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Galaxy Note 10 Plus review: the luxury phone

Galaxy Note 10 Plus review: the luxury phone


(slow music) – This is the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus. You know the Note, right? It was the first big phone, but now every phone is big. Then, it was the most powerful big phone. But, nearly all big
android phones have really great specs now, so
what’s left for the Note? Samsung will tell you
that there are a bunch of things, but really
there’s just one thing. The S pen, the stylus. See, the Note starts at
eleven hundred dollars, which is hundreds of dollars more than comparable phones, even phones that Samsung makes. So, you have to ask yourself, how badly do you want this stylus? (upbeat music) Now, before we get too
far into this review, I know that the Note is about more than just having a stylus. Is there something you
want in a smart phone? Because, this thing has it. Massive screen, topflight specs, all-day battery, good cameras, DeX, beautiful looks, a depth sensor for AR. Except for the fact that it’s missing a headphone jack, this really is the everything phone. It’s even giving you
a choice of two sizes. This larger Note 10 Plus, and then a smaller, regular Note 10. Now, we haven’t had time to fully review the smaller Note but if you’re not a spec hype beast, I think it might be more
interesting for you. It’s not that much
bigger than a Galaxy S 10 and I bet most people wouldn’t miss the extra RAM and battery life that you get on the big Note 10. Really though, this Note 10 Plus is the true note. It’s about the same size
as last year’s Note 9 and that size, is big. It has a 6.8 inch HD plus amoled screen and it is beautiful. The notes display might not have high refresh rate that you can
get on the 1 Plus 7 Pro but that’s literally the only thing that’s missing from it. It’s bright and color-accurate, and it goes all the way
to the edge of the phone. This thing looks like
the future in the way that most phones do not. The screen will spoil you. It’s also the true note, because it’s the one with the best specs. But again, beefy specs don’t set the Note apart anymore. Not the way they used to. So, let’s talk about the stylus. (upbeat music) Samsung added a jyroscope
and an accelerometer to it so you can wave it around to control the camera and, maybe
other apps eventually. What you do is you hold the button down, and then you make these little gestures. And then, the camera does stuff, like zoom in, or switch
modes, or take a photo. It’s neat, I guess, but you know. It’s kind of a gimmick. The other thing that’s pretty gimmicky, but it’s stupid fun, is AR doodles. So in the first mode you
can draw in people’s faces, and the mustaches, and beards, and horns or whatever. Stay pinned to their faces when you or they move around, and it works pretty well. But the one I really enjoy is doing it in the everywhere mode. It lets you draw shapes
in, like, arbitrary space and they stay pinned to where you were drawing them pretty well. It’s not as good as tilt brush but, it’s way better than I expected. Now, I enjoyed both of
these things quite a lot but, if anybody uses this
more than three times, I would be completely shocked. Now, the real upgrade for the stylus is actually in the software on the phone itself, in Samsung notes. You can quickly take
a note without turning the phone on just like before, but now those handwritten
notes are searchable and you can extract the text out of them via OCR. It works way better than I expected, even with my garbage handwriting. There are a million other things that this stylus does. It can magnify stuff on the screen. It can make an app into
a weird little picture and picture box that you can hover over. It is also the best
screenshot drawing thing that you can get out of a phone. At this point you’re either
giddy with excitement over this little stick
or you’re shrugging. And that’s fair, I mean, look. Here are the only important reasons to spend hundreds of dollars more for the Note 10 Plus over
the Galaxy S 10 Plus. Slightly bigger screen, slightly bigger battery with slightly faster charging, and the stylus. That’s it. Okay so, there are a bunch of other things that the Note can do and I’m going to get into all of them. But before that, I have to admit, there’s one other thing
about the Note 10 Plus that I really like besides the stylus. It’s just really nice.
It’s like a luxury object. Like a rolex, or, or an Eames chair. You’re paying more for the brand name, and just for how well-made this object is. I mean, Samsung has poured everything that it has learned about making hardware into the Note 10 Plus. The glass, you know, curves and melts into the middle rail. The screen goes fully edge to edge and the finger print sensor is underneath the screen. The stylus is unibody now and how, Samsung even made the porch line up. Just as a physical object, there is no more beautiful,
or well-made phone. And, if you care about
having the nicest thing, this is it. Now, the cameras are essentially unchanged from the Galaxy S 10, which means that they’re really good. Now this is the part
where you expect me to say that the Pixel 3 is slightly better, and well, it is, and it isn’t. In challenging or low-light situations, or if you really start pixel-peeping, yes, the Pixel 3 is better but, the Note 10 has a telephoto and and
an ultra white lens. And the camera app
actually launches faster so as a whole package, I actually enjoy using this more, at least in good light. This white angle is fun right? The answer is yes. Yes it is. Now the Note 10 Plus also is probably the very best android
