Galaxy Note Guides (AllAboutGalaxyNote.com) is a resource centre for all Samsung Galaxy Note users.
Galaxy Note Guides cover all Galaxy Note devices, including the original Galaxy Note (or Note 1), Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy Note 7 (recalled and discontinued), Galaxy Note 10.1, Galaxy Note 8.0, Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition and the 12.2″ Galaxy Note Pro.
Galaxy Note Guides are organised in the following categories.
You can find the best S Pen related and S Note related guides here.
The official user manual (in PDF format) for all Samsung Galaxy Note devices can be found here. You can download them to read or to print. You can also read them online.
Galaxy Note 4 Guides show you how to use Galaxy Note 4 new features and how to customise Galaxy Note 5.
Galaxy Note 5 Guides show you how to use Galaxy Note 5 new features and how to customise Galaxy Note 5.
Galaxy Note 7 Guides show you how to use Galaxy Note 7 new features and how to customise Galaxy Note 7. Although Galaxy Note 7 was recalled and discontinued, some Galaxy Note 7 features have been ported to Galaxy Note 5.
Galaxy Note 8 Guides show you how to use Galaxy Note 8 new features and customise Galaxy Note 8.
Galaxy Note 9 Guides show you how to use Galaxy Note 9 new features and customise Galaxy Note 9.
Galaxy Note 10 Guides show you how to use Galaxy Note 10 new features and customise Galaxy Note 10.
Galaxy Note 20 Guides
Galaxy Note 20 Guides show you how to use Galaxy Note 20 new features and customise Galaxy Note 20.
List of recent Galaxy Note guides
Here is the list of most recent Galaxy Note guides. The complete list of Galaxy Note guides can be found in Galaxy Note Guides.
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Like Galaxy Note 10, Samsung released two models Galaxy Note 20: Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra. Many existing Galaxy Note owners were very disappointed with this year’s Galaxy Note models. This post summarizes the top 11 disappointments of Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
These disappointments include inconvenient S Pen Slot location, lacking apps for S Pen, no S Note app, disturbing curved screen on Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, an inferior in-display fingerprint reader, mediocre Exynos CPU/chipset in most regions, missing micro SD card support on Galaxy Note 20, plastic back on Galaxy Note 20, overpriced, no spare S Pen nibs and removing tool, no USB connector and no clear cover.
Inconvenient S Pen slot location
Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra relocated the S Pen slot to the left side of the charging port. In all previous generations of Galaxy Note phones, the S Pen slot is always on the right side so that it is very convenient for right-handed users to access it.
The relocation is apparently to create space for the bumped camera modules on Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. It seems the engineer just duplicated the design of S20 Ultra, which does not need a slot for S Pen.
It is one of the most inconvenient “new” features of Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. For right-handed owners, it is very awkward to access the S Pen on Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
This relocation reflects the arrogance of Samsung engineers. And it proves very likely Galaxy Note designers never or seldom use S Pen. Maybe, they use iPhones.
Without the S Pen, Galaxy Note is just a bigger (now identical) Galaxy S phones. Designers should always put S Pen in the spotlight.
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Although we did not list it as one of the top 10 new features of Galaxy Note 10, many owners found this feature is quite interesting.
This Galaxy Note 10 guide explains the details (and limitations) of the dynamic lock screen on Samsung Galaxy Note 10, how to enable, use, and customize the dynamic lock screen.
With the September 2019 update for Galaxy S10, this feature is also available on Galaxy S10, S10+, and S10e now.
What is the Dynamic Lock screen on Galaxy Note 10?
By default, the wallpaper on Samsung Galaxy Note 10 does not change (static). This means you will see the same picture again and again when you wake up the screen.
The Dynamic lock screen, introduced with Galaxy Note 10 (and Note 10+ of course), uses a pack of pictures as the lock screen wallpaper.
The phone will rotate them randomly so that you will very likely see a different lock screen when you wake up the screen.
All pictures/photos in the “pack” (category) are provided by Samsung. You need to download them to your phone before you can use them.
Samsung promised to update the packs every two weeks, and therefore, you will always get a “fresh” look of your Galaxy Note 10 lock screen.
In a nutshell, the dynamic lock screen means a new lock screen wallpaper when you wake up the screen.
How to enable the Dynamic Lock screen?
By default, this feature is not enabled. And the lock screen wallpaper on Galaxy Note 10 is static. You need to enable it manually if you want to make it dynamic (and fresh).
There are a couple of ways to enable the Dynamic lock screen on Samsung Galaxy phones.
