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A trip to Delhi's Mughal history with Galaxy Note 10+ and Galaxy Fit e

by Ankit Chawla

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ is the latest flagship smartphone from Samsung in its phablet series. One of the biggest displays on a smartphone from the brand yet, the massive Galaxy Note 10+ sports a 6.8-inch AMOLED panel that looks gorgeous with a borderless design and a dot notch selfie camera. However, the highlight of the smartphone is its S-Pen and the rear camera module that sports 3 flagship sensors.

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To put the Galaxy Note 10+ to the ultimate test, we took it along on our weekend excursion to the Mughal capital of Delhi, where we see majestic monuments like Red Fort, Humayun's Tomb, Isa Tomb, Nizamuddin Dargah, Jama Masjid, and more. We decided to test the phone's camera on these magnificent buildings to see if the Galaxy Note 10+ could match up to the best of the best.

Samsung recently also launched its affordable fitness band, the Galaxy Fit e in the Indian market, for a price of about Rs 2,500. Along with the Galaxy Note 10+, we decided to take the Fit e out with us to help us check out the band's accuracy and battery life.

Our trip started off at 8am on a Saturday morning with breakfast at the famed Parathe Waali Galli in Chandni Chowk, next to India's historical capital. After filling up our stomach with some butter-laden goodness, we headed over to our first stop - Red Fort or Laal Qilla.

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Built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th Century, the Red Fort looked picturesque in the blue skies of New Delhi. We clicked some close-up and wide shots of the monument, as tourists thronged to get a glimpse of the majestic location from where the Mughal kingdom was once ruled. The dynamic range of the Galaxy Note 10+'s camera managed to capture the outline of clouds in the sky as well as the discoloured bricks of the centuries-old Laal Qilla pretty well.

Next up, we went to the Jama Masjid, located just next to the Fort. One of the biggest mosques in India, Jama Masjid is a reflection of the art and culture of the Mughal era in India. Saturday morning was a quiet affair at the mosque; the aazaan was underway with a few devotees and tourists exploring the compound. The Galaxy Note 10+ managed to click great ultra-wide shots and captured the colour spectrum well.

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After a couple of hours in Old Delhi, we decided to head onwards to Sunder Nursery in the heart of the capital, spotting India Gate and Rajpath on the way. Redesigned recently, Sunder Nursery is part of the government's push to convert historically important places into green tourist spot. The 20-acre garden has a couple of World Heritage sites surrounded by greenery. This was the place where the Galaxy Note 10+ performed well, capturing the tough dynamic range of the trees and flowers under bright sunlight conditions.

Next door is Humayun's Tomb, where we walked to visibly dehydrated but determined. The compound, apart from the main tomb, has a couple of beautifully designed monuments that were picture-perfect along the way. Much like the Taj Mahal, if not less, Humayun's Tomb is a picturesque location, perfect for the shutterbugs.

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Famished after a few hours there, at about 3pm, we decided to head over to the newly-opened Andhra cuisine restaurant, Bagundi, in Connaught Place. In indoor lighting conditions, the Galaxy Note 10+'s camera retained image details and there was visible noise even in poor lighting.

After the much-needed energy boost, we continued with our Dilli Darshan. The next stop wasn't part of Mughal history; we headed over to Qutub Minar located in the south part of Delhi. The place was filled to the brim with Indian and international visitors as they flocked to view the tall minar.

The Galaxy Note 10+'s wide angle mode helped us get some good shots of the Qutub Minar, even while standing fairly close to it. The Qutub Minar compound is a photographer's delight with all of the natural ruin up on offer.

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As for the Galaxy Fit e, the fitness band recorded about 17,000 steps for the entire duration of the weekend excursion. A colleague, who tagged along on the same route, recorded about 16,000 steps with a Fitbit Charge. While not that accurate, the Galaxy Fit e managed to automatically record different bouts of brisk walking as separate workouts that helped us track them better. Even with continuous heart rate monitoring on, the Galaxy Fit e managed to last even a 5th day on a single full charge done on Tuesday.

All in all, the combination of a flagship smartphone camera and an entry-level fitness band was decent for the outing. Talking about the Galaxy Note 10+'s battery life, the phone was charged to 100% in the morning at 6am, and with continuous usage of social media, Google Maps, and the camera app, the battery lasted until about 7pm, the end of our trip.

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With that ended our full-day excursion to the historical locations in India's capital. New Delhi has a lot of rich history on offer, and we recommend every local to take a day out and do the same to experience what it is being a Dilli-vaala.

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