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    Samsung Galaxy S9+ Smartphone

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    Galaxy S9+
    The Samsung Galaxy S9+ is a smartphone that was tested with the Android 8.0.0 operating system. This model weighs 6.6 ounces, has a 6.2 inch touch screen display, 12-megapixel main camera, and 8-megapixel selfie camera. It comes with 6GB of RAM. It was tested with 64GB of storage and has a memory card slot for expanded storage.
    Description
    The Samsung Galaxy S9+ is a smartphone that was tested with the Android 8.0.0 operating system. This model weighs 6.6 ounces, has a 6.2 inch touch screen display, 12-megapixel main camera, and 8-megapixel selfie camera. It comes with 6GB of RAM. It was tested with 64GB of storage and has a memory card slot for expanded storage.

    Ratings Scorecard

    Test Results

    Camera: Rear image quality

    Camera: Rear image quality

    Still image quality using the rear facing (main) camera. It is based on objective and subjective judgments of test images, which includes evaluating resolution, dynamic range, color accuracy, and visual noise.

     /  5
    Camera: Rear 1080p video quality

    Camera: Rear 1080p video quality

    Video quality is based on the judgments of trained panelists who viewed recorded video images shot at the highest quality setting available (1080 max.) in multiple lighting conditions.

     /  5
    Camera: Selfie image quality

    Camera: Selfie image quality

    Still image quality using the front facing (selfie) camera. It is based on objective and subjective judgments of test images, which includes evaluating resolution, color accuracy, and visual noise in multiple lighting conditions and on bokeh images.

     /  5
    Battery and charging

    Battery and charging

    Battery represents tests under nominal cell-network signals, including battery consumption performing tasks that involve voice, data, display, and other factors. Charging represents battery tests of time to charge from empty, fast charging for 15 minutes, wireless charging capability, and if the phone comes with a fast charger, wireless charger and replaceable battery. All phones are set the same brightness level for the entire test.

     /  5
    Display

    Display

    Rates the overall quality of the display including its color, clarity, off-angle viewing and touch responsiveness.

     /  5
    Durability

    Durability

    Measures how tough a phone's build quality is. It includes a tumble test where the phone is dropped up to 100 times, scratch resistance, a rain test and water submersion test.

     /  5
    Performance

    Performance

    Rates overall phone performance including amount of storage available compared to stated storage and tested processor performance.

     /  5
    Sound

    Sound

    Sound rates the sound quality of the included headphones and speakers and loudness.

     /  5
    Ease of use

    Ease of use

    Ease of use includes subjective and objective ratings of the convenience of using the menu, web browser, camera, buttons, and unlocking the phone via a finger and facial recognition.

     /  5
    Calling

    Calling

    Calling considers listening quality that reflects what you hear and talking, what's heard by other phones. Tests were conducted in noisy and quiet environments using conventional phone calls.

     /  5
    Battery life

    Battery life

    Battery life represents tests under nominal cell-network signals, including battery consumption performing tasks that involve voice, data, display, and other factors. All phones are set the same brightness level for the entire test and results are in hours rounded to the nearest half hour.

     /  5
    Browsing

    Browsing

    Browsing rates the web browser convenience, ability to easily activate and deactivate wireless capabilities and the rated upload and download cellular speeds.

     /  5
    Web browsing

    Web browsing

    Web browsing mainly assesses browser capabilities, including the phone's ability to handle more than one browser, display size, processor, and data connections, such as 3G, 4G, and Wi­Fi.

     /  5
    Texting

    Texting

    A rating for how well it is to use the keyboard, if an easy to use keyboard like "Swype" is included, and ease of use for SMS messaging and sending e-mails.

     /  5
    Navigation

    Navigation

    Rates the included GPS guidance, sound loudness and accuracy.

     /  5
    Display quality

    Display quality

    Display quality represents overall picture quality, which includes pixel resolution, contrast in normal and bright lighting (outdoor use), and color accuracy.

     /  5
    Ergonomics

    Ergonomics

    Ergonomics considers how easy is it is to access the phone's various features using its input such as the touch screen and buttons as well as software like the menu system. We also rate its activation and setup processes, build quality, durability with our tumble test, and liquid resistance are also rated.

     /  5
    Music

    Music

    Music rates the convenience of using the default music player, sound quality of the included headphones and ease of transferring music files.

     /  5
    Messaging

    Messaging

    Messaging mainly assesses keyboard ergonomics, e-mail readability, attachment capabilities, and text­-messaging features. It also considers display size and corporate capabilities.

     /  5
    Handset capabilities

    Handset capabilities

    Handset capabilities includes versatility which includes types of sensors, WLAN tethering, and battery features and performance. It also includes, storage, processor performance, and cellular features.

     /  5
    Phoning

    Phoning

    Phoning considers the step-saving functions for making and receiving calls. These include hands-free capabilities such as voice command and Bluetooth, one-­handed operation, speed dialing, ringer controls, call timers, and other features. We also evaluated keypad readability under different lighting conditions, and holding a phone while on a call.

     /  5
    Portability

    Portability

    Portability represents our judgment based on the best combination of size and weight.

     /  5
    Voice quality

    Voice quality

    Voice quality considers listening quality which reflects what you hear; talking, what's heard by other phones. Tests were conducted in noisy and quiet environments using live conventional phone calls indicated by carrier used.

     /  5

    About

    The Samsung Galaxy S9+ is part of the Cell Phones test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Smartphones models like the Galaxy S9+ are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

    Camera: Rear image quality Still image quality using the rear facing (main) camera. It is based on objective and subjective judgments of test images, which includes evaluating resolution, dynamic range, color accuracy, and visual noise.

    Camera: Rear 1080p video quality Video quality is based on the judgments of trained panelists who viewed recorded video images shot at the highest quality setting available (1080 max.) in multiple lighting conditions.

    Camera: Selfie image quality Still image quality using the front facing (selfie) camera. It is based on objective and subjective judgments of test images, which includes evaluating resolution, color accuracy, and visual noise in multiple lighting conditions and on bokeh images.

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