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Samsung Galaxy S8 vs. S9: Should Your Business Upgrade?

Samsung Galaxy S8 vs. S9: Should Your Business Upgrade?

Deciding which phone to buy is not easy for anyone who runs a business. It's not like a new Samsung or Apple model has a shining aura over it at the carrier store (although that depends on the store lighting).

Most of us have to wade through complicated specifications, then make a decision based on the finer points like camera megapixel rating and battery life. The battle is even harder with the new Samsung Galaxy S9, which has surprisingly similar specs to the previous S8 smartphone – 12-megapixel camera, same battery life, same storage.

Fortunately, there are a few key differences. If you are yearning to make an upgrade, here's what you really need to know if you're comparing the two phones. [Read related: Best Smartphones for Work]

The camera on both phones might snap at the same resolution, but they are remarkably different. For one, the S9 has a dual aperture lens, which means you can really experiment with business portraits you might want to load up on your website, office party shots and artistic angles. The camera is more ideal for low-light conditions. And, the new Super Speed Dual Pixel image sensor means you can take stunning slow-motion videos.

Samsung claims the S9 has a darker, blacker screen. Movies and photos will look richer because of this -- similar to how a high-end television shows deeper blacks as well. Business users might not appreciate this difference, but there is another perk to the screen tech: It looks much better in daylight, without the glare you might get from an iPhone.

We mentioned how the battery life, storage and megapixel rating are all unchanged. (For those keeping track, it's 27 hours of use, 64GB of storage, and 12 megapixels). However, one hardware difference to note is that the speakers are 1.4 times louder on the Galaxy S9. They use AKG technology, a company known for pristine sound. And, they use Dolby Atmos, which creates a surround-sound effect that might remind you of a movie theater.

We're living in an age of protective cases, where the first thing you might want to do after buying a phone that costs $800 is cover it up with a case (then start hoping you don't drop it the first week). If you decide not to, Samsung now offers a few extra colors, including Midnight Black, Coral Blue and Lilac Purple. At least you will stand out in the coffee line.

The S9 is arguably a faster phone, since it uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 running at 2.8-GHz instead of the slower 2.35-GHz speed on the S8. However, a word of caution. For a business user only running Evernote, the Gmail app and a browser, you might not notice a difference. Faster speeds help the most for video-editing, photography and games.

John Brandon

John Brandon is a technology expert, business advocate, and columnist. He has written over 12,000 articles in 16 years. His first articles appeared in LAPTOP magazine in 2002.