Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Review



Would you believe that it’s been 7 years since Samsung introduced the original Galaxy Note, which lead to the term “phablet” exploding in popularity? That’s a long time considering we’re dealing with the smartphone industry, where one unsuccessful release can spell complete disaster. Crazy enough, Samsung faced just that a couple of years ago with the Note 7. Fast forward to the present day, that debacle seems like a small speck in time, seeing that the company has redeemed itself with its last few major offerings.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is the first major smartphone to be announced and released for the impending holiday season. Having that honor does naturally present many challenges, such as setting the bar to a higher level that would put the pressure on rival devices. Then again, the Note series has always been the kind that does exactly that, and with this year’s offering, it’s no doubt following the same trend.

However, the landscape is constantly changing! And with smartphone prices continually increasing, the stage light is heavily focused on the Note 9’s value. Upgrades are always expected with any successive device, but it’s going to take a lot more than just newer hardware to make the Note 9 stand out from the pack this year!

Design

An engineering marvel

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Review
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Review
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Review
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Review

It’s not often that Samsung recycles a design almost completely, but that’s the case with the Note 9, seeing that the design language and aesthetics are essentially unchanged from its predecessor. But don’t get us wrong. The phone is still incredibly well put-together, featuring the premium and trendy glass-meets-metal design with sloped, curved edges. Our particular model sports the new Ocean Blue paint job with the yellow S Pen, which gives it a good contrast. Even though the glass finish is prone to accumulating smudges and debris, it’s nice that it can be cleaned off relatively easy.

Technically, the Galaxy Note 9 comes very close in size to its predecessor, but it’s slightly wider and thicker. The placement of its buttons and ports is identical to what we had on the Note 8. Thankfully, though, Samsung finally listened to the feedback and moved the fingerprint sensor to a more accessible position below the camera – rather than next to it, which was a common complaint of ours with Samsung’s last few flagships.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Dimensions

6.37 x 3.01 x 0.35 inches

161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm

Weight

7.09 oz (201 g)

Apple iPhone X

Apple iPhone X

Dimensions

5.65 x 2.79 x 0.3 inches

143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm

Weight

6.14 oz (174 g)

LG G7 ThinQ

LG G7 ThinQ

Dimensions

6.03 x 2.83 x 0.31 inches

153.2 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm

Weight

5.71 oz (162 g)

Samsung Galaxy S9+

Samsung Galaxy S9+

Dimensions

6.22 x 2.91 x 0.33 inches

158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm

Weight

6.67 oz (189 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Dimensions

6.37 x 3.01 x 0.35 inches

161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm

Weight

7.09 oz (201 g)

Apple iPhone X

Apple iPhone X

Dimensions

5.65 x 2.79 x 0.3 inches

143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm

Weight

6.14 oz (174 g)

LG G7 ThinQ

LG G7 ThinQ

Dimensions

6.03 x 2.83 x 0.31 inches

153.2 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm

Weight

5.71 oz (162 g)

Samsung Galaxy S9+

Samsung Galaxy S9+

Dimensions

6.22 x 2.91 x 0.33 inches

158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm

Weight

6.67 oz (189 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page


What’s remarkable about the Galaxy Note 9's design is the level of meticulous engineering put into it – and others should take note. In an era where high-end smartphones skip the headphone jack to make room for other components and have notches to accommodate their front cameras, the Note 9 doesn’t make any sort of compromise. It features a headphone jack, a heart rate sensor, an iris scanner, dual speakers, a slot for the S Pen, and even wireless charging! That’s a whole lot of stuff thrown into its design, to which we may add also that it has an IP68 water-resistant construction.

S Pen


Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Review
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Review

This wouldn’t be a Note without the S Pen, but for this year’s iteration, Samsung clearly places a ton of emphasis on the accessory. Aesthetically, it’s no different from last year’s S Pen – it feels like we’re wielding an actual pen. Interestingly, Samsung has added some new functions that enhance it even more. For starters, the S Pen now features Bluetooth LE, which allows it to be used as an extension for the Note 9. Therefore, it can now be used to remotely snap photos, navigate through a slideshow presentation, and it even gives us access to some media playback functions.

