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Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - CONTENTS - By Nidhi SiN­gal

This year’s Gal­axy Note is not about in­no­va­tion but per­fec­tion. Be­sides the best-in-class dis­play, fine build qual­ity and great per­for­mance, what makes the Gal­axy Note9 spe­cial is its S Pen sty­lus that Sam­sung has en­hanced over the years. But its new fea­tures make me won­der why it took Sam­sung so long to in­cor­po­rate them.

Tucked neatly to­wards the right on the bot­tom panel, the S Pen in bright yel­low and gold looks quite stun­ning. A sim­ple press un­locks the sty­lus, and I was able to take down memos on the locked screen, sim­i­lar to that of Note8. I con­tin­ued to use it as a sty­lus to take down notes, draw and nav­i­gate through the de­vice as the ad­di­tion of Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity to the S Pen en­ables re­mote func­tion­al­ity. For in­stance, in­stead of touch­ing the screen and cap­tur­ing an im­age, you can do it by press­ing the phys­i­cal but­ton (Pen but­ton) on the S Pen. I mounted the Note9 on a tri­pod and clicked away us­ing the sty­lus. The Pen but­ton switches func­tion­al­ity depend­ing on the apps. When used with the mu­sic player, it can skip tracks, or you can use it with DeX to pull up pre­sen­ta­tions/slideshows. Un­lock­ing the Note9 with the Pen but­ton was what I liked the most although this fea­ture was turned off by de­fault. It only works when the S Pen is con­nected to the phone and is al­ready in use. When I for­got the sty­lus be­hind, an alarm popped up on the locked screen

The Note9 does not look too dif­fer­ent from last year’s Note8 although it does not fit in the Note8’s

back cover. With the dual SIM tray on the top, the power but­ton on the right panel, vol­ume con­trol and the ded­i­cated Bixby but­ton on the left, and the Type C charg­ing port, speaker grill, 3.5 mm jack and the S Pen at the bot­tom, the Note9 has a neat and sim­ple de­sign. The front fea­tures a 6.4 inch Quad HD+ Su­per AMOLED dis­play with 2,960x1,440 res­o­lu­tion (but by de­fault, the 2,220x1,080 res­o­lu­tion is turned on). There are very thin bezels on the sides, but thick ones on the top and the bot­tom – Sam­sung has not opted for ‘notch’ dis­play.

The de­vice comes with Sam­sung’s cus­tom UI and is free of bloat­ware. Still, some might com­plain about the dual browser app and the e-mail client on board. Swip­ing to­wards the right from home page loads its Smart As­sis­tant Bixby. Swip­ing up loads the app tray. Run­ning An­droid Oreo, the Gal­axy Note9 is pow­ered by the octa-core Exynos 9810 sys­tem-onchip pro­ces­sor. Of the two vari­ants avail­able, my re­view unit was the en­try-level one with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB in­ter­nal stor­age. How­ever, it could eas­ily han­dle non-stop video stream­ing and mul­ti­player gam­ing for hours. Video edit­ing also went smoothly.

The cam­era is a dual 12 MP sys­tem at the back, in­clud­ing a wide-an­gle lens with switch­able aper­tures and a tele­photo lens.

Sam­sung has re­lo­cated the fin­ger­print scan­ner be­low the hor­i­zon­tal cam­era mod­ule, which makes it easy to ac­cess and quick to un­lock.

To live up to the new fea­tures, the Note9 packs in a 4,000 mAh bat­tery, which man­aged to last me a day with heavy us­age in­clud­ing video stream­ing, con­tin­u­ous push mail no­ti­fi­ca­tions, S Pen use, brows­ing and cam­era us­age. I still had close to 20 per cent charge left at the end of the day, but it took a lit­tle over two hours to get a full charge.

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