In the middle of its legal battle, Spotify quietly launches in India

  • Spotify is officially available in India.
  • Unfortunately, the Premium membership options are only available to existing Spotify users.
  • The launch comes as Spotify is in a legal battle with Warner Media Group.

India residents clamoring for Spotify to be available in the country, rejoice — earlier today, the popular music streaming service quietly launched in India. The strange thing about the launch is that it happened as Spotify is contending with a legal challenge from Warner Music Group.

India residents can buy a Spotify membership in one-day, one-week, one-month, three-month, six-month, or one-year increments. Here are the prices:

  • One day: 13 rupees (~$0.18)
  • One week: 39 rupees (~$0.55)
  • One month: 129 rupees (~$1.81)
  • Three months: 389 rupees (~$5.48)
  • Six months: 719 rupees (~$10.13)
  • One year, 1,189 rupees (~$16.76)

If you’re a student, you can get a one-year membership for 59 rupees (~$0.83) a month. If students want to just try it for 30 days without committing to Spotify, they can pay 66 rupees (~$0.93) for 30 days. Everyone else gets a 30-day free trial, after which they pay 119 rupees (~$1.68) each month.

Curiously, Business Insider India reported that a Premium subscription is only available to existing Spotify users. New users can still sign up for the free tier, but they’ll have to wait if they want a Premium subscription.

Also, the only way to pay for a subscription is with Visa or Mastercard. Prepaid plans also have Paytm and UPI payment options, in addition to Visa and Mastercard.

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As nice as it is for India residents to officially get Spotify, the launch comes at a curious time for the music streaming service. Yesterday, Warner sued Spotify to stop the latter’s use of the former’s catalog. The issue is Spotify tried to gain the rights to Warner’s catalog through an amendment to India’s Copyright Act of 1957. The amendment lets broadcasters obtain licenses without consent from the copyright owner, but it’s unknown whether Spotify can be classified as a broadcaster.

Until a decision is made on the matter, Bombay’s high court allowed Spotify’s India launch to proceed. However, Spotify launched in India without Warner’s catalog. Warner/Chappell is Warner’s publishing arm and hosts artists like Katy Perry, Kendrick Lamar, Fat Joe, and many others.

Deal: Snag 15% off Marshall headphones and listen in style

Marshall Minor II wireless earbuds in black on leather surface.

The Marshall Minor II earbuds have brass accents that make the important parts of the headphones pop out from the all-black design.

Marshall, the company whose guitar amplifier you likely imagine when thinking of rock concerts, announced that from now through March 4, 2019, at 12:00 PM CET, it’s offering a 15 percent discount to customers. Just pick your headphones or accessories and then use the coupon code listed below.

The promotion applies to many of the company’s products including the Minor II wireless earbuds, on which our sister site SoundGuys conducted a comprehensive review. These feature an ear loop design similar to that of the Google Pixel Buds, operate via Bluetooth 5.0, and provide 12 hours of constant playback on a single charge.

Of course, Marshall Headphones supplies more than just wireless earbuds. The promotion applies to its entire headphone lineup save for the Major II Bluetooth.

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Rather than listing out what audio products are included, it’s easier to list what’s excluded. Unfortunately, the promotion doesn’t apply to any products found on the site’s Special Offers page. That said, customers are still afforded plenty of options including the Action II Voice. This smart speaker comes with either Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant integration and sports Marshall’s signature vinyl covering.

Marshall fans may also apply the 15 percent promotional code to any accessories, including replacement ear cushions, cables, and filters. To take 15 percent off your purchase, use the promo code MARSHALL15 at checkout. This is only valid via the company’s website and may not be applied to previous purchases. What’s more, the offer validity is subject to a product’s availability, and shipping costs may still apply at checkout.

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Say hello to sunshine with Southwest Spring Sale flights from $98 roundtrip

Beach selfies, here you come.

Spring is just around the corner, but it feels like it’s taking forever. Get a jump-start on warmer weather by taking advantage of the Southwest Airlines Spring Sale. One-way tickets start at $49, and you can score a round trip for as low as $98.

As per usual with flight sales, you’ll have to be flexible to get the best deals. These fares are available if you travel on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday. Dates run from late March through the end of May. If you’re interested, note that you’ll need to purchase your tickets by the end of the day on February 28th.

