The brand-new Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus smartphones are crammed with state-of-the-art technology, from a camera that can show you the best angles to a hidden fingerprint sensor that can keep your data safe even if your phone gets lost or stolen.
Here are seven ways to get the most out of your new phone:
Do your eyes a favour, turn on Night mode
Phone screens are getting larger and brighter by the year and while that’s great for watching TV and reading, it can put a strain on your eyes and your phone’s battery life.
'Night mode’ transforms the appearance of the S10’s apps and settings screens by switching to darker themes and high-contrast colours. Not only does this make text easier to read, it’ll help preserve battery life too.
Simply go to Settings – Display – Turn ‘Night mode’ to On and you’re all set.
See everything at a glance with the Always On Display
Sometimes you want to see what’s going on without having to pick up your phone. The Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus both have an Always On Display which means that at a glance you’ll see messages, missed calls or your next appointment.
Thanks to the screen technology on both phones it uses an insignificant amount of battery so you can stay up to date with what’s going on without constantly having to pick up your phone.
Go to Settings – Lock screen – Turn Always on display to On. To change how it looks go to Settings – Lock screen – Clock style.
Get a photography lesson from your phone
Because they have three cameras, the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus are effectively professional camera systems packed into devices small enough to fit in your pocket. What makes them really useful though is that you also get advice on how to take those pictures as well.
Using AI, the camera has three modes which can show you how to take the best possible picture:
Scene optimiser: This scans the environment then adjusts the camera accordingly letting you take bright pictures in the dark, or scan documents instantly.
Shot suggestion: This will actually put an on-screen guide showing you where to point the camera exactly in order to get the best possible shot.
Flaw detection: This will let you know if someone blinks, looks blurry or even if you’ve got some dust on the lens.
To turn all three on simply Open the camera – Tap the Settings icon in the top left-hand corner – Turn on Scene optimiser, Shot suggestion and Flaw detection.
Stay safe with SOS messages
Our smartphones are with us all the time, giving us a quick and easy way of letting people know if things aren’t OK.
Samsung’s Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus have a simple but powerful feature that lets you quickly click the power key three times at which point it will take pictures with both the front and rear cameras, record five seconds of audio and then send these with an alert to your chosen Emergency Contacts.
Simply go to Settings – Advanced features – Send SOS messages – Turn on and follow the on-screen instructions.
Never miss a notification with Edge Lighting
No-one wants to miss a call but there are always times when you don’t want a loud ringtone disturbing the peace. To make sure you never miss a call, the S10 and S10 Plus have an incredibly useful alternative called Edge Lighting.
In addition to vibrating, the edges of the phone’s screen will light up, alerting you to a message or call; if you have the Galaxy S10 Plus’ curved screen you’ll even see it if the phone is lying face-down.
Go to Settings – Display – Edge screen – tap on the words Edge lighting. From here you can turn it on, customise how it looks and even decide which apps use it.
Keep your data secure with a hidden fingerprint sensor
One of the best features on the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus is their ‘hidden’ in-screen fingerprint sensor. Unlike on most phones where the fingerprint sensor takes up precious space on the front or back of the device, this one is built into the display. Thanks to the way it reads your fingerprint (using sound instead of light) it’s harder to trick and even works with wet or oily fingers.
To activate the fingerprint sensor go to Settings – Biometrics and security – Fingerprints and follow the on-screen instructions.
Charge other devices using your phone
You're out with your friends or family and their phone has run out of battery. Now, rather than them having to find a convenient power point, you can come to the rescue by wirelessly sharing your own phone’s battery power with them.
The S10 and S10 Plus both have a feature called Wireless PowerShare which lets you place another device (which supports wireless charging) on its back panel, and it will start charging that device.
To activate it Swipe down from the top of the screen to reveal the control panel – now tap on Wireless PowerShare. Lie the S10 face down and place the other device on top, it should start charging.