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Galaxy Note 10 vs. S10: Honestly, we don’t think the S Pen is worth it – CNET

Though both the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 launched last year, Samsung’s 2019 flagship phones and ultraluxe phones are still fantastic devices. Both offer high-end specs that include brilliant AMOLED displays, powerful cameras and ultrafast processors. In addition, now that the 2020 Galaxy S20 is out, Samsung has discounted the Galaxy S10 significantly from its original price of $900…

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Though both the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 launched last year, Samsung’s 2019 flagship phones and ultraluxe phones are still fantastic devices. Both offer high-end specs that include brilliant AMOLED displays, powerful cameras and ultrafast processors. In addition, now that the 2020 Galaxy S20 is out, Samsung has discounted the Galaxy S10 significantly from its original price of $900 (£799, AU$1,349). Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra are also out now, if you want to splurge.If you’re deciding between the two 2019 phones, we recommend the Galaxy S10. You’ll get similar specs and performance to the Note 10 (give or take a few things that we’ll go in detail about later), but at a lower cost. 

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Our detailed walk-through below compares these on the basis of design, camera, performance and storage. And for more comparisons, read CNET’s Note 10 Plus vs. Note 9: Which Galaxy Note is the better buy? and Galaxy Note 20 vs. Note 20 Ultra vs. S20 vs. S20 Ultra: Samsung flagship specs compared.

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With its big display, cheaper price tag and comparable hardware specs to the Note 10, the Galaxy S10 is the better value. The phone’s display is a tad smaller than the Note 10’s by just 0.2 inch, but it has the same processor and nearly the same triple rear-camera setup. It also has a sharper display, a headphone jack and expandable memory. What you won’t have, of course, is the embedded S Pen. But if you’re not a power user and won’t have much use for it anyway, go for the S10 and pocket the extra cash.

Read our Samsung Galaxy S10 review.

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Is the Note 10’s built-in stylus worth the several hundred dollars you’d be saving if you went with the Galaxy S10? To most users who can swipe and tap just fine without it, we’d say no. And since most of what’s under the Note 10’s hood is so similar to the Galaxy S10, we’d recommend going for that instead. However, if you truly think you’d get a lot of use out of the S Pen (which can do other things than draw, like remotely take photos and control apps), you won’t be disappointed in the Note 10, as this is still an excellent, albeit expensive, phone.

