Opinion

I’d make the Galaxy S10e my daily driver if it didn’t miss one feature

I like the Galaxy S10e more than the Galaxy S10+. It’s not that the Galaxy S10+ isn’t a good phone. It’s almost a masterpiece, as I concluded in our Galaxy S10+ review, but I like the Galaxy S10e more because I wasn’t expecting it to be such a well-rounded flagship. After I completed our Galaxy A50 review, I had the option to move back to the S10e or S10+ and chose to go for the former. I even pondered making it my daily driver, until I went out on a weekend trip and realized the S10e lacks a very important feature.

No telephoto camera is a no-go

Like the Galaxy S9, the Galaxy S10e doesn’t get a telephoto lens as part of its rear camera setup. It has an ultra-wide camera that proved to be extremely useful for taking photos during my trip (to a beautiful hillside destination). The lack of a telephoto camera quickly became an issue, though. Thankfully, I had the Galaxy S10+ in my pocket as well and I used it for all the times I wanted to zoom in on a scene.

The perks of writing about phones and reviewing them for a living made it possible for me to have both phones at hand, but it also made me realize the S10+ is what I’d have to eventually use even though I love the Galaxy S10e. And I do take photos with the telephoto lens in the city as well, so my trip to the hills only reinforced its importance. Basically, for those who want a full-fledged camera experience, the smallest member of Samsung’s flagship lineup continues to be limited.

Compact flagships will always have some sacrifices

To be fair to Samsung, the Galaxy S10e would have costed a lot more if it had things like a triple rear camera or a curved display, and the company had to make some sacrifices to achieve the $750 price tag of the S10e. And it’s probably not easy to decide which features make the cut and which don’t, so I certainly don’t envy the folks over at Samsung who have to make those decisions.

What do you think? Are the Galaxy S10e’s fewer cameras one of the reasons you opted for a Galaxy S10 or Galaxy S10+?

  • Model: SM-G970F
  • Dimensions: 69.9 x 142.2 x 7.9mm
  • Display: 5.8” (146.5mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 9820 Octa
  • Camera: 12 MP, CMOS F1.5/F2.4 (77°) & 16MP, CMOS F2.2 (123°)Ultra Wide

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locarno
locarno

“during my trip (to a beautiful hillside destination).”

“the city as well, so my trip to the hills only reinforced its importance.”

Please share photos from this trip or write article about it.

locarno
locarno

I won’t buy S10e because it is smaller than S9+ and Note 9.

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

Hmmm I think I you are missing the most obvious answer to your challenge. If you want a smaller footprint to that of the huge s10+ but want to have it features. Get the normal s10. It’s a fantastic phone with the same offering as the s10+ without the bulk or the front depth as sensor. It appears that a lot of reviewers out there is forgetting this middle child and very strange that they say the s10 is not worth the value of choice between either the s10+ or s10e. Personally think the s10 is the better choice of… Read more »

ahmedalwakeel552
ahmedalwakeel552

Actually the cropped image from the main sensor isn’t that much different from the telephoto image…. It’s not like it’s 3x or something like that…

djcbs
djcbs

Absolutely not. I couldn’t care less for the zoom lens. If anything, I’d have liked the entire S10 line to have a better main sensor. As in, a 40mp one. Instead of the same old 12mp. That way you’d have more info and you could zoom after taking the picture without risking so much quality degradation. But the reason I bought the S10e was the size. Nothing else. Although, admittedly, if I knew Samsung had f*cked us over by blocking rootless Substratum on the S10e and made rooting a nightmare, I would have probably not have bought the phone at… Read more »

sakshamgami
sakshamgami

Id take the ultra wide over the telephoto any day. While the 2x optical zoom is nice to have, fake bokeh disgusts me. Also Im very much used to the edge display.. its is such a striking and unique thing to have

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

I like the option of having both the telephoto and the ultra wide angle but if I was forced to choose I’m probably in the minority who prefer the telephoto. Having said that I think Samsung should increase it to at least 5x optical zoom.

NinjaChimpy
NinjaChimpy

I’ve been using the S10+ and would definitely keep the ultra wide lens over the telephoto. I’m using it way more than expected for capturing more detail that just isn’t possible with a single lens.

I think telephoto becomes really exciting when you start getting to the 10x zoom levels that some manufacturers are demoing. At the 2x level you’re not gaining much – better than nothing for sure, but in most cases I could get by with digital zoom (or walking a bit closer!).

gentux
gentux

Ultra wide lens was the most important feature for me to even consider upgrading from my S8. Finally I can leave my Sony NEX-6 at home when I go on holiday.

therealssj
therealssj

Even if you have a telephoto and you zoom in, it is going to mess up the picture quality. I think one can survive without a telephoto easily. It’s basically up to your personal preference.

siaho
siaho

Agree, I totally don’t care at all for a telephoto… if the phone have it – ok, but it will not be a factor in the purchase.