The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ is totally destroyed by the competition in our blind camera comparison

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ is totally destroyed by the competition in our blind camera comparison
Phones today take better photos than ever. Even mid-rangers do.

Actually, the differences between two seemingly different devices are often so minuscule that most people out there would probably be fooled by a blind camera comparison test. Guess what, this is exactly what we are doing today.

We took the Galaxy Note 10+, the OnePlus 7 Pro, Google Pixel 3, and the iPhone XS Max for a photographic spin, took some photos, and you, I repeat, you will be the ones choosing the best photo in a total of eight different scenes.

So, the polls are now closed, and the winner is clear! Which one is it? Let's find out!

Scene #1 - No Netflix, just chilling

Which photo do you prefer?

A - Google Pixel 3
B - Samsung Galaxy Note 10+
C - Apple iPhone XS Max
D - OnePlus 7 Pro

Scene #2 - Urban architecture

Which photo do you prefer?

A1 - Samsung Galaxy Note 10+
B1 - OnePlus 7 Pro
C1 - Google Pixel 3
D1 - Apple iPhone XS Max

Scene #3 - My Cute Creatures

Which photo do you prefer?

E - Apple iPhone XS Max
F - OnePlus 7 Pro
G - Google Pixel 3
H - Samsung Galaxy Note 10+

Scene #4 - A red rose

Which photo do you prefer?

E1 - Apple iPhone XS Max
F1 - OnePlus 7 Pro
G1 - Samsung Galaxy Note 10+
H1 - Google Pixel 3

Scene #5 - Art gallery

Which photo do you prefer?

I - Samsung Galaxy Note 10+
J - OnePlus 7 Pro
K - Google Pixel 3
L - Apple iPhone XS Max

Scene #6 - Night Mode on!

Which photo do you prefer?

M - OnePlus 7 Pro
N - Google Pixel 3
O - Apple iPhone XS Max
P - Samsung Galaxy Note 10+

Scene #7 - The Black Rose

Which photo do you prefer?

Q - Apple iPhone XS Max
R - Samsung Galaxy Note 10+
S - OnePlus 7 Pro
T - Google Pixel 3

Scene #8 - Late evening ice cream

Which photo do you prefer?

U - Samsung Galaxy Note 10+
V - Google Pixel 3
W - Apple iPhone XS Max
X - OnePlus 7 Pro


The results are in and... Google snatches yet another victory from the hands of Samsung, Apple, and OnePlus. 

Google Pixel 3 - 35.51%
Apple iPhone XS Max - 25.08%
OnePlus 7 Pro - 21.92%
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ - 17.49%

With a total score of 35.51%, the Google Pixel 3 sits comfortably at the first spot, with the Apple iPhone XS Max being second with 25.08%. Third comes in the OnePlus 7 Pro, but the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ is the big surprise here, losing this blind comparison with just 17.49% of your votes.



1. hateftotti

Posts: 232; Member since: May 03, 2011

Nice try PhoneArena ! Give those all phones to a photographer and see the output not by your own team with some immoral purposes !

6. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Your solution to a blind test made by consumers using consumer devices for consumers to review... is to have them use a professional who would normally use a DSLR and not a smartphone...? The vast majority of OnePlus, iPhone, Pixel, and Note users are not professional photographers, so what would that solve? Unless PhoneArena's target demographic is specifically professional photographers, nothing a pro will take would apply to what an amateur/consumer would take. Certainly you agree that if the photos above don't look like they were taken by a professional, they are MORE akin to what a typical reader would produce, and therefore more relevant...? And I was wondering why I haven't commented here in almost half a decade...

10. ivan.k

Posts: 30; Member since: Jan 29, 2014

Thank you for this comment! And really sad that most users, that can actually participate for good in this community are not typing...

60. lumina12

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 17, 2014

huft, so funny. if we talk about "review" doesnt matter for who. do it properly to pull the most potential from device to make user understand each device and then they can make decision. fyi i dont have all of that phone. but so silly if people bla bla it doesnt purpose for professional so do just what people want to see. then mean it is promotion not review. people or organization do review to show the maximum from each device to the user, whoever it is.

63. mackan84

Posts: 551; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

If you want “professional photos” from each smartphone: Go check their promos or websites.

131. hateftotti

Posts: 232; Member since: May 03, 2011

You are totally right and I do agree whatever you have written, but the problem is, it is all up to PhoneArena team how to take a photo with each of those devices, and if they want to destroy a phone intentionally, so they have to change their method !

11. AbhiD

Posts: 844; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Can't handle the truth? 99.99% owners out there won't be professional photographers. Everyone captures instant shots in auto mode and at max night mode. FYI, results are absolutely correct. Even GSMArena noted in it's Note10+ review that OP7 Pro captures better low light/night time shots than Note 10 series. Similarly a tech youtubers posted some low light pics on Twitter for comparison. Note 10+ scored last in there too. OP7 Pro/P30 Pro at 1st, Pixel 3 at 2nd and Note 10+ at last. So how will sammy fanboys like you explain that? Call all reviewers bought out against Samsung?

