Samsung Galaxy S9 Review
Samsung Galaxy S9 Review

– [Mr. Mobile] Can we
be real for a second? In a world where companies
are adding keyboards, rumble packs, even lasers
to their smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S9 seems a little dull. And it’s not just looks,
for a lot less money you can get 90% of the experience by buying last year’s Galaxy S8 instead. So whether you should
splurge on the new one is gonna depend mostly on how old your current phone is
and how much you care about a camera that
doubles as a time machine. I’m Mr. Mobile, and let’s figure it out in the Galaxy S9 review
brought to you by Tech21. (upbeat music) If you’ve ever said “don’t
fix what ain’t broken” and meant it, well the Galaxy
S9 is the phone for you. Glass and metal, water resistant design, a bright, color-accurate display with curved sides and narrow bezels, convenient features like dual-mode wireless charging and a headphone jack. Inconvenient features
like a Bixby assistant button right next to the volume rocker. And yes, top-shelf specs
befitting a top-tier phone. Look, it’s not just jaded tech reviewers tired of the same old, same old, this really is a minor
step up from the S8. Before we hit the big stuff, though, I do wanna call out my favorite minor fix. The fingerprint sensor
isn’t just better positioned than last year, it learns your fingerprint faster than anything else out there. It’s quick to unlock, too, and it’s a great shortcut to the notification tray. The alternative login
option, iris scanning with a fallback to face
unlock, is speedy for now, I like it, but I worry
it’ll slow down over time as it did on the S8 and Note 8. Speaking of slowing down, every year Samsung gets a little bit better at keeping its software sprightly. The S9 comes the closest yet to something like Google’s Pixel, but
that also serves to highlight these annoyances that
have persisted for years. The occasional hiccup when you swipe over to the leftmost home
screen, the slightly manic animation of the app
switcher, plus there’s the duplication of features
that comes any time a manufacturer pushes its own
ecosystem on top of Android. You get two app stores on Samsung phones, two sets of user data between your Google and Samsung accounts. Anyone coming from a more
streamlined experience like the Pixel 2 or, yeah,
the iPhone, will probably find this more complex
than what they’re used to. Of course sometimes complexity leads to a commendable leap in quality. Take the camera here, I only
had access to the S9 Plus for this review, but the primary cameras between the two sizes are the same. The only thing the Plus adds is this secondary shooter
with a telephoto lens. A word on that, it’s supposed to give you higher quality zoom, but it
only works in favorable lighting because its sensor still isn’t
as good as the main cameras, so the upshot is that when
you press the zoom button, the phone often does not
use the telephoto camera at all because it can get a better shot by cropping the main
sensor’s image instead. This is the same way the
iPhone handles things. So if you really want the smaller S9, you should worry more
about the battery life you’re sacrificing then
losing that second lens. I’ll come back to that in a second, first how ’bout that primary camera? You’ve gotta give Samsung’s
engineers credit here, it’s the only modern smartphone shooter with a variable aperture. Aperture is like your
camera’s pupil, okay? It’s the opening that allows
light to hit the sensor, and Samsung gave this camera the widest aperture you
can find on a phone, that means at night the
S9 can pull in more light than most of the
competition, and once it puts the captured image
through some processing, it can put out some very
nice low-light photos. Now here’s the clever
part, because you don’t always want an aperture that big, the S9 uses mechanical shutter blades to physically obscure the outer portion of the lens in brighter settings, stopping it down from f1.5 to f2.4. The result is a camera
suitable for day or night, and I’ve taken a few shots
I’m quite happy with. So will the S9 be replacing the Google Pixel 2 I keep in my other pocket? No. See what Google’s camera
lacks in fancy hardware, it makes up for with
incredible processing, and shooting side-by-side with the S9, most of the time I preferred
the Pixel 2’s pics. Yes it oversaturates a
bit in daylight shots, but in low-light or situations
with weird lighting, like in a bar or my studio,
it was Google’s phone that kept things sharper, the
colors closer to authentic, while the Galaxy S9 was more likely to produce a soft shot that ran way warm. And that’s true on the selfie side too. Samsung seems to have spent
more effort on AR Emoji and other cutesy cruft than on making any meaningful improvements
to the front-facing camera, and side note if you’ve ever wondered how raggedy you can look
after a week in Barcelona and eight hours scripting
a review, here you go. But the S9 punches back against the Pixel with raw hardware power that you just can’t find on last year’s phones. That lets the S9 do
two really cool things, first, you can shoot video in 4K HDR, which is predictably beautiful
and also quite steady thanks to the very good
optical image stabilization, and secondly, if you really
want your brain blown, swipe on over to super slow-mo, hit that toggle, and welcome to warp zone. The framerate jumps from 30 up to 960 FPS to stretch 0.2 seconds into six, giving you a glimpse into
moments that otherwise pass too quickly to notice, and also some moments that maybe
you’d prefer to forget. Now there’s caveats galore with this, you need an awful lot
of light for it to work, the focus is finicky and you’re
limited to 720p resolution. That leaves room for Sony to
catch up later in the year, but Samsung’s is so far, the only one with a motion-activated trigger mode. So for now, it’s both
easier and more fun to use. For all the special features
the S9 brings to the camera, when it comes to the battery,
it’s sadly quite average. Even with the larger
capacity on the Plus model, I found myself hitting the
20% mark before bedtime on several nights, and because my day won’t be quite like yours, here’s all the apps and services that were burning through that battery on a typical day. Eagle-eyed viewers will
spot a lot of voice calls in here, and the S9 is great at them. With excellent noise-canceling,
even in windy weather and very clear calls
over T-Mobile’s VoLTE. It’s a shame the phone doesn’t put its new dual-speaker array to
use for those, though. While media will play through both the earpiece and the bottom port, speakerphone calls only
make use of the latter. Anyway, let’s bring it home by coming back to the battery, it’s not
bad, but it’s not great, especially since endurance
degrades over time. And if you go for the smaller S9 with its smaller power
pack, you’ll want to think about installing a dark
theme and maybe turning off always on display to
penny-pinch your milliamps. If the Galaxy S9 were a Radiohead song, it would be No Surprises. It packs the upgrades you expect and a camera that pushes
boundaries, yes, but overall, it’s emblematic of the
kind of safe iteration that has people holding
onto phones for longer. In a world where year over
year, smartphone shipments just fell for the first time in history. Still, if you love your Samsung,
and have an S7 or older, it’s absolutely a worthy step up, and it’s available for pre-order now, with prices ranging from $720 to $915, depending on model and your carrier. If you want something more affordable, there’s no shortage of
fantastic options out there, and I’ve covered a lot of them on the Mr. Mobile YouTube channel, but if you want a smartphone that checks as many boxes as an Android can, the Galaxy S9 is the Samsung for you. And don’t act like you didn’t see the smudges and scratches
on mine after just a week. To keep your S9 looking as perfect as the day you unbox it, pick up a case from today’s sponsor, Tech21
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the description below. Let me know what else you wanna know about the Galaxy S9 down
in the comments, folks, hit up Android Central’s
review for more detail, and please do subscribe to The Mr. Mobile here on the Tube so you don’t miss more S9 videos coming soon. Until next time, thanks for watching and stay mobile, my friends.

