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