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Samsung Galaxy S9+ vs. OnePlus 5T: Here's what the extra $300 gets you

With the Galaxy S9 series, Samsung isn't reinventing the wheel: the core design aesthetic is the same as last year, but there are a few key upgrades, particularly in the camera department. The pricing hasn't changed all that much either, with the unlocked Galaxy S9+ retailing for $839, a mere $15 more than what the Galaxy S8+ debuted at last year.

If you don't want to shell out over $800 on a phone, there are plenty of alternatives available, and the OnePlus 5T is at the top of that list. Available for $499, the OnePlus 5T offers top-of-the-line specs with great build quality and a software experience that's equatable to the Pixels. So is the Galaxy S9+ worth the $300 premium over the 5T? Let's find out.

What's the same

Samsung Galaxy S9+ vs. OnePlus 5T

Like last year, Samsung is the first to roll out a phone with Qualcomm's latest platform, the Snapdragon 845. The chipset is built on the 10nm node but comes with a slew of improvements that include up to a 20% uptick in CPU performance and a huge 30% boost in the GPU department. The SoC also comes with an LTE modem that goes up to 1.2Gbps, and the new Hexagon 685 DSP leverages artificial intelligence.

The U.S. variant of the Galaxy S9+ is powered by the Snapdragon 845, whereas international models receive the Exynos 9810 version. While the Exynos variant offers marginally better battery life, there isn't any noticeable performance difference between the two models.

The OnePlus 5T is no slouch either, with the phone powered by the Snapdragon 835. It may not be the latest chipset anymore, but it is still one of the fastest available today, and OnePlus' optimizations give it an added boost.

CategorySamsung Galaxy S9+OnePlus 5T
Operating systemAndroid 8.0 Oreo
Samsung Experience 9.0
Android 8.0 Oreo
OxygenOS 5.0.4
Display6.2-inch Super AMOLED, 2960x1440 (18.5:9)6-inch Optic AMOLED, 2160x1080 (18:9)
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 845
or 10nm 64-bit Samsung Exynos 9810
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core
Adreno 540 GPU
Storage64GB/256GB
microSD up to 400GB
64/128GB (UFS 2.1)
RAM6GB/6GB6/8GB LPDDR4X
Rear camera 112MP Dual Pixel, OIS, f/1.5 or f/2.416MP, 1.12μm, f/1.7
Dual LED flash
Rear camera 212MP, f/2.420MP, 1μm, f/1.7
Front camera8MP, f/1.7, auto focus16MP, 1μm, f/2.0
Battery3500mAh3300mAh
ChargingUSB-C
Fast Wireless Charging
USB-C
Dash Charge
Water resistanceYes (IP68 certified)No
SecurityFingerprint sensor
Iris scanning
Face unlock
One-touch fingerprint sensor
Face Unlock
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11ac MIMO, 1.2 Gbps (Cat-18) LTE, Bluetooth 5.0 LE
ANT+, NFC, GPS, Glonass
802.11ac Wi-Fi, 2x2 MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0, aptX HD
USB-C (2.0), NFC
GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo
NetworkLTE Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/18/19/20/25/26/28/29/30/66
3xCA, 256QAM, DL Cat 12, UL Cat 13
Dimensions158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm
189 g
156.1 x 75 x 7.3 mm
162 g
ColorsMidnight Black, Lilac Purple, Coral BlueMidnight Black, Lava Red, Sandstone White
Price$839$499

The OnePlus 5T launched with Nougat out of the box, but the phone picked up the Oreo update at the start of the year. Thankfully, the Galaxy S9+ comes with Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. Rounding out the basics, both phones come with 3.5mm jacks.

The Galaxy S9+ has a marginally larger 3500mAh battery — 200mAh more than what you get on the OnePlus 5T — but the battery life is roughly the same on both phones. You shouldn't have any issues getting a day's worth of usage with each phone.

Both the OnePlus 5T and the Galaxy S9+ also come with a variety of storage and color options. The Galaxy S9+ is available in three colors options at launch — Midnight Black, Coral Blue, and Lilac Purple — and OnePlus has introduced several limited edition models of the OnePlus 5T that include Sandstone White and Lava Red.

What the Galaxy S9+ does better

Samsung Galaxy S9+ vs. OnePlus 5T

The OnePlus 5T has top-notch build quality, but the design itself isn't all that exciting. That's not the case with the Galaxy S9+ — Samsung's Infinity Display design aesthetic is evocative, and the way the light reflects off the glass back is striking. The Coral Blue color option, in particular, looks stunning, and the phone has thinner bezels when compared to the OnePlus 5T.

