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Samsung revealed their newest Galaxy phones at their Unpacked 2019 event in August: the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus. The new ‘phablets’ (phone + tablet) is packed with features, but it’s also done away with one or two, and it could change how you use your phone.
So, here are some of the key takeaways from the big reveal, starting with (one of) the most obvious:
It’ll probably be one of the largest phones you’ve used to date. The Galaxy Note 10 has a 6.3-inch edge-to-edge screen, and the 10 Plus has a 6.8-inch display. The dimensions of the latter are 77 x 162 x 7.9 mm and weighs in at 196 grams. It’s fairly light, given its size, but it will be a literal handful.
The standard headphone jack is gone.
Samsung was the last major smartphone manufacturer to still include a 3.5mm headphone jack with its products, but both the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus have done away with it. In all likelihood, this will be the trend for future generations of phones.
A free pair of USB-C headphones will be part of the Galaxy Note 10 and 10 Plus package to help people transition. Other, non-Samsung USB headphones will work, but you may need to buy an adapter or go with Bluetooth headphones.
There’s LOTS of storage.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 comes with 256 GB of storage, which is a lot. But, without a microSD slot, 256 GB is all you get.
If you’re in need of serious levels of storage, you might be better off with the Note 10 Plus. It comes with 256 GB or 512 GB of storage (depending on the model you buy) and it has a microSD port built-in. With that, the hard drive can be expanded by another 512 GB, giving your phone a full terabyte of storage, something that rivals most laptops on the market today.
Consider buying a durable case.
Generally, a sturdy case is a good idea for a phone. If you’re prone to dropping it, or if you work in a rough and tumble environment, it’ll save your investment and save you a lot of headaches. The new Samsung is no exception.
When it comes to the shell of the Note 10 Plus, you have two options: ceramic or Gorilla Glass 6 (both versions have Gorilla Glass 5 on the front).
During their ‘Drop Test’, CNET dropped both versions onto a sidewalk from a height of 5 feet (which is about eye-level). A drop from this height was enough to shatter the Gorilla Glass backing as well as the camera lens. The ceramic, on the other hand, held up fairly well with no noticeable damage. That said, the phones CNET dropped from this height did bounce and land with the screen facing down, leaving it with cracks that left the phone inoperable.
So, if you know you’re going to drop your phone at some point, or if you just want to be safe, pick up a durable case, like an Otterbox or a UAG. If your set on going case-free, then take a look at the warranty options.
The S-Pen has a few new features.
The S-Pen is a big draw for a lot of Samsung Note users, and the Note 10/Note 10 Plus has some new functions to show off.
One of them is Air Actions. Syncing the S Pen to the Note 10/10 Plus via Bluetooth allows you to use the pen to activate the camera shutter and take a photo, move between standard and selfie mode, and zoom in or out to get the perfect shot.
Air Doodle is another feature you’ll get to play around with. Get the shot in frame and you can use the S-Pen to add doodles to it. The software is ‘intelligent’ enough that it will automatically apply doodles like wigs or silly glasses to people’s faces, adding a bit of goofiness and a lot of customization to your photo library.
It’s also a useful tool when it comes to video editing on the new Samsung, The S-Pen will make splitting, moving or deleting clips a breeze.
You won’t know until you try.
The best way to know if the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 or 10 Plus is right for you is to play around with it for yourself and to ask more questions. If you’re interested or curious, come in to see the phone for yourself at Tridon. Our cellular team will show you the device, let you explore the features, and answer any questions you have about the technical specifications, rate plans, accessories or warranties.
The new Samsung is available at our Edmonton, Athabasca and Fort McMurray (Clearwater Landing) locations. Drop by and we’ll be happy to help.
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