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Galaxy S9: 5 Things Samsung Is Doing Totally Wrong With Its Smartphones.

March 18, 2018 by  
Filed under Opinion, Tech/Internet, Weekly Columns

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( As the Samsung Galaxy S9 preorders start, we are going to see the world’s best smartphone cameras. Can you expect that a company like Samsung can simply overlook things that matter the most to their users? Well, Samsung is actually doing it and here are 5 things the company is doing totally wrong and this is why many people hate Samsung smartphones.

1. Slow Android Updates

Samsung is extremely slow in delivering Android updates on its smartphones. Every year Google releases a new version of its Android mobile operating system, but hardly a few handsets get the latest updates in the first six months. When it comes to Samsung, the company is too slow in rolling out these updates.

Google launched its Android Oreo last year and now Samsung’s latest smartphone Galaxy S8 is just starting to get those updates. The worst thing is Samsung is first focusing on rolling out updates for devices which are not tied to any carrier. Those devices which are carrier bound may not get the update until year end. There’s always a confusion among smartphone owners about whether their mobile phone will get a software update or not.

2. The Same Boring Design

The Samsung Galaxy S9 is largely unchanged, especially in terms of design. The new smartphones unveiled by Samsung look similar to their predecessors. The new smartphone Galaxy S9 features the same screen and virtual home button. The only change we see in the new phone’s design is that the company has moved the fingerprint sensor on the back. It smartly reduces smears on the lens.

According to Samsung, the company has slightly reduced the size of the top and bottom bezel. You will also notice a front speaker in the mic on the top. From a design point of view, Xiaomi and LG are the brands that experiment a lot with their designs. Xiaomi’s MI Mix 2 is one of the most suitable examples of design innovation in smartphones.

3. Its Love for the Snapdragon Chip

One of the biggest reasons why Samsung smartphones are popular is that they bring the latest hardware. For example, Samsung Galaxy S9 is equipped with Snapdragon 845 which is considered as one of the most powerful and the fastest smartphone processors and this is the same case every year. Last year it was Snapdragon 835 and probably next year it would be 855 or something.

What Samsung is not doing is it is not delivering the fastest processors. Apple in this area easily beats Samsung with it’s A-series of processors whether it is the A11 Bionic or A10. Apple’s processors are faster, need less RAM and work efficiently. On the other hand, despite being marketed as the most powerful chipset, Snapdragon series processors are not as powerful as Apple’s A-series processors. Samsung doesn’t manufacture those chips but when its phones are capable of beating iPhones, the company can try to focus on this area.

4. AMOLED Displays

AMOLED display is not bad and it’s even a lot better than LCD displays, but AMOLED is excessively bright on Samsung phones. The bluish light emitted by these devices makes images look nowhere close to their natural form. If you are watching a movie or reading a PDF, AMOLED display doesn’t appear to be suitable for eyes unless you are using a third-party app to lower down the level of light emission. Samsung has made many improvements in terms of color saturation but colors on some of its smartphone displays still appear to be highly saturated

5. Bad First Impression

Samsung’s low-budget smartphones are enough to turn away anyone. These smartphones are either overpriced or they lack power. It’s hard to forget the low-priced smartphones from Galaxy series that either feature 512MB RAM or less storage capacity. Today, the Galaxy series is a lot better than ever, but the experience people have with Samsung’s low-budget phones stops them from investing more in high-end devices from the same brand. People prefer other brands when it comes to making an upgrade.

Staff Writer; Corey Shaw

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7 Responses to “Galaxy S9: 5 Things Samsung Is Doing Totally Wrong With Its Smartphones.”
  1. Cristi says:

    1. I agree.

    2. Boring design is good if it is useful

    I will not buy Samsung anymore (I only had Samsung phones) because of the change in design: non removable battery, glass body, 1:2 aspect ratio, curved screen, much too high price (my last Samsung phone is Note 4)
    What upsets me is that almost all phone manufacturers copied Samsung and Apple in this area. One cannot buy a good smartphone with removable battery anymore.
    I don’t understand this “trend” of “beautiful” body and “premium” materials for phones. Everyone will buy a case to hide the “beautiful” phone so it does not matter how ugly it is. And glass is not premium, it is just common like plastic.

