Time for a new Samsung Galaxy or stick with what you’ve got?
When the Samsung Galaxy S8 arrived on the scene a few years back it was Samsung’s top of the range flagship and even today remains a great smartphone with the bright display that Samsung are known for and a decent 12 megapixel camera. However, this year Samsung introduced the Galaxy S10 (alongside the bigger S10 Plus model) with a whole host of upgrades and innovations.
In a world of technological advancements and new phone models launching every month, it can be hard to know when to upgrade and when to stick with the phone you have. The Samsung Galaxy S- Series are top of the range Android phones; each product is always a hit, with advanced features and new tech. So if you’re thinking about whether to upgrade from the S8 to the S10 this month, this guide from Chitter Chatter compares both models, helping you to make an informed decision for your next upgrade:
In terms of aesthetics, both the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S10 have a very similar appearance, characterised by a streamlined Gorilla casing and curved display. Like all recent phones, it has a completely touchscreen display, free from any buttons and leaving more space for the screen on the front.
The biggest difference in the display is the mammoth screen size; the S10 has a 6.1-inch screen size compared to the S8 which has a 5.8-inch screen.
Both phones have metal rims and shiny, glass backs but the display on the S10 is longer than the S8, increasing the aspect ratio to 19:9 rather than 18.5:9 on the S8. In terms of screen to body ratio, that means you’re getting 93.1% on the S10 and 83.6% on the S8. Not only do you get more screen space to look at but it also means the bezels around the display have been removed too.
In order to increase the screen size without increasing the bezels on the S10, Samsung have embedded the front-facing camera into the screen on the S10 using some clever tech. They’ve also got rid of the fingerprint sensor, hiding it underneath the screen rather than having it as a separate panel on the rear of the phone.
Samsung’s using ultrasonic sensor technology from Qualcomm that creates a 3D model of your fingerprint. Sounds complex but just means you can securely unlock your phone by placing your finger on the designated part of the display and you’re good to go.
Whether you’re an amateur photographer or just someone who loves to update their Instagram feed with amazing shots, the Samsung Galaxy S-Series of phones are known for their top of the range camera. Both lenses are able to capture top-quality images with a high resolution, but the S10 has a few more tricks up it’s sleeve thanks to some software improvements and new camera hardware.
The S8’s single lens rear camera has an auto-focus feature that reduces blur, taking multiple shots in order to get the best image quality. And with night mode, you can capture well-lit photos with great definition even when it’s dark, although it’s worth noting this technology has moved on a bit since the S8.
On the S10, the rear camera includes three lenses:
- Rear Camera 1 — 12MP Dual Pixel | f/1.5 – f/2.4 | OIS
- Rear Camera 2 — 16MP | 123° wide-angle | f/2.2 | Fixed focus
- Rear Camera 3 — 12MP | 45° telephoto | f/2.4 | OIS
With three rear lenses and an ultra-wide-angle capability, you’ll be able to fit more people into the shot with the S10’s camera; the S10’s telephoto lens adds a level of professionalism to your photos, adding depth and reducing blur.
One of most talked-about features of the Galaxy S8 and S10 is the battery life, which is why they aim to increase battery life with each new model. The S8 has an impressive battery life of around 8 hours which should be more than enough for moderate daily use. However, if you use your phone more, or like to play games or use streaming video services, you” be pleased to know the S10 now has a battery life of around 10-12 hours.
Samsung has added plenty of new features to the S10 but they’ve also kept some of the features they know S8 users love, such as the headphone jack and a microSD card slot, allowing you to upgrade storage up to 512 GB. Both models have fast and wireless charging, allowing you to charge your phone and listen to audio at the same time.
The S10 also includes an IP68 rating; this is the highest rating on a Samsung phone to date and means that the S10 is highly waterproof and dustproof. New to the S10 is the Wireless PowerShare feature, allowing you to not only charge your phone using Qi-enabled devices but also share your phone’s battery power with friends who have compatible phones.
There you have it. Our recommendation? If you’re at the end of your current contract, the S10 makes a worthwhile upgrade from the S8, especially as the price has come down quite a bit now compared to when it first launched. You can check out the latest Samsung Galaxy S10 deals here. If you’re happy with your S8 though and have reached the end of your contract, it’s worth looking at switching to a SIM Only plan until you’re ready to upgrade your phone as it will allow you to reduce your bill.