The dual curved panel also adds to that immersive experience, and for its part, Samsung has done a much better job eliminating accidental touches when using the phone one-handed. The Galaxy S9+ is a full 16g heavier over its predecessor while offering the same 3500mAh battery, and the added weight works in the device's favor. The OnePlus 5T comes in at 162g, and the weight distribution makes it top-heavy, but the Galaxy S9+ feels reassuringly solid.

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Then there's the 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display itself, which is the one of the best panels on a phone today. Samsung has been leading the display industry for a few years now, and its best panels rightfully end up on its own flagships. The panel on the Galaxy S9+ is wonderful, offering saturated colors, excellent contrast levels, and great viewing angles. The panel is brighter than the Galaxy S8+, so you'll have no issues with sunlight readability. I've been testing the phone in India's harsh sunlight, and Samsung's claims hold up.

The Galaxy S9+ offers a class-leading display paired with an outstanding camera.

Samsung also did a much better job when it comes to the audio experience, with the Galaxy S9+ featuring stereo speakers tuned by AKG. The secondary speaker is tucked into the earpiece, and the overall sound that comes out of the dual speakers is noticeably louder and clearer than last year.

The camera is the marquee feature on the Galaxy S9+, with Samsung offering a module with adjustable aperture — allowing it to switch from f/1.5 to f/2.4. There's a new 960fps super slow-motion feature as well, which just looks cool. The Galaxy S9+ also gets a secondary 12MP camera that acts as a telephoto lens, enabling 2x lossless zoom.

Galaxy S9+ on the left, OnePlus 5T on the right.

The OnePlus 5T holds its own in daylight scenarios, but it lags behind the Galaxy S9+ in low-light or artificial lighting. The S9+ just pulls ahead in terms of overall detail and dynamic range.

Then there are the extra features: the Galaxy S9+ offers wireless charging, Samsung Pay, and IP68 dust and water resistance. Wireless charging is a niche feature, but water resistance is a must-have in this segment. There are two features I miss whenever I switch to a non-Samsung phone — that gorgeous AMOLED panel and Samsung Pay. The mobile payments service has near-ubiquitous acceptance thanks to NFC as well as MST, and it's easier and more secure to use.

The Galaxy S9+ also comes with a new "intelligent scan" feature that uses a combination of facial recognition and iris scanning to authenticate, and while the OnePlus 5T also has a face unlock feature, it isn't as secure as what Samsung is offering. I wasn't a fan of the Galaxy Note 8's iris scanning, but Intelligent Scan is significantly faster.

What the OnePlus 5T does better

Samsung Galaxy S9+ vs. OnePlus 5T

The OnePlus 5T is one of the fastest phones in the market today, and the OxygenOS optimizations carried out by OnePlus make it fly. It is just as fast and fluid to use as a Pixel 2, and OnePlus tailored the software experience to perfection. The clutter-free user interface is one of the best available on Android, and OnePlus has added enough differentiation in the form of gestures and subtle tweaks to make it stand out.

OxygenOS offers one of the best software experiences available on Android today.

OnePlus also got much better at updates over the course of the last 12 months, with the company consistently rolling out security updates and adding new features to the device every few weeks. The OnePlus 5T received the Android 8.0 Oreo update at the start of the year, earlier than the Galaxy S8.

With the Galaxy S9+ still using the same Adaptive Fast Charge as two years ago (which is limited to Quick Charge 2.0 speeds), the OnePlus 5T has the distinct edge when it comes to charging thanks to Dash Charge. The fast charging standard offloads the circuitry to the wall charger, which means the device itself doesn't heat up while charging. Then there's the fact that you can charge up to 60% in just 30 minutes.

If you're looking to top up your phone's battery in the middle of the day, Dash Charge is one of the best options around.

Finally, the OnePlus 5T has better placement for the fingerprint scanner. Samsung moved the scanner underneath the camera module — making it easier to access — but it's still not at the natural resting position of your finger. You'll end up smudging the camera module more often than not when trying to unlock the device. That isn't an issue on the OnePlus 5T, as the sensor is located in the top-third

Which should you buy? Galaxy S9+

As good as the OnePlus 5T is — particularly in the software department — it misses out on a few key features, like water resistance. That should be a table stakes feature if you're spending $500 on a phone in 2018, and while the situation may change with the OnePlus 6, the feature is a sore omission on the OnePlus 5T.

