Samsung Galaxy S9 User Review

Samsung has a cracking reputation for making handsets that exceed expectation and attract a great following. The Samsung Galaxy S9 was the flagship phone until the recently released Samsung Galaxy Note 9 took its place. The handset still remains a very popular choice with our customers, so we asked one of our team members to spend a week with it and see what they thought, as nothing beats real experience.


Android Gold

I have owned a number of phones over the course of a few years; it kind of goes with the territory when you work in the mobile industry. You quickly learn what you like and what you don’t like. The first thing I thought when I picked up the handset was this is typical Samsung quality. It feels like a high-end phone; it looks like a high-end phone, so instantly I am expecting it to perform like a high-end phone.

It Does

As soon as I started up the phone, I was impressed. It is super fast and responsive, which is a good sign. Bloatware can often be an issue from the start and users don’t get the performance they were expecting. Not here I am pleased to say. I started adding my must-have apps, and the handset continued to perform.

Samsung Gets Android

What I mean by that is Samsung knows how to build supporting technology and then pick the right version of Android to offer the best user experience from the start. It is a typical Android phone and a typical Samsung phone. Having used other Samsung handset I intuitively knew how to find menus and settings, rearrange my home screen, order my apps, it all makes a lot of sense.

Everything I went to use responded well. The camera gave me sharp images with a real true depth of colour; the video recording was equally impressive. I found it hard to pick any fault. The next thing I tested was the streaming capability as this is something I spend a lot of time doing, and again more than happy. Film streaming was smooth, no buffering, no waiting around. I deliberately picked a time when I knew the wifi had a lot of traffic, and then I went out and about with 4G. I was able to watch my film with no interruptions. The image quality is stunning, and when you are sitting so close to the screen for mobile viewing, this makes such a difference.


If you are looking for a high-end phone but perhaps want to skip the higher tariffs of, the newer handsets, then this is a really great choice. Of course, you have the option of the Galaxy S9 or the Galaxy S9 Plus, with the only difference being the screen size, so down to personal choice. The hardware and software combination would be evidence once more if it were needed that Samsung is just one of the top three. I love this handset and would happily use it on a daily basis.