Tag Archive: Galaxy


Are the Galaxy S9-style stereo speakers better than front-facing speakers?

They might not sound quite as good, but they’re less intrusive to the phone’s overall design.

Built-in audio has never been a particularly strong suit for most phones. Manufacturers are usually happy to just drill a couple of holes into the bottom of their devices and call it a day, but the end result is usually a tinny, thin-sounding speaker that’ll leave you connecting to headphones or Bluetooth speakers more often than not.

Every once in a  [Read More…]

Is it worth upgrading to the Galaxy S9?

To Plus or not to Plus.

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8+ phones are nearly identical to one another, but Samsung tried something different this year. Although the S9 and S9+ have a lot of similarities, only the S9 Plus offers 2GB more RAM, a 500mAh larger battery, and dual rear cameras.

One of our forum users is thinking about switching to the regular Galaxy S9 as they want something smaller than their Pixel 2 XL, but the  [Read More…]

U.S. unlocked Galaxy S8/S8+ now being updated to Android 8.0 Oreo

The update is over 1354MB and rolling out now.

Samsung’s Galaxy S8/S8+ are still excellent phones despite the release of the S9 series, and AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon have been using the last couple weeks to make their versions even better by updating them to Android Oreo. Now, after lots and lots of waiting, the unlocked version here in the U.S. is finally getting similar treatment.

The Oreo update for the unlocked Galaxy S8/S8+ weighs in at  [Read More…]

Galaxy S8 review, one year later: Much cheaper, still fantastic

The Galaxy S8 is still a great phone, one year after release.

While the Galaxy S9 holds the lion’s share of our current attention, the Galaxy S8 is still chugging along. It’s been a year since the S8’s release, but it’s still worth your money today.

In fact, it may be worth your money more than the S9 is right now. The S9 has the benefit of newer hardware, better cameras, and… not much else, really. The S9 launched  [Read More…]

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S vs. Samsung Galaxy S9+: Iterated to perfection

The Mi Mix 2S and Galaxy S9+ are iterative updates, but they offer key upgrades in several areas.

The Galaxy S9+ shares the same fundamental design as its predecessor, with Samsung instead focusing on improving the camera. Xiaomi is undertaking a similar strategy with the Mi Mix 2S, which has the same design as last year’s Mi Mix 2 but with an upgraded chipset and a new dual camera setup at the back.

When I compared the  [Read More…]

Android Oreo hitting unlocked Galaxy Note 8 and locked Galaxy S8 Active

U.S carriers over the past few weeks have been busy releasing the firmware to update the Note 8 to Android Oreo. Left in the dark was the unlocked variant of the Note 8 due to its extensive testing requirements. That is now about to change as the device is finally getting Android 8.0. The update […]

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Galaxy S9+ vs iPhone X: A MrMobile/TechnoBuffalo Collab

To anchor a collaboration years in the making, Jon Rettinger and I chose a comparison that never seems to get old. That’s right: for the ninth year running, it’s Galaxy vs iPhone time as we put Samsung’s Galaxy S9+ head to head with Apple’s iPhone X! In this break from the traditional MrMobile format, I visit the TechnoBuffalo offices for a podcast-like debate with Jon Rettinger on the merits of iOS vs Android, FaceID vs iris scanning, and simplicity vs  [Read More…]

Unlocked Galaxy Note 8 in the U.S. is being updated to Android 8.0 Oreo

The update is a little over 1122MB.

Wireless carriers in the U.S. have recently been updating the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to Android 8.0 Oreo, but those that bought the phone unlocked have been missing out. Thankfully, after months and months of waiting, the update is finally being rolled out.

We just received the 8.0 Oreo update on our U.S. unlocked Galaxy Note 8 today, and it weighs in at a little over 1122MB. This also changes the  [Read More…]

Best Wallet Cases for the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+

Cut down on your daily carry with a wallet case for your Samsung Galaxy S9!

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ is a downright sexy phone, so in some ways, it’s a shame to cover it up with a case.

But the benefits of rocking a wallet case might be worth it. With services like Google Pay and Samsung Pay there are more ways to pay with your phone, so a wallet case will let you keep  [Read More…]

Samsung Galaxy S9 battery problems, explained: Exynos vs. Snapdragon

U.S. users get the better experience for a change.

New phones should have better battery life than their predecessors. That’s a given, and part of the unspoken rule of technological progress. And yet in recent years that hasn’t been a given. Along the way, we’ve seen blips — Snapdragon 810, anyone? — on the way to greater efficiency.

This year, the culprit is Samsung’s Exynos 9810, the ultra-fast chip that ships with all Galaxy S9 and S9+  [Read More…]