If you have an S8 an upgrade isn't really necessary. Save yourself a few hundred bucks. Anything below an S8 is worth an upgrade.
I am returning my S9. There a number of changes, mainly on new Samsung text app ie; no more sliding on text page to call. Must go to Phone, hit phone icon on top, phone number shows at bottom and THEN press to call. No more "Discard" in upper menu to delete whatever mistakes/changes you're making in text. Must HOLD return button now to start over. NO missed calls badge, etc.
Can't understand the logic behind all this but I'm done. Not about the money. It's about getting used to something that gets changed from day-day usage.
Your phone has direct dial. So if you in a message or contact page just place the phone to your ear and it dials automatically. It's even easier than what you were doing.My bad: On S9 text page, must go to top of page to phone icon, hit that, see number at bottom, then press button to call... too many steps now vs just sliding to the right to call the person on my S8.