If you’re looking for a high-end Android smartphone the Google Pixel 2 XL is at the top of the list. However, with the Galaxy S9 release date quickly approaching potential buyers have a tough choice to make. Here’s how the two compare and everything we know so far about the Galaxy S9.
Samsung will unveil the new Galaxy S9 and a bigger dual camera Galaxy S9+ on February 25th in Spain, but don’t expect any surprises.
Almost every detail about Samsung’s stunning new phone has leaked in recent weeks, including videos highlighting the new camera. When it arrives, it’ll have to face the impressive Pixel 2 XL in the camera department. Both phones have pros and cons, and we’re here to help you decide which ones are deal-breakers.
We’re expecting the Galaxy S9 to deliver an iterative update compared to the S8, meaning not a lot changed. And considering how great the Galaxy S8 was, and its camera, the S9 is very promising. That being said, we’re not sure if that’s enough to sway buyers away from stock Android and a powerful camera with Google’s Pixel 2 XL.
Again, they each have a lot to offer. Like big screens, water-resistance, wireless mobile payments, and great cameras. Considering Samsung’s phone is brand new, the Pixel 2 XL must prove it’s still worth your money.
In closing, we don’t know everything yet, but we’ll know more soon enough. Not to mention we have a pretty good idea of what to expect from Samsung’s Galaxy S9. The company released a slew of teaser videos saying they’ve reimagined the camera, which is one of the Pixel 2 XL’s biggest selling points. Can the Galaxy S9 pixels edge out Google’s phone? Continue reading our slideshow below for everything you need to know.
First things first, we want to break down the specs for those interested. And while specs on a piece of paper don't tell the whole story, it's a good place to start.
Samsung's Galaxy S9 is six months newer, or technically an entire year newer when you consider how fast technology changes. The Pixel 2 XL specs match the Galaxy S8 from 2017, not the upcoming Galaxy S9. However, this race is still closer than some might think.
Galaxy S9 Specs (Rumored)
5.8 and 6.2-inch 2960 x 1440 Quad-HD AMOLED Curved Displays
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or Samsung Exynos
64GB of internal storage (Micro-SD slot included) and 4GB RAM (6GB on Galaxy S9+)
Android 8.0 or 8.1 Oreo with Samsung Experience
12 Dual-pixel Rear Camera - OIS, phase detection auto-focus, variable f/1.5-2.4 aperture camera
Dual 12MP cameras on the bigger Galaxy S9+ (like the Note 8) with OIS
8-megapixel front camera with autofocus, f/1.7 aperture
Fingerprint Scanner, Face & Iris Combo Scanner (Rumor)
IP68 dust & water resistance
3,000 and 3,500 mAh battery with Fast & Wireless Charging (or bigger)
Samsung Pay, Bixby Virtual Assistant, USB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack, more
Of course, everything is subject to change, and nothing is official until Samsung confirms it themselves on February 25th. That said, we're seeing upgrades in some important places. The Galaxy S9 and Pixel 2 XL are pretty similar, but the bigger 6.2-inch Galaxy S9+ is the clear winner here. With 6GB of RAM, a bigger screen, and dual cameras on the back. Here's what you'll get from Google's Pixel 2 XL.
Pixel 2 XL Specs
6-inch 2880 x 1440 Quad-HD OLED Display
Snapdragon 835 Processor with 4GB of RAM
64/128GB storage options, no micro-SD slot
12.2 Megapixel Rear camera with f/1.8 aperture and OIS
8MP front-facing camera
Dual Front-Facing Stereo Speakers
3,520 mAh battery with Quick Charging
IP67 Dust & Water-Resistance
Google Assistant, Google Lens, more
USB Type-C port, fingerprint scanner on back
No 3.5mm headphone jack, no wireless charging
Samsung's Galaxy S9 and S9+ both have a faster and newer Snapdragon 845 processor, which should really improve performance, gaming, and battery life.
Google's Pixel line is the king of battery life, but Samsung's new phones might give them a run for the money.
Basically, if you want the latest and greatest with the best specs, the Galaxy S9 is the clear winner here. Remember though, specs aren't everything.
In this buying guide we’ll share a list of the best smartphone car accessories for your iPhone or Android. Google’s Android Auto or Apple’s CarPlay give us a lot of extra control in our vehicles, but they can’t replace these super helpful phone car accessories.
These days most car accessories are compatible with any smartphone, including the new iPhone X or the Galaxy S8. Some get designed with the iPhone in mind, but most will work on any phone you own.
We have everything from smartphone car dash or vent mounts, wireless charging mounts, a new stereo, to fast or multiple USB port chargers. Then, we’ll recommend Bluetooth transmitters, Bluetooth car speakerphones, tablet mounts, or put Alexa in your car. We have something for everyone, including radar detectors and a cassette tape to 3.5mm adapter.
Google and Apple are both making a big push into our vehicles, and new stereos add more features every month. However, not everyone wants or needs a new car or even a new stereo. Thankfully there are plenty of ways to improve your experience while in the car.
Whether that’s making your phone or tablet easier to use, or getting a new 6ft charging cable that reaches the back seat. Or, try adding a Bluetooth speakerphone for hands-free calls so you keep your hands and eyes on the road.
