Now that the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ is officially on sale and we had the opportunity to check it carefully, here's the next big question: actually buy one?
For some people, this can be a difficult question because while the Galaxy Note 10+ is the best Galaxy Note so far and one of the most unique phones on the market, there are some things about it that could be immediate breakers deals for many people.
Unlike almost any other high-end Galaxy phone, the Note 10+ does not have a headphone jack, which means you'll have to rely on the included Samsung USB-C headphone jack to buy USB-C up to 3.5 mm dongle or switch to a Bluetooth headset.
Another potential blow against the Note 10+ is simply its size. While the Note 10+ is practically the same physical size as last year's Galaxy Note 9 (and is actually a little lighter), the screen size of the phone has increased from 6.4 inches to 6.8 inches.
This means that depending on the size of your hands or how you hold the phone, you can reach the notification bar at the top of the phone, and Android navigation buttons (or gesture controls) at the bottom of the phone can to be uncomfortable. If you are thinking of buying a Note 10+, you really need to be a fan of really great phones.
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The third biggest obstacle to the Note 10+ is its price, since the retail price starting at $ 1100 along with the iPhone XS Max, Note 10+ is the most expensive mainstream smartphone on the market. In general, it's hard to recommend that anyone buy a new premium phone every year, despite the increasing number of monthly payment plans and upgrade plans that may tempt you to do the opposite.
In fact, the latest Strategy Analytics data shows that people keep their phones longer than ever, with the time for replacement of smartphone owners in the US rising to 33 months between devices. So, unless your phone feels like it is on its last legs, don't feel pressured to buy a new phone. And with a number of new phones from Apple, Google and others expected to arrive later this fall, the smart move is to sit tight for a few more months before deciding.
OK, now that we've covered all the major barriers, let's get down to the top 10 + big points For sale First is the Note 10 + screen, which is well-drained. It's bright, it's colorful, and now it sits at 6.8 inches, there's more to it than you can enjoy. This is the kind of screen that makes the awful displays at the back of the aircraft seats look comedic. The performance of the Note 10 is also excellent, boasting the Snapdragon 855 chip plus a whopping 12GB of RAM and 256GB of onboard storage as standard.
Samsung's addition of a 16MP ultra wide camera and in-flight sensor to the Note 10+ is also important, because along with the phone's main camera and 2x telephoto camera, the Note 10+ is basically the right lens for almost any situation ,
Meanwhile, the biggest gainers are business users, as Samsung's enhanced DeX mode means that you can transform the Note 10+ into a portable desktop using an external monitor, TV, or other just a spare laptop. In addition, the ability to convert S-Pen handwritten notes into full MS Word documents or PDFs can be a great time saver for anyone who spends a lot of time in meetings.
Finally, thanks to the 3,400 mAh battery, the Note 10+ has some of the best battery life on any phone we've ever tested. It lasted 15 hours and 5 minutes when the default resolution was 2280 x 1080, or 13:25 at its full resolution of 3040 x 1440. And all this is not even a factor in the many small improvements Samsung has made, including the Better stereo speakers and a new microphone at the back for better audio recording, on top of convenient features like back-charging wireless. Hell, Samsung even got rid of the stupid Bixby button.
For those in Android camp, one of the main things that can stop anyone from buying Note 10+ right now is Google's Night Vision mode, as it gives Pixel 3 a noticeable advantage in low light photography. And since Google has already shown a picture of the Pixel 4 with dual rear cameras, there is a big chance that Google will maintain a slight lead over Samsung in pure image quality.
But if you want one of the most powerful, feature-packed and possibly the best looking phones on the market, the Galaxy Note 10+ should be at the top of your list. Just try to make sure you find a deal or a bargain. And while you're considering your choice, in the meantime, check out our full review of the Galaxy Note 10+ here.