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October 3, 2018

Is the Galaxy Note 9 a future-proof smartphone?

by John_A

In some ways, yes. In others, no.

If you’re looking to buy a new Android phone right now, the Galaxy Note 9 is one of your best bets. It’s got a large, beautiful display, insanely fast internals, a powerful camera package, and so much more.


Samsung packed just about everything they could into the Note 9, and with all of those specs and such a large price tag, we’ve noticed that a lot of our forum members are wondering whether or not this is a phone that can be considered future-proof and be able to last a few years down the road without losing complete relevancy.

That’s a topic that’s recently garnered a lot of conversation, and this is what some of our users are saying:

avatar2817050_1.gifGayle Lynn
10-01-2018 02:30 PM

Its… a Note! Not just a. S9+ even.

I paid ~$1000 minus what I got on trade in.
I am happy not having splurged on top end. Which I wouldn’t really use or need. Not now. Not in 3 years.

So out of pocket was more like $US600. Not $1400+.


10-01-2018 02:36 PM

hardware wise, very. durability, ehh. the glass back and curved display are prone to breakage and the new gorilla glass is easily scratched.

there real issue being Samsung’s update policy. they release a new flagship with a year old operating system but brag about giving three major updates. basically, a phone that should have been released with P was released with O, and should get S will…


10-01-2018 04:05 PM

I bought the Note 9 on a similar rationale that you did. However as far as future proofing, devices with 5G will be released next year. Even though they will be available, I’m hoping to get a solid 2-3 years out of my Note while they work out the kinks in 5G.
The other question will be whether the snapdragon 845 processor and 8gb ram will be sufficient for future Android version releases….


10-01-2018 04:41 PM

I’m one of those that has to upgrade every two years, have been that way for about the last 4 phones. I think this may be the one that will see me through 2 years. unless something happens that radically shakes up the market, this phone has all i need. but knowing me….


What do you think? Is the Galaxy Note 9 future-proof?

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