Test Samsung Galaxy S10, a good smartphone that lacks breath – digital, Galaxy S10: our opinion after a month of use

Galaxy S10 reviews

On video, on the other hand, the high -end of Samsung impresses. Stabilization and image quality simply amazed me, so much so that I use the S10+ to shoot some parts of the videos published on the Phonandroid YouTube channel.

Samsung Galaxy S10 test, a good breath that is lacking in breath

Writing note: 2 out of 5

For its 10th Galaxy S, Samsung has chosen to make several changes to its flagship. From design to photo, including the interface and the fingerprint reader under the screen, the Galaxy S10 knows well of the new.

Presentation

The Samsung Galaxy S10 is – as its name suggests – the tenth generation of the flagship series of the Korean manufacturer. It has the heavy burden of straightening the bar for a brand whose market share is nibbled by competition. Chinese competition mainly, whose offensive is led by Huawei. Behind, Xiaomi also grows to make a place. Does the Galaxy S10 have the means to win in the face of this armada of the Middle Empire being sold € 909 ?

Writing note: 3 out of 5

Ergonomics and design

On an aesthetic level, the Galaxy S10 offers great innovations, while relying on the achievements of the previous generation. Main change: the screen, which goes to a 19: 9 format and occupies a very large part of the front panel. Here, 88.4 % of the front area are covered by the display. It is simply one of the best scores of our comparison. Enough to fit an 8.3 % larger screen, in a body whose surface increases only 4 % compared to the Galaxy S9. The Galaxy S10 still goes into the category of very large smartphones, whose use by one hand is limited. Those who love small models will rather turn to the Galaxy S10E.

This large screen limits the borders, without completely eliminating them. Music musicians will be happy to discover that the mini-jack 3.5 mm socket is very present, a rarity on the high end. The finishes are overall irreproachable and perfectly at the expected level on a galaxy s. With its slightly curved edges, the Galaxy S10 offers excellent grip. Glass is always in front and rear. A layer of Gorilla Glass 6 protects the screen, while the back is in Gorilla Glass 5.

Another novelty for this S10, the return of the fingerprint reader on the front. Here, it is under the screen that he comes to stay, as we have already seen on a Huawei Mate 20 Pro, a OnePlus 6T or even a Xiaomi Mi 9. Unlike the latter, the Galaxy S10 operates an ultrasonic and non -optical technology. If it does not necessarily be faster than its competitor, ultrasound technology is more secure and works with wet fingers. You can read on this subject the article we have devoted to this fingerprint reader. In use, this fingerprint reader causes some frustrations. Sometimes fast and effective, sometimes slow and source of failures, the execution is uneven.

Samsung also retains the IP68 seal certification (up to 1 m 50 deep for 30 min). NFC compatibility is also preserved, as is the microSD port and the wireless load. Note that the Galaxy S10 also authorizes the inverted wireless load, allowing it to transform into induction charger for other compatible devices. Practical, but not exceptional, insofar as the yield is quite low.

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Writing note: 5 out of 5

Screen

Samsung has abandoned its Super Amoled screens to go to Dynamic Amoled. A more commercial name change than anything else. Indeed, the 6.1 inch slab remains designed on a basis similar to that of a Galaxy S9, with a diamond arrangement of the sub-pixels (Pentile). This new name is mainly due to compatibility with the HDR10 standard+. The OLED retains its advantages, with an almost infinite contrast rate, while rimming the brightness at 735 cd/m², the highest we have crossed on this type of slab. The bright peak exceeds 1,000 cd/m², excellent news for HDR content. Note however that these values ​​can only be reached if the protection presigned on the screen is removed.

Writing note: 5 out of 5

Samsung has always displayed a good color mastery of its screens. It is not with the Galaxy S10 that the custom will stop. It should also be noted that Samsung offers the best display mode, now called “natural”, by default. In addition to this, the Galaxy S10 allows you to switch to a “lively” mode, in less faithful and more shimmering colors. In “natural” mode, we measure a Delta E at 2.5. This is not the best score that we have measured, but it remains excellent. Indeed, when the delta E is less than 3, an unreal eye will not perceive any colorimetric drift. The color temperature is established for 6,680 k, very close to the standard (6,500 k). Good news, it is not necessary to go through an adjustment of this temperature to obtain this excellent result.