Method 1: Settings — Wallpapers and themes
The first method to enable the dynamic lock screen feature on Galaxy Note 10 is from the wallpaper and theme settings.
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This Galaxy Note 10 accessories guide explains the unique features of the Galaxy Note 10 LED Wallet (View) cover, shows you how to use the LED case and customize the LED icons on the cover, answers the questions you may have on the LED View Cover. A quick review of the Galaxy Note 10 LED View case explains the pros and cons of the cover.
Although the dimensions of the LED Wallet Case for Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and for Galaxy Note 10+ are different, all features are identical on all Galaxy Note 10 devices. This guide applies to both Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+.
Unique features of Galaxy Note 10 LED View cover?
Galaxy Note 10 LED View Cover (aka LED wallet cover in some regions) is one of the “official” accessories of Galaxy Note 1o and Note 10+. It is a typical two-piece flip cover.
The series of the LED case was first released with Galaxy S7. Samsung refined the features in the last few years.
The unique features of the Galaxy Note 10 LED Wallet cover include:
LED notification icons
Showing LED notification icons on an external case is one of the most significant selling points of the Galaxy Note 10 LED Wallet cover among the over-crowded flip covers.
When someone calls you or some apps get notifications, you will see the corresponding LED icons on the front part of the LED cover.
Samsung allows you to customize the icons for any individual contact (or contact group) and different apps so that you can immediately know whether the call/message/notification is important or not by looking at the icon without opening the cover.
Interact with the phone without opening the cover
Another unique feature of the LED wallet cover is that you can interact with the phone from the cover (without opening it).
For phone calls, you can accept or reject a call by swiping to the left or right on the LED cover.
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Although Samsung favors the Samsung Notes app, S Note app has a few clear advantages, especially for those who need to take notes in meeting rooms or lecture theaters.
This S Note guide explains the features of S Note app, the difference between the S Note app and Samsung Notes app, and shows you how to install S Note app and the extension pack on Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+.
This guide also applies to Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy Note 9. Older Galaxy Note devices have more options in the extension pack.
What’s S Note app?
An outstanding phone requires both the top-notch hardware and some flagship apps.
S Note was the flagship app on Galaxy Note devices. It demonstrates the productivity that S Pen can bring on a relatively large screen.
After the Marshmallow update for Galaxy Note 5, Samsung shifted focus to the general-purpose Samsung Notes app and stopped the active development of S Note app.
But Samsung has NOT abandoned the S Note app, although it has not been pre-installed since Galaxy Note 8. So, you cannot find the S Note app on Galaxy Note 8, 9, and 10.
Basically, S Note is a note-taking app. But it is a very unique note-taking app.
The noteworthy features of the S Note app include:
- It supports multimedia files. You can embed pictures, audios, and videos into the note.
- It supports paginations. You can organize one note into various pages.
- It supports collections. You can organize notes into collections (like books, or book chapters).
- It supports rich text. You can format the text like in Microsoft Word.
- It supports tags.
- It has a built-in illustration art library. You can insert any of the illustrations (and shapes) into a note.
- It supports S Pen.
- It supports pressure levels with S Pen.
- It supports shape recognition (and conversion). The S Note app can convert your dawing
- It supports
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This Galaxy Note 10 guide explains how to use camera quick launch, the components and their meaning/usage of the camera app, and supported gestures in Galaxy Note 10 camera app.
Except for the depth camera, which is not discussed in this guide, Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus share identical camera components. So, this guide applies to both Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+.
How to use Galaxy Note 10 camera quick launch?
By default, on Galaxy Note 10, you can quickly press the Side key (see Galaxy Note 10 layout) twice to launch the camera. This is referred to as Galaxy Note 10 camera quick launch.
Of course, you can customize the side key to remap the double press gesture to other apps, as explained in this guide.
Anyway, in addition to tapping the camera app icon, or using voice commands (Bixby or Google Assistant), you can also use the Galaxy Note 10 camera quick launch to open the camera app.
As explained in this guide, you can remap the Side key for other apps, or use other Side key gestures for camera quick launch.
Understand the components of Galaxy Note 10 Camera App interface?
In recent years, Samsung tried to keep the Camera app consistent through their Android phones.
So, if you just migrate from Samsung Galaxy Note 9, or Galaxy S10, you will find the camera app interface is very familiar.
As shown in the screenshot below, typically, there are 10-15 components (depending on what you are using) in the camera app interface.
#1. the shutter button
You can tap the shutter button to take photos, just like in any other camera apps.
