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April 12, 2018

Should you upgrade to the Galaxy S9+ from the S8+?

by John_A

Small changes can make a big difference.

For people that are looking to buy a large Android phone in early 2018, one of your best options is easily Samsung’s Galaxy S9+.


The S9+ has proven itself to be one heck of a smartphone, but as great as it is, it’s really not all that different compared to last year’s Galaxy S8+. Sure, there are subtle upgrades when it comes to the camera, design, and processing power, but are those changes worth the extra cash if you’re still rocking last year’s model?

Some of our forum users recently started debating this point, and these are the thoughts they had to share.

04-08-2018 12:58 PM

Not really a worthy upgrade in my opinion from the s8 plus. My s8 plus is running the same software as the S9 plus. There was no noticeable performance increase or battery life that was super impressive and made me go wow. It felt like I was using a skinned version of my s8 plus. The ARmoji was utterly terrible and the face tracking was terrible as well. The star of the show the camera wasn’t…


04-08-2018 01:19 PM

I’ve noticed a substantial difference in battery over my S8+. I’m pretty happy so far with the noticeable speed of this device, slightly larger feel of the display size, and the continued refinement of the software by Samsung.

Granted, I get to trade up every year on Verizon, so I only had to pay some fees, otherwise it was less than $100 upgrade and I’m happy.


04-08-2018 04:00 PM

For me, the placement of the fingerprint sensor was enough of an upgrade. I have small hands and I had to do some hand gymnastics to reach the FPS on the S8+. I don’t have to do that on the S9+.


avatar2845084_5.gifDimas de Leon
04-10-2018 12:46 PM

Stereo speakers and FPS scanner was enough for me to upgrade, and this is the first time I’m using stock UI since they enabled pull down for notifications and a 5×6 grid (but I believe these two became available with the Note 8).


Now, we’d love to hear from you – Do you recommend upgrading to the Galaxy S9+ if you already own the S8+?

Join the conversation in the forums!

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