Samsung Galaxy 9

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  1. Finn

    Finn Vice Admiral Admiral

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    Anyone have the same phone?
    Any thoughts?

    My wife got them to replace our iPhones to save on bills after hearing some friends rave about those Samsung phones.

    To put it mildly, they are the worse phones we ever had. If I wasn't pulling a double shift workload last fall, I would have returned them immediately.

    They are hard to use. The keyboard is impossible to use. I keep having to reset after using certain apps. And I absolutely hate the curved screen as it is hard to avoid accidently activate an app or other features.

    It makes me miss my sidekick 3 from 12 years ago. I can't wait until we can upgrade to iPhones.
     
  2. Santaman

    Santaman Vice Admiral Admiral

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    No, at the moment I use a Motorola G5 which is a nice phone for the few things I need it to do, before that I had a Huawei W1 Windows Phone 8 phone and that one is by far the best phone I ever had.
     
  3. John Clark

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    I'm still using a G1 for the phone but it does what I need.

    As for Samsung, I do have one of their tablets but don't seem to have any issues with apps and resetting on it. It might be getting a bit long in the tooth though as it won't update past Android 5.

    For me, the keyboard is fine, but then the screen isn't curved so I'm wondering if that makes things more awkward. - If it is just the latest iteration of the keyboard, have you tried getting one of the alternatives?
     
  4. Ar-Pharazon

    Ar-Pharazon Vice Admiral Premium Member

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    I've had an S4, S6 and currently an S8. I've never been an Apple guy, but the iPad I use at work has an on-screen keypad that I have to switch views on to get to the numbers. The Samsung has it right on top of all the optional keyboards.

    As far as a "curved screen", do you mean the Edge? I find that to be a little easier to use than the regular type of screen.
     
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  5. Asbo Zaprudder

    Asbo Zaprudder Vice Admiral Admiral

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    Samsung Galaxy J5 does for me -- I see no pressing need to upgrade or change it.
     
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  6. Finn

    Finn Vice Admiral Admiral

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    It's driving me crazy. I really don't know why anyone likes the Galaxy... Most of the old iPhones I had got on my nerves a bit, but after a couple months I always felt happy with them. Not with the Galaxy 9 now that it has been four months. I think the phone is ridiculous. The curved edge is a hindrance, as it keeps activating apps or features I didn't want to use at the time... The keyboard is impossible to use, as the auto correct is crazy. Too often, the text I typed would get erased somehow. I still have to reset it all the time. I can't wait until I can upgrade and get back to an iPhone.
     
  7. Amaris

    Amaris Fuzzy Logic Generator Premium Member

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    I have a Samsung J3 Luna Pro, and it's fantastic. The only way I'm "upgrading" is if the phone is destroyed, and even then I'm just going to try and find the same exact phone.
     
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  8. Smellmet

    Smellmet Commodore Commodore

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    My wife has an S9 and I think it's an excellent phone, fast, great build quality and great camera. That being said other than the way it looks I can barely see any difference in speed or camera quality from my S7 Edge, which in itself was a huge upgrade from my S5. Progress has definitely slowed down a lot. I'll be running my S7 until it dies.
     
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  9. Cutie McWhiskers

    Cutie McWhiskers Commodore Commodore

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    Smartphone keyboards are naff to begin with. Much to my horror I also saw a smartphone edition of movie scripting software, which had me breaking out in fits of laughter over the sheer lack of health ergonomics for a basic setup. Get a real keyboard and real monitor and then maybe...

    Which apps are forcing you to reset?!

    How often do you check for software updates? What carrier are you on, some dispatch updates slower than others.

    A case protector negates the rounded screen's foibles (as well as the gimmicky nature of curved screens in general) but don't several iPhone models have rounded screens too? What sort of difference would make glass to theirs any less slippery OOTB?

    The S9 has a halfway decent camera, the Note9 even more so. The latter also has a stylus that doubles as a remote shutter. It's quite useful in a number of situations, actually... Apple has a stylus as well, called "Pencil" I believe. Dunno how extensive its usage is...

    How can anyone not adore "live wallpaper", animated backgrounds that even include patterns changing on sounds the phone is processing (like a "music visualization" app)?

    I liked my S9 on day one, except I missed having a stylus and that larger battery and 1mm screen height addition come in handy, so I sold it and am re-standardizing on the Galaxy Note. I used to be an iOS fanboy but the 3GS still didn't have preemptive multitasking and limited user customization. It was laughable. Fast forward something like a decade, a friend showed off his iPhone X. Looked pretty. But not as good regarding usability quality, hated that notch thing at the top, different swipe actions to bring up menus... it's just as klutzy, user un-friendly, and still limited in utilitarian functionality. But to be fair, that lack of complete multitasking is a reason why iPhones have better battery life. They're a lot more locked down but at the expense of customer freedoms OOTB.

    Also, no supplementary storage slot as well, it's a lot easier and less time-consuming to move the MicroSD card from the old phone to the new one without all the hoops and hurdles of being locked in. And, really, Apple calls theirs a "pencil"? Has Apple's marketing term lost their creative way with verbiage like "stylus"? Then again, it's contagious, with Samsung its "S-Pen" but that still has a more comparative flair than "pencil" ever could.
     
  10. General_Phoenix

    General_Phoenix Commander Red Shirt

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    I am using a Galaxy S9+ now, just upgraded from my S7 Edge, I like it well enough. The keyboard is a bit of a nuisance, but I have yet to find a smartphone keyboard I actually like. In some ways I think the autocorrect is worse on my S9 than on my S7. Always wanting to fill out words I don't want.

    I don't have many apps, so cannot comment there.
     
  11. Jedman67

    Jedman67 Commodore Commodore

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    I have the S7, and it's great. I've replaced older phones when i cracked the screen or whatever, so I got the Unicorn Beetle case and I love it. Dropped it a hundred times and the screen is as good as new, except for color changing a few degrees halfway up the screen.
    I"ll probably get a Moto G or a Pixel when it's time to upgrade; micro SD and price will be the dealbreaker for me.
     
  12. Smellmet

    Smellmet Commodore Commodore

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    I've found swiftkey keyboard to be a superior alternative to the stock one, you can make they keys nice and big and the autocorrect is linked to all your accounts to predict what you type. It's excellent.