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The Samsung Galaxy S10 is one of the most capable phones we've ever seen and really sets the bar above most of the competition.
It offers a triple camera with night mode, an HDR+ capable display and keeps up with the latest innovations in battery and fingerprint sensor tech. But are all of these just technology overkill? Let's find out...
As with its predecessor the Galaxy S9, this year's focus is again on the camera unit. Samsung has added 3 cameras to the S10 side by side - 2 cameras is no longer enough, apparently. The central wide-angle camera has 12 megapixels and a variable aperture up to f / 1.5. The telephoto camera comes with 2x optical zoom, 12 megapixels and a f / 2.4 aperture.
Unusual for the S range, is the ultra wide-angle camera with 16 megapixels and f / 2.2 aperture, because it covers a field of view of 123 degrees like the human eye, you can choose a larger image section.
The one downside that the oneCOMPARE tester found with the cameras was the still-disappointing zoom. The iPhone X range is generally much better at it; the quality on this phone depreciates quickly whenever you use the zooming function.
The wide and the telephoto camera lenses are equipped with an optical image stabiliser, with which ActionCam recordings are possible, and the built-in AI supports automatic scene selection. It also gives tips on how to choose a better frame, and also newly introduced: a special night mode allows you to shoot in low light without using the flash. However this was tested at length and so far has produced mixed results.
The front camera is still there, gently recessed and with 10 megapixels at your disposal. This camera is really meant for taking selfies of course, and records 4K videos at 30 frames per second. In contrast to the Samsung Galaxy S10+, this cheaper S10 'regular' version dispenses with the second front camera — so there is sadly no picturesque bokeh effect possible.
Energy is provided by a permanently installed rechargeable battery with 3400 mAh and has been vastly improved in terms of capacity compared to the 3000 mAh battery in the predecessor, the S9.
For balance, the iPhone Xr is the nearest equivalent from Apple - and oneCOMPARE reckons the Galaxy S10 beats it hands down.
On top of that, top marks for the S10 for its new feature called Reverse Wireless Charging. It not only charges wirelessly, but also charges Qi-enabled devices. If the phone battery only has 30% power, for example, it will switch off automatically.— thanks to fast-charging function you'd save 60-70% of your charging time with this.
The curved, 6.1-inch diagonal OLED display is more colourful and rich in contrast to an liquid crystal display. Given the size, it's clear that this phone lies between his other stablemates - the Galaxy S10e (5.8 inches) and Galaxy S10+ (6.4 inches).
A huge benefit is the high brightness - now set at 1200 cd / m². This is far above what previous top models achieved (700 cd / m²). Even in strong sunlight, we found that it is very easy to read the screen contents, and — also new — for the S10 and S10+ as well is the fingerprint sensor is in the display, and not on the back. This works with ultrasound, which allows a clean capture of fingerprints.
Face recognition is another security feature; an iris scanner does not exist on the new models thankfully, after much controversy. Overall, the edges around the display are narrower than the predecessors.
The fact that the Samsung Galaxy S10 is a top-of-the-line model is shown by a quick glance at the performance data - combining the 8-core processor Exynos 9820 with 2.7 GHz clock rate and 8 GB of RAM. Because the chip was completely redesigned, this will most definitely have a positive impact on performance.
The internal memory has a capacity of either 128 GB or 512 GB and is expandable unlike the iPhone equivalent. Furthermore, the S10 models come with LTE Cat.20 and fast WLANaxc.
For the 10th anniversary of the Galaxy S series, the company has released a sophisticated, high-end smartphone. The Infinity-O display integrates the camera into it very neatly, with no narrow black stripes above and is also very bright. The company is at the forefront of HDR10 + screen support and the ultra-wide-angle camera, which allows you to select a very large image area. The repositioned fingerprint sensor works without applying much pressure.
Compared to the predecessor, you can expect a decent performance boost. The model allows reverse charging and charges even rechargeable devices - so the answer is most definitely yes. As discussed above, we've found that the nearest equivalent is the iPhone XR, but the S10 beats it almost in every way.
If all that's still not enough, you'll probably want to wait for Galaxy S10 5G with 5G support, out soon.
The cheapest price on contract is £22 a month currently with Vodafone. Compare deals on the S10 from all the major networks, we have over 24,000 deals available.
The cheapest handset-only price is £499 currently although this will keep dropping as the newer models like the 5G ready one comes to market.
We are currently comparing 9741 Samsung Galaxy S10 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 S10 ee
contract or a Samsung Galaxy S10 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 S10 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
9741 Samsung Galaxy S10 deals covering 3 model(s):
In truth, this answer will depend on your personal financial circumstances, in combination with your mobile
phone usage requirements.
Out of our 9741 Samsung Galaxy S10 deals, our
cheapest Samsung Galaxy S10 deal over the entire life of the contract is
£408.00, 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 S10 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 S10 handset cost. You're now in a great position to compare
this cost to a regular Samsung Galaxy S10 Contract.
Pro Tip: A great way to save a few extra pounds when comparing SIM Only contract is to consider purchasing a
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warranties and flexible handset payment terms.