New Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs Pixel 3 XL Hmmmm

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  1. CJR238

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    So i was planing on getting a Pixel 3 XL but the new Samsung Galaxy Note 9 just came out and it has everything i would want (3.5mm, Micro SD, wireless charging, 4,000 mAh). But the bloatware and catching on fire is not something i would look forward to.

    I have a Samsung tablet I bought in 2015 that just sucks so bad, memory was full within a year with all the bloatware and the battery just does not last as long as i would have wanted. So i am hesitant and i really like the clean Android OS like what Motorola always used. The Pixels will have Android 9.0 Pie too.

    I was a di-hard Motorola fan before they were sold off, always had everything i wanted. Would it be a mistake to go with the Galaxy Note 9 over the Pixel 3 XL? Or even the S9+?

    Also the S9+ seems to be basically the same as the Note 9 but with no pen and 3500 battery vs 4000 battery.

    Im also worried about the phones size.
     
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    One Plus 6!

    Long-term Samsung user here. My son convinced me to try the OnePlus 6 this time. Grabbed it with 8 gigabyte RAM, 256gb internal storage and the thing flies with no bloatware. Fastest Android made. Absolute heaven. Also has 600 megahertz bands available, which is important to me as a T-Mobile user.

    Not to mention, it was a couple hundred bucks less than the Samsung Galaxy 9 plus I was considering.
     
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    OP6 is much better than every other option when you consider the price.

    You can hide that stupid notch, I don't even notice it on mine. Stock OS is GREAT, in fact I'm just rooted and I don't even have a real kernel installed, I EASILY get a day out of my battery letting it get down to about 25% by the time I wake up, plugging it in on my way to work and back home, come home with 90% battery. If you went 100-0 I'm sure you could easily make it last another whole day if you felt like it. Really good XDA support which even samsung and google phones don't have anymore. Camera is admittedly not the BEST on the market but it is VERY good.

    If you see unbox therapy's review of the Huawei P20 that may be the only phone I'd consider other than the OP6 because of its INSANE dim lighting shots. Still I'd never switch to it... has nothing else I want, but my point is the OP6 camera is pretty much as good as the Samsung phones and just a hair under the Pixel 2/3, and the only REAL step up is the Huawei P20.

    Also, it's $519. Anyone who pays $1300 for a Note 9 is out of their ****ing mind. It does like 1% more than phones 1/3 the price do...
     
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    Chad I have a Note 8. I would never get a phone this big again. I will be sticking with the standard versions from here on out. No + or Note. They are just too darn big for everyday use IMHO after using one for the past 6 months.
    It performs great dont get me wrong and is the most reliable phone I have used. But to keep in your pocket or on your belt/side. Just way to uncomfy. Stop in a cell store and "try one on first".
     
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    Samsung bloatware drove me nucking futs. It was a corporate phone so I didn't want to root it, and when they forced us to switch to IOS, i tired to root it but it wasn't rootable (is that even a word?) Dang AT&T phones....
     
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    x2. I had the Note 4 and loved it but it was too damn big for an everyday carry. I switched to the Pixel and now Pixel 2 and couldn't be happier.

    Posted from my Pixel 2 using the RDF Mobile App!
     
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    Thanks guys but i don't even know who OnePlus is. lol Seems it has a smaller battery, no wireless charging and no micro SD option. It was tough enough for me to be open into looking at the Samsung over my Motorola's i have had since the first day cell phones were released. lol

    As for the size, that is a concern, its bigger than any phone i have owned. But its not that much bigger then my Turbo 2 i have now. 5.90 x 3.07 x 0.36 vs 6.37 x 3.01 x 0.35, so its a little taller, not as wide (that's good) and about the same thickness.

    The Galaxy Note 9 is brand new so i don't think its at any stores to try out. And if i pre-order i get a set of free AKG noise-cancelling headphones.
     
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    I bought a used Pixel XL in March for $290 and it was a good phone until last week it got stuck in a boot loop. In May I went rafting and apparently the phone got splashed or something (but definitely didn't get submerged) so that might have something to do with it, but a lot of people on the internet talk about spontaneous boot loops with no user fault. Before that I had a Nexus 6P which was a good phone until it developed battery issues which is definitely a flaw of the phone. I really like Google phones for the pure Android, but they don't seem very reliable long term. If I can't get my Pixel XL to work, I might try a new OnePlus 6.
     
