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  1. raptorstv's Avatar
    I am coming from only iPhone 6 and just placed a preorder for the Galaxy S9+. I chose the S9+ because it's still a narrow phone overall, so the larger screen seems like a necessity to enhance video watching experience.

    I am, however, concerned about the size and weight of the device. Does anyone ever find that the S8+ to be too big? The S9+ is actually going to be heavier than the S8+ too.
    Gray Area likes this.
    02-27-2018 11:30 AM
  2. VW Maverick's Avatar
    I found the S8 Plus to be perfect for my use.
    The S9 Plus is 1 mm bigger and will weigh slightly more.
    Go to a store and hold the S8 Plus which will give you a very close ideal of the upcoming 9.

    Mav.
    02-27-2018 11:56 AM
  3. Almeuit's Avatar
    Why did you have the iPhone 6? Price? Size? etc.?

    i ask because if you didn't like the iPhone 6 Plus then you most likely won't like the plus size of the S9.
    hasasimo, chanchan05 and Gray Area like this.
    02-27-2018 12:27 PM
  4. tuckertje01's Avatar
    I'm a female with small hands and my S8+ is perfect for me, feels good and easy to handle.
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    02-27-2018 12:48 PM
  5. tube517's Avatar
    I'm used to phablets/big screens so the S8+ is actually thinner than what I'm used to. It's a great phone, though. I have had no issues with it.
    02-27-2018 01:04 PM
  6. hasasimo's Avatar
    YES, it is too big in my opinion. I'm 6'1" with proportionate hands. I've owned huge phones like the Lumia 1500 and currently own a Note8. Just because you can do most tasks with one hand on a big phone doesn't mean it's the most ideal or comfortable experience.

    Keep in mind: It's not just about the width or height of the phone, how thick the device is factors-in as well. You should be looking at the overall volume of the phone to decide if it's the right size for you, not just individual height and width measurements.

    The S8+ is not the most accurate measure of how the S9+ will feel. The S9+ will feel larger in the hand than the S8+, and is about as much smaller than the Note8 as it is larger than the S8+.

    The increase in thickness to 8.5mm puts it just about on par with the Note8.

    Likewise, the S9 will feel appreciably bigger in the hand than the S8, commensurate with an increase in both width and thickness.

    My Note8 had freezing problems, so for the past several months I've been using a Nokia 8. It made me realize how much I missed phones that thin and generally comfortable to hold and use with one hand.

    I found the S8 to feel a bit small and the Nokia 8 just about perfect. The S9 will be closer in volume to the Nokia 8 than to the S8.

    For these reasons, I'm going with the S9. I took the liberty of calculating the overall volume of all the phones mentioned in this post to give you an idea of how large they'll feel with one-handed use.

    Here's how they rank (in cubic millimeters):

    1. Note8 - 104533
    2. S9 Plus - 99176.13
    3. S8 Plus - 94829.13
    4. Nokia 8 - 88207.845
    5. S9 - 86249.415
    6. S8 - 81120.72
    7. iPhone 6 - 63843.63

    I, personally, would find the S8 Plus's volume to be on the max end of acceptable for one-handed use. If the S9 Plus was the exact same size as the S8 Plus, I might have gone with that. But my experience with the Note8 tells me the S9's volume is much closer to that ideal in-hand look and feel.

    Whatever you decide, hopefully the measurements in this post help.

    *EDIT: Added the iPhone 6's volume for the OP. One more thing to note, You're already getting a 5.8-inch display with the regular S9... we used to need huge phones for that display size. That's no longer the case with bezel-less displays. You're already getting a huge increase in display size over the iPhone 6 with the regular S9.
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    02-27-2018 02:43 PM
  7. raptorstv's Avatar
    YES, it is too big in my opinion. I'm 6'1" with proportionate hands. I've owned huge phones like the Lumia 1500 and currently own a Note8. Just because you can do most tasks with one hand on a big phone doesn't mean it's the most ideal or comfortable experience.

    Keep in mind: It's not just about the width or height of the phone, how thick the device is factors-in as well. You should be looking at the overall volume of the phone to decide if it's the right size for you, not just individual height and width measurements.

