If you wish to buy a Samsung phone, here are the top picks that are nearly as good as an iPhone and way ahead of other brands available in the market. All of these phones from Samsung are stylish, powerful and are well built. Since there are a lot of Samsung options in the market, it is difficult to pick out the best one for your purposes. Let’s check out the best Samsung phones to help you make an informed choice.
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Best Samsung Phones
First Quad Camera Samsung Smartphone
Samsung Galaxy A9, 6.3 inches
The Samsung Galaxy A9 is a dual SIM phone with a Super AMOLED screen of 6.3 inches, with a resolution of 1080 x 2220 pixels and 393 ppi sporting an Infinity display. It is also known as Samsung Galaxy A9 Star Pro. It has dimensions of 162.5 x 77 x 7.8 mm and it weighs 183 grams. The phone is supported by the Android Oreo, 8.0 OS, which can be upgraded to Android 9.0 Pie. It is powered by the Qualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660, 14 nm chipset, with 4 cores of 2.2 GHz Kryo 260 and 4 1.8 GHz Kryo 260. This is combined with a graphics card of Adreno 512. The RAM is 6 GB and the internal storage is 128 GB.
As for cameras, the main or rear camera comes with quad sensors of 24 MP, 10 MP, 8 MP and 5 MP, with video at 2160 pixels and 1080 pixels at the rate of 30 fps. This is Samsung’s first phone with a quad camera. The front or selfie camera is a single one with 24 MP. The battery is non-removable and comes with a power of 3800 mAh. It offers fast battery charging features 18W.
- Those who want a powerful Samsung phone with a great camera.
- It is also suitable for those wanting to watch movies and videos or play games, as everything on the screen appears vibrant and the motion is smooth.
- Those looking for a bright and clear screen with good audio and stereo sound with a built-in speaker.
Best Android Phone with S-Pen
Samsung Galaxy Note 9, 6.4 inches
This is a large Android phone with a screen display of 6.4 inches AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels and a pixel density of 516 ppi, so it is super crisp. The dimensions are 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm and it weighs 201 grams. The RAM is 6 GB and the internal storage is 128 GB. It is also the first smartphone that is 1 TB ready. You have a 512 GB microSD card that can be used for storing up to 1 TB. You will never run out of space, so there is no need to delete apps and games or data.
As for the rest, it has a rear setup of 12 MP using dual aperture technology capable of taking Super Slow-Mo videos. The front camera takes selfies at 8 MP also featuring autofocus. The app also provides several mode options like wide group selfies and slow motion. For audio, it has stereo speakers and comes with AR Emoji including avatar customization features. The highlight is that it has the S Pen included. This time around, the stylus has been upgraded with a Bluetooth capability for customizing shortcuts that you can control through Bluetooth. It runs on Android Oreo with Samsung skin on top, though it will receive Android Pie very soon.
The battery is powered at 4000 mAh offering a day of battery life. Both wireless charging and quick charging options are available. In addition, there is the Fast Charging feature and the Fast Wireless Charging as well. It has an IP68 rating being waterproof and dustproof. For audio, there are stereo speakers.
- Those who want a powerful phone with a large screen suitable for streaming as well as gaming, and don’t mind paying for it.
- Those who want a Samsung phone with an S Pen included for note taking, scribbling and for sketching, etc.
- People who would like to take photographs remotely using the S Pen.
- Ideal if you want a phone with more storage for videos, pictures and music, so useful for those who would like a lot of onboard storage space.
Best Samsung Phone from the S10 Trio
Samsung Galaxy S10, 6.1 inches
This is a sleek and classy device in Prism White color. It is also called the middle child of the trio, the S10+, the S10 and the S10e.
The Galaxy S10 includes the all-important 3.5 mm audio jack along with the USB Type C port. It also holds the IP68 certification for protection against dust and water. The 6.1 inches screen is a dynamic AMOLED Infinity ‘O’ one, with a resolution of 1440 x 3040 pixels.
It is powered by the Exynos 9820 chipset with the 8-nanometre processor having 8 cores with four of them clocking at a speed of 1.95 GHz and the other two at 2.31 GHz. The S10 has a storage capacity of 512 GB.
Instead of the usual fingerprint scanner at the rear, the S10 comes with an in the display, ultrasonic fingerprint scanning feature. It also has an efficient face unlocking mechanism. The S10 includes a screen protector for the display so you don’t have to search for one that is compatible with the fingerprint scanner built in the display. You can charge it wirelessly and also use it as a reverse charging for any other device wirelessly. As for audio, the speakers are excellent with Dolby Atmos supporting the headphones and the loudspeaker.
