Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016) Review

Call quality



There's really nothing to write home about when it comes to the Galaxy A9's call handling capabilities. Voices sound generally OK through the earpiece, and the same is true for outgoing quality. Of course, all of this will depend on a number of variables, such as you network coverage, current state, position, the network of your caller, etc.

Battery life


The Samsung Galaxy A9 packs a rather beefy, 4000 mAh, which is, of course, needed to power the massive screen. Depending on how much you actually use your handset, battery life with the A9 will range from great to OK. In days when you're just casually checking the time or sending a quick message, it may easily last up to two days. But not using it much is not the point of having a phablet, right? Well, I'd say if you tinker with the A9 every now and then, it's more likely to last about day and a half, and if you are really putting it through its paces, you shouldn't expect more than a day of use, which is satisfying enough.

As far as our battery benchmark is concerned, the Galaxy A9 scored 10 hours and 10 minutes, which is quite formidable, yet, as I said in the previous paragraph, isn't perfectly indicative for all use scenarios. As is the norm now, you can't replace the A9's battery, but charging times are decent, at 122 minutes from zero to hero.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016) 10h 10 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy A8 8h 49 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016) 9h 57 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 9h 11 min (Excellent)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016) 122
Samsung Galaxy A8 144
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016) 100
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 81

Conclusion


The Galaxy A9 is an enormous, yet elegant smartphone. Looking across the board, it has no glaring weaknesses – its performance actually reflecting its price point rather well. You're not getting the best of the best here, but rather a very nice smartphone that won't disappoint in any area – it's just very good, not great. I think it's a fair deal, considering you won't be paying top dollar.

Of course, that 6” screen there means this is for those who absolutely want as big a panel as possible. For a more mainstream offering, I'd recommend that you take a look at the Galaxy A7 (2016) or A8, which come with 5.5” and 5.7” screens respectively, and offer almost the same features. Alternatively, you can take a look at the Note 5 for a pricier, but more refined phablet.

But if nothing below 6 inches registers on your radar, the Galaxy A9 is a very good option with likable design and no serious issues, aside from shipping with Android 5.1, and not 6.


Pros

  • Sleek design
  • Massive screen
  • Good performance across the board

Cons

  • Very, very big
  • Screen colors could be more natural
  • TouchWiz needs to be more fluid
  • Comes with Android 5.1, and not 6

PhoneArena Rating:

7.5

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42 Comments

1. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

I don't understand why an opinion such as "very, very big" should be listed as a con... ...on the other hand "massive screen" is listed in the pros.

4. redmd

Posts: 1935; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

True. Sometimes I don't know what PA has been taking lately.

13. siddharthayadav202

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 23, 2016

Typical PA

17. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

This phone is roughly 1/8" taller and wider than the iPhone 6S Plus. None of that terminology was used when describing the 6S Plus in its review. You're better than this, PA.

32. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

You can check my comment below. And please stop wishing PA is better than this. I stop doing this from 2012 :))

35. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

No they aren't better than this. Anyway, screw them. We have a glimpse of the Note 6. You know these guys are bigots and hypocrites. As much as the iPhone 4/4s were fingerprint magnets, it was never said. As big and oversized the 6/6s Plus' are, this wasn't considered a con as you stated. iPhoneArena, is never gonna change. That's why John V left.

21. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

A scores I can tolerate with. No complaints here.

31. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

This show the subjective opinion from PA. Just see how they tell the Iphone have a sleek design with small bezels =DD Screen size is personal preference. I never understand why this could be a pros or a cons. It's just the fact. However, the phone with same 5.5 inches screen as the others but employs the biggest chassis is 100% the cons (and they don't mention it). Yes, I mean the fruit bigger phone =DDD.

2. aikoo

Posts: 129; Member since: Feb 27, 2016

- Very, very big But are those bezels?.. (The phones not for you.) - Screen colors could be more natural Bud, it's called AMOLED. - TouchWiz needs to be more fluid In what way?... Swipping your finger on the home screen doesn't do anything IF that was what you were doing. The thing has 3GB of RAM - Comes with Android 5.1, and not 6 But is the security patch up to date and is the OS stable?

16. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

They review the accuracy in a mode that isn't designed for accuracy...... Which speaks levels about their bias

19. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Dude Android Marshmallow came out last October. No phone should be shipping with Lollipop at this point, regardless of security patches. If this was anyone but Samsung, everyone here would be on thier ass for taking so long to get 6.0 software on their devices.

23. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I accept all your comment back except last one. Come on! No phone shall shipped with Android 5.1 now. it is time move over to Android 6. Android 6 is extremely stable. No issue there.

30. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

AMOLED has no relation with accuracy. S6, note 5 and s7 have more accurate screens than almost all the displays.

3. donrox

Posts: 201; Member since: Jul 18, 2014

Pro: Massive Screen Con: Very, very big Make up your mind. is the size a pro or a con for you? IMO it shouldn't be mentioned as either. the size of the device is what the manufacturer intended it to be based on the targeted audience. it isn't a criterion upon which a device rating should be given!

5. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

My thoughts exactly mate.

7. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

They try to be ultra liberal but at the end they piss off a lot of people :)

6. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

How can a9 get 10h 10m with 4000mh , and the a7 9h 57m with 3300 mah I cant understand you're battery tests anymore!

36. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

They don't either.

8. Shocky unregistered

Nobody understands them.

9. DechyX

Posts: 156; Member since: May 16, 2011

I have this phone and I think it's pretty awesome. A love larger screen phones because I have bigger hands so it's a good fit. I took this device on a trip to Ireland and it performed quite well. I used it all day taking photos, posting them to social media, searching for restaurants and attractions on Google and the battery took it all like a champ. Ending each night around 2/3am with 35-40% battery. Phone should get an 8/9. Biggest gripe is the OK camera, but it can be amazing with HDR, steady hand, and patience

10. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

This review is the most confusing one I've ever seen in this site's history. I don't see any deep cons at all for this to be given a 7.5

12. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

The biggest con is, its not an iPhone.

18. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

1. give low score on good phone 2. lots of people come to complaint in comment section 3. fanboy wars mean more traffic to this page 4. .... 5. profit

20. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Smartest comment here by far. +1

24. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Ray S. reviewed it. 7.5 = 9 with any other reviewer.

11. Shocky unregistered

Nice battery life, large average phone overall with a poor camera. Not sure the score is deserved, 6.5 would have been my score for this.

14. siddharthayadav202

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 23, 2016

6.5? Camera is the only con. What other problems do you see?

28. Shocky unregistered

It's an overpriced mid ranger, why should it score higher?

15. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

I wouldn't say the camera is poor, even GSMArena says it's close to Note 5 in daylight scenes. Also, it has good performance from the Snapdragon 652. I don't really trust real-life situations performed by reviewers; smoothness is subjective. I would give it 8.

29. Shocky unregistered

8 or above should be for high end devices or exceptional mid rangers, this is neither.
Galaxy A9 (2016)
  • Display 6.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 652, Octa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh

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