Yes, the glossy back of the Samsung Galaxy S9 is pretty. But it's also smeared like hell. Every time I take a Galaxy S9, the back is streaked with a new set of prints.
When Samsung released a new "sunrise gold" variant that had a silkier, dull finish than the other ultra-shining S9 phones, I had to see for myself if the Gold S9 is less prone to disgusting fat than, say Purple Galaxy S9. Of course, Samsung has never suggested that the new finish would react differently with stains, but one person can hope.
Samsung says the Galaxy S9 "satin gloss" finish is designed to emulate the feel of fabric. When I swept my fingers over the back of the golden Galaxy S9, it felt a bit rougher than a glass base, more like a dull finish. But stuff? Not so much.
When I first took the Galaxy S9 out of the packaging, I immediately noticed the new silky-glossy surface. I held the golden and purple S9 phones against the light and the gold reflected less from his back. At that moment I thought that my wishes were fulfilled. The slightly diminished gloss made me believe that the gold would better protect my fingerprints.
right? Let the smear test begin!
French fries, almond butter and lotion
First I looked at the fingerprints my natural hand fat left on the phones. Then I deal with external factors that are often fat on cell phones – especially hand cream, french fries and almond butter.
During each test, I simultaneously put my thumbs on the back of each phone and set it up on my back while walking on. I then scrutinized the slaughter to see how much the Gold Galaxy S9 finish made a difference in absorbing fat.
Test 1: Smear the Golden Galaxy S9 with Fingerfat
I started with a fingerprint of my basically clean hands to create a baseline. This test should simulate normal everyday use.
My natural fingerprints were not very salient but obvious. The print looked more accurate on the purple Galaxy S9, especially as I turned the phone from side to side to capture the light at different angles. I could not be sure if this was because of its darker color or because of the glossier back side. And so I went on with my next test.
Test 2: Hand Lotion
This time I wanted to see how the phones react to the modest hand lotion that is often used for cell phone stains. I pumped a large amount of lotion into my palms, rubbed them in, and put my thumbs on the back of both phones. This time the backlog on both phones was immediately visible, and my hands were never softer.
Test 3: French Fries
How often do you pick up your phone while you're eating? For me it's a lot, and that leaves a lot of leftover food on the screen and background.
I always like chips, so this test was a breeze. I got the most delicious fries I could find, ate a few, fat my hands and barely avoided the temptation to lick my fingers clean.
This print protruded like an oily, sore thumb from the others and looked just as obvious on both phones. I could see oil, salt and a little pepper in the prints. Fett even started to drip down the sides. Do not worry, no chips were wasted in testing the S9 gold – I continued to chow-down until the bag of delicacy was empty.
Test 4: almond butter
What is more persistent than frying fat? The oils in foods such as almond butter – toast, which seems to adhere to my fingertips just after washing your hands.
To test this effect on the unsuspecting smartphone, I dumped a couple of almond butter on a plate and rubbed my thumbs into the hands oily spread. Even after wiping my hands, the remnant was still strong enough to leave a mark on both phones.
Although this fingerprint was not as greasy or prominent as the delicious French fries, I could say that the final test had both phones alike and ranked the same on the smudgy scale.
Gold Galaxy S9 Verdict: It's Still Lubricating
Although the satin finish makes the phone less shiny and reflective, the golden Galaxy S9 still holds the same amount of finger fat as the shiny purple Galaxy S9. The lighter gold color improves the prints better than the darker purple, but they are still there.
If you want to keep your phone pressure-free, it's best to get a case.
The gold-colored Galaxy S9 looks pretty fancy and has the same features as the outstanding Galaxy S9 in blue, black, purple and gray, sold at the same price. Check your local dealer or the Samsung website for availability in your area.
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