Are you having a difficult time deciding what your next phone should be? Read this articulately written Google Pixel 3 vs Samsung Galaxy S10 comparison review to discover the best among these phones.
The major aim of this comparison review is to help you make the best choice. Hence, to deliver on this, I will compare both phones in six major categories.
Specifically, I will compare the phone’s design, display, camera, battery, storage, and sensors. Additionally, I will include a concluding paragraph with a rating for each phone after each section.
You should also lookout for the ‘our rating summary section’ where you will see how both phones performed at a glance. At the end of this comparison review, you will be conversant enough to tell the best among the two phones.
My Initial Thoughts
Samsung is one of the most popular Android smartphone brands. The brand boasts of several smartphone series including budget and high-end phones, little wonder they dominate the Android market.
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However, in recent years more brands have tried to knock Samsung off its throne. One of the brands that have proven to be a worthy contender is Google with its Google Pixel series.
Hence, in this comparison review, I will be pitching Samsung’s S 2019 flagship against one of Google’s Pixel 2018 flagship. Specifically, we will see how the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Google Pixel 3 stack up against each other.
Make sure you read the consequent section to discover how they both fared. But before we proceed, let us talk about their prices.
Speaking of the price, when I updated this article in December 2021, the Samsung Galaxy S10 was available on Amazon at a starting price of $275.00. Meanwhile, the Google Pixel 3 is available at a more budget-conscious starting price of $189.95.
Having compared the prices, let us proceed to the rest of the comparison.
Google Pixel 3 vs Samsung Galaxy S10 Design, Dimension and Weight Comparison
The first category I will be comparing the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Google Pixel 3 is their design. The Samsung S10 has only featured a few changes from its predecessor – Samsung Galaxy S9.
For the build materials, both the Samsung S10 and Google Pixel 3 are made from a glass front. The Samsung S10 uses a gorilla glass 6 for its front while the Google Pixel 3 uses a gorilla glass 5.
Additionally, both phones are built with an aluminum frame and gorilla glass 5 backplates. The ceramic finish of their backplate is good looking but it risks getting broken when the phone drops.
Now, we will be talking about the features of both phone models. Starting with the Samsung S10’s front view, it is made of an all-screen front which gives it a modern feel.
However, there is a punch-hole by its top-right corner that houses the front camera and sensors. The Google Pixel 3 on the other hand, looks more ancient than it really is when compared with the Samsung S10.
This is due to its chunky top and bottom bezels. The top bezel of the Google Pixel 3 houses a front camera, proximity sensor, and ambient light sensor.
Also, there is a speaker and a microphone on the top bezel as well. The bottom bezel on the other hand houses a bottom speaker and a microphone.
When you flip the Samsung S10 to its back, you will see the glossy ceramic finish. There you will notice a few changes from its predecessor – Samsung Galaxy S9.
Speaking of which, in contrast to the single-camera of the Samsung S9, the Samsung S10 has a triple-camera. The camera layout is positioned at the center of the backplate.
It houses three camera lenses, a LED flash, an heart rate sensor, and SpO2 sensor. Furthermore, there is a Samsung branding below the camera layout and a Galaxy S10 branding further down the backplate.
Meanwhile, the back view of the Google Pixel 3 is made of two textured glass regions. The upper part of the backplate is smooth and glossy while the rest has a matte texture for a better grip.
On the upper left corner of the glossy region, you will find the circular rear camera. In contrary to the Samsung S10, the Google Pixel 3 has a single camera layout.
The right side of the camera is flanked by a microphone and the LED flash.
Additionally, at the top of the matte textured region of the Google Pixel’s 3 backplates, you will find the fingerprint sensor.
You might have noticed that I did not list a fingerprint sensor for the Samsung S10. That does not imply that it lacks a fingerprint sensor.
Matter of fact, the Samsung S10 uses an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor that is placed right under the screen.
Furthermore, further down the backplate of the Google Pixel 3, there is a Google logo.
Now that we have listed the features of the front and back views of both phones, let us move to their edges. We will be analyzing the features on the edges from the front view.
The metallic edges of the Google Pixel 3 and Samsung Galaxy S10 are slightly curved making it easy to sit in the palms. The top edge of the Samsung S10 houses a microphone as well as a SIM card and memory card tray.
