Samsung Galaxy S9 & S9+

Samsung Galaxy S9

Samsung's Galaxy S9 Android phone may not look much different from last year's model, but it does have some notable improvements. The main story here is the camera, which achieved the best-ever DxOMark camera rating. It uses a Dual Aperture lens that can adapt to various lightning scenarios. In the dark, the lens opens to F1.5 mode to pull in more light. In daylight it switches to F2.4 mode for a sharper photo. The camera is also capable of "Super Slow-mo" at 960 frames per second.

Samsung has also improved its face scanning, with "Intelligent Scan." This combines face recognition and iris scan for unlocking the device. Unlike Apple's iPhone X, however, Samsung did not elimintate the fingerprint reader. In fact, it moved it to a better position than it was on previous Galaxy phones, and it now is located just beneath the camera on the back.

In an effort to copy the Animoji, Samsung released the Galaxy S9 with "AR Emoji." This aims to turn you into an Augmented Reality version of yourself in emoji form. You first take a selfie, and then it creates an emoji that you can share as stickers and videos.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 has an edge-to-edge Super AMOLED display that DisplayMate says is almost perfect, getting its highest A+ grade. The regular S9 has a 5.8 inch screen, while the S9+ has a 6.2" screen. It comes in four colors — Lilac Purple, Midnight Black, Titanium Gray, and Coral Blue. It starts at $719.99 for the Galaxy S9, and $839.99 for the Galaxy S9+.

- Learn more about the Samsung Galaxy S9 & S9+ (samsung.com)