08-20-2018 11:56 AM
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  1. swagglepuff's Avatar
    Not really a worthy upgrade in my opinion from the s8 plus. My s8 plus is running the same software as the S9 plus. There was no noticeable performance increase or battery life that was super impressive and made me go wow. It felt like I was using a skinned version of my s8 plus. The ARmoji was utterly terrible and the face tracking was terrible as well. The star of the show the camera wasn't impressive, unless turning my concrete drive way pink is impressive. From what I have read there are some serious issues with the processing of pictures and over saturating them. I am sure a software update will fix these issues. There wasn't that wow factor at all with this phone. It was oh look it's identical to the one I am holding. I guess Samsung has finished its transition into becoming the Apple of Android!!

    Again this is just my thoughts on the device and my experience. Not enough to warrant spending 800 plus on a device.
    jpiszcz, tadpoles, tube517 and 2 others like this.
    04-08-2018 01:58 PM
  2. mlblack16's Avatar
    I've noticed a substantial difference in battery over my S8+. I'm pretty happy so far with the noticeable speed of this device, slightly larger feel of the display size, and the continued refinement of the software by Samsung.

    Granted, I get to trade up every year on Verizon, so I only had to pay some fees, otherwise it was less than $100 upgrade and I'm happy.
    Alan Sims likes this.
    04-08-2018 02:19 PM
  3. MtnJim's Avatar
    Most reviews say don't bother upgrading from an S8, but quite a nice upgrade from my dying S7.
    04-08-2018 02:55 PM
  4. afh3's Avatar
    I must say my S9+ has none of the issues that you speak of, but I agree that the upgrade over the S8+ is incremental at best.

    My rationalization:
    Mass consumerism. It's what's for breakfast.
    AustinTech and Bankokbob54 like this.
    04-08-2018 03:05 PM
  5. Gayle Lynn's Avatar
    Rush to judgement or not enough time to really get to know. 3-4 days to allow phone to update tweak settings any indexing and everything updated. Then too sometimes even new has needed a full wipe. Difference between setting up from a restore vs new also definitely makes a difference. 835 vs 845 and 4 vs 6GB RAM may not show anything in one day. I think 8.1 is worth waiting on now.
    BerryBubbles and AustinTech like this.
    04-08-2018 04:41 PM
  6. anon(5630457)'s Avatar
    For me, the placement of the fingerprint sensor was enough of an upgrade. I have small hands and I had to do some hand gymnastics to reach the FPS on the S8+. I don't have to do that on the S9+.
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    04-08-2018 05:00 PM
  7. swagglepuff's Avatar
    Rush to judgement or not enough time to really get to know. 3-4 days to allow phone to update tweak settings any indexing and everything updated. Then too sometimes even new has needed a full wipe. Difference between setting up from a restore vs new also definitely makes a difference. 835 vs 845 and 4 vs 6GB RAM may not show anything in one day. I think 8.1 is worth waiting on now.
    Nah because it feels identical the the s8+. There are a few visual differences but they have the same software versions Android 8.0 and Samsung experience 9. I set up phones as new learned that a while ago. I doubt the s9 will get 8.1, considering the s8 series was on 7.0 until it got 8.0 almost a year after it launched. 8.1 is what is what the note series will launch with. That's how they do their updates for some weird reason. It's a tiny upgrade at most and really not worth it. Side by side it never did anything faster than my s8+.
    04-08-2018 06:54 PM
  8. jeetu4444's Avatar
    I upgraded from Note 8....and totally happy with my S9+....worth the upgrade for me...from size ...battery life...camera...big improvement stereo speakers...I had brought axon 7 only for speakers....soo s9+ speakers are better than Axon 7.......battery life is double of Note 8 for me
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    04-08-2018 07:11 PM
  9. brianjsw's Avatar
    Nah because it feels identical the the s8+. There are a few visual differences but they have the same software versions Android 8.0 and Samsung experience 9. I set up phones as new learned that a while ago. I doubt the s9 will get 8.1, considering the s8 series was on 7.0 until it got 8.0 almost a year after it launched. 8.1 is what is what the note series will launch with. That's how they do their updates for some weird reason. It's a tiny upgrade at most and really not worth it. Side by side it never did anything faster than my s8+.
    If Netflix doesn't fix their bug where they are not allowing picture in picture mode on 8.0 then 8.1 is a very big deal to me.
    04-08-2018 07:57 PM
  10. swagglepuff's Avatar
    If Netflix doesn't fix their bug where they are not allowing picture in picture mode on 8.0 then 8.1 is a very big deal to me.
    Picture in picture works on my essential phone just fine. I am running 8.1 on it.
    04-08-2018 08:02 PM
  11. rushmore's Avatar
    To each their own I find the overall speed, optical zoom, low light quality, improved 3.5 output, and amazeballs stereo speakers to be a worthy update.
    dmateo, ScottsoNJ and Alan Sims like this.
    04-08-2018 08:07 PM
  12. V J's Avatar
    I felt the same way at first coming from my S8+ to my S9+. BUT I do listen to music in the shower a lot using my phone and the stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos turned on sounds AMAZING in comparison to the S8+. Like, you don't even have to do a side by side comparison, even my workmates praise it when we watch Youtube videos, it's that noticeable.

    Also as far as the camera goes, portrait mode alone with adjustable bokeh is worth the upgrade. That **** is legit.
    brianjsw and Alan Sims like this.
    04-08-2018 09:18 PM
  13. neil74's Avatar
    Not quite 24 hours but I returned mine over the weekend too. The battery on the exynos version is just not acceptable imo.

