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Galaxy Note 10+ Review: Samsung Phones In A Winner

Galaxy Note 10+ Review: Samsung Phones In A Winner


(gentle music) – This is the Samsung Galaxy Note10+. In a vacuum, it’s a no brainer of a buy, with a feature list longer
than almost any smartphones and an eight-year legacy
of almost nothing but hits. But you shouldn’t buy phones in a vacuum. You should buy them in context. When you look at how good the competition has got 700 and even $400 price points, the Note10+ has to work harder than ever to justify its $1100 tag. I’ve been using the phone for seven days. Let’s see how close it
gets to that justification. Flashback to last year with me real quick. It was tough to justify
a four-figure price tag for a phone, especially
since I’d just eviscerated the iPhone XS Max for the same offense. But I argued that the
Galaxy Note9 was worth it because it was as close to no
compromises as you could get. Well, while the Note10+ doesn’t
bring as many compromises as it’s smaller Note10 sibling, the ones it does make are contentious. Let’s start with the
now-absent headphone jack. I mentioned in my hands-on
that it won’t bother those who’ve already made the switch
to Bluetooth headphones. But for creators, whom Samsung
is specifically targeting with this new built-in video editor, the 3.5 millimeter jack
is still a crucial tool. If we take a situation like this, where I’m talking directly to the camera, it’s cool to use the S Pen as a remote, and the Live focus effect
can make it look like I’m on a malfunctioning
Holodeck, which is cool, but without a headphone jack, I can’t plug a lav mic into the Note. And with the field of
view of just 80 degrees, the framing gets a little cramped unless I use a selfie stick. This phone really could have used something like a 97-degree camera, like the wide-angle selfie on the Pixel 3. And then there’s the
new fingerprint sensor. When in-display readers are implemented, like they are on the One Plus
7 Pro, I really like them because that optical reader is super fast. And if it does make me wait, at least it gives me
visual and haptic feedback while it tries to authenticate me. The Note10’s ultrasonic reader
is slower to begin with. And since you get no haptic feedback and barely any visual feedback on the AOD, well, that makes it feel even slower. There’s no longer a heart-rate
reader or an iris scanner on the Note10+, neither
of which I really miss. But what I do miss is
the notification LED, still the best way to tell you that someone’s trying to reach you if your phone is across the room. Now I hope you’re not bummed out about me starting with the negatives because Samsung does give us a
bunch of goodies in exchange. Starting with the biggest
battery ever put into a Note. I punished this thing. The first thing I did after unboxing was set the always on
display to persistent mode. And I set that gorgeous screen, also the biggest ever on a
Note, to maximum resolution. This being the summertime, it stayed close to max brightness most of the time too. To to pile on the pain, I paired the phone to a smartwatch and two sets
of Bluetooth headphones. And I never took fewer
than 30 photos a day. Despite all that, the phone
never got close to zero before bedtime after 18 hours. When I did charge, the
25-watt adapter in the box got me from zero to 58% in a half hour and to a full charge in 75 minutes. I only had to do that for testing, though. I usually used wireless charging, the Note10+ gives you that capability in forward and reverse. In case you have a Galaxy Watch or Galaxy Buds you need
to juice up on the go. Oh, that’s a feature that
came over from the Galaxy S10, and so did the camera array. It is so nice to have
this diversity of angles, especially the Ultra Wide Camera, so I’m pretty forgiving
of the shortcomings like the inconsistent color science and the lackluster low-light performance. Yes, even with the new
Night Mode, it’s not great. Here’s a fun fact. I spent most of my review
period shooting video with the Note10+, instead of stills, because of how much I enjoyed that new Super steady stabilization. This was shot with no gimbal, no rig, just a phone in my hand. Samsung has peppered in
a few new features here. You get a Zoom-in Mic,
probably inspired by HTC, which increases microphone sensitivity as you magnify on a subject. ♪ I shout from the mountain ♪ – [Micheal] And speaking of stuff borrowed from other manufacturers, Super
Slow-motion is back again, largely unchanged from the S10 but still more useful than
it is on the Sony phones. Package all that up with
the built-in video editor and you get a potent production platform for mobile filmmakers. Not as potent as it could be
with proper manual controls and the camcorder and the
aforementioned headphone jack, Samsung is still bested by LG there. And the free video editor is
