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Samsung Galaxy Note 9

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The ultrapricey Note 9 is one of the year’s best phones. But unless you’re in dire need of an upgrade, the smart move is to wait for what the next iPhone, Pixel and even Galaxy S10 bring.

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9.2Expert Score
The ultrapricey Note 9 is one of the year's best phones. But unless you're in dire need of an upgrade, the smart move is to wait for what the next iPhone, Pixel and even Galaxy S10 bring.
Design
9
Features
9
Performance
9
Camera
9
Battery
10
PROS
  • The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is a big, beautiful phone with top-tier specs including a massive battery and internal storage that starts at 128GB. The new S Pen doubles as a wireless remote for taking long-distance selfies.
CONS
  • It's expensive and offers few real innovations over last year's Note 8. The fingerprint reader is uncomfortably close to the camera.

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  1. WilliamUNC H.

    TLDR;Hardware 9/10 (No issues other than the ridiculously placed, and almost useless Bixby button – more below)Software: 7/10 (Real issues – still bundling bloatware add-ons such as Samsung Pay.)Here is my deal: we live in a world where private data is a business. If I will be trusting companies with private data and they their core business does not revolve around the safe and responsible use of that data I will avoid shipping that data off to them.Enter Bixby – a service Samsung so wants to push on us that there exists it own hardware button on the device. If you choose to not use this service, the button now serves to interrupt you from whatever you attempting to do before you accidentally pushed this button. Its placement is nearly opposite the most widely used button on the device, the lock/home button.It is not easy to disable this functionality, eventually you can, but should you even have to?If it weren’t for this damn Bixby button I would clearly have given this device a 5/5 stars.The corporate decisions to put the button front and center (or even have hardware dedicated to channeling you into using their services) has made me not only regret my purchase but will eventually move away from Samsung.Summary: Samsung should have stayed hardware focused.

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  2. WilliamUNC H.

    TLDR;Hardware 9/10 (No issues other than the ridiculously placed, and almost useless Bixby button – more below)Software: 7/10 (Real issues – still bundling bloatware add-ons such as Samsung Pay.)Here is my deal: we live in a world where private data is a business. If I will be trusting companies with private data and they their core business does not revolve around the safe and responsible use of that data I will avoid shipping that data off to them.Enter Bixby – a service Samsung so wants to push on us that there exists it own hardware button on the device. If you choose to not use this service, the button now serves to interrupt you from whatever you attempting to do before you accidentally pushed this button. Its placement is nearly opposite the most widely used button on the device, the lock/home button.It is not easy to disable this functionality, eventually you can, but should you even have to?If it weren’t for this damn Bixby button I would clearly have given this device a 5/5 stars.The corporate decisions to put the button front and center (or even have hardware dedicated to channeling you into using their services) has made me not only regret my purchase but will eventually move away from Samsung.Summary: Samsung should have stayed hardware focused.

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  3. King

    Very happy with the phone. I am writing this for Verizon customers. The phone is Unlocked, but the Verizon system does not always recognize the IMEI number. I went to the local Verizon store, and the computer would not allow the employee to start the process. I went home, contacted Amazon about the issue, and was set up with a replacement. As I did more research on if even a replacement would work, I found a link on the Verizon Support Site where you can manually enter an IMEI number and it will tell you if it is compatible. I did, and was told my phone was a perfect match. I went back to the store and passed this on to the employee. He tried two more times, both bar code and manually entering the numbers. No luck. He suggested that since the online support site said it was good, maybe dialing *611 and speaking with a tech would help. This was a good suggestion. I explained the situation, gave the tech the IMEI code, and off it went. There were several more steps, one involving the serial number of the SIM Card that would be going in the new phone, but he was able to input the phone in the system. About 25, 30 minutes later, it was all done. I hurried back to cancel the replacement phone. Very good customer service from both Amazon and Verizon. Hope this saves someone else from trying to decide, is it the phone, is it the wireless provider?

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  4. King

    Very happy with the phone. I am writing this for Verizon customers. The phone is Unlocked, but the Verizon system does not always recognize the IMEI number. I went to the local Verizon store, and the computer would not allow the employee to start the process. I went home, contacted Amazon about the issue, and was set up with a replacement. As I did more research on if even a replacement would work, I found a link on the Verizon Support Site where you can manually enter an IMEI number and it will tell you if it is compatible. I did, and was told my phone was a perfect match. I went back to the store and passed this on to the employee. He tried two more times, both bar code and manually entering the numbers. No luck. He suggested that since the online support site said it was good, maybe dialing *611 and speaking with a tech would help. This was a good suggestion. I explained the situation, gave the tech the IMEI code, and off it went. There were several more steps, one involving the serial number of the SIM Card that would be going in the new phone, but he was able to input the phone in the system. About 25, 30 minutes later, it was all done. I hurried back to cancel the replacement phone. Very good customer service from both Amazon and Verizon. Hope this saves someone else from trying to decide, is it the phone, is it the wireless provider?

