Marrying a superb design and flawless performance with superior screen quality, the Samsung Galaxy S9 is a predictably awesome smartphone. But then so is the S8 - so is it worth the upgrade?
Refurbished Galaxy S9 at a glance
The Galaxy S9 is a stylish, elegant smartphone with a suite of useful features. It’s also powerful and takes great photos.
Despite its super-slim dimensions, the S9 still makes room for a large, bright 5.8-inch screen that takes up almost the entire front of the phone. Teamed with the S9’s powerful AKG-tuned speakers, the result is a phone that’s brilliant for watching video, as well as gaming and browsing.
It’s also home to a 12-megapixel camera with a variable aperture that takes really good photos in a variety of lighting conditions. They’re packed with detail, with colours that really pop.
Video recording with the S9 is impressive too, especially the super-slow motion mode. And the eight-megapixel front camera allows you to blur out the background for really striking selfies.
To ensure the S9 lasts all day, it’s equipped with a large 3,000mAh battery. And in the event that you are running low on power, there’s a fast-charge mode that got us from zero to just under 40% in about 20 minutes.
Other key features of the S9 include:
- 3.5m headphone jack
- Wireless charging
- 64GB, 128GB and 256GB storage options
- Robust Gorilla Glass 5 screen
What is a refurbished Galaxy S9?
A refurbished, or reconditioned, Galaxy S9 is a handset that a customer has returned to a retailer or network for whatever reason. Possibly due to a fault or the owner simply changed their mind.
When a second-hand Galaxy S9 is sold as ‘refurbished’, it means it has been restored to its factory settings and given a thorough maintenance check and repair.
The main advantage in buying a refurbished phone over a brand new Galaxy S9 is that it can work out much cheaper.
Should you buy a refurbished Galaxy S9?
Let's take a look at some of the pros and cons of buying a reconditioned phone.
- Because a reconditioned Galaxy S9 isn’t fresh out of the box, it’ll be cheaper than buying a brand-new model.
- If you buy a refurbished S9 from an established retailer or one of the major networks, you’ll get a warranty . The warranty usually lasts around 12-months, though the time period will vary depending on the manufacturer.
- Recycling phones is better for the environment.
- You don't get the same 'new-phone' feeling when you buy a second-hand model
- You may not get accessories in the box. Which could mean an additional expense to buy a compatible charger or headphones
Alternatives to a refurbished Galaxy S9
If a second-hand Samsung Galaxy S9 isn't for you, check out similar handsets below:
- Samsung Galaxy S8
- Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
- Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
- Apple iPhone 6s
- Apple iPhone 7
- Apple iPhone 8
- Huawei P20 Pro
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Galaxy S9 specs
|Sim Card Type||Nano|
|Size||68.7mm x 8.5mm x 147.7mm|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Display Size||5.8 inches|
|Screen Type||Super AMOLED|
|Resolution||1440 x 2960 inches|
|Pixels Per Inch||570 ppi|
|Touch Screen Type||Capacitive|
|Processor Cores||Octa Core Cores|
|Internal Storage||64, 128, 256|
|External Storage||Micro SD|
|Primary Camera||12 MP|
|2nd Camera||8 MP|