Fall with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9

For the last three weeks I’ve been testing out the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, and a few features in particular left a lasting impression, but it’s the overall package that confirms my love for the Note series, and Samsung’s excellent user experience.

I’ve been testing out a lot of phones this year, and the Note 9 is absolutely my new favorite. Coming from the Note 8, which I’ve been using for almost a year now, the Note 9 improves on the predecessor in a number of ways, and the biggest upgrade is once again the camera.

Downey's Farm | Pumpkin Patch
Downey’s Farm | Pumpkin Patch

While the Samsung Galaxy S9 is a solid device, with great cameras, the Note 9 introduces a very important upgrade for photos: dual aperture lenses, which means that, similar to a DSLR, the cameras can switch between f-stops, or how open they are to light. The Note 9 can intelligently switch between F1.5 to F2.4, depending on the light.

On the one hand, F1.5 is great in low-light conditions, while F2.4 provides more depth-of-field, and makes images more clear in brighter spaces.

The dual aperture lenses effectively means that the Note 9 works better in all conditions, and still features one wide-angle lens, with one telephoto lens for the Live Focus mode that creates such vivid portraits.

The other standout feature? The S Pen can now be used to trigger the camera, so you can setup the phone, or hold it in one hand, and take the photo by pressing the S Pen button. That’s a big deal because a lot of time it may be too loud to use voice commands, and that also means you can use the better rear cameras to take photos now.

Check out a couple of my favorite photos from the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 below, and maybe best of all, check out the video I made with the Note 9 from a recent trip to Downey’s Farm. I’ll have a full review of the phone coming up on the site soon.

W. Andrew Powell lives, sleeps, eats, and breaths movies and entertainment. Since launching The GATE in 1999 Andrew has enjoyed being a pest to any publicist who would return his calls. In his "spare time," Andrew is also an avid photographer, and writes about leisure travel and hotels around the world.