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Consumer Technology 2019 Samsung Unpacked Event

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I'm impressed that the screen can fold in half and look as seamless as it does, but it overall looks like a terrible device. While folded it's super thick and has a tiny screen that doesn't come close to filling the front of the phone. Given how high the keyboard is lifted, it seems like it would be pretty annoying to use. While unfolded it's much bigger than anything else you can fit in your pocket, but it's an awkward aspect ratio, which I'm sure will cause havoc with lots of apps and limits how useful it is for video.

 

 

Since I own a tablet I don't use my phone for everything. For people that do use their phone for netflix and books and everything else I use my tablet for, I suppose I can see the appeal in a device like this.

 

Still, it's clear that this is a stepping stone device intended primarily to show off the new tech and justify the tooling investment. I can't imagine that it's a good device or they expect anyone to shell out $2k for it.

 

It does make me hopeful that in the next year or two we could actually see something like this RAZR design

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1 minute ago, Brick said:

Is there going to be a regular Galaxy S10? 

It's being covered right now. 

 

In-screen ultrasonic fingerprint reader. 

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The S10 has been leaked for a while now, but it's still a slick looking piece of hardware, it's just a shame you have to use Samsung software. I've owned some Samsung devices, but not for a while now, and certainly not with the new One UI. I'm so tempted to give them another chance, especially since the Pixel 3 was so underwhelming.

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13 minutes ago, Emblazon said:

It's being covered right now. 

 

In-screen ultrasonic fingerprint reader. 

 

Yeah just saw some, and it has the camera lenses on the screen. WTF? Why do phone companies keep doing shit like that? It's so annoying. Stop covering up part of my screen! 

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At this point I think my two main things are:

  1. I hope we can see display units in stores during the preorder window. From the pictures, I strongly prefer the circular cutout on the S10 to the pill cutout on the S10+, but I feel like this is the sort of thing you have to see in person to really get a proper sense of.
  2. I hope to see feedback about the side-mounted fingerprint reader on the S10e during the preorder window (wouldn't want to set it up on a display unit, plus with the anti-theft stuff they always put on the backs of display units it'd be hard to get a proper feel for it anyhow). From what I've seen the S10e is going to ditch the telephoto lens and keep the wide-angle lens, which seems like the right way to go, so I could be sold on the S10e if the side-mounted fingerprint reader isn't frustrating to use.
2 hours ago, CitizenVectron said:

It looks cool, but I can't see it selling that well (especially at that price). 

 

I'm sure Samsung doesn't expect the Fold to sell super well, it's a gen 1 product and they need to get something out so that they can get actual real-world feedback on it.

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Also, I wonder how much of the increased battery life as you move up the chain of S10e->S10->S10+ gets eaten up by the increasingly larger displays vs actually giving you longer battery life...but will reviewers get enough time with pre-release units to have a proper sense of that?

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I was summoned lol, I was really debating getting this or not. Really don't like the hole in the display but the phone is fucking amazing otherwise, so I umm kinda pre-ordered it. S10+ Prism White. Giving this S9+ back as I am due for an upgrade.

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2 hours ago, TwinIon said:

The S10 has been leaked for a while now, but it's still a slick looking piece of hardware, it's just a shame you have to use Samsung software. I've owned some Samsung devices, but not for a while now, and certainly not with the new One UI. I'm so tempted to give them another chance, especially since the Pixel 3 was so underwhelming.

Samsung's software has come a long way, TouchWiz is a thing of the past. One UI is amazing I think you would like it.

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I really can't believe there's no stylus in the Fold. 

 

I still don't think the Android gestures are on par with the iOS gestures. They really need to just up and ditch the 3 bottom button ideology at some point. Swipe up to go back is just flat out goofy. And there hasn't been a need for a dedicated "Menu" button in years. 

 

While the Fold is super interesting, it's not $2000 interesting. And the S10 does nothing for me. 

 

Looks like I'm waiting to see what iOS 13 has to offer. This is the longest I've suck with one cell phone, and I've had cell phones since 1999. I've had my X since December 2017. 

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I am actually passing on this, Sprint can shove this phone up their ass. Won't push my upgrade 10 days so I miss out on the pre-order goodness, well fuck you. Going to Verizon.

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Does anyone know if/when stores will have display models prior to the release date?

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32 minutes ago, BlueAngel said:

I am actually passing on this, Sprint can shove this phone up their ass. Won't push my upgrade 10 days so I miss out on the pre-order goodness, well fuck you. Going to Verizon.

If you're switching companies, I've been through them all, and T-Mobile was by far the best cellular company I've had. I left for a company discount and have been itching to go back ever since. 

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4 minutes ago, Emblazon said:

If you're switching companies, I've been through them all, and T-Mobile was by far the best cellular company I've had. I left for a company discount and have been itching to go back ever since. 

Eh if I did that and the merger goes through I am back with Sprint. Verizon works well in my area T-Mobile is not good outside of the city.

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4 minutes ago, Jose said:

You should try again. T-Mobile service has improved exponentially over the years.

I see it every day at work, coworkers all on T-Mobile have no service quite often whereas I never lose LTE. Actually looking at AT&T, they offer great service and aren't too much more expensive than Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon aren't far from each other in price. In comparison to my Sprint plan.

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I'm on AT&T right now. It's not bad at all, I just adore the transparency of John Legere and the perks that T-Mobile offers on a weekly basis. 

 

Plus, once 5G hits, I don't think connection is going to be an issue. 

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@BlueAngel a couple of things I'm seeing on Verizon. I feel like at least one of these has to be a mistake, but...

 

1. For the S10 they have the 128 GB and 512 GB models listed, but for the S10+ they only have the 128 GB model listed. 

2. The S10e isn't eligible for the free Galaxy Buds, apparently, but for the other two Verizon says you have until 3.17.19 to preorder, and then fill out the form by 4.4.19.

 

For the first one I could see Verizon doing something like that, but for the second one, it kinda feels like a typo for 3.7.19, but since you have until 4.4.19 to claim the free Galaxy Buds... 

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46 minutes ago, Jason said:

@BlueAngel a couple of things I'm seeing on Verizon. I feel like at least one of these has to be a mistake, but...

 

1. For the S10 they have the 128 GB and 512 GB models listed, but for the S10+ they only have the 128 GB model listed. 

2. The S10e isn't eligible for the free Galaxy Buds, apparently, but for the other two Verizon says you have until 3.17.19 to preorder, and then fill out the form by 4.4.19.

 

For the first one I could see Verizon doing something like that, but for the second one, it kinda feels like a typo for 3.7.19, but since you have until 4.4.19 to claim the free Galaxy Buds... 

 

So okay, the issue with the first one seems to be that the ceramic and non-ceramic models are treated as separate colors, and it defaults to a non-ceramic one, which only comes in 128 GB. Still wondering how you can place a preorder after the release date of the phone, though.

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So the buds are good even if I do it later tomorrow, have to pay my last lease payment before I can actually upgrade. Guess I'm still on for this 10+.

 

Upgrade went through, phone is on its way eventually lol, I'll probably get it early had the same happen last year with my S9+, got it two days before release date.

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