This guide will take you through some reasons why you should, and shouldn’t, buy the new Samsung Galaxy Note 9 in 2019.
These Galaxy devices and others, like Samsung’s Galaxy S7, should have your attention, but you’ll also want to add another Galaxy device to your shopping list.
The Galaxy Note 9 is a powerhouse. Samsung’s latest entry in the long-running Galaxy Note series comes with a long list of upgrades including a brand new S Pen stylus, a huge high-resolution display, a high-performance processor from Qualcomm, tons of storage space, and a massive battery.
The Galaxy Note 9 isn’t cheap, but it’s certainly worth investigating if you’re looking for a powerful smartphone you can hold onto for multiple years.
With the Galaxy S10 release date getting closer, many people are trying to decide if they should buy the Galaxy Note 9 now or wait a few more days, weeks, or longer before making a decision.
In this guide we’ll take you through the best reasons to buy the Galaxy Note 9 right now and the best reasons to wait.
Buy If You Want the Best Software Support
If you plan on keeping your next phone for several years, consider buying the Galaxy Note 9.
Samsung didn't advertise this on stage during the Galaxy Note 9 launch event, but these devices should receive at least two years of major Android OS upgrades with bug fixes and security updates mixed in.
While you might be tempted to skip the Galaxy Note 9 and go with a cheaper alternative like the Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S7, software support for those devices will come to an end much faster.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9's hardware upgrades ensures the device will get feature-rich versions of Samsung's upgrades for several years to come. Samsung's Android updates for older phones are often limited by their aging hardware.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 was one of the first Galaxy devices to run Android 8.1 Oreo, a newer version of Oreo, and it's one of the first Galaxy devices running Samsung's Android 9.0 Pie update with One UI.
The update is rolling out slowly but it should arrive for most devices this month and next.
The Galaxy Note 9 is also running Samsung's Bixby 2.0 assistant. Bixby 2.0 comes with improvements to the AI's accuracy, an improved SDK, better support for third-party applications. As of right now you can use Bixby to launch third party apps, but you can't do much else.
Bixby 2.0 will eventually make it onto other devices, but you'll likely have to wait for Samsung to issue it with a major software update.
If you plan on keeping your next phone for several years and you think you might want the latest features, fixes, and patches without having to install custom software, think about going with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 over an older Galaxy phone.
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