The new screen ratio of the Galaxy S10 logically arrives with an unusual definition. The Samsung smartphone displays in WQHD+ (3,040 x 1,440 px). The resolution of the screen then reaches the very comfortable value of 550 ppi. Note that, by default, the display is set in Full HD+definition, a less energy -consuming choice. The Galaxy S10 screen benefits from good responsiveness, with a touch delay of 77 ms and a zero remanence.

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Writing note: 3 out of 5

Performance

The Samsung Galaxy S10 introduces the new Soc from Korean stalls. This is the exynos 9820 and not the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, operated only in the American and Chinese markets. In practice, it remains extremely solid, with high -flying performance. The Galaxy S10 is cut to collect all uses without flinching, from the most basic to the most demanding. With its 8 GB of RAM, the S10 juggles perfectly between applications and fluidity is in all cases.

For video games, it is an IGPU Mali-G76 MP12 who takes over. Again, the experience is flawless. The Galaxy S10 can operate all the games that are subject to it without ever showing a signing of slowing down. The most gourmet 3D games retain perfect fluidity, even with all the graphic parameters adjusted thoroughly. Samsung’s smartphone is a very good level portable console.

Writing note: 5 out of 5

Audio

Samsung acts as a resistant to the disappearance of the 3.5 mm mini-jack socket on smartphones. Even though high -end terminals have abandoned this analog connection, the Galaxy S10 keeps it on its lower edge. Well took the Korean since it is very satisfactory.

The Galaxy S10 benefits from two speakers which allow it to deliver a very good quality stereo sound. The device is both powerful and rather precise. The width of the stereo scene is appreciable, both to watch an episode of standard and for video games. On this point, the Galaxy S10 is among the best students on the market.

Writing note: 3 out of 5

Photo

It is probably in the photo that the Galaxy S10 displays the most new products. While the S9 was content with a single photo module on the back, its successor has 3. He benefits from a 16 Mpx sensor, surmounted by an optics opening at f/2.2 equivalent to a 13 mm-of the very large angle, therefore. The second module is based on a 12 MP sensor and an equivalent 52 mm optics opening at f/2.4. Finally, the last module is the same as that of the S9, namely a 12 Mpx sensor and a stabilized optics with variable opening (f/1.5 or f/2.4). Samsung therefore resumes here the already crossed recipe on its Galaxy A9 – better – and recolle competitors like the Huawei Mate 20 Pro or the Xiaomi Mi 9. The promise is to offer a wide choice of focal lengths for different situations.

With its Galaxy S9, Samsung had experienced a small diet in photo. Image processing of the Korean manufacturer, very focused on smoothing, did not allow the flagship to win among the best students. If the equipment does not evolve for the main camera of the Galaxy S10, the processing of image progresses well. In broad daylight, the images are more detailed and the colors are a little more neutral. Overall, the Galaxy S10 is one of the best smartphones of the moment. On the other hand, the edge of the images loses in dive. The responsiveness of the smartphone when you develop and capture a cliché remains exemplary.

In low light, the Galaxy S10 also marks a certain progression compared to its predecessor. The shots are less smoothed and Samsung plays a little more on accentuation to keep detail. The exhibition is a little less fair than on Google’s Pixel 3, but the restitution of the whole scene is good.

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Lab-Focus on the ultra-angle photo module of the Galaxy S10

Before the complete tests of the Galaxy S10 and S10+ which should be published next week, we offer you a point on the moddu.

The great novelty of this Galaxy S10 is the appearance of its very much angle module. It makes it possible to obtain a very wide framing, perfect for taking pictures for which we have little hindsight or certain landscapes. Compared to the equivalent module of a Huawei Mate 20 Pro, that of the Galaxy S10 is doing well in broad daylight. At night, the S10 like the Mate 20 Pro have much more difficulty not sinking into electronic noise.

The 3rd and last module present on the back of the Galaxy S10 acts as a 2x zoom. He too ranks among the good students in broad daylight. The 12 Mpx sensor delivers rather natural shots, which is quite rare on these kinds of modules. As always, on our test in low light, it is the main sensor and a digital zoom that takes over. Quality then falls clearly.

Small software additions operated by Samsung are welcome. The “Shouting Suggestions” offer better framing on certain plans. It is proposed to refocus on a point when necessary or to straighten the device to put the horizon flat. For the video, it is the “super stabilization” mode that is pleasant. It actually offers excellent stability in plans, not far from what certain action-cams offer.

The front photo module finishes completing the right work done by Samsung in photo. The selfies captured are rather detailed and color management is particularly successful. The counter-days are managed without any problem by the Galaxy S10. Self -portrait lovers will appreciate.

