Guide to the Gal­axy

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Hav­ing hung around the up­per ech­e­lons of the smart­phone sales charts for seem­ingly aeons now, Sam­sung has de­cided less is more with the S9.

Maybe it doesn’t need to oblit­er­ate the com­pe­ti­tion ev­ery year just to keep hold of the top spot. So Sam­sung’s lat­est Gal­axy isn’t a huge leap for­ward. In fact, it looks pretty much iden­ti­cal to last year’s S8. But when was there any­thing wrong with more of a good thing?

There’s no deny­ing the S9 fixes all the old an­noy­ances we had with its pre­de­ces­sor, as well as adding more power and stream­lin­ing Sam­sung’s al­ready ex­cel­lent take on An­droid. If a repo­si­tioned fin­ger­print scan­ner isn’t enough to get you hot un­der the col­lar then this phone’s dual-aper­ture cam­era should do the trick. It’s an up­grade that gives your snaps a wel­come low-light boost too, even if those pic­tures still can’t match the best here.

Does all that make the Gal­axy S9 a par­tic­u­larly ex­cit­ing up­date? No, not re­ally. But then it prob­a­bly didn’t need to be. There are phones with bet­ter bat­tery life, phones with a higher screen res­o­lu­tion and phones that are cheaper. Still, lit­tle else truly com­petes with this Sam­sung as the best all-round hand­set – es­pe­cially when you re­mem­ber the iPhone X is gonna set you back a cool grand and the Gal­axy S9 isn’t.

In other words, Sam­sung has em­u­lated Ap­ple’s glacial ap­proach to change with the S9 and pretty much got away with it.

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