Who exactly is the Galaxy Note 10 for?

While it's definitely hard to argue with the appeal of the uncompromising Galaxy Note 10+, Samsung's smaller Note 10 cuts a few too many corners and looks far too similar to the Galaxy S10 to stand on its own two feet.
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38 Comments

1. oldskool50

Posts: 1290; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

It's for whomever decides they want to pull the money out their pocket and buy it. You remember Blackberry? Well when they first released phones with physical keyboards, and it was designed to be a "pro" phone and appeal to businessmen; it was actually everyday consumers who bought the vast majority of them. Why? Because the phone made doing things they like most easier. Having a physical keyboard to type and email or text message, was much more appealing and easier than using the old T9 way of inputting alpha-numeric characters. If a person buys the Note and never uses the pen, so what if they do or not. Some people like the Note for other capabilities even if they could potentially do the same thing on a Galaxy S on some level. Having a Note brings a look of professionalism to you as a working person. No matter your field of work. When you pull out a Note, workign with another business will bring a level of sophistication to you as a person, it shows you want a device that helps you keep real track of your data, it makes you look a like a person they wnt to do business with vs if you pulled out some cheap phone with limited capabilities. It's like the car you drive, kinda tells people why kind of person you are. Because many people are very superficial int hat they look for outside ques to tell them if you are a person they wan to do business with. The Note is an impressive device. It's a businessman/women device for those who live that over a high degree of a need to be balance, yet sophisticated and to keep themselves organized. Ad yes you can do that on some level with any phone. But none will do it like the Note does.

3. mrochester

Posts: 975; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

That sounds incredibly shallow to me, but probably true of most people buying these phones

8. matistight

Posts: 976; Member since: May 13, 2009

People are dumb and easily persuaded into things. This is why there's so much competition out there, because there's lots of people that do little research before spending their hard earned money. Companies want to capitalize on it. I can see it now. "So should I buy the S10e, S10, S10 Plus, Note10 or Note10 Plus???" "Buy the Note10 Plus because it's the most expensive one, so it has to be the best."

20. sgodsell

Posts: 7180; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

"People are dumb and easily persuaded into things." Just look at the latest iPhones. The XR is a joke at Apple's asking price. The Note 10 is great if you don't mind having no SD card slot, and no depth sensor camera. But it still has reverse wireless charging for earbuds, under the screen fingerprint scanner, and a base storage of 256 GB for $950. The XS is $50 more and comes with only 64 GB of storage, and no fingerprint scanner what so ever.

21. Vancetastic

Posts: 1087; Member since: May 17, 2017

...and it's not even an Apple article. You really do sound obsessed.

33. mrochester

Posts: 975; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

And the note 10 doesn’t come with iOS or any sort of faceid.

38. wildcat80

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 02, 2012

I really like that the article lays out the differences between the two notes, but it misses the point when it points out the "deficiencies" of the smaller Note. If you compare it to the Pixel 3 XL with 128gb of memory and 4GB of ram it looks incredible. Even when you compare it to the upcoming Pixel 4 XL, it has a bigger and better screen, at least double the memory and 2GB more ram. Based on last year's pricing, the lower speced Pixel 4 XL will cost at least $50 more than the Note 10 and if you take the $600 trade in value for last year's phones, you can pick up a monster of a phone for $400, which should be a big upgrade for most users taking advantage of the trade in.

30. oldskool50

Posts: 1290; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

Sound shallow? Like most of people who buy iPhone for status? Come on dude. Stop acting like what I said isnt true for millions of people

34. mrochester

Posts: 975; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

I think you’d need to do a poll to find out why people buy iPhones.

2. oldskool50

Posts: 1290; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

The Note is not an S with a pen. It's a galaxy with a Pen. Even though you technically can accomplish many tasks you do on the Note on the S, the Note has several features that have zero to do with the pen that exceed the capabilities of the S. If the Galaxy S is equal to your sibling, but the Note was your father; even though they have something in common; would you say your father is like your sibling just older? No you wouldn't.

