02-23-2017 03:47 AM
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  1. Fun Human's Avatar
    Hi thanks I know that you can change the tray button arrangement. I mean the volume buttons. Funny I'm migrating photos etc. from my Note 7 as we speak. And aside from being a long time Note user (Since the 3) and preferring the home button and button arrangement. I like this phone much better than the Note 7. It's funny I defected from the Note line when the note 4 was released and got a Motorola Nexus 6 for the screen size. What a dog that phone was (to much top list). The moment the Note 5 was released I sold the paper weight.
    01-31-2017 10:31 AM
  2. thoots's Avatar
    Long time Samsung user here -- I've got an S7 Edge, but I just picked up a Mate 9 this afternoon. Been playing with it for a few hours.

    My situation is pretty simple: I want a big screen, but I ABSOLUTELY DETEST the Samsung "edge." And Samsung seems to be devoted to it, at least with phones available in the US. So, I thought I'd give the Mate 9 a shot.

    I'm happy that I could swap the buttons around to proper Samsung order, and I'll try to live without wireless charging. That's the really big loss for me. Not that I've researched if there are any wireless charging cover options for the Mate 9 yet -- though I looked for Mate 9 cases on Amazon, and nothing like that popped up there.

    So far, things are mostly going OK -- my main beefs so far are about the lock screen, which I just want to do away with completely, and just go to the home screen when I wake the phone. So far, I haven't figured out how to get rid of the ultra-annoying "magazine" message, and having to swipe to get to the home screen. I just don't see any options that say "turn that stuff off."

    Otherwise, I'm pretty impressed with the Mate 9. I'm very happy with the screen and the sound, though it's a bit too early to talk about much else at this point. Oh, and I guess I goofed up on that "factory-installed screen protector" -- I figured that was the kind of protection stuff that you take off of new electronics, so I yanked that off right at the beginning. Oh, well.

    At any rate, for me, it's either the Mate 9 winning the job over the S7 Edge, or it goes back to Best Buy.
    02-11-2017 10:26 PM
  3. thoots's Avatar
    Oh, my! Here's a quick update to my message, above:

    I just managed to get my favorite home and lock screen background installed -- just a basic, medium-to-dark solid blue color. Did I say I was happy with the Mate 9's screen? Oh, my! It's nothing about resolution or clarity or anything like that, but rather brightness and contrast -- the S7 Edge's screen is absolutely luscious, whereas the Mate 9's screen looks utterly washed out and lifeless. I'm now hitting the Play Store to see if there's anything that'll let me adjust the contrast, as that's badly, badly needed!
    02-12-2017 12:07 AM
  4. Dimas de Leon's Avatar
    I'm loving the Mate 9 - I came from an S7 Edge. The only thing I miss is the safety net of the IPxx rating (not that I ever used it), other than that the Mate 9 is the better phone for me. The screen is amazing, it might be a lower resolution on paper but in practice I can't really tell the difference and the extra size is really appreciated. I was never a fan of the curved screen as it just feels like wasted space and made the phone hard to grip. The Mate 9 screen feels gargantuan by comparison and that's a good thing in my book. The sound quality from the internal speakers is leaps and bounds better than the S7, not sure how they've managed to squeeze such a great sound out of such tiny speakers but I continue to be impressed by them.

    Battery life is way better on the Mate 9, now that I've got over the initial 'new phone syndrome' I am able to come home from work with 40% battery left which was just unthinkable with the S7 - it would usually be on its last legs!

    Someone mentioned about avoiding the Mate if you want to use Samsung Smartwatches? All I can say is I've not found that to be the case at all... I've got a Gear S3 that I was using with my S7 previously and it works just the same on my Mate 9. I can even download new watch faces and apps from the Samsung store on the Mate 9 and sync my fitness data to the S Health app on there too.

    The fact it comes with a 3 year warranty and 3 month accidental damage cover is just the icing on the cake!
    3 year warranty from where? I got mine from Bestbuy and I purchased the 2 year geekquad plan for $149. I'm thinking I might cancel it but tell me more about this 3 year warranty and 3 month accidental damage coverage.
    02-12-2017 01:57 AM
  5. stylon69's Avatar
    3 year warranty from where? I got mine from Bestbuy and I purchased the 2 year geekquad plan for $149. I'm thinking I might cancel it but tell me more about this 3 year warranty and 3 month accidental damage coverage.
    Its called "Huawei Gold member VIP service"... It's offered directly by Huawei. Unfortunately for you I think it might be exclusive to European countries. I'm in the UK...
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    02-12-2017 02:56 AM
  6. stylon69's Avatar
    Did a bit of digging and here's the list of countries where you can get the 3 year benefits...
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    02-12-2017 03:02 AM
  7. Gayle Lynn's Avatar
    Pick it up and just touch the ID automatically unlock

    Charging is superfast with incl. Charger.

