Many people swear by the Exynos versions of Samsung's Galaxy flagships, as performance is often better and there's more development. Others require a phone with the ability to use two SIM cards at once. If you belong to either (or both) of those parties, you may want to have a look at these deals for the dual-SIM Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ on eBay. Read More
Samsung is a big fan of including or charging a little bit more for bundles with its newly-debuted phones, as is evident from the free Gear 360 or 128GB + wireless charger combo for the Note8, the free Gear VR and optional $99 bundle for the S8 at launch, the later free Samsung Entertainment Kit for the S8, and more. Now Samsung is offering two optional bundles for the Galaxy S9 and S9+: a $99 'S9 Ultimate Bundle' and a $49 'Power Upgrade Bundle.' Read More
Earlier this week, I noticed that my Galaxy S9+ review unit had an OTA update available. This update addressed some stability issues with the camera and put the phone on the latest security patch (which is certainly a good thing). But at nearly 250MB, it was quite a sizable update, too, and so installation took a bit to complete - my phone was out of commission for over five minutes.
Really, though, it shouldn't have been. Android introduced a feature called seamless updates as part of the 7.0 Nougat release... Read More
The Galaxy S9 and S9+ launch day is upon us, and with it comes one invaluable tool for all your modders, tinkerers, and free spirits out there: TWRP support. TeamWin's is now the best custom recovery you can flash on any device and support for the Galaxy S9 and S9+ was inevitable. But just in case you were a teeny bit worried it might get delayed, we're here to let you know those fears are unfounded. If you got the Exynos version of the flagship at least.
You can find the links for the TWRP pages below, with the downloads and instructions. Read More
Galaxy S9s began shipping out a few days ago, though Sprint customers who ordered their phones via Samsung's official site are having some issues. For some reason, Verizon SIM cards are being sent out with Galaxy S9s intended for Sprint, and it's causing quite a bit of confusion. Read More
Notoriously radical "Un-carrier" T-Mobile has set two Guinness World Records in an astounding pair of stunts the company billed as "The World's Most 'Extra' Speed Test." Of course, both records involve water skiing. Read More
Just as it did after the unveiling of the Galaxy S8/S8+, Samsung has published the kernel sources for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. But this time around, the company has gone ahead and released the code for the Exynos and Snapdragon models at the same time. Read More
It doesn't matter how careful you are. It doesn't matter how much you baby your phone, how rugged a case you keep it in, or how religious you are about avoiding accidental drops. Despite your very best efforts, accidents can still damage your phone. When the worst happens, we want to get our devices back on their feet as quickly as possible. Now Samsung's working to streamline that recovery process for Galaxy users, as it partners with uBreakiFix to bring authorized Samsung Care repairs to over 300 uBreakiFix locations across the U.S. Read More
The good folks at iFixit never miss a chance to pull out their trusty Philips screwdrivers and heat guns to tear apart the newest phone on the block, and this time is no different. The new Samsung Galaxy S9+ paid a visit to iFixit's labs and came out with a very mediocre 4 points out of 10 in repairability. For comparison, Google's Pixel 2 XL got an above-average score of 6, the Essential Phone received an abysmal 1, and Samsung's Galaxy Note8 also scored 4 out of 10. Read More
Zack from JerryRigEverything has become famous for his (somewhat extreme) durability tests, and now he's finally gotten his hands on a new Galaxy S9 to put through its paces.
Starting off with the scratch test, the S9's screen only begins scratching with a level 6 pick, and displays deeper groves at level 7. This is absolutely on par with essentially every other smartphone around (with the exception of sapphire screens that only begin to scratch at a level 8), and means the Galaxy S9's display should hold up fine against razor blades, coins, and keys. Read More