Would you rather get the Galaxy S9 or the Galaxy S9+ and why?

Would you rather get the Galaxy S9 or the Galaxy S9+ and why?
Samsung is already taking pre-orders for its latest-and-greatest flagship duo — the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+. The two take the Galaxy S8 formula and only touch it up a little bit, with a new place for the fingerprint pad, a hardware update, and a secondary camera on the bigger model, borrowed straight from the Galaxy Note 8.

So, wait, let's back up a bit. What exactly are the differences between the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+?

There are only two. The obvious one is that the regular model is more compact — it has a 5.8-inch display with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio, making it narrow and easy to hold in one hand. The S9+ is bigger, with a 6.2-inch diagonal display. Turn the phones around and you will see the second difference — the small model does not have the telephoto lens-equipped camera. This means there's no Live Focus (Portrait Mode) and no 2x optical zoom on the Galaxy S9, only on the Galaxy S9+.

Well, there's the third difference as well — price! The Galaxy S9 is already on the expensive side, starting at $720. The Galaxy S9+ pushes it further with a tag of $840.

So, we were wondering — which phone would you go for out of these two and what's the main motivator behind your choice?

Which one would you buy and why?

Galaxy S9 - because I want a more compact phone
24.58%
Galaxy S9 - because it's cheaper
5.7%
Galaxy S9+ - I want the bigger screen
36.92%
Galaxy S9+ - I want the secondary camera
32.8%

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Galaxy S9
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(31h talk time)
Galaxy S9+
  • Display 6.2" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh(35h talk time)

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54 Comments

2. NateDiaz

Posts: 1089; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

I won't wait for the Note 9 and choose S9 well, because small hands.

3. kplayon

Posts: 56; Member since: Mar 02, 2018

Always the s9 for me. Samsung should have given it 6 gb ram

4. Cat97

Posts: 1921; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

S9+ because I want to block the sun from entering my house in the summer. S9 because I want to reach the room's ceiling from the sofa, just for fun.

5. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

I dont buy a phone that is more than 15cm tall. Too big. 5.8" should be the Plus.

6. maherk

Posts: 6928; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I pre-ordered the S9 because I wanted a compact phone. The Note 8 is my last phablet ever, one handed texting is pain in the @ss.

23. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1831; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Download swiftkey and shrink the keyboard down to the whatever size you need and move it to the left or the right... One hand texting on a phablet done!

28. maherk

Posts: 6928; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I never felt comfortable shrinking down anything on my phone, thus the reason why I never ever used two apps at once on any of my Note phones. Plus the close to 200g weight is also annoying when using the phone for long sessions. It's my fault though, I thought I would get used to the extra width and weight when I got my Note 8, but I was wrong.

37. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1831; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Gotcha...

7. YeaSure

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 28, 2018

If they made a compact model with the same RAM and dual camera as the S9+, I'd go for that. I dislike the larger displays, and I dislike the fact that analysts are saying that buyers want bigger screens. No, we want the better features that sadly comes with a larger display.

9. p3t3peter

Posts: 10; Member since: Mar 06, 2018

Personally i would get the S9 as it is the smaller but it would be nice if it could be abit smaller in general

10. AustinPaul

Posts: 155; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

S9 for the compact size. Spring of '19, I will looking hard at the next flagship. Until then, my S8 and S8+ are very good. That Nokia Sirocco has me curious too.

11. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Where is the option saying "I wouldn't buy the S9/S9+ no matter what, because it's a waste of money" ??

17. EvilAPi

Posts: 116; Member since: Sep 25, 2017

Buying iPhone X better than buy iPhone 8 Plus won't waste money?

20. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Better get a pair of glasses as the poll clearly says “Which one would you buy” and not Why you won’t buy it.

26. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Then why are you in this article.

40. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

First try to afford the minimum daily nutritional requirements before jumping into the Premium smartphone choices, 3rd world boy

42. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

Where's the SYAO option?

47. iushnt

Posts: 3122; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

@Piyath I knew you would post this comment before I even clicked the link.

51. Marcwand3l

Posts: 446; Member since: May 08, 2017

Sorry no option for haters like you. It's surprising that you are here but your butthurt is to big it seems.

15. Boast_Rider

Posts: 535; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

S9+ for the bigger screen, more battery, more RAM and the telephoto lens(zoom is useful sometimes) But then again, I wouldn't buy either because they cost too much. The only relief is that they are at least cheaper than iPhones.

46. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

3 to 6 month and price will drop to 40% at least no worries.

48. iushnt

Posts: 3122; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Note 8 is now in its 6th month, has priced dropped to 40%?

52. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Galaxy’s drop more than note line. Note 8 right now is 650$ from 1000$.

53. Boast_Rider

Posts: 535; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

They don't drop that much in my country. The S8 is just $100 less than S9 in my country, even after a year.

22. rsiders

Posts: 1970; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I like the price and size of the S9 but for more screen, a second pens, more RAM, and better battery life I have to go with the S9+ hands down.

24. surethom

Posts: 1712; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

I hate it when the same phone but one bigger size gets better specs,they should be the same apart from screen & battery size.

44. rsiders

Posts: 1970; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I agree 100% but unfortunately...

27. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

s9, if I wanted a bigger phone, I'll go for the Note 8 for those Spen features

30. Stormrider

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 30, 2016

XZ2 Compact, tired of big *** phones, otherwise S9

31. gamehead unregistered

S(+ because it's bigger, has a better camera and more Ram.

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