The SIM card tray can be ejected using a pin-like ejector tool. For the single SIM variants of the Samsung S10, the SIM slot houses a nano-SIM and a microSD card.
Whereas, on the dual-SIM variants, the second SIM and the microSD card share a slot. Next to the SIM card slot, there is a vertical antenna line and also a microphone on the top edge.
Moving on to the bottom edge of the Samsung S10, it is even busier than the top. It houses an antenna line on both sides.
There is also a 3.5 mm audio jack by the left followed by the USB-C charging port. Next to the charging port, you will find another microphone and some speaker grilles.
Moving on to the right edge of the Samsung S10, there you will find just the power button. Whereas, the left edge houses the volume buttons and a Bixby button.
Speaking of the Bixby button, it is used to initiate Bixby – Samsung’s digital assistant. By pressing the button and holding it for a while, Bixby will be turned on and ready to take your command.
For the Google Pixel 3, the top edge houses a microphone by the left corner. Meanwhile, the bottom edge houses the SIM card slot as well as a USB C charging port.
The SIM card tray of the Google Pixel 3 can also be ejected using a SIM ejector tool. The SIM tray houses a single nano-SIM.
However, the Google Pixel 3 also supports an e-SIM which is short for electronic SIM. An e-SIM is not a physical SIM and cannot be removed, it can only be configured by software.
Sadly, the Google Pixel 3 does not include a 3.5 mm audio jack which means that your regular headphones will take a break. Thankfully, all hope is not lost as Google packed the Pixel 3 with a pair of headphones that plugs in the USB-C port.
Nevertheless, the right edge of the Google Pixel 3 houses the power button and the volume buttons. Meanwhile, the left edge of the Google Pixel 3 is blank.
When it comes to the color options, the Google Pixel 3 is available in only three color options. The colors are Clearly White, Just Black, and Not Pink.
Since the Google Pixel 3 has front bezels, it is important to note the color of the front bezels. Hence, the front bezels on the three color options are blacks including the white color option.
Sadly, the three color options of the Google Pixel 3 are limiting and lovers of vibrant colors will be quite disappointed.
On a brighter note, the Samsung S10 is available in eight eye-catching colors. This gives you more than enough color options to choose from.
Specifically, the available colors are Prism White, Prism Black, and Prism Green. That is not all, there is also Prism Blue, Canary Yellow, Flamingo Pink, Cardinal Red, and Smoke Blue.
Let us move on to the dimension and weight of both phones. For a start, the Samsung S10 measures 149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8 mm.
Meanwhile, the Google Pixel 3 measures 145.6 x 68.2 x 7.9 mm. Comparatively, the Samsung S10 is taller and wider but a tad less thick than the Google Pixel 3.
Thankfully, both phones are not overly large and you should have no trouble holding them firmly.
For the weight, the Samsung S10 weighs 157 g while the Google Pixel 3 weighs 148 g. Thankfully, both phones fall within the ideal phone weight preferred by most users.
Research shows that most smartphone users prefer phones that weigh between 140 to 170 g. Hence, you should have no trouble carrying either of the phones around in your hands.
Moving on to the IP rating of the Samsung S10 and Google Pixel 3, they are both IP68 compliant. This implies that they are dust and water-resistant.
Hence, they will be able to survive submersion in 1.5m of water for 30 minutes.
In conclusion, I am impressed by the design of the Samsung S10, from its bezel-less screen to its glossy ceramic black plate. It also offers enough vibrant colors to choose from and the inclusion of a headphone jack.
Hence, the Samsung S10 is my top pick for this section. Therefore, I will rate it a nine in this section.
Meanwhile, I will rate the Google Pixel 3 and eight in this design and dimension review section.
Google Pixel 3 vs Samsung Galaxy S10 Display Features Comparison
Next up in the Google Pixel 3 vs Samsung Galaxy S10 comparison is the display features. In this section, I will be considering the similarities and differences in their display features such as display size, technology, etc.
To start with the display size and shape, the Google Pixel 3 has a 5.5-inch flat display. Meanwhile, the Samsung S10 has a 6.1-inches display with slightly curved edges.
The screen size of the Google Pixel 3 falls within the ideal screen size while the Samsung S10’s falls outside. Based on research performed, results showed that most users prefer phones with screen sizes between 5 to 5.5-inches.
However, some users swear by their love for large screen phones. Hence, such people will not mind the 6.1-inch of the Samsung S10.
In addition to the screen size, let us also consider the aspect ratio of both phones. Speaking of which, the Samsung S10 has an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 while the Google Pixel 3 sits at 18:9.
The aspect ratio of both phones is longer than the standard 16:9 aspect ratio. This implies that you will have more screen estate, especially when performing tasks that use the keyboard.
Moving on to the screen technologies of both phones, the Samsung S10 uses a dynamic AMOLED display. Meanwhile, the Google Pixel 3 uses a P-OLED display.
Although both models use an OLED display, the dynamic AMOLED display is one of the best displays out there. Samsung has placed enough emphasis on the HDR10+ video enhancer feature of the Samsung S10.
On the other hand, Google Pixel 3 only supports HDR. Hence, the Samsung S10’s display will produce more dynamic colors.
This is evident from the contrast ratios, where the Samsung S10 hits a value of 2,000,000:1. Whereas, the Google Pixel 3 has a more modest contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1.
Therefore, colors will be more vibrant on the Samsung S10. Also, the Samsung S10 will display deeper blacks than the Google Pixel 3.
For the screen resolution, the Google Pixel 3 uses 1080 x 2160 pixels with a pixel density of 443 PPI. Meanwhile, the Samsung S10 has a resolution of 1440 x 3040 pixels and a pixel density of 550 PPI.
Both phones have a pixel density greater than the standard pixel density of 300 PPI. Hence, images and texts will be detailed and sharp but more on the Samsung S10 than the Google Pixel 3.
Furthermore, the screen brightness is another aspect where the Samsung S10 outshines its competitor. The Samsung S10 reaches a maximum brightness of 713 nits which beats the 420 nits of the Google Pixel 3.
Therefore, on the Samsung S10, you won’t have to struggle to read the contents of your screen even in direct sunlight. However, due to its struggles with brightness, the Google Pixel 3 is not sunlight legible.
For color reproduction, the Google Pixel 3 outperforms the Samsung S10. Specifically, the Google Pixel 3 covers 99.6% of the sRGB color spectrum while the Samsung S10 gets 98.1%.
Additionally, the Google Pixel 3 renders color more accurately than the Samsung S10. Precisely, the Google Pixel 3 has a delta E score of 1.4 (lower is better) while the Samsung S10 scores 3.7.
Thankfully, both phones support night mode that reduces blue lights at night. Thereby, reducing eye strain.
Unsurprisingly, the screens of the Samsung S10 and the Google Pixel 3 have excellent viewing angles as expected of OLED displays. Therefore, there are no color distortions or brightness loss when viewing the screen from acute angles.
Lastly, for screen protection, the Samsung S10 uses a Corning gorilla glass 6 which is stronger than the Corning gorilla glass 5 of the Google Pixel 3. Hence, the Samsung S10’s screen is stronger.
In conclusion, this display section has been one of the most interesting sections that I enjoyed reviewing. With both phones trying to outdo each other in the consequent display features.
However, the Samsung S10 seems to top the chart in this category. Hence, it is my top pick for this section.
Therefore, I will rate the Samsung Galaxy S10 a ten. Meanwhile, I will rate the Google Pixel 3 a nine in this display features comparison section.
Google Pixel 3 vs Samsung Galaxy S10 Camera Features Comparison
The Samsung S10 and Google Pixel 3 are premium phones, and we expect nothing short of a premium photography experience from them. At the end of this section, we will discover if they scaled up to expectations.
Starting with the front camera, the Samsung S10 has a wide-angle front camera with a resolution of 10 MP. It has an aperture size of f/1.9 and a pixel size of 1.22-micron pixel.
The front camera of the Samsung S10 uses dual-pixel phase detection autofocus which allows faster image focusing. In addition to that, the Samsung S10 front camera is also capable of making dual video call.
When it comes to performance, the front camera of the Samsung S10 takes decent selfies in good lighting conditions. However, when lightning drops, the performance is not as impressive.
For video recording, the Samsung S10’s front camera will record 4k resolution videos at 30 or 60 fps. Also, 1080p resolution videos at 30fps.
Moving on to the Google Pixel 3, it has dual front cameras. The first front camera is a wide-angle lens with an aperture size of f/1.8.
The wide-angle front camera of the Google Pixel 3 also supports phase detection autofocus just like its Samsung S10.
Likewise, there is the second ultra-wide-angle lens that is useful for taking group selfies. The ultra-wide lens in Google Pixel 3 has an aperture size of f/2.2 but does not support autofocus.
Performance-wise the Google Pixel 3’s front cameras take stunning selfies with lots of details and natural skin tone.
Meanwhile, for video recording, the Google Pixel 3’s front camera will record 1080p resolution videos at 30 fps.
Moving on to the rear cameras, the Samsung S10 has a triple camera lens.
The main camera has a 12 MP wide lens. To control the amount of light, you can manually set the aperture size of the main camera between f/1.5 to f/2.4.
Also, the main camera has a pixel size of 1.4 micron-pixel. Moreover, the main camera of Samsung S10 also uses dual-pixel phase detection autofocus just like the front camera.
Additionally, the main camera uses optical image stabilization to prevent motion shakes in videos.
In terms of performance, the Samsung S10’s main camera produces noiseless and detailed pictures during the day. Dynamic range is also great.
Meanwhile, the second rear camera on the Samsung S10 is a telephoto lens, it has a resolution of 12 MP as well. Also, it has an aperture size of f/2.4 and a pixel size of 1.0 micron-pixel.
The telephoto lens supports autofocus, optical image stabilization, and 2x optical zoom. Moreover, it is quite useful for taking 2x zoomed-in shots.
Performance-wise, the telephoto camera is also impressive, it produces sharp images in good lights.
Moving on to the third camera of the Samsung S10, it is a 16 MP ultra-wide-angle camera. It has a 123 degrees field of view, an aperture size of f/2.2, and a pixel size of 1.0-micron pixel.
The ultra-wide camera is also capable of taking decent panoramic shots but only in proper lights. In low lighting conditions, there is a degree of distortions, especially around the corners.
For portraits, the Samsung S10 uses the main camera rather than the telephoto camera. But the result is satisfactory.
Now, let’s talk about the front cameras of the Google Pixel 3.
As opposed to the triple camera of the Samsung S10, the Google Pixel 3 has a single rear camera. The rear camera is a wide-angle lens with a resolution of 12.2 MP.
The main camera also has an aperture size of f/1.8 and a pixel size of 1.4-micron pixel.
Additionally, the Google Pixel 3’s rear camera uses a dual-pixel phase-detection autofocus technology as well. Also, it supports optical image stabilization as well as electronic image stabilization.
With the Google Pixel 3’s rear camera, pictures are very sharp and colors are extremely accurate.
The Samsung S10 supports pro mode. It allows you to manually control settings like ISO, shutter speed, main camera aperture, white balance, and manual focus.
Contrastingly, the Google Pixel 3 does not have a professional mode. However, there are options for setting lighting conditions, putting moving objects in focus, and deactivating or activating image stabilization.
Another great feature of the Samsung S10 is in its camera software. It uses Neural Processing that selects the best setting for each shot.
Also, Samsung S10 has a night mode that enables it to take bright pictures at night. There is also a feature known as Shot suggestion that helps you frame your pictures based on recommendations.
Meanwhile, the Google Pixel 3 has a chip known as the Pixel Visual Core which produces excellent image processing results. The Pixel 3 also has a Night Sight feature that improves low-light pictures.
Furthermore, the Google Pixel 3 also supports a feature known as Top Shot. Top Shot uses machine learning to capture bursts of shots and allows you to pick the best shot.
For video recording, the Samsung S10’s main camera is capable of recording 4K resolution videos at 60 fps. However, video recording on Samsung S10 does not support Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS).
Every other video mode supports EIS including the 4K resolution at 30 fps. Also, you can record 1080p resolution videos at 30, 60, or 240 fps.
Additionally, it allows the video recordings of 720p resolution slo-mo videos at 960 fps. There is also support for HDR10+ capture.
The Samsung S10 uses gyro-EIS (electronic image stabilization) as well as OIS (optical image stabilization) to steady motion videos.
