- I’ve been using the Samsung Galaxy S10e for the past few weeks.
- It’s one of my favorite phones I’ve used in months, and it’s tempting me away from my iPhone.
- I love the design, the display, the camera, and — surprisingly enough — the interface.
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For the past five years, I’ve been aboard the iPhone train.
I switched from Android to iPhone shortly after graduating from college, purchasing a gold iPhone 5S that served me well for about 2.5 years. I later upgraded to an iPhone 6S, and these days I’m using an iPhone X.
Lately, however, I’ve been experiencing a bit of iPhone fatigue. Sure, there’s still a lot to love about iPhones and Apple products as a whole. But sometime last year — perhaps around the time I had a rough experience with the Apple repair process — I started to feel like I was ready to at least look around for a device outside the Apple ecosystem.
I’m lucky enough to try a lot of different devices, and have raved about my love of the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 in the past.
Still, I haven’t been able to find “the one” — the device that would make me give up iMessage, FaceTime, the App Store, regular updates, beautiful, high-end design, and the various other iPhone perks I’ve come to love and depend on.
But for the past few weeks, I’ve been trying out the Samsung Galaxy S10e, one of several new smartphones Samsung debuted in February. It’s not Samsung’s flagship device, but rather a smaller, more affordable alternative that loses some features — features that, honestly, aren’t that big a deal.
Since I started testing it, I’ve discovered that the Galaxy S10e is one of just a few Android devices that could convince me it’s time to make the switch. Here’s why.
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1. The display.
If you pay any attention to the world of smartphones, you probably already know that Samsung makes the best displays in the business, so it’s not much of a surprise that the display on one of Samsung’s new phones is excellent.
What is a bit surprising is that even though the Galaxy S10e is the cheaper variation of Samsung’s new devices, it still has a beautiful, high-resolution OLED display. The S10e does have a slightly lower resolution display than its more expensive sibling phones, the S10 and the S10 Plus, but most people won’t notice a difference.
In fact, during my time using it, I was continually impressed by how bright, clear, and crisp the screen is.
2. The design.
At the most basic level, the S10e is a rectangular slab of glass like every other smartphone out there right now (with the exception of Samsung’s own, foldable Galaxy Fold phone, of course).
But the device has a few selling points that make it special. For one, the power button has a fingerprint sensor cleverly built into it, and it’s so subtle you may not even notice it. (It begs the question: why haven’t we been doing this on every single phone all these years?)
Another thing I like about the S10e is the metallic finish, which gives the phone a more premium feel. While the comparable iPhone XR is also made of glass, the harsh, primary colors don’t exactly give the phone a luxe vibe. They seem intended to look less expensive, so that everyone in the world knows you didn’t shell out for the pricey gold iPhone XS. Samsung doesn’t do that, and I appreciate it.
What’s really special about the S10e, however, is how Samsung designed around the selfie camera. Every time I look at the phone, I’m wowed that Samsung really did it — they designed a nearly all-screen smartphone. The punch-hole cut-out is clever, useful, and almost unnoticeable.
I can’t say it enough: the screen design is incredible.
3. The size and weight.
When you compare apples to apples (or apples to Apple, as the case may be), the Galaxy S10e isn’t that much smaller than some of its competitors.
It’s almost exactly the same length, width, and weight as the Pixel 3, and nearly identical dimensions as the iPhone X. It is, however, significantly lighter than that iPhone — 150 grams vs. 177 grams.
However, when holding it in your hand, it looks and feels slim and light. While it’s made out of glass, it didn’t feel fragile, and I wasn’t nervous tossing it in my bag like I am with the heavier, more premium-feeling iPhone.
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