They’re all useful and whatnot, if you’re the kind of user that heavily resorts to using them. Other users may feel that they’re all novel, but they do serve their purpose in giving users more convenience. For us, however, our sentiments about them fall under the novelty area. Instead, we’re more eager to see what developers will be able to do when the SDK becomes available, which could very well introduce us to some other clever features. However, the S Pen continues to be a practical tool in mimicking that paper and pen experience – as well as being super convenient when it comes to digitally signing documents! What other phone makes it as easy as this?

Display

No major changes here, still gorgeous in every way

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Review

Let’s get it out of the way: the Note 9’s display exhibits the same qualities as its predecessor! That’s not to say that we should be disappointed by the 6.4-inch Quad HD+ (1440 x 2960) Super AMOLED display, which technically is just a smidgen larger than what’s found with the Note 8. From its right-on-the-spot ~6400K color temperature to its color accuracy in the sRGB color gamut chart, the characteristics are nearly identical to those of the Note 8! In other words, they're top notch!

It’s worth pointing out that we found an improvement with its peak brightness output of 575 nits when it’s in the Adaptive display mode. Beyond that, it exhibits the same qualities! It’s still dazzling to the eyes, thanks to its incredible detail, rich colors, wide viewing angles, and that deep black color AMOLED panels are known for producing. Even more remarkable is how videos get the makeover treatment when the “video enhancer” mode is turned on, as well as watching HDR content on YouTube.

The dual-curved display has been a staple characteristic of Samsung’s flagships, but there’s nothing terrible, new or different here. On one hand, they do add to the phone’s beautiful and uniform aesthetics. And on the other, there’s really no change when using the edge panels, which have been relegated to just another shortcut system of sorts for the phone.

Interface

Still the productivity king

We’re not really going to spend a whole lot of time explaining the experience here, since there’s not a huge overhaul found with it. It is running on top of Android 8.1 Oreo, which presumably will get treated to an update for Android 9.0 in the future. Whatever you want to call it nowadays, Samsung Experience here on the Note 9 doesn’t differ much from what we’ve seen in the S9/S9+ already. Sure, the interface aims for a minimalistic look, but in true Samsung fashion, there’s an assortment of features that cater to power and productivity users. In all honesty, it does more than most Android smartphones – so that alone adds more layers to its arsenal.

The S Pen by itself separates this experience from most other Android smartphones out there. We can’t tell you how many times it becomes a lifesaver when having to sign a PDF document or something, seeing that other phones require you to go through loops in order to do that. Going beyond the advantages of the S Pen, there are a wealth of other features that makes the Note 9’s package so diverse. For one, there’s the enhanced Bixby service at our disposal – offering even more functionality and intelligent actions from initiations with voice commands.

Secondly, there’s no more need for a DeX station or pad to access the phone’s desktop-like experience. All that’s necessary now is a simple USB Type-C to HDMI adapter and voila, you’ll be able to instantly reap all the rewards of the experience. That’s fantastic news, just because there’s no more additional cost beyond purchasing an adapter to unlock this feature – you just connect the Note 9 to a TV or monitor and get right into it!

And lastly, Samsung has made a few tweaks to its AR Emojis, but frankly, it’s still something that’s novel. It may be neat or cool for the first few times, as it seems as though it’s slightly more responsive, but the intrigue is short lived.

As you can probably tell, the experience here with the Note 9 doesn’t introduce anything particularly new that its direct predecessor and recent siblings have brought to the table. You could argue it’s no different from the Note 8, but we can’t stress the fact that the experience is ripe with features and functions for the power user. No other phone offers the same level of utility when it comes to getting stuff done, and with the help of the S Pen, the experience solidifies itself as being one of the most functional out there!

Performance and Memory

Now with up to 512GB of storage

Predictably so, the Note 9 is leveraging the latest and greatest hardware. The US variant will be utilizing the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, while the global version will be siding with Samsung’s own silicon in the Exynos 9810. Our unit features the latter, paired with a generous 6GB of RAM. Whether it’s running some productivity apps, to multi-tasking between a couple of them, the Note 9 certainly exhibits the typical buttery response with any flagship-caliber device.

