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I hate when I will work in positions where I have to be pleasing to you, but so far I prefer your look to the phone. This does not mean that the shot suggestion is bad at all stretching: we both used it to capture some really impressive photos, but it does make sure your photos are beautifully decorated. This is, in essence, a level built into the camera. What more applies to me, as sporadically, it seems to want to help. In situations where I clearly hold the phone at a small angle, the Shot offer does nothing. And sometimes it seems to prefer when objects in the frame sit outside the center, even if that's exactly what we are trying to avoid. Again, Samsung does not have a better experience when it comes to software – let's remember how bad our AR emoji looked like?
Oh, my lord, I was shaken. I thought the old AR Emojis on the S9 was wonderful – not great, but still somewhat recognizable. This time, they made me so different I looked Caucasian (in case you did not know, I'm Asian). I had a hard time trying to tweak it to be like me and finally seemed. It is so surprising that Samsung will face the pass-through feature and make it worse, but I doubt that many people used AR Emoji on a regular basis.
I'm more interested in how software is handled throughout the system. So far I'm digging the clean look of one UI, although I noticed some blurring in the icons. This is not a big deal, but it makes the phone feel a bit less polished, and, of course, made me doubt the resolution of the display. Which, incidentally, the screen was installed on the Full HD box, and we changed it to 3,040 x 1.440. This can affect the battery life, which is not bad at the moment. I used S10 + from 10:00 to 10:30 and from 98% to 57%. Not afraid of taking a picture!
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Not bad, although it's basically on par with other phones with similar batteries. And I also could not explain this blurriness. Changing the resolution did not improve anything, and I wonder whether this is not just non-standard software, which is a bit strange.
Speaking of software, using One UI after many years of Samsung is slowly recapping the redundancy of its interface feels like revelation. It's smoother, cleaner, and most importantly – for me, one way or another – this makes Google's many good gadgets with Android Pie shining more clearly. There were even a few quick moments when I preferred to use one interface above the interface that was created for Pixel 3 XL, though, in my opinion, this is mainly because I really hate the Pixels gesture navigation scheme. (Needless to say, there are rumors that the Android Q navigation panel can completely force me to turn back), I saw that you were using S10 + gestures, but did not try yourself – what do you think?  Cherlynn Low ” class=”js-editor-thumbnail left circle-mask w-100 p-10″ src=”https://o.aolcdn.com/images/dims?thumbnail=500%2C500&quality=80&image_uri=https%3A%2F%2Fs.blogcdn.com%2Fwww.engadget.com%2Fmedia%2F2017%2F04%2Fnewprofilepic.jpg&client=amp-blogside-v2&signature=3c94523a2909f5ecb1bb12bcd513714669fa1820″/>
I hate him. I'm used to Android Pie gesture navigation, so some of them are down to my memory. But the Samsung version looks unintuitive and confusing – it shows three bars at the bottom of the screen, and I can not say that I should do with them. Click? Swipe your finger? Lick? I want Samsung to do something more like Android. For the moment, I'm installing it to show back, home and open application keys, so it's not at all painful. What is disappointing is the screen fingerprint sensor. At first, I thought it was fast and easy to find even with the screen turned off. Over time, I've encountered too many cases when I would lie in the thumb, where I think the scanner and S10 + does nothing. Or I placed my finger only half an inch and did not close enough of the sensor to unlock the phone.
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In general, the S10 + works at speeds with optical imprint sensors in phones such as OnePlus 6 and Huawei Mate 20 Pro, and sometimes faster. The problem, as you have already mentioned, is that it's difficult to blindly and consistently unlock the screen with a fingerprint at the first attempt. The process is much more thoughtful on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro that I use: When I hold my phone and my finger is approaching the screen, there is an icon that shows me where to place your finger.
I know that companies like Synaptics are working on touch screens that create "areas" that reflect fingers, not stains. If companies continue to insist that such sensors are better, say, face-opening features, then larger areas of fingerprint sensing are a way. Maybe I just pick nuts, because you can click on the S10 to see where you should put your finger and I appreciate the extra security that these types of ultrasonic sensors bring to the table. However, I think it's fair to say Samsung might have thought of its approach a little bit more – I'm sure they could fix it with software updates, though.
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I totally suspect that this is one of the reasons for updating the software in the near future and I am glad that we are in no hurry to publish our review. New products are often so false, I'm sure we will continue testing the phone. One thing I already know for sure, having spent only the day with S10 +? That hole punch cut basically a non-center notch – it's just as distracting and actually larger than the teardrop slots we saw on the Oneplus 6t and the Motorola G7s. It also feels lost space – there is a gap on both sides of the compartment on the screen, which can not be used now. I know that I'm picky here – this is not a huge problem, and I'm losing room for possibly two notification indicators. It's still a good screen, and I really like the hole on the regular S10 because it only contains one camera and is much smaller.
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Samsung is the prevailing screen for smartphones – that's why companies like Apple pay for these panels. And the display S10 + is, in essence, phenomenal. I totally disagree with the hole-hit, though. I'll let you know that this is more prominent than the smaller cutout of the camera on the S10, but I have made my world with cutouts for a long time, and this, in essence, has pushed a smaller cut to the corner. I have not used the phone for as long as you do, but I do not even notice that it is there – my eyes are glued to the center of the screen. I do not think that the unused space around the cutout is a huge loss. Again, I've always been such a person who finds a very complete notification bar that causes panic – I fit perfectly just once, seeing three icons there simultaneously.
Fair, you have a Mari Kondo phone alert, good for you. But I'll see if I adapt to it, as I'm working on our review. I look forward to seeing how its performance rests, both in tests and in real tests. I would also like to see how useful Bixby Routines is if and when it hits, and is there any point in Instagram mode? Oh, and we'll definitely use Wireless Powershare to charge some Galaxy Buds and continue to take pictures (and video) with all cameras. What else to check? If you have any thoughts (this is you, dear reader, not Chris), leave us a comment or write to us @cherlynnlow / @chrisvelazco / @engadget and we will review it! In the meantime, watch out for our full review.