phone for taking video, but it doesn’t mean that it holds up to an iPhone 10S. So Samsung has added a few new features to make video better. The first is live focus, which blurs the background in video and it’s bad. Don’t use it. They’ve also slightly improved video stabilization. I really like the other thing they put in which is the Bare Bones video editor. It’s actually not bad. It’s almost what I wish
imovie was on the iPhone and, using a stylus to
edit video on a phone, is way easier than using
your big, fat fingers. The last thing is a zoom mic option which tries to make the
audio from the thing that you’re zoomed in
on louder than the audio that’s near the phone
and it works, sort of. I don’t know, it’s not magic. Here, check it out. – Becca is speaking. – H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P – And I’m speaking at the same time – Q, R, S, T, U, V – And now we’re zooming in on her and I’m continuing to speak – W, X, Y, and Z. – While she continues to speak. – A, B, C, D, E, F, G – And I’m also speaking – H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P – And then we zoom away from her – Q, R, S, T, U, V – She is speaking. – W, X, Y and Z – And now we should hear my voice more than her voice. – A, B, C, D, E, F, G – She’s just getting
really tired of saying the alphabet. Now we come to the part where I talk about a bunch of Samsung features, because there are a lot
of Samsung features. Let’s start with DeX which is that thing that you plug your phone into a monitor and then it turns it into a mini computer. It works in a whole, new way this year exclusively on the Note 10. There is now a DeX app
for both Windows and Mac that lets you have a window for doing all of your phone stuff
right on your computer, which is the thing that you actually carry with you instead of a,
you know, rando monitor. DeX is okay, it’s not super fast but it is a really
convenient way to do texting directly from your computer, or drag and drop files between your phone and your computer but it’s
much better in theory, than it is in execution. You see, the thing is,
actually, you know what? I have a lot of things to say about DeX and this whole dream
about making your phone and your computer so I’m going to do another video on that next week. For this review, what you should know is that it could be useful in a pinch, but i’ts definitely not a reason to buy this phone. All right, what else has Samsung packed into this thing? Well, a ton actually. There is a depth camera in the back here that can measure the size of stuff and eventually is going to let you scan 3D objects and put them into your own AR. I didn’t get to test that
but I wouldn’t expect the quality is going to be great. There’s also a new
version of their game mode that makes it easier to tweak settings and also grab screenshots. There’s just also a million other Samsung settings with a lock screen, and the edge panel, and all the rest. And then there’s Bixby. Bixby’s still here but Samsung did get rid of the dedicated button for it. It’s built into the power button, but, actually understanding what’s going to happen when you press the power button gets a little bit
complicated even with the new configuration settings. And also, you know,
Bixby still isn’t good, which means you’re going to still end up using the Google Assistant instead. Samsung is also partnered
with Microsoft and so there’s a bunch of
Microsoft stuff in here. It links up to the Your
Phone app on Windows, and Microsoft smartphone
apps are pre-installed. And by the way, that
means that there are now three email apps on this
thing out of the box. Gmail, Samsung mail, and Outlook. Cool. Samsung has gotten better
at software with One UI and I don’t hate it anymore but, you do have to learn a
bunch of Samsung ways of doing things and have
to deal with choosing between Samsung apps or Google apps, or now, Microsoft apps. For experts, it’s totally manageable. But for everybody else,
it’s a real hassle. And of course Samsung takes way too long to get the full version
upgrades of android pushed out its devices. It’s doing security updates faster now, and One UI does so much
that you might not be sad about not getting
Android Q right away but, it’s still annoying. (upbeat music) There’s so much stuff in the Note 10 Plus that it’s dizzying and Samsung software just barely manages to contain it all and keep it comprehensible. It really does have everything, except the headphone jack. And, I really like some of it and I also hate some of it but
none of it is the reason to either buy or skip this phone. See, the Note 10 Plus is a smart phone that goes to eleven, for
eleven hundred dollars. But again, there are android phones, and even Samsung phones, that cost hundreds of
dollars less and get you nearly all the way there. The 1 Plus 7 Pro is still amazing, and Pixel 4 is only a
couple of months away. Plus, the Galaxy S 10 Plus is not all that different from this thing. Look, some people just
want the nicest thing and, this, very clearly,
is the very nicest android phone by far. I love how luxurious the hardware is. Just, I mean, look at this color. But, I can’t say it’s
a great reason to buy this phone so it really comes down to this little thing. The S pen. The thing is, though, unless you really want a stylus, I don’t think it’s worth spending the extra money for the Note 10 Plus. Hey everybody, thank you
so much for watching. I’m really excited I got
to just review a phone instead of talk about
the future of computers but, I’m going to talk about the future of computers next week because I’m making the DeX video so let
me know on the comments what you think of DeX, and what your questions are about it and we’ll see you next week.