Over on the gaming side, the Note 9 is undoubtedly equipped in handling graphics processing without any stress. Benchmark tests indicate just that, as well as our own real-world experience playing some graphically intensive games. Frame rates are smooth and retained, which Samsung would probably attest is attributed to the new water carbon cooling system that the phone introduces. However, in our experience playing 3D titles, the Note 9 feels noticeably toasty when it’s being used for long periods of time.

AnTuTu Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 244787
Apple iPhone X 224538
LG G7 ThinQ 239753.5
Samsung Galaxy S9+ 247630
JetStream Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 63.24
Apple iPhone X 218.98
LG G7 ThinQ 88.304
Samsung Galaxy S9+ 60.189
GFXBench Car Chase on-screen Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 26
LG G7 ThinQ 20
Samsung Galaxy S9+ 26
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 56
Apple iPhone X 58.75
LG G7 ThinQ 31.66
Samsung Galaxy S9+ 43
Geekbench 4 single-core Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 3612
Apple iPhone X 4244
LG G7 ThinQ 2439.5
Samsung Galaxy S9+ 3781.66
Geekbench 4 multi-core Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 8927
Apple iPhone X 10401
LG G7 ThinQ 8793
Samsung Galaxy S9+ 8940

Boasting 128GB of internal storage, the Note 9’s capacity is indeed comforting for several reasons – more so when most high-end devices still start out at 64GB. It’s double the starting capacity over the Note 8, which by itself is a notable offering. For those wishing to pay more, Samsung offers the Note 9 with a whopping 512GB of storage, accompanied with 8GB of RAM! Either way, there’s plenty of storage here, especially when there’s a microSD slot for expansion.

Here's a quick breakdown of the two Note 9 storage options and what they cost:

  • $999.99: 128GB storage, 6GB of RAM
  • $1249.99: 512GB storage, 8GB of RAM

Camera

Simply amazing

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Review

It’s common for phones to borrow cameras from their predecessors and then proceed to make refinements. That’s exactly what we’re given here with the Note 9, which not only adopts the dual-camera configuration introduced by the Note 8, but also the variable aperture lens leveraged by the S9/S9+ earlier this year. The end result is actually very similar to the S9+, breaking down to a main, wide-angle 12-megapixel shooter with OIS and a variable aperture – set to f/2.4 for sharper photos when you have good light, but opened wide to f/1.5 at night to capture every snippet of light. Meanwhile, the secondary camera is a telephoto one, with 2x zoom, and it has optical image stabilization as well, which is even more helpful here as the more you zoom in, the easier it is for shaky hands to spoil a photo.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Review
The shooting experience is no different either if you’re accustomed to using the S9+. Photogs will be especially delighted by the vast shooting modes that are available, consisting of panorama, hyperlapse, slow motion, live focus, and a pro mode with manual controls! The only new thing introduced by the Note 9 is the phone’s 'Scene Optimized' mode, which recognizes some 20 different scenes and tweaks them for better-looking results. It detects scenes correctly for the most part, but depending on your preference, you may or may not like the end result – such as the case with foodie shots, which have extra-saturated colors. Luckily, there’s an option to disable the scene optimizer.

Image Quality


Stunning – that word pretty much sums up the camera performance out of the Note 9. Whether you’re a serial sharer on social media or an enthusiast that craves every morsel detail, there’s no denying that the Note 9 covers the range with its impressive performance. It’s noticeable on bright sunny days, as the camera captures stunning-looking images rich in detail, dynamic range, and a little bit of sharpness to give its photos a bit of pop! Even without relying on its live focus mode, the natural level of bokeh produced by the camera is impressive.

Under situations when lighting isn’t ideal, the Note 9's variable aperture kicks in – resulting in some good-looking snapshots. We will admit that the camera is a good performer even when there’s a strong contrast in the scene, retaining details in the shadows, while also toning down the highlights enough to a level that gives the entire shot a neutral exposure. In situations where light is really low, the aperture continues to dial in at f/1.5, but the camera sets longer shutter speeds to let even more light in. Many phones would struggle in such cases due to the potential of blurring, but it’s not too much of a worry with the Note 9 with the stabilization helping out. Sure, details may be softer, but the shots under low light are still usable.


