This is my biggest hope for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9

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This is my biggest hope for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is just around the corner and we are excited! The Note 9 is expected to be a beast with a ton of new features, the latest processors and quite excitingly, a big, 4,000mAh battery. But there is one thing we don't get to discuss much in the endless cycle of leaks and rumors: the actual user experience.

I have been using the Galaxy S9+ on and off, and there are many things that I love about this phone: I find the camera exceeds expectations and is criminally underrated as the Pixel often steals the spotlight, I think the display is marvelous and I love little things that Samsung has spoiled us with for ages like the wireless charging and the luxurious alcantara case.

But one area that I feel using the Galaxy S9+ could be better is the navigation.


A new era


Things have changed a lot in the last year: Apple was the first modern company (after the unfortunate Palm of course) to introduce a gesture-based navigation on its iPhone X and using this navigation system has been a transformative experience. Apple loves to brag about its sky-high user satisfaction rates and the iPhone X has probably the highest user satisfaction rate of any recent phone. Part of that has got to do with the new gesture interface.

And other Android phone makers have jumped on this train as well: the OnePlus 6 has a fully functional gesture navigation; phones like the Google Pixel are soon getting it with Android P; and last, but not least, one of the biggest phone makers in Asia, Xiaomi, has added gesture navigation to even its cheapest phones. Gesture navigation is almost everywhere.


What about Samsung? Nothing. The Galaxy S9 doesn't have it and no other Samsung phone has it. There are no rumors about it.

And that's disappointing. Maybe Samsung has got gesture navigation quietly in the plans and getting it ready for launch and polishing the details under the radar. Maybe gesture navigation will be a key feature of the new Galaxy Note 9.

I hope so!

It is an extremely easy to use method of navigation and it frees up space on the screen, so you get a more immersive experience. And after a short while, gesture navigation is just intuitive and you start wondering how you used your phone in a different way before. Plus, if you don't like it, you can just disable it and go back to the old on-screen buttons.

We already know that the Galaxy Note 9 will be excellent. We already know it will be fast. We can certainly hope that it will have outstanding battery life. Gesture navigation would be the topping on the cake.

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Galaxy Note 9
  • Display 6.4" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh(29h 3G talk time)

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36 Comments

1. NateDiaz

Posts: 1092; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Fanboys: So you're saying Samsung should copy Apple's gestures? Typical i-PhoneArena *some other troll* been using this site for over 10 years, content quality has become s**t. cmdacos: PetroChina is first trillion dollar company. TechSceptic aka strategic_developer: some 20 lines of shit.

8. cmdacos

Posts: 4321; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

You sure have a thing for me muffin. At least I state facts.

10. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

This was actually funny. But yes, in so many words, Phone Arena wants Samsung to have a particular iPhone feature that was first a Palm feature.

12. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I don't really love gestures on the iPhone X. They cause weird issues and create more problems than they solve. Maybe add gestures as an option on Samsung phones but don't make them permanent. Not for now atleast.

28. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

I am not or have ever been TechSceptic. You think you are so smart, but you are really choosing to be dumb.

31. NateDiaz

Posts: 1092; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Okay TechSceptic.

34. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

I don't think it's a choice.

2. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I'm sure there's an xposed module that allow you to do that :-/ But I still prefer to always show the navbar (except while in game or watching full-screen video)

3. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 945; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Note 9 is going to start world war 3 after it destroys the Chinese Market and all of the iPhones.

4. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

Isn't that what the Note 7's battery was designed for?

5. NateDiaz

Posts: 1092; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Hilarious lmao

16. Cyberchum

Posts: 1107; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Hahahahaha. Nice retort! I still can't believe I thumbed a troll up, though.

18. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

Well this Troll thanks you from the bottom of it's black heart

7. vasra

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Samsung, please fix the camera speed AND implement a working HDR+ algo right out of the box. My Galaxy loses out to even cheap Xiaomis with the hacked HDR+ Google cam ported from Pixel phones. Yes, that HDR+ algo is so good that it totally destroys current Galaxy series phones in dark available light photography.

9. cmdacos

Posts: 4321; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

If you want gestures, almost every launcher provides a way to fully customize your own.

11. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

Exactly. The only gesture the iPhone (X) has that I like is the ability to swipe between apps, but that's it.

19. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

Get an iPhone. Better than Samsung phones in EVERY way!

24. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

LMAO!

32. JCASS889

Posts: 607; Member since: May 18, 2018

Do explain each and every advantage the iphone has over the note 9, would love to hear them all

40. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

1 - Its better in EVERY way. So to summarise for you simple little feeble mind, Apple iPhone is better than all Samsung phone. Hope that helps

14. Victor.H

Posts: 1098; Member since: May 27, 2011

I haven't seen one that offers navigation gestures like what you get on the phones I mention in the articles. The only thing that is working is an app that puts a clunky indicator with a look similar to what you get in Android P, but it performs very poorly. But maybe I am missing something, so please do elaborate which particular launcher or app you are referring to. Would love to try them out!

26. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

What navigation gestures, though? Be specific.

29. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

He's probably taking about the fact the iPhone no longer has a home button, so you have to use swipe gestures to app switch now. There are gestures on Samsung phones that iPhone still don't have. For example, if you have multiple tabs open on Samsung browser, you can swipe between them by simply sliding your finger left or right at the bottom of the browser. You can swipe from a corner of an app, and resize the app window. Also absent on iPhone. You don't needs tons of gestures when you have buttons. The problem with gestures is executing them properly and having what you want happen vs having what you don't want happen.

33. srgonu

Posts: 566; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Victor, you need to do some research before writing non-apple articles. Try Goodlock app (and enable one handed mode) from Samsung for Gesture support. I have been using it for a month on my note 8 and it really is great experience.

17. Cyberchum

Posts: 1107; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Are you really equating a Launcher gesture to a system-wide gesture, man?

23. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

OMG! Yes he is! :-0

36. dmakun

Posts: 382; Member since: Jun 06, 2011

Lol. Samsung's Good lock app is system wide on galaxy phones. It works everywhere and from any point in apps and settings. You need to do some homework before asking ignorant questions.

13. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

Soooooooo ONE iPhone FINALLY gets a feature 11 months ago that Android's been had over through the beauty of customization & now all of a sudden it's a must have feature. Like Nate Diaz (of course it was in sarcasm), typical Phone Arena.

15. bucknassty

Posts: 1372; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

On this site you cant customize a phone... basically once you open an android it it's locked down to whatever you get (no updates no changes no improvements no updates) really getting tired of "knowledgeable" journalism steady getting punked by every joe on the internet everyone knows the broad possibilities of android, whatever features come out now have already been available less hardware configurations

21. Cyberchum

Posts: 1107; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Out of the box provisons>>>>3rd party provisions that could very well hinder the efficiency of the product. Damn trolls! Think first, then write. Not everyone knows how to scour the internet for options.

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