Samsung's Galaxy S9 Called 'Worthy Rival' to iPhone X as Reviews Hit

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    Galaxy S9 and S9+ reviews are officially out, and they're mostly positive. The consensus is that Samsung's latest smartphones are iterative but improved versions of its already-impressive Galaxy S8 devices.

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    We've linked a handful of the reviews below for anyone interested, but since we're an Apple-centric website, we've chose to specifically highlight some comparisons made to Apple and the iPhone X in particular.

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    The Wall Street Journal's David Pierce believes that Samsung and the Galaxy S9 once again "set the bar for smartphone design":
    CNBC's Todd Haselton described the Galaxy S9 as "a worthy rival to the iPhone X" in his review. However, he said Samsung still lacks a Galaxy S smartphone that "pushes the boundaries a bit more" like the iPhone X.
    Samsung finally included stereo speakers on the Galaxy S9, and Haselton believes they sound "noticeably better" than those on the iPhone X.

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    The Verge's Dan Seifert said Samsung's new "AR Emoji" feature is "built just to compete with Apple" and "not very good":
    Quartz's Mike Murphy said what irks him most about the iPhone X is that it can only be unlocked with Face ID or a passcode, whereas the Galaxy S9 has a fingerprint scanner, iris scanner, facial recognition, or a passcode.

    However, he adds that the Galaxy S9's iris scanner and facial recognition system are both slower than Face ID on the iPhone X.
    Mashable's Raymond Wong touted the Galaxy S9 camera's variable aperture, but he said low-light photos aren't necessarily better than those shot with an iPhone X or Google Pixel 2. Most reviews agree it is a matter of personal preference.
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    T3Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ can be pre-ordered on Samsung's website for $720 and $840 respectively. The smartphones launch March 16.

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    "Nobody makes better-looking phones than Samsung." Really? Was that meant as a joke?
     
  6. Tech198 macrumors G4

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    "So why change anything?"

    That's true... why change anything compared to Apple who changes button placement from every few OS's. menus gets remained. etc.

    no real consistent, although you can still follow.

    To me consistory, would actually put Samsung first. As even that's not something Apple can keep to.
     
  7. Dave245 macrumors 603

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    Oh so because they more or less copied the Animoji feature and a less secure Face ID :rolleyes: yet when Apple does it they are not innovating and no one will buy it, talk about double standards :rolleyes:
     
  8. FasterQuieter macrumors 6502

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    I can never think of these phones as anything more than counterfeits that cost the same as the original. It is mystifying to me why anybody would buy one.
     
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    On the hardware side maybe, but noting beats the simplicity of iOS.
     
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    Still running Android and still an inferior ecosystem.

    Hardware does look good, though.
     
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    Not surprising about the stereo speakers. I was very disappointed in the iPhone X speakers. My old iPhone 7’s speakers sound better.
     
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    I like my iPhone X, but I just don’t get excited over smart phone tech like I use to. From any company.

    A bit stale if you ask me.
     
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    "can be pre-ordered on Samsung's website for $720 and $840"
    ^^^Apple, can we get into a more reasonable pricing? I am all in Apple gear but the S8/S9 are really great phones at 'reasonable' prices.
     
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    I can't see myself ever buying an Android phone but if you don't think the S8 wasn't a beautiful phone, you're kidding yourself.

    The X hardly takes the biscuit, does it?
     
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    In the end, I agree with you. Others tend disparage against iOS in terms of lack of customization or its boring, but iOS has always been about simplicity and security. It doesn’t have any clutter and it’s a clean platform. Hardware eventually wears off as it is, where software is more meaningful long-term, where I think iOS leads.
     
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    In other words, a good manufacturer made a good premium phone that works well.
     
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    My wife has the S8. In terms of hardware, it's certainly an admirable piece of tech. However, the fact that it runs a heavily skinned version of Android that, as clearly evidenced by Samsung's prior behavior, won't see updates for quite some time makes it a non-starter for me.
     
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    All jokes aside, pricing on those phones is where it needs to be. Apple can learn a thing or two from that. But of course, margins.
     
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    Those AR emoji instill Furby-levels of terror in me.

    ARmoji.gif

    Ahhhh, so much better.
     
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    How ??? Their replica Animoji is actually a Bitmoji
     
  21. Michael Goff macrumors G4

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    And Samsung could learn a thing or two from Apple about supporting their devices. I’d rather pay a little more and get better support.
     
  22. rubenhas macrumors newbie

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    Apple makes better-looking phones a whole year before Samsung. I guess we’ll have to agree to disagree.
     
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    "So why change anything?"

    In other words, Samsung is given a free pass on keeping the phone's physical design largely the same as last year. But when Apple does it, its a sign the company is on the rocks, out of ideas, unable to innovate, etc.

    "Worthy rival"

    Adjusting for the anti-Apple bias: Not a good rival.

    You don't download an iPhone app and find out later that it's actually malware. https://www.scmagazine.com/fake-wha...ted-malware-disguised-as-game/article/709845/
     
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    "So why change anything ?". When Apple does this they get called boring and stale.
     

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