    Picked up a mate 10 pro for over £300 less and the battery and battery management on this thing are awesome.

    Ergonomically much nicer to hold them both the 9 and 9plus too. Not perfect but a real bargain right now.
    04-09-2018 02:38 AM
  14. chanchan05's Avatar
    Not quite 24 hours but I returned mine over the weekend too. The battery on the exynos version is just not acceptable imo.

    Picked up a mate 10 pro for over £300 less and the battery and battery management on this thing are awesome.

    Ergonomically much nicer to hold them both the 9 and 9plus too. Not perfect but a real bargain right now.
    Just wondering what phone you came from before? I came from an S7 Edge and the S9 battery is lasting me a good 5hrs longer on the same setup despite having a smaller battery (using Exynos).
    04-09-2018 02:54 AM
  15. neil74's Avatar
    Came from pixel 2 XL and v30

    I did have the 8+ last year too and the 9+ definitely has a worse battery life.
    04-09-2018 07:19 AM
  16. B Posey's Avatar
    I will be returning my S9+ today and keeping my Note 8. The only noticable different to ME is the duel stereo speakers (they sound amazing). Other than that, the Note 8 is a much better phone with the Spen imho. I'm definitely looking forward to the Note9!
    04-09-2018 07:59 AM
  17. chanchan05's Avatar
    Came from pixel 2 XL and v30

    I did have the 8+ last year too and the 9+ definitely has a worse battery life.
    Ah. The V30 indeed has stellar battery life.
    04-09-2018 08:08 AM
  18. jeetu4444's Avatar
    Not quite 24 hours but I returned mine over the weekend too. The battery on the exynos version is just not acceptable imo.

    Picked up a mate 10 pro for over £300 less and the battery and battery management on this thing are awesome.

    Ergonomically much nicer to hold them both the 9 and 9plus too. Not perfect but a real bargain right now.
    I am using S9+ exynos version here in India and I am getting 2 days battery life...No issue here...Love it better than my Note 8....Battery life is double of my Note 8....And 24hrs is not enough to judge a phone or battery life
    Alan Sims likes this.
    04-09-2018 08:28 AM
  19. Stanley Kubrick's Avatar
    Some day I need to hear the stereo speakers on the S9+ since you say they're better than the Axon 7. I have the Axon 7 and they are hard to beat. Very interesting.
    04-09-2018 01:05 PM
  20. Gayle Lynn's Avatar
    And yet your other posts laud the Essential.
    04-09-2018 03:36 PM
  21. Maknora's Avatar
    I love my s9 from the s8. Everything is snappier and the speaker and camera alone is worth the upgrade. This baby is staying!
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    04-09-2018 03:41 PM
  22. SDTRMG's Avatar
    I didn't think the upgrade would be worth it at first, but I went to view it at the store and was offered a good deal on the device so I decided to try it out. I ended up keeping it, I like the small differences and don't think I could go back now. I I Ky thing I miss is bixby vision shopping/food.
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    04-09-2018 03:56 PM
  23. swagglepuff's Avatar
    Things I don't care about on a phone. Stereo speakers, if I want to listen to music I use head phones or my Google home. I don't care about the camera in a phone either. I don't really take a lot of pictures that has never been a big selling point.

    I will laud my essential phone because it tackles what I like most. Which is a stock Android experience, and a far superior build quality. While I sit here on the latest security update I enjoy reading about people complaining the s9 is still on February security. Based on my s8+ updates, I don't see the s9 ever getting a bump in android version for a year. My s8+ was on 7.0 till they release 8.0 in March. 11 months after it launched.

    One thing I feel I need to mention, my s8+ was running the same software as the s9+. Between them I couldn't tell a noticeable increase in any performance. I am certain had I been using the s8+ on 7.0 it would have been night and day difference. 8.0 on the s8+ is a very smooth and fluid experience I was actually shocked by it being so responsive. That is the basis of why they feel exactly the same I went from one device directly to the other running the same software(minus the visual changes).
    04-09-2018 09:59 PM
  24. jeetu4444's Avatar
    Things I don't care about on a phone. Stereo speakers, if I want to listen to music I use head phones or my Google home. I don't care about the camera in a phone either. I don't really take a lot of pictures that has never been a big selling point.

    I will laud my essential phone because it tackles what I like most. Which is a stock Android experience, and a far superior build quality. While I sit here on the latest security update I enjoy reading about people complaining the s9 is still on February security. Based on my s8+ updates, I don't see the s9 ever getting a bump in android version for a year. My s8+ was on 7.0 till they release 8.0 in March. 11 months after it launched.

    One thing I feel I need to mention, my s8+ was running the same software as the s9+. Between them I couldn't tell a noticeable increase in any performance. I am certain had I been using the s8+ on 7.0 it would have been night and day difference. 8.0 on the s8+ is a very smooth and fluid experience I was actually shocked by it being so responsive. That is the basis of why they feel exactly the same I went from one device directly to the other running the same software(minus the visual changes).
    I don't find your excuses valid...But to each it's own...Just buy what makes u happy....
    Alan Sims likes this.
    04-10-2018 09:54 AM
  25. ThrottleJohnny's Avatar
    Yeah I'm having trouble understanding why you bought an S9 to begin with? Everything you mentioned, you must have known about before you purchased?

    What am I missing?
    04-10-2018 10:06 AM
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