The Galaxy S9 is a bit like the weather report in a sunny state or country: Another boring, beautiful day.
Indeed, the Galaxy S9 is yet another fantastic smartphone from Samsung, but it’s not especially exciting.
The new features Samsung announced at MWC in Barcelona felt like the mundane “waterskiing squirrel” story of a news station that has no news to report. AR Emoji? Waterskiing squirrel. Variable aperture camera? Double backflip waterskiing squirrel.
Still, Samsung made some improvements where it counts, and the S9 is a better phone than its predecessor, the Galaxy S8. Samsung keeps reminding us that it listens to its customers to make improvements, and that clearly shows in the Galaxy S9.
But Samsung is also stubborn with certain things like the Bixby button, which is still unfortunately present on the Galaxy S9.
Check out the new Galaxy S9 from Samsung:
You’ve seen the design before, but it’s still a beautiful phone.
The Galaxy S9 shares the majority of its design with last year’s Galaxy S8, and that’s a great thing. The Galaxy S9 is just as pretty, if not prettier.
You get the sleek curved glass edges on the front and back, and this phone feels absolutely solid to hold and use. Samsung also narrowed down the bezels on the top and bottom of the display ever so slightly compared to the Galaxy S8, and the Galaxy S9 looks even better for it when the screen is on.
Despite the bezels, the Galaxy S9 looks every bit as sleek and modern as the bezel-less iPhone X. It’s one of the best-looking smartphones you can buy.
The S9 is also the most feature-packed smartphone you can buy, and it likely has what you’re looking for.
If there’s something you want that the Galaxy S9 doesn’t have, I’d love to hear it. It’s just about the most feature-packed smartphone you can buy at the moment. It comes with:
– Wireless charging
– Fast charging (no separate accessory purchases required, comes included with the phone)
– Facial recognition
– Iris recognition
– A fingerprint scanner
– A headphone jack
– A heart-rate monitor
– Water resistance
That’s a longer list of hardware than the majority of smartphones on the market these days.
The Galaxy S9’s facial and iris recognition is better than Face ID on the iPhone X.
I was pleasantly surprised to find the Galaxy S9’s facial and iris recognition offered a much better experience than the iPhone X’s Face ID. In the week I used the Galaxy S9, I never had to use my PIN code to unlock the phone. Meanwhile, I constantly had to use my PIN code to unlock the iPhone X when Face ID didn’t work, and it failed far too often for my liking.
Most of the time, I used Samsung’s “Intelligent Scan” feature, which combines facial and iris recognition to unlock the phone, and it works surprisingly well and quickly. And when that didn’t work – which was rare – I simply used the fingerprint sensor on the back, which is also accurate and fast.