Sure, you just got your Galaxy S8. But now, Samsung came out with their latest and greatest device — the Galaxy S9. While the S8 is still a great device, it's possible that the Galaxy S9 completely outclasses it, almost forcing you to pick it up. It is worth it though? That's a harder question to answer than you may think.
The Galaxy S8 is only a year old, but that doesn't mean certain types of people won't benefit from a change of scenery. Still, it's easy to get lost in a sea of specs, trying to find out where you (and your wallet) fall in to the mix. Either way, we're here to help you figure out whether or not it's worth it for you to upgrade your Galaxy S8 to an S9.
Expectedly, the Galaxy S9 matches or exceeds the Galaxy S8 in every category when it comes to specs.
With regards to build, the Galaxy S9 falls in line with with the S8, so it's not as if upgrading will give you a drastic change with regards to style. Also, it has the same 1440p screen as the S9, so you're not sacrificing anything visually by keeping your S8. You also get the other features that make Samsung phones great: A headphone jack and access to Android — an operating system that allows you to do basically whatever you want.
While on the surface it appears there are only a few small, minimal changes in the Galaxy S9, they're all pretty crucial changes. For one, the Snapdragon 845 (compared to the Snapdragon 835 in the S8) is a monster, and offers a ton of improvements over its younger sibling.
Additionally, the variable aperture feature of the Galaxy S9's camera could be industry-changing, outclassing every other mobile camera (including your Galaxy S8's). The other major difference between the two devices is that the Galaxy S9 features stereo speakers, something that could tilt the scales for media junkies.
For the vast majority of users, the Galaxy S8 is still a perfectly fine phone. Is the Galaxy S9 better? Absolutely. But many of these differences are inconsequential for the average user. Unless you need the improved camera, stereo speakers, and Snapdragon 845 — it's probably best if you hang on to your Galaxy S8.
Are you planning on keeping your Galaxy S8 and switching to the S9? Are you planning on switching to the S9 from a different device? Let us know in the comments below.