very basic and a little buggy, you’re gonna need to invest
in something like Adobe Rush to produce something with
any kind of polish to it. Incidentally, I will have
the opportunity to try that, and next week I’m gonna produce a video entirely on the Note10+, when I test out Verizon’s new 5G network in Providence. If you wanna see that when it goes live, make sure you’re subscribed
to TheMrMobile on YouTube. We’ve left the phone’s halo feature pending for long enough, wouldn’t you say? Yeah, Samsung is once again leaning mainly on the S Pen to differentiate the Note and it’s still the phones
most compelling feature. No, not because of the new gyro gestures, which I find just as useless after a week as I did in that first minute. And certainly not because you can doodle on people’s faces now. Those are the kind of
gimmicks that lead to people dismissing the S Pen as a toy when really, it’s a very useful tool. In addition to being a helpful anachronism for those who still love
the feel of handwriting, it’s a mouse that brings the
precision clicks you need if you’re gonna do stuff
like edit video on the go. It helps with the flow
of the edit process, with the button controlling play and pause so you can more easily
navigate the timeline. It’s great for photo editing, making precision changes to
certain regions of the photo. And for someone like me, whose thumbs are finally starting to feel the effects of years spent swiping smartphone screens, it’s much-appreciated
alternate input method. It’s like those old Jeep stickers, you need to use the S Pen
for a while to understand it. Or you know you could
just get hooked on this. (S Pen clicks)
That’s what happens when you spend too long making a phone video, things get a little weird. “Okay,” say the meat-and-potatoes folks, “What about the cake
underneath all the icing?” Mixed metaphors aside, the
fundamentals are strong. Voice calls are bright and loud. And those dual speakers
also make watching media a pleasure with only
a slight casing rattle to complain about at max volume. – Hi, I’m Michael Josh, and you’re watching GadgetMatch. – [Micheal] The phone’s design boasts more attention to detail
than any Samsung phone up to this point, right down
to the fully-aligned ports at the top and bottom. I already mentioned the screen,
but during the edit process I saw this tweet from XDA’s
Max Weinbach on Twitter. And he’s right, I think this
is the prettiest display I’ve ever laid eyes on,
refresh rate be damned. And the phone itself is
strikingly beautiful. You gotta love a phone that
looks like a compact disc. But if you’re tired of the fingerprints, or those reflections messing up your out-the-window Amtrak shots, you can kill two smudges with one skin thanks to my sponsor, dbrand. Whether you go for a special grip case or just the classic vinyl skins, you’ll get protection and looks that you just can’t find anywhere else. Hit the link in my description to deck out your Note10 or 10+, and thanks to dbrand for
sponsoring this video. Folks, I’m gonna bring it home with a slightly controversial opinion. An expensive smartphone is fine, as long as it packs extensive features. The Galaxy Note10+ fits that bill from its spec sheet to its S Pen, and if it’s between
buying this or an iPhone, the Note is definitely the
more compelling product. But if you forgive my speculation, it seems like Samsung didn’t try as hard to blow the roof off with this one. And if that’s true, I
think the reason for that might be that when the
Note10 was being designed, Samsung still expected the Galaxy Fold to be the thing that would wow
the Note’s traditional base. Needless to say it hasn’t
worked out that way. At least not yet. So as impressive as it is on a few fronts, on others the Note10+ feels like the launch event that announced it. Flashy but also by the numbers. It feels like a phone
from a company that knows it doesn’t have meaningful
Android competition in the US. A company, that as my colleague
Andrew Martonik puts it, “is already winning the race in neutral.” And in 2019, with excellent phones like the Pixel 3a and
OnePlus 7 Pro on shelves for many, many hundreds of dollars less, you’re soon gonna have
to do better than this to earn the kind of glowing recommendation the Note used to be known for. My friends, as long as this video is, there’s more I didn’t
get to, from Samsung DeX to more of those camera
modes, so be sure to check out the full review from Android Central, which I’ll link below. Big thanks to Hayato Huseman
and my other friends from AC for their help assembling this video, which was made possible by a
review sample from Samsung. The company did not offer
compensation for this review or receive copy approval rights. That means they’re seeing
it at the same time you are. Please subscribe if
that’s the kind of review you’d like to see more of on YouTube. Until next time, thanks for watching and stay mobile, my friends.

