Battery life gets worse as the battery ages too, so a two-day battery will likely make sure the phone lasts at least a day two years later. Cameras are the current battleground between the big players, but the margins between them are slimming.
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Most use computational photography that combines hardware with advanced software algorithms, typically allowing multiple cameras to combine to make one image. As such the camera software makes as much difference as the hardware, and is one of the few areas that actually improves over time with updates. Multi-camera systems often offer more, such as useful zooms, portrait modes and better low-light performance, but they are not all created equally.
There are also 3D cameras, which can detect facial expressions and other fun tricks. The number of megapixels MP also makes a difference. Having more MP doesn't necessarily equal a better image, but modern smartphone cameras combine multiple pixels to improve image quality producing 12MP shots from 48MP sensors, for example. It has slightly battery life too, but is missing the excellent ultra-wide angle camera, has a slightly larger, but worse screen.
The iPhone 11 certainly holds its own for the money, but the iPhone 11 Pro still the one to buy if you want the best iPhone. Full review: iPhone 11 review: an iPhone XR with a better camera. If you must have an iPhone and it must have a massive screen or epic battery life then the iPhone 11 Pro Max is your only option. But it has really poor ergonomics, is big, expensive and heavy, making the smaller iPhone 11 Pro or iPhone 11 are better options.
Full review: iPhone 11 Pro Max review: salvaged by epic battery life. The Galaxy S10e loses the optical zoom with only two cameras on the back, has a flat, slightly smaller screen and a lower capacity battery.
It also ditches in the in-screen fingerprint scanner for one embedded in the power button — great for right-handed users but not so for the left handed. The bigger version of the Galaxy S10 with a 6. The oval-shaped hole-punch notch is novel, containing two good selfie cameras. The triple rear camera is good, but not a patch on the Huawei P30 Pro.
Performance is good, so is the software, but the battery life is slightly disappointing compared with the best. The fingerprint scanner is a bit slow and can be frustrating to use. It has the biggest screen on a Samsung with a monstrous 6.
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The stylus can now be used as a magic wand for gestures, there are three cameras on the back and is available in a 5G version too. The fingerprint scanner is a bit slow and can be a bit frustrating to use.
Full review: Samsung Galaxy S10 5G review: bigger, faster and lasts longer. The Mate 20 Pro has the big, attractive 6. It recently received EMUI 10 Android 10 and is worth looking out for deals, particularly if you want the 3D face unlock option. Full review: Huawei Mate 20 Pro review: cutting-edge brilliance. The Google Pixel 4 XL is a mixed bag. On the one hand you have a good-looking 6. One day it might be great.
Full review: Google Pixel 4 XL review: not quite ready for primetime. It takes a different approach to the problem of where to put the selfie camera in an all-screen design, hiding it behind the screen on slide-out section. This article contains affiliate links, which means we may earn a small commission if a reader clicks through and makes a purchase. All our journalism is independent and is in no way influenced by any advertiser or commercial initiative. By clicking on an affiliate link, you accept that third-party cookies will be set. More information. Samuel Gibbs Consumer technology editor Tue 17 Dec Facebook Twitter Pinterest.
Features that use location may not work properly.
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You can get search results and ads based on your IP address. Turn I mprove Location Accuracy on or off. Tap Wi-Fi and Bluetooth scanning. Turn Wi-Fi scanning or Bluetooth scanning on or off. To help first responders find you quickly, dial an emergency number. You can turn emergency location services on or off at any time. Open your phone's Settings app. Turn Emergency Location Service on or off. Learn about Location Sharing with Google Maps. If you have a work profile, tap Advanced. Then, choose an option: Turn Location on or off : Tap Location. Scan for nearby networks : Tap Advanced Scanning.
You can choose your location mode based on accuracy, speed, and battery use. Tap Mode. Use Google Location Services to help estimate your phone's location faster and more accurately. Battery saving: Use sources that use less battery, like Wi-Fi and mobile networks.
Device only: Use only GPS. This can estimate your phone's location more slowly and use more battery. Compared to Apple, it lacks robust continuity software to make switching between devices easier. We'd like to see Samsung update to Android Q in instead of taking a year to do so. Our petition to re-map the Bixby key was at least heard. The AI shortcut can now be programmed to launch another app, or run a Bixby quick commands basically a way to quickly configure settings like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, screen, brightness, etc.
Note: the Bixby button recognizes single and double presses, and one of those two must always launch Bixby.
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Those are the rules of re-mapping. A double click now launches us into our Clash Royale addiction, for example. Don't like Bixby at all? The S10 Plus triggers the all-around-better Google Assistant if you long press on the home button. In fact, with a Geekbench multi-score of 11,, it's the fastest Android phone we've ever tested, though the Exynos chip scored a slightly lower 10, and the camera app seems a tad slower. Samsung comes very close to matching the iPhone XS score of 11, — outright speed has long been one advantage Apple has held over its chief rival. And storage makes the S10 Plus a wholly better value, starting at a healthy GB, of which around GB is actually available to you out of the box.
This is the first phone with next-gen Wi-Fi 6, which allows you to seamlessly transition between Wi-Fi routers and is four times faster than the Entertainment seekers The big 6. And there's an actual 3. What's not to love? Selfie takers Although we like the Google Pixel 3 main cameras better, the selfie photos out of the S10 Plus look great in everything but low-light. The Color Point mode makes it so fun to use. You're a power user Battery is dramatically better on the S10 Plus vs prior Samsung phones.
Its 'all-day battery life' plays it safe — it can go a day and a half and Qi charge other devices via Wireless Power Share. You're on a budget The price is not for the faint of heart, or wallet. There are phones with better value if the don't need the absolute best. You tend to drop phones You're going to want to get a case for it if you're a butterfingers with devices, and maybe even invest in a warranty.
Its pricey to replace. You want the absolute best camera phone This camera is great, but it's not the best. That crown belongs to the Pixel 3. Google's phone isn't as stylish or as feature-packed, so Samsung is a better overall pick, but know there's a better point-and-shoot replacement out there. Not convinced by the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus?