When I first bought this Samsung Galaxy Note 10 in January 2020, I was under the impression that I have to upgrade post 1.5 years as this is usually my upgrade cycle of any phone. But, since Samsung announced 3 years updates, This started to look more promising.
Now, a 6.3inch display with a resolution of 1080×2280 pixels at a pixel density of 401 pixels per inch (PPI) and an aspect ratio of 19:9. It is powered by a 1.9GHz octa-core Samsung Exynos 9825 processor that features 4 cores clocked at 1.9GHz, 2 cores clocked at 2.4GHz and 2 cores clocked at 2.7GHz. It comes with 8GB of RAM. But, a general phone user just checks the clarity and vibrance of a display. And, how smooth and fast the phone performs. The rest of the under the hood numbers are just for techies and geeks.
What really catches my eyes:
Uno ☝️, The display size and weight: It’s 6.3 inches with sharp corners, minimal bezels, and a hole punch notch, with just 168gms of weight was just appropriate for my hands
Dos,✌️ The color – AURA GLOW: Wow! The mirror effect with a rainbow shine every time a light drops on it was simply stunning. It’s like all the colors in one single back panel.
Why is it still worth buying in 2021?
Well, Let’s start with the hardware. I think the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is the lightest phone with a very slim profile with just 7.9mm thin. It has 3 cameras, a 16MP Ultrawide camera with 123° field of vision, a 12MP Wide-Angle camera, and a 12MP Telephoto Camera with 2x zoom which still takes beautiful pictures. Samples below
And as a bonus, We get an S-Pen. For some, it’s a gimmick, but a designer like me who draws out quick wireframes, icons, logos, etc., This pen is really handy. Plus it turns into a remote control for your camera shutter. Now few takeaways like it support HDR 10 content. So if you watch Netflix a lot, this phone supports HDR 10 content which many of the newer phones don’t. Although the screen is Full HD and no QHD support. But honestly, there isn’t much difference on a smaller screen like this.
The only downside is that it’s a 60hz display. But it’s not a groundbreaking feature that makes me change my decision on buying a new phone. Even though it’s 60hz, it runs very smoothly.
So let’s break it down:
- It has good hardware features with a curved Full HD display
- It has got 3 amazing cameras which still takes great pictures
- Got S-pen to scribble around
- It supports wireless charging with reverse wireless charging as well
- It comes with a 25w super-fast charger
- It also has 256GB of internal memory
- And lastly, it comes with an IP rating of 68 water-resistant
If I have to pick a flaw or downside of this device, then that would be its curved glass display. Now many people do like it, but the problem that I face is that no tempered glass stays perfectly on it. I had to replace it every month or 2.
One of the coolest features I like about this phone is the Samsung DEX mode. Believe me, it’s a breather to transfer files wirelessly from your computer to phone and vice versa. And that part works as a full desktop mode. So it’s easier to work on documents and presentations.
Here is my conclusion…
I am willing to change my device but would need a groundbreaking load of features to convince me. The slight bumped up performance and battery life, along with 120hz display but cutting short on memory and software features won’t make a difference.
Let me know your thoughts in the comments!