August 05, 2021

The smartphone industry progresses fast. The industry may promote a six month to one-year life cycle for new phones by introducing new models constantly, however, phones like the Samsung Galaxy S10 or iPhone X and many others can easily last you more than a year. More importantly, they often make for good purchases even though there’s a newer version on the market.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 was released it in March 2019 and since then two more flagship models have been released in the Galaxy S range. With the Galaxy S10 running on a Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 chipset, having excellent camera quality and an amazing display, why then do you need to buy the Galaxy S20?

Below, we take a look at the pros and cons of the S10 and whether it is still a valid phone to buy on the market today! 

 

Why you should still buy the Samsung Galaxy S10:

The Processor:

Benchmark scores show that the Snapdragon 865 processor in the later S range models only offer about a 10% performance boost over the 855 found in the S10. Practically, that means there is almost no noticeable difference to the phone’s performance. If you are an avid phone gamer or using your phone as your main computer device and are looking for a fast processor, the S10 is still a valid option for your next phone purchase! 

 

The Camera:

When comparing both the S20 and S10, each phone boast three different cameras. Even though the S20 has an added 64MP sensor, instead of the 12+12+16MP configuration on the S10, the noticeable performance and quality doesn’t differ as much. The cameras on the S20 have a wider aperture, so will do better on low light, but that’s again will not matter unless you are an avid photographer. The camera on the S10 is still exceptional and is one of the main selling points of the phone! 

 

The Display:

Perhaps the most important, yet undersold aspect of the Galaxy S10 though is its display. Samsung’s AMOLED displays are amongst the best smartphone displays in the world today — even Apple uses them. The display on the Galaxy S10 is as good as any smartphone today, at least in terms of colour and clarity. This makes it a top performer even 2 years on from its release! 

The Price:

The Galaxy S10 can now be purchased from DeXTech for as little as $659. This is a huge saving in comparison to the latest Galaxy S21 which retails around $1,099. Being almost half the price, the savings are huge all without compromising a huge amount of specs and hardware! 

Why you shouldn't still buy the Samsung Galaxy S10:

Software Updates:

The tricky thing with phones today is that companies have a support cycle for them. Companies usually give three to five Android updates, followed by some Android security updates. The Galaxy S10 has already received the Android 11 update, so you’re probably looking at two to four more updates and then some security updates. It’s not a deal-breaker, but if you like to be at the cutting edge of technology, you will want to have a plan to upgrade your phone before software updates become unavailable. 

 

5G Technology:

One of the primary differences between the Snapdragon 855 (in the Galaxy S10) and Snapdragon 865 (in the Galaxy S20) is that the 865 supports 5G connectivity.
Basically, the Galaxy S20 will support the fastest Internet connections carriers can offer today. On the other hand the S10 will not be compatible with any 5G networks unfortunately. 

As 5G is the way of the future and is quickly being rolled out across many countries, this may be a big selling point for you. However, 3G/4G will still be available and still works perfectly well for all your connectivity needs! 

 

Overall:

Essentially, the Galaxy S10 is still a very valid phone to purchase from today's market. With the Galaxy S10 having 8GB RAM and faster storage inside, it will take longer to slow down so that is nothing to worry about. If you’re buying the S10 today, it will still likely last you almost as long as you would expect the S20 to last. As you compare prices and the savings that you could make, the Galaxy S10 is certainly worth considering even now in 2021. 
Ultimately, it all comes down to your requirement. If you need to have the newest and best Samsung has to offer, the Galaxy S20, Galaxy Note 20 series and even the Galaxy Fold and Galaxy Flip phones would make more sense. However, if you are on a budget and are looking for a great phone at an affordable price, the S10 is the way to go.
Here at DeXTech, we are here to help you with your technology requirements. We stock a wide range of Apple products, from the iPhone 4s all the way through to the iPhone XS, plus the iPad range. Along with this, we carry a huge range of Android smartphones and tablets, including Samsung, Pixel and LG. With these devices on hand we are able to offer technical support every step of the way from assisting to get your device setup to dealing with issues such as network issues or software troubleshooting. We have a helpful team who can lend a hand via our tech support email address: support@dextech.co.nz. Do not hesitate to reach out!


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