Overall, the Galaxy S9+ is a much more enticing option. For $330 more, you're getting a phone with a much better camera, gorgeous design, iris scanning, IP68 dust and water resistance, wireless charging, and Samsung Pay. Samsung clearly understands what its fans want from a flagship, and the Galaxy S9+ absolutely nails the basics while delivering premium features that make it stand out.

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Harish Jonnalagadda
Harish Jonnalagadda

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor covering Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone manufacturers, and writes about the semiconductor industry, storage servers, and audio products. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

45 Comments
  • Well I read your article and despite what you wrote you declared the Samsung the winner. Seems to me that the one+ is way better value. It's only better in the water proofing. Oh and the screen is brighter. The one plus has a better OS and a competing camera. Don't see an extra $300 there.
  • +1 agreed entirely and proud owner of a OnePlus 5T
  • It is a way better value. Its hard to beat OnePlus when it comes to what you get for your $. IMO Oxygen OS is also the best on Android behind Google's stock.
  • Where you been? Here you are
  • I've been around dude. Just not so talkative for a while...lol
  • Objectively touchwiz is till the most advanced. And as most tests will show you any speed advantage has is negligible
  • Because you are bias and clearly have no idea what you are talking about.
    Stating that three screen is just brighter and purposefully trying to negate the camera advantages further proves it. Along with your os claim.
    Next time try using logic and facts and looking at the whole picture objectively. The s9 is clearly the overall far superior device.
    It's more expensive in hardware, software, research and development, accessories, and marketing.
    It's a lot easier to buy good parts and sell a device like that is cheaper with a stock build. How much more worthy you feel those features and parts are is irrelevant to the fact that it most definitely costs more.
  • For $300 you get;
    1) best camera on a smartphone
    2) wireless charging
    3) SD Card for added storage
    4) IP68 certification for waterproofing
    5) better smartphone display
    6) 4K video recording and super slo-mo video
    7) Better all around designed device
    8) Better stereo speakers Gotta give OPO the nod on faster updates though
  • Everyone is different, to me that looks like paying $300 for a lot of crap i don't care about. Also the 5T does have 4K and slow motion video recording. The S9+almost certainly does it better though. And what do you mean OPO? The Oneplus one is from 2014, not a good comparison.
  • OPO is short for OnePlusOne......
  • Exactly, we have been agreeing to much lately. Something is wrong in the universe.
  • Spot on
  • You are so right. I couldn't agree with you more
  • Jamezr - I would add that the S9 feels more solid as well. However, that is a huge price difference between the two, and the value of the 5T is going to be better, as is durability. If you want to see the differences in camera, look to the sharpness of the origami photo when you zoom in, and the clarity of the text on the bottom of the books on the bookshelf. The advantage of the S9's dual aperture is having a sharper F2.4 for good lighting, and a wider F1.5 for lower light photos. However, I would point out that the S9+ is third place among cameras that I'm familiar with. The Pixel 2 get props for image processing, and U11 for low light performance. Most of the margins were slim with everything being pretty even for daylight shots, and the S9 sharpness winning favor with macro shots. The low light shots were the only ones where there were drastic differences, and a couple of examples are below, followed by a link to one of the comparison videos. https://photos.app.goo.gl/LSnoKtacQuMJ66Vr1
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/4LAhEsvlndYcxdUs2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aASS5ijnCSg
  • I have a S9+ and Pixel 2 XL and iphone 8 Plus. I will give the nod to the P2 as having the best image processing on the planet. Google has done some amazing things in that space. But all around i would give the S9+ the nod of better camera when you add in video into the mix as well. Sometimes the P2XL will take better picture and sometimes the S9+ will. But video goes to the S9+ There are some in depth reviews and comparison here https://www.dxomark.com/category/mobile-reviews/
  • Actually the s9 even edges out the pixel 2. The pixel 2 uses more poppy contrast and over sharpened photos. People like that but the pictures are not technically superior. Just a hair in dynamic range. And I literally mean a hair.
    People keep mistaking the galaxy's high auto exposure which we all came to expect now means it's dynamic range is poorer. But just tap the screen to adjust exposure and they are almost identical.
  • What do you mean by best all round design? I don't like glass phones. They crack too easily. The curved edge/infinity display of the Samsung doesn't work for those like me with big hands and then there is the issue of angle of viewing when the curved edge hides the image.
  • I doubt even a hardened Oneplus fan would argue the 5T it's a better phone than the S9+
