Don't buy the Galaxy Note 10+ (yet)

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Don't buy the Galaxy Note 10+ (yet)
Samsung's Galaxy Note series was all about rebellion. When it launched way back in 2011, it felt gigantic, much bigger than all the phones out there. Steve Jobs laughed it off saying it was too big (boy was he wrong!). It was courageous and not in a way of removing a headphone jack: it was vastly different from everything else out there. For years, it was also a symbol of the absolute best in a phone: the most powerful chips, the best cameras, the functionality of the S Pen, the options of expandable storage and a headphone jack, it had it all. It was a poster child for Samsung's success.

Yet years passed and the competition caught up quickly. So much so, that this year, if you want the very best Samsung phone, I would not recommend you go out and buy the Galaxy Note 10+ right away as I would in earlier years. At least not yet.

The reason for this is not only that smartphone innovation has plateaued and Samsung has removed a few features like that headphone jack that power users still demand of their phone, the reason is actually different. In 2019, more than ever in recent history the Galaxy Note 10+ is great and more than ever in recent history the Galaxy Note 10+ is kind of boring. It looks great, it has thinner bezels, it's slightly faster, it throws in a few gimmicks and... that's it. Most phones do this. It's predictably great and quite honestly... just not very exciting.

The number one reason why you should wait and not rush to the store to get this Note 10+ right away is a genuinely new kind of a device that will appeal to those who want the very best and very latest, the most EXCITING new phone. That phone opens a brand new frontier for smartphones and it has the potential to replace the Note 10 as the dream phone in the Samsung lineup. The phone that gives you that adrenaline rush.


Of course, I am talking about the Samsung Galaxy Fold that is on track to launch in September.

The Galaxy Fold is everything the Galaxy Note used to be: it is genuinely different from all the rest, it provides the big screen that no other smartphone has, the productivity that comes with it, and the excitement of owning a product that will surely feel exclusive at first.

It is cutting edge so much so that even Samsung had trouble getting its design right at first. But the company is hard at work fixing the flaws that caused the false start of the Galaxy Fold series. If it succeeds in creating a foldable phone that is reliable and that will not break, it will open a new era of smartphones that are more capable than ever before. With a nearly $2,000 price tag, entering that new category will definitely not be for everyone, but if you are the person who used to buy the Note because it was the absolute greatest and most exciting new phone out there... there is a new phone for you. So just wait it out until September comes before rushing to buy the iterative innovation that is the Note 10+ and save your dollar and excitement for the Galaxy Fold. Good news is that even if it disappoints you, the only thing that you will lose is a couple of weeks of patience.

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Galaxy Note 10+
  • Display 6.8" 1440 x 3040 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 256GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4300 mAh

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48 Comments

1. gigicoaste

Posts: 466; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

the phone is not new as v1.0, you should see it as v10.0 so definitely buy it because is an improvement. As always such article on PA, which doesn't make sense. Is like saying don't buy the new Iphone or new Huawei P series. If you were talking about foldable phones sure.. but Note?? You are hilarious and a joke!! :))

3. Mikele

Posts: 192; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

Definitely he's a joker

10. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

This is Victor. He loves his iPhones and pretends to like Android. Victor is a joke, period. Still waiting for these jokers to actually release their so called scripts for their battery tests.

44. Mikele

Posts: 192; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

He is a funny guy few days ago he scored Note 10 series with 9.1 and now preaching negative advert about what he claimed to be the best since it's introduction few years back.

13. srgonu

Posts: 567; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Victor doesn't understand note is special. Fold doesn't replace note unless it have Spen.

31. pimpin83z

Posts: 606; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

Word on the street is that it might or will down the line, but unless the front display looks anything like the one in the "whatever will be, will be" commercial, the Fold is not a viable replacement for the Note.

97. oldskool50 unregistered

Why dows it have to replace it? It can complement the Note. Like a sidekick.

71. Allison28

Posts: 19; Member since: May 04, 2013

Agreed. This was the dumbest article I have read on the Note 10 thus far.

2. JCASS889 unregistered

Wait don't buy this $1100 phone, wait till the $2000 dollar phone comes out.....

