HER RE­VIEW: Sam­sung Galaxy S9+ Proves Real Beauty Comes From Within

SmartHouse - - HIS AND HERS - Writ­ten by Roma Chris­tian

The mo­ment you lay eyes on Sam­sung’s S9+, one thing is bla­tantly clear - It looks a hell of a lot like the former S8. When it comes to the ex­te­rior of Sam­sung’s lat­est flag­ship smart­phone, the South Korean gi­ant has taken the ap­proach of “don’t fix what’s not bro­ken”. Whilst most of the S9’s im­prove­ments are found un­der the hood, it hasn’t stopped Sam­sung from demon­strat­ing why its phones con­sis­tently rank among the in­dus­try’s best. Cou­pled with its new “re-imag­ined cam­era” the new Galaxy S9+ (A$1,349) could well be one of the best smart­phones on the mar­ket to­day.


To cel­e­brate the S9’s launch, Sam­sung has de­buted a new ‘Laven­der’ hue, which is both beau­ti­ful and some­what rem­i­nis­cent of the LG V30+. The S9+ mea­sures 6.2-inches, and re­tains a 18.5:9 Quad HD+ ‘In­fin­ity Dis­play’, for edge-to-edge dis­play. The AMOLED dis­play is crisp, clear and con­sis­tent with what Sam­sung phones are known for. Com­pared to the S8, the Galaxy S9+ fea­tures slightly thin­ner bezels. Sam­sung states it has in­creased the ‘black­ness’ of the screen, to bet­ter blend in with ex­ter­nal bezels when switched off. Once again, a re­flec­tion of the acute at­ten­tion to de­tail Sam­sung is known for. Th­ese lit­tle tweaks make ‘Edge

apps such as health and ac­cess to my Sam­sung watch via the Gear app. With this new the sleek de­sign of the Sam­sung 8 has been re­tained de­spite slightly shorter up­per and lower bezels, re­sult in vivid near edge-to-edge 5.8-inch or 6.2-inch curved dis­plays equal to last year’s sizes and screen res­o­lu­tion. The OLED screen which is made by Sam­sung is crys­tal sharp which is why Ap­ple has no al­ter­na­tive but to buy Sam­sung dis­play screens for their top end iPhone X. What Sam­sung de­liv­ers with the S9 and S9+ are solid, if hardly gamechang­ing, new hand­sets that keep the com­pany’s flag­ships at the top of the An­droid heap. If you spent your money on last year’s Galaxy phones, you have ev­ery rea­son to stand pat this time around. If you own an older de­vice, the in­vest­ment in th­ese pricey phones makes more sense. Sam­sung fea­tures in­clude fast wire­less charg­ing but you do need to buy an op­tional charg­ing pad, the de­vice is also wa­ter and dust re­sis­tance, and, they have in­cluded an ex­cel­lent pair of AKG plug in head­phones, which de­liver an ex­cep­tional sound ex­pe­ri­ence es­pe­cially when watch­ing a movie on an air­craft or train.


It also ap­pears that Sam­sung has im­proved the speed of their wire­less charg­ing, iron­i­cally the $1,500 Google Pixel 2 has no wire­less charg­ing es­pe­cially as wire­less charg­ing is now be­ing built into bed­side clock ra­dios and there is an abun­dance of sub $100 charg­ers now on the mar­ket.


The in­clu­sion of a stan­dard sized head­phone jack, means you won’t need a spe­cial adapter to plug in corded head­phones. If only some­one would tell Ap­ple and Google. One of the new fea­tures are new stereo speak­ers that sup­port for Dolby At­mos which de­liv­ers fright­enly real sur­round ef­fects. Be­cause smart­phones are in­creas­ingly be­com­ing our go-to plat­forms for en­ter­tain­ment, a top-flight dis­play alone won’t quite cut it any­more. It’s a lot like Sam­sung top end TV’s which while de­liv­er­ing a great 4K Ul­tra High Def­i­ni­tion dis­play you do need a re­ally good sound bar to get the best ex­pe­ri­ence. In or­der to en­joy a truly cin­e­matic mo­bile view­ing ex­pe­ri­ence Sam­sung needed to de­liver a pre­mium sound sys­tem to com­ple­ment the dis­play – one that makes it easy for you to im­merse our­selves in what­ever con­tent we’re con­sum­ing. To en­able users to ex­pe­ri­ence true au­di­tory im­mer­sion, Sam­sung re­designed the S9 by in­cor­po­rat­ing new AKG-tuned stereo speak­ers at the bot­tom and in the ear­piece of the Galaxy S9. To­gether, the speak­ers pump out audio that’s not only loud, but also rich and bal­anced, no mat­ter the vol­ume. Lo­cated at the bot­tom and ear­piece of the de­vice, the Galaxy S9’s AKG­tuned stereo speak­ers of­fer high­qual­ity audio, no mat­ter the vol­ume. The Galaxy S9 also fea­tures a Dolby At­mos ef­fect, which trans­forms audio into im­mer­sive, 360-de­gree sur­round sound. The new AKG ear­phones that come in the box, have a new, more stylish

