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 256 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4300 mAh

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96 Comments

1. gigicoaste

Posts: 456; 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: 154; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

Definitely he's a joker

10. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; 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.

14. HugeAndroidFan

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 19, 2019

Victor is Right - Do NOT buy the Note 10+ lol 1. Ugly hole punch 2. No headphone Jack 3. Typical Samsung Lag 4. Way too expensive 5. No 90-120hz refresh rate Android fan or not, Samsung fanboys need to admit the Note 10+ is not even close to being the best phone out.

18. HugeAndroidFan

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 19, 2019

Oneplus 7 Pro > Samsung Note 10

33. MsPooks

Posts: 118; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

Pixel 3a > Oneplus 7 Pro. OnePlus got Oneplussed.

39. Orion78

Posts: 198; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Lmao just stop. The only thing the Pixel has over OnePlus is the camera and quicker updates....which OnePlus is doing pretty damn good in that department as well. Other than that OnePlus kills it in other aspects.

59. AbhiD

Posts: 803; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

LMAO! What a joke. Plastic body, puny battery, no in screen fingerprint scanner, huge bezels, 1080p screen, tiny ram, tiny internal storage, extremely poor processor. Still can't stop laughing over ignorance of people in here

36. Orion78

Posts: 198; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Exactly! Which is why I'm ordering mine this week. F that punch hole.

38. adecvat

Posts: 640; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

6. old cam's 7. Exynos < old 855

67. NZred

Posts: 35; Member since: Aug 19, 2019

Inferior camera, battery life, charging, no s-pen. How?

72. Youngquenga41

Posts: 82; Member since: Apr 03, 2017

Who let this chimp out the cage?

87. MihaiRO

Posts: 28; Member since: Jun 07, 2019

Mate 30 Pro better than all! ⚔️

102. deleon629

Posts: 463; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

Oneplus 7 Pro < Galaxy S10 5G

19. nikhil23

Posts: 442; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

"samsung lag ?" looks like you're still in 2015

21. HugeAndroidFan

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 19, 2019

No, i'm in 2019. Looks like you're in denial.

26. pimpin83z

Posts: 541; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

No dude, you're in 2015. The only people complaining about Samsung phones lagging are people who don't use them & are trying to find something negative to say because they're uneducated.

43. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I played with a S10+ a few days ago and the lag is there; not as much as in my A5, but it's there.

55. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Leo_MC you are a liar. You only use Apple products. Plus your the idiot who believes that Apples iPhones don't have a notch. So like we are going to start believing in what you now have to say. Give us a break

82. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I had 5 Android devices, dumb ass, one of them broke and I only have 4 now; I can post the invoices, if you post a picture with your bucket of s**t breakfast. As far as the “notch” discussion goes, y’all brains are too filled with s**t to understand things. As for the lag, it is there in S10+, don’t kid yourself.

68. NZred

Posts: 35; Member since: Aug 19, 2019

Not it isn't, don't talk rubbish.

61. ChicagoBorn

Posts: 101; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

I bought a note 9 when the note 10 was announced for 400 dollars. So the 2018 note definitely stutters at times but I'm giving the note 10 a shot as a business phone for a year. If I fall in love with it after one year I'm going to.get the 11. Note 9 at 400 dollars was a steal and took it

27. sissy246

Posts: 7112; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LMAO Already said to be the best out by all reviewers.

47. HugeAndroidFan

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 19, 2019

"LMAO Already said to be the best out by all reviewers." The Verge rates Oneplus 7 Pro over the Note 10. Any more lies you have today? lollllllll

29. pimpin83z

Posts: 541; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

1. Ugly hole punch Looks way better than a notch. 2. No headphone Jack It's 2019, dude. Even cable boxes are wireless. 3. Typical Samsung Lag Again, it's 2019. Try to come up with a relevant complaint, cause lag ain't it. 4. Way too expensive For you, maybe. 5. No 90-120hz refresh Can you/have you seen/used a device with said refresh rate where you can actually tell the difference or are you just on that bandwagon?

62. ChicagoBorn

Posts: 101; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

It's crazy that you guys made fun of apple for things they didn't add anything this year removed headphone Jack. Doesn't have the best display anymore when they were always known as having the best display. Removed sd card on the smaller model even though something as small as a s5 had it but now it's okay because it's Samsung. 1080p display on the smaller phone. Samsung is now coasting like apple but now you guys want to make excuses lol and that notch that you said they'll never do well look at that they have a punch hole now and you guys are accepting it hahahaha

42. Icent55

Posts: 75; Member since: Nov 02, 2017

What else....Infidel was thinking you will list 20, just 5?.....then you are pathetic

46. Wazupmrg

Posts: 168; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

Samsung lag? You obviously haven't even played with one lately. They fly. I run multiple apps and can come back to them anytime without then closing out (like even the newest I phone does). Apple is dying. It's the new Blackberry. You fan boys can hold on to the past. Meanwhile, the smart people with actually live in the future. Sheep

49. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 573; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Buy it over the One Plus 7 Pro 1. S-Pen 2. Double the base internal storage (256gb over 128GB) 3. Better Camera and Video recorder including the Night mode also has its own TOF sensor, 4. Doesn't have a fragile Pop Up Camera, 5. Memory Card slot, 6. Best screen on any smartphone even without a 90hz display, 7. One UI has more features than Oxygen OS, 8. Bigger battery 4300mah to 4000mah (One Plus battery will get worse SOT due to the 90Hz display), 9. Bigger display, 10. Front camera can record 4k 30fps comapred to 1080p 30 fps.

78. stferrari

Posts: 56; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

I respect your right to an opinion but it is just that, your opinion. Let me expound: 1. Ugly is in the eye of the beholder. 2. It has a headphone Jack. It is called a USB C connector. Get used to it as all phones will go this direction eventually. 3. I have an S10+ and Samsung lag is virtually nonexistent. Mine is an unlocked phone and therefore has very little bloatware and maybe that is the difference. 4. My MBA professor always said cost is not as relevant as value. Value is again in the eyes of the beholder. If people buy the phone (and boy are they) then it represents a good value to them. 5. Refresh rate. 90 to 120Htz refresh really important in VR only. Other than that very little to no perceivable difference in normal application use. Many user focus groups doing blind tests have proven this.

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