Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy S9 64GB is a significantly better phone than the Apple iPhone 7 32GB, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Samsung Galaxy S9 64GB!

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Excellence Score
33.1
52.0
Value for Money Score
48.2
59.9
Price ₹ 31,500 onwards ₹ 28,445 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2016 Mar, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Apple iOS 10, Upgradeable to 13Expected update to next Apple iOS version Android 8.0 Oreo, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 4.7 inches 5.8 inches
Screen Resolution 750x1334 pixels (~ 326 pixels per inch) 1440x2960 pixels (~ 568 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type IPS LCD AMOLED
Display Features Retina HD Display, Wide colour display (P3), 625 cd/m2 max brightness (typical), Dual-domain pixels for wide viewing angles, Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating, Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously, Display Zoom, Reachability Super AMOLED, 3D Touch (home button only), Always-on Display, Infinity Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.23 GHz 2.8 GHz
Processor Type Quad Core Octa Core
Processor Name A10 Fusion chip with 64-bit architecture Embedded M10 motion coprocessorRanked #35 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Exynos 9810Ranked #12 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU PowerVR Series7XT Plus (six-core graphics) Mali-G72 MP18
RAM 2 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 12.0MP 12.0MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features F/1.8 Aperture, Digital zoom up to 5x, Optical image Stabilisation, Six element Lens, Quad-LED True Tone Flash, Panorama (up to 63 megapixels), Sapphire Crystal Lens Cover, Backside Illumination Sensor, Hybrid IR Filter, Autofocus with Focus Pixels, Tap to Focus with Focus Pixels, Live Photos with Stabilisation, Wide Colour Capture for Photos and Live Photos, Improved Local Tone Mapping, Body and Face Detection, Exposure Control, Noise Reduction, Auto HDR for Photos, Auto Image Stabilisation, Burst Mode, Timer Mode, Photo and Video Geotagging, Optical Image Stabilisation for Video, Slow-motion Video Support for 1080p at 120 fps and 720p at 240 fps, Time-lapse Video with Stabilisation, Cinematic Video Stabilisation (1080p and 720p), Continuous Auto Focus Video, Take 8-megapixel Still Photos while Recording 4K Video, Playback Zoom F/1.5-2.4 Aperture, 26mm Focal Length, 1/2.5" Sensor Size, 1.4µm Pixel Size, Dual Pixel PDAF, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), Geo-tagging, Simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, Touch focus, Face/Smile Detection, Auto HDR, Panorama, HDR, Dual-Video rec., Slow-motion Video
Secondary Camera 7.0MP 8.0MP
Secondary Camera Features Full HD Video Recording, Retina Flash, F/2.2 Aperture, Wide Colour Capture for Photos and Live Photos, Auto HDR, Backside Illumination Sensor, Body and Face Detection, Auto Image Stabilisation, Burst Mode, Exposure Control, Timer Mode F/1.6 Aperture, Autofocus, Full HD+ Video Recording, Dual Video call, Auto HDR
Internal Memory 32 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 400 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.1 mmSlim 8.5 mmMedium
Weight 138 gmLight 163 gmMedium
Width 67.1 mmComfortable for one-handed use 68.7 mmComfortable for one-handed use
Audio Output Lightning 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, IP67 Rated (up to 1m for 30 mins) Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 1960 mAh 3000 mAh
Battery Standby 240 hrs N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) 14.00 hrs N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes
Included Fast Charger Yes
Other Battery Parameters Internet Use (on 3G): Up to 12 hrs, Internet Use (on WiFi): Up to 14 hrs, Wireless Video Playback: up to 13 hrs, Wireless Audio Playback: Up to 40 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified); NFC; Lightning Connector; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; AirDrop; AirPlay; AirPrint; Control Centre; Handoff; HomeKit; iCloud; iCloud Keychain; Multitasking; Night Shift; Notification Centre; Siri; Spotlight Search; iMovie; Pages; Keynote; Numbers; iTunes U; GarageBand; Apple TV Remote; iTunes Remote; Music Memos Scratch Resistant Back (Corning Gorilla Glass 5); Samsung DeX (desktop experience support); Qi Wireless charging; Bixby; NFC; ANT+ support; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Samsung Pay
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • The design follows on from the previous generation of iPhones - with the same excellent build quality, Apple's famed attention to detail, and beautiful aesthetics - in fact, the phone looks almost identical to the previous generation of the iPhone
  • Splash, and water resistant
  • Excellent display, improving a bit over the previous iPhones with a "wide color gamut" screen and enhanced color accuracy
  • iOS 10 is excellent and now makes more sense out of 3D Touch, enhances the lock screen and allows third-party integration with Siri and Maps
  • Of course, iOS also has an industry-leading software update program - you are guaranteed to get all iOS updates in the next few years as soon as they are out
  • Phenomenal, top-tier performance backed by the new A10 chip, beating Samsung's flagship phones for instance by a significant margin in benchmark tests (although in practical terms, you might only notice the speed on some intensive games and the video and photo-editing apps)
  • Excellent front and rear cameras - significantly improved from the already good iPhone 6S
  • The camera now comes with optical image stabilization - delivering much improved photos, especially in low light
  • The four-LED flash is brighter too
  • The front-facing FaceTime camera has been bumped to 7 megapixels now, and it looks great for selfies or videos
  • Enhanced (louder, and now stereo) speakers
  • Good audio quality
  • Very good call quality
  • Good battery life - lasts a couple of hours longer than the previous iPhones (though it is no match for some of the large battery Android phones out there now)
  • Much improved haptics with Apple's updated "Taptic Engine"
  • Absolutely luscious design, continuing the design language that was introduced with the Galaxy S8 series (which is not a bad thing at all) - and it has some really sizzling color options in purple and blue, which really helps those supple curves stand out - the body colors look deep, rich and ever-changing thanks to the way the glossy glass catches the light - you will be hard pressed to find anything remotely as elegant, and beautiful in the Android market
