Samsung Galaxy S9 reviews: a worthy competitor to the iPhone X?

Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 + will appear in stores next week, and the first reviews are already starting to appear. Galaxy

S9 contains a lot of new features, but how much better is it actually than its predecessor? And, of course, the following question arises: is the new Samsung flagship better than the iPhone X?

Below we have collected for you the reviews of the largest publications about the Galaxy S9.



The verge

Samsung Galaxy S9 in the article called the most"Predictable" smartphone company for all time. The main advantages of the smartphone are its design and display, but the system is still quite weak. Despite the fact that the new flagship retained the design of last year, the Galaxy S9 is very nice to hold.

Although the design and appearance of the S9 remained the same,like the S8, looking and holding it in your hands is very nice. Even seasoned gadget reviewers were surprised at how good the S9 looked when it was first seen. The streamlined shape combined with the high display gives you the feeling that you are holding one screen in your hands.

Now it’s easier to get to the fingerprint scanner, but it still remains small compared to scanners of other devices.

The S9 scanner is now directly below the camera,making it a lot easier to reach, especially on the big S9 Plus. The scanner is still small, especially compared to other smartphones, and is still too close to the camera. It is very easy to make a mistake and swipe the camera in an attempt to open notifications.

Smart scan function, combiningiris scanning and face recognition are slower and worse than Face ID on iPhone X. The stereo speakers have also been improved, but they are still not the best speakers on the smartphone. The smartphone is impressive thanks to the powerful filling. The battery consumption rate, alas, is average, it has not become better compared to the Galaxy S8.



The most important advantage of the Galaxy S9 is its camerawith a changing aperture. Samsung also improved the photo-processing engine and added a sensor, which should significantly improve the quality of images. However, the flagship camera is still not much better than the camera of the iPhone X or Pixel 2.

Samsung promises improved image quality withpoor lighting due to a lens that can absorb more light, as well as improved processing and noise reduction. In a dark environment, the S9 can take great photos, but they are no better than the Google Pixel 2 or even the iPhone X. Compared to the S8, the photos have less noise and the colors look nicer.

What about a changing aperture? It does not greatly affect the quality of photographs.

Personally, we did not notice a big difference in the pictures,made with a different aperture. A small lens and sensor have a very large image depth, so reducing the aperture has little effect on what is in focus. Moreover, a changing aperture is not enough for professional shooting. For example, it does not help to take a photo with a slow shutter speed, and for this, additional accessories are still needed.

The optional Galaxy S9 + telephoto lens is also not very good.

Samsung Live Focus mode is not as good as that ofApple or Google. In low light conditions, photo quality is pretty poor. S9 Plus is worth buying instead of S9 only if you like larger displays, or if you need a more powerful battery. But not because of the extra camera.

The conclusion says that the Galaxy S9 has everything to make it a “great smartphone,” but Samsung’s system component still leaves much to be desired.

Android Police

According to this review, the design of the Galaxy S9 is also its advantage, despite the similarity with its predecessor.

Like the S8, the Galaxy S9 is a decent smartphone with a nice design. It is very stylish, and due to this, the smartphone stands out from the background of Google Pixel 2 or HTC U11.

The new position of the fingerprint scanner is stillnot ideal, because it is difficult to feel because of the smooth surface, like a camera. The display of the smartphone is one of its main advantages, even despite very minor improvements compared to the Galaxy S8.



Samsung knows no one else how to dogreat display. I sit in a cafe and write this review, and I am very pleased to look at the ideal tones of the display, the brightness of which almost does not change at different angles. Samsung's OLED panels are truly amazing, and the S9 display is currently the company's best display.

The main 12MP camera of the Galaxy S9 is better than the Galaxy S8 and even Note 8. In poor lighting conditions, the picture quality on the Galaxy S9 matches the quality of the Pixel 2 in terms of noise and detail.



Firstly, the main camera of the S9 is much better thanS8, S8 + and Note8. Aperture balance is perfect, details stand out better, color reproduction also got better. Now the pictures look more natural and realistic.


Low-light shots look much better. The f / 1.5 aperture mode, together with multi-frame fusion, helps you achieve impressive results. In a dark room, the Galaxy S9 and S9 + have better image quality than the Pixel 2. The camera captures more light for sharper, brighter and more detailed images. The Pixel 2 balances performance better, especially highlighting, however.

With good lighting, the Pixel 2 takes better pictures than the Galaxy S9 thanks to its HDR + algorithm. Overall, the Pixel 2's camera is better than the Galaxy S9.

The Galaxy S9 performs well thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. Sometimes the smartphone is even faster than the Pixel 2, but the animations are still not perfect. Samsung Intelligent Scan is no match for Face ID.

The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 + are improved versions of their predecessors. Galaxy S8 owners don't have a compelling reason to buy a new model.



The S9 and S9 + are great smartphones. There is nothing revolutionary about them, but when you are already at the top, you do not need to come up with something new every year.

Android Central

The Galaxy S9's display, build quality and design are the best aspects of the flagship.

Galaxy S9 is almost indistinguishable from Galaxy S8, but itthe design is still great. It's a beautiful modern design that looks good and fits a large screen in a small package. The Galaxy S9 is a compact smartphone by today's standards.

Samsung's system is still frustrating.

Perhaps some details are far-fetched, andmany are satisfied with the Samsung system. But personally, I don't like how much I have to do before I start using my new smartphone. Sometimes a lot of features are not the best solution. It is unlikely that an inconvenient system will be a reason to refuse to buy a new flagship, but it will definitely disappoint many users.

The Galaxy S9 performs well, but the Pixel or Pixel 2 animations are much better.

I have been using my smartphone every day and it has notis very different from the Galaxy S8 or Note 8. If you've used the Pixel 2, you'll notice a flaw in the Galaxy S9's animation. However, the difference is not that big. The Galaxy S9 + handles all the workloads and never fails. I hope that over time, the smartphone does not start to work worse.

The Galaxy S9 + 's battery lasts a full day of heavy use.

Samsung's "full day of use" promises turned out to be true. The Galaxy S9 + has a 3500mAh battery, and it worked for me for about 17-18 hours, 3-4 of which I actively used it.

The Galaxy S9's camera can take great pictures, but the Pixel 2 is still better.

Both smartphones have excellent cameras, whichnice to shoot. I can't say the Galaxy S9 +'s camera is the best, but it does a great job in all situations and does a lot that the Pixel 2 can't do. I was very surprised by the pictures I took with the Galaxy S9 +.

Overall, the Galaxy S9 is a great smartphone, but it's not for everyone.

The question is, isn't it better to buy the Pixel 2 orPixel 2 XL? They may not have the best displays and not many features, but the simplicity and convenience of the system will seem like a huge plus for many users. If details are more important to you, it is better to choose one of these smartphones. Nevertheless, many people will buy Samsung's new flagship and will be satisfied with it.

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