Or, make your old car feel new. If you have an old cassette player in your rust-bucket but want to listen to Spotify from your Galaxy Note 8, we have you covered. These are in no particular order but are the best phone car accessories available in 2018. We will update this roundup as new products come out.
First things first, you want a good quality AND fast car charger. I'm amazed by how many friends and family members have a terrible, slow, old car charger with one USB port. It probably only gives them 5% battery life at the most.
The Anker 39w PowerDrive 2 Dual Port fast charger works with both iPhone or Android and will charge your device as fast and safely as possible.
Both ports feature Quick Charging technology so Android devices go from 0-50% in about 20 minutes. Or, a high-speed 2.4 amp fast charge output for Apple devices like the iPhone 8 or iPhone X. This charges anything, including tablets, and does it quickly.
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Being able to run two apps at the same time is nothing new for Samsung smartphone users. However, the Galaxy S8 takes full advantage of multi window mode with its big 5.8 or 6.2-inch screen. In this guide we’ll show you how to use multi window mode on the Galaxy S8 to the fullest.
There are several reasons for running two apps simultaneously. Whether that’s to watch YouTube while you check emails, or simply being more productive, we all have our reasons.
And while split-screen mode or multi-tasking is nothing new to smartphones, Samsung’s multi window mode is the best implementation. As a result, we’ll show you more than just enabling multi window mode. We’ll show you how to turn it on, adjust windows, invert apps, use picture-in-picture and much more on the Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+. Follow the instructions in our video below and try it today.
Our hands-on video above tells you absolutely everything you need to know about multitasking on the Galaxy S8 and running two apps at the same time. Additionally, we’ll break down some of the most common questions into individual guides below.
How to Enable Multi Window Mode on Galaxy S8
The easiest and fastest way to launch two apps at once and use multi window mode is to press and hold the Recent apps key below the screen. Do this while you’re in an app, or from the homescreen. Before we do this, you need to enable this feature in settings.
Pull down the notification bar and hit the gear-shaped settings button
Scroll down and select Advanced Features
Next, choose Tap on Multi Window
Now, just toggle ON the “Use Recents button” to enable and quickly access multi window mode. You can choose from two different views, too, but the default option is the best.
How to Launch Multi Window Mode on Galaxy S8
As you saw in our video above, launching multi window mode is pretty simple. Simply tap the “Recents” button to the left or right of the on-screen home key to see a list of running apps. Instead of selecting the app, you tap the icon that looks like two boxes or rectangles on top of each other. This is the multi window mode button. Highlighted in red below.
Next, select the second app by scrolling through the list of running apps or using the More apps button. You’ll see more apps on the screen, which gives you a list of icons showing any app that supports multi window mode.
To exit this mode at any time, press and hold down the Recents key. Or, just hit home and clear the multi window session from the notification bar. Remember, you can always HOLD the bar in the middle of the two apps and drag it up or down to resize multi window mode apps.
How to Switch (Invert) App Windows to the Top or Bottom on Galaxy S8
A common problem is apps aren’t in order or you want something else on the top. Just remember, the first app you select always goes to the top of your screen, while the second one opens on the bottom.
However, you can quickly invert them and put YouTube back to the bottom and your email at the top. Or switch them to top and bottom as you see fit. Here’s how:
Press the Window Control Button (white line in the middle of the two running apps)
Just tap the line once to see the control window pop-up
Select the Invert apps button (circling icon)
How to Close an App in Multi Window on Galaxy S8
Last but not least, is how to close apps running in multi-window mode. We go over this a little in our video above, as you can do it a few different ways.
For one, you can simply hit the home bottom and completely go back to your main screen. This just minimized the window though. When you do this, pull down the notification bar and tap the big X to close your multi window session completely.
Additionally, you can tap the Window Control Button and select the X while you’re using two apps at the same time. This will close the window that’s highlighted by the blue border, or the last window you interacted with on the screen.
That’s all there is to it. Now you have a better understanding of how to use and enjoy multi window mode on the Galaxy S8. Start doing more with your phone, and multi-task like a pro. If you have any questions let us know in the comment section below.
Samsung still hasn't confirmed an official roll out date, but don't let that stop you from doing some early prep work.
Your Galaxy S8 Android Oreo update could be just a few days away so use this time to prepare yourself and your device for its arrival. This way, you won't be scrambling when the OTA (Over-the-Air) update pops up for your phone.
Use this time to dig into your device's storage and delete files (apps, videos, etc) you no longer need. Cleaning up your Galaxy S8's hard drive could improve your device's overall performance and it'll clear out space for Android Oreo.
Now would be a good time to start backing up all of your Galaxy S8's data on a regular basis if you aren't doing so already.
You'll also want to track down all of your login information before Android Oreo update lands for your Galaxy S8.
Have your Samsung login and the login info for your important apps and services ready to go because Oreo could, and probably will, log you out of some of them.
It's also important to keep your device charged up throughout the day. This way, you'll be able to install the Android Oreo update soon after it arrives (if that's what you choose to do).
Most Galaxy Android software updates require you to have 20 percent of battery charge to complete the installation process. We recommend keeping a 50% battery charge for Android Oreo because we expect it to be a significant download. You should also keep a charger handy.
This might seem tedious, but doing some early prep work will save you a lot of time down the road.