amsung have done it again. The new S9 and S9+ are a little bit of amazing.
On first impressions you might be forgiven for mistaking it for the S8 and S8+. That would be because they use the same basic frame for both phones. The new model though is definitely more hard-wearing, making it harder to break and scuff.
The real feature to look out for though is the impressive new dual aperture camera. This means you can take photos in really low light levels.
And with the fingerprint sensor next to the camera on the back you can open the phone really quickly.
Many of the features are the same as the S8, but that’s not a bad thing when the S8 is such a great model.
- There’s still a good old trusty hole for your headphone jack – for all those of us who have a favourite set of headphones or who haven’t yet invested in a wireless set.
- The same high quality screen resolution and picture quality.
- Just as powerful, fast to use and reliable as we have come to expect of Samsung.
- The same beautiful build quality and feel, with the Gorilla 5 glass front and rear, on an aluminium frame.
The phone is running Android 8 Oreo straight out of the box, and is now set to update faster and more efficiently when new updates become available.
When you long press on an app it opens a mini menu allowing you to quickly access your favourite music playlists or your most used contacts. In fact, there’s bonus menus all over the place, making using the phone even easier to access those all important apps quickly. But don’t think that’s going to make the handset horribly complicated to use, you can just ignore them all if you feel unsure, and just use the phone in the normal kind of way!
One of the new features we think you’ll love, is that the phone learns your brightness preferences in different light conditions, so you won’t need to manually change it quite so often. Plus if you’re someone who likes to fiddle, you can even change the colour balance on the screen to make it exactly how you like it.
As for the difference between the S9 and the S9+, well apart from the physical handset and screen size difference (5.8 inch versus 6.2 inch screen), it is the bigger battery that makes all the difference, meaning a longer life before you need to charge it up again. And if that’s not enough, it also has an extra 2GB of RAM to help your phone run even more efficiently.
We ordered two S9+ handsets when they were released for one of our customers. They were having trouble with their handsets after Microsoft stopped supporting all the software on their Microsoft Lumia XLs. They have been delighted with them. They had been concerned the move from Microsoft to Android would be a big step as the two definitely operate differently but they have found the transition easier to manage than they had expected. So, if you currently have a Microsoft handset, you may find you run into the same problems where apps are no longer fully supported or updated, making some stop working entirely. If that’s the case, it’s certainly worth considering a new handset.
For me personally, the appeal is that you can get the handset in a beautiful lilac colour, but obviously that’s not everyone’s cup of tea. You can also get it in blue, black and grey.