    3. The snapdragon chips are supposed to be the best available on the market.
    Besides, a power hungry chip will shorten the battery life.

    4. The only thing that bothers me is the change in shade in time of the OLED displays. Especially when it is not uniform. The usual led displays do not have this issue.

    5. I agree about the bad specs phones.
    There should be enough RAM and Flash memory in every phone sold.
    I will not buy any phone that sacrifice these.

    I also will not buy any phone with litium battery which is not user replaceable no matter how hyped or gorgeous seems to some or if it does not have the latest Android version.

    So I will say the following are very bad things:
    – non removable battery
    – slow Android updates
    – small memory capacity (RAM and Flash)
    – edge to edge curved display
    – glass body
    – very high price

    This will make me to buy some other brand if I will find one that is not blindly copying Apple and Samsung.

  2. Samsung No More says:

    My very specific comment is regarding issue no. 1. I did not take heed of comments from several publications and bloggers so I bought an S8 directly from Samsung. What a blunder. All the major US carriers have updated their Samsung S8’s to Oreo 8.0 but my unbranded unlocked S8 is still on Oreo Beta, to date. Not only that, we, the beta users, were led to believe that we would be receiving the official OTA ahead of everyone. Well, it wasn’t the case so far. I have been a loyal Samsung customer since S5, but my biggest mistake was that I bought my S8 directly from Samsung. Take heed guys. If you like Samsung devices buy them from the carriers and NOT from Samsung. If you prefer timely OS updates, go with Pixel phones. They’re not on par with each other but please consider your priorities before buying directly from Samsung. Just so you know my Pixel 2 is on 8.1 but Samsung is just updating to 8.0. My Pixel 2 will be on Android P in a few months and God knows how long it will be for you guys. Again, my only issue is timely updates.

  3. pH 178 says:

    I bought the phone 10 ,I sold it , Just received
    S9 , awesome phone, I finally got back my headphones
    Jack, backspaced button, home button, great camera, best
    Screen on the market.

  4. Marcos Rivera says:

    Look buddy,I don’t know where you’re getting your information from,but you there are inaccuracies in it.The latest Samsung S9 benchmarked higher and faster than the iPhone X last I checked,recheck the latest benchmark tests and scores and you’ll see.Samsung’s boring design!How boring has the iPhone design been prior to the X? You should know the answer to that.Updates,you can live with them or without them,as long as the phone runs fast that’s what matters to me.Low- budget phones!Buddy,even the Samsung S9 Plus at $840 is considered to be a low-budget phone compared to the iPhone X’s ridiculous $999 price,imo.

  5. BlackOps says:

    I think you are mistaken, the a11 bionic did score higher in benchmark tests the s9+ beat it in actual speed laps, opening numerous apps and going back through them again. The iPhone x had to keep reloading the programs due to their low ram. As for the design what more do you want, the bezels the s9 and s9+ have more screen to bezels ratio than the iphone x with the horrendous notch. Plus Apple has been doing the same design forever, in fact the x is the first change of form they ever really did. Samsung did the curved display and step out there comfort zone a lot. Apple stays the same.

  6. Cyclone says:

    No man,just no. I have a Note 8, had a Note 5, had an S5, and, yes, at one point, several iPhones. Since switching, have never looked back, have never been disappointed with Samsung or the pace of the rollouts. Never had the Note 7, so can’t comment. And low end phones are just that, so, setting expectations for something they can’t be is absurd.

  7. Yay says:

    Dude you need to get off the s-9’s dick bruh. The Samsung galaxy is shitting all over iphone right now. For example, the iPhone x did terrible in term of sales lmfao apple made more than they should have and had trouble selling them.. there’s numerous side by side comparisons of the Samsung s9 and the iPhone x and the s9 actually shines. Your article is trash and your a biased source with no credibility. With yo black ass, weak ass face ass.

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