My 2 week journey as tech support for my wife S10+ (vs XS max)
My wife has been complaining that her wrist is in pain due to XS max being too heavy (she is a bed potato and usually in bed watching her phone). She also was impressed by vivid color that S10+ camera provides.
So I ended up buying two galaxy s10+. One is for her to use in bed as well as camera. One is for me so I can be her tech support when needed.
So here is my summary so far
1. S10 plus is significantly lighter. Often with xs max I would lose grip and hit myself in the face after watching lots of video on the phone. Your wrist does feel the extra weight.
2. Being narrower- the S10+ is easier to grip for me.
1. Facial recognition is beyond bad in S10+. Slow and inaccurate. Not having a true 3D scanning of face makes s10+ facial unlock really poor.
2. Haptic feedback is horrible. Rattle created by the vibration is really loud and I am annoyed by it.
3. Poor accessory quality. Both USB-C cable that comes with my wife and my phone doesn’t sit well when connected to the phone. It would take repeated tries to finally get fast charging to work due to poor contact of the cable. This was only solved when I bought 2 Apple USB-C cable to charge the S10+.
4. Lag when switching between apps. This is especially obvious when switching from FB/YouTube after heavy use (watching lots of video).
One last thing that I can’t stand android
I know a lot of android user swears loyalty because of “customization” of android. I found it to be totally useless and convoluted.
A perfect example- adding 2nd language keyboard. In order to accomplish that in S10+
1. Add 2nd language
2. Download Gboard
3. Install and run Gboard
4. Go back to setting to disable the Samsung keyboard.
5. Set Gboard was default keyboard
6. Then you can switch between input method.
Nothing is easy to change in android. It’s just not as polished and mature as iOS.
One other thing that also bothers me is with adblock. Within days- my chrome on the s10+ often would get hijacked by ads. Try to find a good ad blocker on Android is hard and usually instead of blocking ads- it’s another browser you are installing. At least on iPhone- after installing malwarebytes. Safari has been bullet proof.
Overall- I am not impressed by S10. I am a display engineer and I hate display that are tuned way too vivid (just not natural). I also hate the picture taken with the s10 (it over enhance low light condition).
For a $1000 phone to come with lousy packaging, lousy cables and charger. It’s just doesn’t feel premium.
I would rather spend the extra money getting a much better polished experience.