Samsung Galaxy S9Source: Android Central

It seems like just yesterday the Galaxy S9 was the hottest and most popular Android smartphone on the market. However, here in 2020, it's over two years old. That's not a lot of time in the grand scheme of things, but in the smartphone world, it's the equivalent of a lifetime.

The Galaxy S9 stands out as one of the most refined and complete phones Samsung's ever released, even if it wasn't the most exciting or intriguing.

If you need a refresher on what's going on with the Galaxy S9 or are searching for some tips on how to use it to its fullest potential, you've come to the right place.

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A quick history on the Galaxy S9

Galaxy S9Source: Hayato Huseman / Android Central

To understand where the Galaxy S9 is today, we should take a look back on when it was announced and what the mobile landscape looked like then.

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The S9 and S9+ were released in March 2018 as successors to the Galaxy S8 and S8+. The S8 was one of the most revolutionary phones Samsung's ever created, ushering in a brand new design language and starting the endless war on bezels.

By comparison, the S9 was pretty underwhelming at first glance. It had a nearly identical design to the S8, with it focusing on further refining the experience as much as possible. It had the latest specs for the time, an excellent camera, gorgeous hardware, and there was still a headphone jack. Even now in 2020, the S9 looks and feels like a phone that could have just come out this year.

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As hinted at above, the S9 was (and still is) a pretty fantastic device.

We gave the phone high praise in our initial 4.5-star review, with some of the highlights being its terrific display, fast performance, great camera, etc. Samsung's software at the time wasn't the best on the market and battery life was just average, but all-in-all, the S9 offered one of the best Android experiences in 2018.

Revisiting the S9 three months after its release, we were still every bit as thrilled with it. It proved itself to be a reliable and trustworthy handset, though the Samsung Experience software continued to be one of the worst parts of the phone.

Finally, we decided to re-re-review the Galaxy S9 in March 2020 in honor of its two-year birthday. The S9's 3,000 mAh battery and single rear camera certainly show their age, but the latest update to Android 10 has given the phone a new lease of life. Samsung's AMOLED display also holds up admirably well, as does the design and biometric combo of a capacitive fingerprint sensor and iris scanning.

It's now running Android 10 / One UI 2.0

One UI's dark mode on the Samsung Galaxy S9Source: Android Central

Speaking of Android 10, that's what powers the Galaxy S9 in 2020. The phone shipped with Samsung Experience 9.0 based on Android 8.0 Oreo, but it now has One UI 2.0 based on Android 10.

The software of the S9 has aged beautifully, with the One UI interface being a huge upgrade over the slow and bogged-down Samsung Experience. It's more visually-pleasing, there's a cohesive design language, and the many features Samsung offers are presented in a much neater fashion.

It remains unclear if Samsung will update the Galaxy S9 to Android 11 once it's made available later this year, but we're certainly keeping our ears to the ground to learn more about this.

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How to get the most out of your phone

Galaxy S9Source: Android Central

Whether you've had your Galaxy S9 since launch or just recently picked it up on sale, there are likely some settings and features you don't know how to use. No judgment, here!

There's a lot going on with the S9, and if you take some time to learn all of its ins and outs, you can make it be an even better device for your wants/needs.

You'll find plenty of how-tos below that explain how to get the most out of your Galaxy phone, so feel free to give as many (or little) of them a look as you wish.

There are some great accessories out there

Galaxy S9 in a caseSource: Joe Maring / Android Central

Samsung crafted the Galaxy S9 to be perfectly capable on its own, but as the story goes for any smartphone, it's not complete without the right accessories.

Since it's been out for so long, there are tons of cases, screen protectors, and more available for the S9. Whether you want to keep it protected in the event of a drop or add a personal touch, there are ample ways to take your S9 experience up a notch.

The Galaxy S20 is the latest and greatest Samsung flagship

Galaxy S20 UltraSource: Andrew Martonik / Android Central

It's quite admirable how well the Galaxy S9 has held up over the years, but at this day in age, it's far from the newest Samsung phone on the market. Now, that title belongs to the Galaxy S20.

Samsung launched the S20 series in March 2020, consisting of the Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra. All three phones offer massive improvements over the S9, ranging from their 120Hz AMOLED displays, multiple rear cameras, huge batteries, and much, much, more.

The phones aren't perfect, but if you're shopping for a new Android right now, you'll be hard-pressed to find a more complete package than any of these devices.

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