I have been using the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 for 2 months now. And here’s what bad, good and amazing about this Samsung flagship phone. This is the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Long-term Review.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is one of the few phones that costs north of Rs.100,000 in Nepal. But even at this price point, it’s a phone worth recommending. Read along to find out exactly why.
Specification of The Galaxy Note 9 – Nepal variant
- 6.4-inch Quad-HD+ Super Amoled Curved Display
- Exynos 9810 In-house Octa-Core Processor
- 6GB / 8GB of RAM
- 128GB / 512GB Internal Storage
- Dual 12MP Rear Camera with variable aperture f/1.75 or f/2.4
- 8MP Front Selfie Camera
- S-Pen with Bluetooth Support
- Fast Wireless/ Fast Wired Charging
- Stereo Speaker on the front
- Samsung DeX
- 4000mAh Battery
Samsung produces the best quality OLED panel for phones. If you didn’t know already, Samsung supplies display panel for the iPhone X, XS, XS Max, Google Pixel 3 XL, OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T to name a few.
The Galaxy Note 9 is the flagship phone of the company and they have put the best panel there is. The 5.4-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED is not only super sharp but it’s also one of the brightest display out there. The viewing angle is excellent and the curves around the edges are really immersive.
In addition to that, you can tweak the color profile from the display settings to your liking. So users can always choose between Vivid color option or accurate color options.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is probably the only major flagship phone that doesn’t come with a notch – and people absolutely love it. It’s got minimal bezels on the top and the bottom and the sides are curved. It’s worth noting that the curves on the sides aren’t too prominent as it was in the earlier Note phones. I personally found the curves on the Note 8 more immersive.
This year, Samsung has moved the fingerprint scanner to a much more convenient place. It now rests below the camera module which makes reaching it a lot easier.
But not everything is perfect with the design of the phone. I feel the phone is a little too thick. When comparing the Note 9 to phone such as the Mi A2, the Note 9 feels too bulky in the hand. The bulged metal rail on the side doesn’t help with the ergonomics either.
The Note 9 has glass both on the front and the back. It’s made out of the Gorilla Glass 5 which does hold up against drops quite well. Still, it’s generally a good idea to put phones inside a phone case.
Unlike the international variant of the Galaxy Note 9, the model that we get in Nepal is powered by the Samsung’s home-grown Exynos 9810 Octa-Core SoC. The first four core are performance cores while the latter is tuned for battery efficiency.
The Snapdragon 845 SoC powering the international Note 9 performs similarly to the Exynos counterpart. In day-to-day usage, you will hardly find any difference.
When it comes to performance, the Note 9 is on par with other Android flagship phones like the LG G7 ThinQ, the Razer Phone 2, OnePlus 6T, Huawei Mate 20 Pro, etc. However, it’s nowhere close to the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max. Also, you may find the Mate 20 Pro and the OnePlus 6T to perform better thanks to proper optimization of the user interface.
At the back, there two 12MP camera setup. One is a wide angle lens and the other is a telephoto lens. And the interesting thing about the standard/wide-angle lens is the fact that it has a variable aperture of f/1.5 or f/2.4. So, it takes excellent photos inside and out.
The selfie camera is also good. While it’s not as good as the 24-MP camera on Oppos and Vivos, it’s good enough for a regular selfie.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 packs in a humongous 4000mAh battery – the largest to be ever featured in a Note 9. It was quite brave for Samsung to put a large battery on their phone after the Note 7 fiasco. The CEO of the company says that the battery on the Note 9 is completely safe and we believe him.
You can find our detailed review of the battery life on the Note 9 here. In short, the battery life of the phone is excellent. It easily lasts a day and if you are not a power user, it will definitely last for 2 days before needing a recharge.
If there’s one thing that is not great here, it has to be the charging solution. For some reason, Samsung is still using an older generation of Fast Charge which takes around 2 hours for the phone to be fully charged. While it’s not bad, we certainly wish it was faster.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is an expensive phone. So, it’s not going to be for everyone. However, if money isn’t your concern, it’s a phone that I whole-heartedly recommend. Not only does it look good, but it is also highly functional. It packs in all the features you will ever need and use in a smartphone.
The phone has a great camera, good performance, excellent battery endurance, and eye-catching design. The S-Pen is an interesting addition too. There’s really nothing to complain about this phone. It’s definitely the best phone you can buy in 2018.