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- Samsung delivered on its promise to bring significant changes in the Galaxy S10 over previous Galaxy S phones.
- The Galaxy S10 comes with a new processor, which is to be expected, as well as a bunch of new features that are at the bleeding edge of smartphone technology like in-display fingerprint sensors, triple-lens cameras, and reverse wireless charging.
- But I’d estimate these upgrades won’t bring much to the table for those who already own the Galaxy S9, and perhaps even the older Galaxy S8.
If you have the Galaxy S8 or the Galaxy S9, is it really worth it to upgrade to the new Galaxy S10?
It’s true that the Galaxy S10 brings significant upgrades and updates compared to previous Galaxy S devices. It’s the first Samsung smartphone to come with three rear cameras, and the S10 Plus is the first Samsung phone to come with a dual-lens selfie camera.
There’s also reverse wireless charging, an upgraded display that supports HDR10+, an in-display fingerprint sensor, and the narrowest bezels on a Galaxy S device yet.
But as I rifled through these new features and upgrades to friends and family asking about the Galaxy S10, I realized these aren’t updates that people need to rush towards and prematurely ditch their old phone, at least for those with recent phones like the Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S9.
That’s to say the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S9 might still do what their owners want them to do very well, and the Galaxy S10’s features don’t necessarily pose much of a value proposition. Is it really worth it for you to spend hundreds on a new phone just because it has an ultra-wide camera, reverse wireless charging, and narrower bezels?
That question can only be answered by you and what your budget allows.
I’ve been using the Galaxy S10 Plus for a few days now, and I’ve come away with a few things to say about its new features compared to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S9.
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The S8 and S9 are still gorgeous smartphones.
The cameras on the Galaxy S8 and S9 are still great.
Whether you have the regular Galaxy S8 or S9, or even the larger Plus models, you’ll still find that the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus have extra lenses. With the Galaxy S10, you get a main camera, a zoomed lens, and an ultra-wide-angle lens, which is great and gives you way more versatility in what kinds of photos you can shoot.
At the end of the day, however, the main and most important camera on both the Galaxy S8 and S9 are still great shooters.
As for selfie cameras, only the $1,000 Galaxy S10 Plus comes with a dual-lens selfie camera, which offers a slightly wider-angle selfie compared to the regular selfie camera. The second selfie camera on the S10 Plus also supposedly helps for better portrait mode shots, but the S8, S9, and regular S10 can do portrait mode photos just fine.
The Galaxy S8 and S9 have all the connectivity of the S10 except for WiFi 6, but WiFi 6 isn’t widely available yet.
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With the Galaxy S8, S9, and S10, you get the same access to your network’s LTE Advanced network wherever it’s available. LTE Advanced is the best and fastest network standard that exists so far. (5G is barely available and doesn’t really count right now.)
The Galaxy S10 comes with WiFi 6 support, which is the latest standard for WiFi that promises better speeds if your internet plan allows for it (but you’d need some major internet speed plan to make the most of WiFi 6). It’s also better for WiFi range and managing WiFi interference.
With all that said, WiFi 6 routers have barely started rolling out, and you’ll only make the most of WiFi 6 if you’re connected to a WiFi 6 router.
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