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Samsung has fixed the major complaints I had about the Galaxy S10+

We loved the Galaxy S10+ here at SamMobile when we reviewed it back in March. It had a few issues, but none were big enough to significantly ruin the experience of using the phone. It’s been a little over three months now since our Galaxy S10+ review was published, and barring a few detours to test the many new Galaxy M and Galaxy A series phones Samsung has launched this year, the S10+ has been my primary device for around two months at this point.

For me, the Galaxy S10+ fell short in three areas. The battery life was surprisingly average despite the 4,100 mAh battery under the hood, the in-display fingerprint sensor was not quick enough and had lower accuracy than the physical fingerprint sensors from previous Galaxy flagships, and the phone’s night-time photography skills were noticeably lagging behind what some of the competition was offering (namely Huawei and Google devices).

I didn’t really mind the lack of a notification LED, as I tend to check my phone every few minutes (not a good habit, I know) and also have WhatsApp running on my PC at all times. As for that dual front camera screen cutout, I accepted it as a necessary evil, a compromise for having the Galaxy S10 model with the largest battery. And while Samsung can’t really do anything about the pill-shaped cutout, it has managed to address the three major complaints I had about the Galaxy S10+.

Fingerprint recognition and battery life were tackled first

Improvements to the fingerprint sensor came first. Samsung promised to enhance the performance of the sensor with software updates and then delivered on that promise soon after. The in-display sensor is now extremely quick, and I’ve also gotten used to putting my finger on the correct part of the screen without paying much attention. I don’t use the fingerprint sensor all the time. I prefer waking the screen up by bringing the phone in front of my face and using facial recognition, and the few times that fails, the fingerprint sensor works pretty well as a failsafe.

Battery life also improved noticeably somewhere down the line. I’m not sure if it was Bixby learning my usage patterns or a result of Samsung fixing issues with the proximity sensor and the Tap to wake feature with a software update. Some people say the latter two are still an issue, but even if that is true, I’m content with how long my Galaxy S10+ is able to last on a single charge. It’s still not great, but it’s substantially better for me now than it was in the first few weeks.

And then came the ‘Night in shining armor’

Three months later, what makes me most happy is the addition of the dedicated camera Night mode. It’s perhaps the first time that Samsung has released such major improvements and new camera features for a flagship phone after launch. The first iteration of Night mode wasn’t that great, as Samsung simply spun off the lackluster Bright Night camera feature into a dedicated camera mode. But then, out of the blue, it released a software update that made Night mode actually useful.

One can argue that Samsung should have offered this Night mode from day one instead of just slapping an ultra-wide camera on the back to differentiate the Galaxy S10 from its predecessor. And I agree. But the company could have simply ignored the hue and cry and kept the improvements for after the launch of the next flagship. The fact that it didn’t has to be commended, and Samsung should also be praised for making those improvements meaningful instead of only doing the bare minimum.

The Galaxy S10+ is still not perfect, but it’s close

As it says in the title, Samsung has now managed to fix the major complaints I had with the Galaxy S10+. It’s still not the perfect device, but can there ever be a perfect device? For a flagship phone, the Galaxy S10+ ticks all the boxes and is better now than it was at launch, which is not something you can say for previous flagships from the company.

Of course, this is the kind of support that should be part of the package when you spent upwards of $1000 on a smartphone, and I’m glad Samsung hasn’t let us down in that regard. Fingers crossed such improvements will continue to arrive in the future.

  • 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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kfzhu1229
kfzhu1229

Well Samsung also released camera feature improvements on the S9 family after release. longer super slow mo at 480fps and flaw detection weren’t there at release, there are added afterwards as well

locarno
locarno

“which is not something you can say for previous flagships from the company.”

Explain.

