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Samsung’s Galaxy S9 had big shoes to fill following the excellent S8. For the most part, it doesn’t disappoint. Its bright screen and slim bezels look great, and it speeds through tasks with aplomb. Almost a year old now, the S9 almost represents a value alternative to its rivals with recent price-drops. However, unique Samsung quirks make the experience clunkier than it should be.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 was a real game-changer in the world of flagship phones. Its nearly bezel-free design really put the heat on the Google and Apple competition, making the Pixel and iPhones look out-of-date in an instant. Not to mention it had a great camera, quality screen, and impressive battery life while remaining slim and wieldy. It wasn’t quite alchemy, but it was the next best thing.
Making a marked improvement on the S8 was going to be tough, and it seems like Samsung hasn’t tried to. Instead, it’s chosen to make a handful of tweaks here-and-there to improve the S9, without trying to push the boat out.
The S9 launched almost two years ago now, and it's starting to feel a bit long in the tooth, especially when compared to the Samsung S10 series. However, might the S9 be a very enticing bargain in 2021?
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