100 thoughts on “Galaxy Note 10 Plus review: the luxury phone”

  1. got mine today it's super nice. btw, I got my whitestone dome screen protector with the phone and from my experience setup your fingerprint biometrics before you install any screen protector.

  2. Bixby isn't so bad tbh! It's super handy if you often make changes within phone settings. I can't remember what it was, but I used to use it daily before I bought a Pixel 3 (regretful purchase).

  3. Just got the note 10+ and it does not come with Samsung email preinstalled. I'm using Microsoft Outlook and I really like it!

  4. Best phone review ever, keep this guy reviewing phones! The other guy for the s10 review was less then we hoped

  5. The S Pen is not to draw mustaches and stupidities, it is to make highlights when you are in presentations that you are going to photograph etc etc … The gestures are not to believe Harry Potter or those stupidities, it is for Power Points presentations and orientations aETC ETC ETC …. I think you don't do any of that and that's why you don't find it useful … I understand you.

  6. I'm genuinely surprised how thorough and beautiful this review is wow. Samsung did a great job this year with their flagship line (S10 & Note 10). Thinking about what's ahead I don't expect much change next year but in 2021 I'm super excited for what Samsung will have for us 🙌🏽.

  7. In a nutshell:
    The Note 10 is the best phone. Don't buy it. (Providing you don't really need a stylus.)
    From another standpoint, in this day and age, saying any particular phone is "the best" doesn't mean much.

  8. In other words it's a luxury phone…it's not a tool. Because you can get almost all the same stuff with cheaper phones. You basically pay for the latest technology. You pay for the better battery. You pay for the image it represents.

  9. The idea of Dex is really exciting. It probably won’t make me switch from iOS though, but it’s nice to know there are something new on a way. Does it have complete Retina display support, is everything nice and crisp? Thanks!

  10. And it has 5G. And most Note customers are already Note users. We have same issues about whether you should buy a Note every year. But people keep buying the Note line of products.

  11. Does no one care about front facing speakers? Why is this spec always overlooked? In most cell phone reviews . Fk the headphone jack, wassup with my speakers?

  12. Eh it doesn’t have IOS or iMessage not interested lol
    Also what’s the point of all that ram when Samsung doesn’t even know how to polish apps like iOS dose ?? This phone will be long gone forgotten in 1ry.

  13. The S pen is my reason for getting the note 10 (upgrading from the note 8). I like digital painting and that's enough for me to go for the note 10 over the S10. So far I really like it.

  14. Im Samsung all the way. Have been since the first note series. But how the he$$ is samsung gonna take swings at apple for not having a dedicated headphone jack on the iPhone then on the note 10 they have done the same thing.

