Tech > Galaxy S9+ - 1/18 model

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The Galaxy S9 and S9+

Tech Specs:

Released January 2018, S9+ came out March 2018
Dimensions - 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm
Weight - 189g
Screen Size - 6.2 in
CPU - Snapdragon 845 / Exynos 9810
RAM - 6GB
Storage - 64 GB or 128GB
Camera - Dual 12mp rear, 8MP front
Battery - 3500 mAh

Colors Available
Lilac Purple
Coral Blue
Midnight Black

The Good

> The storage options are great. The microsd slot can hold up to 400 GB, and you already have 64 GB by default. Back then storage vs today storage is nuts.
> At its release, it had the latest Android operating system, 8.0 Oreo. You can regularly check for updates for the latest model.
> The sound is great. I've played games, movies, music and the speakers by AKG deliver performance.
> This might sound silly, but I finally have a device that can pick up my 5G connection at home. I always had old school modems and having a smart phone that can use 5G makes browsing the internet really fast.
> The extra fast charger wireless dock you can buy is really good if you need to charge your phone in a hurry. I can charge my phone from 10% to full in less than 2 hours.

The Bad

> The accidental touch feature doesn't work too great, at least for me. I can just be holding the phone, and if i tilt it a certain way, my hand hits something and a random app opens.
> I still don't like how phones can get very hot from using the gps. They have to tune the apps to keep the temps down. This is bad especially in the summer time, because if you are driving with the gps for the whole trip, you can kill the battery before you make it home.
> The price for smart phones these days are still insane. I paid $930 for the phone and two years out, the price has dropped a lot. At Best Buy you can buy the phone for 599.99. The phone value has dropped $330 since the release. The S10 and the up coming S20 are coming out, so I kind of expected the prices to change a lot.

 

Overall Experience

I give the phone a 8 out of 10. The things that turn me away from brand new smart phones that are coming out are prices, on top of monthly cell phone bills and contracts. If you don't have the money up front, you can do a 2 year contract which I did. Maybe I am just cheap and don't like to spend money, but cell phone technology is becoming more expensive each year. I enjoyed my experience with the S9+ though. It's fast, has a good battery life, has great storage options, and game play is fun.