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Galaxy Note 9 vs Galaxy S9+: One big reason to go for the Note

To some of you, I may sound like a broken record when I say this, but if you’re someone who cares about their smartphone’s performance, you should be picking up Galaxy Note flagships in general over the Galaxy S models. And that makes the choice easy when it comes to deciding whether you should wait for the Galaxy Note 9 or just pick up a Galaxy S9+.

Of course, this advice is not for those who buy the Note flagships for the S Pen. But there are many out there who don’t care about the S Pen and will be wondering if there is another reason to go for a Galaxy Note, which is always costlier than the Plus-sized Galaxy S flagship launched in the same year. This time around, the expected 4,000 mAh battery is already a big reason to wait for the Galaxy Note 9, but what if that doesn’t pan out? What makes it worth waiting for the Galaxy Note 9 if you don’t care about the S Pen and Samsung pops in a smaller battery in it?

Galaxy Note 9 vs Galaxy S9+: Performance is key

As I said in the first sentence of this post, it’s performance. Or, to be more precise, consistent performance. Galaxy S flagships are pretty much as quick as Galaxy Note flagships when they’re new, but even in 2018, the Galaxy S phones tend to develop noticeable stutter and lag a few months down the line. In fact, that’s true for all Samsung devices, only mid-range and budget phones slow down considerably more than the flagships.

But, for some reason, it’s not the same for Note flagships. The Galaxy Note 4 may have been a disaster on the performance front, but things have changed. Galaxy Note 8 owners will know how that phone continues to perform well, and I’m sure Galaxy S9+ owners will have a few complaints. I’m not saying the Galaxy S9+ is slow. But it sure isn’t as consistently smooth and quick as it was when it was new. The Note 8 is, and even the Galaxy Note 5 fared better than the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge with long-term usage.

The Galaxy Note 9 will most likely be similarly consistent with its software performance even months after use, and it’s one of the major reasons I think it’s worth waiting for the Note 9, even if it might be costlier than the Galaxy S9+. Again, the Galaxy S9+ is a solid device and a good choice for those uninterested in what the S Pen brings to the table, especially if they are looking to save some money. But if you demand excellent performance from your phones, the Galaxy Note 9 would hands down be the better choice.

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robertprincejr
robertprincejr

I have to say if you’re honest about this, it’s very disappointing, as a new Samsung user. The S9+ is not some lower-midrange garbage where it would be acceptable to slow down after mere months. I’ve had a Huawei P9 before this for 2 years, without any noticeable stutter throughout, so it would be very disappointing if the S9 performed any worse. It wouldn’t be realistic for a phone in this price range to go down that early, I understand the Note 9 has to be sold somehow, but come on…we’re talking about a phone that’s not even a year… Read more »

valthomas
valthomas

these guys are sick here they talk alot of garbage here s9+ will not slow down even after 1 year of use

eHoolie
eHoolie

Wow! The salt is thick in the comment section!

Biransahin
Biransahin

The Note 4 was certainly not a disaster performance wise. In it’s time it was one of the most powerful devices available. However, compared to the Note8 today, of course it’s slower. You guys really display your ignorance sometimes. Also reviewers should grow a few brain cells and realize that Note users will always buy the Note, normally for work reasons, and S users will buy S phones for their own reasons. Different device type, different customer base. Now it’s evident that many writers here know very little about the technology they write about, but try a little lateral thinking… Read more »

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

I never used the Note 4, but they’re not wrong, there was a huge outcry of the performance optimisation. I remember the Note4 being absolutely PACKED full of features, vast majority people would rarely use, but many I quite liked. they were like 13 camera modes! Complaints about bugs, lags and battery drain. Yeah, it may have been fine for you but to deny they weren’t problems is ignorance on your part.

sayantandas
sayantandas

I’m typing this from an Exynos Galaxy S7. I’ve had very little to complain about my phone. Is 2 years old but still runs very well. Of course I see stutters but only when I am running maps for 1 + hours in Bangalore traffic. I put my phone through extreme use as I have a dual sim one . I’m very happy with it and unless this phone breaks into 2, I’m going to wait till S10 . ☺️

Jasi2169
Jasi2169

I will wait till note 10 as i am also on s7 exynos indian dual sim vairant fd model,i had note 4 and i know how amazing is spen to be honest

woody365
woody365

I’ve not had any problems with my Exynos S9+ since I’ve had it and I’m constantly using it.

stondec
stondec

I couldn’t be happier with my Note 8’s performance. Almost a year now and it’s as buttery smooth and snappy as on day one. In my experience the Note series has been a flawless performer since the Note 5.

The Note 4 was indeed a nasty, laggy, headache inducing, worthless POS in terms of performance. Couldn’t get rid of that garbage fast enough.

andyshannon3
andyshannon3

I do not agree with this. i am on the T-mobile JUMP on demand plan which allows me to upgrade my phone whenever i want, and i have rotated from the S series phones half the year to the Note series the other half of the year for 3 years now, and i find the exact opposite. the note phones seem to slow down faster, and wont hold a battery charge as long, than the S series. i always find myself factory resetting the Note phones every 2 months to speed them up, while i usually only do it every… Read more »

stondec
stondec

Couldn’t disagree more vehemently. I find the Note series superior in every way except that the s series are thinner and lighter and arguably very slightly esthetically superior.

Also if you use the S Pen line Note fans do, that alone renders every other phone inadequate.

As far as your suggestion of slow downs, my USA unlocked Note 8 hasn’t experienced any lag in almost a year. I also a heavy user BTW.

andyshannon3
andyshannon3

No offense Stondec, but as i see in your comments above, you only ever use the note series phones and only upgrade every few years, i don’t think you have any experience using the S series phones as your daily driver, so your opinion is going to be one sided.

bgpuccia2987
bgpuccia2987

How can this be? I’ve had the S8+ for a year and still performs as well as it did on day 1. Then again, I’ve never messed with rooting nor downloaded any sketchy APKs. Before this I had the S5 and never had an issue either. My buddy’s Note 6 died within a few months of purchasing it from constant rooting and rom flashing. I guess it comes down to the type of use you give your phone.

keithsanantonio
keithsanantonio

Yes I’ve notice the stutter when i use the S flagship. But here in Note8, i never complaint of it. I just enjoyed using it. I hope samsung optimized the S flagship phones like the note line up

lfcrodrigues
lfcrodrigues

It is so wrong, Samsung. My S8+ stutter sometimes, that’s a shame. Buy Samsung and wait for long term