Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Buy Samsung Galaxy S9 And S9+

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At Mobile World Congress 2018, Samsung launched its latest
flagship Galaxy S9 and S9+
. They’re available for
. Just like the previous iterations, both these
phones differ in terms of price, screen size, power, and a
couple of other features.

If we take a step back and look at the flagships launched last
year, 2017 was a great year for smartphones. Google shipped
Pixel 2 with the best camera in a smartphone, Apple redefined
the way one interacts with an iPhone, and Samsung’s Galaxy S8
and Note 8 were overall great packages in themselves.

So, where does 2018’s first big smartphone launch fit it? Are
Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ smartphones good enough to tackle the
upcoming launches, or even compete with 2017’s giants?

Before I start diving into the reasons why you shouldn’t buy
Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, let me tell you that these aren’t
bad phones from any aspect. They look beautiful and pack great
hardware. The company has focused a lot on camera and shipped
the first phone with a variable aperture camera. It can also
record super slow motion videos at 960fps. While the exact
real-world performance is yet to be seen, on paper, it could be
a revolution in smartphone camera space.

Now, coming back to the pitfalls of buying these devices and
the reasons why you should skip this one.

First and foremost, my biggest reservation with any Samsung
smartphone is the company’s crappy update policy. When you buy
a premium device worth $750+, you do expect the latest Android
updates released by Google at the earliest. But, that’s not the
case here. Unlike Google Pixel and Android One devices,
Samsung’s track record in delivering the updates is dismal.
Galaxy S8 has just now starting to get the Oreo update.
Moreover, the update is currently only being rolled out to
unlocked devices that aren’t tied to any mobile carrier.

If we compare Galaxy S9 to S8 and leave the camera aspect
behind (whose performance is yet to be seen), there are no
apparent differences. It doesn’t come with an upgrade in screen
size or resolution. Both devices have a reflective glass on the
back and aluminum edge. There’s just a change in fingerprint
reader placement, which looks more convenient.

samsung glaaxy s9 vs s8

In the first glimpse, it’s very difficult to distinguish both
the devices and pinpoint which one is S9. It’s not a bad thing,
given the polished and likable design of S9. But when you’re
having options like Pixel 2, LG V30, and iPhone 10, or you can
get a similar design and features in the cheaper Galaxy S8,
spending more money doesn’t make much sense. Moreover, many
sellers have also started offering heavy discounts on S8.

In case you love colorful devices, you’ve also got more options
in Galaxy S8. While S8 is available in 6 variants, S9 comes in
lilac purple, midnight blacks, and coral blue.

Another weak point of Galaxy S9 is its Bixby virtual assistant.
While it’s great for some tasks, it’s not that
deep-rooted inside the OS. If you can’t compromise on this
aspect, pick some other flagship with Google Assistant. The
placement of the dedicated Bixby button on S8 has also been
reported irritating by many and S9 doesn’t change that.

Overall, Samsung Galaxy S9 is a great smartphone, and I don’t
hate it. But, apart from the camera upgrade, there isn’t
anything to root for. If you’re an owner of a flagship from
last year, I’ll recommend you to skip and wait for other device
launches taking place later this year. I have a feeling that
next year’s Galaxy and Note launches will feature more
redesigning to compete with iPhone X and the camera is just a
start. If you’re too dazzled by the new camera and it’s
tempting you to upgrade, wait for the user reviews and decide

Still want to buy S9? Pre-order here.

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Shouldn’t Buy Apple Homepod


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