04-20-2018 09:00 AM
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  1. Andrew_404's Avatar
    Jeez, what to do... What to do. So, the reviews on the S9 are really good. And I'm extremely tempted on trading in my Pixel 2 for the S9. I'd really like some input? I do enjoy the Pixel 2 but the S9 intrigues me.

    Would some of you guys and gals give me some guidance please? Thx so much...
    04-17-2018 06:47 PM
  2. Almeuit's Avatar
    Depends what you like. If you like how Samsung does stuff go snag the S9.
    04-17-2018 06:50 PM
  3. RapidTurtle's Avatar
    Stick with the Pixel
    04-17-2018 06:55 PM
  4. meattray's Avatar
    What are you missing with your Pixel that you're getting with the s9? I don't think I'd make the jump.
    04-17-2018 07:01 PM
  5. dmateo's Avatar
    I had the pixel 2, returned it for an s9.
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    04-17-2018 07:04 PM
  6. goji26's Avatar
    I have both right now. The S9 does have more features and the speakers sound better IMO. You will not get the updates like the Pixel. The Pixel 2 camera is better. I love the Pixel but I think I'm keeping the S9+. It just feels like I'm getting more for my money. The camera and update issues definitely makes it a hard decision though.
    04-17-2018 07:08 PM
  7. Maknora's Avatar
    If you care about updates keep the pixel. If you can live with Android 8.0 then by all means, get the s9. The s9 imo is amazing.
    04-17-2018 08:03 PM
  8. ScottsoNJ's Avatar
    Jeez, what to do... What to do. So, the reviews on the S9 are really good. And I'm extremely tempted on trading in my Pixel 2 for the S9. I'd really like some input? I do enjoy the Pixel 2 but the S9 intrigues me.

    Would some of you guys and gals give me some guidance please? Thx so much...
    You have to weigh what is most important. You will get security updates and probably 2-3 years of software updates with the Pixel. You will get a better camera in certain situations but its not a slam dunk. With the S9 you get a way bigger and nicer screen,you get the newer processor, IP68 vs IP67, wireless charging, expandable storage, headphone jack and Samsung Pay if you use it
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    04-17-2018 09:13 PM
  9. goji26's Avatar
    You have to weigh what is most important. You will get security updates and probably 2-3 years of software updates with the Pixel. You will get a better camera in certain situations but its not a slam dunk. With the S9 you get a way bigger and nicer screen,you get the newer processor, IP68 vs IP67, wireless charging, expandable storage, headphone jack and Samsung Pay if you use it
    I used Samsung Pay for the first time this weekend. Totally sweet feature. Does Samsung combine phone updates with security updates?
    04-17-2018 09:18 PM
  10. ScottsoNJ's Avatar
    I used Samsung Pay for the first time this weekend. Totally awet feature. Does Samsung combine phone updates with security updates?
    I guess it could happen but security updates usually happen 2-3x a year whereas a software update might only happen once or twice unless you are using a Google phone
    04-17-2018 10:22 PM
  11. Mike Dee's Avatar
    I guess it could happen but security updates usually happen 2-3x a year whereas a software update might only happen once or twice unless you are using a Google phone
    I don't know for sure but I would think Samsung would have more than 2 to 3 security updates a year.
    04-17-2018 10:39 PM
  12. rimz808's Avatar
    I have the s9 plus, but want to see what the pixel 3 will have to offer. I bought the s9 plus for it's camera, but after seeing the comparison of pictures between s9 plus and pixel, pixel pictures look much better!

    If new pixel has wireless charging, water resistant, and expandable SD card, I'll consider trading/selling my S9.
    04-18-2018 12:54 AM
  13. Eggmundo's Avatar
    Stick with the Pixel
    Stixel. I agree.
    04-18-2018 12:55 AM
  14. strikeIII's Avatar
    I guess it could happen but security updates usually happen 2-3x a year whereas a software update might only happen once or twice unless you are using a Google phone
    Security updates are pretty much every month but a month behind so definitely more than 2-3x a year. We are in middle of April so we should be seeing March security update soon. They do incorporate Samsung specific updates into those as well if needed. I'm thinking the March security update is later than usually because they are going to add in some software improvements. At least I hope they do.
    04-18-2018 07:34 AM
  15. chanchan05's Avatar
    Personally if I had the Pixel 2, I'd be like, "why bother?" The camera difference to me is meh. I'd be happy with either one so why bother spending. As for speed the Pixel will of course be as fast as the S9 for day to day use. The speed difference is negligible. IMO. Because even with the faster proc, the S9 animations are designed to be slower than the Pixel's anyway.