RomanBRS
RomanBRS

Only one complain, proximity sensor. Display turning on in pocket all the time, even with Pocket mode. Dont tell me nothing, I had many phones and S10 have clearly problem with detection is in pocket. All others is perfect!

gogolak
gogolak

True

Andrej Zwettler
Andrej Zwettler

TRUE

paul1035
paul1035

I can’t stand this! I don’t understand why this hasn’t been fixed yet. Everyday this gets on my nerve at some point in the day. It’s amazing what your phone can accomplish when it’s in your pocket with the screen on. So many text messages and emails sent somehow with gibberish and random pictures attached. Maybe I just have the smartest pocket ever, but it’s supper annoying and frustrating! I’ve talked to others and they say they now put their phone in their pocket with the screen facing out, and that scares me!

tdc
tdc

True, and also some people complaint about whatsapp, twitter (I have it with twitter) and gmail notifications to arrive only when the phone is unlocked

Matroidz
Matroidz

Yes, I just want AOD&Double tab wake off when in pocket or something cover top sensor.

Biransahin
Biransahin

Nice article. Though I do have to say that in my experience both my Note9 and my wife’s S9 plus are much better than they were at launch. To be honest just about every brand of phone gets updates that improve them after launch. I’m just looking at the camera improvements alone that have come to the Note9 and S9 with the new night mode still to come. Of course I remember how much better the battery life is compared to the first few months after launch, and not forgetting the upgrade to One UI.

gentux
gentux

Now I hope they improve Dex, we have enough power to replace a netbook or tablet. It’s just the software. Come on Samsung, don’t waste the potential.

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

The FPS fixed has helped but what I have noticed the biggest help is to remove the pre installed screen protector and either do without or replace with a wet applied one. This has fixed any issues I had with it. Agree battery life on the normal s10 is about the same as my s9 or s9 but doesn’t bother me too much as I charge my phone to full at work or when I m out and about for herbal internet browsing etc I still can come home after a full day with over 50% charge. The night shot… Read more »

gogolak
gogolak

The only problems I have(exynos):
1. Fingerprint might be dirty error from time to time when I take out the phone from pocket
2. Proximity sensor performance is inconsistent
3. Animations aren’t smooth enough for pretentious like me
4. Games performance is inconsistent

Everything else is pretty good. I’m much more satisfied with s10+ than I was with any other galaxies. S10 is also the first galaxy that got so many improvements with updates after its launch. Let’s hope they don’t stop here

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

Have you turned the animation to 0.5 X speed on Developer mode? That helps speed things up but won’t solve smoothness

gogolak
gogolak

I actually turned on reduce animations. Feels better 😀

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

Not as good as the dev options

djcbs
djcbs

They haven’t fixed any of mine, though. – Substratum is still blocked (I don’t expect them to revert this change. This block has Google’s filthy paws stamped all over it. But since they managed to make root even worse to get, it would be nice of them to at least give us the option). – There’s still no proper substitute for the LED light (you’d imagine that by now they would have added that, but nope). – There’s still no manual mode in the ultra-wide camera, God only knows why. – “Night” mode is still a joke compared to the… Read more »

ZeneticX
ZeneticX

there’s no way the night mode will top P30 because of hardware limitation. And in some test its shown to be on par or even better than Pixel. The Anandtech test for example.

djcbs
djcbs

I know it won’t match the P30. That’s Samsung’s fault for insisting in using the same 12mp camera since the S7. However, the problem with Night Mode on Samsung isn’t, to me, so much the hardware but the way the software goes about it. While the P30 (as well as the iPixel) take a bunch of pictures in different exposures and stack them to create a single one, Samsung is just using a longer shutter speed and then throwing HDR at it. The problem with this approach is that it’s much more prone to blurry images since the person will… Read more »

Anonymous
Anonymous

Tens of millions of snapdragon users hasn’t even gotten the undermentioned fixes.

Hambone01
Hambone01

We still don’t have any of the camera improvements or night mode

paul1035
paul1035

I don’t understand why these fixes are getting pulled out of the monthly updates for Snapdragon users. It’s driving me nuts!

stondec
stondec

They need to include software tweaks to allow call recording apps to work again.

HFL087
HFL087

They can’t, they under google contract, and they added built in recorder, because of that , so say thanks, many users dosnt got this option

hogar
hogar

Sammy only needs to fix the proximity sensor so AoD can shine again.