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Review Roundup: Samsung Galaxy S9

Here’s what folks have to say about the all new Samsung Galaxy S9.

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Alright, folks, the reviews are in for the all-new Samsung Galaxy S9. We’re here to round up all the best reviews and feedback regarding Samsung Galaxy S9. From the looks of it, the reviews are all positive, with a few exceptions. But with anything, you can judge for yourself.

The format is simple. We’ll outline key sections from each review in quotations, with a link pointing back to the original review for further reading. There’s no particular order, but all of the reviews sourced here are from trustworthy publications I read on a normal basis. If none of the links I provide here help you out, I’ll drop an additional link at the bottom where you can find more.

So, without any further delay, here’s what some of the best leading publications in tech have to say about the new Samsung Galaxy 9.


Image: Techradar

The Good
Swift biometric security
Awesome low-light performance
The most powerful Android phone out
The Bad
Some camera snaps lack vibrancy
Design is identical to S8

The Samsung Galaxy S9 is two things: first, it’s a very impressive smartphone, and likely to be one of the best in 2018. Second, it’s a disappointing upgrade over the Samsung Galaxy S8.

The reason it can be both these things at once is that the Galaxy S8 was a brilliant phone, marred only by the biometric issues that made it hard to actually unlock the handset. In solving those issues Samsung has righted a big wrong from 2017, but beyond that there isn’t really much that impresses.

Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy s9 Review, Where the S8 was great, the S9 is only fine


Image: Gizmodo

The Good
The S9's performance is about 25 percent better across the board
battery life is way better too
shoot slow-mo at up to 960 fps
The Bad
The new additions to Bixby feel a bit gimmicky
AR Emojis have a real love or hate look about them

Let’s not beat around the bush, the exterior of the Samsung Galaxy S9 is essentially a carbon copy of the S8. Yet, even with all that sameness, Samsung’s balanced no-notch design seems more considered than before. It doesn’t feel needy like a lot of the new iPhone X copycat handsets I saw at MWC. And what makes the S9 even better is that Samsung’s flagship comes with the best guts you can get in an Android phone right now. I can’t help it, I’m a little bit in love.

Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy S9 Review: The Best Android Phone Don’t Need No Honkin’ Notch

The Verge

Image: The Verge

The Good
Great design
Beautiful display
Fast performance
Capable camera
A headphone jack!
The Bad
Average battery life
Gimmicks galore
Bixby still sucks
Samsung has a poor history of updating its phones

Last year, Samsung debuted a dedicated button for its Bixby virtual assistant on the S8, and it’s in the same spot just below the volume buttons on the left side on the S9. You can now disable it from launching Bixby, which is progress, but Samsung still doesn’t provide a native way to reprogram it to something more useful. At its worst, it’s annoying, at its best, it’s a little fidget button that you can press without having to worry about it doing something.



Image: c|net

The Good
The Galaxy S9 once again proves Samsung's formula of a gorgeous 5.8-inch screen
sexy dual-curved design and terrific camera for well-lit shots can't go wrong.
Whiplash-fast speeds
strong battery life
Fast and wireless charging
wireless charging
The Bad
Low-light photos often look blurry and lack the fine texture and contrast of competing phone cameras.
The Galaxy S9's camera frequently
accidentally switches between modes.
3D avatar software is tragically bad and a new face-unlock tool is inherently insecure.
The Galaxy S9 costs more than last year's Galaxy S8.

The Galaxy S9 is a nice incremental upgrade, but its low-light camera isn’t a game changer and some new features fall far behind the iPhone X. S8 owners can skip, but it’s a good upgrade from older Androids.

Read the full reviewSamsung Galaxy S9 review: Two steps forward, one step back

Well, that’s about it. If you want to browse through some more reviews, click here and it will lead to a broader selection of links.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 is now available for pre-order and will be made available on March 16. The device will retail at $719.99 via Amazon. To learn more, click here.


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