Taking a pic Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec) Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 1.1
1.4
No data
No data
Apple iPhone X 1.3
1.8
No data
No data
LG G7 ThinQ 1.6
2
360
No data
Samsung Galaxy S9+ 1
1.1
No data
No data

Paying attention to the front-facing camera, an 8MP sensor that’s similar to the one in the Note 8 and S9/S9+, it’s well equipped for selfies. Details are good, complemented by a wide angle that’s more than adequate to not only get your face in the shot, but also most of your torso when it’s held at arm’s length. Yes, there is a selfie focus mode as well for that ‘pro’ look, but we find that it’s a little bit aggressive – often softening our face in the process, instead of just the background. It’s good, but not as good as on the Pixel 2/2 XL.

Video Quality


A strong performer with still shots, the Note 9 is equally capable when it comes to recording video as well. Enthusiasts will relish the fact that recording tops out at UHD 3840 x 2160 resolution at 60 FPS. And seriously, it’s incredible how sharp and detailed videos look!

Due to the faster frame rate, we don’t recommend shooting video at UHD 60 FPS during low-lit situations – mainly because details become significantly softer, noisier, and muddy looking. You’ll want to dial back and choose 30 FPS instead, which performs better in such cases – the scene is better exposed and details become slightly more apparent. While there’s an option to control certain parameters of the shot under ‘pro’ mode, not all of them are adjustable once the recording begins – like the ISO, which remains fixed. If there’s one area we’d love Samsung to improve upon, especially with the Note series, it would be offering a true manual mode for video to rival LG’s V-series' offerings.


Just like the S9/S9+ before it, the Note 9 features a useful super slow-mo mode that captures short burst videos at 960 FPS in 720p. This can no doubt produce some neato-looking footage, but details are obviously softened due to the lower resolution and high ISO needed to achieve the framerate. In contrast, the standard slow-motion mode shoots video at 240 FPS, but in 1080p instead. There’s more elbow room at this frame rate because there’s no time restriction, not to mention that shots don't have to be timed perfectly to get the dramatic effect.

Multimedia


Thanks to its dual speaker implementation, one that outputs audio through the ear piece and speaker next to the USB Type-C port, we’re presented with a stereo experience. The quality is good, which at 74.6 dB is just as loud as its predecessor with the Note 8. There are louder, more powerful speaker systems out there, but at least the audio quality is pleasant without any evidence of distortion or shrill tones at the loudest volume setting.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Review

When most smartphones are forgoing the headphone jack, it’s truly remarkable that Samsung continues to be one of the few consistent manufacturers that opt to keep it in its devices – including here with the Note 9. It really makes us wonder what the real reasons are for other manufacturers to not offer it anymore. Considering that the Note 9 is still a pretty svelte smartphone and packs a ton of goodies, it makes it seem as though the competition is just making excuses at this point.

The last piece we want to touch up on is the video-watching experience. Certainly, it’s a visual masterpiece rich with sensory overload, thanks in part to how the Note 9's Super AMOLED panel is just so detailed and rich in color. Solidifying the experience, its support for HDR playback in YouTube is yet another reason why it’s great for multimedia consumption. Aided by its ‘video enhancer’ feature, videos certainly receive a degree of pop in terms of contrast and color saturation.

Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 74.6
Apple iPhone X 76.3
LG G7 ThinQ 81
Samsung Galaxy S9+ 78

Call Quality


Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Review
Accepting phone calls and conducting conversations are no problems for the Note 9. Phone conversations are pleasant, as the earpiece exhibits natural toned voices and ample volume to discern voices in noisy conditions. There’s also an extra volume mode as well that cranks the volume up even more in the event you need it. However, we find the standard volume more than sufficient for our needs.

On the other end of the line, our callers don’t have any issues listening to us. While there’s just a hint of distortion, it’s not enough to negatively affect the overall experience. Using the speakerphone is also a delight here with the Note 9, seeing that voices are relatively discernable and its volume output is strong.

