Overall, the Galaxy S9 feels like the phone Samsung really meant to build when it made the Galaxy S8, and the S8 was already one of the best Android smartphone you could buy.
The Galaxy S9 mostly offers improvements in areas where the Galaxy S8 let us down, except for that dreadful Bixby button.
Despite the improvements, Galaxy S8 owners don’t have much of a need to upgrade to the Galaxy S9. You won’t be missing out on much unless you really want the zoom lens of the Galaxy S9+, or if unlocking the Galaxy S8 with its inferior fingerprint sensor, facial, and iris recognition is a daily frustration.
If you’re looking for a phone with no compromise in features and quality, the Galaxy S9 is the phone for you. It has more features than any other phone, it takes fantastic photos, and Samsung is selling it for under $1,000. Starting at $720, the Galaxy S9 can almost be considered a bargain compared to the $1,000 iPhone X.
The Galaxy S9 is an easy recommendation for pretty much anyone, but there are excellent Android phones to be had that cost even less, like the $500 OnePlus 5T and $500 Essential Phone. They’re not as feature-packed as the Galaxy S9, nor are their cameras quite as good, but you won’t mind when you’re saving at least $220 on a premium Android smartphone. Plus, both run a near-pure version of Google’s Android, which I prefer over the “Samsung Experience” layer that runs on top of Android on the Galaxy S9.