For example, you could travel from Los Angeles to San Jose for $98 roundtrip, Chicago to Indianapolis for $166 roundtrip, or from Atlanta to Nashville for $118 roundtrip. Prices vary by destination and departing airport, so be sure to check and see where your next affordable vacation could be.

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This $5 XL Gaming Mouse Pad can hold your keyboard, mouse, and phone

Serious gamers need serious gear.

VicTsing’s Extended Gaming Mouse Pad falls to just $5.49 at Amazon when you clip the coupon on its product page and enter promo code ENN9CGI5 during checkout. That’ll bring it to one of its best prices ever; without coupons, it’s never sold below $11 and has been priced up to $16 in the past.

This extra large mouse pad is more akin to a desk pad, as it has enough space for your mouse, keyboard, and more at close to 32 inches long. Its water-resistant, ultra-smooth surface allows for precise control while gaming and its anti-slip rubber base grips your desktop to prevent it from sliding around. Meanwhile, the pad’s double-stitched edges help protect from wear and deformation.

Nearly 1,000 customers at Amazon reviewed this mouse pad resulting in a strong rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars.

If you’re on the hunt for a new gaming mouse, the SteelSeries Rival 310 is currently at its best price ever via Amazon.

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Learn Silicon Valley social media marketing tips from the pros

Silicon Valley Social Media Marketing Certification Course

How many times have you found yourself in a social media wormhole learning about — and sometimes shamelessly buying — the latest and greatest consumer products on the market? Did you know there are entire departments dedicated to social media marketing at nearly every big company in 2019?

If you want to get your foot in the door to one of the fastest growing industries, you can now learn the ins-and-outs of the market for just $19.99. The Silicon Valley Social Media Marketing Certification Course is offering 99 percent off their program for a limited time.

Get your foot in the door to one of the fastest growing industries.

You may already be spending hours of your day on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Reddit, Tumblr, or LinkedIn. Why not learn how to make money off of them?

Now is your chance to learn an entirely new skill set, and the opportunity to increase your value as a professional. The program is valued at $3,995, but right now it’s just $19.99. That special price won’t last forever, but your new skill set will.

Here’s what you get:

  • Increase social media reach, attract more clients, and sell more products.
  • Study strategic social media marketing content, objectives, and goals through videos, quizzes, and learning resources.
  • Understand market psychology to optimize campaigns across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, Reddit, Tumblr, LinkedIn, and more.
  • Qualify for a larger salary with a certification from the Silicon Valley Digital Marketing Institute.
  • Receive feedback from highly certified instructors whenever you need it.

No previous social media experience is required and your certification will last a lifetime. Hit the button below to get started.

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Banning Huawei’s 5G equipment in Europe wouldn’t be good, says Vodafone CEO

The Huawei logo at CES 2019.

With the European Commission thinking about a potential ban on Huawei’s 5G equipment, Vodafone CEO Nick Read warned that a ban would lead to repercussions for Europe.

Speaking at a press conference at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Read said a ban on Huawei’s 5G network equipment would curtail competition. Huawei, Nokia, and Ericsson reportedly account for over half of revenues in the telecommunications equipment market, with Huawei being the largest telecommunications equipment provider in the world.

“If we concentrate it down to two players, I think that’s an unhealthy position not just for us as an industry, but also for national infrastructure in the country,” said Read.

According to CNBC, Read also said that forcing companies to swap out Huawei equipment in favor of competitors’ would be costly for operators and consumers. The added cost, said Read, would delay Europe’s 5G rollout by “probably two years.”

“It structurally disadvantages Europe. Of course, the U.S. doesn’t have that problem because they don’t put Huawei equipment in.”

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Read’s not wrong. A ban on Huawei’s network equipment wouldn’t be a problem in the U.S., which cites security concerns with the company. Namely, the U.S. is concerned that the Chinese government is spying on consumers through Huawei and its network equipment.

That concern is what led Australia to bar Huawei from providing its 5G network equipment to local carriers and might lead the European Commission to do the same. The GSM Association (GSMA) will reportedly hold a board meeting during MWC 2019 to discuss the possible ban.

The U.K.’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) reportedly concluded that any security concerns with Huawei can be mitigated. The official report, which has not yet been made public, could derail U.S. initiatives to persuade other countries to block Huawei.