    But £300 is a lot of money and as I don't care about wireless charging or better screen the only major benefits to me are IP68 and camera.
    And when you start looking at £800 phones the Note series looks better to me.
  • They would and do
  • OP seems to have stopped selling the 5T on their site, so buy a phone you can buy. I think OP needs to worry more about $650 Pixels. My OP3 was an amazing value at $400, but going over $500 will drop that affordable flagship title and room for compromises.
  • Probably getting ready for the OnePlus 6.
  • From the pictures, it is evident that the Samsung is over-processing the pictures. The 1+ has better daylight pictures because those blacks of the Samsung have a greenish tint like the mic and books. Even with a significantly newer processor it cannot outperform the 1+. Your whole article was biased because more than 70% was spent on the gs9+. A phone is not a bath toy or submarine. Water-proofing is still a niche market like wireless charging. Glass VS metal is based on the user. The only way Samsung wins is on marketing because I don't know how they manage to get people to buy their phones at such high prices that cannot be justified. A 10¢ zip lock bag can water proof my phone. Why pay $330 more for water proofing? There is android pay that negates Samsung pay. How much were you paid by Samsung to write such a lopsided article? If you are truly a tech enthusiast then be honest and fair
  • To be fair, Samsung pay is superior to Google pay. In the US anyways. Alot of small stores and mom and pops still use the strip.
  • What about the biometric sensors, they will never be a true replacement for a pin, password or pattern because biometrics can be used against your will. If you are sleeping, your finger print or facial scan can be used without your consent. 1+ doesn't use biometrics for purchases. They have agreed that it's not as secure as a pin, password or pattern.
  • Fair and spot on points. I'm not a Samsung guy at all. In fact I will never buy one. Just saying, if someone is in a pinch Samsung has the extra capability. It has been a long time since I have been to a store without NFC terminals. Less secure with the strip, absolutely.
  • Actually...you are just bias and butthurt. Would it have been bias in your opinion of most of it went to the op5t? Even though the s9 is technically overall superior?
    And with how dramatically more advanced touchwiz is the little tiny speed advantages one plus has are insignificant.
    Try using logic
  • If you're buying the phone outright the 5t I'd a great buy. If you're on a carrier and are just making payments it makes sense to get the S9+. I have a 5t, it's a great phone and I have no complaints about it. But side by side the S9+ is the better phone.
  • OnePlus 5T all day long over the S9 and S9+ as it's way cheaper and much better value but I'd pick the Pixel 2 XL over both of them because of the consistent updates and consistent security patches direct from Google, although while I like OnePlus software, I don't like their BS policy and I don't trust OnePlus anymore after they were caught out tracking users data and sending it back to China and the bs with an update so you can watch Netflix and Amazon prime video in HD which you have to send your OnePlus 5T back to OnePlus which is ridiculous and main reason for picking the Pixel 2 XL over the OnePlus 5T is the updates and the extra year of updates and consistent security patches which OnePlus aren't good (but I like their software, Oxygen OS which is very close to stock Android) at and the main reason I pick the Pixel 2 XL over the S9+ is I don't like Samsung's software, it's as bloated mess with duplicate Samsung apps that are inferior to Google's superior apps and features that aren't useful to me and again Samsung are bad with updates and I'm a Google and stock Android lover so to me, Samsung's software isn't true Android.
  • The S9 should cost more. It's more expensive in hardware, software, research and development, accessories, and marketing. And the pixel 2 xl is the most over priced and worst value android phone. It is the iPhone of Android
  • The Pixel 2 XL is still Android, and it's overpriced but so is the S9, which is still a great phone but I don't like Samsung's software and yes I know I can change it to a Pixel launcher but I shouldn't have to do this so I have the pure Android and Google experience, and with a Pixel 2 XL I have it all right out of the box, I value a fast, consistently smooth and clean experience without gimmicks err features that I'll never use and I don't need care for expandable storage as 128GB built-in storage is more than enough for me and with unlimited Google storage for photos and videos (which I know the S9 has as well) I'll need not worry about running out of storage, and wireless charging isn't as important or essential as fast charging and is slower, now the S9 has what you want which is more features at the expense of a smooth experience and slow updates (you'll be lucky to get Android P next year) while I value software, updates and the pure Android and Google experience over features I'll never use and aren't useful to me, so the Pixel 2 XL is my number one choice, what matters is both phones are great and they both run Android which is the greatest, most advanced and most popular platform in the world.
