Opinion

The Galaxy S10’s smoothness is unmatched by any previous Galaxy flagship

The Galaxy S10 is the smoothest yet of any Galaxy flagship as far as the general user interface is concerned. I’ve always been extra critical of Samsung’s inadequacy at optimizing its software compared to others here at SamMobile, but I’ve found fewer reasons to complain in the last couple of years. The Galaxy Note 9 was the most impressive of all Galaxy flagships in terms of everyday performance for me, until I switched to the Galaxy S10+.

As I mentioned in our Galaxy S10+ review, the device feels smoother than any previous Galaxy. Maybe it’s the newer Exynos chipset, maybe it’s Android Pie, maybe Samsung decided to optimize things for the tenth-anniversary Galaxy S lineup, maybe it’s the 8GB of RAM, or maybe it’s a combination of all or some of those factors, but I can’t get enough of how quick and smooth the Galaxy S10+ runs. In fact, the extra RAM might have something to do with it, as the Galaxy S10e (with 6GB of RAM) feels closer to the Galaxy Note 9 in terms of day-to-day usage than the Galaxy S10+.

I can already imagine some of the incoming comments from our readers, asking me how it’s possible that I have had noticed performance issues on Samsung’s flagship phones while they haven’t. Frankly, I think I’m just a tad too impatient and get irritated easily when I try to do things too quick and a phone can’t keep up. But the Galaxy S10+ keeps up with every demand of mine without breaking a sweat. Again, the general user interface is where I’ve noticed the difference, and I can only hope it won’t be affected when Android Q comes along or as my S10+ starts filling up with more data in the coming months.

Do you think your Galaxy S10 feels quicker and smoother than your last Galaxy flagship?

  • Model: SM-G975F
  • Dimensions: 74.1 x 157.6 x 7.8mm
  • Display: 6.4"(162.5mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 9820 Octa
  • Camera: 12 MP.CMOS F2.4 45° Telephoto & 12MP F1.5/F2.4 77° & 16MP F2.2 123° Ultra-wide

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juliograziano
juliograziano

Scrolling on Google Chrome app still stutters on S10. I think that doesn’t happen on OnePlus and Apple iPhone. I don’t know about Huawei or other chinese brands though. Nice device but even with 8GB and 12GB of ram it still stutters when scrolling on Chrome. Wonderful phone but poor software again (I’m using a S8). I think I’m going to use pie until this year and switch from Sammy. Kinda done for now.

TheSparda
TheSparda

Give it a few months and it will lag. My note 9 is already slow and laggy. Samsung phones always start off smooth, so I am not surprised. The real test would be down the line in a few months.

TheMightyDuck04
TheMightyDuck04

This is far from true these days.I have my S9 plus for almost a year and it’s running like a beast.

Yousef206
Yousef206

Keep the resolution at fullhd and clear cache partition every two weeks

agyawusu2012
agyawusu2012

I guess I have to rob me of my life savings to get this beast of a phone. Lol

SWIZZBEATZ
SWIZZBEATZ

Every Samsung is fast after they just released. Just give it a few months and few security updates later. Lol.

locarno
locarno

So it took 10 years to improve software ?

locarno
locarno

“Frankly, I think I’m just a tad too impatient and get irritated easily when I try to do things too quick and a phone can’t keep up.”

Me too. I want phone that is faster than me. On my S9 I’m always faster than my phone.

samsungfan99
samsungfan99

It’ll lag after a month

thibaly
thibaly

You’re right. I feel it like this is super powerful

ASH8
ASH8

Unmatched, well it would want to be, $1500.00 AUD price is just ridiculous for a Phone, my S5 still runs perfectly and can now root to Pie if I want to..
Just can not see the value at all…for a flagship.

fcaroll
fcaroll

Come on, that hardware is definitely overkill to make android run smooth. It can (and it must given, that it’s samsung) run smoothly with much lower powered hardware, it’s just ridiculous that it took all this time to samsung to make the software experience smooth. If that smoothness comes just from the hardware’s power it will drain the battery and run hotter than needed, so i think this is a valid indicator

rmbln01
rmbln01

Update the Note9’s software with the same performance improvements made on the S10 and let’s see.

Well, I’m just dreaming ‘coz it’s not gonna happen.

Thorstgold
Thorstgold

What’s the problem? I’m using my note9 since August. I never had any issues. It still is a hell of a beast 😎

rmbln01
rmbln01

Same here.
I just feel our Note9 still has a lot of potential for improved performance.
Specially now with the Pie Update, all they did was push Monthly security update.
Performance wise, none. I mean, notice the kernel version? It’s been the same since January.

siaho
siaho

The modem is from December 2018, btw. They stop any real development, just security patches and that’s all. 🙂

siaho
siaho

This is true, samsung release new android versions, but never rewrite the kernel, just makes changes in it to make it work with the new android = only the first release kernel is actually optimised.

This is the main reason why the s10 is maybe smoother, the kernel is a newer one with new tricks in it that will never come to the “modified to work” note 9 kernel. Not to mention that they didn’t radically change the exynos SOC control in the android 9 release. Just small changes that are easy to make.

edwardmcardle
edwardmcardle

I initially thought that ..but web performance sometimes gets quite jittery. Also the screen latency and scroll response to finger input seems off. My previous daily was a OnePlus and it was brilliant for this. Hope Samsung sort it because the hardware is incredible (not counting the sub par exynos) as i really want to keep this phone (S10+)

FXmAniac
FXmAniac

I have had a lot of Samsung flagships since Galaxy S2, and scrolling performance has always been an issue. It is not bad all of the time, but performance is very inconsistent. Writing this from Note8, still issues :). Maybe it’s because I always get Exynos. Maybe Snapdragons do not have these issues. I guess…

stondec
stondec

The Snapdragon versions of the Note 8 and 9 don’t seem to have the performance issues you reference.

edwardmcardle
edwardmcardle

Agreed. If they could make it consistent like the much cheaper oneplus it would be a perfect phone. Hardware and looks are awesome on the S10 plus. software smoothness and gestures are incredible on OnePlus (I have 6t and S10 plus exynos) would love to know about Snapdragon versions also

siaho
siaho

The snapdragon versions also have some of the issues, but to lesser degree – they perform a lot better as the last years sd generations are just a lot better.

Samcurve
Samcurve

agree…fully agree… I have both S10 Plus and S10e and they run every task smoothly…

Sleepypandauk
Sleepypandauk

Im Jealous, probably aim for the plus model but wouldn’t mind the smaller e model to