Released in 2019, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 was the first time the tech conglomerate split its Galaxy Note line in two. With a large dynamic display and iconic S Pen stylus compatibility, both the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ stayed true to the Note’s core features while besting their predecessors with bigger displays and better cameras.While the Note 10’s original $949 cost was lower than the Note 9’s release price of $999, the premium price point was still something to get over back when it was released. Luckily, the Galaxy Note 10 can be found at a much more affordable price these days on used phone marketplaces like Glyde, allowing you to get all of its premium features at a fraction of the cost.

If you want to get straight to browsing for your new phone, check out our Samsung Galaxy Note listings here. Otherwise, let’s get into the pros and cons of the Galaxy Note 10 and whether its still worth buying for you in 2021.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10: Pros & Cons


  • S Pen functionality. An unparalleled feature of Samsung’s Galaxy Note series, the S Pen adds to the Note 10 experience with enhanced functions like Air Actions, AR Doodle, and improved digital text conversion.
  • High resolution cameras. While the Galaxy Note 10’s 16MP rear camera and 10MP front camera may not be as great as Samsung’s latest Galaxy Note 20 line, it’s still notably better than many other smartphones on the market.
  • Beautiful design & fitting size. Smaller than the Note 10+, the Galaxy Note 10 makes it easier to hold, lighter, and more pocket-friendly than its larger counterpart, as well as thinner than its predecessor. The gorgeous and reflective “Aura” colors of the Note 10 also makes it one of the most aesthetically-pleasing phones on the market. 
  • Vibrant display with Full HD+ resolution. The Galaxy Note 10’s 6.3” FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED display means a brilliant viewing experience with vivid colors.
  • All day battery life. The Note 10’s 3,500 mAH battery and Samsung’s Adaptive Battery technology means you rarely have to worry about your phone dying on you in the middle of the day.


  • Only one storage option & no microSD card slot. While the 256GB of storage may be more than enough for the average user, not having the usual option to add additonal storage via microSD card is a bit of a bummer.
  • Battery & charging speed are not the best Samsung has to offer. Compared to various other smartphones on the market, the Galaxy Note 10 has a good-sized battery with fast-charging, but the 3,500 mAH battery and 25W fast charging brick it comes with (and 12W wireless charging capabilities) pales in comparison to the Note 10+ and Samsung’s newer models. 
  • No headphone jack. This design decision has become commonplace among smartphones with the onset of bluetooth and USB-C headphones, but having no headphone jack will still be disappointing for those who relied on it.

The Bottom Line on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10

Only one model removed from the latest model of the Galaxy Note, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 is a great buy for those who love the Note’s S Pen stylus compatibility but are looking for a more affordable device. It doesn’t have the most powerful smartphone chip or battery and lacks features like the microSD card slot and headphone jack, but the Note 10’s triple-camera system, vivid display, and more pocket-friendly size makes it an extremely high value buy.

To get your next Galaxy Note 10, check out Glyde’s collection of pre-owned Samsung Galaxy Note smartphones. With diagnostic testing, a 3-month warranty, and free ground shipping, you can be confident that you’re purchasing a high-quality device. You can also join the Glyde Marketplace as a seller and get more for your used phone than you would from trading it in.

FAQs: Comparing the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 to other Samsung Galaxy Note models

What’s the difference between the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+?

True to its name, the Note 10+ builds on the features of the Note 10, particularly in terms of a bigger display, a larger battery with slightly faster charging, and more memory. The Galaxy Note 10+ also has a Depth Vision camera that improves edge detection and bokeh when taking photos in portrait mode.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10Samsung Galaxy Note 10+
Display6.3-inch Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O2,280 x 1,080 resolution401ppi6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O3,040 x 1,440 resolution498ppi
Battery3,500mAh12-watt wireless charging3,400mAh15-watt wireless charging
Memory8GB RAM256GB of storage12GB RAM256 or 512GB of storage
microSD Card Slot?NoYes
Depth Vision Camera?NoYes

What’s the difference between the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and the Samsung Galaxy S10?

The Galaxy S10 is slightly smaller yet with a higher resolution display than the Note 10. Other major differences include the inclusion of a microSD card slot and headphone jack on the S10, though the Note 10 boasts the benefits of its S Pen functionalities.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10Samsung Galaxy S10
Display6.3-inch Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O2,280 x 1,080 resolution401ppi6.1-inch Quad HD+ Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O3,040 x 1,440 resolution550ppi
Storage256GB of storageNo microSD card slot128 or 512GB of storageUp to 512GB of additional storage with a microSD card
ColorsAura Glow, Aura White White, Aura Black, Aura BluePrism White, Prism Black, Prism Green, Prism Blue, Prism Silver, Cardinal Red
Other FeaturesS PenHeadphone jack

Is the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 worth buying in 2021?

Definitely. Being less than two years old, the Galaxy Note 10 still stacks up well in comparison to newer models. Those set on having the fastest performance, the best battery life, and the ability to capture 8K video may want to fork over the cash for the newer Note 20 series.

Otherwise, the Note 10 is a high quality smartphone that’s worth buying, especially with its lower price point. Plus, with rumors that Samsung may skip on releasing a 2021 iteration of the Galaxy Note because of chip shortages swirling around, the Galaxy Note 10 may maintain its relevancy and worth for another year.


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