NEXT: Foldable Huawei Mate X proves Samsung’s market lead is not assured

Deal: Get a Motorola Moto X4 on Google Fi for only $149

If you’re looking to join Google Fi, you want to do whatever you can to buy a “designed for Fi” device. This small list of devices allows you to fully take advantage of Google’s wireless service, including access to seamless network switching, free Wi-Fi hotspots, RCS texting, and a free VPN service.

However, most Google Fi phones are pretty expensive. But not today! For a limited time, there’s a Google Fi deal that gets you a brand new Motorola Moto X4 for only $149, one of the cheapest prices we’ve ever seen for the device.

The only catch to this Google Fi deal is that you must activate the Moto X4 on a Google Fi account within 30 days of purchase. While that might be a deal-breaker for some, this is a Google Fi deal, so it’s to be expected.

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However, the fine print for the deal says this: “There is no minimum activation period needed to be eligible for the discount.” That means you could ostensibly buy the device, activate it on Google Fi for a month, cancel service, and keep the device at the $149 price. We’re not saying you should do that, but Google’s terms state that you could if you wanted.

The Motorola Moto X4 ships with Android One, which means it runs a close-to-stock version of Android. It also means it will get updates at a faster pace than many other devices. For example, the Moto X4 is already upgradeable to Android 9 Pie.

Click the button below to grab this Google Fi deal while it lasts!

The Google Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite are probably coming soon

The back of the Google Pixel 3 Lite. Andro News

If you’ve been holding out for the Google Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite, the wait might soon be over — two Google smartphones recently passed through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with model numbers G020C and G020G.

The filings show that both devices feature Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, LTE, and Android 9 Pie. Also, the model numbers fall in line with what Google has used for previous Pixel phones. The Pixel 3 phones, for example, use model numbers G013A and G013C.

Unfortunately, Google’s request for confidentiality prevents images and other information from being shown. Also, the filings don’t outright state that the phones are the Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite.

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The good news is that we already have a general idea of what the phones will look like and feature, thanks to months of rumors. The Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite reportedly look like their high-end equivalents, save for the return of the headphone jack, IPS displays instead of OLED displays, single speakers, and plastic bodies instead of glass.

Even the alleged 12-megapixel rear camera and 8MP selfie camera are the same as the ones found on the normal Pixel 3 phones. Even with a lower-end processor, pictures should still look very good.

The main differences are under the hood. The Pixel 3 Lite reportedly features the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 2,915mAh battery. The Pixel 3 XL Lite will presumably feature the same specs, though its display and battery might be larger.

Google typically holds a fall event to announce new products. However, the request for confidentiality lifts August 28. That means Google might announce the Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite sooner than expected.

NEXT: Galaxy S10 Plus vs Pixel 3 XL: The battle for Android’s soul rages on

Everything you need to know about the Galaxy S10!

Samsung’s 10th year of Galaxy flagships is something to behold.

Every year, Samsung kicks off the year with its Galaxy S devices. These serve as a showcase of the very best that the company has to offer, and this year, we were treated to a total of three new devices with the Galaxy S10, S10+, and S10e.

Whether you’re looking for the latest news, want to know how the phones compare to other gadgets, need help finding a good case, or anything else in between, you’re in the right place.

Galaxy S10 pre-orders are now live!

Eager to buy the Galaxy S10 for yourself? Good news — pre-orders are now live at Samsung and go through March 7. If you buy the phone before then, you’ll also be able to snag a pair of Samsung’s new Galaxy Buds completely free (a $130 value).

AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon are all selling the phone, too.

On top of Samsung’s website and through carriers, you’ll also be able to purchase the Galaxy S10 from:

Regular sales open up on March 8, and as expected, you’ll be able to buy the S10 pretty much anywhere and everywhere.

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All the big details

Check out our hands-on preview

We need a bit more time before sharing our full review of the Galaxy S10 series, but in the meantime, make sure you take a look at our in-depth hands-on preview of the S10, S10+, and S10e.

As expected, Samsung absolutely knocks it out of the park when it comes to hardware. The glass and aluminum builds are top-of-the-line, the AMOLED displays are the best they’ve ever been, and Samsung’s going all out with its camera game by including a total of three rear cameras on the more expensive S10 and S10+.

Add that together with new tech like an in-display fingerprint sensor, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 processor, and the best software experience we’ve ever seen from Samsung, and you end up with something that’s pretty special.