56 thoughts on “Samsung Galaxy S9 Review”

  1. MrMobile [Michael Fisher] says:

    [CORRECTION] While the Galaxy S9 video camera records in 4K, it does not currently offer 4K HDR recording. The Snapdragon 845 supports the feature, but Samsung has not enabled it for the S9. MrMobile regrets the error.

  2. Prince Jaq says:

    Yes, pennypinch those milliamps!

  3. largon 03 says:

    s9 the best phone ever. watching from my s9+..

  4. YourTechGuy says:

    It has the best camera tho, good for me who is never gonna own it

  5. comment says:

    How does the camera compare to the latest iPhones? I'm still trying to figure out which to get

  6. Salty Memer Boi says:

    I hate it when they put S9 in the title and talks about S9+

  7. Kieran Dempsey says:

    I have the samsung s9 but I don't like it and I really want iphone 8 plus

  8. Shiv Kapoor says:

    Can we be real tho….why would i need a laser or rumble pack on my phone

  9. Durant35fan KD35 says:

    I’m not sure, what do you think, using S6 edge and upgrading to S9?

  10. Mirel Dan says:

    you say is s9, but….is s 9 fuking plus, re… is not a rewiew, is a joke

  11. Francisco Blanco says:

    Amazing device but the battery drain is unbearable specially in the Exynos models. I had to return mine for that reason. Sad because the display and performance are stellar

  12. Janu904 says:

    Super quality, Phenomenal Review, You sound like one of the Animal planet narrator, Loved the high quality review and video

  13. Mr.kevin not home says:

    I'm good with my S8+

  14. Evelyn Story says:

    Since when did you become friends with Captain Picard?!?