100 thoughts on “Galaxy Note 10+ Review: Samsung Phones In A Winner”

  1. I think that note+ is still better than the completion, but I am still don't get why without headphone jack. For the price I think that like any Samsung phone the price will drop very fast and it will be cheap.👍👍👍

  2. You think Samsung should've ditched the headphone jack only on the smaller model?
    This way, pushing people more into buying the more expensive one?

  3. Thank you Michael, only reviewer I know to mention the zoom in mic is from HTC. Also Somerville and Boston looking great in those shots!

  4. Ok…that final thought was EXTREMELY adept (and unique amongst tech reviewers)…I'd never considered that the reason for the lackluster features of the Note 10 was to avoid upstaging the Galaxy Fold. It makes COMPLETE sense. top notch writing as usual!

  5. It really irks me when manufacturers (Oneplus, Samsung, etc) very plainly lie to consumers about dropping the headphone jack, claiming there is just no room for it. Phones keep getting larger and 3.5mm headphone jacks keep disappearing. Very disappointing

  6. It's a shame Samsung didn't try and fit the kitchen sink in there. I don't like the Note line because of their looks; I want the features. And I don't like features being taken away.

  7. I am a huge fan of the Note line. I think the Note 7 debacle curved where the phone line could be at more than the Fold. And its not easy to justify getting any 1g phone. But to me its what your use to and I'm use to the Sammy phones. I tried others and always find my way back to the Note or S. Heck the Note 9 is still a great buy now, kind of miss it. Everyone is ditching the headphone jack so I wasn't so surprised by the inevitable omission. I have gone wireless but just in case I did snag some dongles. But I'm a Note person, this is still a great phone. Huge fan of your vids, keep it up your reviews are solid.

  8. Funny. My thoughts were ..lovely, but I am getting a Pixel 3a pr maybe a 3 (as prices go down) or a refurbished s9. Is the headphone jack just about selling more bluetooth headphones, or is there some product in the works that is even more profitable/promising that has already been earmarked for that real estate?

  9. I just couldn't get the Note 10 Plus knowing the Mate 30 Pro is just around the corner…it's camera setup will just obliterate everything on the market.

  10. Michael, every year since u started reviewing Note's u mentioned the signing of ur lease on WRITE ON PDF.
    Before I order the note 10+ would u please tell me if:
    1) WRITE ON PDF is still offered on the Note 10+,
    2) Is the Hancom office Editor available on the Note 10+?
    Thank you!

  11. Wider angle selfie = smaller sensor = lesser quality . + Weird look due to wide angle as facial features get stretched

  12. finally someone acknoleging the zoom in mic feature was an HTC first, years ago. I'm still waiting on OIS front facing cameras tho on anything other than HTC

  13. No headphone jack, less screen space (with notch); no support from me.

    I'll upgrade to either a Note 9, a Note 11 (when Samsung learn from their mistake and fix it) or simply go with another phone. I've been a Note user since the Note 2, until the Note 8.

    Such a shame.

  14. I just hope Samsung has fixed their screen burn issue. I'm on my 3rd display on my s9. And I have a friend who's on his 2nd screen on his s10 already

  15. Finally, a nod to HTC for their video zooming-in sound. Air gestures are also a blast from the past. Even the back looks like a CD. Retro is the word.

  16. Those 60fps shots were so smooth n sexy my god. I love that you are the only reviewer that remembers that htc had the zoom mic feature first

  17. finger print reader is faster then the s10 plus ,and if the finger print reader dosen't work good for mr mobile clean your hands

  18. All negatives I rely on with my current phones. From the note 2, to the s6, to the s9,… I will not transition to the note 10. 🙁

  19. No 3.5 headphone jack, 1080p & no sd card slot on the $900 smaller note 10. Samsung can suck a dick for all that & this is coming from a samsung fan… Note 10 should of been better for the price.👎

  20. BWOOOOY … Don't you put that Edge in orange! My only beef w/ this thing is I keep mashing where the home button on the Note9 was … I miss the home button.

  21. @MrMobile thank you for your hard work put in each of your videos. I do love your channel because each video is amazing and the voice over is the best. Nevertheless you provide a very good overall coverage and your opinion is well appreciated. 🍺

  22. I'm a happy NOTE 9 user… feeling no need to "upgrade" to the Note 10+ – Great video, Michael! I'll be holding onto my Note until Note 11 or 12 world.

