There’s no doubt that the Samsung Galaxy S10 is one of the best smartphones you can buy right now. But is it worth Rs.1,10,900 price tag in Nepal? Well, let’s see what I feel about the regular Galaxy S10 after my one week of use of the phone.
First things first, the Galaxy S10 is compact! Having come from the Galaxy Note 9, it was a pleasant surprise. I am someone who loves big phones but switching from Note 9, I noticed that I wasn’t losing much of screen real estate. And the notch wasn’t as intrusive as I had expected. In most of the games, the notch area of the screen was cut. So, there wasn’t any issue on the game itself with the notch blocking the view of the elements of the game. However, it meant that you got a smaller area to play games on. The same thing happened when I watched a movie on Netflix. I wished that the screen would go full-screen with a notch in the place. In the official Youtube app, thankfully, the entire screen is not cut out. When you pinch to zoom, the phone gets into full-screen mode and you only miss some pixels on the screen.
Here’s a tip when you watch on full-screen. You to flip the screen in a way that the notch sits on the lower right side of the screen. When you do this, you will realize that you will almost never miss out on any important element of the movie/video that you are viewing.
Leaving the screen aside for a while, there’s a lot of positives to talk about the phone. Let’s start with the performance. Unlike the Exynos variant that you get in the US, the Galaxy S10 that is sold in Nepal is powered by an Exynos 9250 SoC which is comparable to Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC. The single-core performance of the S10 is excellent and almost on-par with the iPhone XS and the XS Max. There are no apps in the Play Store which will push this new Samsung flagship to its limit.
The Nepali variant of the Galaxy S10 comes with the Exynos 9820 SoC. While the performance of the Exynos 9820 is similar to that of the Snapdragon 855, you will see the difference in battery consumption and standby time between the variants.
Since I received the phone from Samsung Nepal, I am naturally reviewing the Exynos variant of the Galaxy S10 which is the only variant that is coming to Nepal. When I compared the phone with another S10 with Snapdragon 855, I round that the battery life is quite a bit different. The Qualcomm variant for some reason seems to hold charge longer. Hopefully, Samsung will be able to fix this with a software update. Also, as Samrat Amatya from Phones in Nepal mentioned, it could be that Samsung is restricting the battery performance in the first few cycles of the phone. I do remember that the battery life on my Note 9 improved after a few weeks time and the same thing may happen with the Galaxy S10.
Talking about the new AMOLED panel that is used in the Galaxy S10, there’s no question that it is the best display out there. When I thought that there couldn’t be a better screen than the one on the Note 9, Samsung showed how it can bring in improvements to a display that is already near-perfect. Also, the curvature on the sides of the S10 is less prominent than the one found on the Galaxy S9 and the S9+ and I have to say it’s a good thing. With the S10, I am yet to encounter an unintentional screen touch. With the S9+, I remember frequently triggering unintentional screen touches.
And finally, let’s talk about the camera. The camera on the Galaxy S10 undoubtedly is the selling feature of the phone and the cameras don’t disappoint. The S10 and the S10+ pack 3 cameras at the back which all serve a purpose that makes sense. One of the cameras is a wide-angle lens, the other is an ultra-wide angle lens and the last one is the telephoto lens. All the cameras perform well but the wide-angle camera is the one I have used the most so far. I will be posting some of the phones I have taken with the phone in a few days. So, stay tuned for that.
During my usage of this phone for a week, I have to say that the Galaxy S10 is one of the most complete phones I have ever used. The display, the design, the features, and the camera of the phone are excellent. The battery life, until now, is decent. I will be updating about the battery life in the full review of the phone.