    The S8+ is not the most accurate measure of how the S9+ will feel. The S9+ will feel larger in the hand than the S8+, and is about as much smaller than the Note8 as it is larger than the S8+.

    The increase in thickness to 8.5mm puts it just about on par with the Note8.

    Likewise, the S9 will feel appreciably bigger in the hand than the S8, commensurate with an increase in both width and thickness.

    My Note8 had freezing problems, so for the past several months I've been using a Nokia 8. It made me realize how much I missed phones that thin and generally comfortable to hold and use with one hand.

    I found the S8 to feel a bit small and the Nokia 8 just about perfect. The S9 will be closer in volume to the Nokia 8 than to the S8.

    For these reasons, I'm going with the S9. I took the liberty of calculating the overall volume of all the phones mentioned in this post to give you an idea of how large they'll feel with one-handed use.

    Here's how they rank (in cubic millimeters):

    1. Note8 - 104533
    2. S9 Plus - 99176.13
    3. S8 Plus - 94829.13
    4. Nokia 8 - 88207.845
    5. S9 - 86249.415
    6. S8 - 81120.72
    7. iPhone 6 - 63843.63

    I, personally, would find the S8 Plus's volume to be on the max end of acceptable for one-handed use. If the S9 Plus was the exact same size as the S8 Plus, I might have gone with that. But my experience with the Note8 tells me the S9's volume is much closer to that ideal in-hand look and feel.

    Whatever you decide, hopefully the measurements in this post help.

    *EDIT: Added the iPhone 6's volume for the OP. One more thing to note, You're already getting a 5.8-inch display with the regular S9... we used to need huge phones for that display size. That's no longer the case with bezel-less displays. You're already getting a huge increase in display size over the iPhone 6 with the regular S9.
    I could care less about the increase from 4GB of RAM to 6GB of RAM, but what exactly am I going to miss with not having the dual camera?
    02-27-2018 03:34 PM
  8. hasasimo's Avatar
    I could care less about the increase from 4GB of RAM to 6GB of RAM, but what exactly am I going to miss with not having the dual camera?
    Good question, I've been doing some research on that myself.

    Basically, you'll only miss 2X optical zoom. I never really used it much on the Note8. There's also no "Live Focus" which will create a bokeh (portrait mode) effect using the 2nd camera. But the S9 apparently will still do that without the 2nd telephoto lens.

    Check this link, they compare the two bokeh effects and here's what they say:
    The smaller Galaxy S9 doesn’t have dual rear cameras, and that means it can’t take advantage of the Live Focus mode introduced in the Galaxy Note 8, which creates depth-of-field bokeh effects. But both the S9 and S9+ do have the f/1.5 aperture mode, and this setting delivers some nice bokeh with just a single camera.

    Check out the 3:15 mark in the video to see the natural bokeh effect produced by the f/1.5 aperture, and then compare that effect to how Live Focus on the S9+ performs at the 11:06 mark. We prefer the image shot with the single lens, as Live Focus (and competing technologies from other companies) still can’t match real-world bokeh in terms of distinguishing what should and shouldn’t be blurred.

    https://www.pcworld.com/article/3257...mera-test.html
    02-27-2018 03:57 PM
  9. rushmore's Avatar
    Good question, I've been doing some research on that myself.

    Basically, you'll only miss 2X optical zoom. I never really used it much on the Note8. There's also no "Live Focus" which will create a bokeh (portrait mode) effect using the 2nd camera. But the S9 apparently will still do that without the 2nd telephoto lens.

    Check this link, they compare the two bokeh effects and here's what they say:
    ............... What's makes this different from the 8+? Ask the question then as well?
    02-28-2018 08:33 AM
  10. hasasimo's Avatar
    ............... What's makes this different from the 8+? Ask the question then as well?
    You mean in terms of camera performance?
    02-28-2018 11:32 AM
  11. Maknora's Avatar
    Too heavy actually
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    02-28-2018 11:40 AM
  12. richv77's Avatar
    I could care less about the increase from 4GB of RAM to 6GB of RAM, but what exactly am I going to miss with not having the dual camera?
    What will I miss by not having that extra 2 GB of RAM on the S9?

    -Rich
    02-28-2018 01:20 PM
  13. hasasimo's Avatar
    What will I miss by not having that extra 2 GB of RAM on the S9?