98. oldskool50 unregistered

IKR? What a frikkin loser. Victor just hates Samsung. If Apple had made a phone like the S and Note first, they would be singing praises to the high heavens. But because its Samsung, who makes many of the parts for the iPhone, is just comical. Hey Victor, did you hate the iPhone X display because it was made by Samsung? Do you hate any of the SoC's made for iPhone by Samsung? Hey Victor?! Apple new headquarters costed $5B in labor an materials. For $1.5B Samsung designed and built the tallest building in the world...the Burg Khalifa. I would say iys a more impressive structure, considering what they achieve with far less money. Oh and while you're hating on the Note, let's take away all the extra fluff and gimmicky useless crap from the phone and guess what, you still have a phone superior to the iPhone. I don't care how many either of them sell. You don't have to hate other products, just because you like one. Remember what Steve Jobs said when he came back to Apple. He said, for Apple to be great they don't have to beat Microsoft. For the Note to be great, it doesn't have to best the iPhone in sales. After all, many of the best products don't sell in high numbers. Ask Ferrari.

4. Xavier1415

Posts: 231; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

i bought 2. thanks

5. JCASS889 unregistered

I bet the fold still gets a lower score than the iPhone.

24. Youngquenga41

Posts: 82; Member since: Apr 03, 2017

And? Wgaf? Move along with your outdated and boting crap (iphone11). You suckers will be paying pro money for mediocrity comes September. What you'll be paying for one might ask? Faster chip on paper that doesn't translate in every day usage. Every damn Android flagship is faster at opening apps against the iPhone LMAO. You fools can keep your so-call faster chip.

65. ChicagoBorn

Posts: 104; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

No we pay for how well ios works over features. You keep touting features you'll never use lol SMS from 2007. Now you guys get to stare at a punch hole that you guys made fun of apple for oh and there is a reason for the notch it's called face I'd but you guys keep making excuses for.sammy lol

7. marcsony

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 25, 2014

I like this guy he makes me laugh, one other thing though......spen

8. Tipus

Posts: 910; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Victor strikes again! :))))

60. chenski

Posts: 788; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

I like Victor, even though I don't agree with everything he says, he is bold to show his opinion on a site full of blind fanboys licking note series ass

9. Phaze1585

Posts: 9; Member since: Jul 04, 2019

Ill pass on the fold. The Mate X is the best looking foldable phone out there but, the only ppl who will buy it are those with the $$$ burn and developers. I pre-oredered my Note 10+, and even tho im skeptical about every day that goes buy im still committed to giving that phone a try.

12. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Yet Phonearena whines and blocks users when they are critical of a Samsung device, and let it be known in the comments. Sickening.

56. cmdacos

Posts: 4367; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Don't come here then

23. pimpin83z

Posts: 606; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

"The reason for this is not only that smartphone innovation has plateaued and Samsung has removed a few features like that headphone jack that power users still demand of their phone..." There's a difference between people whining about something being removed but didn't realize they can actually do without it & actually not being able to do without it. "...and more than ever in recent history the Galaxy Note 10+ is kind of boring." We all know what other devices are boring, but let's see what you say about that next month. "The Galaxy Fold is everything the Galaxy Note used to be: it is genuinely different from all the rest, it provides the big screen that no other smartphone has, the productivity that comes with it, and the excitement of owning a product that will surely feel exclusive at first." Clearly you don't understand why people buy the Note. It's not to be first. It's the productivity the phone allows. I get the Fold is supposed to be revolutionary, buy let the kinks get ironed out first, which usually isn't done until after the 1st gen device.

25. Sam1ne

Posts: 59; Member since: Apr 07, 2019

Lol, Victor..smh

30. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Next year I may conclude the fold, not this year. Waiting on the best phone of the year to come, my note 10+

37. MsPooks

Posts: 293; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

Umm...just buy the Note 10+ AND the Fold. What's the problem?

66. ChicagoBorn

Posts: 104; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

I just went for the note 9 when the note 10 was announced. Giving it a shot for a year

100. oldskool50 unregistered

Most of the people here can't afford one of those devices by itself Now you want them to buy both?

101. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1778; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Sure, can you buy me both? Don't want to sell my kidney just yet.

40. CEDEOTB

Posts: 472; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Not interested in the new Galaxy Fold. Samsung could've opted for a dual hole punch like the S10+ but instead they gave us a giant notch in the corner.

45. mohsin845

Posts: 49; Member since: Apr 05, 2014

Stupid Article On Phonearena Ever I Read...

54. Povea

Posts: 53; Member since: Jul 03, 2015

The phonearena team should get to work and block those spammers on the comments section. It's getting nauseating.

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