There, I said it, there is really nothing else to read — unless you want to learn about how smooth interacting with the device is, how it matches up to the competition or the hole punch for the two front facing cameras actually interact with the device. It’s a quick takeaway, but Samsung is truly doing something great here and it should not go unnoticed.
Design and Use
(*My main interaction and time was spent with the Galaxy S10+, which this hands-on will focus on.)
Samsung knocked the ball out of the park here with an incredibly light design housing a massive 6.4″ AMOLED display that is industry and class leading. For full specifications of the Galaxy S10E, S10 and S10+, go here. This display stretches to each side, curving over to the edge and going almost to the top and bottom as well — almost. There is a small bit of continuity cut off due to the hole-punch cutout for the front facing cameras and in my use and to my surprise, were not too impeding in the use of the device. The cameras essentially sit in the notification space and leave the rest of the screen open as a gigantic media-centric canvas.
What does this mean for daily interactions on the device?
Plain and simple — the hole-punch does not get in the way, unless you really, really want it to. Even during expanding a YouTube video from regular pillarbox to full-screen, the camera cut out doesn’t kill the viewing experience — say that about a traditional “notch”. See below:
Using the Galaxy S10+ is a breeze with apps opening fast and seamlessly, as someone who has tested out most of the flagship Samsung phones in recent memory, the optimizations put in place by the company get better and better and One UI is certainly helping out here. One UI is Samsung’s attempt at simplifying the user interface of a smartphone on a big display. With that being said, touch points are larger and placement of items on the display make it much easier for one-handed use, which is something most of us wish to do. Additionally, One UI seems to cut out a lot of the “crap” and jankiness that older Samsung smartphones included out-of-the-box and looks and feels a lot easier on the eyes. Although One UI is an improvement in performance, we still see the usual shutter lag present in most Android smartphones and the S10 camera is no exception. While the photos turn out excellent and going between all three camera modes (2x, 1x and telephoto) are a breeze — when I tap the shutter button, I expect a photo then not a milli-second or two later.
When it’s all said and done, if you want a great all-around performer, this device is for you. Samsung keeps getting better and better and while us techies, including myself, constantly talk about the Pixel — many seem to forget that. This years Pixel 3 XL is an absolute abomination to look at and many argue that the only reason to even buy the phone is for the camera; however, when Samsung has put together the most complete Android phone of the year, it’s simply too hard to ignore.
Welcome Samsung Galaxy S10, the current best Android smartphone of 2019.