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Damn, that's not cheap: With the new Galaxy Note 10 and its bigger brother the Galaxy Note 10 Plus, again Samsung tests the £1000-plus price point with customers. We look at how the Note generation prices have evolved over time, compare to the Galaxy S series, and try to predict the best time to buy the Note 10. We're going to take a look at our price development charts by price comparison providers and on posts in bargain blogs.
So it is worth buying, or should you opt for the Galaxy S10 instead? Let's find out...
First, it should be noted that the Note series from Samsung usually has a more stable price than other Galaxy devices. In the Galaxy S7, for example, there was already a 2-for-1 campaign on the basis of the EIA price in the year of publication (after about 6 months).The S7 started at £399, more than half the price of the current S10 at launch - and the Note 10 continues this trend. How expensive can these things get?
We take Black Friday prices as the point of reference for the Galaxy series, because in most cases they mark the best price in the course of the year... The devices are then already half price at the yearly mark on the market and have already lost some of their shimmer. Indeed, 10 to 20 percent loss of value in some cases. Regularly available offers for Christmas sometimes last until Easter, estimated at both S7 and S8 estimated about £ 100 above the calculated Black Friday price of £350.
Despite all the kerfuffle over the high price, it's amazing what development the Note family has seen since its inception: The first model launced all the way back in 2011 was with its screen size of 5.3 inches felt like a real giant. From today's point of view, this seems absurd: The Note 10 Plus reaches a screen diagonal of 6.8 inches. Samsung already showed a similar dimension with the mid-range Galaxy A80, but such a display as in the Note 10 Plus did not exist in the smartphone world. In these gigantic proportions, the edges of the screen are even narrower, the display even more impressive, and TechRadar certainly agreed with us.
In addition, only the Plus model of the Note 10 offers the high QHD screen resolution of 3040x1440 pixels. Even if the laboratory test is still pending: Contrast and brightness are beyond any doubt.
With its large display, strictly speaking, only the Galaxy Note Plus continues the tradition of XXL screens. But the defining element of the Note series is the S-Pen. It has learned a lot in the Note 10 series. Back with the predecessor, the Note 9 (compare deals here), the connection was via Bluetooth, but this time you can remotely control with the S-Pen quite a few apps by three simple gestures.
In the photo gallery, for example, while holding down the S-Pen button, you flick to the left to the next picture by swiping in the air. With the camera, you swipe up to the selfie camera or zoom via a circular motion. The first time you try it, it makes you feel like Harry Potter, but after that, it all feels very natural. By pressing a button you can also trigger the camera. Of course, this remote control is only useful if you do not have the device in your hand. For example, when leaning against a distant stone wall for a group selfie and triggering with a pen. Or when you show off the holiday photos on the TV from the sofa or PowerPoint in the working day on the screen. The connection to TVs and monitors can be made wirelessly (Miracast, Google Cast) or via USB-C-HDMI adapter. Samsung DeX is still very practical: It has an interface adapted to the large screen, similar to Windows, but with Android apps.
Brand new for Samsung is a wonderful feature: a third microphone has been installed on the back of the case, so that during video-rotation takes place parallel to zooming on distant objects and an audio zoom. Similar to a directional microphone, any sort of disruptive or undesirable noise is hidden by the software, which processes the signals from the three microphones.
In the oneCOMPARE first test review, background noise was actually less disruptive to hear in audio zoom recordings, but also the overall sound was slightly changed. If you do not want the function, you can switch it off (zoom microphone in the advanced camera settings).
The Galaxy Note 10 comes by default with 256GB and will cost £949 at launch in the UK.
For comparison, the Galaxy Note 8 with 128GB of memory cost £999 to start, but it is now much cheaper - check out our Note8 review here.
Three colour versions of the new generation Note10 are on offer: Aura bBack, a glowing rainbow version (Aura Glow) and - coming soon, anyway - pink.
Too bad that a variant with a ceramic back, which inspired our testers with the Galaxy S10 Plus, is not yet out at launch.
Pre-orders can now be made for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and should arrive mid to late August in the UK.
We are currently comparing 1116 Samsung Galaxy Note 10 contract deals on SIX major
mobile phone network(s):
We'll shortly be adding Three, Tesco Mobile, Plusnet Mobile and more! No other comparison website offers such
a huge number of possible comparisons.
OneCompare completely gets it, it's not easy trying to understand the differences of each mobile network
operator. Is o2 any better than Vodafone for this smartphone, when it comes to coverage? Or worse? It's a
real minefield. Another example, which is better? A Samsung Galaxy Note 10 ee
contract or a Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Tesco Mobile contract?
The reality is, it can make a huge difference to your satifaction with the overall product. Who wants to have
cruddy download speeds? But never fear - OneCompare is here. Don't forget to check our latest Blog posts
Before you decide to buy a contract or handset, it's important to know if you'll get a signal. Who wants to
be walking around into mobile network's blackholes?! After all, ordering your brand
new Samsung Galaxy Note 10 contract only to find you can't use your data (never
mind going over the allowance!) in your own house will be pretty not cool.
A simple website a number of our visitors have used is Open Signal which maps signal
across all major mobile networks across the UK.
According to Which?, In their latest research, covering June to August 2017, they focused on 4G performance
and found that EE offered the fastest average 4G download speeds of the four networks (EE, O2, Three and
Vodafone). While EE customers enjoyed average 4G download speeds of 29Mbps, those using the O2 network had
to put up with an average speed of just 15.1Mbps.
EE's network was also at the top of the list when it came to the availability of its 4G signal, with
customers able to access it 78.5% of the time. Customers with Three had the poorest access to a 4G signal -
they were able to access it just 57.1% of the time - that's only just more than half the time, 24/7!
OneCompare.com extensive deals & contracts database includes
1116 Samsung Galaxy Note 10 deals covering 2 model(s):
In truth, this answer will depend on your personal financial circumstances, in combination with your mobile
phone usage requirements.
Out of our 1116 Samsung Galaxy Note 10 deals, our
cheapest Samsung Galaxy Note 10 deal over the entire life of the contract is
£600.00, this includes any upfront handset cost and cashback redemption.
We have seen a number of scenarios where our cheapest contract is actually cheaper than buying the phone SIM
free without any contract, this loophole can be a great way to save on your new phone and is largely
possible as the Mobile Networks subsidise the handset cost to gain you as a new customer.
A relatively simple SIM Only comparison calculation is to add up how much
a Samsung Galaxy Note 10 SIM free phone would cost, this is where you buy the phone
without a contract and pay for the full cost of the handset upfront. The benefit here is flexibility: you're
able to then compare the SIM Only contract market where Mobile Networks often give you far better usage
allowances and shorter contract terms. Once you've found a SIM Only contract that meets your needs, note the
monthly cost over the course of 24 months and add this to your SIM
Free Samsung Galaxy Note 10 handset cost. You're now in a great position to compare
this cost to a regular Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Contract.
Pro Tip: A great way to save a few extra pounds when comparing SIM Only contract is to consider purchasing a
pre owned Samsung Galaxy Note 10 phone from the likes of Music Magpie who provide
warranties and flexible handset payment terms.