Consumer Reports finds nothing to criticize about the Galaxy Note 9, everything to praise

Consumer Reports finds nothing to criticize about the Galaxy Note 9, everything to praise
It’s not very wise for a reviewer these days to judge a high-end smartphone as the world’s best, considering how many great options are available right now, how difficult it is to objectively single one out, and how many awesome new flagships are released almost every single month.

But if you can rely on the impartiality of one organization, that’s probably Consumer Reports. The nonprofit has a new favorite smartphone at the top of its unbiased ratings, and unsurprisingly, it’s Samsung’s latest hero device.

Calm down, iFans, as the consumer advocacy association’s iPhone XS and XS Max tests haven’t concluded just yet. Then again, you may not want to get your hopes up, since the Galaxy Note 9 took the S9’s gold medal place in the Consumer Reports smartphone ranking, with the Galaxy S8 and S7 previously assessed the best of the best out there.

Meanwhile, both the iPhone X and iPhone 8 failed to impress CR’s panel of judges, which in turn had great praise for... pretty much everything about the Note 9. Not a single weakness was discovered in the organization’s exhaustive review process, with its summary merely highlighting a love-or-hate size and afford-or-not price tag as (already established) “shortcomings.”

As far as strengths are concerned, it’s worth pointing out how incredibly durable the Galaxy Note 9 seems, especially in the wake of a few not-very-flattering iPhone XS (Max) evaluations of the same sort.

While the display and glass back of the Note 8 last year both shattered after 100 drops in a specialized tumbling machine, the Galaxy Note 9 somehow managed to escape the experiment unscathed. 

That’s beyond impressive, and although the rest of the upgrades are not quite as substantial, the Note 9 is predictably lauded for its crisp OLED screen with “nearly unlimited” viewing angles, “better” cameras (rated “right up there with the best of the best”), and last but not least, “new and improved stylus.” Apparently, you don’t need a major redesign to stand out in an overcrowded and hyper-competitive high-end smartphone arena.

source: Consumer Reports

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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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43 Comments

1. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Yeah... What a dummy I am. I bought my wife a Note 9 because she's only happy if she has a Note. And I bought myself a LG G7. Maybe I should have coughed up the extra money for a Note 9 for myself...

3. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

You're not a dummy. Next time treat yourself too. Forget that 'happy wife, happy life' mess.

6. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

I got both the G7 and Note9. Both great phones. Nothings wrong with the G7

10. bucknassty

Posts: 1337; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

thats ok... give a little cash to LG.. still need competition for later

23. Taphius

Posts: 100; Member since: Aug 20, 2018

G7 is still pretty damn nice, my only issue with the one I had was home screen redraws.

34. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Or you could have moved to VZW and jump on the BOGO deal. I left Xfinity Mobile to go back to VZW, because for $1250, I got the 512GB a d I got the 128GB for free, though I wished I had gotten both the same. But I know my chick, doesnt need that much. She has onmy used 64GB of her free 250GB SD she got with the S8. 2 phones and half the bill. Well worth the move.

2. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Butt hurt ifans incoming, lol

24. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Sad and pathetic. Does it sell well like iphones? Hell No. Putting 4000mah battery that last for a day, sucks! Putting more storage, who needs that when 64gb is enough for most. Design is old and not functionality wise because of curved, notches are trending. Priced as much as iphone is sucks for an android, how many android costumers can pay for that amount? Do they have a loyalty fan base just like apple and caters for the riches who don’t mind spending $$$$. How is its resale value? Outdated OS and touchwiz sucks and lags and reboot and catches fire. Consumer reports are no longer reliable just like anal-lysts.

25. cmdacos

Posts: 4199; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Lmao. Your mom wants her phone back now.. time for bed, your internet time is up. Please tell your mommy to continue paying more for less.

29. Phullofphil

Posts: 1785; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Your a sad idiot. I don’t ever see people that like iPhone ever come in on an android article and talking s**t it’s only the other way around which tells me that most if you idiots are just childish immature idiot. No I don’t think people that like android or idiot I just think there’s some weird idiots out there that like to do weird things and have a lot of anger in them

36. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

You are totally lying. If you have never seen a y Apple fan ho kn A droid/Samsung arties a d attack their users, then jts because you agree with everything they say a d you dont see it as attacking. Either that or you are a completely brainless.

38. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

" I don’t ever see people that like iPhone ever come in on an android article and talking s**t" You need to open your eyes then. Apple fans are always coming in on Samsung articles and talk s**t just like Marvzisfallen.

40. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

"...which tells me that most if you idiots are just childish immature idiot." Excellent word play, dude.

43. Kibzara

Posts: 123; Member since: Feb 24, 2016

Woah, calm your tits, bro...

27. wie155

Posts: 38; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

@MarvlsFallen, You need to see someone. You are blind of your rage toward android somehow. Have you held the Note 9? Why do you think the design is old? iPhone 6, 6s, 7, 8 is using the same design. The smallest storage option is 128 Gb because Note 9 can record 4K and slo-mo videos that required a lot of storage. Design is not functionality wise because of the curved screen, I agree, but notch on iPhone is also not functionality wise especially when playing games and videos in landscape. Price is high, I agree, but it's also applied to iPhone, but at least Samsung include Fast Charger adapter. Loyalty fan base, it is retarded, do you want to be a sheep? I don't. Resale value is acceptable. And Samsung is no longer using Touchwiz, do your research. I don't own Note 9, but I have held one, and it is amazing phone, but it is too expensive for a phone. I have always like apple product for their design(hardware and software), but It lack customization.

30. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

And there you are just like he predicted. Best. Phone. In. The. World. You don't have to like it, you just have to live with it.

35. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

The Nkte isnt suppose to sell like iPhones. Again you guys have zero argument. It's so funny. Sells or speed. Nothing about other things that matter, like all the things the Nite does better than the iOhone. Tou just focus on 2 things that dont matter. Apple is suppose to sell their phone. Apple makes one phone. Last time I checked, any company that sells multiple products at multiple lejces ranges, high end options tend to have lower sales. This is true of ALL products. Please as a fan, please come up with a much. Better argument than how much Apple rapes its customer and how fast they do it.

39. cocoy

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

According to someone pretending to be rich where infact haven't owned one. Lol.

4. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

"But if you can rely on the impartiality of one organization, that’s probably Consumer Reports." #takenotes Phone Arena.

5. gamehead unregistered

So the price isn't an issue?

7. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

For what it can do, I don't see why it would be. It's usually on sake or very inexpensive through third parties anyways.

18. chenski

Posts: 768; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Not an issue compared to iPhone, but big issue compared to other android phones

21. cmdacos

Posts: 4199; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Fair point

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Only to those who want it, but can’t afford it. Most people buy on installments dude, so no...price isn’t an issue.

37. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Not most. Maybe most in the USA. But most people who have access to expensive products, if they donf have the money they wont be buying one. Think a out a country where their monthly income is less than $300USD. I'm a country where carriers ask for the majority of the phone price upfront?

8. Wazupmrg

Posts: 168; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

Well because it kicks arse that's why

9. KickRocks

Posts: 275; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

If the P3XL fails to impress (still holding out hope) I think I'll treat myself to a Note 9

11. thedizzle

Posts: 197; Member since: Oct 05, 2017

Only issue i have with note 9 is not being able to turn off bixby. Always an accidental press when i try to screenshot. The update kinda help with the double button push to use but meh.

13. biagnosis

Posts: 106; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

for now download and install bxActions. Should do the job

19. jyu2848

Posts: 12; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

You can disable Bixby by enabling developers option at the setting menu. Then go all the way down background check , disable bixby voice. DONE

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