  15. Yet another reviewer who is CLUELESS on how zoom mic is supposed to work. This was almost as bad as the guy competing with a TV to be heard. Both on the same plane. You have to think of zoom mic as having 2 planes. 4 points, like a compass. It's not discreet across every point on the spectrum. Eventually SOMEONE will get it, and show its reason d'etre. I like the guy who said zoom in on a drummer at a concert. Like theres no PA already mixing sound. Sigh…

  16. Loved that first shot. I expected a behind the scenes segment like you used to do but I guess you don't want to give away your technique. Can't get that galaxy fold opening shot out of my head still though.

  17. Got mine (aura glow- 10+) yesterday and it does not disappoint!! It is absolutely the kind of the genre right now, without doubt!

  18. Super impressed with this review, much better than the previous ones which mainly focused on the cons of the device. really good work on this one guys. Btw that intro was so damn good.

  19. After two generations of notes, I'm giving this one a hard pass. Only thing I like about this phone is the Aurora color. But no phone color is worth 1k. Pixel 4 is definitely something I'm looking forward too

  20. Samsung only made the bottom (almost!) symmetrical. the top is still a total mess.

    And on a Samsung phone you don't pay for the brand. You pay for nothing. The price of this thing will drop by about 300-400 dollars within the next 6 months.

    And they also messed up the design imo. THIS thing as NOT a good design. When you know, what a "design" should be and do, you'll agree. Curved edges, a worse front camera to get the hole smaller and even worse speakers just proves that Samsung only cares about looks. And that's just bad. Function should never follow the design.

    PS: the movie editor is not new. It's the exact same app that Samsung removed entirely with Android 9.0 and now integrated it into the Note10. There'S nothing new at all basically.

  21. If you already own the Note8 or 9, then it's still not worth paying so much for so little upgrades. But for someone like me, who's still using the Note5, this phone is a massive upgrade. Will definitely buy! 😀

  22. Americans are way too spoiled by iPhones simplicity, haven't heard anyone else complain so much about a phone having too many features

  23. OK.. I'm buying a 10 Plus. But, Sammy is offering $600 bucks for my old Note 9, and They are giving me a Samsung FIT, AND BUDS. So, for $500, I'm happy!

  24. This review is all over the place. "It's the everything phone, it's the future, the true Note, the stylus is amazing" Then saying the only reason to buy over the S10+ are screen, battery, & charging? No mention of the fact that the S10+ has 8 gigs of ram vs the Note 10+ 12 gigs of ram? Also the available 45W charger? It's like saying it's an amazing phone, but the stylus is the only reason at all for an upgrade, and missing several points.

  25. Enjoyable review. Only thing I don't think you mentioned is the 10 plus has the micro sd slot.
    Looking forward to you DeX review.

  26. What it came down to for me was my phone contract, I was due an upgrade and wanted the one plus 7 pro but they only offered a 128gb grey one with 6gb ram so I opted for the note.

  27. I am impressed with your editorial journalism sir! Dex Question: Is Dex becoming a possible game changer? Do you think stylus, Windows and Mac support will mean better apps for Note phones than other phones in the future?

  28. I cant believe people really on here complaining about a dusty headphone Jack nobody even uses that on phones no more everything is wireless get with the times ppl…they even sell little cheap 5 dollar wireless buds

  29. Everyone mentions the price, but for many of us like myself, Verizon gave me $450 from my LGV20, If I would have bought the Note 9, it would be $25 trade in value. Give me the new new.

  30. Let's not forget a screen that is 25% brighter than the Note 9 according to DisplayMate:

    For the Galaxy Note10+ the OLED Hardware Performance has also been significantly improved, for example, with a Record Peak Brightness of 1,308 nits, a 25% Brightness increase in the High Brightness Mode over the Galaxy Note9, providing much higher screen visibility and readability in High Ambient Light.

  31. To help you out, there are some Note 10+ features that get overlooked but are enough to make anyone buy the phone. 1.) 25 Watt charger in box makes the phone charge very fast, faster than any competitors. 2.) Can buy a 45 Watt charger and double the fastest charging phone speeds. 3.) Reverse wireless charging is more than the wire charger that comes with the iphone, the reverse wireless charge means I can sit the iPhone XS Max on the back of my Note 10+ & charge it faster than someone plugging in a iPhone XS Max. 4.) The Screen is Larger. 5.) 1300 lit makes it the brightest or a top screen brightness phone on the market. & 6.) The best Screen on the Market

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