Light­ing’ look even more strik­ing. New no­ti­fi­ca­tions cause the de­vice’s perime­ter to light up, and the min­i­mal­ist bezels add to aes­thet­ics. En­sconced in semi-matte metal­lic laven­der, Sam­sung states the S9’s edges have also been re­in­forced for bet­ter scratch re­sis­tance - a great ad­di­tion for de­vices with thin bezels. The larger S9+ also de­buts a dual rear cam­era set-up. At the bot­tom of the de­vice is a USB-C port, and to the de­light of many con­sumers Sam­sung has re­tained the head­phone jack. For en­hanced dura­bil­ity, the Galaxy S9+ fea­tures an IP68 rat­ing for wa­ter and dust re­sis­tance.


Turn­ing the de­vice around re­veals a wel­come makeover. The S9+ has re­sponded to pre­vi­ous feed­back, and moved its finger­print reader to a more er­gonomic lo­ca­tion. Even with my pe­tite hands, I have no trou­ble ac­cess­ing the scan­ner for su­per swift un­lock­ing. Now placed at the bot­tom of the cam­era, users are less likely to ac­ci­den­tally smudge the cam­era when un­lock­ing - a gripe of pre­vi­ous de­vices. In a bid to take on Ap­ple’s iPhone X, the S9+ fea­tures an iris and fa­cial recog­ni­tion scan­ner. For glasses wear­ers this is es­pe­cially ben­e­fi­cial, as the de­vice utilises iris recog­ni­tion when Face ID is sti­fled. Both fea­tures work ad­e­quately, how­ever, finger­print recog­ni­tion re­mains my go-to.


With its dual rear cam­era setup and wide-an­gle dual aper­ture lens, Sam­sung is tout­ing the S9’s “Reimag­ined Cam­era” a hero fea­ture. Adding sub­stance to Sam­sung’s claims, test­ing au­thor­ity DxOMark re­cently awarded the Galaxy S9+ its “high­est ever” com­bined photo and video rat­ing for a smart­phone cam­era. Comb­ing a F2.4 aper­ture lens with a F1.5, the S9 boasts the bright­est smart­phone cam­era lens set-up cur­rently on the mar­ket. Its rear cam­era set-up cou­ples a 12MP with a 12MP zoom lens, whilst the front ‘selfie’ cam­era de­liv­ers 8MP. The S9 Plus’ dual aper­ture lens claims to au­to­mat­i­cally ad­just to en­vi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions, mim­ick­ing the en­try of light like a hu­man eye, for crisp, clear images. Her­alded a pseudo DLSR lens, the S9 Plus’ vari­able aper­ture cam­era claims to of­fer in­stan­ta­neously ‘In­sta­grammable’ images. [Spoiler alert: It de­liv­ers]. Com­pared to the Galaxy Note 8, the dif­fer­ence in colour vi­brancy, tonal­ity and crisp­ness cap­tured by the Galaxy S9+ is in­stantly ev­i­dent. Low-light func­tion­al­ity is also sig­nif­i­cantly much bet­ter than other ri­val smart­phones, with no­tably en­hanced clar­ity. The de­vice does strug­gle in ex­tremely dark rooms, how­ever, its a stretch to as­sume it could sub­sti­tute spe­cialised ‘night cams’. The cam­era’s ‘Auto’ mode largely de­liv­ers images which are strik­ing from the get-go, and closely re­sem­bles the qual­ity of usu­ally edited pho­to­graphs. Since us­ing the S9+, time spent edit­ing images for so­cial me­dia has been con­sid­er­ably re­duced. I did, how­ever, en­joy the blurred out back­ground cast by ‘Food’ mode. Great for cap­tur­ing #cof­feeporn. That be­ing said, there is a ‘Pro’ mode for those who want ex­tra cus­tomi­sa­tion. As one pho­tog­ra­pher friend re­marked, “This is mak­ing my job re­dun­dant”.

de­sign that is be­fit­ting of ear­phones for a flag­ship de­vice, with a braided ca­ble in­stead of the reg­u­lar plas­tic ca­ble Sam­sung has been us­ing un­til this point. This is all part of Sam­sung’s am­bi­tions to de­liver the best in all as­pects of their com­po­nents at­tach­ments and de­sign.