    There is a charger **** but taking it off or lining it up to place on takes effort or it could take place of wireless

    Screen is similar to an iPhone 6S+ in resolution and clarity.
    02-12-2017 04:22 AM
  8. Dimas de Leon's Avatar
    I have the S7 Edge Blue Coral and it was great for a month or so until that lagged came back. I need to factory reset it once a month/two months, so blah with that. I also got tired of the curved screen.

    I got the Mate 9 just to give a try, thinking I most likely would take it back. I had previously bought the Axon 7 which I really liked, it had the best speakers of any phone I've owned. I was going to keep it but I had trouble sending MMS, T-Mobile nor Axon could figure out why. So I gave the Mate 9 a try and I love it and decided to keep it.

    I love -
    the battery life,
    the screen size,
    it's fast, zero lag and promisses no lag for at least 18 months,
    the little options it has here and there,
    screen to body ratio,
    build quality,
    descent speakers,
    fast charge,
    overall feel in the hand,
    super fast fingerprint scanner,
    camera not better than S7 edge but it'll do,
    picture editing tools,
    no issues with the screen resolution, specially if it helps with battery life,
    screen capture from drop down bar,
    pressing volume down twice to trigger the camera when screen is unlocked,
    all the battery saving options,
    navigation bar switcharoo options,
    I actually like how it looks without a case

    I would not go back to the S7 Edge. I have the S7 edge on JUMP ON DEMAND so I'll definitely try the S8+ when it comes out but I'm very happy with the Mate 9.
    02-12-2017 07:40 AM
  9. anon(5630457)'s Avatar
    I wanted to keep the Mate 9 but T-Mobile doesn't have very good coverage in rural areas, so I returned it and went back to my blue coral S7 edge on Verizon.

    Too bad the Mate 9 doesn't work on Verizon.
    02-12-2017 03:27 PM
  10. thoots's Avatar
    I'm really getting soured on the Mate 9 already. I am THIS CLOSE to boxing it back up and returning it. I would actually be doing that, but I've got a case coming, and I'll give that a shot before I pull the plug. I'm hoping (with very little expectation for a positive outcome) that the case might work like the Samsung flip cases that it resembles -- and when you open the cover, you get straight to the home screen, without further wiping or using fingerprint ID or anything. Here are some other things I have noticed:

    Man, the screen is just SO much worse than the G7Edge screen. And again, it's not about "resolution" at all -- it's about contrast, viewing angles, and all that. It just looks very "washed out" in almost every situation I'd use it. It's not really something I notice when viewing pictures or videos -- which my initial thoughts were based upon -- but rather, by just using the phone, looking at normal text and such. The G7Edge screen is just in an entire different universe. Yes, the Samsung OLED screen is absolutely amazing.

    The other thing I've noticed is how the Mate 9 "buttons" -- the home, back, and open apps buttons -- TAKE UP SCREEN SPACE, whereas they are BELOW THE SCREEN on the G7Edge. And in effect, the screen of the Mate 9 is NO TALLER AT ALL than the G7Edge screen. That wouldn't be the case for "pictures" and "videos," but for apps, there just isn't more screen space with the Mate 9. The Mate 9 does give you a wider screen, so there's room for a bit more text there, but call the extra screen real estate kind of "one-dimensional." In the end, there just isn't enough extra screen space to make the larger phone worth it.

    So, that's where I am now. I've switched my SIM card and my MicroSD card back over to the G7Edge, and the Mate 9 will sit there until the case comes. And I rather expect that within about five minutes, I'll be packing the Mate 9 up and heading back to Best Buy.
    02-12-2017 04:57 PM
  11. aknotts66's Avatar
    i'm doing a trial run of the Mate 9 and comparing to my S7E (Exynos). S7E was to be a backup for my Note 7; however, the S7E has been a daily driver for 8 months now. i'm not a fan of "the S7E curved screen" but i've dealt with it because the S7E was the better option for my needs. (for me) the Mate 9 is a very capable substitute for my Note 7 (withdrawal symptoms, lol) until the Note X is available later this year. the one huge fail (for me) is Google Voice (GV) integration... i can't make calls with my GV number and the option to "choose which number to make a call" is woefully inconsistent and works 2 out of 10 times. if i can't resolve this issue, i'll have to go back to my S7E.
    Did u find any way around the GV problem? Does making calls with hangouts work better or the new Google voice app?
    02-12-2017 08:10 PM
  12. Walchaar6's Avatar
    I say go mate 9
    02-12-2017 09:50 PM
  13. Diehlirious's Avatar
    Def def Mate 9 vote here
    02-14-2017 11:48 AM
  14. stewarta13wsb's Avatar
    Absolutely the Mate 9... possibly until the Note 8
    02-22-2017 03:35 PM
  15. freddyttt's Avatar
    simple really. if you prefer a big BIG phone(screen) as I do go Mate 9. side by side the Edge looks like a toy. if 5x5 screen works go Edge.
    02-23-2017 03:20 AM
  16. Dimas de Leon's Avatar
    I think the OP already made up his mind, and I think I already voted. Still, Mate 9 over S7 Edge, easy.
    02-23-2017 03:47 AM
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