I came across one earlier this week that, well, caught my eye. “The Samsung Galaxy S10 Is A Great Phone No One Should Buy.” Every new Galaxy smartphone is an iPhone killer, so why shouldn’t you buy something so obviously better?
Mud, Meet Wall
Samsung has a long and storied history of product development that is more akin to throwing mud against the wall to see what sticks. Remember, Samsung had a Galaxy smartwatch long before Apple’s Watch came to dominate the market. So, what Samsung Galaxy-whatever should you not buy?
There are a total of four different devices bearing the S10 badge: the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 Plus, Galaxy S10E, and the yet-to-be-released Galaxy S10 5G.
And, there’s the Galaxy Fold, but I don’t see the expanding Galaxy line to be much different than the broadening iPhone line (iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, iPhone XR, iPhone XS and XS Max). That’s seven iPhone models vs. only four Samsung models.
What kind of an iPhone killer is the Galaxy S10?
- Excellent display
- Fast performance and good battery life
- Versatile camera system
- A headphone jack
- New in-screen fingerprint scanner is slower and more finicky than older one
- Camera performance is not as good as Pixel in low light
- Slow software update schedule
You would expect a premium Samsung smartphone to have a good display, but reviews of the in-screen fingerprint scanner and other not-so-noteworthy features indicate more mud on Samsung’s wall.
The S10 is only $100 cheaper than the S10 Plus and $150 more expensive than the S10E, which offers much of the same experience in an even smaller size and without the annoyances of the in-display fingerprint scanner.
iPhone 7 starts at $449. iPhone 8 Plus is $120 more. iPhone 8 is $150 more. iPhone XR is $300 more than Apple’s entry level iPhone.
Not much iPhone killing going on these days from Samsung and the new, broader Galaxy S10 line doesn’t help, mud on the wall notwithstanding.
That leaves the standard S10 in a sort of weird middle ground where it doesn’t really stand out or excel at anything. At full price, it’s hard to recommend the regular S10 over the other two models.
Meh. It won’t matter anyway. Why not?
Samsung phones typically fall in price and see significant promotions just a couple of months after release
Sometimes you get what you pay for.