  15. sincerly_ kai says:

    So is an S9 better than iPhone X?

  16. Zade Muhammad says:

    Still using the Pixel 1 XL

  17. COD4 says:

    The only thing that I don't like is the camera, horrible.

  18. abel carreon says:

    I need a new phone and I want the best Samsung phone there is at the moment. Would this phone be it?

  19. K056 Wils says:

    Which metal is used to make it. For example aluminum. Thank you.

  20. Butch Newell says:

    Does the S9 display seem to susceptible to red or pink screen, and screen burn in. My S8 has both problems, plus a cracked screen. Was thinking about upgrading.

  21. David Martrano says:

    Great review, I had the s7edge, s8+ now the s9+ and luv it. I waited for black Friday with Verizon had a 24hr sale & got it for 529.00. A great deal. Turned around & sold my 8+ for 400.00, how'd I do?

  22. Ali AlRassam says:

    No thanks, I will stick with my beloved S7 edge

  23. Jesse James Panao says:

    I think were both using the same theme.. 😁😁😁

  24. Feral JC says:


  25. 33 Savage says:

    I only have the s9 because the s8 wasn't available lmfao

  26. Rhysof Nudon Talisic says:

    What was your lock screen and home screen wallpapers?

  27. Oliver Hammer says:

    Got an ad for Samsung Galaxy S9 on this

  28. rajos says:

    Samsung never provide customer service and phones only good for few months. Avoid please I purchased s7 which works for 13 months and s8 only 8 months but when I sent it for repair they email the repair charges

  29. Michael Proctor says:

    Much better than s8. Had both phones. For longevity and when your memory is very full the s9+ performs much better than s8.

  30. Baba ChomuLol says:

    Instead OnePlus 6 is better than so in dynamic range in camera

  31. Alexei Jeffreys says:

    Got my Samsung g9 Yesterday! πŸ˜€

  32. Najmul BD says:

    Please review blackberry evolve x

  33. Andrew Robey says:

    Does the s9 have edge panels

  34. karteek c says:

    You just reviewed S9+ not the S9. It's not the same camera.

  35. 928M views says:

    Nice style

  36. sparsh gupta says:

    5:54 amazing

  37. Megat Iskandar says:

    the radiohead part lol i don't see it coming 🀣🀣

  38. Hull Style Produtions Change the World says:

    Michael you are wrong. I have in my experience the s9 blow's away the s8. In almost every way possible is better

  39. D. Ritzer says:

    one year later and look where we are now with the s10 series

  40. Nestor Espiritu says:

    Samsung, the Motion Panorama and Pro mode in video recording are gone after the android pie update. Pls bring it back. We love these camera features very much.

  41. Steam Pile says:

    Despite Bixby being next to the volume button and cant be disabled and the keyboard that cant handle 3 letters a second without skipping them, Than the phone isn't that bad.

  42. Anon Moose says:

    Back when the Pixel was the benchmark for software polish and fluidity

  43. Lucia Yakubu says:

    Just a quick question. Why do some S8/S8+ come with the "Galaxy S8/S8+" logo and some S9/S9+ come with the "Galaxy S9/S9+" logo at the back of the phone and some don't?

  44. Reptiles Cottage says:

    7:16 leaked phone number!!

  45. nural 20xx says:

    Dont buy the Bluetooth dosnt work

  46. Trevan Lott says:

    Dude, S9 and S9+…two different devices. Titles that are misleading are the number one reason why I don't revisit channels.

  47. FLICKPASS says:

    Reviewed S9. Subscribed.

  48. Shatadal Mandal says:

    A true lover of best quality phones like this πŸ”₯

  49. Rasha Al-Edilbi says:

    Watching this from my s9+ 😁

  50. gaming with losky says:

    This phone is dope.. But cant afford that phone. At the moment

  51. leon jones says:

    I realized they increased the onboard storage, but is there an option for adoptable storage from the microSD card. This is the only complaint I have about my S7, and yes I have tried the adoptable storage hack to no avail.

  52. charlie2006a _ says:

    What theme is that background?

  53. Dylan Power says:

    Why would u want a smaller aperture during the day.

  54. Joyjeet Paul says:

    Is it still worthy in August 2019 ?

  55. Eddie Marohl says:

    Man compared my phone the battery looks heavenly

  56. TheEnd says:

    The most easily broken phone ever

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