Opinion

Our favorite Samsung phone this year is the Galaxy Note 10+

2019 was an extremely busy year for Samsung. The Korean giant launched an insane number of devices: Three different Galaxy S10 models, two Galaxy Note 10 models, a foldable phone, a flagship tablet, countless mid-range Galaxy A devices, multiple Galaxy M series phones, two smartwatches, and a pair of wireless buds.

In our opinion, the Galaxy Fold was the best device to come out of Samsung’s stable because of what it represents, but which of those numerous devices was our overall favorite? Well, as the title of this article has already revealed, it’s the Galaxy Note 10+, which offers a compelling experience unmatched by anything else that Samsung launched this year.

The Galaxy Fold or the Galaxy S10+ may be excellent devices in their own right, but the Galaxy Note 10+ trumps both by being a complete package that brought some much-needed features to Samsung’s flagship line, like support for up to 45W charging. Of course, it’s also unique because of the S Pen, and it came with some very useful new software functionality as well, such as a built-in screen recorder, fun new camera modes like AR Doodle, and improved productivity with its support for running Samsung DeX on a Windows or Mac PC.

We also liked it for the fact that it has a centered punch hole for the front camera. Samsung opted to place the punch hole in the right corner on the Galaxy S10 series but quite frankly, the center alignment is much better. This implementation of the Infinity-O display is now making its way to more Samsung devices, like the recently unveiled Galaxy A51. It’s also going to be present on the upcoming Galaxy S11.

The Note 10+ isn’t perfect. No headphone jack is perhaps its biggest flaw, and it may also be too large for some despite how compact Samsung was able to make it for a device with a 6.8-inch display. But still, it does everything else so well that it’s easy to overlook those shortcomings. The Galaxy Note 10+ is an easy recommendation to anyone looking for a premium flagship smartphone, and while we had the privilege of using everything from the mid-range Galaxy A50 to the $2000 Galaxy Fold, the Galaxy Note 10+ stands as our favorite among them all.

What about you? Which was your favorite among all the devices Samsung launched this year?

  • Model: SM-N975F
  • Dimensions: Bar: 162.3 x 77.2 x 7.9 mm
  • Display: 6.8 inch / 172.72 mm Dynamic AMOLED Display
  • CPU: Exynos 9825
  • Camera: 16MP
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