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Samsung Galaxy S9+

from  $840+
91
Engadget
Score
The best in its category. We highly recommend it.
91

The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

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The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

Samsung’s improvements to its latest flagship work as promised, but don’t feel like features that you’d miss by not upgrading. Still, thanks to blazing performance, solid cameras and long battery life, the Galaxy S9+ continues to uphold the S series’ reputation for excellence.

Pros
  • Dual Aperture effective in low light
  • Excellent cameras overall
  • Speedy performance
  • Long-lasting battery
Cons
  • Not a major improvement over last generation
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Scores

Engadget

91
 

User Reviews

50
Barry
Savage phone, great photos and superb picture quality
70
Koltin
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
91
Average Critic Score

Reception and call quality

Not yet scored
 

Display

96
 

Battery life

79
 

Camera

89
 

Ease of use

73
 

Design and form factor

88
 

Portability (size / weight)

52
 

Media support

70
 

Durability

69
 

Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)

59
 
 
80
Ars Technica
The Galaxy S9 may not win Samsung any new customers, but it won't lose any, either.
 
90
TechRadar
You won't find a bigger and better Android phone than the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, thanks to its oversized 6.2-inch curved screen and low-light-defeating dual-lens camera. Sure, it looks exactly like last year's S8 Plus, but it does fix the fingerprint sensor location (it's now center-aligned on the back) and speakers (now stereo). The new AR Emoji mode is overrated, though, and its higher price is tough to justify. This is for people who want the biggest screen and the best camera on one phone.
 
90
Pocket-Lint
The Samsung Galaxy S9+ offers out-of-the-box functionality that exceeds most other devices. It's one of the leaders of a new generation of hardware, pushing quality design with one of the best displays around. But with prices rising, those with a Galaxy S8+ needn't to rush to upgrade, for while there's a lot that's new, many of the important features Samsung had nailed the last time around.
 
90
Fast Company
A meaningful upgrade to what was already an exceptional piece of smartphone hardware. The company, once haunted by a reputation for copying Apple, has developed a sensibility of its own that’s valid and appealing. But it’s also no surprise that the S9+ software—most notably the Bixby Voice assistant—still isn’t an argument for choosing this phone over another. It occasionally feels as if it’s at war with the phone’s Android operating system, a long-standing trait of Galaxy S phones.
 
100
What Hi-Fi
More evolution than revolution, but that’s still enough to make the S9+ the best big Android phone you can buy today.
 
100
The Guardian
The camera is great, the screen fantastic and the fit and finish is brilliant. It is feature-packed and still the phone to go for if you want a massive screen in as manageable a body as possible. Given the bar has been raised by how expensive top-end smartphones can be, the S9+ is actually not that expensive for what it is, either, which is not something I thought I’d say about a phone costing £869.
 
100
Stuff
A big, blockbuster phone that awesome at pretty much everything. It’ll probably be too big for most people though.
 
90
TechCrunch
As far as upgrading from the S8 — unless you’ve found yourself in some sort of Brewster’s Millions-style scenario where you suddenly have to part with a lot of cash with comedic consequences, I’m going to say hold off on that one. For everyone else ready to upgrade to a shiny new Android handset, however, the S9 maintains Samsung’s spot at the top of the heap.
 
90
GSM Arena
It's an awesome phone, the Samsung Galaxy S9+. But awesome doesn't necessarily make it an easy recommendation if you can have 0.95*awesome at 0.8*price. Let's put it this way - if there's room for reason in your life, the Samsung to have right now is the Galaxy Note8; if moderation is not your thing, well... make it the Galaxy S9+, then.
 
80
Tom's Guide
While AR Emoji and other tricks don't impress, the Galaxy S9+'s improved camera, brighter display and faster performance add up to make this a worthy iPhone X rival.