Writing note: 2 out of 5

Autonomy

Endurance was clearly the weak point of the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S10 promised to do better. A larger battery and an SOC supposed to be more efficient suggested that the Galaxy S10 would offer autonomy worthy of the name. It is not, and it somewhat tarnishes the painting of the Korean flagship. On our smartvis test protocol, the Galaxy S10 held 12:02. This is as much as the Galaxy S9, and far from the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, Xiaomi Mi 9 or OnePlus 6t. In practice, the Galaxy S10 can collect a full day with standard use. On the other hand, more fierce users will find it difficult to reach the end of the evening. It will sometimes be necessary to give a little juice to the Galaxy S10 at the end of the afternoon so as not to fall into the harbor.

No ultra -fast load to put in the tooth with the Galaxy S10. However, there is only a little more than 1h40 for a complete recharge.

The Galaxy S10 arrives under Oneui, a version specific to Samsung from Android 9.0 pie. If the graphic and aesthetic choices call for debate within the editorial staff, Samsung still offers good ideas. The most interesting of all is probably the one that makes it possible to display the elements in the lower part of the screen, leaving them more easily with one hand. It does not work with everything and remains overall confined to phone settings and Samsung applications, but the intention is appreciable.

For the rest, we can regret that Bixby still does not speak French or that Samsung chooses to always install as many applications by default. The shortcuts of the sidebar are always there. They allow access to a selection of applications or shortcuts of a shift from the edge of the display.

Bixby routines also appear. They operate on a basis “if. SO. “”. Practical when you want to adapt certain elements of your smartphone to your environment. We can for example program the Galaxy S10 so that it goes into vibrating mode when it detects that we arrive at work.

Galaxy S10+: Our opinion after a month of use

Opinion – For more than a month that the Galaxy S10+ put its suitcases at the editorial staff. After walking from hand to hand, I took it with me to use it daily. After a month, here is what I think about it.

Galaxy S10 Plus Bilan Month

On February 20, 2019, Samsung unveiled its new Galaxy S10 range, made up of three products: S10E, S10 and S10+. After testing the first two for a few days, I wanted to prolong the experience using daily the largest of the three. The Galaxy S10+ therefore keeps company with the iPhone XS Max that I test at the same time for a year.

The exercise does not consist in comparing the iPhone XS Max and the Galaxy S10+, recently published content already animates discussions between fans. I will be content here to share my feelings, what I loved, what I liked the least, which disappointed me.

  • Fatal Beauty
  • It takes place !
  • But it tires quickly
  • DJ Samsung sets fire !
  • Play it as a Depardon
  • Love at first sight
  • Comments

Fatal Beauty

Whether we like the brand or not, let’s recognize Samsung its talent to design beautiful smartphones. If the Galaxy S9 did not mark upheaval compared to the S8, the Korean has made major changes with its Galaxy S10 range.

Galaxy S10 Plus Bilan Month Design

I will not chew my words: The Galaxy S10+ is beautiful. Very fine, he shines above all by his exemplary finishes. All dressed glass, the white model is particularly attractive. Its slight overweight and its small curves give the smartphone an appearance that is both robust, elegant and qualitative.

Above all, The S10+ breathes minimalism. This is particularly felt when it is held from the front. The front surface completely covered by the screen gives the smartphone a futuristic appearance. Only the little punch invites itself to the party, but he knows how to stay discreet. I even find that he brings a certain charm to the whole. I also point out that the fingerprint reader under the screen has never been problematic for me.

Galaxy S10 Plus Bilan Month Reader Fingerprints

Finally, The screen stands out as the main attraction of this S10+. Sublime, it largely outperforms competitors. The exemplary image quality perfectly meets my needs, in particular for the consultation of videos. What happiness !

Galaxy S10 Plus assess

It takes place !

With its Exynos 9820 processor, its 8 GB of RAM and its 128 GB of storage, the Galaxy S10+ promised beautiful things on paper. I use my smartphone above all as part of my professional activity: web, emails, social networks, music, photo (including some retouching applications), video (consultation and shootings). I therefore expect my work tool that he holds the pace (especially for multitasking) at least all day. After all, my iPhone XS Max is enduring, while it is not among the best models on the market on this criterion.

Galaxy S10 Plus Bilan Month Performances

Without reaching the performance level of the A12 Bionic chip, the configuration of the S10+ perfectly meets my expectations. The smartphone has never shown signs of weakness in one month of use: no bug, crash or freeze. During my rare playing sessions, I surprised myself to extend my games, wrapped in comfort, fluidity and graphic quality. Only the slight rise in temperature bothered me.

