The Samsung Galaxy Note10’s software
My review unit is running Android 10 with Samsung’s One UI 2.0 on top, and the experience is wonderful. Again, the fit and finish are what you’d expect when paying this much for a phone.
There are so many ways to interact with this phone and its notifications and messaging that you really have to take some time to go through the Settings menu and customize the user experience to your liking. If you did nothing, you’d still have a solid experience, but little things like going into the Advanced menu, then the Motion and Gestures menu and turning on Palm Swipe to capture screenshots, or Lift to Wait, or Smart Stay, make the experience that much more intuitive.
Here are some other features you should check out:
- If you use more than one username in messaging apps, you have the Dual Messenger menu, which will allow you to simultaneously log in to multiple messaging apps.
- You get the Digital Wellbeing menu, which allows you to set time limits and parental controls if you’ve purchased this phone for a very lucky younger user.
- If you’re gonna use the Always On display, you can go into the Lock Screen menu and really customize it. If you’re really into that I recommend going into the Galaxy Themes menu and checking out some of the aftermarket AOD, or always on display, images.
There are some really fun things to choose from there to help you make this phone your own, as if paying all that money for it doesn’t.
One area where One UI still has plenty of feature creep is the notification shade dropdown options. There are a ton of them. So I always recommend going in and editing them so that the shortcuts you use most frequently are easily accessed, and then removing the rest. For those you find important but infrequently use, you can just reorder the icons and move those further back on the list.