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S Pen: The Note 10’s ultimate benefitYou can’t compare the Note 10 and the Galaxy S10 without first addressing the former’s one big advantage: the S Pen smart pen stylus. Stored inside the Note 10, the S Pen adds extra functionality to productivity apps and features that are baked into the phone. In addition to quickly jotting down notes and doodles, you can use the S Pen as a remote, firing off the camera’s shutter or controlling music on Spotify from a distance. The S Pen is essentially the biggest draw of the Note 10 and you should ultimately decide if this is an important enough tool for you to pay more money for it. If you see yourself using the stylus often and have the budget for the Note 10, go for it. On the other hand, if it’s not a necessary feature, save your money now and check out the Galaxy S10. If you’re still on the fence between the two, then read on. The Note 10 is all about the S Pen
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Design: Galaxy S10 has a sharper screen and headphone jack When Samsung’s first Note phone launched, its screen was notably much bigger than those of the phones that were out during the time. These days, however, many phones have generously sized screens, including the Galaxy S10. With its 6.1-inch display and the Note 10’s 6.3 inches, you’ll get a big-screen experience with either phone. But the phones’ displays differ in another way. The Galaxy S10 has a sharper 1440p resolution and a higher pixel density than the Note 10 (550 ppi compared with 401 ppi). Side by side, your eyes might not notice a difference between 1440p and 1080p. But if you watch a lot of video or play graphics-intensive games on your phone, the Galaxy S10’s screen offers crisper details, at least on paper. Because the Note 10 houses its stylus pen inside, the phone is slightly heavier and thicker. The phone also doesn’t have a headphone jack, unlike the Galaxy S10. That means you’ll have to use a dongle, wireless headphones or USB type-C headphones to listen to music and calls.  Lastly, both phones have black and white variants, but the Galaxy S10 comes in four more colors as well: green, blue, silver and red. The Note 10 has one extra “fun” color, known specifically as Aura Glow. With its iridescent shine and striking color gradient, though, this third color variant is really, really fun.
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Camera: Galaxy S10 and Note 10 are nearly identical For the most part, both phones have the same triple rear-camera setup and video features: a 12-megapixel wide-angle camera, a 16-megapixel ultrawide-angle shooter and a 12-megapixel telephoto lens. Both have a 10-megapixel front-facing camera too. But Samsung did tweak the camera hardware slightly between the two phones. For the selfie and telephoto cameras, the Galaxy S10 has a fixed aperture lens at f/1.9 and f.2.4 respectively. The Note 10 uses a slightly narrower f/2.1 aperture on the selfie camera and f/2.2 on the telephoto by comparison. Generally, the larger the aperture (or the smaller the f-stop number), the more light the camera can capture. This can help capture sharper low-light photos that don’t suffer from camera shake. However, despite the slight differences in hardware, in most scenarios, you shouldn’t notice much difference in photo quality between either of these phones. (Note that on both phones, the main wide-angle camera has a variable aperture that can shift between f/1.5 and f/2.4.) At launch, the Note 10 did have a few extra camera features that the Galaxy S10 didn’t have, like applying bokeh blur on video and Night Mode on the front-facing camera. However, many of those features have been ported over to the Galaxy S10 with an October 2019 update. Both phones also have newer Galaxy S20 camera updates like Single Take and Night Hyperlapse. For more on photo quality, check out photos taken with the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 here
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Galaxy S10 and Note 10’s performance and battery: About equal Both phones have 8GB of RAM and are equipped with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset, but depending on what market you’re in, some models of the Note 10 have a Samsung Exynos 9825 processor.  We didn’t run benchmark tests on these two specific phones, but we did on the Galaxy S10 Plus and Note 10 Plus, which also share the same Snapdragon 855 processor. Both phones scored similar Geekbench 4 and 3DMark Slingshot Unlimited test results. However, the Galaxy S10 Plus did have a lower score on 3DMark’s Ice Storm Unlimited test (57,320) than the Note 10 Plus (79,190). In any case, both the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 have lightning-quick processors and there should be little difference in performance and speed when it comes to day-to-day tasks. Given its slightly larger screen, it makes sense that the Note 10 has a slightly larger battery. But the Note 10’s 3,500-mAh battery actually clocked in the same 18-hour runtime as the Galaxy S10’s 3,400-mAh battery for continuous video playback in Airplane mode.  The S10 has a headphone jack while the Note 10 does not.
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Storage: Note 10 doesn’t have expandable memory One important thing to note is that unlike the Galaxy S10, the Note 10 does not have expandable memory. This shouldn’t be a huge deal given that the phone comes with 256GB of onboard storage, but for those who shoot a lot of photos or 4K video, this is something to consider. Meanwhile, you can use a microSD card with the Galaxy S10. However, it has two storage tiers that, funnily enough, sit below and above the Note 10’s: 128GB and 512GB. Only you can decide how much storage is enough, but opting for the 128GB model of the Galaxy S10 and investing in a microSD card later (a 128GB card runs for about $30) is the cheapest way to go. Galaxy S10 vs. Galaxy Note 10

Samsung Galaxy S10

Samsung Galaxy Note 10

Display size, resolution

6.1-inch AMOLED; 3,040×1,440 pixels

6.3-inch AMOLED; 2,280×1,080 pixels

Pixel density

550 ppi

401 ppi

Dimensions (inches)

5.9×2.77×0.31 in

5.94×2.83×0.31 in

Dimensions (millimeters)

149.9×70.4×7.8 mm

151×71.8×7.9 mm

Weight (ounces, grams)

5.53 oz; 157g

5.93 oz; 168g

Mobile software

Android 9.0 Pie

Android 9.0 Pie

Camera

12-megapixel (wide-angle), 16-megapixel (ultrawide-angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto)

12-megapixel (wide-angle), 16-megapixel (ultrawide angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto)

