This guide will take you through some reasons why you should, and shouldn’t, buy the new Samsung Galaxy Note 9 in 2019.
If you’re hunting for a new Android smartphone, the Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8, and Galaxy S9 should be on your shopping list.
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. Perhaps even to the top of it.
The Galaxy Note 9 is a powerhouse. Samsung’s new 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 several years.
With the trade-in offers live and the Galaxy S10 launch getting closer, many people are trying to decide if they should buy the Galaxy Note 9 now or wait a few more days, or weeks, before making a decision.
In this guide we’ll take you through the best reasons to buy 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 S9 launch event and it didn't talk about it during the Galaxy Note 9 event either, 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 Samsung's new Experience UI (now called One UI). It's also running Samsung's new 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.
The Galaxy Note 9 will be one of the first Samsung devices upgraded to Samsung's Android 9.0 Pie update and One UI. The update is currently in beta and the official version is scheduled to arrive in January.
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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