Samsung has an amazing new Galaxy phone, but it's facing the same problems as the iPhone

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Sure, if you have $1,000, the Galaxy S10+ is a good bet and you’ll love the screen, cameras and battery life, three things that matter most to consumers.

But you don’t need to upgrade if you have a Galaxy S8 or newer, since the changes probably aren’t worth the cost. If you like your iPhone, stick with that. There’s no “must have” feature in the Galaxy S10+ that you can’t find on an iPhone either.

There are also some cheaper versions of the Galaxy S10+ that offer most of the same features I described here. The “regular” Galaxy S10 has a slightly smaller screen and one front-facing camera instead of two. It starts at $899. There’s also the Galaxy S10e, which has less RAM and a flat (not curved) display to keep costs lower. It starts at $750. Finally, a version of the Galaxy S10 that can connect to 5G networks will launch later this year.

That’s the story of the Galaxy S10 family of devices. They’re fantastic phones with high-end features, but there aren’t enough things here that are going to make this the must-have phone of the year. That won’t happen until something far better — or affordable — comes along.

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