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    Note 9 anyday. Samsung just gives you more for the price point. I heard the they also fixed the lag issues with touchwiz on the s9 so let's hope it carries over to the note line. I wouldn't worry about the fire hazard that hurt then really bad and I'm sure there doing ten times more testing before it get releases to pubic much like car manufacturers they learn from there mistakes most of the time.

    If I was you though I would wait until next spring when the s10 comes out that will be well more worthy of and upgrade depending on what you have now as a phone. That's when we will be getting the new finger print scanner in glass and new camera etc.

    On anothet note I really wish they do a refresh of the note 4, That thing was my all time favorite phone up to date.

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    I was waiting for the Pixel 3 XL, but the Note 9 looks like its a more refined and improved S9+ and it has everything i could possibly want.

    I normally wouldn't veer from what i am happy with or perceive to be better (Motorola/Google). But with the only slight refinements on the 9 from the s9+ i would assume this will be Samsung's most solid and reliable.

    The battery capacity is a big plus for me too.
     
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    Another vote here for the OnePlus 6. I upgraded from the OnePlus 3T about 6 months ago to a Pixel 2 XL. In those 6 months, the Pixel has had 3 hardware failures all covered by Google's warranty. First phone came with a gash on the back aluminum, second phone had a yellowed screen, third phone had a non-functional microphone. Now my fourth Pixel has a buzzing top speaker that Google has agreed to ship a replacement for. My OnePlus 3T, on the other hand, has only been in the shop once for a cracked screen. Unbelievable that a $950 device has worse reliability than a sub $500 one. The two biggest factors that drive me to keep the Pixel are the camera which is incredible and the timely security and feature updates. Maybe you'll have better luck than me with Pixel.
     
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    I have 256 gb internal storage space in my OnePlus 6. Trust me, nobody uses storage like I do and it took a lot to get me to forgo micro SD cards, even though I had one fail, and this is faster and better storage than micro SD cards.

    On the wireless charging, the battery life is so good...and I'm on my phone all day... It's a non-issue. But if you want a top off, it goes from 0-60% in less than 30 minutes with its best in the industry rapid charger. Nobody does it better. That'll get another dozen hours of heavy use.

    Top it off with the least bloatware and the fastest Android made, and I was sold.

    I'm not pitching it, but I know first hand the issues you raised and OnePlus 6 has them whipped.

    It is NOT waterproof, however. It is water resistant. Basically if you splash it while washing your hands, fine. Drop in the toilet and you're in a crap load of trouble. That's it's biggest issue to me.
     
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    Interesting to see so may suggesting OnePlus 6, looks like its a great beta unit people have been happy with and very similar to the Samsung's.

    Do they sell it at Verizon?
     
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    I don't think it's approved to work on Verizon. You'll probably have to do more research and see if there's a way to get it to work in practice.
     
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    Chad. Don't get any phone from a provider. Thye load that thing with bloatware.

    Buy the phone independently if you can. I Iove my pixel XL phone and couldn't be happier . I'm done w Samsung.
     
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    No carrier bloat on an iPhone ;)
     
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    256GB OP6 is only $629 IIRC. I actually prefer not having the micro SD Card now that I've gotten used to it. I use a LOT of space compared to most people I know and I still have 60GB free on my 128GB OP6. The battery is no concern, IMO. It definitely has 2 day battery life if you show it a little love, even if you just go absolutely nuts gaming all day it's a full day heavy use phone. I've had phones in the past that I'd have to charge 2 times a day if I used them much.
     
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    The iPhone is bloatware. lol

    Yeah, but the convenience in swapping files/pictures direct of an SD is great. I can even post videos from my BV camera by inserting the SD into my phone. I also like that i can use it like a PC with DeX/HDMI adapter.

    Its easy to forget why some features are always nice to have even if they are not used often,


    I think i have decided on the Note 9, because it has everything i want and need but above all its basically a refined 2/3rd generation 9/S9+ so it should beyond perfect.
     
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    Let us know how you like the Note 9 @CJR238 . I'm curious to see other people's views on it