Poll results: a good amount love the compact S9, but the bigger S9+ slams it

Poll results: a good amount love the compact S9, but the bigger S9+ slams it
Samsung's newest flagship duo is ready for pre-order and they are gorgeous. There are also a few differences between the two phones — the S9+ has a bigger, 6.2-inch screen vs a 5.8 inches on the S9, it has the secondary telephoto camera with Live Focus mode (Portrait Mode), a bigger battery to fill up that room... and a bigger price.

The Galaxy S9, on the other hand, is a conveniently compact handset with its narrow form and is slightly cheaper at $720. Unfortunately, you miss out on a secondary camera here, but you still get the variable aperture and awesome performance of the main shooter.

So, we thought we'd ask — which of these phones would you go for if you were to buy one? The S9 for being compact or just for being cheaper, or the S9+ for its phablet size screen or telephoto camera? A good amount of people voted for the compactness of the S9... 25% to be exact. A mere 5% want it for the cheaper price. And then we have the rest voting for the Galaxy S9+ because it's bigger or because of that telephoto lens. We guess manufacturers are still right when they insist on making large phones.

Which one would you buy and why?

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

Related phones

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)



1. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Handled both live and I must say they are very good upgrades for anyone coming from a S6/S7. They are really refined and the S9+ is truly a winner as the finger FPS is rightly located ( yet I have no issues with the Note 8 FPS ( my hands size are a bit chubbier and bigger than most). Good phones and to me some of the best designed around.

4. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2240; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

How about for those that have a S8/S8+? Just punt and gear up for the S10?

6. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I really don't see it as a necessary upgrade unless you really need the camera features (dual apertures modes Ala DSLR or Super slow motion). Stereo sound and of course the performance of the SD845/Exynos ( by the way both the S9 and S9+ were very fluid) Don't get me wrong Samsung is at the top of its game here and both theses devices are killer but I believe the Note 9 may be a better buy as it will include even better features like perhaps a camera/s with more I guess F stops 2.4, 2.0, 1.8, 1.7, 1.6 and 1.5 Maybe a under screen FPS and other features - so for s8/s8+ I would say you device is still a top line device and before upgrading wait to see what the Note 9 will bring.

9. NateDiaz

Posts: 1089; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

When you already have have the biggest f/1.5 aperture why would you bother clicking pictures with f/1.6 or f/1.7? This 2.4, 2.2, 2.0....1.5 is not going to work mechanically as in S9. For this thing to work, Samsung must implement something that works same as auto-brightness sensors like when light is more switch to smaller 2.4 and when light intensity decreases switch to bigger 1.7, 1.6, 1.5 apertures.

17. integrazimmy

Posts: 60; Member since: May 30, 2015

I believe it's always easier to manage results through hardware. And although having too many stops is not ideal, I believe in having an in between would be a better compromise. I actually don't think neither the 1.5 nor the 2.4 are optimized for concerns of over brightening and under brightening depending on the stop. But having a stop at 1.5-1.9-2.4 would be more than enough. Everyone has already seen the results from this newer contraption and the pictures look great, but Perhaps the 1.5 stop is not gathering enough light as it could over concerns that they 2.4 stop is too far away. Imo!!! Nonetheless, this is a great camera regardless of what they do with the Note9 or GS10!!!

2. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

It is surprising, does 0.4 inches of a bigger screen size make a significant difference when you compare it with 5.8 inches of the smaller sibling? 36.9% for this? It would have been nuch more significant if it was 5.5 vs 6.2

7. redmd

Posts: 1941; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Agreed, holding both in the hand, the S9 isn't that much smaller. I wish the S10 is a more compact device. Looking back at a decade ago where OG Galaxy S was a 4 inch phone. I say for the S10 S10+ 6.5 inch S10 5.5 inch S10 compact 4.5 inch. I can only wish.

10. NateDiaz

Posts: 1089; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

4.5 inches with such bezel-less design would be very small like iPhone SE

11. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Did you say 4.5” screen in the size of a iphone SE? Sign me up.

14. sgodsell

Posts: 7428; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Look at the new Sony XZ compact which is physically smaller than an iPhone 8, 7, 6s, and 6. Yet it has a larger Full HD+ display (2160x1080). The iPhone SE doesn't even have a HD display, and we already know the iPhone 8, 7, 6s, and 6 have only a low resolution HD display.

18. integrazimmy

Posts: 60; Member since: May 30, 2015

Yeah! I like the Sony Xperia XZ2 compact!!! It fits the profile at 5.0"!!!

19. integrazimmy

Posts: 60; Member since: May 30, 2015

The problem with compacts is that they're too small to fit Flagship specs into it like a bigger battery and dual cameras. The only one that fits this criteria is the Sony XZ2 Compact, and the only way they did that is by cutting out wireless charging, removing the new extra motor function (whatever it's called), and making it chunkier.

15. P-YWS

Posts: 144; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

S9 is ostensibly shorter than S9+, hence much easier to hide/put in the front pocket of jeans

3. dazed1

Posts: 805; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

What stupid pool? How about i want, + 2gb ram + 500 mAh battery

5. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

I think the thumbnail image is not correct

8. brasstax

Posts: 543; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Considering that smartphones are used primarily for media consumption, social media and browsing with calls/texting only an afterthought, a 6 inch screen is too small in the 18:9 form factor. Waiting for the Mi Max 3 to hit my country (India) in June with a 7 inch display albeit in the tall and skinny form factor. Hopefully sometime in the not too distant future Sammy unveils a foldable 5 inch smartphone that unfurls to an 8 or 9 inch tablet-esque display.

12. shortkey

Posts: 53; Member since: May 19, 2017

S9 is a compact phone? SERIOUSLY?! What are you smoking? "Compact" is waaay below 5". S9's 5.8" is on the edge of a freaking phablet.

20. P-YWS

Posts: 144; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

Compared to the fairly recent iPhone8/8+ which come with huge bezel all-round and hefty weight, S9 is compact. Compared to iPhoneSE, S9 is not as compact. But then, the 4" screen of iPhoneSE is very impractical given the amount of data/infom which need to be displayed and the likely fatigue from frequent finger movement, the size of S9 is relatively compact in practice. Compared to iPhoneX, S9 is also more compact.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31275; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I’d choose the Plus model myself.

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