The S10 runs on Android 9 Pie overlaid with the Samsung One UI on it. As for the camera, it has a 16 MP ultra wide sensor for the first camera. The primary camera is a 12 MP sensor and the third one is a telephoto sensor. As for the front camera, the S10 gets a single one of 10 MP for selfies. You can take video recordings at 4K at the rate of 60fps. There is also a Super Slow motion mode for videos allowing users to shoot at 960 fps. The battery of the Samsung Galaxy S10 is powered at 3400 mAh and it comes including features such as wireless charging plus reverse wireless charge.
- Those looking for a flagship Samsung smartphone offering top end performance, good photography combined with aesthetics.
- Those wanting a compact flagship smartphone.
- For those who would like to buy a comparatively powerful Samsung phone offered at a reasonable price.
- Suitable for those who want to enjoy videos and gaming on their phone, as it has a good display screen and loud speakers.
Feature Packed and Powerful Samsung Phone
Samsung Galaxy S10+, 6.4 inches
The Samsung Galaxy S10+ comes with a superb display and a stunning build. It is a superior version among the three models Galaxy S10, the S10e and the S10 Plus, with the latter being the superior one, as is usually the case with Plus versions in smartphones. The display screen is a huge 6.4 inches with an immersive edge to edge screen and an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor present within the display. It is powered by a huge battery of 4100 mAh, capable of Wireless Powersharing as well as reverse charging capabilities.
The display is 6.4 inches of AMOLED screen with Infinity ‘O’ screen and the resolution is 1440 x 3040 QHD+ pixels with a pixel density of 526 ppi. HDR10+ support is a great feature, as it improves contrast and picture colors.
As for the camera, it has a three-camera setup in the rear with one 12 MP lens, one 12 MP telephoto lens and another 16 MP ultra wide angle lens. The phone has a dual selfie camera with 10 MP and 8 MP sensors. The battery is powered at 4100 mAh delivering one full day of battery life. There is a Power Mode option that allows users to select from varying power modes, such as Optimized and High performance.
It runs on the latest Google OS, the Android 9 Pie with Samsung’s OneUI overlaid on it. It is powered by the Exynos 9820 processor with a RAM of 8 GB and memory of 512 GB. It is the first smartphone that comes with the next generation WiFi 6 so that you can easily move from one Wi-Fi router to another much faster than the usual 802.11.
In short, we can say that the Samsung Galaxy S10+ is an advanced smartphone with good performance and style.
- Those who want a feature-packed and powerful Samsung phone with a big battery.
- People who would like to buy the most complete Android phone available today.
- Suitable for movie buffs, as the display is rich and crisp. In short, suitable for watching movies, gaming, music and all kinds of media consumption.
- Suitable for graphics intensive gaming without compromises.
- For those who want a ‘do-it-all’ smartphone, taking photographs, recording HDR10+ videos and watching Netflix movies!
Good Performance/Features at Reasonable Price
Samsung Galaxy M30, 6.4 inches
This phone is also known as Samsung Galaxy A40 in China. The dimensions of the M30 are 6.26 x 2.96 x 0.33 inches and it weighs 174 grams. This is a dual SIM smartphone with a Super AMOLED display screen of 6.4 inches, having a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels and a ppi of 403.
It is supported by the Android 8.1 Orea OS, which can be upgraded to Android Pie or 9.0. This comes with the Samsung Experience, 9.5 running over Android Oreo. The Galaxy M30 is powered by the Exynos 7904 octa-core, with two cores of 1.8 GHz Cortex A73 and 6 cores of 1.6 GHz Cortex A53, combined with the Mali G71 MP2 graphics card. The internal memory is 64 GB and it can be expanded up to a maximum of 512 GB. This is combined with a RAM of 4 GB. The battery is powered at 5000 mAh, equipped with 3x fast charging feature.
As for the cameras, the main or rear camera is a triple one with 13 MP, 5 MP and 5 MP sensors having all the features of LED flash, panorama, HDR etc. Videos can be taken at 2160 pixels and 1080 pixels, both at 30 fps. There is one single camera for the front, a 16 MP resolution.
It has both a fingerprint scanner and face recognition features for unlocking the phone. There is Dolby Atmos too, which you can use with headphones.
- The Galaxy M30 is aimed at the low-cost smartphone market segment.
- It is targeted at young millennials and is also suitable for gaming, as the lag is quite minimal.
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Reasonably Priced S10 Series Phone
Samsung Galaxy S10E, 5.8 inches
The E in the name represents Essential, meaning that the Galaxy S10e has everything that the other two phones of the trio, the S10 and the S10+, but is available at a lower price. It is a shrunken version of the S10 Plus, but also the lightest of the three models, at 150 grams. It, however, does not have the inbuilt fingerprint scanner. Instead, there is the regular capacitive one that is integrated into the power button.
