Samsung Galaxy Note 9: After A Year Review


Samsung phones in the past were criticized for their performance in the long run. And it was really so. After a year or so, either the battery didn’t last as long or the phone would slow down for no apparent reason. Is it the same for the Galaxy Note 9? Well, let’s find out!

Does the Galaxy Note 9 Lag or slow down after a year of use?

Nope, it doesn’t. It has been a surprising experience. Instead of slowing down or showing ‘its age’, the Galaxy Note 9 seems to have gotten faster. If nothing, the Galaxy Note 9 feels as fast as it was when I bought a year ago.

It all started with the Samsung One UI update rollout on the Galaxy Note 9. The update has brought a significant number of changes in the Note 9 and most of them are good.

And even today, Samsung has been pushing updates to the Note 9 regularly. Recently, the phone received “Night Mode”. Sure, it’s not as dramatic as on the latest Huawei phones or the Pixel phones, but it does make the night-shot photos look good.

How is the Battery Life on the Galaxy Note 9 after a year of use?

samsung-galaxy-note-9-long-term-battery-life-testSure, one year of use isn’t much. And it’s a short time to really tell how the battery is doing.

So far, battery life has been good. I did notice that the battery drained a little faster after the “Camera update” a few months ago. But it’s so minimal I wouldn’t even say it’s noticeable for most.

I am not sure whether it was the update or the battery itself that caused the faster battery drain. But with the 4000mAh battery, the phone still easily lasts for a day. Period.

Should you upgrade your phone or keep the Galaxy Note 9?

If I were you, I wouldn’t even think about upgrading from the Note 9. Sure, the phone is a year old. but there’s nothing in the market that really wows! The new S10 and the Note 10/10+ are better but are barely so.

The Note 9 is still fast for anything you do on a phone. And there are no apps that require more than the Exynos chip that the Note 9 already has. And the 6GB of RAM is plentiful too.

The cameras on the Note 9 are great too. Sure, I miss the ultra-wide cameras from the Note 10 family and the S10 family but you can certainly live without the ultra-wide-angle lens, can’t you?

If you aren’t extremely wealthy and have all the money in the world, I would suggest you hold off a new phone for a year or so. The Note 9 is still really fast and performs better than most of the phones on the market.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Worth to buy after a year in Nepal?

In my books, yes! However, I suggest you look at the Galaxy S10+ as well. For a little more money, you are getting an overall better phone. The S10+ has a better screen, better (and more) camera, better performance and stellar battery life. The only thing you will miss out on is the S-Pen experience.

As of now, you can get the Note 9 easily for under Rs. 90,000 and for that price, you will certainly love the phone.

So, yes, I recommend the Galaxy Note 9 even after a year. In Nepalese second-hand market, you can get the phone for as low as Rs. 65,000. You can look into that route as well. If you get a phone with IMS warranty and which is in a well-shape, you can decide to get it as well.


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