Word 10 Plus vs. Word 9: Do you have to spend extra on the newer telephone?

There is not any doubt that the Galaxy Word 10 Plus is the very best telephone Samsung has made in years (sorry, Galaxy S20 Extremely). It is also the Android telephone to beat if you need a stylus. Due to some value reductions since launch, now you can discover the Word 10 Plus beginning at $830 (£999, AU$1,699). But when your funds would not stretch that far and you continue to need a Galaxy telephone that provides high efficiency and all-day battery life, the Word 9 may be sufficient.

To work out when you ought to pay extra for the Word 10 Plus, or much less for the Word 9, I used each telephones for per week and in contrast them side-by-side on all the things from digital camera high quality to design to how they carried out in on a regular basis conditions. Watch the video on the high of the article for my full impressions or learn on for the abridged model.

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Need the very best that Android has to supply? You will discover nearly all the things you need (besides a headphone jack) in Samsung’s present flagship telephone. The Word 10 Plus has a superb 6.8-inch display screen, expandable storage and a wide-angle digital camera. There’s now additionally a 5G model obtainable. Little doubt, that is nonetheless an costly telephone (even after some post-launch value reductions) however its efficiency and all-day battery life might justify the fee.

Learn the Word 10 Plus evaluate.

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The Galaxy Word 9 remains to be a superb purchase, particularly when you worth a few of the {hardware} choices it has over the Word 10 Plus, resembling a headphone jack and iris scanner. Whereas it would not have all of the bells and whistles of the newer telephone, the display screen nonetheless seems nice and the cameras carry out properly. It is also been marked down because the Word 10 and 10 Plus launch, so it is a significantly better deal.

Learn the Word 9 evaluate.

Does the Galaxy Word 10 Plus have a headphone jack?

It doesn’t. So if you’re a fan of wired headphones the selection is simple: the Word 9. There’s additionally no dongle offered within the field of the Word 10 Plus when you do wish to join 3.5mm headphones. (There are, nevertheless, USB-C headphones included.)

The Word 9 has another design cues which can be absent from the dearer telephone, such because the notification gentle and a fingerprint scanner on the again. The Word 10 Plus has an in-screen fingerprint scanner (identical to the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus earlier than it) and I discovered it to be very responsive, however there have been nonetheless one or two events when it would not register my print in comparison with the just about 100% accuracy on the Word 9’s reader.

The best way you flip off the telephone is barely totally different on each: with the Word 9 the ability button is on the best whereas the Word 10 Plus has a remappable button and the amount rocker to the left of the display screen. (Word: you can even remap the Bixby button on the Word 9.)


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On the subject of show high quality, each telephones are glorious. The Word 10 Plus provides you extra display screen actual property (though the general dimensions are just like the Word 9), because of the 6.8-inch edge-to-edge Infinity O show, with the front-facing digital camera built-in on the high of the display screen. The 6.4-inch Word 9 show can be nice to have a look at, however you’ll have to deal with bezels on the high and backside of the telephone.

I am going to admit the Word 9 is a bit simpler to make use of one-handed as it is a tiny bit narrower than the Word 10 Plus however I most popular the newer telephone for once I was ready to make use of it with each fingers: kicking again watching movies or utilizing the S Pen.

The fabric end on the Word 10 Plus seems fabulous however it’s a fingerprint magnet. As quickly as I took it out of the field, I might smudged up the again. You’ll be able to, after all, use a case, however then it’s possible you’ll lose the iridescent impact from the aura glow or aura blue finishes when you select these colours.

Then once more, it’s possible you’ll not want to make use of a case as a result of the Word 10 Plus makes use of Gorilla Glass 6 on the back and front to guard in opposition to drops. The Word 9 makes use of the earlier technology Gorilla Glass 5.

Galaxy Word 10 Plus has extra S Pen methods

One purpose to purchase a Samsung Galaxy Word over every other Galaxy or Android telephone is due to the stylus. I did not discover there was a lot distinction between the sensitivity and accuracy of the S Pen on the Word 10 Plus in comparison with the Word 9, though you do get a pair extra options when you go for the newer telephone.

Air gestures allow you to management some apps (just like the digital camera or YouTube) by urgent the S Pen button and shifting the stylus facet to facet, up and down and even in a circle. It would appear to be a gimmick on paper however I really loved utilizing it, particularly when it got here to switching between modes remotely on the digital camera or altering tracks in a music app like Spotify.

You too can use the Word 10 Plus to transcribe your handwriting from the S Pen robotically. It is pretty correct, though it will possibly get issues unsuitable you probably have significantly messy handwriting.

The Word 9 would not have air gestures, but it surely does have Bluetooth so you should utilize it as a distant to take pictures, or customise it additional for another apps just like the Gallery within the settings menu.