The screen is bright and crisp with a resolution of 2280 x 1080 pixels and a pixel density of 438. The display technology is full HD+ Dynamic AMOLED with the HDR 10+ certification
As for cameras, it has two rear cameras, with a 12 MP main camera having OIS and one 16 MP ultrawide sensor. There is, however, no telephoto lens on this one. Video shooting has also been upgraded, with the front camera capable of shooting UHD 2160 pixels at the rate of 30 fps. You can also shoot up to 4K at the rate of 60 fps, including the Super Slow-mo video modes at 960 fps. As for the front camera, it has one 10 MP front lens with a simulated ultra wide mode for zooming.
The S10E is powered by the Snapdragon 855 chipset. It has a RAM of 6 GB and internal storage of 128 GB. As for the battery, it packs a 3100 mAh battery. You can recharge it quickly using the 15W quick charging feature and the 15W wireless charging feature. It also comes with a Wireless PowerShare feature for charging a second device on its rear. As for audio, it has an AKG tuned stereo speaker having Dolby Atmos. The phone also comes with an IP68 certification offering resistance to dust and water.
The S10E runs on Android 9 Pie so you have the latest Google Operating system on it. The battery is powered at 3100 mAh and can offer around 17 hours of normal usage. But it charges very quickly, with almost 95% done in under an hour. It also offers support for quick wireless charging and reverse wireless charging, making it easy to charge accessories while on the go.
In short, the Samsung Galaxy S10E may not have all the frills and fancy features of the S10 or the S10+, but at a reasonable price, it offers all the essential features of the other two, making it a good value for money.
- Those who are looking for a medium or reasonably priced Samsung phone that offers all the essential features, though not a flagship phone.
- Those looking for a smaller Samsung phone that they can use one-handed. It is suitable for browsing apps one-handed or texting with one hand.
- The AMOLED screen display makes it suitable for watching streaming content and videos.
Samsung Smartphone with Superior Build
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, 6.2 inches
It can be considered among the top Android smartphones available today, as it looks stunning with its superb display and design. DisplayMate has rated the display as A+, with the display offering good brightness and accuracy. There are 4 different display modes, the photo; the cinema; the basic and the Adaptive Display.
It is powered by the latest chip from Qualcomm the Exynos 9810 chipset, which can run at a max speed of 2.9 GHz. The RAM is 6 GB and the internal storage is 64 GB, but you can expand it up to 400 GB, so it can perfectly handle anything you throw at it, being among the fastest Android phones available. The battery on the S9 Plus is powered at 3500 mAh offering a day of juice for regular users.
It has a 12 MP wide angled, telephoto dual cameras at the rear, using the Variable aperture technology. The rear camera can be switched from one aperture to another. This is one of the major reasons why you should purchase this smartphone. It offers improvements for taking photographs in low light. It produces excellent photos even in poor lighting. Another highlight of the camera is that it can take slow-motion videos at a rate of 960 fps.
As for software, the biggest addition is the latest AR Emoji offering various expressions of your face. You can share these emojis on several apps on your phone. It comes with the IP68 certification, so it can withstand splashes and spills and even rain.
Security features are excellent. You can now use the Smart Scan for authenticating payments or passwords. The face unlocking feature works well even in darkness. In addition, you also have a fingerprint sensor. It also offers a fast wireless charge feature; so, you can avoid all the wires and charge your phone quickly.
In short, you can say the S9+ is among the best Android phones available in the market these days.
- Those looking for a top of the line flagship phone at a reasonable price.
- People who want an excellent design with high security and excellent camera.
- Those who are looking for a great camera, as this phone is focussed on its camera.
Mid Range but Classy Samsung Phone
Samsung Galaxy A8, 5.6 inches
The Samsung Galaxy A8 released in 2018 comes with a Super AMOLED screen of 5.6 inches and a display resolution of 1080 x 2220 pixels, with 441 ppi. It is also protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 4. The smartphone is supported by Android 7.1.1 Nougat, which can be upgraded to Android Pie, 9.0. This is overlaid with the Samsung Experience skin on it. It is powered by the Exynos 7885, 14 nm, with two cores 2.2 GHz Cortex A73 and 6 cores 1.6 GHz, Cortex A53, combined with a graphics card Mali G71. The RAM is 4 GB and the internal memory is 32 GB, which can be increased to a maximum of 256 GB using the microSD card.
