Remember back when we used to sit around the campfire, roasting marshmallows and telling ghost stories; back when we could rightfully say that “Samsung is #2. Samsung is #2.” Well, those days are gone.
Today we live on the corner of smartphone Nirvana Avenue and Utopia Place (a cul-de-sac, actually). Our once proud iPhone heritage has been toppled by Android Perfection™ and the only place to get that is One Samsung Boulevard.
If I had enough money– and I don’t— and if I was willing to spend it on my own smartphone design– and I’m not— I could make the world’s most perfect smartphone and get various and sundry tech digital rags to promote it. If I had enough money.
Each year we look to Samsung’s Galaxy S release as the smartphone that will be purchased by the masses and it is clear that the Galaxy S9 Plus will be one of the best smartphones of 2018.
Actually, it’s just every six months. Apple and Samsung play leapfrog with iPhone and Galaxy models. Apple takes home most of the revenue and profits while Samsung buys its way into feature list reviews that cry out, “Nirvana! Utopia! Perfection!” That lasts six months, then gets repeated six months later.
It may be an evolution of the successful Galaxy S8 Plus, but it improves in areas that fans specifically requested, proving that Samsung listens to its customers and is intent on making the best smartphone for everyone.
Apple, of course, is just in it for the money.
This is the first Android smartphone to launch with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor in the US.
Is that the same one that gets creamed in the benchmarks by last year’s iPhone X?
The processor brings the X20 LTE modem supporting 1.2 Gbps wireless network downloads, an improved Bluetooth 5 radio, and more.
Wanna bet there is not a public space in the good old U.S. of A. where a smartphone can download at 1.2 Gbps?
To be fair and honest, there is much to like about Samsung’s new Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus models because they up the hardware game a few notches while Apple settled on a single Notch for iPhone X.
The iris scanner is positioned above the display and is a very secure system for a variety of applications. Samsung’s new Intelligent Scan system pairs the iris scanner with the facial recognition system in order to help you unlock your phone quicker with a trade-off in the level of security.
Alright, which is it? I don’t think it’s both.
“A very secure system” for “a trade-off in the level of security?” Color me confused. But I haven’t seen too many YouTube videos or reviews which compare how long it takes to open a new Galaxy smartphone compared to an iPhone 8 or iPhone X? And wasn’t it just last year when all the critics were howling that the fingerprint scanner had to live on the backside?
Samsung has been great at providing regular Android security updates, but don’t buy a Samsung Galaxy if you want to always have the latest version of Android.
Because you’re likely to be stuck with it for awhile?
Regardless of my Friday Snark™, the hardware specifications look good, Samsung style, and Miller goes into more detail on software that Samsung uses to differentiate itself from other smartphones at half the price that also run the same version of Android.
It is going to be a difficult decision next week when it hits my local T-Mobile store as there is not a single lacking function or feature in the S9 Plus. The Apple iPhone X also strikes a nearly perfect balance, especially with the iOS app experience. Another week or two of using the S9 Plus will help me make an informed decision.
I wish Apple would buy an iPhone X for me.
People often choose the Apple iPhone because of the Apple ecosystem, but its important to also realize there is a competing Samsung ecosystem.
No it doesn’t. But I digress. As much as Miller’s review was positive, not all reviewers were paid the same or drove down the same street. Malcolm Owen and others called the new Galaxy line “predictable” and “plagued by ‘creepy‘ AR emoji, and security lapses.
How good can these Galaxy models be? They still have chins and foreheads from yesteryear and no Notch. Perfection? Meh.