First a disclaimer: I did receive a Note10 from Samsung as a gift on August 7, but this will in no way affect my honest opinion about this device. While I'm extremely grateful to Samsung for this amazing gift, I have few complaints, and will state them below.
I've used Galaxy phones exclusively for the last few years, including most recently the S10, Note9, S9 Plus, S7 Edge and S6 Edge... So naturally, when I got an opportunity to try the new Galaxy Note10+, I was all over it. First things first... this phone is stunning! Especially in this new Aura Glow color. The screen is extremely brights and beautiful, I don't know how they manage to make a better display every 6 months, but this is of course the best they ever made. The metal frame has been updated as well, it's now flatter at the top and bottom, and adds to Note's boxy overall design, which I find the most pleasing. The screen has almost no bezel, and the front speaker is so thin, it's virtually invisible now. The selfy camera cutout is smaller now, and it's in the middle, bringing the symmetry back, and I appreciate it. All this gives the phone a very clean and futuristic look. Very slick.
Now going to the back of the device, aside from it's hypnotizing color, we only see the camera module, which brings me to my first minor complaint: Why is it so iPhone like looking? To be fair, I don't think it's an attempt to copy from Apple, since after using the phone for 2 weeks, I find this location to be much more convenient when handling the phone, my fingers almost never accidentally touch the camera array anymore, which used to happen quite often with my previous Galaxy phones. There are actually 4 cameras now, and the quality of shots from them is the best I've ever seen.
Performance of the phone is outstanding. My second minor complaints is the decision by Samsung to use a Snapdragon 855, while a slightly better Snapdragon 855+ is now available. While this was unfortunate, it actually doesn't mean the phone is not performing even better than S10 models that use the same processor. The Note10+ uses a new, super fast UFS 3.0 storage tech, and in combination with 12 gigs of ram, and I assume some software improvements, this phone is simply the smoothest and fastest mobile device I've ever used.
I'm not going to go every single amazing feature, this review is getting too long already. But just want to add a couple more points. My third complaint is a very common and obvious one: No headphone jack. And no USB-C adapter included in the box. I will adapt to using a dongle, but keeping the 3.5 mm jack was something Samsung was always praised for, and dropping it from what overall is the do-it-all device, is an odd choice and something every user will likely complain about. I get it, it's time for jack to go, but I guess just like many others, I was hoping we would get at least a year or two more of the convenience of having it on our favorite phones. There is also no VR support. It's not something I often use, but I like having it. Now I have the latest Gear VR that I can't use with my Note10+. This was never mentioned anywhere, just kind of lame.
To summarize. This phone is amazing. It's fast. Beautiful. Feature rich. Charges fast. Battery lasts all day easily. Stereo speakers are loud and clear. Cameras take great pics and videos. The S-Pen is useful and powerful. Wi-Fi, BT and cellular signals are strong and reliable. The One UI is polished and smooth (although I do prefer and use the Nova Launcher). So aside from few minor complaints that I can definitely live with, I'm super happy with this phone and definitely highly recommend it to every Samsung and Android fan! [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]