Apple competitors haven’t been standing still. Just this week alone Samsung introduce the new Galaxy Note 9, the Galaxy Watch, and Galaxy Home; designed respectively to compete with iPad Pro, Apple Watch, and HomePod. Wait. What? Is that right?
It’s A Duck
My genes and geography mixed sufficiently that I know the difference between a duck and a goose. If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it’s probably a duck. So, toss in a sprinkle of ipso and facto, add a dash of alakazam, Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is a tablet. A tablet with a phone inside.
There was a time, a date that will live in infamy, way back when, back to when Samsung Galaxy Note models were known more for fires and explosions than what a cool, albeit large and bulky, smartphone it was. To save the Note line from disaster after all the fires and bans from airlines and children’s playgrounds, Samsung nixed the Note and waited for the smoke to dissipate.
Enter Galaxy Note 9. I want to say this is yet another competitor for iPhone X but it’s not. Note 9 comes with an ugly forehead and a fat chin and whole holes all over the place. There’s a giant hole for the new S Pen, this time with Bluetooth flavoring built-in.
To be fair, and honest, and some of both, Samsung’s premium Galaxy models are good, even when compared to iPhones, and Note 9 might be the best of all. It’s the biggest of all, but not the biggest smartphone. Note models appeal to a certain kind of smartphone user. First, one who loves big displays. Second, someone who appreciates Android and all the extra applications Samsung throws in for free. Third, Samsung’s cameras are pretty damned good, Note 9 does not appear to be an exception.
This is a packed device. Packed with a big screen, lots of RAM, lots of storage (up to 512GB; with an option for more storage up to 1TB), a built-in S Pen holder, four speakers, Bixby (Samsung’s version of Siri), DeX (which turns it into a desktop Windows-like PC), and biometric scanning to unlock the tablet by scanning face, eyes, or fingerprint (no word yet on whether they actually work this time).
I struggled to find a front facing image on the Samsung Note 9 website.
In almost every bullet point you can stuff into a PowerPoint, Note 9 exceeds iPhone X. Size. Battery. You name it. This is the Prego of smartphones. Oh. Wait. Did I call it a smartphone? Did I compare it to an iPhone? What I meant to say was, “Galaxy Note 9 is a tablet.” Yes, it has a cellphone built-in, but it seems more akin to an iPad Pro. It’s priced like it, too.
A 10.5-inch iPad Pro with 512GB of storage, Wi-Fi and Cellular data access is a mere $1,129. Samsung Galaxy Note 9 starts at $1,250 for the same storage. The iPad Pro’s battery is about 8,000 mAh, and the Note 9’s battery is 4,000-mAh, so there’s that (iPhone X is a measly 2700 mAh). With a silicone case to protect my iPhone X I have some trouble putting it into my pocket, so how will a Samsung Galaxy Note 9 fit?
And what about all those younger humans who have tight jeans? How will they fit a small tablet into their butt pockets without Bendgate for Samsung?
I jest. Here and there.
There was a time a few years ago when I wanted to order a Samsung Galaxy Note, but then got flamed. Not me. The phones. And their owners. On paper, Note 9 is a powerhouse. But like Apple, you can’t even order one until September and Lord only knows when they’ll ship.
Why didn’t Samsung just wait until Apple was ready to announce the new iPhones?