The Galaxy Note 10+ will likely be too costly for some individuals. It’ll be too huge for others. Some will balk at its lack of a headphone jack and some would possibly actually need a twin selfie cam. For these individuals, there’s the Galaxy S10+, which is a wonderful different that checks off the entire above packing containers with out sacrificing an excessive amount of of what the Note 10+ brings.

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That’s a number of display screen.

But if the 4 drawbacks I record above aren’t a problem, the Galaxy Note 10+ ought to shortly develop into your favourite cellphone of all time. No matter what handset you’re upgrading from, the Note 10+ will likely be an enchancment, doubtless a big one. It’s not simply the velocity (although it’s mainly the quickest cellphone ever made) or the show (which is just about flawless). From the bezels to the battery life, the Note 10+ is on the very prime of its recreation, capping off Samsung’s strongest yr in latest reminiscence.

It’s so good, I’m undecided the place Samsung goes from right here. While earlier Galaxy Note telephones have left clear improve paths for future fashions, the Note 10+ clips each department with a package deal that’s as gorgeous as it’s costly. As lengthy as you may deal with its huge dimension.

The closest but to an small-screen design

The very first thing you’ll discover in regards to the Note+ is what it doesn’t have. Namely, bezels. Samsung has by some means trimmed the realm above and beneath the show past even what the Galaxy S telephones introduced earlier this yr, giving the Note 10+ an actual full-screen really feel. They bezels are so skinny, I didn’t even thoughts the additional millimeter of house on the underside.

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The “hole-punch” selfie cam is way much less offensive on the Note 10+ than it’s on the S10+.

Without the Note 9’s bezel, which held the entrance digicam, receiver/speaker, and varied sensors, Samsung has gotten artistic with the 10+. Like the S10, there’s a gap within the display screen for the digicam, however the centered circle is approach simpler on the eyes than the S10’s right-corner design. It’s nonetheless too low to middle itself within the standing bar, however more often than not, I barely seen the digicam on the Note 10+ (even with out making use of particular gradient wallpaper).

The again of the Note 10+ repositions the digicam array within the left nook—a primary for the Note line—and introduces a brand new Aura Glow coloration that turns the again of your cellphone right into a mirror prism. It’s a cool look when the sunshine hits it excellent, nevertheless it’ll decide up extra fingerprints than a glass door in an elementary college after a Popsicle celebration.

Along with the digicam, the left facet of the cellphone can also be the place you’ll discover the units’s two lone buttons: the amount rocker and the facility button. That offers the Note 10 the excellence of being one of many few smartphones that doesn’t have the facility button on the best facet, which can take some getting used to. Taking screenshots and turning off the display screen will take some re-training of your muscle reminiscence, nevertheless it’s a design choice most individuals needs to be OK with, particularly because it means the elimination of the devoted Bixby button. With its restricted button array, Samsung provides just a few choices whenever you maintain down the facility button, which is what it ought to have carried out all alongside.

galaxy note 10 back Daniel Masaoka/IDG

The Note 10+’s Aura Glow coloration is solely gorgeous in the best gentle.

The different factor that you simply gained’t discover within the Note 10+ will likely be far more missed: the headphone jack. Samsung says it was eradicated to make the cellphone thinner, however I’m undecided the trade-off was value it. Samsung’s telephones have been among the many few holdouts that clung to the legacy jack, and if the one profit is barely perceptible thinness, I do not see the purpose. That mentioned, the bundled AKG USB-C headphones are nearly as good because the 3.5mm model.

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