As for cameras, it has a single rear camera of 16 MP, with video capabilities of resolution 1080 pixels at 30 fps. As for the front camera, it comes with a dual camera setup of 16MP and 8 MP. The camera is fast and fun to use with tasteful processing and good overall experience. The Samsung Galaxy A8 is the first phone from the company featuring the Infinity O hole punch in the display. This is a hole punch design for the selfie camera that is located on the upper left of the screen. It is also the first of the A series smartphone that comes without a headphone jack. The battery has a power of 3000 mAh and offers fast charging feature of 18W.
It is sturdy and comes with IP68 certification offering water resistance. You can drop it to a depth of 1.5 meters and leave it in for half an hour without any damage. The screen offers bright and rich colors, being among the best screens available for this price.
- Those who want to have a good Samsung phone, but at a reasonable price.
- Those who want a powerful phone with a good screen and a fun camera.
- Those looking for an affordable alternative to the A8.
A Worthy Successor to the S8 Smartphone
Samsung Galaxy S9, 5.8 inches
The design is similar to the S8, but the S9 is more robust in comparison. The display screen is 5.8 inches of phenomenal quality with good clarity and color reproduction, using the Super AMOLED technology for delivering true to life images.
It runs on the Android 8 Oreo out of the box but will see Android upgrades as they start rolling in. As for cameras, there is a 12 MP single sensor camera on the S9. The major upgrade is that the camera can now switch from one aperture to another, thereby providing intelligent sensors that can offer improved images. You can also take excellent pictures in low light. As for the selfie camera, it is an 8 MP one that also takes good pictures in low light, but it does not have a wide field of view feature.
The battery of the Samsung Galaxy S9 is powered at 3000 mAh and offers around 8 hours of battery life on average. The dimensions are 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm and the weight is 163 grams. The S9 is powered by the Snapdragon 845/Exynos 9810 SoC and it has a RAM of 4 GB with a storage of 64 GB.
It is almost similar to the Galaxy S8, but there are some improvements. The upgrade on the Samsung Galaxy S9 is its high powered rear camera, which comes with innovative features, such as the dual aperture shutter and a better frame. This time around, the screen is also much brighter and it has dual speakers, as compared to the S8. Samsung also offers the AR Emoji, in a response to the Apple Animoji seen in the iPhone X top feature. You can create avatars by smiling into the front camera and the AR Emoji will create a digital version of your face. You can then make changes with the customization options.
Another upgrade on the S9 is that biometrics have been improved. It is now very easy to unlock your phone with the Intelligent Scan feature. Speakers are also better and pack a good punch and are supported by the Dolby Atmos sound.
- Those looking for a powerful Samsung phone with a great camera for taking pictures in low light.
Typical Android Flagship Smartphone
Samsung Galaxy Note 8, 6.3 inches
This is a robust and solid phone with 6.3 inches of QHD+ Super AMOLED screen display. There is a dedicated Bixby button along with the Bixby Voice feature. It includes a premium looking S Pen weighing 2.8 grams and having a fine tip. The S Pen is IP68 certified and offers support for 4096 levels of sensitivity. It also offers resistance to dust and water.
The display screen is 6.3 inches of super AMOLED Quad HD+ technology. Authentication is effective with the iris scanner, even in ambient lighting. There is also a video enhancing feature, which enhances brightness, color, etc. while using video playback. It is officially supported now for HDR 10 by Netflix. The audio experience is also excellent with the ADK headset that is bundled.
At the rear, there is a dual 12 MP camera featuring an OIS. As for the front or selfie camera, it has an 8 MP one with autofocus. The front selfie camera comes with a f/1/7, which means that low light shots are also well detailed. Image qualities are amazing and stabilization is good. The battery is powered at 3300 mAh and allows for 12 hours of usage on a normal basis. It is rather less, as Samsung had to make space for the S Pen and keep the weight under control.
The memory is 64 GB and it has a RAM of 6 GB, with a removable MicroSD card slot that can upgrade the memory to 256 GB. It is powered by the Exynos 8895 Octa-core Soc, and this makes the UI and apps blazingly fast and efficient. The software is also responsible for the fast and quick response of the Note 8. It runs on the latest Samsung Experience version based on Android Nougat. Apps load quickly and multitasking is easy.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 comes included with a dedicated S Pen. The Create Note app allows you to use writing tools and save your creations on blank canvases. You also have other features like ruled sheets, adding images, voice memos etc to your note.
- Those who want a bigger screen and an S Pen or stylus for notetaking and doodling.
- Those who want to watch videos or movies on a large screen.
As you can see, there are a lot of good Samsung phones out there and they rank very well against one another. Samsung is one of the best brands among Android phones and for very good reason, as the company is known to offer headline-grabbing flagship phones that come with high-end specifications and features. However, there is a wide range of phones available from Samsung and you can pick one that suits your budget and requirements based on the above guidelines, the specs, the features the screen size, etc.
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