If you hold the shutter button, by default, the burst mode will be activated. You can deactivate the burst mode by assigning the long tap gesture of the shutter button:
- To take one picture (same as tapping the shutter button once).
- To create GIF animations.
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But do you know how to add or replace the Galaxy Note 10 SIM card? Do you know your Galaxy Note 10 is single SIM version of dual-SIm version? Do you know how to use the SIM card tray and use two SIM cards on the phone?
This Galaxy Note 10 guide explains everything you need to know about using SIM cards on Galaxy Note 10: the sim card size, dual-SIM vs single-SIM, adding/replacing SIM cards, using the SIM card tray, managing and customizing SIM cards, and using two SIM cards. It also answers some questions you may have about using SIM card on Samsung Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note 10+.
What’s the SIM card size for Galaxy Note 10?
Both Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10 requires nano-SIM (the smallest one).
Traditionally, SIM card comes with 4 types of size (form factor):
- Full-size SIM. There are no smartphones using it.
- Mini-SIM. You can only find it in vintage phones.
- Micro-SIM. The popular SIM card 3-4 years ago.
- Nano-SIM. The mainstream SIM card.
The relative size of these 4 SIM card sizes is illustrated in the picture below.
Most phone companies offer 3-in-1 SIM cards. What you need is the smallest one.
You can detach the nano-SIM (the smallest part) and use it on Galaxy Note 10, as shown below.
Please note, you should not throw away the remaining plastic part. You can use it as a SIM card adapter for old devices that may require a micro-SIM or even mini-SIM card.
If you are using one of the following popular phones, you can use the existing SIM card on Galaxy Note 10:
- Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Note 7 FE, Note 8, and Note 9.
- Samsung Galaxy S6, S7, S8, S9, S10 and all their variants (e.g., S10, S10+, S10e, S9, S9+, S8, S8+, S7, S7 Edge, S6, S6 Edge, and S6 Edge+).
- Any of Samsung Galaxy A series: Galaxy A3, A5, A7,
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This is one of the most useful new features of Galaxy Note 10.
This Galaxy Note 10 guide explains the setup and requirements of Samsung DeX and shows you how to use the DeX for PC with Galaxy Note 10. Some caveats of using Samsung DeX were also explained.
What is the difference between DeX for PC and Samsung DeX?
Samsung DeX is the desktop mode of the supported Android phones (mainly Samsung Galaxy S and Note series) and a few Galaxy Tab S tablets.
With an external dongle (Samsung DeX Station, DeX Pad, or DeX cable), you can use the phone or tablet in desktop mode on an external monitor with a mouse and keyboard. You can use the phone on the phone screen simultaneously or use the phone screen as a touchpad.
Samsung introduced the Samsung DeX with Galaxy S8. Galaxy Note 8, Note 9, S9, S10, and now Galaxy Note 10 all support Samsung DeX.
Prior to Galaxy Note 10, you need an adapter to run Samsung DeX. The following table summarizes the compatibility of DeX accessories with the supported Samsung phones.
Although DeX for PC is just a special mode of Samsung DeX, the difference between Samsung DeX and DeX for PC is obvious:
- Samsung DeX works on a monitor (or TV). DeX for PC works on a PC or laptop.
- Samsung DeX requires a mouse (keyboard is optional). You can use the phone screen as a touchpad (requires Android Oreo or later Android). DeX for PC uses your PC/laptop’s keyboard and mouse.
- DeX for PC allows you to drag and drop to share files between the phone and the PC.
- DeX for PC only requires a USB cable. Both USB-C cable and USB-A to USB-C cable are supported.
- DeX for PC only works with Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note+ (and Tab S6 for tablet). While Samsung DeX works with more devices.
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Galaxy Note 10 Clear View cover (S-View cover) allows you to answer calls, control music playing, and check notifications on Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ without opening the cover.
The new S View window makes the cover substantially different from previous generations of clear view (S View) covers.
This Galaxy Note 10 guide explains how to change the text orientation in the new S View window and how to use the always-on display (AOD) with the Galaxy Note 10 clear view cover. A quick review of the clear view (S View) cover is also included.
A short-history of Samsung’s clear view cover and S View cover
S View cover was first introduced with Galaxy S4. Galaxy Note 3 is the first Note device with an official S-View Cover.
The S View cover is featured by a translucent “window” on the front cover. Some cool and fancy features were tried, polished, and abandoned by Samsung from Galaxy S4 to Galaxy S7 (and Galaxy Note 3, Note 4, and Note 5).
Since Galaxy S6 (and Galaxy Note 5), a new clear-view flip cover was introduced together with the S-View cover.
For Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8, the S View cover was merged with the clear view cover. Some S View features were ported to the clear view cover. This is the reason why the clear view cover is often referred to as the S View cover in some markets. At the same time, the S View camera was removed in all clear view covers. This means you cannot access the camera when the clear view cover is closed.
What’s new in Galaxy Note 10 clear view cover (S View cover)?
All previous clear view covers (e.g., Galaxy S10 clear view cover) have a translucent front. The whole front cover is one piece.
The clear view cover for Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ uses a two-piece front cover, as shown below.
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If you are new to wireless charging or fast charging (quick charge), you may get confused about the charging options for Galaxy Note 10.
This Galaxy Note 10 guide starts with steps of charging the Galaxy Note 10 battery with USB cable charging and wireless charging. Then, it explains how to choose a proper wall charger and wireless charger for Galaxy Note 10. The typical charging time for Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ was also discussed. Finally, some questions you may have on charging Galaxy Note 10 are answered.
As explained in this post, there are some differences, including battery capacity and Super Fast charging, between Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+. So, in this post, sometimes Galaxy Note 10 or Note 10+ is singled out. In other cases, Galaxy Note 10 refers to both Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+.
Two charging modes for Galaxy Note 10 battery
Since Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy Note devices support wireless charging natively (without using any mods).
So, for Galaxy Note 10, there are two charging modes (methods):
- USB cable charging. Galaxy Note 10 battery can be charged through the USB-C port (see Galaxy Note 10 layout).
- Wireless charging. You can put Galaxy Note 10 or Note 10+ on a Qi-certified wireless charging pad to charge the battery.
You should not confuse the wireless charging with the new Galaxy Note 10 feature of wireless PowerShare. Please refer to this guide on how to use wireless PowerShare to share Galaxy Note 10 battery with other devices.
Charge Galaxy Note 10 battery with USB cable charging
You may follow these steps to charge Galaxy Note 10 with USB cable charging.
Step 1: Connect the USB-C cable to Galaxy Note 10
As shown in the animation below, you can insert the USB cable connector into the USB-C (multipurpose) port at the bottom of Galaxy Note 10.
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So, many Galaxy Note 10 owners are a bit confused about the new Side key. It is in the location of the Bixby key, but it functions mainly as the Power key (with some differences).
This Galaxy Note 10 guide explains the functions and usage of the Side key and shows you how to customize (remap) the Side key on Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+. Questions on how to power on, power off, and reboot Galaxy Note 10, as well as Galaxy Note 10 recovery mode and the safe mode, are also covered.
Although Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ differs as explained in this post, the Side key on both phones are identical.
Where is the Power button on Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+?
Samsung used to place the Power key (Power button) on the right side of the phone.
But as illustrated in the Galaxy Note 10 layout, there is no button on the right side of Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+.
Of course, Samsung did not give up Bixby. They added one Bixby feature into the new Side key. For Bixby-haters, you can remove this Bixby feature (read on) and restore the Side key as the traditional Power key.
Functions of Galaxy Note 10 Side key
As mentioned, the Side key is a combination of the Power key and the Bixby key.
By default, the side key has the following functions:
- When the phone is off, you can press and hold the Side key to power on Galaxy Note 10 or Note 10+.
- When the phone is off, you can hold Side key and volume
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With some new features of Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+, like a zoom-in microphone, in-display fingerprint reader, and the new Side key (power button), even a seasoned Galaxy Note owner may get a bit confused on some parts of the Galaxy Note 10.
This Galaxy Note 10 guide details the layout of both Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+. All parts, ports, and buttons (keys) and their usage are explained as well.
Although the size of Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ are substantially different, the layout of the two phones is almost identical except one missing rear camera on Galaxy Note 10. So, in this post, after highlighting this difference, we will not differentiate between Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+.
What are the differences between the layout of Galaxy Note 10 and the layout of Galaxy Note 10+
As explained in this guide, there are some differences between Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+. For example, the Galaxy Note 10 is smaller. There is no micro SD card support on Galaxy Note 10. The screen resolution of Galaxy Note 10 is only up to 1080p.
But if you look outside of the two phones, you may notice the main difference (actually, the only difference except the dimensions and weight) is the rear camera module.
As shown below, the Galaxy Note 10 has one additional camera. Samsung labeled it as a DepthVision camera, which includes a camera lens and an infrared sensor.
Galaxy Note 10 layout explained
As shown in the illustration below, from the front view of Galaxy Note 10, you can find:
1. Touch screen
More than 90% of the front of the Galaxy Note 10 is occupied by the dynamic OLED screen.
