Galaxy S10, S10e, S10+, and S10 5G set the standard for the flagship smartphones in 2019. There are many new features and improvements in both hardware and software.
But they are far from perfect. There are some missing features in all 4 Galaxy S10 phones. Some features may also be very disappointing.
This post summarizes the top 10 disappointing and missing features of Galaxy S10.
#1. The most disappointing and missing feature of Galaxy S10: Iris scanner is gone
Obviously, the iris scanner was improved dramatically in Galaxy S9. It is faster than all other unlocking methods including the fingerprint scanner because of the less-ideal location and smaller size of the fingerprint scanner. If you are using a case or cover for Galaxy S9 or S9, it is not easy to reach the fingerprint scanner.
When more and more owners realized and started to enjoy this unlock feature, Samsung removed it in Galaxy S10.
None of the 4 Galaxy S10 models has the iris scanner.
The reason given by Samsung is the lack of bezel space for the iris scanner.
But if they can punch a hole for the front-facing camera(s), why cannot punch another hole for iris scanner? Here is the Galaxy S1o layout.
#2. The most demanded but missing feature of Galaxy S10: freely remapping Bixby button (key)
Bixby is quite good if you compare it to Siri. But if you compare it to Google Assistant, which is shipped with all Android Pie phones, Bixby is far behind.
But Samsung pushed Bixby so hard that a dedicated hardware Bixby key was introduced in Galaxy S8 and S8+, and all subsequent Galaxy phones get the button below the volume keys.
The most annoying part is that you cannot remap the button for other more useful features. e..g. Launching the camera or using it as a camera shutter button, if you have no intention to use Bixby, or have no intention to use the Bixby button.
In Galaxy S8 and S9, you can disable the Bixby key by letting it do nothing when pressed. If you turn off Bixby Voice in Bixby settings, the long press gesture of the Bixby key will also be deactivated and do nothing.
But in Android Pie update for Galaxy S9, S8, Note 9, and Note 8, Samsung does not allow you to disable Bixby button. You have to choose a single press or double press to launch Bixby. You cannot assign “do nothing” to either of the gesture. Even worse, the long press gesture will always launch Bixby Voice directly. And you cannot turn off Bixby Voice!