  • The S9's tall, narrow proportions fit your hand well - and it's significantly easier to handle than its larger cousin (S9+)
  • The biggest design change is on the back, where the fingerprint reader moves below the camera module - this corrects the worst design mistake of both Galaxy S8 phones and the Note 8
  • Water resistant body
  • The tall, 18:9, minimal bezel, 5.8-inch AMOLED screen is absolutely gorgeous and even brighter than last year's (15 percent brighter, in fact) - and the sexy dual-curved design adds to the charm
  • Samsung software on top of Android adds some useful extras, extending the core functionality of Android - it is one of the better, more refined UIs in the Android world
  • Whiplash-fast performance backed by the super powerful Samsung's Exynos 9810 (similar to the Snapdragon 845 in terms of performance) - performance is top-notch as expected under all use cases
  • Terrific camera - the first to bring a mechanical dual-aperture lens from DSLRs to the much tinier mobile phone, a feature that's designed to let in more light, reduce image noise and generally make your photos a lot better
  • The image quality in well lit situations is top-notch
  • Low light performance often borders on astounding - with the amount of brightness & lack of noise you will find in the shots (thanks to the dual aperture lens) - although its not very consistent (some low light photos are oddly washed out)
  • The super-slow motion video mode is pretty cool too, and when you frame the shot well, can give some incredible result
  • The selfie camera is good too, and has a new Selfie Focus mode, which uses software (and not a second lens) to create a depth effect with the front-facing camera, similar to the Pixel 2, or the iPhone X
  • On the whole the cameras on the Galaxy S9 compare well with the those on the other top camera phones - the Google Pixel 2, and the iPhone X - it's a toss up between these 3 - the Galaxy S9 can produce some truly exceptional shots especially in the dark, but perhaps the iPhone X and the Pixel 2 are just a bit more consistent all round, everything considered
  • Dual-speaker system is excellent, and makes for loud, rich audio - and results in one of the best speaker experience of any smartphone, ever
  • Call quality is fantastic too, with the AKG tuning really paying off
  • Also has the good old-fashioned headphone jack! (that's missing in a lot of other flagships now)
  • Good (though not exceptional) battery life - will definitely last the work day on a single charge
  • Supports fast charging (although it's not the fastest around)
  • Supports wireless charging
  • DeX Pad support is another cool feature that enhances the Desktop Experience Samsung introduced on last year’s flagship Galaxy phones
  • On the whole, while outside of the display, the S9 isn’t a class leader in any category, but it’s good enough in all of them that the whole package makes for a great flagship phone - it will compete with the Pixel 2/XL and the iPhone X for the title of the best smartphone - which one of these 3 you might choose will depend on what specific things you value
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • No big changes in design from the last two iPhone versions
  • The Jet black version is a fingerprint and scratch magnet (so, use it with a case)
  • The new click-free home button takes getting used to because there's no mechanical click when you press the home button
  • Misses out on the dual camera setup of the the iPhone 7 plus
  • The missing standard (3.5mm) headphone jack on the phone means that you won't be able to easily use your regular earphones with the iPhone now (though compatible EarPods come included in the case, as well as a Lightning-to-regular-headphone adapter dongle)
  • Lacks fast charging support (which is now present on most of the Android flagships)
  • On the whole, while there are significant changes from last year's iPhone 6S, but they may not be thrilling enough to warrant an upgrade
  • Fragile glass front and back means you should buy a case day 1
  • The new face-unlock tool is not particularly secure (it might have been better for Samsung to build out a more refined version before rushing in to compete with the similar feature on the iPhone X)
  • The 3D avatar software is again not that well executed - the AR Emojis track your expressions poorly and need far more customization options
  • There’s also still no compelling use case for Bixby, Samsung's AI agent (though of course you have no compulsion to use it, and can instead keep using the Google Assistant)
  • While the camera is great generally, it can sometime make low-light photos look blurry and lack detail - even though brightness levels is excellent and noise is minimal - so its sometimes a double edged sword
  • The S9 also lacks the second rear lens of the step-up S9 Plus that's dedicated to creating those depth-of-field portrait shots that blur the background to make people and objects pop
  • Battery life is good, but not exceptional - some of the competition is ahead here
  • Everything considered, S8 owners can skip the upgrade - the S9 is excellent all-round, and incrementally better - but it's not a monumental change from the S8
  • Apart from the iPhone X and the Pixel 2/XL, the S9 will also face tough competition now from lower priced flagships like the OnePlus 5T, which are almost as good on most of the important counts
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  2. Thanks to blazing performance, solid cameras and long battery life, the Galaxy S9/S9+ continue to uphold the S series’ reputation for excellence
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  3. If you're looking to upgrade your phone, especially if you're already a devoted Samsung customer, this one has everything you'd want.
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  4. Both Galaxy S9 and S9+ are solid, dependable workhorses with excellent displays, premium craftsmanship, and improved cameras
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  5. Impressive, to say the least
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  6. Samsung gets it exactly right
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  7. The S9 and S9+ are probably the best Android phones for most users, and I’d have no problem recommending them to almost anyone
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