S9 is really the best smartphone in the world but it's edges aren't as smooth as S8.. Probably no galaxy has smooth edges like S8,, even iphone x feels sharp unlike previous smooth iPhones so personally I love the hold of S8 and wish they start working on same smoothness in future flagships.
Hayaan Mo Sila, 16 Mar 2018Nah, look at the comparison between the S9+, Pixel 2 XL, 8 Plus, and XZ2. With such high ISO v... more-_-
The XZ2 was using ISO 200 and shutter speed 1/8 s in the studio low light shots. It is on tripod and you have been informed of that.
You just want to insist that XZ2 is good at EVERYTHING. Fine, XZ2 is the best phone ever made. Happy?
Anonymous, 16 Mar 2018That's mainly because Sony has improved its camera software to enable the use of a slower shut... moreNah, look at the comparison between the S9+, Pixel 2 XL, 8 Plus, and XZ2. With such high ISO values, I'm pretty sure that they were all taken with hands (the XZ2 will only go to ISO 200 and 1/8s in Auto when it is on a tripod) and image looks great, as good as the S9+ if not better.
The Pixel 2 XL has widest dynamic range, but the sky is grainy as heck, one would easily mistake the noise as stars in the sky.
iPhone 8 Plus is just fine. It is good, but I certainly feel it is a bit behind the rest. Those who don't need too good pictures (aka regular consumers) will be satisfied.
Galaxy S9+ has what it takes for the best all-round camera device. While it holds true for the most part, they could definitely make it better still.
The Xperia XZ2 is just fantastic for what it is. The narrowest aperture, smallest pixel size, no OIS, yet yielding similar result, it's a big achievement right there. Sony has done a lot more effort this year than Samsung in terms of camera. 1080p @960fps is more enjoyable with extra resolution. Auto capturing on the S9+ sometimes doesn't work, but sure thing is it is a better way of implementation.
Anonymous, 16 Mar 2018Note 8, not even close, its battery life is laughably bad. S9+ kind of fix this but srill bad.... moreObvious exaggeration is obvious. Or perhaps you're another one of those people who use secondhand information because you can't afford to get a note8 in the first place.
For the people who actually care about accurate information, take it from someone who's owned a note8 for 5 months now and counting. The battery life isn't stellar, but it's nowhere near "laughably bad" level like this nobody here is purporting. I get 5 hours sot consistently, even with QHD+ on instead of FHD+. However, i have AOD turned off as i don't really have a need for it.
My battery lasts more than 18hrs with 7hrs of SOT but then again it depends on what you do with your phone. Btw coming from the s8, the s9+ is way faster and more fluid, i love it even if i was the first one to critise
wasox, 16 Mar 2018SAMSUNG Galaxy Note 8 & S9+ , just the best phones around, that's it, plain simpleNote 8, not even close, its battery life is laughably bad. S9+ kind of fix this but srill bad.
Autonomy is a big deal on phones and Samsung simply doesn't care. Phones that cannot make heavy days are not flagships, sorry. Old Notes could perfectly do it (due to accepting spares), new ones not even close...
86 hours endurance for 3500mah? As usual rubbish optimization from Samsung, that is why Samsung never again.
I so wish there was a flat version, the curved display is the only thing that really bothers me, especially when watching video.
I feel like I am left with fewer and fewer choices as other manufacturers are removing the headphone jack, don't have Netflix hd compatibility (Huawei), use 1080p pentile screens (oneplus), or use wide angle rather than telephoto (LG)
AnonD-739231, 15 Mar 2018Awesome phone! If you don't care about s-pen then S9+ is the way to go. By the way, Note 8 is ... moreSAMSUNG Galaxy Note 8 & S9+ , just the best phones around, that's it, plain simple
AnonD-725563, 15 Mar 2018Very good phone, but I also have to say, from low light camera samples Sony just blew me away.... moreThat's mainly because Sony has improved its camera software to enable the use of a slower shutter speed, and hence lower ISO when it is mounted on a tripod. For handheld lowlight shots, the Sony is still inferior to Samsung because of its smaller pixel size.
its kind wierd when people said cant afford samsung phone ..
i thought only iphone people cant afford even the price $350
equake, 15 Mar 2018Just read review, the Note 8 is not cheaper (at least in the US) than the S9+ fyi. I came to post this as well.
Note8 is very expensive right now, about equal to the S9/S9+ if you're NOT in USA, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Hong Kong.
The most stable prices globally is probably Germany. There Note8 is only slightly cheaper than S9+.
So from a value point of view, do NOT he the Note8 but instead get the S9+. Why?
You get a slightly better loudspeaker, better main camera, and newer OS version. You also get the unwritten promise of faster updates, because Note-series usually lags behind the main GalaxyS series in terms of support. And if you opt for the Exynos version of S9+, it matches the impressive GPU in the QSD 835, and decimates it in-terms of the CPU in both the Little Cores and Big Cores.
If you want budget/bang-for-buck, then get your hands on a USED Galaxy S7. The QSD 820 chip can (just) compete with the QSD 835 chip, but it's out of the QSD 845's reach... and the Exynos-9 chipset is in another league!
(The performance difference usually gets noticeable 1.5years later)
If it wasn't for the severe bloatware and just alright battery life, I'd jump at it. Then again, with the insane amount of notches coming out, I may not have a choice. Still waiting for the Note 9, ZTE Axon 9, and Pixel 3 XL for my choice.
It's a good-looking phone though.
equake, 15 Mar 2018Just read review, the Note 8 is not cheaper (at least in the US) than the S9+ fyi. It's cheaper just about everywhere else.
It's weird to not see Xperia XZ2 not even mentioned in the alternative and verdict section. It should be on equal ground in the class of this phone.
I am not too convinced by modern smartphones. Maybe I should go switch back to the old Motorolas, Nokias or Sony Ericssons... ;)
AnonD-385420, 15 Mar 2018Why Samsung as produce a phone loads can not afford seems very stupid idea indeedAnd what made you type this comment mate? If flagships are not your thing then it doesn't mean that nobody's gonna buy them. Last year Samsung sold more than 41 million Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices and this simply puts your argument to rest.
"The difference is staggering, and makes us wonder if the light threshold for engaging the main camera in 2x mode might be set too high"
??? The S9+ looks much better than the iPhone. Or do you rather mean that the light threshold for engaging the tele camera is set too high?