    The only real things you will be getting moving from the Pixel to the S9 are wireless charging and expandable storage.

    Personally though I got the S9 because the Pixel is not available where I am officially (gray import only) so I won't touch them. If I was after a more pure Android phone in my situation I'd have taken a Nokia 8 or 7 Plus.
    04-18-2018 08:26 AM
  16. ScottsoNJ's Avatar
    Personally if I had the Pixel 2, I'd be like, "why bother?" The camera difference to me is meh. I'd be happy with either one so why bother spending. As for speed the Pixel will of course be as fast as the S9 for day to day use. The speed difference is negligible. IMO. Because even with the faster proc, the S9 animations are designed to be slower than the Pixel's anyway.

    The only real things you will be getting moving from the Pixel to the S9 are wireless charging and expandable storage.

    Personally though I got the S9 because the Pixel is not available where I am officially (gray import only) so I won't touch them. If I was after a more pure Android phone in my situation I'd have taken a Nokia 8 or 7 Plus.
    The screen size is really big. 5" compared 5.8"
    04-18-2018 10:20 AM
  17. chanchan05's Avatar
    The screen size is really big. 5" compared 5.8"
    Not really. The 18:9 ratio of the S9 vs the 16:9 ratio of the Pixel 2 makes up for that. In real life usage IMO it would feel the same. The Verge actually computed, and the actual areas for the Pixel 2 and the S8 (same as S9) is 69cm2 vs 85cm2. Then we have to consider that since the S9 is taller than it is wide plus the curved edge, it feels smaller than the screen size suggests. On my use it feels closer to the 4.7inch S3 than the 5.5 inch S7 Edge in terms of ergonomics (I have all 3) so it's not really a big deal.
    04-18-2018 10:29 AM
  18. ScottsoNJ's Avatar
    Not really. The 18:9 ratio of the S9 vs the 16:9 ratio of the Pixel 2 makes up for that. In real life usage IMO it would feel the same. The Verge actually computed, and the actual areas for the Pixel 2 and the S8 (same as S9) is 69cm2 vs 85cm2. Then we have to consider that since the S9 is taller than it is wide plus the curved edge, it feels smaller than the screen size suggests. On my use it feels closer to the 4.7inch S3 than the 5.5 inch S7 Edge in terms of ergonomics (I have all 3) so it's not really a big deal.
    I have a Pixel 2 and, I'm  thinking of buying the S9. Should I?-samsung-galaxy-s9-vs-google-pixel-2-3.jpg That sure looks like a difference to me.
    I guess I would need to hold them in hand because it might be misleading using pictures
    04-18-2018 06:48 PM
  19. chanchan05's Avatar
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ID:	282882 That sure looks like a difference to me.
    I guess I would need to hold them in hand because it might be misleading using pictures
    Yeah it is misleading to base on pics. The S9 feels narrower, and the edge is tighter than the one on the S7 Edge. So there's not as much screen that's curving but it's less usable as well because of that. So the actual usable area is maybe a millimeter or 2 less on either side than what you see as screen on the picture. The taller aspect ratio also means that on videos you see less content on actual full screen, or contend with the black bars on the sides making you watch the videos on essentially the same surface area as a regular 5 inch device.

    All in all the experience on an S9 will be similar to that of a 5 inch device on some cases such as video, and a bigger device in some cases like web browsing (because the high resolution and tall scrwwn makes you see more due to website vertical nature).

    So it's kind of in between I guess. Think of it as the screen shrinking to a 5inch on landscape and growing to maybe a 5.5 incher on portrait in terms of feel.
    04-18-2018 06:58 PM
  20. jeetu4444's Avatar
    I used Samsung Pay for the first time this weekend. Totally sweet feature. Does Samsung combine phone updates with security updates?
    Security updates comes every month...Software updates maybe 6 a year....
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    04-18-2018 07:50 PM
  21. mustang7757's Avatar
    Jeez, what to do... What to do. So, the reviews on the S9 are really good. And I'm extremely tempted on trading in my Pixel 2 for the S9. I'd really like some input? I do enjoy the Pixel 2 but the S9 intrigues me.