Samsung Galaxy S10 hands-on preview: The trouble with triples

There are three phones this year

Samsung typically releases two Galaxy S phones each year, including its base model and a Plus one with slightly improved specs and a larger screen.

For 2019, we have the base Galaxy S10, the upgraded Galaxy S10+, and a completely new entry with the Galaxy S10e.

While the S10 and S10+ are being marketed as Samsung’s two main flagships for the year, the S10e is a device that aims to offer a lot of that same experience but for less money (think of it as Samsung’s answer to the iPhone XR).

This is a big change to the usual Galaxy S lineup, and while it could cause for some confusion, it gives customers more choice than before. If you want the best that Samsung has to offer, you get the S10. Want a larger screen, a bigger battery, and two front-facing cameras? The S10+ has you covered. If money’s a bit tighter but you still want an excellent Android phone, the S10e is ready to serve you.

Galaxy S10 vs. Galaxy S10e: Which should you buy?

Should you upgrade from an older Samsung device?

Samsung’s been making really great phones for the last few years, so if you already own an older Galaxy S flagship, is it worth upgrading to the new S10?

If you’re still rocking a Galaxy S8 or anything older, getting the S10 just makes sense. It’ll be a vastly better experience compared to what you’re using right now, and if you’ve held onto your current phone for two or more years, you’ve definitely gotten your money’s worth.

And honestly, even if you have last year’s Galaxy S9, the S10 still delivers meaningful improvements on a few different areas that could make it worth splurging for.

Get familiar with the specs

With three different phones being offered this year, that means you have three different spec sheets to familiarize yourself with this year.

The S10 sits in the middle-ground, the S10+ has the very best specs you can find, and the S10e cuts a few corners to get its price down to where it is.

It’s a pretty simple way to think about things, but if you really want to understand the minute similarities and differences between the three phones, we recommend checking out the full spec list below 👇.

Galaxy S10 Specifications: S10, S10+, S10e, S10 5G specs in one place

What’s up with those hole-punch displays?

Yep. The rumors were right. Despite its resilience to the notch over the last couple of years, Samsung caved in with the S10 series by using its Infinity-O display that features a hole-punch cutout/notch in the upper-left corner.

While there are a lot of mixed feelings about this decision, we’re glad Samsung made this move.

For starters, this allows for even more screen real-estate than before. The top and bottom bezels have shrunk quite a bit compared to the S9, giving you even more viewing area for your movies, games, etc.

As for the displays themselves, they’re still rocking Samsung’s phenomenal Super AMOLED panels. This year, however, they get a nice upgrade with official support for HDR10+. In other words, if you’re watching a video that supports HDR10+, you’ll see it with even punchier colors and deeper contrasts.

What is HDR10+ and why does it make the Galaxy S10 screen better?

The fingerprint sensor is underneath the screen

Speaking of the display, the S10 and S10+ have their fingerprint sensors hidden underneath it.

Similar to what we’ve seen on devices like the OnePlus 6T, there’s a designated area in the bottom middle of the screen where you can place your finger to unlock the phone. The S10 and S10+ are the first devices to use Qualcomm’s ultrasonic sensing technology which essentially creates a 3D model of your fingerprint. Compared to other in-screen sensors that just capture a 2D image of it, this should allow the S10 to be faster and more secure in these regards.

What is an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor and why do you want it?

Does the Galaxy S10 fingerprint sensor work with screen protectors?

A 5G model is coming at a later date

You know how we’ve been saying that Samsung has three S10 models to choose from? Yeah, there’s a fourth one, too.

At some point later this year, Samsung will launch the Galaxy S10 5G. We know that it’ll connect to 5G networks in the U.S., has a gigantic 6.7-inch display, 4,500 mAh battery, and 25W Super Fast Charging, but that’s about it.

We have no clue what other specs it’ll include, when it’ll be released, or how much Samsung’s going to charge for the privilege of owning one (spoiler alert, it’s definitely not going to be cheap).

Samsung has a lot of colors to choose from

The Galaxy S10 devices are designed incredibly well, and to compliment that craftsmanship that went into them, Samsung’s offering the phones in a variety of gorgeous colors.

What kind of colors?

The S10, S10+, and S10e are all available in Prism Black, Prism White, Prism Blue, Flamingo Pink, and Prism Green. The S10+ has two premium Ceramic Black and Ceramic White finishes, whereas the S10e gets a gorgeous Canary Yellow colorway.

