Samsung Galaxy S10+ long-term review

GSMArena team, 29 July 2019.

Introduction

Just what is the Galaxy S10+? It's definitely a top of the line device, but is it Samsung's best smartphone ever? Or merely an iterative upgrade to the S9+ from last year? If you're struggling to answer those questions, here's an intriguing prospect: can it actually be both at the same time?

Nine years after the original Galaxy S birthed Samsung's flagship smartphone line, the S10+ came to shake things up in the mobile world once more, with its notch-less hole-punched Infinity Display, smaller bezels, three rear cameras, and an ever-evolving hardware design language that still looks pretty familiar. Turn it on and you'll find a wholly revamped interface sitting pretty on top of Android, so is the S10+ truly a pivotal device for Samsung, or just more of the same?

What's without a doubt is that it's still the company's top dog, that is, if you aren't into 5G. That will change very soon when the Galaxy Note10 lands to steal the S10+'s spotlight, which got us thinking: what would it be like if you bought an S10+ now, months after its release? Does it still have what it takes even if it will imminently be one-upped by its cousin from the Note line? Or will people that don't necessarily care for the S-Pen be better served by the S10+ even in the latter half of the year?

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus long-term review

We've been using the phone for an extended period of time as our one and only daily driver, and this long-term review aims to bring you our thoughts about living with the S10+ day in and day out, in mid-2019. We'll go through what makes this phone unique, and let you know if the experience of owning it at this point in time is worth the still pretty hefty price tag. So buckle up and join us for the ride in the following pages.

Reader comments

  • Note9 User

Having a late Note9 long term review will be beneficial for being up to date with the latest development updates, but yes it definitely needs to happen, especially with the incoming Note10 NOT having a 3.5mm headphone jack socket which is also very h...

  • Bee bee

Yes, S10's quick charging is not at all quick. I have switched from Honor 8, a 3 year old mid-range, and its charging twice as fast as Samsung S10. Seriously, the difference is si niticeable thought its a bug first. With S10 you can forget the quick ...

  • El Natan

The Pixel 2 and 3 suffer from performance issues where they will randomly freeze due to poor RAM management and other software choices, also they only have 4GB of RAM which is not a lot for a flagship Android device