  23. Dont buy. Received phone, sent trade-in to Samsung, noticed portion of screen was dead, Samsung will not send replacement. Have to order and pay for another new phone, and hope they issue a refund once I send defective phone back. An honorable company would send a replacement phone and then let me return defective phone. They expect me to either go without a phone while returns are processed, or pay for two phones with a hope of a refund.

  24. If anybody could convince me to buy a $1k phone it would be you.
    Still no.
    Need a headphone jack.

    Edit: Forgot to ask. Does this have QI charging ability? Didn't hear that in the video.

  25. The lack of a notification LED is a pain in the ass. I thought it was just on the Samsung Galaxy S10e because it was a budget flagship. BUT I WAS WRONG. Probably a minor oversight, properly not.

  26. Probably the best reviewer currently along with tech chap. Although i hate the paint job on this one, but an amazing review nonetheless. Cheers

  27. Note is not the best price/perf phone like it used to be…
    It has become a status symbol for high price, top spec and widely popular brand

  28. The refresh rate in this phone is bad for the price not matter how nice it might look, at least for me going for 90hz with the razer phone to 60hz is very notorious when i am playing pubg

  29. Not worth it if you have the S10+. I cannot fathom getting a new phone right now. This is very beautiful though, the Note 10+ is perfect, but so is the S10+ and it's way cheaper now.

  30. I know it's a phone review, but the food at that diner looked incredible! Please let us know where it is located.

  31. Please go me! I need opinions. I was an apple user from the 3g to the X. I between I saved with Android and it all sucked. I was kind of forced to switch to a note 9 for work purposes and I love it! Now I no longer need that function of the spen that I originally got it for. I miss the Apple ecosystem, the fluidity of the phone and the watch that was essential to me. Nothing in Android can compare to the watch. I so don't care about customisation. Other than the wallpaper and the icons on the homepage being uncluttered, that's as far as customisation went. I custised via goodlock the notification area. One day my battery died and when I recharged it was gone. Should I go back to a smooth, reliable and connected life? The watch being an essential part of that, or should I stick to the note which is better but not fluid or smooth or well… Apple? If you have used both iOS and Android please let me know your thoughts

  32. One of my favorite Youtubers who knows how to review tech without dismissing an important feature just because "he didnt use it". The s- pen.

  33. I've been a Samsung fan since the Note 2…but I cannot justify buying a phone for over 1k. I downgraded to a Razor 2 and installed the pixel camera and I have no problems.

  34. I haven’t used the headphone jack in a phone in like 5 years. I think it’s so funny why that such a huge deal breaker for people. It looks old school to me. Just my thoughts.

  35. This will be my 3rd Note. Even thigh people who review phones are not that impressed when I jump on 2 years there are always great upgrades.
    Like the S-pen, duel speakers, inscreen finder print, about 1000mah bigger battery (which is fantastic from the Note 8 after they were cautious because of note 7) better cameras etc.
    Plus I buy for the biggest best screen since I use it for media most of the time and even then I am using S-pen like now.
    I hmm just surprised no other manufacturer makes a phone with a stylus. Samsung has a monopoly on the stylus which means they get 100%of sales. Why did no one challenge them.
    I want razer or one plus to challenge them so we get competition and better phones with an s-pen at a cheaper price.

  36. This is a good review Michael. I followed your new channel over from pocketnow, and I wasn't very impressed with the initial videos TBH. yet you've continuously improved your channel, and its evolved into something really good. MrMobile is now my Goto channel for phone reviews. Well done. keep up the good work, and keep on improving. Goodluck!

  37. I'm going to wait for Note 11 and continue rocking the Note 9. However, if the rumor is true about mini pencil with an iPhone, I may give it a try. Great video as always, Mr. Mobile!

  38. Great review.
    I've had my Note 10+ 5G now for 24 hours and it is a great device. Do I wish it had that headphone jack and 90hz display like the One Plus. Sure. But I would easily say 95% of the casual customer have no idea what a refresh rate is and stopped using the headphone analog jack for sometime. Maybe we will see it next year but I would easily recommend this phone over a One Plus or Pixel 3A. Costs be damned.

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