Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Review – Best Phablet Of 2018


Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Camera:


The selfie camera on the Galaxy Note 9 is an 8-megapixel camera with an f/1.7 aperture. The primary camera which is located at the back of the phone is the same 12-megapixel dual camera setup on the Galaxy S9 Plus.


This camera is a dual aperture camera that can automatically open at either f/1.5 aperture or f/2.4 aperture depending on whether you’re taking photos in a well-lit setting or a darker setting.


At the moment Samsung is the only smartphone manufacturer to offer the dual aperture feature.


The camera software has artificial intelligence which allows it to recognize a variety of different scenes such as, brightness, saturation, sunsets, beaches, snow, white balance and more.


After the camera software recognizes what type of scene it is. The software will automatically adjust the settings on the camera via the Scene Optimizer which will enhance the quality of the photo that’s being taken.


You also have the ability to turn this feature off if you prefer to take photos without it.


However, when the Scene Optimizer is turned on it does a great job of boosting the overall quality of the photos taken in comparison to the photos taken when it’s turned off.


You can get better photos with the Scene Optimizer because it increases the saturation and the contrast which makes most photos look better.


The Galaxy Note 9 has a new AI feature called Flaw Detection. This is a feature that other AI cameras don’t have, immediately upon taking a photo this feature will let you know whether or not something is wrong with it.


The camera will recognize if the lens is smudged, if the photo is blurry, if the subject has their eyes closed etc. This is a great feature because it gives you the ability to reshoot the photo immediately after taking it.


The camera on this phone is excellent, it does a great job taking photos in different conditions.




Bixby voice assistant continues to improve with the release of every Samsung phone. Samsung has integrated Bixby with third-party applications to make it easier for Bixby to understand things contextually.


However, Bixby continues to struggle it does not have the ability to understand things contextually as well as Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa. Samsung has much more work to do in this area.




The standard Galaxy Note 9 comes equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.


If you would like to get more memory and storage you can get a Galaxy Note 9 with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage.


Samsung has also implemented a water/carbon fiber cooling system which allows the phone to be fast and responsive for an extended period of time without throttling.


The Galaxy Note 9 has a Qualcomm Cat 18 modem which offers some of the fastest LTE speeds. The Galaxy Note 9 is a fast and responsive phone which performs very well.


Battery Life:


The Galaxy Note 9 comes with a 4,000 mAh battery. As a result of this, you may assume that the battery life on this phone will be much longer than that of all the other Samsung phones.


However, that’s not the case. The battery on this phone will last for one day of moderate use and it will last roughly one hour longer than its predecessor the Galaxy Note 8 which has a 3,300 mAh battery.


I applaud Samsung for increasing the battery capacity on the Galaxy Note 9 because most smartphone users are unhappy with the battery life on their phone.


However, I hope Samsung will find a way to make their future phones run more efficiently to get a significantly longer battery life from a phone which has a 4,000 mAh battery in the future.


The Galaxy Note 9 has wireless charging capabilities that work well with the new Samsung dual wireless charger. This phone also has fast charging technology via Quick Charge 2.0.


When charging the Galaxy Note 9 the battery can go from 0 to 100% in 1 hr 40 min that’s roughly the same about of time as its predecessor.


My Final Thought:


The level of innovation that we’ve seen from Samsung in the past between one smartphone model to the next has been slowly decreasing with the release of every new phone.


I think there’s plenty of room for improvement in the Bixby voice assistant and I think it’s great that Samsung added a 4,000 mAh battery to this phone.


However, I feel as though the battery life of a phone that has such a big battery should be better than it is on this phone.


Never the less, I think the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is a great phone which is fast and responsive with lots of great features and functionalities that perform very well.


If you currently have the Galaxy S9 Plus I would not recommend upgrading to the Galaxy Note 9 because the Galaxy S9 Plus has quite a few of the same features.


You can see the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 on eBay.


However, if you have an older phone and you’re thinking about upgrading to the Galaxy Note 9, then I think it would be a great idea. Please let me know your thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 in the comment section below.


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  1. Wow the Samsung Note 9 sounds pretty amazing. I like that it has a larger screen and the weight is not a big difference from the 8. You are right about it being pricey, but it seems to be the trend with all the new phones, but I will take the price if the battery is solid. It makes it an easier purchase buying a phone with a decent battery. Thank you for the review.


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