Watch: Samsung Galaxy S9+ video review

There's no sense in pretending the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ are completely new devices unlike anything we've seen before. These two are the textbook definition of an iterative update, building upon the solid foundations of the Galaxy S8 series and with important upgrades where necessary. The S9 brings a new main camera experience with adjustable apertures, telephoto zoom for the first time in a Galaxy S, a new biometric setup centered around a redesigned fingerprint scanner. Samsung took a great phone and made it better, and the result is sure to be a phenomenal commercial success.

You could say it's the most boring Galaxy S launch in years. Or you could say Samsung doesn't need to reinvent the wheel and completely upend a highly successful series of phones. Either way, you'll want to check out our comprehensive video review above, and share your own thoughts down in the comments!

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Alex was with Android Central for over a decade, producing written and video content for the site, and served as global Executive Editor from 2016 to 2022.

  • I like the old saying if it ain't broke don't fix it. So, the s9 design copied the s8. I still think the s8 & 9 are still the best designed phones on the planet. Look what Apple did same design for how many years? I do not have a problem with the s9's design. Again, still one of the best!
  • When compared to the Pixel 2XL, most say that the software on the Pixel is better. My thought is that software can be updated and changed after the phone is purchased. You will be stuck with the hardware until you buy a new phone.
  • To each their own, but software frustrates me way more than hardware. Flagships all do hardware good enough for me, but they all can't offer software that's smooth over time and updated quickly.
  • ^^^^This absolutely!
  • Individual preferences aside data and sales reflect users continually prefer Samsung's overall Android experience (which is their combination of software and hardware) over Pixel, Motorola or any other Android OEM combined. One simply cannot deny how well Samsung does mobile devices. That I was able to get a 360 dollar credit from T-Mobile and Samsung for my excellent, paid for S7 the upgrade for 360 overall for the S9 makes perfect sense. What other flagship in '18 for the most current hardware can you get for 360? One Plus? Pixel? Nope. Looking forward to my S9.