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Forced Firmware update trashed my phone
Chris - 3 months ago
I have had my Samsung Galaxy S9 for almost a year now and my phone was forced to update to the NEW One UI Pie 9.0 firmware. This update turned a phone that I absolutely loved in to one that I can't wait to get rid of. Forcing an update like this is unacceptable and it is comparable to changing the os from android to Apple. This update also turned my all day battery into barley a half day battery.
Great phone, after you customize it to your preferences.
Korey - 2 months ago
Yes, I'd recommend this product.
First of all, I'll address some of the common negative reviews about the Galaxy S9 and how to fix those issues. Screen: While the curved screen is a nice feature, it makes it very difficult to find a screen protector that works well and installing a screen protector on the S9 without bubbles is nearly impossible. The most positive reviews from screen protectors I've heard of is the White stone dome protector; however, it is a bit expensive and I haven't tried it personally. For a while I used a Zagg tempered glass protector; it had bubbles (which didn't bother me much), but it either makes the screen sensitivity horribly unresponsive or way overly responsive, depending on which settings you use. I recently removed the screen protector, just keeping a fairly low profile Speck impact case on the back, set the screen sensitivity settings back to default, and I've enjoyed this phone much better. Bixby Button: Yes, the bixby button is annoyingly close to the volume buttons and is easy to accidentally press, but you can disable the Bixby voice as well as the bixby button altogether. I've yet to use a voice assistant on my phone, but if you're a fan of one, you can also turn on the Google assistant. Battery Life: The battery life of this phone improves dramatically if you turn off the 'Always On Display' feature, especially if your always on display is set to show a fancy clock or image. Certain apps default to drain the battery even when they aren't in use (GasBuddy is an example of such an app). You can change the settings so that apps are only using battery/data when the app is actually in use. The Galaxy S9 is my work phone; for my personal phone I have been an iPhone user for years. While I'm still more used to the iPhone layout, after making the above changes, the S9 has quickly grown on me and become much easier and enjoyable to use. All in all, I would rate this phone 4.5 or 5 stars; however, not until you play around with it a bit to fix some of the default annoyances.
1. Samsung Account log-in and data network (Wi-Fi or internet connection) required. Translation speed may vary depending on internet connection and word count. This function is limited to selected languages. For the full list of languages, please visit www.samsung.com/galaxy.
2. The Cat. 18 modem allows for up to 20% higher max data transmissions than the Samsung Galaxy S8’s Cat. 16 modem. The Samsung Galaxy S9 also supports additional network bands and enhanced 4x4 MIMO/CA (carrier aggregation).
3. In comparison to the Samsung Galaxy S8.
4. Dual aperture on rear lens only.
5. Only on select apps.
6. Wireless charger sold separately.
7. Water resistant in up to 5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes. Rinse residue/dry after wet.
8. MicroSD card sold separately. Samsung Galaxy S9 comes with 64GB of storage.
9. Based on average battery life under typical usage conditions. Average expected performance based on typical use. Actual battery life depends on factors such as network, features selected, frequency of calls, and voice, data, and other application-usage patterns. Results may vary.
10. DeX sold separately. Works with compatible devices.