Battery life

Larger battery, longer performance

Samsung ensures that the Note 9 is going to be the longest-lasting in the series, thanks in part to the higher-capacity 4000 mAh battery they managed to fit into its body – versus the 3300 mAh capacity in the Note 8. Although it’s almost tough to notice, the Note 9’s thickness has increased ever so slightly to accommodate this new battery, but something we’d gladly accept knowing its performance.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Review

In our battery benchmark test, the Note 9 no doubt sets the bar high! Specifically, it achieved a mark of 8 hours and 56 minutes from a full charge, which is not only a full hour longer than the Note 8, but also a result better than the S9+'s! Using the phone on a day-to-day basis, it’s equipped to easily get us through a solid one day of heavy usage – with us usually finding it at the 35% level right before bed.

The longevity is appreciated, but it doesn’t end there with the Note 9. For a phone boasting a higher-capacity battery than the Note 8 and S9+, it doesn’t take too long either for it to charge fully. Requiring 109 minutes to go get back to full capacity, that’s very close to the charging times of its esteemed siblings – albeit, it does offer a better charging rate time when you factor in the battery’s higher capacity. Moreover, there’s also the convenience of fast wireless charging as an alternative.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 8h 56 min (Excellent)
Apple iPhone X 8h 41 min (Excellent)
LG G7 ThinQ 6h 32 min (Average)
Samsung Galaxy S9+ 8h 5 min (Excellent)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 109
Apple iPhone X 189
LG G7 ThinQ 107
Samsung Galaxy S9+ 105

Conclusion


Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Review

On the surface, there are several reasons why the Note 9 is a fantastic smartphone. From the sharp photos captured by its camera to its long-lasting battery life, it’s a smartphone that few others can compete against. However, this is the most expensive phone in the series to date with its starting price of $999.99. That’s no chump change there, which like with many other phones in this price range, can be a bit of a stretch for some people. Then again, the Note 9 packs a convincing performance to back its premium cost!

While the Note 9 improves upon its predecessor in many areas, this isn’t the revolutionary device some might have hoped for. Instead, it’s a predictable successive device – in the way that nearly every aspect has been improved or upgraded to make it a meaningful successor. Don’t get us wrong – we appreciate the enhanced S Pen features, the top-notch low-light camera performance, and the engineering marvel that this phone is, but if you’re a Note 8 owner, there’s very little incentive on spending the extra money upgrading. In fact, the core stuff is still there with the Note 8.

Now, don’t let that dissuade you if you're looking for a great-performing smartphone to replace your aging one. The Note 9 certainly has the convincing package to earn our recommendation, but it’s more evolutionary than revolutionary. Many of those qualities are indicative in how it borrows from its sibling and subsequently improves upon them. The dual-camera implementation with variable aperture is just one example of this. Yet, the Note 9 is in a league of its own – partly because of the unprecedented features in tow and how very few others can match it.

Quite frankly, when other manufacturers make excuses why they can’t do this or that, the Note 9 shows us how all is possible! Who said we can’t have a phenomenal-performing smartphone with a headphone jack, a nearly bezel-less display without a notch, a dual-camera with variable aperture, a water-resistant premium design, and the ability to transform into a desktop PC of sorts? The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 shatters those expectations and makes the impossible possible.

Pros

  • Long-lasting battery life
  • Incredible camera performance
  • Double the starting storage capacity at 128GB
  • Enhanced S Pen features
  • Desktop DeX experience without the DeX pad/station
  • Engineering wonder with its design

Cons

  • Most expensive Note to date at $1000
  • Not a huge upgrade over the Note 8

PhoneArena Rating:

9.0

User Rating:

9.4
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94 Comments

2. bucknassty

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

Most feature packed phone for now... while its hard to justify any phone being 1000 this at least gets you closer there.

15. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 639; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Note 9 is probably the best phone on the market right now. Let’s see what iPhone X Plus will be like. Nevertheless, at least for me, Note 9 is no real option as I don’t need the S-Pen. I am very interested in the functionality of Dex though but unfortunately Samsung does not have a real Desktop OS like Apple or Microsoft. The next big step in mobile computing will be running a full desktop OS from your smartphone. As soon as this comes to the market, Apple and Microsoft will have a big advantage. This could actually kill Android as Google has no established desktop OS.