    -Rich
    Remains to be seen I think. I'm disappointed in the less RAM, but many in this forum seem to think it makes no real world difference.

    It's possible the extra RAM mainly aids in the function of the extra camera (telephoto lens), as with the Note8. At least that's what a few hands-on videos have suggested.

    My Nokia 8 is running on the SD835 with 4GB RAM and is every bit as snappy as my Note8. But it's also running stock Android.
    02-28-2018 01:44 PM
  14. richv77's Avatar
    Remains to be seen I think. I'm disappointed in the less RAM, but many in this forum seem to think it makes no real world difference.

    It's possible the extra RAM mainly aids in the function of the extra camera (telephoto lens), as with the Note8. At least that's what a few hands-on videos have suggested.

    My Nokia 8 is running on the SD835 with 4GB RAM and is every bit as snappy as my Note8. But it's also running stock Android.
    My Pixel 2 runs as smooth as butter with 4 GB of RAM but that might not be the case with the S9 after the break-in period. I owned the S8 as well and experienced the occasional lag as most other people have as well.

    Thanks.

    -Rich
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    02-28-2018 01:50 PM
  15. Itsa_Me_Mario's Avatar
    No; it is not too big.
    02-28-2018 04:47 PM
  16. rushmore's Avatar
    You mean in terms of camera performance?
    Nope, the title is referring to the phone size.
    02-28-2018 06:38 PM
  17. hasasimo's Avatar
    Nope, the title is referring to the phone size.
    Well, then your question didn't make sense to me. Aside from the grammar, you quoted a post of mine that discussed the camera.
    02-28-2018 06:54 PM
  18. rushmore's Avatar
    Well, then your question didn't make sense to me. Aside from the grammar, you quoted a post of mine that discussed the camera.
    Hah! Did not mean to reply to you, but the thread itself.
    02-28-2018 07:24 PM
  19. Dualmonitors's Avatar
    To the original poster:

    How are you able to place a pre-order?

    Pre-orders don't start until March 2nd, 12:01AM.
    02-28-2018 07:33 PM
  20. Almeuit's Avatar
    To the original poster:

    How are you able to place a pre-order?

    Pre-orders don't start until March 2nd, 12:01AM.
    He most likely meant he reserved it.
    02-28-2018 07:44 PM
  21. jhimmel's Avatar
    No one can answer for you if it's "too big" . This is made obvious by the fact that in this very thread a petite female says it's not too big , and a 6'-1" male says it is too big. Everyone has their own use and preference. Just pick up an S8+ in a store and decide for yourself. While it is not a perfect match, it will give you a darn good idea. I could tell you that I use a Note 8 and it doesn't even seem big to me, but what does that do for you when the guy next to me would never buy one due to its size?
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    02-28-2018 11:06 PM
  22. LJSquishy's Avatar
    I got to hold the S9+ a couple of days ago. A Samsung rep was at Costco when we happened to be looking at phones. It's not much larger than the S8+, negligible really. The rep didnt have a case on it and it was lightweight and thin...just like the S8+. I really like the size of it, I thought I'd find it way too tall but it feels great in hand.
    02-28-2018 11:24 PM
  23. Missalyssa928's Avatar
    I'm a female with small hands and my S8+ is perfect for me, feels good and easy to handle.
    I totally agree! Ive had a s8+ and now Note8. Never had an issue with either one :-)
    03-01-2018 08:19 AM
  24. callihan_44's Avatar
    the phone itself naked doesnt feel bad but once you slap a case on it can be the deal breaker ... actually from the specs ive seen the s9+ is slightly shorter and slightly wider than the s8+

    I had the note 4 with a case on it and hated the size, once i took the case off I loved it again and never put another one on it...Im not brave enough to not put a case on these newer phones
    03-01-2018 08:44 AM
  25. hasasimo's Avatar
    Keep in mind "not having an issue" is very subjective. Many of the people saying they aren't having an issue are using the phone with two hands. If you want almost 100% one-handed use (except when you're, say, snapping photos in landscape mode), the S9 is your choice. If you're cool with plenty of two-handed use, the S9+ is fine.
    03-01-2018 10:33 AM
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