxy S10+ is still the best option if you are looking for 2019 flagship smartphone. It still has the best screen, smooth UI, regular software support, improved cameras and solid build quality. It is just unfortunate that Samsung Philippines is not offering any price markdown just like Huawei did for the P30 Pro. The Galaxy S10+ is still priced at Php 55,990.

In conclusion, the Samsung Galaxy S10+ is still one of the best smartphones out there after using this phone for months. This phone will serve you for two good years.

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