Front-facing camera

10-megapixel

10-megapixel

Video capture

4K

4K

Processor

Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor or Samsung Exynos 9825

Storage

128GB, 512GB

256GB

RAM

8GB

8GB

Expandable storage

Up to 512GB

No

Battery

3,400 mAh

3,500 mAh

Fingerprint sensor

In-screen

In-screen

Connector

USB-C

USB-C

Headphone jack

Yes

No

Special features

Wireless PowerShare; hole-punch screen notch; water-resistant (IP68)

S Pen stylus; Wireless PowerShare; hole-punch screen notch; water-resistant (IP68)

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Realme 7i India Launch Teased by CEO Madhav Sheth, Appears on Support Page

Realme 7i is expected to be revealed soon as the company’s India and Europe CEO Madhav Sheth teases the arrival of a Realme 7 series phone on Twitter. The Realme 7 and Realme 7 Pro were launched in India at the beginning of this month and the Realme 7i debuted in the Indonesian market a…

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Realme 7i is expected to be revealed soon as the company’s India and Europe CEO Madhav Sheth teases the arrival of a Realme 7 series phone on Twitter. The Realme 7 and Realme 7 Pro were launched in India at the beginning of this month and the Realme 7i debuted in the Indonesian market a couple weeks ago. Now, Sheth has teased a new entrant in the Realme 7 series and it could be the Realme 7i. While the tweet shows a phone with a quad rear camera setup, no other details have been announced around the upcoming smartphone. The Realme 7i has also started appearing on the support page of the company’s India website, hinting at an imminent launch.Realme India and Europe CEO Madhav Sheth tweeted that “something new and exciting” is coming up and more will be revealed soon on the next episode of the ongoing Realme community Q&A series Ask Madhav. The image shared in the tweet shows the back of a phone that appears to be the Realme 7i in its Aurora Green variant, as suggested by its quad rear camera setup.  The tweet does not include any information about the phone but from the Indonesian launch, we know pretty much all there is about the Realme 7i, except the Indian pricing.Additionally, the Realme 7i has also started appearing on the company’s India support page. Gadgets 360 independently verified that the Realme 7i has been listed under the Model sub-category on the search page. However, the page hasn’t been populated with any search results or further details as of yet.All of this seems to hint at an imminent launch of the Realme 7i in India.Realme 7i specificationsThe dual-SIM (Nano) Realme 7i runs Android 10 with Realme UI on top. It features a 6.5-inch HD+ (720×1,600 pixels) display with 90Hz refresh rate. The phone is powered by the octa-core Snapdragon 662 SoC with 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM.Speaking of optics, the Realme 7i packs a quad rear camera setup and the sensors are arranged in an L-shape placed within the rectangular camera module. It includes a 64-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.8 lens, an 8-megapixel sensor with an ultra-wide-angle f/2.2 lens, a 2-megapixel black and white sensor with an f/2.4 lens, and a 2-megapixel macro shooter with an f/2.4 aperture. For selfies, you get a 16-megapixel Sony IMX471 Sensor with an f/2.1 lens, housed in the hole-punch cutout located at the top left corner of the screen.The Realme 7i comes with 128GB of UFS 2.1 onboard storage that is expandable via microSD card. The phone is backed by a 5,000mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging. The phone is offered in Aurora Green and Polar Blue colour options.Is this the end of the Samsung Galaxy Note series as we know it? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. Affiliate links may be automatically generated – see our ethics statement for details.

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Nokia 9.3 PureView, Nokia 7.3 5G, Nokia 6.3 Tipped to Launch in November

Nokia 9.3 PureView, Nokia 7.3 5G, and Nokia 6.3 smartphones are expected to launch in November, a report claims. Nokia licensee HMD Global is reportedly planning a major launch event in November where it is expected to unveil the aforementioned phones. The Nokia 9.3 PureView is expected to be a flagship offering from the company…

