Samsung cut the price of its Galaxy S10 smartphones after the Galaxy S20 was announced, but there are 5 key reasons you should buy Google’s Pixel 4 instead

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  • Now that Samsung has announced the Galaxy S20, the company has given its older Galaxy S10 phones from 2019 a price cut.
  • Google’s Pixel 4, another affordable alternative to the Galaxy S20, falls short on some expectations, but there are still a few things to consider if you’re debating between it and the Galaxy S10.
  • The Galaxy S10 is a great smartphone, but the Pixel 4 does a few things better.
  • Features like the Pixel 4’s camera, on-time Android updates, and a smooth 90Hz screen help make it a more appealing option than the Galaxy S10.
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Samsung’s latest Galaxy S20 lineup will be the phones to beat in 2020, but their starting prices of $US1,000 makes other recent phones affordable alternatives, like the Galaxy S10 and the Google Pixel 4 from 2019.

Samsung’s Galaxy S10 phones got a nice little price cut. And for a limited time, they’re heavily discounted. You can grab a Galaxy S10e for $US440, which is a tremendous deal. Google discounted its Pixel 4XL down from $US900 to $US700, and the Pixel 4 starts at $US800.

While Google’s and Samsung’s 2019 smartphone have similar price tags, Google’s Pixel 4 does a few things better.

The list isn’t that long, and the Pixel 4 hasn’t lived up to its expectations, but there’s still a few key things to consider if you have the Pixel 4 and the Galaxy S10 on your shortlist.

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The Pixel 4 isn’t as pretty, but its flat screen is more functional than the Galaxy S10’s curved screen edges, which make the screen feel narrower than it really is.

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The Pixel 4 is less frustrating to unlock because Google’s radar-based facial recognition is faster and more accurate than Samsung’s ultra-sonic in-display fingerprint sensor.

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The Pixel 4 gets Android updates the moment Google rolls them out, while Samsung Galaxy owners are usually left behind for months.

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The Pixel 4’s camera takes better photos than the Galaxy S10’s, which can look overly processed at times.

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You can get an idea of Samsung’s and Google’s overall approach towards smartphone cameras and how their photos look in this comparison between the Google Pixel 3 and the Galaxy S10.


The Pixel 4’s 90Hz screen makes the phone feel faster than the Galaxy S10’s 60Hz screen.

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The Pixel 4 trumps the Galaxy S10 in a few ways, but there is a flipside.

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There are a few downsides to the Pixel 4 that could make the Galaxy S10 a better choice:

  • The Pixel 4’s battery life isn’t great.
  • The Galaxy S10 comes with a 25W charger that charges the S10 significantly faster than the 18W charger included with the Pixel 4.
  • The Galaxy S10’s camera might not be as good, but it’s still fine, and it offers an ultra-wide camera lens. The missing ultra-wide camera on the Pixel 4 has been a disappointment.
  • The Pixel 4 has a similar price tag as the Galaxy S10, but it doesn’t offer the best value.