Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra review: immersive and immersible

Samsung's excellent and oversized Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra has a winning screen and water resistance – but are you still better off with an iPad?

A photo of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra
(Image: © Basil Kronfli)

Digital Camera World Verdict

With the best screen on the block, smart desktop-style screen projection, a pressure-sensitive pen in the box and IP68 water resistance, the Tab S9 Ultra is a creative powerhouse. While its keyboard dock isn’t our favourite and iPadOS has more quality creative apps than Android, if you want a huge, oversized Android slate and don't mind its limitations, Samsung's flagship tab is pure quality from design to the brilliantly optimised interface.


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    Vibrant, large, immersive screen

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    Flagship power and performance

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    Powerful DeX experiences

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    Excellent pen experience


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    Very expensive

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    Arguably too big for most

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    Fewer tablet-optimized apps than iPad

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You’ve got an Android phone and a Windows computer and want a big-screened, high-end tablet for photo edits and on-the-go apps – an iPad seems altogether too Apple – so your obvious choice is a Samsung slate like the Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra. After all, Samsung is the go-to for premium Android tech, known for excellent software, design and pen support (ideal for Lightroom). Most of all, Samsung’s premium tablets are known for having the best screens around, also critical for photo edits, a highlight we really appreciated when testing the Tab S8 Ultra. 

Over the last year, though, the Android tablet space got shaken up. Lenovo’s Tab Extreme, another 14+ inch Android behemoth, was launched, and so too was the smaller OnePlus Pad, a much cheaper alternative. Even Google got in on the action, launching the first-ever Pixel Tablet, complete with a booming docking station.

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist, consultant, and content creator. He trained in graphic design and started his career at Canon Europe before moving into journalism. Basil is also experienced in video production, independently running the YouTube channel TechEdit, and during his time at Future, he worked alongside the Digital Camera World team as a senior video producer.