Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Review

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Although the Galaxy Note 9 has been out for some time now, and a lot of people should already own one. This is just me as a Samsung fan wanting to write about it.

There’s no way  I’ll let 2018 pass without talking about this phablet, so let’s get to it.

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Key Specifications

  • Android Oreo 8.1
  • 6.4 inch 2960 x 1440 Super AMOLED, 516ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or Samsung Exynos 9810
  • Adreno 630 or Mali-G72 MP18
  • 6GB RAM / 128GB ROM or 8GB RAM / 512GB ROM
  • 12MP dual cameras and 8MP front facing camera
  • 802.11ac WiFi
  • 4G LTE
  • Dual Nano SIM option
  • GPS
  • NFC
  • 4000mAh battery
  • IP68 waterproof
  • 161.2 x 76.4 x 9 mm
  • 205g

Design

One obvious thing about this phone on the first look is that it is really big, no doubt about that. Large screens are usually what everyone wants now and this phone has it.

A 6.4 inch screen is superb I must say and the bezels have been slimmed down a little more, compared to the Note 8.

It comes in different colors like the Midnight Black, Ocean Blue (with a yellow S-Pen) and Lavender Purple. As a lover of dark colors, I’d definitely go for the Midnight Black.

At a weight of 205g it might feel premium (or heavy from what I’ve read by some people), this phone comes packed with a 4000mAh battery so it’s understandable that it is heavy to serve you for really long hours.

Unlike most phones though, the Note 9 does not come with a notch, but it still looks great. Just to show that notches are not needed to make phones look great. Samsung has stock with this and it still works. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it right?

Processor and Memory Storage

With a Main Processor Frequency of 2.8 GHz the Note 9 comes in two variants for different markets. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor is available to many countries while the Exynos 8910 is available to the United Kingdom and others.

There is a 6GB RAM / 128GB ROM version and an 8GB RAM / 512GB ROM version which is obviously more expensive. Both versions can be expanded with an SD card to up 512GB which means you’re technically having 1TB on the 8GB RAM / 512 ROM version.

From what I’ve learnt online, this phone is great when it comes to performance. The speed is great when compared to phones like the OnePlus 6 and the Pixel 2 XL.

Getting things done with this phone is fast. When it comes to speed, you can definitely count on the Note 9, trust me, the internet doesn’t lie.

Screen

Displays have been really great on Samsung devices and the Note 9 is no different. The 2960 x 1440 super AMOLED screen gives you that stunning display filled with details, brightness and sharpness.

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6.4 inch of screen size is another way of Samsung saying we can do better and we have done better. Good job, Samsung.

Connectivity and Audio

With this phone, you get 4G LTE, wireless charging, fast charging, waterproofing and NFC.

NFC is a short-range high frequency wireless communication technology that enables the exchange of data between devices over about a 10 cm distance. NFC is an upgrade of the existing proximity card standard (RFID) that combines the interface of a smartcard and a reader into a single device.

The speakers are high quality with stereo and extra volume boost.

Voice calls come super clear, you get your 4G network for fast internet and very fast face unlock and iris scanning.

The S-Pen

My first experience with the S-Pen was with the Samsung Note 8 (no, not the recent one, it was the 2013 version lol). I loved it, made a lot of drawings on the phone and took notes in class. I still have the phone but eh it’s still good *cries on the inside*.

Anyways, the new and improved S-Pen comes with Bluetooth which can be used for taking photos (or selfies) remotely.

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Charging the S-Pen takes just 40 seconds and you can use it for all sorts of actions for as long as 30 minutes.

Don’t worry though, you still get your normal S-Pen features when it’s “dead”. You should be able to write notes when you pull out the S-Pen on a locked phone.

Hovering over menus should display a quick description of the actions you can take as well.

If you’re like me that writes random stuff down all the time, the S-Pen is for you. Keep those ideas on paper, the paper on your phone.

Selfie lovers will love the S-Pen too, get your group pictures without fear of dropping your phone.

Cameras

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The Note 9 has a dual camera setup at the back, you get 12 Megapixels f/1.5 – 2.4 lens (which is the main rear camera) and another 12 Megapixels f/2.4 lens (for optical zoom and depth sensing).

On the front you have an 8 Megapixel f/1.7 lens. Cameras on this phone have new technology that detects flaws and optimize your screen. It selects the best scene mode for a shot.

Images taken with this phone are stunning and the display is crisp.

Battery

A phone packed with a 4000mAh battery is ideal for any kind of activity.

I once used a phone with a 4000mAh battery and I was able to go a full day without charging. I wasn’t really using it that day but when I had the chance to, I did, heavily.

The Note 9 should be able to handle that even in a better way, you know Samsung always have a way to make normal better.

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Light users should be able to forget about charging for a while.

Price

The Galaxy Note 9 128GB / 6GB RAM model goes for $660 (Get it on Amazon) and the 512GB / 8GB RAM version goes for $925 (Get it on Amazon).

Yeah, that’s a lot. But this is a really powerful device and it’s worth it.

Conclusion

I’ve always loved Samsung products (I must have said that a lot by now) and this phone is no exception. Hopefully it will be getting an Android 9 update.

This phone has a lot of features, and I would really recommend it to those that know how to use the fantastic features.  It is also very powerful, so as much as I’d hate to say this, it should not be in the hands of those that don’t know the greatness of it.

But hey, if you want it, you should go have it. Don’t let some random guy on the internet tell you what to do with your money.


Okay guys, that is it for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 review. Please leave any questions you may have and let me know in the comments if you already own one and what you like about it.

See you next time.

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