Which color Galaxy S10 should I buy?

Make sure to pick up some accessories, too

If you do plan on buying any version of the S10, do yourself a favor and also make sure that you grab a few accessories to go along with it.

Cases and screen protectors can go a long way in ensuring how well your phone holds up over time, so do the right thing and spend a few extra dollars now to protect yourself from ending up with a broken and shattered device a few months down the road.

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72 hours with the Galaxy S10+: What I love and what I hate

My first impressions of the new flagship.

I’ve had a Galaxy S10+ in my hand and pocket since February 20. Picking it up shortly after Samsung’s bustling launch event in San Francisco, I slotted my personal SIM in it, furiously set up all of my accounts and apps, and got to using it full time.

The following 72 hours were the exact kind of scenario that’s extremely tough on phones. After rapidly setting things up on mobile data in a crowded city, I immediately started using it as a hotspot for my computer (to work on Galaxy S10 coverage!); and then jumped into camera testing while generally getting acquainted with the phone I had only spent about an hour with prior. The next day was packed with travel to get to Barcelona for MWC, and we hit the ground running immediately after arriving.

To say I put the Galaxy S10+ through its paces in my first three days would be an understatement. Here are my initial impressions from the first days using the phone, both good and bad.

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The camera is good — and the wide-angle lens is fun

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Samsung is yet again talking a big game about AI and an NPU (Neural Processing Unit) providing new-and-improved photo quality on top of the same basic 12MP main and 12MP telephoto cameras. It certainly succeeds, although the level to which it has improved over the Galaxy S9 and Note 9 is questionable at this point.

Photos are really good. I’m just struggling to find the places where they’re appreciably better than the Note 9’s.

The photos I’ve taken are really good. I’m just struggling to find the places where they’re appreciably better than the great photos I’ve been taking with my Note 9 for the last few weeks. Samsung’s strengths are all still here: the camera is incredibly fast to capture in all situations, the dynamic range and colors are fantastic, and you always get a bright and usable photo in every situation. It feels like the GS10+ is adding a little extra juice to the HDR processing, and in some situations you’re getting something a bit better than what the Note 9 would’ve done, but the margins are slim. That’s not a bad thing, it’s just a little disappointing when taken into the reality that the last generation was, in itself, not a huge upgrade from the year before.

That’s particularly the case in really low light photos, where the GS10+ is still clearly behind the Google Pixel 3 and Mate 20 Pro. You always get something usable in really dark scenes, but it’s downright incapable of producing the mind-blowing photos some of the competitors do — even with the new scene optimizer ostensibly switching to an extra-low-light mode when it detects the situation.

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The ultra-wide lens provides a whole new dynamic; and a lot of fun.

Now here’s the real fun part: the new ultra-wide-angle lens. The 123° field of view tertiary camera is wonderful for two reasons: it provides a fun new shooting option that mirrors the human eye’s field of view, and like the LG V40 it comes with no trade-off because you still have the two main cameras. The wide-angle shooter provides a new tool to take interesting, eye-catching photos in a variety of scenarios. I loved shooting with wide-angle cameras on LG’s phones, and I fell right back into my old habit with the Galaxy S10+. The quality clearly isn’t quite on the level of the main shooter, with a narrower aperture and no stabilization, but it’s still darn good whenever you have decent lighting.

The whole Galaxy S10 series now uses this wide-angle camera, rather than the telephoto, in conjunction with the primary camera for Live Focus (portrait mode) effects, which means you don’t get an aggressive crop on the field of view when you use Live Focus. (I’ve played with Live Focus, but haven’t used it enough for a definitive take on how it’s changed from the last generation.) The fact that Samsung chose to keep the ultra-wide in the Galaxy S10e rather than the telephoto shows just how much the company feels the wide-angle is more of a differentiator than the telephoto at this point.

Getting used to the ultrasonic fingerprint sensor

Samsung’s move to an in-display fingerprint sensor is probably the only controversial move it made this year; and to be honest, the only controversial things Samsung has done in the last handful of years have all related to biometric security. I’ll lay it out simply: the ultrasonic fingerprint sensor is better than the optical ones I’ve used (primarily, the OnePlus 6T), but it is not as fast, accurate or easy to use as a modern capacitive fingerprint sensor. That shouldn’t really come as any surprise, as capacitive sensors are really good now while the in-display sensors are still relatively new. But it’s worth noting.

