Which Galaxy Note 10 model should you buy: Regular, Plus, or 5G?
Best answer: For 2019, Samsung is releasing three different Notes for three different groups of people. The regular Note 10 is best if you want the Note experience in a more compact package. However, if you value things like a microSD card and a bigger battery, the Note 10+ will be the way to go. Most people can probably skip the Note 10+ 5G, but if you live in a 5G market, it might be worth a look.
- Compact Note: Galaxy Note 10 (From $950 at Samsung)
- The full experience: Galaxy Note 10+ (From $1,100 at Samsung)
- For 5G enthusiasts: Galaxy Note 10+ 5G (From $1,300 at Samsung)
We recommend splurging for the Note 10+
Starting off with the Note 10+, this is the variant we'd recommend most people buy. While it shares the same processor, design, and software of the regular Note 10, there are a few key benefits you get with the Plus version.
|Category||Galaxy Note 10+||Galaxy Note 10|
3040 x 1440
2280 x 1080
|Rear Cameras||16MP Ultra Wide Camera|
12MP Wide-angle Camera
12MP Telephoto Camera
|16MP Ultra Wide Camera|
12MP Wide-angle Camera
12MP Telephoto Camera
|Battery||4,300 mAh||3,500 mAh|
The additional DepthVision Camera (Time-of-Flight sensor) is neat, but for most folks, we think what's really going to sell them on the Note 10+ is the larger and higher-res display, longer battery life, and support for microSD cards.
That's a lot of added functionality, and for just $150 more than the regular Note 10, it's clear to us which is the better buy.
The full experience
The biggest and most powerful Note is also the best one.
If you're thinking about picking up the Galaxy Note 10, do yourself a favor and spend $150 more for the Note 10+. For those extra dollars, you're getting a larger display with a higher resolution, a bigger battery, an additional Time-of-Flight camera, and support for expandable storage.
The regular Note 10 is the cheapest and cuts some corners
Ever since the Note line was introduced back in 2011, Samsung's used it to showcase the very best that it has to offer in a smartphone. That'd lead you to believe that the Galaxy Note 10 is the best Samsung phone you can buy in 2019, but that's not exactly the case this year.
The Galaxy Note 10 is an excellent piece of tech, but compared to the more impressive Note 10+, it lacks a few features.
Most notably, the Galaxy Note 10 does not have a microSD card slot. This has been a staple of the Note series since its inception, but it's something you won't find on the regular Note 10. Another downside to the regular Note 10 is its display. The Full HD+ AMOLED panel still looks good, but when you're spending $950 on a new phone, it's a little ridiculous not to get Quad HD+.
At the same time, the Note 10 does benefit from having an incredible form factor. While the 6.3-inch display is plenty large, the ridiculously slim bezels surrounding it allow the phone to have a wonderful feel in the hand. It's the first Note in a while that doesn't feel overly huge, and for some potential buyers, that might be reason enough to stick with the base version.
Lastly, the regular Note 10 might also be appealing to those looking to buy a new Note while spending as little as possible. The phone is still expensive with a starting price of $950, but among the trio, it is the least costly.
For those who hate huge phones
The base Note 10 lacks a microSD card slot and only has a Full HD+ display, but we're also in love with its more compact form factor. For people that hate huge phones, the regular Note 10 might be worth considering.
Most people can probably skip the Note 10+ 5G
Last but not least, there's the Galaxy Note 10+ 5G.
This is essentially the same phone as the Note 10+, save for the fact that it connects to 5G networks. It also costs $200 more. The Note 10+ 5G is being offered exclusively for Verizon's network at first, but at a later date, it'll make its way to AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile.
People that live in any of the select markets that already support 5G may want to give the Note 10+ 5G a look, but for most buyers, we think it's worth saving your money and just getting the Note 10+.
If you live in a 5G area
Most potential customers can probably skip over the Note 10+ 5G and be perfectly happy, but if you happen to live in a 5G market, it's at least worth checking out. Just be prepared to pay a pretty penny.
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Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.