Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has almost all features you can wish for on an Android phone. With specifications such as a 6.4-inch super AMOLED display, S Pen, dual-aperture camera, 128GB of storage space, 6GB of RAM and more, the $ 1000 price is more justified for the note than iPhone X. Business Insider tech journalists Antonio Villas-Boas and Avery Hartmans share their thoughts about Samsung's latest premium phone. The following is a transcript of the video.
Avery Hartmans: I've been very impressed with Galaxy Note 9 so far. My favorite Android phone is Google Pixel 2. But I've been very impressed with it for a few different reasons. I think it's a very powerful phone. If this was your only device, you did not have a laptop, you did not have a tablet, you only had this, you would be fine.
Antonio Villas-Boas: I mean the combination of the big screen and pen as well, it just makes me feel more comfortable doing things on the phone that I would normally save like a computer or laptop. So talking about the screen, this is a Samsung screen. Which means it's the best in business.
Avery Hartmans: I never really understood the need to have a big OLED screen, I was like, ah, it's good I do not need it before I started using this. And I was like, wow, this screen is amazing. Watching videos on this thing is unreal. I did not really think on top and bottom, I thought it was good. I was glad that Samsung did not have a hack on this phone.
Antonio Villas-Boas: With regard to the size of the phone, a large phone is obvious. It's not for everyone, right? But yes, it's not a single phone.
Avery Hartmans: But I thought it was relatively easy to use. It's not manageable for people with smaller hands, I think.
Antonio Villas-Boas: I'm actually on note 9 and its massive screen, I actually use Android multitasking stuff and I was like, wow, as I watch a YouTube video while talking to people. And I was like, wow, this works. And I have an S Pen and it's like, wow, it works very well. It does two things at once. I do two things at the same time.
Avery Hartmans: Do you find yourself using the Bixby button and find yourself with Bixby at all?
Antonio Villas-Boas: I accidentally hit the Bixby button while watching a YouTube video and am frustrated that the Bixby button is there.
Avery Hartmans: What about the camera?
Antonio Villas-Boas: Yes, I tried it against Google Pixel 2. And I was very impressed. I think this phone actually, as, competing with Pixel 2. It's actually the closest competitor of the Pixel 2 camera.
Avery Hartmans: Two of the really enduring features of this camera, in my opinion, are the zoom, which I really was impressed with. It's very nice to have when you need it. And this is like the best zoom I've seen on a new smartphone. The other thing I think is very cool is dual-aperture. And I notice that when you took pictures in low light, that's what did the competition go out.
Antonio Villas-Boas: Yes, right?
Avery Hartmans: The type of the first thought I had about this phone was, it could fit two types of people very well. One of them is, you know, a person who has a very crazy job, is a bit on the road a lot and needs a lot, a very powerful phone. Need a lot of battery life, you know, a lot of storage. But it would also be very good for anyone who wants this to be, all over the world. Samsung updated the stylus a bit this year. And it can now work as a remote control. So there's a button on the pen, you can press it. And it will take a picture from a distance, it can put you through a PowerPoint presentation. And I think it's very cool.
Antonio Villas-Boas: I think it's cool. I do not know how many people will use it. I do not think it's like, oh my God, buy this phone because of this feature, kind of thing, do you know?
Avery Hartmans: What about the storage?
Antonio Villas-Boas: The base model comes with, I think it's 1
Avery Hartmans: There is a total of terabyte storage space.
Antonio Villas-Boas: It's a terabyte storage space. That's more than most computers come with.
Avery Hartmans: So one of the really cool features of Galaxy Note 9 is this thing that Samsung calls DeX, which lets you use the phone as a computer in the first place.
Antonio Villas-Boas: DeX looks pretty cool. Samsung presented this little dongle that you connect to the phone's USB-C connector, and then you can connect it to HDMI to a screen. And you basically have a desktop operating system. It looks like windows, maybe a bit. I have not tried it yet. I think it can be cool. As you expect, you know, it's an advanced Android phone. It comes with USB-C. It also comes with a quick charger as well. Headphone jack. Headphone jack. Please. It has a little blow up. But honestly, it's not really that bad. One thing that came as I do not like at all is the Facebook app. And I can not delete it from this phone. I guess one thing I'm not afraid of is the price tag. Thousand dollars. I still think a ticket on four shapes for a smartphone is a bit much. But I think it gives much more meaning on Galaxy Note 9 than it does for iPhone X. It has more functionality. You can do more on it and more with it.
Avery Hartmans: Right. I think spending a thousand dollars on this is much more justified. I think it makes me feel much more productive. I think I can get much more done at once. If I was ready to switch from an iPhone, I would strongly rate this. Before I Was Just – Pixel was the only other option I would rate. Now this is in operation. I would give it a try.
Antonio Villas-Boas: Great phone. Fully recommend it. Would buy if I had more money.
Avery Hartmans: Sort of in line with I want to say as Siri.
Antonio Villas-Boas: About hm. Yes, no better, no worse. Yes, it's not like a compliment, but it's not an insult either. Or, that's what I do not know.