As someone who has spent most of their smartphone days as an iPhone owner, I’ll admit I was intrigued but skeptical by the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus when it was revealed last month. The large screen and camera stood out, but I wasn’t sure if the phone was going to be the joyride that it was being advertised as. As it turns out, the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is more than just a simple joyride, it’s a full-on space expedition.
Right off the bat, the most striking feature of the S10 Plus is the new screen. It takes up basically the whole front of the phone, save for a spot in the top right corner where the camera sits. However, unlike the iPhone XR where the camera sits on a bezel, the S10 plus camera sits directly on the screen and there is more screen above it. This gives the S10 Plus a great first impression, and it’s something that still blows me away every time I look at it.
Compared to last year’s Samsung Galaxy S9 which had a 5.8-inch screen, the S10 Plus is noticeably bigger and clocks in at 6.4 inches. Camera wise, the S10 plus has a front facing 8 Megapixel camera, but it’s the back three cameras that really stand out. There’s a 16 MP ultra-wide angle, 12 MP wide angle and 12 MP telephoto, with each one bringing a separate specialization to the S10 kit. They don’t necessarily look all that different but instead bring a different perspective to pictures and provide you with more options. The good news is that you can tinker with the different cameras all you want because the S10 Plus has a great battery. It easily lasts a full day of consistent use with battery to spare and thanks to the built-in fast charge, it can be fully charged in just over an hour.
One of the best-returning features that the S10 Plus retains is the app pair function, which allows you to use two apps at the same time. With it, I was able to watch an Overwatch match while simultaneously writing an article on the game’s proceedings. It’s a real game changer, and it takes multitasking to the next level. You can combine any two apps together and it works well, whether you’re ploughing through your emails and slack notifications, or checking out the weather and driving conditions. The possibilities are truly remarkable.
On the less exciting side, the S10 Plus’ UI is a bit twitchy and confusing. It’s very easy to accidentally exit an app, and the way that the apps are laid out seems needlessly complex. Another issue is that since the screen is so big, it’s very easy to hit the edge of the screen while gaming. In touch-based games like Alto’s Odyssey, this can be a real problem as pressing on the screen when you don’t mean to often leads to your doom. This issue is something that can be mitigated slightly by using a bulky case, but it’s still something that crops up regardless.
One of my favorite moments that I’ve had with the S10 Plus involves its wireless charging capabilities. The phone is able to charge Qi-compatible devices simply by placing them on the device’s back panel and activating the charge feature. I tried this out after watching a certain superhero movie with friends, and I was able to charge an iPhone all but instantly. The fast charge feels less like a phone experience and more like something you’d expect to see in an episode of Star Trek. It’s really that good.
Lastly, the S10 Plus uses a brand-new fingerprint scanner that is reportedly the most secure one ever designed for a phone. While the added security is nice, the touchpad is built directly into the screen and resides near the bottom of the device. As a result, I found myself having to put a significant amount of pressure on the scanner in order to make it register. This is mostly due to the fact that it doesn’t have its own dedicated button or nook, but thankfully the S10 Plus also has a built-in facial scanner. The facial scanner works almost instantly, and it makes unlocking your S10 Plus a real breeze.
Overall, the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is a stunning piece of tech in its own right, and it’s one of the most impressive phones on the market. It is a bit on the pricey side, as it retails for $1,574.99 CDN if you’re looking to buy it outright. That being said, it’s got a standout presentation and is full of futuristic features that do simply remarkable things. It’s a multitasking, power-sharing force, and the features more than makeup for the sometimes-frustrating UI experience. Whether you’re a seasoned Samsung consumer or someone who has never owned a Samsung device, the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is more than worth a look.