Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016) Review

At a price ranging from $450 to $500, the Galaxy A9 is easier to acquire than Samsung's top-shelf Galaxy S7 edge, yet most consumers will probably have a difficult time finding the spots where the corner-cutting has been done...
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42 Comments

40. preetmalhotra

Posts: 114; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

I have the phone. The camera is poor, comparing to Galaxy Note 3 that I was using earlier. Note 3's low light camera fails in terms of light, but, somewhat resolves far more details. Also you have no sensible control over exposure in front camera, and the back camera also has very unstable exposure. It is good for casual shooters, but by no means is a plus for a pro. I am not a pro, but I still like the camera in my control. Smoothness and benchmarks, both favor this phone. Avg of my 3 AnTuTu tests was 84000+. I consider it a good score for this class. Price is on the higher side as 1+3T can be bought for the same, MI5 is way cheaper. Similarly featured MiMax is super cheap.

41. preetmalhotra

Posts: 114; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

I totally forgot I have a A9 Pro :D

22. shy2papa

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 2010

The Samsung Galaxy A9 pro will be alot better except the screen resolution which happens to be the same.

26. redmd

Posts: 1935; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I have the A9 Pro. Here's my tiny review as posted on GSMa. I have this for almost a month now. Here are my impressions so far. The good 1. Battery life lives up to expectations 2. Amazing 6 inch screen 3. Android 6 is very smooth, if you're coming from older Samsung phones you will feel the difference 4. The 4GB RAM is felt on multitasking 5. Build quality is superb The bad 1. It has a custom TouchWiz software. The software won't update. Reactivation lock won't activate. Knox won't install. 2. Camera is a hit and miss. Wide dynamic range is lacking.

37. Georgie_The_Honey

Posts: 1; Member since: May 21, 2016

This is exactly what I'm after, thanks redmed!

25. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

"so much so that it easily outweighs other big and heavy handsets like the iPhone 6s Plus (6.77 oz | 192 g)" I wouldn't consider outweighing by 8 grams a phone which has a half an inch smaller screen as "easily outweighs".

27. drahcir02

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 03, 2016

Design wise = check

33. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

For once, I really like the design, I don't really like the galaxy S series design, but this, this design just hits the spot.

34. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

This is what the Note 5 would be without a flat back.

42. preetmalhotra

Posts: 114; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

*WITH* a flat back.

38. engineer2020

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 17, 2016

Seriously Ray; your reviews are the worst. you conflict yourself (massive screen and then Very very very big)...get a life...I stopped reading Phonearena reviews because of your reviews. you always mention the word (nothing to ride home about)...

43. preetmalhotra

Posts: 114; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Perhaps people come here for uttering buls**t. Most of you did not understand this review. Massive Screen has to be a Pro and Size has to be a Con. Both are relatable but it doesn't mean they are same. It is as simple as Merc GLs are luxurious, but costly. I have A9 Pro and I agree to both points. The screen is wow, but the Size is a pain. Samsung is tried to rectify this problem in C9 pro by slimming down the phone (only a hair thin). Is has almost same dimensions, but slim phone is easy to handle. You cannot reduce bezels at this level. Ever used Mi Mix? Go through it once. So many accidental touches because of big size and no place for hand. Ergonomically, you need a place to get a grip. But by tonning down the 5000mAh battery of A9 Pro to 4000mAh and curving the sides, Samsung has made C9 Pro very much more manageable than this one. So the pro and con point clash means: Screen is great but it takes the pocketability of the device.
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