On the other hand, the Google Pixel 3’s rear camera will record 4K resolution videos at 30 fps. It also records 1080p resolution videos at 30, 60, and 120 fps.
Meanwhile, the Google Pixel 3 uses Electronic Image Stabilization to steady videos.
In conclusion, the Samsung S10 and Google Pixel 3 are excellent choices for mobile photography. However, the simple camera setup of the Google Pixel 3 has proven the possibility of outstanding performance with less camera count.
In conclusion, Google has set the standards for Android photography by utilizing less hardware but powerful software to deliver exceptional results. Specifically, with its image processing software and its Visual Core Chip, Google has created the best camera among Android smartphones.
Therefore, I will rate the Google Pixel 3 a nine in this category. On the contrary, I will rate the Samsung S10 an eight in this camera features comparison section.
Google Pixel 3 vs Samsung Galaxy S10 Battery Life and Talk Time Comparison
Handling the power supply of the Samsung S10 is a 3,400 mAh Li-Ion non-removable battery. The battery has been advertised to deliver up to 21 hours 19 minutes of 3G battery talk time.
Meanwhile, the Google Pixel 3 is powered by a 2915 mAh Li-Po non-removable battery. The battery is advertised to deliver up to 23 hours of 3G talk time.
The Samsung S10 has a larger battery capacity which has given it an edge over its rival in this category already. However, we still need to consider the battery performance of both models to make a final pick.
To deliver on this, we will consider some series of battery tests conducted by notebookcheck.com.
The first test is an idle test where the test models are put through minimal load at minimum screen brightness. Consequently, the Samsung S10 lasted 20 hours 59 minutes.
On the contrary, the Google Pixel 3 lasted 22 hours 52 minutes in the same idle test. Secondly, a WiFi web surfing test was conducted.
Based on the outcome of the WiFi test, the Samsung S10 lasted 7 hours 7 minutes. Meanwhile, the Google Pixel 3 lasted 7 hours 51 minutes in the same test.
Thirdly, we will also consider the results from an HD video playback test where the Samsung S10 lasted 14 hours 2 minutes. Comparatively, the Google Pixel 3 lasted 12 hours 7 minutes.
Lastly, there was also a maximum load test where the test models were grilled through heavy load under maximum screen brightness. As a result of the test, the Samsung S10 lasted 2 hours 50 minutes while the Google Pixel 3 lasted 2 hours 39 minutes.
Considering the overall result from the four battery tests, the Samsung S10 excels in two out of the four tests. Likewise, the Google Pixel 3 also excels in two of four tests.
Thereby, making the decision of choosing the best among both phones a tough one. However, let us consider other factors as well.
Both the Samsung S10 and Google Pixel 3 support fast charging. Bundled with the Samsung S10 is a 15 W fast charger while the Google Pixel has an 18W charger.
The 18W charger of the Google Pixel 3 will get 45% power in 30 minutes and 100% in 1 hour 42 minutes. Meanwhile, the 15W charger of the Samsung S10 should also get it fully charged in less than 2 hours.
Additionally, both phones also support wireless charging thanks to their glass back.
To charge the Google Pixel wirelessly, place it on on wireless charging stand and watch it charge at 10W. Whereas, the Samsung S10 charges wirelessly at 15W.
The Samsung S10 has a feature known as the wireless PowerShare which allows you to turn your phone into a wireless charger.
This implies that if you have another device that supports Qi wireless charging, placing that device on the Samsung S10 will charge that device.
In conclusion, the Samsung S10 is my top pick for this section. One of the reasons for my decision is because it has a larger battery capacity.
Most especially due to its wireless PowerShare feature which is absent on the Google Pixel 3.
In light of this, I will rate the Samsung S10 a nine. Likewise, I will rate the Google Pixel 3 an eight in this battery features comparison section.
Google Pixel 3 vs Samsung Galaxy S10 Storage Options and Performance Comparison
On the storage front, the Samsung Galaxy S10 is available in two variants. The high-end variant of the Samsung S10 ships with an internal storage capacity of 512 GB.
Additionally, the Samsung S10 offers a base configuration with an internal storage capacity of 128 GB.
Meanwhile, the Google Pixel 3 is also available in two variants but in lesser storage capacity than the Samsung S10. Precisely, the base configuration of the Google Pixel 3 ships with an internal storage capacity of 64 GB.
