Friday, 26 July 2019

Is the Samsung Galaxy S10 still relevant in mid 2019?


The Galaxy S10 was the first mainstream flagship smartphone to launch in India, and that has led to a very high burden of expectation on it to stay relevant across the year. Especially with the launch of the One Plus 7 Pro, and with the upcoming launches of the iPhone 11 and the Pixel 4. We examine below why the S10 might still be worth it, even mid way through 2019

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The Wireless Charging

This is a feature that is not present on the One Plus (reviewed HERE), and despite it being considered a luxury feature by many, it is essentially a daily convenience item, especially if you have multiple wireless chargeable gadgets. It’s really easy, especially with the official Samsung charging pad to simplify your charging routines without having to search for a wire or a jack

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The Cameras

There’s not much disputing the Camera quality of the S10, especially with the Wide Angle Lens, and with a now updated Night mode, it takes superb quality photos compared to most other flagships. It’s also sparked a revolution in terms of mainstream phones now all having the feature. There’s also a Food mode for all your Food porn needs, it’s like the

The Headphone Jack

Yes, there’s not many of them going around these days. Also, yes, we know you love your Bose headphones from 10 years ago.

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The Edge Drawer

Alright! Enough with the hardware, let’s go a bit soft! The Edge drawer converts an otherwise annoying edge to edge display feature into a really handy utility. You can simply swipe from an edge to bring up a list of selected app shortcuts, really handy for apps that you use on a regular basis, but do not want crowding up your home screen.

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The Bixby Routines

More software features to be excited about, Bixby routines allow you to automate your phone with simple If This Then That commands, for example, if your battery is below 30%, lower screen resolution and brightness, or if you’re past your bedtime at 11, switch off the phone ringer or put it on vibrate. It is a series of extremely useful commands that come in really handy, my personal favourite is allowing Auto Rotate the moment Youtube is launched (I have it on Portrait mode locked in otherwise).

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That’s about it, from us, to answer the above question in the title, the S10 is still a resoundingly brilliant phone. If you are worried about the hardware (Processor, RAM etc) still being relevant, we are probably not the best ones to advise in that department, although to us the features did seem future proof. From a usability standpoint though, the S10 still punches well at its weight, even though it’s been a few months since the release, and with a whole new set of competitors looming at the horizon.