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  5. mykie G

    Let’s get this out of the way: It’s expensive, I bought the 512GB version (for the 8gb ram); For all of that expense, I wish Samsung would just let us have the choice of what to do with the Bixbi button out of the box instead of having to download BxActions to remap it. Samsung already has our money, funneling customers right into the Samsung revenue stream just seems greedy. Having said all that, none of that is insurmountable, just mildly annoying.I’ve given a lot of the Samsung software features a chance and to be honest there’s more to like than dislike.Launcher: I really miss the Google Feed from my Pixel XL and getting out of the habit of sliding over to the left to access it is tough to break; I just remapped (with BxActions) my Bixbi key to the Google Feed, but am using the Samsung launcher with a nice dark theme. The app drawer, the Samsung calendar, homescreens, all are very nice and smooth.Edge Apps: I just discovered today that you can use the Edge launcher app to have an easily-accessible home row of apps without having to dump out the Home Screen from whatever app you’re in to launch into another app.Gallery: The editing features built into the Gallery app is top-notch and pretty easy to use.S-Pen: This is the reason you buy a Note, and this version of the S-Pen is the best yet; Screen Off-Memo and the accompanying Samsung Notes application is so natural and instinctive to use; Yank out the S-Pen while the screen is off and start writing, everything is auto-saved; gorgeous!Keyboard: I didn’t think anything topped the G-Board, but with a little bit of tweaking to your liking, the Samsung keyboard is phenomenal; I find that it’s far smarter to suggest common words that Gboard, has a nice floating keyboard option for games, and when you pull out your S-Pen, it flips to a very capable handwriting interface…I’ve started using this to take notes which are quickly and accurately transcribed into text in any app.The camera is fast and competent, with LOTS of features…If you spend a lot of time in the camera tweaking settings, this will keep you occupied for a while.Finally there’s Dex mode, which I’ve found to be JUST ABOUT as good a replacement for a desktop machine. Google Docs and Office 365 are present and accounted for and work well, the Chrome browser switches to a tabbed mode in Dex mode, and multi-tasking is adequate, but not perfect. You can even play games with mouse and keyboard! It’s not PERFECT, of course, you’re still running mobile apps, some of which refuse to play nice on a desktop setting, but they work well for the most part, and for my use cases, fulfills 90% of what I need a home desktop for. I haven’t tried any series IDE work or video editing with Dex, but the apps are there, ready to be used.All of this great stuff is wrapped up in a beautiful metal-and-glass package with battery life that lasts all day, a beautiful 6.5″ 1440p screen with the deepest possible blacks and bright, vibrant colors, and stereo speakers that pack a punch in such a small package. Samsung really went all-out on the hardware of this device, and I’m looking forward to making it my main computing platform.

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  6. mykie G

    Let’s get this out of the way: It’s expensive, I bought the 512GB version (for the 8gb ram); For all of that expense, I wish Samsung would just let us have the choice of what to do with the Bixbi button out of the box instead of having to download BxActions to remap it. Samsung already has our money, funneling customers right into the Samsung revenue stream just seems greedy. Having said all that, none of that is insurmountable, just mildly annoying.I’ve given a lot of the Samsung software features a chance and to be honest there’s more to like than dislike.Launcher: I really miss the Google Feed from my Pixel XL and getting out of the habit of sliding over to the left to access it is tough to break; I just remapped (with BxActions) my Bixbi key to the Google Feed, but am using the Samsung launcher with a nice dark theme. The app drawer, the Samsung calendar, homescreens, all are very nice and smooth.Edge Apps: I just discovered today that you can use the Edge launcher app to have an easily-accessible home row of apps without having to dump out the Home Screen from whatever app you’re in to launch into another app.Gallery: The editing features built into the Gallery app is top-notch and pretty easy to use.S-Pen: This is the reason you buy a Note, and this version of the S-Pen is the best yet; Screen Off-Memo and the accompanying Samsung Notes application is so natural and instinctive to use; Yank out the S-Pen while the screen is off and start writing, everything is auto-saved; gorgeous!Keyboard: I didn’t think anything topped the G-Board, but with a little bit of tweaking to your liking, the Samsung keyboard is phenomenal; I find that it’s far smarter to suggest common words that Gboard, has a nice floating keyboard option for games, and when you pull out your S-Pen, it flips to a very capable handwriting interface…I’ve started using this to take notes which are quickly and accurately transcribed into text in any app.The camera is fast and competent, with LOTS of features…If you spend a lot of time in the camera tweaking settings, this will keep you occupied for a while.Finally there’s Dex mode, which I’ve found to be JUST ABOUT as good a replacement for a desktop machine. Google Docs and Office 365 are present and accounted for and work well, the Chrome browser switches to a tabbed mode in Dex mode, and multi-tasking is adequate, but not perfect. You can even play games with mouse and keyboard! It’s not PERFECT, of course, you’re still running mobile apps, some of which refuse to play nice on a desktop setting, but they work well for the most part, and for my use cases, fulfills 90% of what I need a home desktop for. I haven’t tried any series IDE work or video editing with Dex, but the apps are there, ready to be used.All of this great stuff is wrapped up in a beautiful metal-and-glass package with battery life that lasts all day, a beautiful 6.5″ 1440p screen with the deepest possible blacks and bright, vibrant colors, and stereo speakers that pack a punch in such a small package. Samsung really went all-out on the hardware of this device, and I’m looking forward to making it my main computing platform.

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