Mobile Insider – Samsung Galaxy S9 & S9+ Wrap Up

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Back in April 2018 we gave two of our very own Brains Trust,  @ForensicsGuru and @cf4 the new  Samsung Galaxy S9 as well as the Samsung Galaxy S9+ to review. You can go straight to their full reviews that are choc-a-bloc full of photos and videos on how the phones perform, or read on below for a brief summary.

ForensicsGuru (Samsung Galaxy S9+)
Being IT professional, I did what they always do – tried to set up without ever reading any manual etc… It was sort of straightforward, though, convoluted… Why do I need to set up Google and Samsung accounts? OK, I already had a google account, so that was simple… Anyway… After initial setup, I reset to factory and tried to avoid all the “suckers” … Didn’t sign for either Google not Samsung… Guess what – you don’t get much… Updates do not work etc… Guess what again – it is the same with Apple… To get a full functionality, you have to give away your precious personal details

cf4 (Samsung Galaxy S9)
Setup is fairly easy, I installed a Nano SIM and Micro SD card first. I found it very fiddly getting the SIM and Micro SD card to sit in the tray.

Connecting to WiFi Network, signing into Google and restoring backup Apps and Data from another device took about an hour including updating pre-installed apps

Intelligent Scan is a combination of Face recognition and Iris Scanner. It first scans your face. If that fails to unlock the phone, the device then checks your irises. If both fail, Intelligent Scan will try to authenticate your identity using a combination of the two.


ForensicsGuru (Samsung Galaxy S9+)
The camera is fantastic - not as good as my professional grade Nikons, but I would stop lugging them on family holidays, if I could get a proper grip. The pictures I got out of it are brilliant and the range of features is incredible!!!

I have been using Ookla Speedtest and Telstra Dashboard for some of the testing.

Mobile network (always at 4G coverage): unfortunately, I have to say, that iPhone 8+ outperformed Samsung Galaxy S9+ on all download tests by a little bit (2-5 Mbps) and significantly on upload speeds (few times a double!). The best I received was iPhone at my home office, little over 60Mbps down and 43Mbps up, while Samsung did 55.8 up and 23.4 down. Interestingly, Samsung had nearly always better ping time and I struggle to explain that technically…

cf4 (Samsung Galaxy S9)
The Galaxy S9 has the best display I have come across. The colours just seem to pop out of the screen. The edges of the screen are curved which makes it possible to view the display from very low angles. 

The only problem I noticed is when viewing videos in the Stan app and apps were being updated in the background. Every time an up was installed the video paused for a few seconds. This happens on all my android devices and only happens when viewing videos in the Stan app. It does not happen on the Windows Phone.

See view @cf4’s extensive camera review along with his test photos and videos.

ForensicsGuru (Samsung Galaxy S9+)
So the jury is still deliberating... I have iPhone 8+ on lease until October 2019, with an option to replace it in October 2018. iPhone X lost fingerprint that I like and has only facial/retina recognition that I don't trust as yet (same for this Samsung - did not even test it). There are things telling me "move from Apple" and there are things telling me "stay with what you know"...

Anyway, it has been enjoyable time... I still have 7 more days on the prepaid I got for the review and then... Not sure... I'm tempted to sell it - my wife is lo-fi user and it would be overkill for her... I am on contract (see above)…

cf4 (Samsung Galaxy S9)

The Samsung Galaxy S9 is an excellent phone. There are only a few things I disliked about the phone but there are many excellent features that I liked about the phone. I found the performance of the phone was very good. The phone only took 5 seconds to power off and 50 seconds to power back on. Apps and Web pages opened quickly.


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@Ozmoz, get finally over your jealousy fits and accept that I got the opportunity to review the device and believe me I did fair review... It's becoming boring and personal to the point bordering with the rules here...

I am not a fan of Apple!!! Believe me - if there was good W10 based phone I would probably leave Apple...

The amount of bloatware preinstalled on the device is incredible... The Android devices remind me of early Microsoft Windows installations - everything open by default and security/privacy conscious user needs to spend hours and hours looking around to close all the security and privacy loopholes they left open.

Why on Earth do I need to have two different accounts (Samsung and Google) to even start using it? I would understand one, but two??? 

Why on Earth it is relatively simple (just figure out how to get to developer mode and voila) to connect this phone to USB and browse most of the files on it, including some system files etc???

Anyway, this is my last post in regards to this, no matter happens here from now on I am out!

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@ForensicsGuru Heavens sake, I am just replying to your remarks and others. 



What you consider bloatware (And I think in bad taste), is in fact how Samsung out performs its rivals by adding far more options than pure android. And another reason why Samsung are world leader in the Android market.

Level 20: Director

Hey guys, Ebay is having their Ebay Plus Weekend this weekend.


Kicking off on Saturday 23 June and running until Sunday 24 June.


And they will have the Samsung S9 64GB model, mixed colours — price $1,299 now $799 (38% off)


I was looking at getting a Sony Xperia XZ2 for a bit under that price as it was the most i could afford for a good android. But this is definitely a better deal :-)