Samsung built the Galaxy Note brand on delivering the best big-screen phones around, but the best thing about the new Galaxy Note 10 is how delightfully small it is.
The 6.3-inch Note 10 is one of the most compact big-screen phones yet, thanks to its nearly bezel-free Infinity-O screen — and some features Samsung left on the cutting room floor. The Note 10 also boasts several S-Pen enhancements (including gestures), new video recording features and a new way to mirror the phone on a PC.
However, there are some trade-offs. You won’t find a headphone jack on the Note 10
, and the microSD card slot is gone, too (though it remains on the larger Galaxy Note 10 Plus
). The Note 10’s screen also isn’t as sharp as its predecessor's, though you'd be hard pressed to notice a difference between them.
Although the smaller, $949/£869 Note 10 doesn't represent the pinnacle of Samsung
's phablets, I suspect it will hit the sweet spot for most people in terms of size and specs. The idea of a compact phablet might sound crazy, but it actually makes a whole lot of sense when you use it — and makes the Note 10
one of the best smartphones available today.
Editor's Note: After running subsequent battery tests on the Galaxy Note 10
, we’ve seen lower results than our initial run indicated. We have therefore deducted a half-star from our final rating of the phone. Additional details can be found in the Battery section of this review.