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Nokia 9.3 PureView, Nokia 7.3 5G, and Nokia 6.3 smartphones are expected to launch in November, a report claims. Nokia licensee HMD Global is reportedly planning a major launch event in November where it is expected to unveil the aforementioned phones. The Nokia 9.3 PureView is expected to be a flagship offering from the company and has been subject to leaks for quite some time now. The other two phones, Nokia 7.3 5G and Nokia 6.3, have also seen their fair share of leaks.In its report, NokiaPowerUser cited sources who said that HMD Global is planning to hold a major launch event in November where it may unveil the Nokia 9.3 and the Nokia 7.3 5G. While the sources only mention these two models, the Nokia 6.3 is also expected to be announced at the same event. The report also mentioned that the launch event is still in the planning phase and can be postponed as well if there are any roadblocks. The report further claims that sources in retail also expect Nokia smartphone launches in November or December.Last month, it was reported that HMD Global is planning on holding a major launch event in Q4 2020 where it will unveil the Nokia 9.3 PureView, Nokia 7.3 5G, and Nokia 6.3. If the latest report is to be believed, November could officially be the launch month for these phones.Nokia 9.3, Nokia 7.3 5G, Nokia 6.3: Specifications (expected)The Nokia 9.3 is expected to offer a 120Hz display, a 108-megapixel main camera, and 8K video recording. The Nokia 7.3 5G may feature a 6.5-inch full HD+ display with a hole-punch cutout. It is expected to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 SoC. It may feature a 48-megapixel primary sensor and a 24-megapixel selfie shooter. The smartphone may pack a 4,000mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging.On the other hand, the Nokia 6.3 may feature a larger than 6.2-inch full-HD+ display with PureDisplay branding. The smartphone could be offered with 3GB/ 4GB/ 6GB RAM and 32GB/ 64GB/ 128GB storage options. The Nokia 6.3 may pack a quad rear camera setup, a 16-megapixel selfie camera, and 4,000mAh battery. It may be powered by a Snapdragon 670/ 675 SoC.Is Android One holding back Nokia smartphones in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. 

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9 best kitchen gadgets under $20 that you’ll use every day – CNET

As much as I love my kitchen workhorses — the giant wooden cutting board, measuring cups, microplane and razor-sharp knives — there’s also a special place in my heart for the smaller extras that I don’t strictly need, but that make cooking (and eating!) smooth as butter.After singing their praises to (aka pushing them on) my family and…

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As much as I love my kitchen workhorses — the giant wooden cutting board, measuring cups, microplane and razor-sharp knives — there’s also a special place in my heart for the smaller extras that I don’t strictly need, but that make cooking (and eating!) smooth as butter.After singing their praises to (aka pushing them on) my family and friends, I thought I’d share info on these cheap, easy-to-clean favorites with you. They’re all products I actually own and use in real life and that are simple to incorporate into your cooking routine. Most of all, they’re versatile tools you can use daily (I do!), which means they’re not just inexpensive, but also high-value. Here are the tools I never want to be without, and how I use them.

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The wide, saucer-shaped bowl, long handle and pleasant weight make these beautiful spoons perfect for almost everything — eating soup, curries, rice dishes, spooning yogurt out of the tub, spooning anything out of any tub, really. My Korean friend calls them “jjigae spoons” (a type of stew) or rice spoons, but in my family, they’re known as “life-changing spoons,” which is how I first convinced my family to adopt them. I hardly ever use “regular” spoons anymore. You can buy long-handled spoons online or in many Asian markets. My personal preference is to get a set with round handles, not the thin kind with the flat ends. Prices vary, but they’re not expensive either way — say $16 for a pack of 5 good quality spoons, or even $15 for a pack of 8.

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I’m sure I could live without a pair of kitchen shears like this one from Henckels (also known for making reliable knives), but I don’t particularly want to. A dedicated pair of shears makes opening food bags, cutting meat and fish and trimming green beans dead-easy. Storing them with your knives or utensils keeps them accessible where you need them and eliminates cross-contamination with your other scissors. Sturdy shears can butterfly poultry and this model unhinges for dishwashing — it’s dishwasher safe if in need of thorough sanitizing, but it usually cleans easily with soapy hot water and a sponge. This particular model costs under $20 on sale.

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Bench scrapers, also known as pastry or dough scrapers or cutters, are typically used to pry dough off a work surface, though I use mine multiple times a day for either scraping or lifting items from my cutting board to a pan or bowl. I used to use the side of whichever knife I had in my hand, but this useful kitchen tool shovels more diced onions at a time and is safer anyway. I’ve also used straight-sided bench scrapers, but the offset design is much easier for sliding under a pile of chopped food. It’s equally adept at its intended purpose of working with bread and pastry dough. This Tovolo bench scraper is the one I use and costs around $10.