Now we come to what Sam­sung is call­ing their “reimag­ined” cam­era. With S9+ which I used there are two rear cam­eras, one for tele­photo and one wide an­gle; the S8+ and the new S9 had just one rear cam­era. Ar­guably, the most im­por­tant cam­era fea­ture is one you won’t im­me­di­ately no­tice, a dual aper­ture (F1.5, F2.4) that au­to­mat­i­cally widens or re­tracts ac­cord­ing to the light­ing con­di­tions around you, much like the hu­man iris does. It’s sub­tle but it does de­liver even when the light­ing con­di­tions are poor. You can also change the aper­ture man­u­ally as part of the “pro” set­tings. With the lat­est S9 you also get ad­di­tional spe­cial ef­fects which my grand­daugh­ters “ab­so­lutely lov”. While Low light shoot­ing is al­ways tricky for a smart­phone cam­era, the new S9 de­liv­ers images and shots that come to life due to new tech­nol­ogy on the chipset. Then there’s the Su­per Slo-Mo mode. Sev­eral brands have had a crack at de­liv­er­ing slow-mo­tion shots at 240 fps, with the S9 you can shoot at 960 fps, due to the in­tro­duc­tion of a new DRAM buf­fer that grabs the im­age data as it’s be­ing shot. The front-fac­ing cam­era is that a front fac­ing cam­era that is sim­i­lar to those found in sev­eral other smart­phones.


Then there is the AR Emoji creator and if you have kids they are go­ing to be all over this fea­ture es­pe­cially when they have friends around. The phone uses soft­ware and the front imag­ing ar­ray to cre­ate a car­toon dop­pel­gänger. Sam­sung’s aug­mented-re­al­ity let’s one share an AR Emoji as an an­i­mated sticker or GIF through a third-party mes­sag­ing app such as What­sApp. On iPhones, you can send An­i­mo­jis only through the Mes­sages app on the iPhone X.

The Galaxy S9+ has also de­buted an im­pres­sive su­per slow mo­tion cam­era, trig­gered man­u­ally or au­to­mat­i­cally. Sam­sung claims to have in­creased the de­vice’s shut­ter speed to 960 frames per sec­ond - i.e. 0.2 sec­onds of re­al­life, con­verted into a 6 sec­ond video. Truth be told, the re­sults are pretty spec­tac­u­lar. No need for third party apps, the S9’s slow mo­tion cam­era truly de­liv­ers.


Say­ing good­bye to bit­mo­jis, the S9+ al­lows users to cre­ate per­son­alised 3D avatars, which mimic a per­son’s fa­cial ex­pres­sions. Users can capture images or videos of their avatar, to share as a GIF or meme. Whilst the fea­ture is fun in the­ory, there are no­table re­stric­tions. Like many oth­ers, my AR emoji doesn’t closely re­sem­ble my ap­pear­ance - cus­tomi­sa­tion of skin tone, fa­cial fea­tures and out­fits is some­what lim­ited. At cur­rent, it’s not ro­bust enough for me to reach for of­ten. Con­cern­ing self­ies, Sam­sung has in­te­grated sev­eral ‘Snapchat-es­que’ fil­ters di­rectly into the cam­era - e.g. kit­ten ears on your head, or fes­tive frames. It’s fun and prac­ti­cal enough to use fre­quently. An in-built AR make-up func­tion is also em­bed­ded into the selfie-cam­era, how­ever, com­pared to third party apps on Google Play, it fairs rel­a­tively av­er­age.


