Samsung Galaxy Note 9 – Review

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 – Review

So many years ago I owned the Samsung Galaxy note 2 and honestly it was one of the best and most problem free Mobile Devices that I ever owned. I truly loved my Note and how it crossed the gap between mobile phone and tablet. Due to pricing I went off the Note range for awhile and tried various other brands and have enjoyed them all for the most part.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2

It was not until I was recently given the opportunity of owning this Galaxy Note 9 that I had even given a thought towards owning a note series phone again.

I picked up this Copper Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and must say that it no longer seems as large as I thought they where. It is actually a very nice looking phone with some amazing features that I make use of daily in job. I am a server, routing and switching and firewall engineer for a company that looks after entire clients sites. We also offer tier 1 and up internet solutions and voip solutions to clients that need them. This means my needs are pretty demanding on my devices and this device just goes with the flow without slowdown or hickup.

So lets get into it. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 in a nutshell, is a mini powerhouse of fantastic features, some fun and some work orientated.

I enjoy using the S-Pen for drawing network diagrams for my team so that I can share what I am wanting them to do on site. It also helps me draw a clean picture explaining the various VLANS and other technical aspects in play.

An example of this is below for my home network.

This diagram was created on my Note 9 Cell phone on the go. I also have this app on my tablet and this enables me to work between the two but that S-Pen. Its amazing.

It also doubles as a camera remote for controlling your phone and phone camera remotely. This makes it even more usable for doing family shot selfies etc. Amazing.

Talking about the camera’s on this phone, the main camera is actually pretty darn good considering its lower resolution. It has some amazingly cool features which make it great for people who really enjoy taking great photos. I find the images sharp, clear with nice contrast and colour and a very pleasing overall look.

Galaxy Note 9 Rear Camera Array.

I the above image you can see the rear camera array and flash. It all sits just above the fingerprint sensor and honestly I think it being central is great. I tend to prefer a central mount to side mounted camera arrays.

Rear Camera Technical Spec:

As for the rear selfie camera, it too takes some really nice sharp photos and is great with the wide option for doing group shots with friends or family.

Note 9 Front Selfie cameras

Front Selfie Camera Technical Spec:

  • *Scene optimizer supports 20 modes: Food, Portraits, Flowers, Indoor scenes, Animals, Landscapes, Greenery, Trees, Sky, Mountains, Beaches, Sunrises and sunsets, Watersides, Street scenes, Night scenes, Waterfalls, Snow, Birds, Backlit, Text.
  • *Accuracy of Scene Optimizer may differ depending on shooting conditions including multiple subjects, being out of focus, or moving subjects.
  • *Accuracy of Flaw Detection may differ depending on surrounding conditions or subject.
  • *Blink and blur detection works best when there are three or fewer people in the frame, 1.5 meters or closer to the camera.
  • *Lens smudge and backlighting detection notifies once every 24 hours if flaw is detected.
  • *AR Emoji may only be sent with apps supporting GIF format.
  • *Super Slow-mo only supports HD resolution. In single manual mode, video is approximately 0.4 seconds of recording and 12 seconds of playback at 960 fps. In other modes, video is approximately 0.2 seconds of recording and 6 seconds of playback (with up to 20 shots in multi taking mode).

Now lets take a look at the technical spec of this amazing phone.

Despite the device not being a small compact device, many users, like myself prefer the larger screen of these devices and quiet honestly this device is the same size as my Mate 20 Pro and my wife’s Huawei P30 Pro.

In hand these phones all feel more or less the same size.

Note 9 Copper

I managed to get the copper colour which at first I was not keen on but have grown to really like the overall look of this phone.

For me the 2 largest sellers for this device are its large crisp screen and of coarse the S-Pen.

Lets talk about the screen first.

With its 6.4″ Quad HD+ Super AMOLED (2960×1440) with516 ppi pixel density, this screen is amazingly sharp and crisp. I really enjoy reading detail and viewing images and videos on this device. And with my eyesite slowly going down since hitting 40, I find the larger screen more appealing to me. Some may prefer a smaller display.

This phone also has some seriously smooth rounded sexy edges. This makes the larger device more comfortable to hold and handle.

As for the S-Pen here is some info from Samsung’s website.


  • Bluetooth enabled
    • Super capacitor: 30 minutes of standby with 40 seconds of charging
  • Pressure levels: 4096
  • Pen Tip diameter: 0.7 mm
  • IP68
  • Live message
  • Samsung Notes
  • Screen off memo
  • Smart select
  • Screen write
  • Translate
  • Bixby Vision
  • Glance
  • Magnify
  • PENUP
  • Coloring
  • *S Pen remote function reaches about 10 meters in an open space. Performance subject to circumstances.
  • *S Pen battery life may vary based on usage.
  • *IP68 rating is based on test conditions for submersion in up to 1.5 meters of freshwater for up to 30 minutes. Rinse residue/dry if wet.

Coupled with the S-Pen, the note 9 has been a serious business tool for me and I have enjoyed using it every single day.

As for ports on this, unlike my Huawei Mate 20 Pro, this phone does actually have a headphone socket. On my Mate 20 Pro I have to use Bluetooth devices for audio and when using my external Microphone I have to use the small adaptor. On this device I can plug it straight into the phone and still shoot great 4K video with great quality audio. Plus 1 for the Note 9.

S-Pen Dock, Speaker, USB-C Port and 3.5mm Jack for Audio.

All in all this phone really does make my life easy.

Now for the deap tech stuff.

Processor and Chipset:

10㎚ 64-bit Octa-Core Processor
※2.8GHz + 1.7GHz (Maximum Clock Speed, Performance Core + Efficiency Core)10㎚ 64-bit Octa-Core Processor
※2.7GHz + 1.7GHz (Maximum Clock Speed, Performance Core + Efficiency Core)

Memory and Storage:


  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB
  • 8GB RAM
  • 512GB
  • *May differ by country and carrier.
  • *8GB RAM models come with 512GB internal storage only. 6GB RAM models come with 128GB internal storage.
  • *Available internal storage may vary depending on pre-installed software.

I would just like to finish off saying this is only my second tech review of cell phones, so please bear with me as I learn the ropes. I will also be creating review videos of these devices talking more about handling and everyday use of them.

Watch this space.

Have a Happy Life.

Dionne

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