The fingerprint sensor is absolutely a mixed bag — but it’s not going to sway a purchase decision one way or the other.

You get the added benefit of being able to unlock your phone while it’s sitting flat on a table or when you’re holding it loosely and can’t reach up where a rear sensor would be. But on the downside the sensor requires far more effort to find the “sweet spot” where you know it’ll unlock right away. Once you get he muscle memory down of knowing exactly where to put your thumb, it’s quite fast. But the time it takes to reject a bad press and then re-press is longer than it should be.

Near the end of writing this, an update was pushed to my phone (all reviewer’s phones, actually) to address some of the concerns raised about the fingerprint sensor. I’ve spent about a half day using it after the update and feel like it’s a bit quicker to recognize the finger, but it still suffers from the problems noted above regarding proper placement and the recognition area.

Samsung still has the best screen on a smartphone

The best smartphone display. It’s not even a competition.

It’s not even a competition. Before the Galaxy S10 hit the scene, the Note 9 was the screen champion; take that, and just make it a little better with no new compromises. It’s brighter, more colorful and downright amazing to view in direct sunlight. DisplayMate has already announced it’s tested the Galaxy S10 to have a peak brightness of 1200 nits, which just destroys the rest of the industry and is a killer feature everyone can appreciate. And you still get Samsung’s various options for tweaking color saturation and temperature to your desired levels.

When it comes to mobile displays, Samsung is just doing everything right. It’s tough to find a flaw with the screen when there’s nothing about any other phone’s screen that I prefer overall. Any phone over about $250 has a good enough display, but Samsung really takes the cake. Even comparably-priced phones from other companies don’t approach the heights Samsung sets.

I’m having troubles with accidental touches

This is an issue that I haven’t really dealt with on any other Galaxy phone, despite hearing plenty of complaints from others as soon as Samsung switched to the Infinity Display: I’m experiencing a high number of accidental palm touches on the sides of the phone. The most frequent instances have been while typing with one hand, reaching across to the opposite side … and my palm presses the P or Q key. But I’ve eve noticed it while typing with two hands, as well as while scrolling and holding the phone snugly in the hand.

The frame has gotten so thin, and the bezels are so small, it can be an annoyance.

The Galaxy S10+ has a metal frame that is so thin on the side, and the screen is still pretty tightly curved with even smaller bezels. It’s a recipe for extra accidental touches, because there just aren’t that many ways to hold the phone without touching the screen. I’ve double-checked that I have accidental touch rejection turned on in the software, and that I hadn’t triggered the increased sensitivity setting, but no luck.

I thought I was going crazy because I’ve been completely happy with this form factor in prior phones, up to the Note 9, but my suspicions were confirmed after speaking to several other reviewers with the phone. Perhaps the situation will be better on the smaller Galaxy S10, which I’m excited to use as I’d prefer a smaller version for ergonomic reasons. Here’s to hoping I can adjust my muscle memory a bit, as with the fingerprint sensor, to find a better way to use the phone.

Battery life is immense

Samsung upped the battery size on both the Galaxy S10 and S10+, while shipping a bigger battery in the S10e than was in the S9. And I have to say it’s absolutely amazing. I’m happy with the Galaxy S10+’s battery life even taking into account my use of the Note 9 up to this point. This phone just doesn’t want to die, no matter what you throw at it. Lots of tethering, camera use, screen on time and more — it doesn’t matter, it just lasts all day.

On an extremely long travel day, which is typically murder on a smartphone battery, I was particularly impressed by the S10+. Going from early in the morning, to and through the airport, on a long flight (sadly with little sleep) and the next airport and connecting flight, I went 18 hours before dipping under 10%. That’s with nearly 5 hours of screen-on time, hours of podcast listening, and always on display active the whole time. That is use that would have me charge up my Pixel 3 XL at least once and still be hitting the danger zone at the end.

This also gives me hope for the smaller Galaxy S10, and even the S10e, too. Not everyone is going to use their phone as hard as I have the last few days, and they’re going to be able to go through a day with a considerable amount of power left in the tank.

More to come

My full review of the Galaxy S10+ will arrive in due time, but for now this is a good compendium of initial thoughts. Feel free to ask as many questions as you’d like, and I’ll try to answer them directly or incorporate your biggest concerns into my review!

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