18. AnTuTu

Posts: 1601; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

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4. LiveFaith

Posts: 448; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

The Note 10 is exactly what I and more than a few have been asking for in the past 4-5 years. Specifically, a SMALLER Note with S-pen. The Note series has pushed it's size to the boundary of usage for the average person and beyond. The 8 (which I own) and 9 are simply unwieldy to a lot of people's daily lives and usage. Bigger is NOT always better. The Note series is past the limit for many. The Note 10 is an excellent fix to the problem. I personally wanted a Note exactly the size of the S9. That phone is so very nice in size yet still yields good visibility on the display with the shrinking bezels. Fanboys want to whine and moan about the deficiencies of the 10 vs the 10+. But, from a pure marketing standpoint, I bet 90%+ of retail buyers could care less about the loss of SD & 45watt charge. Only a handful are gonna go out and spend $50+ on a 45w charger, even for the +. Only fanboys and spec freaks care about the 1080 display. A display which is absolutely gorgeous by all accounts. A display which saves plenty of battery usage. A display which nobody can even tell has less ppi than the +. Human eyes cannot differentiate between 400 & 500+ppi. Few will care about the 3500mah cell. Because battery life will turn out probably near identical to the + which is pushing nearly twice the wasted pixels and 50% more (basically meaningless) RAM. Now for fanboys who want to measure certain body parts as a contest ... all the above matters. For consumers who want a blazing fast and phenomenally functional device with the only quality pen solution available ... the Note 10 will be perfect. I'll eventually upgrade my Note8 to one and gladly have it slip all the way into my pocket finally.

7. Plutonium239

Posts: 1199; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Actually the human eye can see to around 2000ppi at 4 inches.

24. LiveFaith

Posts: 448; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

Let me rephrase then. Nobody would have ever physically seen the difference in 1080v1440 OLED between the 10 and 10+. Both displays are spectacular. That's the lab test that matters.

28. Ichimoku

Posts: 165; Member since: Nov 18, 2018

basically the same 400ppi, maybe a little bit more on the 10+.

35. Plutonium239

Posts: 1199; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Most people may not notice, however, I myself can notice the difference between both resolutions. People can see the differences, it's more a matter of whether or not they care about the difference. The difference is slight, yes but it is there, most consumers don't really care that much, however except unless they want to brag about the specs of their phone.

5. User123456789

Posts: 808; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

For those that dont care about ToF nor QHD. And of course those that dont have NBA player's hands

23. LiveFaith

Posts: 448; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

The ToF is the only thing that the + has that disappoints me @ the smaller 10.

31. oldskool50

Posts: 1290; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

The Note 10 is 6.3". The Note 9 is 6.4". That doesnt make much different. And if you have small hands, unless you get a Note 3 or older, they are all big phones. I seen plenty of females with small hands use the Note. It's a 2 handed phone regardless of your hand size. My wife has small hands. She loves and uses her phone more than I do. She can't out it down, she is addicted to it.

32. Gamas_K

Posts: 88; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

Note 10 body is a lot smaller than note 9, Note 10+ however have a near identical size with the note 9

6. jellmoo

Posts: 2562; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I would have loved a Note 10e. Compact form factor, physical fps, no curved screen and the power of the S-Pen? Yes please.

9. ebilcake

Posts: 1227; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

People with low IQ's? I mean if you're buying a £1k phone that's only marginally better than last years note for twice the price then you have to be pretty damn stupid, right?

13. MsPooks

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

$1100 =/= 2×$950 Do you have to be pretty damned stupid to know that?

14. ebilcake

Posts: 1227; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Note 9 in the UK can be had for around £500, Note 10/+ starts at £900-£1199 It's impossible to justify this.

25. LiveFaith

Posts: 448; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

For me (and many many others), the 10 is radically better than the Note 10+, 9, 8, or 7. That manageable form factor is a big deal. The smaller size allows components to scale such as battery size and screen resolution. The 10s real world battery life will be in same realm as the 10+. Thanks to scaled down and unnecessary pixels and over the top 12gb of ram. With 256gb storage on board, it's getting pretty meaningless for SD, except for the few who swap cards a lot. Losing the ToF sensor sucks tho. The small 10 will smoke the older Notes in speed w better SoC and UFS3.0 and a near overkill of 8gb RAM itself. Losing the 3.5mm suck for a lot of folks, but a Y adapter ain't expensive. And the cameras and image SW is better than any Note before it. So no, unless your a tech fanboy who gets his/her security from a spec sheet, the smaller 10 is going to be a great device for a lot of people. It is unchallenged in all the world as a manageably sized phone with S-pen on board.

10. cmdacos

Posts: 4085; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Checked out the Note lineup in a Samsung store on the weekend. The smaller 10 is actually quite nice and compact. Not for me personally as I am more of a traditional note user but if I was looking for the pen with a smaller format the regular note is a nice choice.

11. mel0524

Posts: 69; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Samsung note 10 is for people that has a lot of money to burn and do not care to pay $1,XXX out of pocket lol

26. LiveFaith

Posts: 448; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

I got to get out there this week.

12. nikhil23

Posts: 426; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

for anyone who wants best camera (dxomark) or best display(displaymate) or best phone

17. chenski

Posts: 759; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

I want the best camera and best phone but I ain't buying the notes
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