17. bucknassty

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

What about ChromeOS, isn't google working to get this closer with the integration with Android... You also have to take into consideration the use of the device... is anyone really going to use a phone for high resolution video editing? the size of the screen will not allow for detailed review... and programming? how many lines of code can you really look at on a phone? High profile gaming? unless virtual reality games really take off like 'ready player one' movie... then i doubt we need much power in these devices yet.

20. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 639; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

I agree with you that we don’t need a full desktop OS experience on a smartphone screen itself. The screen is simply too small. But like Samsung is doing it already with Dex, the full OS experience could be initiated by plugging your phone into a desktop screen or a dock on your desk. Concerning performance, I believe the full desktop OS experience will work best for office jobs or college/ university students. Basically, the phone needs to be powerful enough to run a feature complete Microsoft Office. Believe me, this would be a real relief for many people on this planet. One device less that you need to purchase and carry around. Maybe even two devices less if you don’t need a tablet anymore. Professionals will still need classic desktops or powerful notebooks for image or video editing. Real gaming will also require a more powerful machine. Coding I cannot really judge.

21. bucknassty

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

Yep, this could have potential cost savings as well... maybe school will only need to provide screens to connect too... that HP windows phone seemed like a perfect device except people want a fun factor on their phone and the windows app store is sorely lacking in that department. Devices like the surface are getting us there... it's only a matter of time. I still need something powerful for my CAD drawings and 3D modeling so we may have sometime before my phone can provide me the power to efficiently render everything smoothly and in a timely fashion.

27. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 639; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Technology is ready for this. We have 128gb - 512gb native storage. 8gb of ram. The processors should be powerful enough to by this year. Unfortunately, neither Google nor Apple are really interested in making it happen. Google is not because they don’t have a real and established desktop OS. Apple isn’t because they rather want to sell you three devices instead of one. My hope is that Microsoft will do it so that Apple is forced to offer it too.

30. bucknassty

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

Yes storage may be getting there but my detailers and myself that run CAD and 3D modeling need desktops with 16 or preferably 32 gb of ram to run the software effectively. The everyday task of data entry and communications should be able to be handled quite easily by phones nowadays so long as people just dont view them as media devices and look to them more as productivity devices. I can't wait for the day to take my phone to a presentation and just hook it in to the projector and use the S-pen to maneuver through the detailed building with ease. it will be like i'm doing something from ironman.

32. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 639; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

I say within 10 years you will be able to do that but I don’t think you will do it with Android. Samsung is still possible but by then, Samsung’s powerhouse will run Microsoft Windows.

39. bucknassty

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

that will be amazing

74. GrosseFatigue

Posts: 186; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Can you change your name, drop the tie maybe

3. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

First review/rating that I agree with.

4. bucknassty

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

And enough with the aesthetics of the phone... its been 2 years since they went to the infinity display... what do you want them to do? notch it??? This design is an ergonomic improvement. You complained for years about the plastic construction so they went with "premium" materials (glass because it allows wireless charge and better reception without the use of antenna lines) This is the perfect combination according to you and yet you say its just rehashed.. no company can get the perfect combination phonearena that includes Apple, Huawei,... so on

5. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1779; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Definitely 9.8 worthy...

7. JMartin22

Posts: 2304; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

For the record, the Note9 is still competing with the iPhone X, not the new version that comes out next month. Simply because the former is using the same hardware that’s already dated 6 months. Apple always has their hardware generation refresh 6 months before Android devices. Therefore, whatever they release next month, will compete with the Galaxy S10; not the Note9. Honestly, people should just wait for the S10 and give this phone a pass. The biggest claim to fame over the Note8 is much better battery life and slightly more refined software optimization. That’s not really worth $1000, considering the anniversary edition of the S10 is going to feature more improvements than the usual year-over-year upgrade. And it’s better to be on the S cycle for real hardware improvement anyway.

28. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 639; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

No. You can also argue that Android OEMs update their hardware 6 months before Apple. You need to compare 2018 phones with phones released in the same year because of available hardware/ technology. In particular a comparison between Note 9 and the 2018 iPhones is necessary because Note 9 is released just one month before the iPhones. Nobody forces Samsung to release its Note 9 with the same processor as its regular galaxy phones.

38. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

To quote Ratchet from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, "This fool is terribly misinformed." "For the record, the Note9 is still competing with the iPhone X, not the new version that comes out next month. Simply because the former is using the same hardware that’s already dated 6 months." The Note 9 is competing with the Note 9. Maybe the X Plus or whatever it's gonna be called because it's ther bigger version of last years' X, but it's the reason why Apple came out with the Plus in the first place. Apple always has their hardware generation refresh 6 months before Android devices. Therefore, whatever they release next month, will compete with the Galaxy S10; not the Note9. "Honestly, people should just wait for the S10 and give this phone a pass. The biggest claim to fame over the Note8 is much better battery life and slightly more refined software optimization." S users are different than Note users. Whoever wants a Note gets a Note & whoever wants an S gets an S. "That’s not really worth $1000, considering the anniversary edition of the S10 is going to feature more improvements than the usual year-over-year upgrade. And it’s better to be on the S cycle for real hardware improvement anyway." See above, plus include the is & has always been a bigger AND BETTER version of the S model that launched 6 months prior.

40. bucknassty

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

People who actually use the S-pen know it's worth... it's not simply an S device with a stylus.... this version enhances the use of the S-pen significantly! Even the screen edges are different on the note line (more square)... I got thrown the the S line when that note 7 debacle happened and I can't wait to get back to the note line. I was waiting on this, but couldn't pass up on getting the S9+ for half off at launch... i'm waiting on a deal now to get the Note 9.

42. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

"I got thrown the the S line when that note 7 debacle happened and I can't wait to get back to the note line." Man, that was the longest year of my mobile life waiting on the Note 8. Anyone who went from the Note 7 to the S7E knows there's a huge difference between the Note and the S line. Hopefully you'll get back in one soon if that's what you want.

44. bucknassty

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

Yeah, i was going to pick up the Note 8 but i bought a house instead... didn't think it would be wise to buy a phone at the same time, but the note line is praised for a reason!!!

68. tedkord

Posts: 16971; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The S7 Edge was awful. One of the worst phones I've ever owned. People who say the Note line is just a bigger Galaxy Sx haven't used both. I don't know why, but the Note always runs smoother and better (by a huge margin vs the S7 Edge.)

78. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

Agree 100%.

62. JMartin22

Posts: 2304; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

You can engage in ad hominem all you. But unless you use the pen and software perks, there’s a reason S devices are a better investment:

83. luis.aag90

Posts: 260; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

Agreed, it used to be different though, at least on the Note 3 & 4 which would carry newer and more powerful chipsets as well as better cameras.

12. jellmoo

Posts: 2521; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

The score seems about right to me. It's pretty much the best phone you can buy right now, hands down. It's also just an iterative improvement over the Note 8 and still has a ridiculous price tag. But in a world of $999 phones it's the best of the bunch. It offers more bang for your buck than the X, and certainly is an infinitely better choice than the laughably priced XZ2P.

13. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3083; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

This is the most worthy android phone in 2018 and in the months to come imo. Loaded with top features that caters to its users but the price makes someone to think twice before anyone would make the purchase. A worthy flagship phone indeed.

14. scarface21173

Posts: 575; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Note 9 a brilliant phone for a niche market.

19. jacure619

Posts: 45; Member since: Aug 16, 2018

The speaker test is wrong. The Note 9 is louder than my Note 8 when I was at tmobile testing it out.

47. Foxgabanna

Posts: 561; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

Well of course it would be since the Note 9 has two speakers.

52. jacure619

Posts: 45; Member since: Aug 16, 2018

According to phonearena it's not.

56. Sagemode87

Posts: 33; Member since: Aug 16, 2018

YouTube tests shows different, Note 9 is much louder. Wouldn't take everything said here as gospel.

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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 512 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh(29h 3G talk time)

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