With them being so similar, would you rather buy a Galaxy S8, or a Galaxy S9?

With them being so similar, would you rather buy a Galaxy S8, or a Galaxy S9?
Samsung's 2018 flagship duo is all too familiar — the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ look a lot like last year's Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. But that's not necessarily a bad thing — Samsung had its formula right last year and the phones still look like they came from the future, the hardware stands, and the features are aplenty.

That's not to say that the S9 duo doesn't add some cool stuff. The stereo speakers are a very welcome new feature, the S9+'s secondary camera is definitely nice to have, together with the Portrait Mode (Live Focus) it brings, and a slight bump in hardware is always good. There's also the experimental blood pressure sensor, which is... you know — cool, but experimental.

With Sammy's flagships now sitting comfortably at a starting price above the $700 mark, we do believe that a lot of people would rather go for last year's flagships than cough up the dough for a new phone that doesn't really look all that new.

So, would you go for a new S9 (S9+), or are you more likely to look for a shiny, yet cheaper S8 (S8+)?

Galaxy S8 / S8+ or Galaxy S9 / S9+?

The S9 / S9+ — it's worth it!
The S8 / S8+ is still good enough, so...



1. Tony_5600

Posts: 82; Member since: Apr 09, 2017

Galaxy S8/S8+ no doubt

15. scarface21173

Posts: 700; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

S9 just because you would receive 1 more years worth of updates.

24. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

They don't adhere to project treble so likely neither of them will get major updates in any decent time or quantity.

41. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

The S9 does, but honestly, the Samsung OS upgrades get less important each year, with the features being added getting less and less.

26. mahima

Posts: 739; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

just like iphone 7 instead of 8

32. Cat97

Posts: 1923; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

S8 for one reason: decent battery life while having very similar image quality in most situations. You can't spend top dollar on a flagship like the S9 and get submediocre battery life.

42. DerryAhmad

Posts: 296; Member since: May 05, 2012

The question is, if you don't have neither S8 or S9, would you rather go for... Definitely the S9/S9+. Why would you go to last years' flagship than the newer/better one? Unless you're on strict budget. Then the option is not go for a flagship phone (except One Plus 5T). Plus, there's the update issue on old devices.

2. libra89

Posts: 2290; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

The S8 is the better deal, but I like that the S9 is barely shorter in height over the S8 and that lilac color is nice.

3. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Still rocking my S8+. Not much improvement in the S9+ in the areas that I wanted. Battery still about the same. so no reason to upgrade.

4. Jacksie66 unregistered

Was looking at the s8 plus but decided on the LG v30. Just for the quad DAC.

5. Jrod99

Posts: 757; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

On one hand got proper placement of scanner and stereo speakers. On the other should get some solid deals.

6. bucknassty

Posts: 1350; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

with how 'similar' they are that PhoneArena pushes out, you would have thought they were using the same design language for 4 years....

7. RevolutionA

Posts: 398; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

iPhone anytime...

11. bucknassty

Posts: 1350; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

If they release an 8s that uses the same design for 5 years straight i would love to hear what this site says about that seeing as how harsh they are being on samsung for using a nice design language for 2 years

25. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

They should also make "With them being so similar, would you rather buy a iPhone8, or a iPhone6?"

8. ScottsoNJ56

Posts: 125; Member since: Oct 01, 2017

6 g of ram vs 4 845 vs 835 dual camera with the changing aperture and stereo speakers make the 9+ a no brainier oer the 8+

12. bucknassty

Posts: 1350; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

remember... they look similar so it must be the same according to this site

9. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Who wouldn't want less battery life for more money?

40. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

But enough about the iPhone...

10. Einstein333

Posts: 146; Member since: May 22, 2012

The S9 is not worth the extra cost, it is basically the same phone! And battery life even got worse!

13. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

I would stick with my S7. Both of those aren't worth it to me.

14. gamehead unregistered

Depends on the price, but for the most part the S8 is good enough

16. srgonu

Posts: 557; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Why didn't iPhone arena never asked this questions for similar iterations of other great manufacturers?

17. dazed1

Posts: 805; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

Idiots, s9 plus is the only complete android phone, get your heads out of your asses

18. TechDork

Posts: 404; Member since: May 10, 2010


19. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

Good time to get a second hand S8+ for a good price.

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 31286; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

S9+, simply cause its newer and better.

21. Huck33

Posts: 20; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

S8+. no doubt the gap is too small between S8and S9 to justify to buy a new phone. The gap between S7 and s8 was more important in terms of design (button remove) Wth a fingerprint scanner below screen (S10?) i think S9 would have been better

22. irossdrummer

Posts: 369; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

S9+. The dual aperature, the dual camera, better finger print placement really makes me wanna upgrade so badly from my S8 but the price isn't worth it for a slightly better phone. Idk


Posts: 106; Member since: May 04, 2012

What about all same looking iphones?

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