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Samsung Galaxy S10 S10+ Plus Review - Verdict

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Value For Money

The Samsung Galaxy S10+ is available for £899, while the Samsung Galaxy S10 is available for £799, with a smaller screen at 6.1inches, and only one front camera, which puts them both in the same price bracket as many of the other premium smartphones. Alternatives to look at include:

Huawei P30, with 6.1inch screen, 4K video, triple camera setup, with 3x telephoto (32mp selfie), £599
Huawei P30 Pro, with 6.47inch screen, 4K video, triple camera setup, with 5x telephoto (32mp selfie), £899
OnePlus 7 Pro, with 6.67inch screen, 4K video, triple camera setup, with 3x telephoto (16mp selfie), £699
Sony Xperia 1, with 6.5inch screen, 4K video, triple camera setup, with 2x telephoto (8mp selfie), £849
Apple iPhone XS, with 5.8inch screen, 4K video, wide and 2x telephoto cameras, 7mp selfie, £949 
Google Pixel 3 XL, with 6.3inch screen, 4K video, single rear camera, dual selfie cameras (ultra-wide and wide), £869


Have a look at more smartphones in our Top 10 Best Smartphones for Photography or have a look at the Best Smartphones under £300 for Photography. You may also want to buy a MicroSD memory card, and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.

 

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus offer a 16mp ultra-wide-angle camera, a 12mp f/1.5-2.4 standard wide-angle camera, and a 12mp f/2.4 telephoto camera. The 12mp telephoto camera is nice to see, as many competitors use an 8mp telephoto camera instead. You've also got a bright f/1.5-2.4 main camera, and you can record 4K video from all of the cameras, including the front "selfie" camera. Both the standard and the telephoto cameras feature optical image stabilisation, helping with low-light photography, and improved video quality. Speaking of low-light photography, the Night mode works very well, giving impressive results.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+ offer the same great camera setup, giving you the choice of screen size, and battery life.

The front selfie camera benefits from auto-focus, something lacking for a lot of other smartphones, and combined with 4K video recording, this could be a real game changer for people using their smartphone as their main video camera. 

You get consistently good results from all of the cameras, with no difference to be found in colour reproduction when switching from one to the other, which can't always be said about other premium smartphones. 

The Samsung Galaxy S10, S10 Plus and S10 5G offer premium features, excellent results, and a great smartphone experience. There's only a few minor niggles, and it's likely the biggest drawback is the price of these premium smartphones. If you're buying sim-free, then these are still quite expensive smartphones. Considering the recent woes faced by other smartphone companies, if you're looking for a premium multi-camera smartphone, then getting the Samsung Galaxy S10 / S10 Plus is a great choice. 

 

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Pros

  • Great colour reproduction, exposure and dynamic range
  • 12mp standard and telephoto cameras with OIS
  • 12mp standard camera has f/1.5-2.4 aperture
  • 16mp ultra-wide-angle camera gives good results
  • Excellent 4K video available with all cameras, including front
  • 10mp selfie-camera with auto-focus
  • Stereo speakers and headphone socket

 

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Cons

  • Panoramic mode insists on using the ultra-wide camera
  • Bixby Button

Features5/5
Handling4.5/5
Performance5/5
Value4/5
Overall Verdict

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