Best all-around smartphone of all time.
By MySmartPrice User
Luscious design, continuing the design language that was introduced with the Galaxy S8 series (which is not a bad thing at all) and it has some sizzling colour options in purple and blue, which helps those supple curves stand out. The body colours look deep, rich and ever-changing, thanks to the way the Glossy Glass catches the light - you will be hard pressed to find anything remotely as elegant, and beautiful in the Android market.
The biggest design change is on the back, where the fingerprint reader moves below the camera module. This corrects the worst design mistake of both Galaxy S8 phones and the Note 8.
It has a water-resistant body.
The tall, 18:9, minimal bezel, 6.2-inch AMOLED screen is gorgeous and even brighter than last year's (15 percent brighter, in fact) and the sexy dual-curved design adds to the charm.
The super-slow-motion video mode is pretty cool too, and when you frame the shot well, it can give some incredible result.
Fragile glass front and back means you should buy a case from day 1.
The new face unlock tool is not particularly secure (it might have been better for Samsung to build out a more refined version before rushing in to compete with the similar feature on the iPhone X).
Samsung software on top of Android adds some useful extras, extending the core functionality of Android - It is one of the better, more refined UIs in the Android world.
The 3D avatar software is again not that well executed - the AR Emojis track your expressions poorly and need far more customization options.
Whiplash-fast performance backed by the superpowerful Samsung's Exynos 9810 (similar to the Snapdragon 845 regarding performance) - performance is top-notch as expected under all use cases.
Among the two S9 variants themselves (standard and plus), a lot of people might prefer the standard version, as it's a little easier to handle - the incremental improvements in the S9 Plus on the other hand (even bigger screen, more RAM and a secondary rear camera) are arguably not that significant.
Terrific camera - the first to bring a mechanical dual-aperture lens from DSLRs to the much tinier mobile phone, a feature that's designed to let in more light, reduce image noise and make your photos a lot better.
The image quality in well-lit situations is top-notch.
Lowlight performance often borders on astounding - with the amount of brightness and lack of noise you will find in the shots (thanks to the dual aperture lens) - although it's not very consistent (some low light photos are oddly washed out).
The Galaxy S9 Plus also one-ups the excellent Galaxy S9 with a second rear camera for taking portrait photos - they come out well with a good bokeh effect.
The selfie camera is good too and has a new Selfie Focus mode, which uses software (and not a second lens) to create a depth effect with the front-facing camera, similar to the Pixel 2, or the iPhone X.
While the camera is great generally, it can sometimes make low-light photos look blurry and lack detail, even though the brightness levels are excellent and noise is minimal, so it sometimes a double-edged sword.
Dual-speaker system is excellent and makes for loud, rich audio - and results in one of the best speaker experience of any smartphone, ever.
The call quality is fantastic too, with the AKG tuning paying off.
Good (though not exceptional) battery life - will last the work day on a single charge.
It supports fast charging (although it's not the fastest around)
and wireless charging.
The battery life is good, but not exceptional - some of the competition is ahead here.
DeX Pad support is another cool feature that enhances the desktop experience that Samsung has introduced on last year’s flagship Galaxy phones.
On the whole, the cameras on the Galaxy S9+/S9 compare well with the those on the other top camera phones - the Google Pixel 2, and the iPhone X - it's a toss-up between these three - the Galaxy S9+ can produce some truly exceptional shots especially in the dark, but perhaps the iPhone X and the Pixel 2 are just a bit more consistent all around, everything considered.
Also, it has the good old-fashioned headphone jack (that's missing in a lot of other flagships now).
On the whole, while outside of the display, the S9+ isn’t a class leader in any category, but it’s good enough in all of them that the whole package makes for a great flagship phone, it will compete with the Pixel 2/XL and the iPhone X for the title of the best smartphone - which one of these three you might choose will depend on what specific things you value.
There’s also still no compelling use case for Bixby, Samsung's AI agent (though of course, you have no compulsion to use it and can instead keep using the Google Assistant).
Everything considered, S8 owners can skip the upgrade, the S9+ is an excellent all-around, and incrementally better - but it's not a monumental change from the S8.(read more)
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