Please note, in most regions, a plastic screen protector was pasted on the screen because most tempered glass screen protectors do NOT work with the in-display fingerprint sensor.
2. Edge screen on Galaxy Note
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Many Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ owners are confused on the location of the zoom-in mic on the phone. Some owners mistakenly thought the top speaker as the zoom-in microphone.
This post shows you the exact location of the zoom-in mic on Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+.
As explained in the top 10 new features of Galaxy Note 10, the zoom-in mic is one of the most interesting features you should try.
Zoom-in mic is not an invention of Samsung. HTC adopted a similar Sonic zoom in HTC U12+ in 2018. LG has implemented the similar feature of “audio zoom” since LG G2 in 2013.
But Galaxy Note 10 is the first Samsung phone with such a microphone.
Please note, although there are some differences between Galaxy Note 1o and Galaxy Note 10+, the zoom-in mic feature is identical on both phones. The location of the zoom-in mic on Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ are also identical.
So, where is the zoom-in mic on Galaxy Note 10?
Do not confuse the top speaker with the zoom-in mic
Some reviewers pointed the finger to the top speaker vent hole as shown below. They thought this is the new zoom-in microphone.
But it is totally wrong!
As explained in the Galaxy Note 10 layout, the big hole in the top of Galaxy Note 10 is actually the vent of the second speaker.
Right to the top speaker, there is a microphone.
But this is a normal microphone, which is usually used for noise canceling when you are engaged in a call. When you using the voice recorder in the interview mode, this microphone will focus on the interviewee.
Left to the speaker, it is the normal SIM card tray.
Of course, on the bottom, there is another speaker. But this one is similar to the top one.
So, where does Samsung hide the zoom-in mic on Galaxy Note 10?
Location of the zoom-in mic on Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+
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Both of the new Galaxy Note 10 features and basic features are covered in the Galaxy Note 10 user manual. So, it is needed for all owners of Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+. Seasoned Galaxy Note users can find useful info on the new features. New Galaxy Note device owners may find everything they need to jumpstart with Galaxy Note 10 or Note 10+.
In this page, the official Galaxy Note 10 user manuals in many different languages are included. You can easily find the Galaxy Note 10 user manual for your local set.
Please note, although there are some differences between Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+, the official Galaxy Note 10 user manual are for Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+. If a feature is unique to Galaxy Note 10, the user manual will state it clearly.
How to download and use the official Samsung Galaxy Note 10 user manual?
All of the official user manuals for Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ are free: it is free to download, free to read, and free to print (you have to print them by yourself).
You simply tap the link of each user guide to read it online.
To download the official Samsung Galaxy Note 10 user manual, you can simply tap and hold the link of individual link, then tap Download link.
The Galaxy Note 10 user manuals are all in PDF format. So, you need to use a PDF reader app to read the downloaded manuals. On your PC, you can install the Abobe Acrobat Reader. It is free. On your Galaxy Note 10, you do NOT need to install anything. You can use the default PDF reader pre-installed. Of course, if you need more controls, you can install the Android version of Adobe Acrobat Reader. It is also free.
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This post explains the 11 items in the Galaxy Note 10 box and their usage so that you can get the full benefits of the purchase.
When checking the contents in Galaxy Note 10 box, please bear in mind the following:
- The contents in the Galaxy Note 10 box and Galaxy Note 10+ box are identical except for the phone. In this post, Galaxy Note 10 refers to both Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+.
- The contents may vary from region to region. In some regions, Samsung may add some promotional items.
- In some regions, Samsung does not offer a 1-to-1 exchange. You should check the phone and other contents in the box carefully when they handle the box for you.
Also, it is important to read the get started guide in the box before using Galaxy Note 10.
Contents in Galaxy Note 10 Box
In most regions, besides the get started guide, safety guide, and some leaflets, the following 11 items are included in the Galaxy Note 10 box, as shown in the picture below.:
- The phone.
- S Pen
- USB-C headset
- 25w Wall charger (travel adapter)
- USB-C cable
- S Pen spare nibs
- S Pen nib removal tool (tweezers)
- SIM card tray ejection pin
- USB connector
- Clear back cover
- Screen protector (not shown in the picture).
You may check with the salesperson if any of the items are not present.
Understand the contents in the Galaxy Note 10 box and their usage
Now, let’s go through these 11 items one by one.
1. The phone: the most valuable item in the Galaxy Note 10 box
Of course, the phone (Galaxy Note 1o or Galaxy Note 10+) is the most important item.
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Enjoy Galaxy Note!