One of the S9 cam­era’s most im­pres­sive feats, is its in­te­gra­tion of ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence. By trig­ger­ing ‘Bixby Vi­sion’, users can point the cam­era at var­i­ous ob­jects, and dis­play a suite of rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion For Aus­tralian mod­els, Bixby Vi­sion cur­rently of­fers five modes; Text, Im­age, Place, Wine and QR Code. I was dis­ap­pointed to find the Aus­tralian S9+ does not of­fer Bixby Vi­sion’s ‘Makeup’ mode. The fea­ture dis­plays in­for­ma­tion about makeup worn by oth­ers, and di­rects to pur­chase links. Us­ing Bixby Vi­sion is fun to use, how­ever does drain a lot of bat­tery. Spend­ing half an hour tin­ker­ing with the fea­ture churns a con­sid­er­able amount of juice. Bixby Vi­sion seems Sam­sung’s take on Google Lens - which is cur­rently rolling out to An­droid phones - how­ever doesn’t per­form quite as well. There are sev­eral in­stances in ‘Im­age’ mode when Bixby failed to dis­play in­for­ma­tion about land­mark build­ings around me, whereas Google Lens did. In ‘Text’ mode, users can point to a for­eign phrase, for the cam­era to dis­play a trans­la­tion. This is hi­tor-miss, and is best used on short phrases. Pointed at food, Bixby Vi­sion dis­plays the amount of calo­ries. How­ever, I’d take re­sults with a grain of salt, as some­times junk food reads much ‘health­ier’ than truth. I en­joyed us­ing the ‘Wine’ mode, which scans a bot­tle’s la­bel and dis­plays in­for­ma­tion about its name, brand, user rat­ings and pur­chase links. It’s fun to use at a bot­tle shop, as though your own per­sonal wine as­sis­tant. In lieu of the ded­i­cated ‘Makeup’ mode, I opted for scan­ning faces

With the S9 you can turn your AR Emoji into wallpaper on the Sam­sung phone or set as an “al­ways on dis­play” im­age or send it to a friend via email. Sam­sung, wants you to cre­ate a 3D avatar that looks just like you, all based on a selfie. You can cus­tom­ize the avatar by adding (or re­mov­ing) hair, glasses, clothes and al­ter­ing the skin tone.


One an­noy­ing fea­ture is Bixby in­side the cam­era man­age­ment con­sole. Bixby is Sam­sung’s ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence-in­fused vir­tual as­sis­tant who de­buted a year ago on the S8 and S8+, while it’s an im­prove­ment it still has a long way to go. I don’t sup­port pro­pri­etary soft­ware that is de­vel­oped by a Com­pany com­ing from be­hind two com­peti­tors such as Google and Ama­zon with their Alexa tech­nol­ogy. One way, that Sam­sung is hop­ing to make its mark with Bixby is through the cam­era, and what I got was ques­tion­able re­sults. On the plus side, you can point the cam­era at a street sign and have Bixby quickly trans­late that sign into a for­eign lan­guage — use­ful for those of you who travel, but the kind of thing we’ve seen be­fore. I was us­ing it re­cently in Ja­pan with mu Note 8. You can also point Bixby at food you’re eat­ing, and in some in­stances — it worked with a blue­berry muf­fin and with tiramisu — Bixby can let you know how many calo­ries the item has. Where Bixby came up short was that it strug­gled to iden­tify sev­eral tourist images around Syd­ney in­clud­ing Manly beach. Ac­cord­ing to my grand­daugh­ter the sur­pris­ing killer app is when you tap makeup, and via the “see” in­side app you look in dif­fer­ent shades and styles of makeup. Move your lips or smile and the lipstick, for ex­am­ple, re­mains in place. This al­lows one to find that per­fect look. And if you get your makeup from Sephora and Cover­Girl you have a bet­ter chance of find­ing what you like due to a com­mer­cial re­la­tion­ship be­tween Sam­sung and th­ese Com­pa­nies. This makes me won­der how long it will be be­fore Chanel Revlon or brands that th­ese two Com­pa­nies don’t stock look to cud­dle up to Sam­sung. Be­cause at the end of the day when you find a look you’re sat­is­fied with, you can place an or­der with th­ese sup­pli­ers. In pre­vi­ous years, the Plus model was the same as the Galaxy S, but big­ger, with a larger bat­tery, too. This year, the S9 Plus comes with ex­tra fea­ture and is well worth the ex­tra money over the S9. BUSI­NESS One se­ri­ously ir­ri­tat­ing fea­ture is what hap­pens when you cre­ate a new con­tact on the S9. When you have en­tered the con­tact, it asks you where you want to save the con­tact to, phone Sim Card, Google ac­count or a Sam­sung ac­count. I use Of­fice 365, and this is where all my con­tacts are nor­mally stored, I con­sol­i­date my con­tacts this way so that ev­ery­one from our CRM to ac­count­ing sys­tem are in one eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble spot. This is a ma­jor omis­sion and Sam­sung