    Would some of you guys and gals give me some guidance please? Thx so much...
    Keep both and enjoy them
    04-18-2018 11:07 PM
  22. monicakm's Avatar
    I bought the Pixel 2XL. In my limited testing, I wasn't impressed with the camera and there are no camera "pro" settings. There is no optical zoom. Low light photos are full of noise and colors are washed out. I did NOT take any outdoor photos before buying the S9+. Both are going to do a good job outside. It's the indoor shots that get tricky. I did take a (well lit) indoor selfie with my grandson with the Pixel and it turned out GREAT! The dual aperture camera on the S9+ was a feature I wanted....f1.5 offers more light in low light and less noise.

    I like the expandable storage, wireless charging and headphone jack (thank you Samsung). You can add up to 400GB of micro sd storage. Fast charging is faster on the S9+ vs the Pixel. THAT SCREEN DISPLAY! I use the heart rate, stress and O2 sensors and with the S9+ you have a blood pressure monitor. Yes, it works. I've tested it several times today against my home bp cuff. Each test has been similar.

    I have used an app from the Play Store to remap the Bixby button to pull up Google Assistant The squeeze feature of the Pixel to bring up GA was the only thing I was going to miss and now I have it doing basically the same thing.

    I haven't been disappointed with one of my Galaxy S phones and this one is proving to be the best yet. Did you know you can turn the Home page in landscape mode??? I've yet to try the SUPER slow mode and from what I've seen on YT, it can be tricky but I'm looking forward to trying it.

    Oh, yes, buy the S9(+)

    Here is an image I put together with a reading from my bp cuff and from the S9+. Results were within 3-4 minutes.

    I have a Pixel 2 and, I'm  thinking of buying the S9. Should I?-blood-pressure.jpg
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    04-19-2018 02:00 AM
  23. deltaTgm's Avatar
    I doubt everyone would use the heart rate monitor etc., so I would not judge a device on that. Pixel 2 camera is more than adequate so much so that I am getting rid of my dslr since it is a pain to use each time and lug around. I never have it when I need it and for kids it is not practical to lug around.
    Yes the s9 hw may be better but execution and software is a major thing. Search for Max lee and his comparison of the s9 and s9 with pixel camera software etc. and see. I would say if you have to hack and want to hack, then get an s9 and hack it. Otherwise stick to the Pixel. I would not use super slow mo often if ever, that said the P20 camera looks to be better than the S9 as well so it pretty much comes down to what you are chasing.

    Great HW and mediocre software - P20
    Great HW and good software but mostly gimicky software? - S9
    Good ++ (almost great HW) and Great Software - Pixel 2 (everyday use)

    I would probably use the zoom on the P20 over the slow mo on the s9. Although I would probably not use either much.

    My choice is Pixel 2 xl.
    04-19-2018 01:00 PM
  24. ScottsoNJ's Avatar
    I doubt everyone would use the heart rate monitor etc., so I would not judge a device on that. Pixel 2 camera is more than adequate so much so that I am getting rid of my dslr since it is a pain to use each time and lug around. I never have it when I need it and for kids it is not practical to lug around.
    Yes the s9 hw may be better but execution and software is a major thing. Search for Max lee and his comparison of the s9 and s9 with pixel camera software etc. and see. I would say if you have to hack and want to hack, then get an s9 and hack it. Otherwise stick to the Pixel. I would not use super slow mo often if ever, that said the P20 camera looks to be better than the S9 as well so it pretty much comes down to what you are chasing.

    Great HW and mediocre software - P20
    Great HW and good software but mostly gimicky software? - S9
    Good ++ (almost great HW) and Great Software - Pixel 2 (everyday use)

    I would probably use the zoom on the P20 over the slow mo on the s9. Although I would probably not use either much.

    My choice is Pixel 2 xl.
    Whats gimicky software?
    04-19-2018 08:22 PM
  25. chanchan05's Avatar
    Whats gimicky software?
    Software that are perceived as gimmicks and not really useful. For example, many feel that the Edge panels are gimmicky and provide no real improved usability. Personally I use a few of the Edge panels though.
    04-19-2018 08:30 PM
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