For the longest time now, Samsung has been releasing its brand flagship mobile phones in different flavours; a full-fat serving for those who want to go all out, and a reduced-fat version for those who like the particular brand, but are not ready to pay the price for the full version.
This was well encapsulated in the early days when there was a full-size version and a mini version. Today though, the number of versions for the flagship has increased to four, and the differences are so minute, it becomes a challenge trying to pick which is best for your needs. The same case also applies between categories.
This is the story of the Samsung Galaxy S10. It is available in five different versions that have very few differences, it leaves you wondering what was the company thinking when they were coming up with these smartphones.
However, those minute differences can be everything that small pockets of people need to dedicate their all to Samsung. Perhaps that is what they were going for.
In Australia, Samsung officially made available three different models of the Samsung Galaxy S10. These are the Samsung Galaxy S10e, Samsung Galaxy S10 with a 6.1-inch screen, and the Samsung Galaxy S10+. The other two that arrived much later are the Samsung S10 Lite and the Samsung S10 5G.
As you may have discerned, each model is available with different colour options, and of course, a different price. Oh, and no headphone jack. All models in the series came out with Android 9, but all are upgradable to Android 11. There are also different levels of memory on each of the devices.
You also get digital payment options for shopping such as Samsung Pay. You will have to compare and contrast the models before adding your shipping details to the checkout form and delivery address.
This is a phone that was released back in 2019. Even though it is by no means obsolete, two more Galaxy S generations have come out since the Galaxy S10 family of phones came out. What this means is that all the frontline stores will no longer have new models in stock.
This is the case if you try to find the phone on the Samsung website, or even look for the phone on the websites of the mobile network companies such as Telstra and Vodaphone. It doesn’t mean you can’t get your hands on the phone, you may just not have the option of having the payments staggered over a number of months.
You will have to rely on services such as Kogan and eBay for shipping your new phone but you may not get the best deal. You can get Samsung refurbished phones in a colour that you like, and they will be sim unlocked. What this means is you can pop in a range of sim card options and they will always work.
You are likely to get great deals on the phones that are for sale from a reputable retailer like Phonebot. You just have to spend a little bit of time using the search feature, or scrolling through different categories to find the one you are looking for.
Instead of getting the phone from the networks on contract, you will have to buy it outright from any of the other retailers such as Kogan, Amazon or eBay and add it to your shopping cart. The price you will pay will depend on what member of the Galaxy S10 series you go for. Here is a compilation of average prices from the different sites.
You should note that the prices may vary as the prices of these models were noted for devices of different specifications than the ones you may find. For example, all the devices whose prices are listed here have 128Gb of storage, while it is possible to get a phone with less, or more storage capacity.
The Samsung S10 has an AMOLED display which is excellent for movies, games and daily use. The price of a Samsung S10 128gb starts at $419. The Samsung S10 also offers great battery life and also supports fast charging.
The Samsung S10 Plus offers slightly better specs and it'd be worth going for it if you prefer a bigger screen. The price of a Samsung S10 Plus 128gb is priced at $489. You can check out the detailed pricing below.
|Samsung S10 E||Samsung S10||Samsung S10 5G||Samsung S10+|
|Price starts from $399 (refurbished, unlocked)||Price starts from $419 (refurbished, unlocked)||$629 (Refurbished, unlocked)||Price starts from $489 (refurbished, unlocked)|
It would be prudent to mention that the condition of the refurbished phones may vary from vendor to vendor. Also, the prices are higher with some vendors because of the better specifications of those phones. Not all of them are 128Gb, some are 256 Gb and some are 512 Gb models with 6, 8 or 12 Gb RAM capacity.
For some years now, many smartphone brands manufacturers have been releasing their flagships as a series of phones, not just a standalone device as in the days of old. It started simply with the inclusion of a mini clone of their flagships as a cheaper alternative, but still with the same prestige.
It is brand manufacturers like HTC who started blurring the lines between features. If you look carefully, you will notice the HTC One M8 and the One Mini 2 are the big brother/little brother flagship duo that the world had become accustomed to. Then the Desire Eye came out, and it was just a plastic imitation of the One M8. Same screen, same RAM and other internals, the only difference being the cameras.
This is the same line of thinking that led to the Galaxy S10 series having five family members. Are there any differences in features between the members? Definitely, but they are minute and scattered that it becomes a bit difficult to determine which would be best for you.
For example, all the phones have an AMOLED display, but with different display size. Perhaps the biggest indicator of the price difference. The S10 and the S10 Plus have a similar triple camera system at the rear The S10 5G goes on to add a depth sensor while the S10e removes the telephoto sensor. The S10 Lite goes in a different direction by changing the wide camera to a 48MP sensor and putting back a 5MP Macro sensor.
The front camera is also another area of comedy. Four members of the series have a 10MP Dual Pixel sensor capable of recording 4K video at 60fps. The Lite, again, changes things by putting up a 32 MP wide selfie camera that is only capable of recording 1080p at 30 fps.
The battery also shows some differences. The S10 5G and the S10 Lite have a 4,500 mAh battery each. The others have to contend with a 3,100 mAh for the S10e, a 3,400 mAh for the S10 and a 4100 mAh for the S10 Plus.