The Samsung Galaxy Note series, it tend to be the office favorites, most especially the least of a couple of non-review units making their way to colleagues’ pockets around the past launch time. If We look at them They usually don’t last too long, however, getting replaced in recent years by some of the Smartphones, like Pixel or an
The RT will talk about the curves and the punch hole of the it, they will share some thoughts on that pesky ultrasonic fingerprint reader, even though the fingerprint scanner is nice and soft, but we’ll obviously say a word or two on using the S Pen. Yea Of course, there will be a bunch of camera samples outside of the usual set. So their for Let’s start off with the design and see what will happen.
And while the sharp corners do make the Note10+ easily recognizable against S-series units, it’s not its most distinct feature – the centered punch hole camera is. We can’t say anyone around here was really a fan of the S10 selfie camera cutout, much less the pill-shaped one on the S10+ – it interferes with status icons and takes up space on the screen (even more so if you decide to hide it with a black strip).
Well, the punch hole is in the middle on the Note10+ and that means icons are generally where you’d expect to find them. It’s also a tinier cutout, so it takes up less space than the ones on the S-series.
It’s still a hole in the display, and even though you do develop punch-hole blindness for the purposes of UI elements, the cutout comes back to prominence if you decide to stretch a YouTube video to fill the screen, for example. In all fairness, that’s not entirely Samsung’s fault and a better way does exist – Netflix only stretches to the selfie camera’s bottom, avoiding holes in your shows.
The Note10 and Note10+ gathered some early hate for their atypical power button placement – having forever been on the right, a relocation to opposite side was considered a blasphemy. We weren’t overly fond of it ourselves in the beginning, but the reality is that we got used to it in virtually no time and it’s nowhere near even being a issue. If you’re swapping phones on a weekly basis, it may be disconcerting, but since most people aren’t phone reviewers, using your own Note10+ for a a few days will have you wondering what all the fuss was about.
Indeed, the other niggle we have with the Note10+’ setup is the lack of autofocus on the ultra wide angle module, which too is shared with the iPhones of the day. Where that would come in handy is for nearby subjects – we’re talking 10-15cm away from the camera, which now come out blurry, as the focus is fixed at infinity. Picture the classic textbook ultra wide angle shot with a boulder in the foreground – that’s not going to look ideal coming out of the Note10+.
Meanwhile, the main camera is the one that’s been present in Galaxies in one form or another since the S7. Of course, it’s been continually improved for several generations and the one development that we know of (as opposed to what’s been done under the hood) is the dual aperture that was introduced on the S9 generation.
The capability to switch apertures gives the Note10+ a couple of advantages – in brightly lit scenes it can produce sharper images thanks to the narrow f/2.4 aperture, while in low light it can open up to f/1.5 to gather as much photons as possible. Competitors typically only have the one bright aperture in the f/1.6 to f/1.8 range and that’s that.
It’s also got some of the most advanced HDR processing and you can count on getting excellent development in both tonal extremes. The live HDR preview is also nice to have, though it’s not entirely accurate as Samsung’s also doing a lot of calculations post shot, which you’ll only see once in the gallery. HDR works similarly well on all three cams too, further proving that resulting dynamic range in a photo is almost entirely not a matter of native sensor dynamic range anymore.
Selfies are otherwise very good in abundance of light, but nothing special in even moderately dark conditions.