While the Galaxy Note has long been one of the most imposing smartphones available, Samsung has taken the opposite approach on this version 10 by making it a little more compact, while remaining in the same rather high-end sector.
The design and the grip do not deceive on the care that Samsung has taken to this smartphone. Very elegant, perfectly finished, it gives the impression that the screen occupies the entire front surface. If the Galaxy Note 10 is large, it can be used with one (but large) hand, with keys that fall naturally under the fingers. The little regret comes from the fingerprint reader, under the screen and therefore sometimes a bit capricious, but it is also supported by a facial recognition module. The S Pen is also part of the game, still just as pleasant and really very useful. If it is not possible to add a micro-SD card, the waterproofness is there.
For the screen, Samsung has as usual signed a perfect or almost perfect slab. Very well defined, it is therefore pleasant even over a prolonged period of time. Similarly, the Korean brand has very well ensured the respect of colors and their temperatures, so very faithful and flattering. Finally, the infinite contrast goes hand in hand with a luminosity that will be perfect in all circumstances, in full sun as well as in darkness. Once again, this Galaxy Note 10 is flawless.
The nasty surprise comes from the power of this smartphone, which is well below what you'd expect in this range. While the experience remains fluid, there are a few unfortunate hiccups. Likewise, for games, this Samsung smartphone is frankly worth the effort.
It's quite recent, but Samsung has also removed the mini-Jack port, so you have to do without on this Galaxy Note 10. No USB-C adapter for old earphones, but there are some in the right format that are provided. As for the loudspeakers, they are of good level.
For the photo, the Korean brand has equipped this smartphone with three modules that are complementary. The most classic one, with 12 million pixels, has almost nothing but good qualities, since the details are there and the colors are faithful, and the only thing that's a bit worrying is the slightly exaggerated contrast. In a low-light environment, the Galaxy Note 10 does well, with a smoothing that's too pronounced and a little too much contrast, but the rendering is still readable and pleasant. The very wide-angle module is almost flawless, with a faithful, dynamic and even quite homogeneous rendering when the light is there. Of course, darkness, as always, disturbs the rendering and makes it unpleasant, but this is very common with this kind of optics. The 2x zoom has exactly the same qualities as the previous module, i.e. very good in full light and even inoperative in the dark. For the rest, the portrait mode is generally very good, with an efficient management of the different shots, the front sensor produces good selfies, once the filters are disabled to limit smoothing, and the video capture is also satisfactory.
Samsung clearly could have done better in terms of battery life. It is indeed unfortunate that a smartphone of this quality does not go beyond the day and even requires a bit of thriftiness to not run out of battery at the end of the day.
Review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 done by Julien Hany the 2020/07/31
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