The Galaxy Note 10+ 5G, besides being a mouthful, is also Samsung’s most expensive phone to date. Excluding the still absent Galaxy Fold, of course. It is also one of the hardest smartphones to open up and repair, according to iFixit’s ratings. Fortunately, it might not easily come to the point that it will need an invasive surgery as it is also one of the most durable, save for one key feature that differentiates the Galaxy Note from all other phones.
That comes down to the S Pen, the single thing on any Galaxy Note 10 model that may make it worth buying in the first place. While the phone’s frame may not be stainless steel as Samsung mistakenly advertised, the S Pen, year after year, remains plastic. That very slim plastic stick now houses more sensitive electronics that give the Galaxy Note 10 its edge, thereby increasing the stakes.
Fortunately, that’s the only weak point in the Galaxy Note 10, at least as far as durability is concerned. In terms of JerryRigEverything’s other tests, the 5G phone performs exceptionally well or rather normal. The screen does scratch but only starting at Mohs level 6. It also withstands and recovers from heat, unlike other OLED screens.
As for bending, despite the large surface area of the phone, Zack Nelson was rather impressed by the durability of the device. It didn’t even flex under the YouTuber’s mighty hands.
On the one hand, the Galaxy Note 10+ 5G is a rather sturdy phone. On the other hand, it is the model that probably few will buy because of the $300 added cost for 5G and a bit more. Hopefully, the same durability can be said of the other models so that it won’t have to be repaired for a long, long time.