On March 16, Samsung’s new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus smartphones will become publicly available. However, pre-orders began on March 2, so technology publications have already had a few days to try out the new gadget.

Samsung has touted its latest mobile iteration to be “revolutionary” and “innovative,” much like every other annual phone announcement. Well, the votes are in: While most reviews didn’t exactly use those two words to describe the new Galaxy models, they by no means hated them.

The Good

The most raved-about thing had to be the phone’s camera, and that’s all because of the S9’s new adjustable aperture feature. This allows users to have much more precise control over how much light comes into the lens, so taking pictures in a dark bar is no longer an issue. Being able to adjust the aperture also means more control over depth of field, so you can take some really high quality close up and distance photos. If you’re a big fan of Instagram, this might be a pretty big selling point.

The S9 aperture at work. 

As you might have expected, the display got stellar reviews. Samsung is potentially the best in the game when it comes to screen tech. They’re pioneers in the race towards a bezel-less phone and the S9 is proof. Gizmodo said the only other display that compares is the iPhone X, which is coincidentally also made by Samsung.

You might have thought it was all over for the headphone jack. Well, Samsung rescued it from the pit that Apple had thrown it in. The S9 is dongle-free. Praise be.

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The Bad

The most cited issue with the S9 and S9 Plus was just how similar they look to the previous Galaxy S8. Now, this might be a good thing for people who didn’t end up getting Samsung’s last phone and can now grab a new and improved edition. But the resounding message was: If you have the S8, stick with it. You’ll barely be able to tell the difference.

The phone’s virtual assistant, Bixby, didn’t garner any glowing reviews. TechCrunch said it was “by far, the most frustrating part of the S9” and other reviews put it in last place compared with its competitors like Siri and Alexa.

Samsung also hopped on the AR Emoji bandwagon, and reviewers weren’t thrilled. Instead of molding your face to a unicorn or alien like the iPhone X, the new Galaxy scans your face and generates a Bitmoji-esque character in your image. Samsung doesn’t use any special face-capturing technology for this, so the results have been reported to be underwhelming. Keep in mind this is a feature you can just completely ignore without detracting from the product as a whole.

S9 vs. S9 Plus

If you’ve decided to pick the newest Galaxy over all of the other smartphones out there, you still have another choice to make. The S9 or the S9 Plus?

For starters, the standard S9 is $125 cheaper than the S9 Plus, which retails at $915. Much like the iPhone “plus” models, the S9 Plus will be notably bigger than the normal version. So if you’re looking for a phone that will slide perfectly into your pocket, the S9 might be the way to go.

But if you’re planning on making full use of your camera, the S9 Plus offers a better camera, more batter life, and more RAM for all those pictures.

While Samsung’s latest product might not have been as “revolutionary” as they first announced, based on the reviews, it still looks like the S9 will hold its own in the market.

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On Monday, scientists revealed the first images of a human inside the world’s newest total body scanner, called EXPLORER. The name is fitting because this scanner really leaves absolutely nothing to the imagination, tracking the way drugs and disease progress through every nook and cranny in the body.

Designed by biomedical engineering professor Simon Cherry, Ph.D., and biophysicist Ramsey Badawi, Ph.D. at University of California, Davis, this scanner produces images that look like a hybrid between a PET scan (which is often used to find tumors) and an X-ray, all in ghostly black and white. But what’s interesting about EXPLORER, which will be officially unveiled at the Radiological Society of North America meeting on November 24th, isn’t that it produces detailed images of tissues or bones. Cherry tells Inverse that it can also create 3D movies showing where certain drugs may end up in the body.

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Elon Musk wants to send humans to Mars, and it could happen as soon as 2024. The SpaceX CEO has outlined a plan to get people to the red planet, with bold visions of refueling rockets to “planet hop” and explore the furthest reaches of the solar system.

Many plans for a Mars settlement expect a community in matters of decades. The United Arab Emirates aims for a city of 600,000 by 2117. Astrobiologist Lewis Dartnell told Inverse last month that “while the first human mission to land on Mars will likely take place in the next two decades, it will probably be more like 50-100 years before substantial numbers of people have moved to Mars to live in self-sustaining towns.”

The Boring Company, Elon Musk’s tunnel-boring enterprise he started as a solution to “soul-sucking” Los Angeles freeway traffic, has completed its proof-of-concept tunnel, according to video shared by Musk on Friday night.

The two-mile “test tunnel” begins at the “SpaceX property (parking lot east of Crenshaw Boulevard and south of 120th Street), turns west under 120th Street, and remains under 120th Street,” according to a description on the website for the Boring Company.