Sam799, 18 Oct 2018I had the XZ1 before this but the camera was disappointing, specially in low light the pics we... moreI'm buying a new phone to replace my old XZ. If I can get almost the same camera experience on the S8 then I will go for it. If the change to the S9 camera was incremental compared to the S8 then I'll blindly go for the S8. My main concerns with the camera are:
1. poor low light performance (front & rear cameras)
2. dreaded purple or orange tinge in low light or extreme sunny conditions
3. over and underexposure
4. unresolved details especially around the corners
5. lots of noise when zooming in (under any conditions)
6. No OIS or (the very least) EIS in both the front & rear camera. (I'm doing more 1080p videos @ either 30 or 60fps than 4K)
7. Audio recording sounds as if the people talking have a blocked nose (mono).
8. Unnatural bland or over-contrasty colours (in Auto Mode)
9. Poorly optimised portrait shots (background blur looks artificial)
So, Does this sounds the S8 can easily handle? Or go for the newer S9?
tekrax, 18 Oct 2018go for the s9. not only it has a better display it also has a better battery life. sony has so... moreI did hear about battery life issues with the S9. But surely with battery-saving tips I've learned in the past that can improve a lot. If I can get the Exynos version (I live in the UK) then battery life I can "manage".
Why did you say Xperia phones have heating issues? I've never heard that before.
scorpio, 18 Oct 2018Why settle for second best. Go for the s9. I have an s8 and it is superb.Right now i'm slowly gearing for the S8 due to budget constraints but if I can find a good, m int-condition S9 then I will go for it despite criticisms to it's battery life ((and some from the camera and the usual performance/memory management) which I can live with by doing all those battery-saving tips I've learned in the past.
Gino76ph, 17 Oct 2018Thank you and I appreciate all the comments. At the moment my heart is set between the curr... moreI had the XZ1 before this but the camera was disappointing, specially in low light the pics were quite blurred with lack of details due to no OIS. Whereas the S8 is concerned it has one of the best cameras on smartphone and takes stunning pics in any lighting conditions. As far as the XZ2 and S9 are concerned I would suggest you to go for the S9 blindly, I agree that Sony gets faster updates but those updates don't change anything. By the way my S8 is already running on October security patch.
Gino76ph, 17 Oct 2018I don't particularly like chinese phones especially Huawei/Honor as i prefer the UIs of others... morego for the s9. not only it has a better display it also has a better battery life. sony has some heating issues
babak, 17 Oct 2018i hate the batterylife of my s9 more than anything else. i have to charge it four times a day.... moreIf you are having to charge your phone 4 times a day then either your phone is faulty or you have a copy. If it's genuine then it will be under warranty so you return it for service.
Sam799, 17 Oct 2018I took tons of pics today with my S8 while exploring the exotic islands in Thailand and at the... moreThank you and I appreciate all the comments.
At the moment my heart is set between the current S9 and a slightly older Xperia XZ2.
Having second thoughts with the S8 simply because of the fingerprint scanner placement and the fact that updates maybe even slower now that it has been relegated to an old flagship.
Thoughts about S9 vs XZ2?
JoN, 17 Oct 2018Absolutely, S9 price is absurd compared to all the new chinese phones coming now. That is why ... moreI don't particularly like chinese phones especially Huawei/Honor as i prefer the UIs of others.
If I was comparing the S9 with the XZ2 which votes would go to:
Performance and memory management
Useful UI features
i hate the batterylife of my s9 more than anything else. i have to charge it four times a day. its not normal at all. and also charge drops even when i use it when connected to charger. surely if i didnt need its 256gb internal i would sell it sooner but i cant find any better phone in the market except xiaomi f1 256gb which i couldnt find even in china
Gino76ph, 15 Oct 2018The normal single SIM S9 is only £130 price difference with the normal single SIM S8 whi... moreI took tons of pics today with my S8 while exploring the exotic islands in Thailand and at the end of the day I still had 40% juice left. So I think it has great battery life if not the best. Don't go for the mid range A or J series Samsung phones they are no where when compared to the camera quality of S8, it's a stunner no matter what the lighting conditions are. Rest is upto you, after all it's your choice & money.
Gino76ph, 16 Oct 2018For approximately £50 less i could get the brand-new Xperia XZ3 or for £140 less I... moreAbsolutely, S9 price is absurd compared to all the new chinese phones coming now. That is why there are so many promotions and nobody buy it at 850 Â€ retail price in my country. But if you get it for 500 Â€ it is a compact phone with great quality and top camera. And even if it is 8 months old already, it is much better than P20.
Z4hl, 16 Oct 2018That's not a very good bargain for S8. I'd still pick it over the A8, BUT, if you want an inve... moreFor approximately £50 less i could get the brand-new Xperia XZ3 or for £140 less I could get the excellent LG G7 ThinQ.
The S9 is absurdly expensive for its specs and features.
babak, 16 Oct 2018non of them if you want batterylife. i own s9 and battery life is terrible. so if you want pow... moreI am unable afford the Note 9 and i don't need a big screen phone. The Pocophone seem like a good choice but not officially available in the UK and having Xiaomi's UI is not my cup of tea. And besides the Pocophone is not water resistant; having that feature for me is a must as i lost 2 phones in the past worth over £500 in total.
As a side question would you agree the S8 has better cameras than the A8 2018?
Anonymous, 15 Oct 2018Try clearing phone cache in safeboot mode.
Turn off the phone and Press vol down+ bixby and... moreAfter doing as suggested by you, menu for downloading custom os appeared ?!
Any more suggestions ?
Gino76ph, 15 Oct 2018The normal single SIM S9 is only £130 price difference with the normal single SIM S8 whi... moreThat's not a very good bargain for S8. I'd still pick it over the A8, BUT, if you want an investment, I suggest saving up a little bit more for the S9.
elmfan, 15 Oct 2018I have bought this phone on 11.10.2018. The camera app crashes frequently. Is is serious is... moreIf you're having so many issues after less than one week then I would suggest that you have bought a copy instead of an original. Otherwise your phone is under warranty so return it instead of complaining.
Gino76ph, 15 Oct 2018The normal single SIM S9 is only £130 price difference with the normal single SIM S8 whi... morenon of them if you want batterylife. i own s9 and battery life is terrible. so if you want powerful phone with good performance and batterylife go either to note 9 or pocophone f1