  • Come back when you're reply actually makes logical sense in response to what I said rather just being in bias of what you wanted hear.
  • We're all biased to something we prefer and there's nothing wrong with that, what I say about Android being the greatest platform in the world is true and updated know it look we have our preferences and mine is stock Android and Pixel and yours is obviously Samsung and it's all good because what matters is both phones run Android and have all the advantages of using an Android phone, the freedom, flexibility and customisation, you can't go wrong with ether the S9, Pixel 2 XL or the OnePlus 5T.
  • Im strictly talking facts and objectives. Not preferences and bias.
    You can have preferences and bias to some degree without going too far. And still be able to use objective thinking behind replies that lack as much of the bias as possible.
    On an objective level touchwiz is ahead. And the pixel is a good phone, but definitely not the best. Rhe s9 clearly outclasses ir in a number of ways. So do other devices.
    And it's the most over priced android phone. And it made too many compromises even if it was cheaper. Let alone how over priced it is.
    They all make some compromises. But when you are known as Google or one of the big high end companies and charge within a certain bracket there is only so much you can compromise before it's too much. When you are Google and charge 850 bux...the pixel compromises way too much. And yes. Most all the phones are over priced. But there are varying levels. And the 2 xl is the closest to an iPhone level an android gets....as far as phones and not talking those over priced under specced luxury ones. Sony's android projector was probably the most over priced device.
    While the note and galaxy plus may cost a little more they also cost more in almost every category. Hardware, software, security, research and development, accessories, and marketing.
    In value and costs there is more reason for it to cost more than others and lowers it's level of over pricing compared to many others.
    Of course....they still gave their own compromises...especially lately and definitely should be cheaper regardless.
  • You're getting the best Android experience with a Pixel and timely updates and security patches and the Pixel 2 XL has the absolute essentials, not having a headphone jack is subjective and frankly it doesn't bother me. Wireless charging isn't a big deal and I like that the Pixel 2 XL is different and isn't all glass which makes it way more durable unlike the fragile all glass S9 and S9+ which are beautiful looking phones that are way ahead of Google in features, but the Pixel 2 XL has the core features and sure it's overpriced and certain things could be better like the display which it's issues are way overblown and is mostly fixed now but for me to pros of the Pixel 2 XL far outweigh the cons and is my number one choice because it has what is important to me.
  • And there in lies the problem. That bias. That whole stock thing with most is just a preference. And for many and to most is based off lies and exaggerations. No different then the way that iOS users have always claimed that even stock Android is a buggy, laggy, virus ridden piece of crap.
    And it's the fanboy b.s. in android. To HTC theirs is the best. To Sony fans...Well half the time they are worse than apple. To the purist fanboys stock has always been superior.
    But based off objective facts touchwiz is overall superior. The speed claims have always been excessively exaggerated and even more so now. With even the note 8 on 7.0 with s835 winning speed tests to the pixel and keeping up with one plus. This is 8.0 with s845. To deny the advantages of it over stock by having a multitude of more advanced software's while still being as faster and even faster is pure bias denial. And there is more to life and software than just having the latest number. Who cares if the pixel gets the update first if the galaxies software is already technically more advanced to begin with? It's just psychological. Not entirely an actual advantage. And Samsung keeps up with security patches. And Knox makes their devices the most secure. The pros are fine...until it's cost comes into play. Again. This is facts and objectives. It compromised way too much to be so expensive. And it's people like you that don't think there is anything wrong with them compromising so much while charging so much that enable such greed and power to be acceptable and continue. Not only do you accept it but you defend it.
  • I gave OnePlus another shot when I bought my 5, I've got to say they have stepped up their game! I'm sorry for the Samsung fanboys out there, but until they stop trying to be the apple of the Android ecosystem, I'm not interested.
  • I'm always amazed at how reviewers slobber of the design of phones. The S9's glass back is a fingerprint magnet that within a few minutes of handling will look like crap. And the glass back is fragile to shattering when dropped. This is more important than waterproofing. You're at a much greater risk of dropping you phone on pavement than in the toilet. The only sensible thing to do is to put a case on the phone (which 99% of owners do) and then the beautiful glass back makes no difference. Also, Dash Charging with the OnePlus is much more useful than wireless charging. Add Samsung's lousy record rolling out Android updates, crappy TouchWiz interface, useless Bixby and other Samsung crapware to the demerit list. Samsung's camera is somewhat better but is it worth a 60% price premium? You could spend that $300 toward a nice compact camera. I don't think it's clear that the S9 is a better phone even if it had the same price as the OnePlus. Plus, the "$300" price difference is deceptive. An unlocked S9 from Samsung is $340 more that the 5T and an S9 from AT&T or Verizon (which is how most will be purchased) is over $400 more than the OnePlus. Samsung is rapidly heading toward Apple overpricing.