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Digicam: Broad-angle and evening mode, benefit Word 10 Plus

One among my favourite additions to the Word 10 Plus is the extremely wide-angle digital camera that accompanies the common wide-angle and 2x telephoto lens on the Word 10 Plus. (There’s additionally a depth-sensing digital camera used for 3D scanning.) This configuration just isn’t new to the Galaxy household, nevertheless, because it’s the identical digital camera setup discovered on the Galaxy S10 Plus 5G.

On the Word 9 you solely get an everyday large lens and a 2x telephoto lens across the again. Total I believe the outcomes from the cameras are pretty shut, except for that wide-angle lens which I like utilizing on the Word 10 Plus. Dynamic vary is a bit wider on the Word 10 Plus, though for most individuals you will not discover a lot of a distinction in any respect between pictures taken in good gentle on both telephone.

The place there’s a larger distinction is the Word 10 Plus’s devoted evening mode. It helps brighten up the scene and produce out particulars within the shadows that you simply would possibly ordinarily miss on the Word 9. (The Word 9 can be getting this devoted evening mode in an over-the-air replace, though my telephone hasn’t acquired it but.)

4K video recording is nice on each. The Word 10 Plus has higher stabilization with its tremendous regular mode — but it surely’s solely energetic at 1080p. You additionally get stay focus video on the newer telephone which helps you to blur the background behind your topic to make them stand out. I discovered the end result seemed finest when utilizing the selfie digital camera quite than the rear digital camera, but it surely’s not a function I’d use usually in any respect and for me, not well worth the improve over the Word 9. Discover picture and video samples within the video on the high of this web page.

Word 9 nonetheless has nice battery life and efficiency

Each these telephones are absolute beasts in terms of efficiency. Yow will discover the complete benchmark ends in our Word 9 and Word 10 Plus evaluations respectively. However in real-world conditions I did not encounter any discernible distinction between the 2 once I was taking and enhancing 4K video, enjoying graphics-intensive video games or having a large number of apps operating within the background.

Your mileage will differ in terms of battery life and lots does come all the way down to how you employ your telephone. However for my utilization, which typically included watching movies, making a number of calls, utilizing maps, recording 4K video and enhancing pictures, I used to be capable of get via a complete day with wherever between 15% to 25% battery remaining on each the Word 9 and Word 10 Plus. The Word 10 Plus does have a barely larger capability battery and the choice of a 45W charger (which prices further) for even sooner charging.

Simply inform me which Galaxy Word I can purchase!

The Galaxy Word is Samsung’s flagship telephone for a purpose. Each are nice gadgets that promise to provide you a improbable Android expertise — to me, a variety of the choice about which one to decide on does come all the way down to how a lot you are keen to spend money on a telephone. Sorry to be a tease, however if you need my full reply on which telephone I’d select, you may discover it within the video on the high of the web page.

Samsung Galaxy Word 10 Plus vs. Word 9 specs

Samsung Galaxy Word 10 Plus Samsung Galaxy Word 9
Show dimension, decision 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED; 3,040×1,440 pixels 6.4-inch Tremendous AMOLED; 2,960×1,440 pixels
Pixel density 498 ppi 516 ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 6.39×3.04×0.31 in 6.37×3.01×0.35 in
Dimensions (Millimeters) 162.3×77.2×7.9 mm 161.9×76.4×8.Eight mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 6.91 oz; 196g 7.09 oz; 201g
Cellular software program Android 9.zero Pie Android 8.1 Oreo
Digicam 12-megapixel (large angle), 16-megapixel (ultra-wide angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto), 3D depth (HQVGA) 12-megapixel (large), 12-megapixel (telephoto)
Entrance-facing digital camera 10-megapixel 8-megapixel
Video seize 4K 4K
Processor Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, or Samsung Exynos 9825 Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor (2.8GHz + 1.7GHz), or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 9810 (2.7 GHz + 1.7 GHz)
Storage 256GB, 512GB 128GB, 512GB
Expandable storage As much as 1TB 512GB
Battery 4,300-mAh 4,000-mAh
Fingerprint sensor In-screen Again of telephone
Connector USB-C USB-C
Headphone jack No Sure
Particular options Wi-fi PowerShare; water-resistant (IP68); S Pen stylus with Bluetooth connectivity and Air actions Water-proof (IP68); wi-fi charging; S Pen with Bluetooth connectivity; Iris and facial scanning
Value off-contract (USD) $1,100 $1,000 (128GB), $1,250 (512GB)*
Value (GBP) £999 £899 (128GB), £1,099 (512GB)*
Value (AUD) $1,699 AU$1,499 (128GB), AU$1,799 (512GB)*

* Costs at launch

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