70. tommyjt69

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 02, 2019

The truth is in the eye of the beholder. I went through all of those photos and some were taken at different times but that's not my point. On 5 of those selections I liked the Samsung photos the best and I'm not a fanboy.

100. legar123

Posts: 59; Member since: Mar 26, 2019

First Post new account. Love Samsung photos. Coincidence!?

69. Phullofphil

Posts: 1822; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

These phones photos were taken as the phones were set up. As any individual would use them. If they can be set up better then maybe the manufacture should have done it. But at the same time it’s set up as to cover every situation. The cameras are probably similar in technology. As proven by google and Apple in the past. The proper software makes all the difference in the world. This proves if anything that Samsung dropped the ball on this. I am sure they could give it a software update and make it better.

71. Phullofphil

Posts: 1822; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Having said all that and so how not being to edit my comment I would like to add that every one of these phones would be awesome for my everyday phone. Every camera out of these four are f**king awesom for a smart phone and really looking at it from the outside looking in you can’t lose with any of them

121. Dbosss unregistered

Sometimes truth is bittery and much harder to accept that note 10 lost the competition. But i agree the picture quality also depends on the person who takes the picture. For example the graffiti photo totally depends on the angle with which the phone kept and shot. iPhone gave a contrasty pic while other phones gave blurry images.

140. Jango

Posts: 376; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

The review was skewed in favor of the Pixel (I am a nexus and Pixel owner) because of all the night scenes. people mostly shoot in daylight and the Pixel only won just one exhibit, the first one in this test. And I thought the iphone and the OP did the best there. Without all those night shots, the Pixel would have lost.

2. redmd

Posts: 1943; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Samsung should really up their camera in the next Galaxy.

81. maherk

Posts: 6949; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I agree. The camera was the reason the S10+ was sold less than 20 days after owning it. Sure, they did release software updates to improve it and they did, asbI noticed when using my wife's phone, but it's still behind the best out there. The pictures are way too soft with a yellowish tint whenever you're indoors or in low light conditions, plus the pictures almost always are overexposed with a massive boost in saturation.

3. scarface21173

Posts: 700; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

I will stick with professional youtube reviews thanks.

44. Allday28

Posts: 339; Member since: Nov 19, 2010

These were voted on by the people. Can’t get better than that!

73. Plutonium239

Posts: 1232; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

I actually ended up voting for the note 10 in each of the photos except one of the night shots.

129. drazwy

Posts: 356; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

This is why we can't have nice things. Almost as bad as someone choosing the OnePlus in ANY scene.

97. pimpin83z

Posts: 591; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

So you're saying all the nonprofessionals are better than the professionals?

141. Jango

Posts: 376; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

Democracy is broken. Like giving fools the right to decide important matters. Oh wait...

74. Pedrinho1977

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 02, 2019

Because they are the ones that buy the phone not normal people like the rest of us.

82. maherk

Posts: 6949; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

You mean who the majority of them are paid or sponsored through these companies? Only few of them can be taken seriously, the rest are promoters rather than actual reviewers.

4. afrohoxha

Posts: 259; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

I even expected iPhone to win when I saw the scenes and lighting chosen by PA lol. Put a professional photographer next time to do the blind test please.

13. AbhiD

Posts: 844; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

How many people out there are professional photographers? How much absurd sammy fanboys will sound to protect their favourite brand? And these same people then mock apple fanboys, LOL

26. afrohoxha

Posts: 259; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Because the author of this blind test uses a specific brand of phone as his daily driver ( and primary shooter) and has adapted to the best case scenarios for his specific brand to shoot photos...Thus the bias. How difficult is this to comprehend? Or did your specific brand ( OnePlus) fared well and let's just skip these facts?

28. AbhiD

Posts: 844; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Really? Go check GSMArena review of Note 10+. You will get your answer loud and clear. They specifically compared OP7 Pro and Note 10+ low light shots, and guess what? OP7 Pro won. Similarly one tech youtuber posted some low light shots on Twitter and guess what? OP7Pro/P30 Pro came 1st, Pixel 3 came 2nd and Note10+ came last. Dare to call all of them biased against Samsung? As per fanboys, looks like Huawei, Google, OnePlus and Apple have collaborated against Samsung. LOL

65. Icent55

Posts: 80; Member since: Nov 02, 2017

7pro camera aint close to the Note 10+....but just keep deceiving yourself

76. AbhiD

Posts: 844; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

LMAO! It's you Sammy fanboys who are keeping yourselves in dark along with Samsung itself. World has long moved on with sensors while Samsung is still stuck in the same sensors it used in Galaxy S7 series (just new revisions of the same, nothing radically new). So this was bound to happen with them.

83. maherk

Posts: 6949; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Actually it is, and especially in low light conditions. I follow 7 Pro's subreddit, since I was interested in the device, and the pictures people take with this phone are superb. OnePlus did a great job in improving the camera experience with all the software updates they kept on pushing. Only video recording falls short when compared to it's competitors.

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