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Samsung Note 10+ Diary | Day 30

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Its been over a few weeks with the Note 10+. Its been a quick few weeks since I’ve been busy with moving up to the SF Bay area and generally use the phone for phone calls, navigation, banking. A few major things stand out to me at this point. Heck I haven’t even had time to process an unboxing yet. But I’m sure you’ve seen enough of those.

Most of this applies to Note 10 and 10+, but there are some differences.  Check them out in the table below.

Face ID and Touch ID are much better on my iPhones than they are on the Samsung Note 10+. The face login requires a bright image for the camera to track, whereas the iPhone can do it with invisible (to us) dot matrix mapping. So lower light, indoors where dim unlocks aren’t fast and probably aren’t as accurate. Touch ID built into the screen of the Samsung is cool, but also not as fast, effective, and sometimes just a bit frustrating still. I often get the message that I have to press harder. Also, this does not work if you are doing QI charging most of the time because it interrupts the sensors. This is a problem sometimes because I have it locked when I first get into the car and use a QI charging cradle.

The ultra-wide camera on the Note 10+ is very welcome though. And at 16 Megapixels also beats the competition (ahem iPhone 11 Pro etc) in terms of resolution and wide-ness of the angle of view captured. This alone saves me from having to use a Moment lens I used to carry around but then got lazy doing. I’m probably still going to pre-order the Galaxy Note 10+ moment case though, I just wish it wouldn’t take till October to arrive. I think they really need to step up their game in getting these cases out in the wild like the Chinese do with phone cases.

The Ultra Wide angle also doesn’t seem to work full width when recording a video at 60 FPS. Nor is it unlocked during Pro camera capture mode. This is a real shame. I guess I’m going to tack on my moment lens when Moment releases the case or wait for an update or other software unlock to access the full extent of the hardware.

Also, the image stabilization doesn’t work at the full 4K 60 FPS. I have to switch to 4K 30FPS. The new iPhone 11 series can do this

Now that iPhone 11s are in the hands of reviewers, we’re starting to see that iPhone image processing is a major improvement to its predecessor. The Verge thinks its the best camera out of all smartphones at this point and the samples they have provided look like it might be true. The software processing and hardware speed allow several pictures of various different exposures to be captured within milliseconds of each other then combined to form a very well balanced image. This isn’t something new, as Google had been doing this for a while with their Pixel series, but Apple comes in and does it better.

Its pretty much certain that the iPhone 11 beats the Samsung in Video, meets or exceeds Samsung in photo, beats Samsung in speed and security, and also likely (at least with the Pro Max) beats it in battery life.

Samsung Pay worked everywhere. Its pretty awesome. People need to know, Apple Pay is not better, Samsung Pay is widely supported by almost all terminals in the US.

Also I didn’t use the pen as much as I thought. Its just a really small screen, and I don’t have any major drawing art talent. I did use it for notes at client sites and then realize that if they added audio recording capability with the S-Note my scribble might have made more sense. Also I never used the tap to take a picture. I just don’t always carry around a smartphone mount so no real opportunities to use it.

The speed is sufficient for my needs. But I can’t help but feel the iPhone is far more future-proof because its CPU is way more advanced than the Snapdragon 855 in my Note 10+.

Fast Charging is amazing. I don’t have to keep my phone plugged in as much as I did my iPhone X. I wonder how the battery life will fare after a year or so of this though. Even the wireless fast charger I got in my kit is sufficient to charge at a reasonable speed.

I also have the new iPhone 11 in my hands recently for comparison. Stay tuned.

SpecsNote 10Note 10+
Aura Glow, Aura Black, Aura White, Aura Pink, Aura RedAura Glow, Aura Black, Aura White, Aura Blue
71.8 x 151.0 x 7.9 mm77.2 x 162.3 x 7.9 mm
168 g196 g / 198 g 5G
Dimensions: 5.8 × 4.35 × 105.08 mmWeight: 3.04 gDimensions: 5.8 × 4.35 × 105.08 mm Weight: 3.04 g
6.3" FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O Display (2280x1080) 401 ppi HDR10+ certified6.8" Quad HD+ Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O Display (3040x1440) 498 ppi HDR10+ certified
10MP Selfie Camera Dual Pixel AF Pixel size: 1.22μm FOV: 80˚ F.No (aperture): F2.2 Live focus Live focus video10MP Selfie Camera Dual Pixel AF Pixel size: 1.22μm FOV: 80˚ F.No (aperture): F2.2 Live focus Live focus video
Triple camera Dual OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) 0.5x out and 2x in optical zoom Up to 10x digital zoom HDR10+ recording Tracking AFQuad camera Dual OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) 0.5x out and 2x in optical zoom Up to 10x digital zoom HDR10+ recording Tracking AF
Super Fast Charging compatible with in-box TA and cableSuper Fast Charging 2.0 compatible with 45W Travel Adapter and 5A cable (Galaxy Note10+ only)
8GB RAM with 256GB internal storage (LTE model only) 12GB RAM with 256GB internal storage (5G model only)12GB RAM with 256GB internal storage 12GB RAM with 512GB internal storage
NoneOne Nano SIM and one microSD slot (up to 1TB)
Android 9Android 9

Some of my Recommended Accessories for the Note 10 Series

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