One love, one ui

I will not turn around the pot, With one UI Samsung makes a major change On this new S10 range. After Touchwiz (a gas factory) and Samsung Experience (can do better), the Korean finally incorporates an Android overlay worthy of its leader status.

Samsung Galaxy S10 One UI test

Completely redesigned, The One UI interface is minimalist, clear and intuitive. Mission accomplished: it stands out as the best version of Android at present (while waiting for the next Oxygen OS of OnePlus) in my opinion. Special mention in the night mode which completely transforms the interface into a particularly attractive black theme. It presents two advantages as a bonus:

  • In the absence of blue light, he spares our eyes
  • It limits energy consumption

But it tires quickly

Autonomy, precisely, is very average. The passage through the charging box proved compulsory at the end of the day quite regularly, around 8 p.m. (for a start at 7:30 am). This corresponds more or less to the autonomy of the iPhone XS Max, but this point has never been among the strengths of Apple smartphone. I may have expected a little too much on this side, which is probably explaining my feeling of disappointment.

Galaxy S10 Plus assessment month autonomy

Fortunately, Samsung managed to capsize my tender heart with its multiple recharge methods, in particular the inverted load. In a word: it’s great (ok, it’s three words). Before using it, I looked at this technology with the same disdain as Steve Jobs in front of a stylus (Who Wants A Stylus ?), and relegated it prematurely to the rank of unnecessary gadget. I understood my error (everyone is wrong, Apple released a pencil afterwards) when I found myself on the train with unloaded wireless headphones and little Bryan who was screaming because his sister Kimberley had eaten half of his pitch.

I recharged my headphones by put them simply on the S10+ For a few minutes, enough to listen to Matt Pokora’s last single while Kimberley accompanied his brother’s cries after his mother inflicted what is commonly called “a mandal”. Without wireless recharge, I would undoubtedly be slapped little Kimberley as well as her brother (no jealous), which would have led me to a few hours of police custody, a trial, and certainly a penalty of life sentence. Phew, thank you Samsung !

DJ Samsung sets fire !

Audio is among the least neat points for many manufacturers. Samsung is not part of it, for my greatest happiness. I listen to a lot of music (Spotify Premium and locally), but I am not a very demanding audiophile either (I just want to avoid the hemorrhage of the inner ear). When the music is good (Jean-Jacques, if you look at us), it suits me perfectly.

Galaxy S10 Plus Audio Month Bilan

The AKG headphones provided in the box (3.5 mm jack) surprised me a lot. Without reaching the quality of high -end models, they assure the essentials and still accompany me daily. The integration of Dolby Atmos and compatibility with the best Wireless formats (Aptx, Aptx HD, LDAC) allowed me to appreciate music with my True-Wireless headphones. Samsung managed to find the right balance, bravo !

The sound quality emitted by stereo speakers has finished convincing me. Watching a video or playing is particularly immersive. I have observed no distortion, even with a very high volume. The whole is slightly lacking in bass, but let’s not forget that their power depends on the size of the sound box. In view of the finesse of the Galaxy S10+, the result remains impressive.

Play it as a Depardon

The great photographer and documentary maker Raymond Depardon would undoubtedly like the Galaxy S10 a lot+. Without establishing itself as the best photophone on the market (Huawei’s P30 Pro and Google Pixel 3 are better), it shines by the multiple shooting functions. The triple sensor is excellent in good light conditions. If he slightly deforms the photos, the ultra grand angle remains very good and pushes creativity.

Galaxy S10 Plus assessment month camera

Finally, portrait mode and night clichés are the only ones to have slightly disappointed. But I want to clarify that I often use and compare other smartphones. If the Huawei and Google offset the S10+, the difference remains thin.

On video, on the other hand, the high -end of Samsung impresses. Stabilization and image quality simply amazed me, so much so that I use the S10+ to shoot some parts of the videos published on the Phonandroid YouTube channel.

Love at first sight

You will probably have noted it, I literally fell in love with the Galaxy S10+. Without being the best photophone on the market or the most enduring, it remains, in my opinion, the most complete at the moment. Samsung has done a deep work, particularly on the software part. And that makes the difference.

Galaxy S10 Plus assessment month screen

After a month of use, S10+ has become my main smartphone With the iPhone XS Max. The P30 Pro test did not start my enthusiasm, but I only had it in hand a few days. He will therefore accompany the Galaxy S10+ in the coming weeks. Another long -term test arrives very soon.

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