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Small bowls are hardly interesting or new and I have plenty of them, especially fluted and ribbed ramekins. But these wonderful dip bowls have made cooking and serving food more of a delight. I just love them. They’re useful enough for daily prep and pretty enough to serve on. You can mound a surprising amount of food in the hollow, like lemon zest, olive oil, wasabi or even grated cheese like fresh parmesan. They cost $18 for a set of eight 3-ounce bowls.Here’s how I use them:Spoon restUsed tea bag holderSalt piggyEgg holderPrep bowl for ingredients like garlic, shallots, gingerPrep bowl for blending spices (the mix flows into the pan really easily, without getting stuck in creases)Garnish serverServer for individual desserts, like squares of chocolate, a brownie or a tiny scoop of ice creamSugar caddy for after-dinner coffee or teaRing valet (especially when taking off to work with slimy or sticky food)

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My dad endearingly referred to these as “rubber fingers.” This set of two — one with a pointy end (pictured) and one that looks more like a paddle, cost $8 and are awesome for scraping, scooping and pushing down all types of food. Think the last little bit of something gooey like peanut butter from the jar, or getting every little bit of beaten egg out of a small bowl. I still use full-size spatulas for large work bowls, pots and pans, but these nonstick minis work better than spoons or my finger and fit really well into drawer dividers. They’re machine washable, too.

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I had never heard of a pan or pot scraper until my colleague Rich Brown sang its praises. I have an elaborate and finely-tuned method for steaming and scraping off stuck-on crud from pots, pans and bakeware, but I started getting a lot of time back once I began using this $5 tool — or $8 for two.This kitchen gadget fits into your palm and easily scrapes away gunk with its flat and curved edges, which can also better reach into corners. Still expect a little sponge work, but mostly to wipe away loosened and leftover stuff. I was amazed with how my Lodge pot scraper obliterates the scum that builds up in a ring around the pan, say the leftovers of reduced marinara. It cuts through residue faster and more efficiently than a hard plastic spatula and it won’t gunk up the scrubby side of a sponge with cheese, egg or starchy buildup. I recommend keeping it visible on your sink, near your sponges and dish soap. I initially put it into a drawer and forgot about it, but now it’s top of mind. 

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My friend bought a fancy new dishwasher with built-in wine holders and gave me three purple silicone tubes that help keep your wine glasses safe in the machine. “Here, you like wine,” she said. “You should use these.”She was right. They may look derpy, but this perfect gift probably saved my wine glasses more than once. You fit one grippy end around your overturned stemware (as pictured) and slide the other end, a hollow tube, over a peg on the bottom rack of your dishwasher. A wire that runs two-thirds the length of the attachment supplies structure. If a glass feels extra wobbly in the center of the bottom rack, I’ve been known to clip on two of these silicone holders for extra stability, one on either side. I used to hand-wash my wine glasses and still managed to break one here or there. Not anymore. It costs about $12 for a set of eight. I’ve run them in the dishwasher on a weekly basis for almost two years.

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Great for elegantly draining pasta, reaching for items on the top shelf, juicing lemons and even cleaning window blinds. A pair of 9-inch or 12-inch silicone-tipped tongs costs about $15 and has become a trusty kitchen companion that does far more for a chef than just flip browning veggies and meat. Here are seven clever uses for kitchen tongs.

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I love a small saucepan for so many reasons, including frying perfectly round eggs one at a time and reducing broth and sauces. Melting butter and making modest quantities of caramel or hot milk and cream are also great in an itty-bitty pan, especially if you’re trying to keep a small amount of liquid from evaporating too quickly.I bought a “cup measuring pan” that’s a lot like this one, with a long handle, and I like it, though it’s not as thick as some of my other kitchen pots. I’d also happily consider a butter melting pot for butter, sauces, warming milk and boiling single eggs, but I currently use a tiny milk frothing jug for that, intended for espresso. Whichever pan you get should cost between $15 and $25, tops. Mine was about $15. 

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