in ‘Im­age’ mode. Re­sults fre­quently dif­fered, how­ever, Bixby Vi­sion does bring up in­for­ma­tion about re­lated makeup looks, tu­to­rial links and po­ten­tial prod­ucts. Un­for­tu­nately, prod­uct sug­ges­tions were mostly in­cor­rect. You can, how­ever, scan an im­age of a makeup item, and Bixby Vi­sion will [some­times] tell you the prod­uct name and shade. When scan­ning a per­son’s face, Bixby Vi­sion of­ten brings up images of sim­i­lar hair­styles - a fea­ture I ab­so­lutely love. Again, it’s some­times tricky to pin­point re­sults, as they change. Scan­ning an im­age of a per­son wear­ing glasses gen­er­ates pic­tures of sim­i­lar frames, which is par­tic­u­larly use­ful for me. Ir­re­spec­tive of mode used, Bixby Vi­sion gen­er­ates in­for­ma­tion very quickly, with lit­tle lag. It’ll be in­ter­est­ing to see how Sam­sung in­creases func­tion­al­ity with time.


To sup­port its breadth of high in­ten­sity tasks, Sam­sung’s Galaxy S9+ runs a 10nm 64-bit octa core pro­ces­sor [Exynox 9810] with 6GB RAM. The base model comes with 64GB, and is ex­pand­able with a Mi­croSD card. Over­all, the Galaxy S9+ comes equipped with the in­ter­nal strength to com­plete tasks with ease and ef­fi­ciency. De­spite high in­ten­sity tasks like Bixby Vi­sion, the smart­phone of­fers seam­less op­er­a­tion, and caters to multi-task­ing well. With its pow­er­ful cam­era and in-built smarts, there’s no way Sam­sung’s S9+ could han­dle the work­load if its in­ter­nal com­po­nents weren’t up to scratch, and Sam­sung has met the chal­lenge head on. The de­vice boosts up quickly, and I ex­pe­ri­enced very few mo­ments of freez­ing. Con­cern­ing user in­ter­face, the Galaxy S9 re­mains close to its pre­de­cess­ing S8. There are a few sub­tle tweaks - e.g. the Mes­sages app has un­der­gone a makeover. Hal­lelu­jah! No more or­ange mes­sage bub­ble. Un­for­tu­nately, the das­tardly ‘View All’ re­mains. I’m al­ways tempted to swap to a third­party mes­sag­ing app, how­ever, the

se­ri­ously needs to de­liver an up­date or a lot of Win­dows 10 and Of­fice 365 cus­tomers are go­ing to be se­ri­ously pissed off.


The Galaxy S9 is the new bench­mark for smart­phones not just be­cause of its looks and func­tion­al­ity, it’s be­cause the en­gines that de­liver the soft­ware that dif­fer­en­ti­ates this de­vice from its com­peti­tors are made by Sam­sung. It’s also be­cause Sam­sung has proved that evo­lu­tion out­per­forms bells and whis­tles rev­o­lu­tion which brands like Huawei, Oppo and the likes of Sony are into. Sam­sung be­lieves that that care­ful and well ex­e­cuted im­prove­ments to core func­tion­al­ity are key to de­liv­er­ing a truly top end smart­phone that is go­ing to set you back over $1,300. The cam­era alone is a huge rea­son to ditch an iPhone or a Chi­nese top end de­vice. Hav­ing the name Le­ica on a de­vice does not mean it’s a bet­ter cam­era. It means that some Com­pa­nies are pre­pared to pros­ti­tute their name for a price. Sam­sung, have got the mar­riage of pro­cess­ing power, cam­era sen­sor cou­pled with their new soft­ware right and this is al­low­ing them to de­liver the best cam­era ever in a smart­phone. If you want to get out of an iPhone 7 or even an iPhone 6 you are go­ing to no­tice a mas­sive dif­fer­ence and I am con­fi­dent that af­ter a week of ex­per­i­ment­ing with an An­droid OS de­vice you will never want to go back to a pro­pri­etary smart­phone where every­thing costs you more, even a sim­ple ca­ble to charge or con­nect an iPhone. Even the bat­tery lasts longer than an iPhone. Plus, un­like the other pop­u­lar phones, you still get a head­phone jack and above all su­pe­rior ac­cess to Google tools and apps. You can eas­ily set up Mi­crosoft to run smoothly on this de­vice. The bot­tom line is that you can use this de­vice to im­press your friends and fam­ily with ca­pa­bil­i­ties such as the cam­era and sound sys­tem while also us­ing it as a key busi­ness tool on the road be­cause of its su­per bat­tery life and ac­cess to key soft­ware from third par­ties. For $1,300 you get a smart­phone on steroids for busi­ness and a de­vice that se­ri­ously im­pres­sive when it comes to core func­tion­al­ity and hav­ing fun. RAT­ING: 9/10