Also, as its high-end offering, there s a 128 GB variant of the Google Pixel 3. Therefore, users can buy the variant that suits their storage needs.
For an average smartphone user, 128 GB of internal storage is sufficient. Matter of fact some users have no complaints with 64 GB of storage.
However, there are some users who are very heavy on storage usage. For such users, 128 GB of storage might be limiting.
Therefore, it is quite disappointing that Google could not do better than 128 GB for the Pixel 3. More disappointing is the fact that the Google Pixel 3 does not support external storage expansion.
On a brighter note, the Samsung S10 offers a 512 GB variant which should be enough for most people. Better still, if there is a need for more storage, the Samsung S10 supports storage expansion via a microSD card.
Precisely, you can add up to an extra 512 GB of storage using a microSD card on the Samsung S10. However, the microSD card can only be used as external storage.
This implies that the Samsung S10 allows you to save only media files to the microSD card. Hence, you cannot save apps to it.
In conclusion, it is evident that the Samsung S10 is the top pick here. It offers enough storage space as well as storage expansion that will ensure you never run out of space.
Therefore, I will rate the Samsung S10 a ten. Meanwhile, I will rate the Google Pixel 3 an eight in this storage options comparison section.
Google Pixel 3 vs Samsung Galaxy S10 Security Features and Sensors Comparison
It is typical for all smartphones to have lots of sensors not to mention high-end smartphones like these. Therefore, the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Google Pixel 3 pack a wealth of useful sensors.
These sensors enable them to perform intuitive functions thereby, improving users’ experience.
For a start, I will list and explain the sensors that the Samsung S10 and Google Pixel 3 have in common. After that, I will proceed to discuss the sensors that are specific to each of the phones (if any).
The Samsung S10 and Google Pixel 3 have the following sensors in common: fingerprint, accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity, compass, and barometer.
Starting with the fingerprint sensor, it is a security option that provides the most secure way of protecting your phone. No two person has the same fingerprint hence, it cannot be fooled.
Specifically, the Google Pixel 3 has a rear-facing fingerprint sensor. It is located below the camera at the back of the phone.
Personally, I usually find rear-facing fingerprints sensor awkwardly placed. However, the fingerprint sensor of the Google Pixel 3 seems fairly easy to reach.
The fingerprint sensor on the Google Pixel 3 is a physical home button. Hence, pressing it will take you to the Home Screen.
On the other hand, the Samsung S10 is equipped with an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor located right under the screen. The sensor uses ultrasonic pulses to read the lines on the finger.
The screen is always on hence, all you need to do is place your finger on the fingerprint spot on the screen. The only issue with the ultrasonic fingerprint sensor is that it will not work with a glass screen protector.
Therefore, the Samsung S10 ships with a screen protector with which the fingerprint sensor works perfectly.
Furthermore, the fingerprint sensor on both the Samsung S10 and Google Pixel 3 is not only limited to unlocking your phone. They are also useful for signing into applications, making online payments, and more.
The next sensor common to the Google Pixel 3 and the Samsung S10 is the accelerometer. The accelerometer is used to measure gravity and acceleration along three axes.
Have you ever wondered how your smartphone knows your driving speed or the number of steps you have taken? That is the job of the accelerometer.
Next is the gyroscope, which measures angular speed along three axes.
Have you ever wondered how your phone’s orientation changes when you tilt the screen during a game? The accelerometer and gyroscope are responsible for changes in orientation.
The accelerometer and gyroscope work together by measuring the phone’s orientation with respect to the earth. Hence, the phone uses data from the gyroscope to detect the device’s position and rotate the screen accordingly.
Let us move on to the proximity sensor. Just as it’s name implies, it is used for detecting the distance of an object from a device’s screen.
When you place your phone close to your ears during a call, the proximity sensor is triggered. The proximity sensor senses the closeness of the phone to your face and switches off the screen.
In such cases, switching off the screen will prevent unintended screen inputs and also save battery power while at it.
Next up is the compass sensor which is also known as a magnetometer. It is used to measure the magnetic field along three axes.
The compass sensor is responsible for detecting your location relative to other places which allow the map to provide navigational directions.
The last sensor that the Samsung S10 and Google Pixel 3 have in common is the barometer. It is used for measuring atmospheric pressure.
