Samsung Galaxy S10+ Review

Photography

This is my favorite part of testing a smartphone, the camera, which actually defeats the purpose of a phone nowadays because it’s actually a camera with communication capability. Regardless, the images below are straight out of the camera of which I’m very well pleased, it’s not uncommon for photos to come out under-exposed but this isn’t the case. The output is really good as I’m viewing it with my color and brightness calibrated monitor of which I use for my commercial work.

NOTE : These images are NOT EDITED, they’re cropped and watermarked only for the purpose of this article.

Samsung Galaxy S10+ Review

Samsung Galaxy S10+ Review

Samsung Galaxy S10+ Review

Samsung Galaxy S10+ Review

Samsung Galaxy S10+ Review

Samsung Galaxy S10+ Review

I like how the color turns out to be as what’s seen, and that pictures look clear with dark and bright areas balanced without looking like some horribly done HDR. Check out the comparison below between the WIDE, NORMAL and TELEPHOTO modes.

Samsung Galaxy S10+ Review

Samsung Galaxy S10+ Review

Samsung Galaxy S10+ Review

Not enough? Here’s another comparison.

Samsung Galaxy S10+ Review

About the wide mode, I’m a little disappointed that there’s slight barrel distortion considering this is prime lens. The details at the sides could get a little soft for both Ultra-wide and Telephoto modes too.

Samsung Galaxy S10+ Review

The telephoto mode works like a macro lens, allowing you take greater close-up.

Samsung Galaxy S10+ Review

On the down side of things, RAW (DNG) file format is available ONLY to the NORMAL mode camera.

I’m also disappointed that after so many iterations Samsung still limit users to ISO 800 on the Pro mode. Allowing it to go up to ISO 3200 would allow at least 2 more stops of light to enter, however maybe Samsung doesn’t want people to shoot ISO due to noise but I believe this should be something for the user to decide.

Gaming

Rest assured you need not get a gamer phone to enjoy games, the Samsung Galaxy S10+ performs admirably and has absolutely no problem handling games like PUBG Mobile.

You might want to check my video review for recording of the gaming experience (to be published later).

I would like to express my disappointment over the screenshots though, here’s what PUBG Mobile looks like which is really dumb.

Samsung Galaxy S10+ Review

Battery Life

Here’s the test using PC Mark battery life benchmark.

Samsung Galaxy S10+ Review

For real world experience, a half-an-hour game of PUBG Mobile at medium screen brightness draws about 8% of the battery juice of which I think is really good for a device with 4100mAh battery capacity.

Charging is fast, around 1% a minute or so, at least based on what I observed.

Screen

The Samsung Galaxy S10+ comes with Color Gamut that covers 100% of DCI-P3, a Dynamic AMOLED screen is that has HDR10+ certified and claimed to be Cinema-grade.

Claims aside, for personal usage I find the color looks a little warmer than what I like but color accuracy is good enough in my book and I wouldn’t be that picky if I weren’t comparing it side-by-side to what I like.

User Experience

Overall it’s pretty much like any other Android device but I find some parts of the interface being a little confusing, or non-existent. For example going through the system menu I can’t locate where’s the function to move the Edge Panel around. Apparently one way to access it is that when you activate the panel, there’s a cogwheel icon at another corner.

Samsung Galaxy S10+ Review

Other users gave feedback that one has to go through many steps to get things done with USB OTG.

Finger-print sensor works great, it’s not the most zippy of sensor but it’s new technology that works from beneath the screen and works even when your fingers are wet. 🙂 My experience has been positive, the sensor detects fingers easily as long as you leave it there for about half a second. As I said, not the most zippy but it’s accurate.

The Verdict

To me the key ingredients for a good phone would be the screen, the battery life, and the camera capability being a huge bonus. The Samsung Galaxy S10+ has all that, plus the great processing power available. The user interface is a bit of a hit and miss but it’s forgivable as you don’t change settings that often.

More details at the official product page.

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