ðŸ‘Ī Stefano Chiodino 📅 Mon, Jan 28, 2019

Useless AR emojis

AR emojis are quite useless

They are fun! ðŸĪŠ For about 5 minutes. ðŸ˜ī

When Apple came up with the Animoji they didn’t set the world on fire, but at least they were different. They then upgraded them to “Memojis”, allowing users to craft them to their own image. It wasn’t a particularly stunning feature either way, but it tied in with the true-depth camera launched with the iPhone X 🙅‍♂ïļ.

Samsung have came late to the party - it continues to be unimpressive.

Too similar to the Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung bring very few improvements with this year’s iteration of the Galaxy line. Besides the improved CPU and camera there is little that separates them from the previous model. The S9 and S9 Plus are, however, the first phones to sport cameras with a variable lens aperture! ðŸ“ļ

To be fair, the Galaxy S8 hardware was already pretty good, and the build quality has apparently got even better:

Usual bloated Samsung OS

Samsung is known to bloat the Android operating system. Their dedication to replace all good and perfectly capable Google apps is almost commendable. What’s worse is that the phone comes with pre-installed apps like Facebook that can’t be uninstalled, although you can disable them.

Physical Bixby button

Bixby is listening...

This one I find particularly annoying.

Samsung has built a physical button to summon Bixby on your S9, which is actually useful to have. The second best option I’ve ever seen is pressing the power button for 0.5 seconds on the OnePlus 6t to activate Google Assistant. But, what if you don’t want to use it for Bixby? Maybe you prefer Google Assistant or maybe you think humanity is not ready to speak to machines ðŸĪ– yet. There is no built-in option to bind the button to anything else. You must buy a third-party app that hacks its way around it, providing a sub-par experience.

Yet another case of Samsung trying to force its ecosystem down your throat.

Poor battery life

The battery 🔋 capacity is at the same level as last year’s model: 3,000mAh for the S9 and 3,500mAh for the S9 Plus. That will be enough for a day’s worth of charge which is fine for most users, but keep your portable charger ready!

Touchscreen dead spots

Some Galaxy S9 phones seem to have dead spots, particularly at the top and bottom of the screen, where touch is not registered at all. This is a hardware issue and you’d need to return your phone if you were affected.

A thread about this issue was available on the official Samsung forum, but it suspiciously now appears to redirect to the support homepage. ðŸ•ĩïļâ€â™‚ïļ Fortunately you can find it in Google's cache.

You can see this problem in action using the phone’s testing tools in this video:

[FIXED] Black crush - black screen

Many S9 users initially reported black areas of the screen appearing pixelated, showing bands of grey gradients especially noticeable in movie’s dark scenes.

This has since been fixed with the BRE5 update release around the middle of 2018.

You can find more in this XDA forum and this Samsung official forum.

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No phone is perfect. ðŸĪ· The Samsung Galaxy S9 may have a bloated OS, but the hardware is rock solid! 💊

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