The barometer is useful for making weather predictions and calculating your current altitude.
In addition to the sensors discussed above, the Samsung S10 has two extra sensors – a heart rate sensor and SpO2. These sensors are located on the right-hand side of the Samsung S10 rear camera.
The heart rate sensor uses LED lighting and optics to detect the speed and pattern of the heartbeat. It is used by fitness and health apps to calculate heart rate.
As I mentioned earlier, the Samsung S10 also features a SpO2 sensor. The SpO2 sensor is a pulse oximeter that measures the oxygen level in the blood.
All you need to do is place your finger on the SpO2 sensor. It then checks the amount of blood oxygen by accessing the way light passes through your finger.
Consequently, the result is displayed on your phone’s screen as a percentage.
In conclusion, this security and sensors comparison section has been an interesting one for me. As per my top pick from this section, I have decided on the Samsung S10.
My choice is based on its more intuitive ultrasonic fingerprint sensing technology. Also, the Samsung S10 packs more useful sensors like the SpO2 and heart rate sensor.
Hence, this brings me to rate the Samsung S10 a nine in this section. Meanwhile, I will rate the Google Pixel 3 a seven in this security and sensors comparison section.
Our Rating Summary
|Rating Areas||Google Pixel 3||Samsung Galaxy S10||Notes/Comments|
|Design||8||9||The Samsung S10 features a 3.5mm headphone jack which is missing from its counterpart. It is also available in eight eye-catching colors. Hence, it is my top pick in the category.|
|Display||9||10||The Samsung S10 also tops the board here. It has a better OLED screen technology, a longer aspect ratio for enjoying media content, deeper blacks, and saturation, etc.|
|Camera||9||8||The Google Pixel 3 is my top pick in this category. Despite having a single rear camera as opposed to the triple camera of its counterpart, it still excels. With the help of image processing software and visual core chip, the Google Pixel 3 has set a new standard for mobile photography.|
|Battery||8||9||Once again, the Samsung S10 has proven to be the best in this category. It has a larger battery capacity. Most impressively, it has a wireless PowerShare feature that makes it a wireless charger for others wireless devices.|
|Storage||8||10||My top pick for this section is the Samsung S10. It offers enough storage solutions and also an option to expand the storage capacity via a microSD card.|
|Security/Sensors||7||9||The fingerprint sensor on the Samsung S10 is more intuitive than that of its counterpart. It also has more essential sensors such as the heart rate sensor and the SpO2 sensor. Hence, the Samsung S10 is once again my top pick in this category.|
|Our Average Rating||8.2||9.2||On average, the Samsung Galaxy S10 is the better option.|
Frequently Asked Questions
When I updated this article in December 2021, the Samsung Galaxy S10 sells for $275.00 on Amazon.
The Google Pixel 3 was released in October 2018.
The Samsung S10 was released in February 2019. Therefore at the time of writing this review (December 2021), the Samsung Galaxy S10 is almost 3 years old.
As of December 2021, the Google Pixel 3 starts at $199.00 on Amazon.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 has a 3,400 mAh Li-Ion battery.
My Final Thoughts
The Samsung S10 and the Google Pixel are two great phones in their own right. The question of “which is the best?” is solely based on your expectations and needs.
In the subsequent paragraphs, I will help you to make your decision-making process an easier one.
Firstly, from a price point of view, the Google Pixel 3 is more budget-friendly than the Samsung S10. Hence, you can make your choice based on your budget.
Consequently, by providing answers to the questions in the paragraphs below, you will be able to decide which option is best for you.
Are you in love with your headphone and cannot think of doing without it? Do you love vibrant colors, and want your phone in popping colors?
Are you a heavy storage user? Do you think that an on-screen fingerprint sensor is a cool idea?
Do you like the idea of charging your wireless devices using your phone? If your answers to these questions are yes, I recommend Samsung Galaxy S10.
Still haven’t decided yet? Answer the following questions. Do you love a functional phone that delivers acceptable all-round performance?
Are you looking for an exceptional mobile photography smartphone? If your answers to these questions are ‘yes’, I recommend Google Pixel 3.
I hope you found this Google Pixel 3 vs Samsung Galaxy S10 comparison helpful.
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