Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Review
A big, brilliant but slightly baffling phone
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is the Korean brand’s smartphone big-hitter. It’s not a mainstream flagship option – that would be the S9 – but it’s the phone Samsung is using to really flex its muscles. And boy, is the Note 9 impressive. It has heaps of power, an amazing screen, and that unique stylus. It’s not for everyone, but then again, not everyone needs this much phone.
- Incredible display
- Fantastic cameras
- Uniqe S Pen stylus
- Remarkable battery life
- Notch-free design
- Daunting size makes it tricky to use one-handed
- Very expensive
- Samsung bloatware can be an irritant
Samsung markets the Note 9 at the consumers that need their phone to do everything. It combines an enormous 6.4-inch screen, a powerful processor, a stylus, and the capability to connect it to a myriad of peripherals.
While it has competition from other big phones, such as the Google Pixel 3 XL, iPhone XS Max and Huawei Mate 20 Pro, none of these phones offer the same level of versatility as the Note 9. The Note 9 is perfectly capable of working as a business phone for on-the-go workers, as a gaming phone, or as a dedicated camera phone.
This versatility makes the Note 9 a great phone on paper, but in the real world, it can be tricky to know exactly what the Note 9 is supposed to be. We’ll explain why in the rest of this review:
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