S9’s beau­ti­ful Edge Light­ing doesn’t sup­port that. Edge panel func­tion­al­ity re­mains, for swift ac­ces­si­bil­ity to favourite con­tacts, re­minders, cal­en­dar ap­point­ments and more. Con­trary to some oth­ers, I re­ally en­joy us­ing Bixby Home on the S9+. One swipe left on the home screen re­veals a side menu which neatly sum­marises most of my needs. Bixby Home dis­plays a suite of as­pects in­clud­ing; rec­om­mended nearby cafes, sched­ule, news, re­minders, sug­gested songs, Face­book up­dates, trend­ing YouTube videos, weather fore­cast, sum­mary of my ‘Health’ [e.g. heart rate and step count] plus more. I’d highly rate the fea­ture. In fact, I’ve been in­ter­act­ing with Sam­sung’s dig­i­tal voice as­sis­tant, Bixby, a lot. Users can trig­ger the AI as­sis­tant by press­ing down the side key un­der vol­ume con­trols, or call­ing her by name. Bixby gets more in­tu­itive with repet­i­tive use, and I’m at the point where I find I use her more than Google As­sis­tant. She’s de­vel­oped to know me well, and con­tin­ues to get bet­ter. In essence, I’m fall­ing into Sam­sung’s hands - there is a func­tion which ex­plic­itly asks users to choose be­tween Sam­sung’s Bixby or Google As­sis­tant for text-to-speech func­tion­al­ity.


The S9+ boasts ex­cel­lent audio qual­ity, re­flec­tive of AKG-tuned speak­ers and Dolby At­mos func­tion­al­ity. Sup­port­ing 24-bit audio, the S9 Plus’ stereo speak­ers are con­sid­er­ably more loud and clear than ri­val de­vices, mak­ing for im­mer­sive watch­ing of YouTube videos, and stream­ing of Net­flix/Stan. The Galaxy S9+ de­liv­ers a pseudo sur­round sound ef­fect - the smart­phone seems to gen­er­ate sound not just from its left and right speaker, but also from its rear and front. In­cluded in the box is a pair of well­crafted AKG head­phones, which per­form bril­liantly.


The S9+ in­cor­po­rates a whop­ping 3,500 mAh bat­tery, and with mod­er­ate use lasts about a day and a half. Amidst more in­ten­sive tasks - e.g. Dolby At­mos, high pre­ci­sion lo­ca­tion set­tings - I get about a full day. How­ever, Sam­sung’s in-built ‘Op­ti­mizer’ does do a good job of shut­ting down un­nec­es­sary func­tions when an ex­tra boost is re­quired. An ul­tra fast charger is also in­cluded in the box, which does ex­actly as it claims. Wire­less charg­ing is also sup­ported.


As com­pe­ti­tion within the pre­mium smart­phone mar­ket con­tin­ues to in­ten­sify, the Galaxy S9 Plus’ fa­mil­iar ap­pear­ance could be per­ceived as some­what unin­spir­ing. In­stead, Sam­sung has proved tech­no­log­i­cal evo­lu­tion is only as good as in­ter­nal com­po­nents and the strength of a de­vice’s heart. The Galaxy S9 Plus fea­tures ro­bust hard­ware and a pow­er­house engine, which proves ca­pa­ble of sup­port­ing its ex­pand­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties, and suite of new smarts. Fea­tur­ing a mar­ket-lead­ing cam­era, out­stand­ing audio and a fur­ther stream­lined user ex­pe­ri­ence, the new Galaxy S9+ is a plea­sure to use, and has raised the bar for what con­sumers can ex­pect in a top-end smart­phone. RAT­ING: 9/10

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