Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus review: Fixing perfection?

What is the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus?

The Galaxy S9 Plus is considered an incremental upgrade to the Galaxy S8 Plus, but that does not mean that the few new features it brings to the table are not worth it. earned money, even if there is not a striking new design to go with them. That said, we can not help thinking that Samsung could have pushed the envelope a little further, instead of relying on some mediocre additions to boost sales. Here is why.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus – Design

The radical transformation of Samsung's series & # 39; S & # 39; Last year was the beginning of a new trend in phone design. While there have been attempts to remove the phones from a thick bezel before, none felt as natural and well thought-out as the implementation of Samsung. For example, the LG G6 felt unfinished with its badly marked screen edges, and Mi Mix 2 of Xiaomi sacrificed functionality forcing you to flip the phone to take a selfie.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 [19659007] However, switching from Samsung to a larger screen in a smaller body really worked. So much so that, while everyone else seems to be idiotically copying the notch of the iPhone X, Samsung has remained virtually the same design we saw last year.

However, there are some changes. The bezel at each end of the screen is now a little thinner, the aluminum is more resistant and the Gorilla Glass 5 that covers the screen is slightly thicker. This last point is key for me: my S8 suffered a screen break simply because I was knocked off my couch on a carpeted floor. The S9 Plus is also heavier and thicker than the previous device, although I challenge anyone to notice it unless you have a ruler and scales by hand.

Possibly, the biggest design rethink is the positioning of the fingerprint scanner. Instead of being placed almost on top of the camera sensor, it is now underneath and, as a result, it is much easier to hit. That said, this is still a pretty poor fingerprint sensor, which requires a remarkable moment to register my digit and take me to the home screen. It is also very small, which means that you will often skip it for a few days until you get used to it.

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The Galaxy S9 Also, it looks and feels great despite the recycled design. I still admire the curved edges of the screen that melt on the aluminum edge, with the glass also curved to fit in the hand. It's a big phone – I would opt for the normal S9 if you want something more pocket – but does not feel as as big as it should be when you have it because of the excellent design. [19659012] The back has a clean look, with a unique Samsung logo accompanied by the new dual camera system and a heart rate sensor. My black unit is an absolute stain magnet, much more than the black iPhone X, picking up dirt and oily residue more than most. Although I believe that the benefits of a drink outweigh the negatives, it is still a problem.

You'll find a dedicated Bixby button below the volume control, with the lock switch on the other side. I do not like the fact that the additional button can only be used with a virtual assistant, I turned it off completely after a day of use, but Bixby is still a big boost for Samsung and I was naive to think that I would not return to the Galaxy. S9 Plus.

Samsung phones have always been full of features, and the Galaxy S9 Plus continues in this line. It has a waterproof body (IP68), a haptic feedback button, microSD slot, QI and PMA wireless charging, and a headphone jack. Yes, the reliable 3.5mm port remains, and you can even get the S9 Plus with a hybrid dual SIM slot if you buy directly from Samsung.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus – Screen

After seeing some poor OLED screens on recent Android phones from LG and Google, it's great to finally have one that lives up to expectations. The AMOLED 18.5: 9 6.2-inch panel contains the same quad-HD + 2560 x 1440 resolution as before, but is now brighter and even more impressive.

The S9 + supports HDR on Netflix and Amazon Prime

The Samsung OLEDs are the best, and this particular panel really shines in the customizations. The default Adaptive mode is excellent, but since I switched to the full AMOLED Cinema option with DCI-P3, I've enjoyed it even more.

I would say that this mode gives the Samsung an aspect that is more iPhone X: it marks a little back with the blue tones and gives a general feeling warmer. I also found it much friendlier in my eyes. There is also a Photo mode that covers the Adobe RGB range and a Basic mode that covers the sRGB scale.

The explosion of color and vitality on this screen is sublime, but sometimes it may seem a bit oversaturated, but it's nothing that can not be fixed with a little tinkering in the settings. The viewing angles are good and the external visibility is excellent, although here you can see the change to blue that is common in OLED.

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There is full support for HDR content of Prime Video and Netflix, plus a brightness mode to give it extra brightness to SDR content. However, I have avoided this, since it almost makes regular YouTube videos also look [bright and bites the battery.