Samsung's iconic smartphone, the Galaxy Note, returns in a version 10, and even 10+, and promises top-of-the-line performance in an impressive design.
The handling is particularly satisfactory despite the dimensions, with keys that fall well under the fingers. The Galaxy Note 10+ has a very beautiful front, just drilled for the lens, and impeccable finishes and almost imperceptible screen borders. If the small hole for the front camera lens therefore surprises, we forget it quickly enough and it does not harm. At the back, Samsung leaves the choice for the colour of the glass, which can go up to a very spectacular multicoloured shade, if not discreet. The stylus naturally takes its place in the lower part, and is enriched with many features that go beyond simple note-taking. The only minor ergonomic criticism is the fingerprint reader under the screen, which is sometimes a little slower than at Apple, and facial recognition a little slower than at Apple. Waterproof, this Galaxy Note also has enough space to expand its memory or add a second Sim card.
The 6.8-inch screen is really very spectacular, with its almost total use of the front panel and its tiny hole for the lens. The very rich definition (set at 2280 by 1080 pixels, but able to go up to 3040 by 1440 pixels) ensures a flawless comfort, for all uses. The colour rendering is very good, both balanced and realistic. The infinite contrast is obviously an additional comfort, as is the brightness, which adapts easily to all lighting environments. Only reflections can be annoying, but the protection of the Galaxy Note 10+ screen certainly has a role to play in this minimal defect.
Too bad Samsung didn't see fit to keep the mini-Jack port on this smartphone, and there is no USB-c adapter, requiring the use of the headphones provided. Fortunately, the four AKG loudspeakers are proving to be satisfactory.
The Galaxy Note 10+'s performance is there, but it needs to be told to run at full power in "High Performance" mode to fully live up to its price range. That said, it is still very efficient in all conditions and uses. The games work as for them in the greatest fluidity and without snags.
The photo mode is assigned to three photo modules that coexist, each with a very specific role. The main module is satisfied with twelve million pixels, far from the disproportion of some competitors. The rendering is nevertheless very good, with a lot of details and precision, but also contrasts that seem a little forced and colors a little too bright. In the darkness, the photos have no major defects, remaining clear and legible, at the cost of a little smoothing that is not too invasive. Be careful, however, with the night mode, which forces contrasts far too much. The Galaxy Note 10+ also offers a very wide angle module, which does not escape the defects of this type of lens, even if the peripheral defects are quite small: at night, however, the rendering is almost unreadable. For the zoom, Samsung "only" uses a 2x optical zoom. When the conditions are right, the rendering is almost perfect, even in the peripheries of the image. Difficulties occur when light is lacking, and the zoom only becomes digital with high smoothing. The sensor on the front of the Galaxy Note 10+ displays 10 million pixels, and provides very beautiful selfies, which handle backlighting well and are rich in detail. The video mode is very complete, and allows you to do just about anything you want.
Autonomy is not a concern for the Galaxy Note 10+, even if one could fear difficulties given the power of the device. In practice, he can manage the two days of autonomy without too much trouble, as long as he doesn't play all the time.
Review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ done by Julien Hany the 2019/10/01
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