  • I can't argue with most of what you say except I think for most people the extras the S9 gives does make it a better phone.
    But would I swap my 5T for an S9, no.
    We are not most people.
  • Actually it is clear that objectively the s9 is the better overall phone.
    Preferences aside basing on objective advantages.
    Even the whole thing on stock is usually based on false beliefs and exaggerations
  • And false. This bigger prices are superficially for the carrier versions of the s9 plus. Not the s9 or unlocked. The standard non carrier version of s9 is about 720.
    And while it might be a little over priced you are being very bias and or naive. The one plus better dam well be cheaper than the galaxy.
    Samsung costs more in hardware, software, security, research and development, included accessories, freebies, and marketing.
    What it costs them to develop touch wiz and update it and bug check it. Their top rated Knox security. How big their factories are, running all those machines, all the researching to develop all these technologies like the ones one plus gets to buy off cheaper. Paying those people.
    The included $100 headphones in the box. The best display in a phone. As opposed to a company that can buy parts second hand at a better cut, only releases a couple devices, and didn't had to put much effort into the software except some bug checking and optimizing.
  • Yes I believe the S9 is a better phone for most than the 5T but the 5T is way better than the S7 I had and it's better value (to me) than the S9+
    Not forgetting Oppo is no small start up company who do a lot of the same research and development as Samsung.
    Touch Wiz is a required taste to say the least and Oxygen is one of the better skins I've used. I could of bought any phone I wanted but chose the 5T.
    I'm not trying to tell anyone what phone is best for them but it's impossible for anyone to honestly judge phones without actually using them for a good period.
    I've had S series phones, Pixel and Oneplus and they have all been great.
  • A couple issues here.
    While yes the exynos variants generally has better battery efficiency you can't just assume that it's always the case. And I didn't see any battery results provided. As it stands actually the exynos version seems to have stepped back on battery in a couple spots. Possibly mainly in standby. And it could still just be because of early software with the new cpu cores. Or the new cores could have a power cost.
    As current tests stand the snapdragon might actually be more efficient this year. And then to claim that there is no noticeable performances differences when the exynos has by far the most powerful android cpu design and superior audio. And the snapdragon has a more efficient gpu. Also on the os claim giving it to one plus was pretty common bias/naive thinking.
    Is it really any faster?? And by how much really? Tiny insignificant differences?? At the cost of not even having half the more advanced features and functions touchwiz has while being right up there in speed. And the note 8 even on 7.0 with s835 was beating the pixel and right up there with one plus before anyone claims oh well s845. And yes. They get updates out faster...wow...They have like one or two main phones a year and release bare minimum stock builds while Samsung makes the most advanced mobile ui available and has to do it for multiple phones on multiple carriers and countries. And still keeps up with security updates.
    Samsung is clearly doing by far a much better overall job here. Of course they could always improve on timing some of course.
  • Having a glass back means your phone will be held in a silicone case all the time. How "striking" is it?
    Dropped my new at the time OP from a shelf 2m (6.5ft) high. It landed on ceramic floor and got away with only two dents on aluminum corners. Six months later I pushed same phone off the couch with my chubby a$$. This time it landed face down from laughable 30cm (1ft) height. That top notch guerilla killer glass cracked liked champagne glass! Surely, such a vulnerable piece of tech like S9+ is unlikely to experience IP67 environment ever.
    The camera comparison... Is it me color blind or S9+ colors are off? Look at that greenish black! All pics are somewhat over-brightened while OP takes much more real-life looking shots. Honestly, at first I thought S9+ pics were on the right side since we were justifying Samsung purchase.
  • Water resistance is a food feature but not so good that it has to be the first reason to favor the Galaxy s9!
  • How did the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ fare in SquareTrade’s breakability tests? Not well. Not well at all.
    http://bgr.com/2018/03/19/galaxy-s9-plus-case-needed-badly-squaretrade-d...