For $ 1000, premium Galaxy Note 9 is a great phone that shows the best Samsung has to offer.
It's also the phone most of you do not need. That's because you can get many of the same features in Samsung's Galaxy S9 for a few hundred dollars less.
The note 9, available Friday, is the Android smartphone for those who want the latest and the biggest. It is a larger battery, with a 21 percent increase compared to last year's Note 8 model. Note 9 gets 128 gigabytes of storage, twice as much as in S9 and Apple iPhones. And of course, a big screen.
But there is not much "wow" beyond that. Smartphone innovation has slowed down in recent years. It is more noticeable with Samsung because the company spreads out these innovations between two major smartphones each year. A phone inevitably interacts with each other.
So now we find that note 9 gets the zippy processor and mobile speeds of the S9 phones that were offered earlier this year. It's also getting the S9 dual-aperture camera to get better light with low light as well as gimmicky, but it's very funny, it's possible to take video with super slow motion.
And S9 starts at just $ 720 through T-Mobile, and about $ 800 through Verizon, AT & T and Sprint. A Plus version closer to size to Note 9 costs $ 840 to $ 930.
Certainly, note 9 gives a little more wowness. The camera uses artificial intelligence to optimize the colors and lighting of what you try to shoot, be it food, a sunset or flowers. Many low-light shots were even better than what the S9 produced, although both share the other aperture that is designed to give more light when needed.
Of course, you will probably see this feature in the S1
This brings us to one of the note's distinctive features, its stylus. It is useful for handwriting notes and signing documents on the screen. Now it can also manage digital slideshows and music playback. The new pen causes Bluetooth to double as a remote control. Selfies will not look so difficult when you do not have to reach the screen button; Just press the pen to squeeze the shutter.
Unfortunately, there is not much remote functionality can do yet. It's a promising feature, but can remain the most promise if app developers do not take advantage of it.
Many previous Samsung features failed to get traction because app developers could not care to make tweaks needed. For example, Air View should offer pop-up previews just by pointing to an email and calendar entry, but it only worked with Samsung's home game applications.
More recently, it's Bixby, Samsung's own digital assistant. While Samsung has worked directly with some services, including Uber and Spotify, on integrations, developers have largely prioritized Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant. It comes down to a problem with chicken or eggs: People must see convincing opportunities to use a function; Developers need to see a strong base of users to use the time to develop convincing capabilities.
The style remains the signature of the note, with or without extensive remote features. Without a doubt, the new edition will appeal to door-hard Samsung fans, hard core players and on-the-go executives who are always on their phones and need battery and storage height. Although note 9 uses the same processor as the S9, it has a new cooling system designed to let you use the faster speeds anymore.
But if you are not someone who needs all that power, take a second look at the cheaper, six month old S9.