Which Samsung Smartphone Should I Buy?

Samsung is one of the biggest names in the mobile world, and there is a Samsung phone for everyone. We have highlighted in this article the key advantages of each particular model. So, let’s take a look at which Samsung phone is right for you!

Last updated: 6th Jun 2019 at 1:13pm

 

  • If the size is your biggest concern you can buy any Samsung S9 ‘Plus’ or Note model.
  • If you want as much storage as possible the pricier Samsung Galaxy S series handsets to offer the most with 64, 128 and 256GB options.
  • If you want a speedy handset then you cannot beat the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the Samsung Galaxy S10.
  • If you would prefer a simple budget-friendly device the best phone to look at would be the Samsung Galaxy J5.
  • If you want something small and compact that can fit into your purse or jeans pocket then the Samsung Galaxy A3 is perfect for you.
  • If you find the S9 and S10 too expensive but the Samsung J5 lacking performance then the Samsung Galaxy A8 is the perfect mid-range option.

If you're not fussed on the brand of the phone but want a phone within your budget - take a look at our best phones for £200 or less

 

Samsung Galaxy S9

  • Excellent camera
  • Second fastest Samsung smartphone
  • Expensive

The S9 was an eye-watering £739 when it was launched, however, you can now pick one up for around £500 if you look around. This Samsung flagship phone has a beautiful 5.8-inch large screen with Super AMOLED panels and minimum top and bottom bezels. If you prefer a larger phone, Samsung does a plus model that is 6.2 inches - great for mobile gaming! The camera is 12-megapixels with dual aperture significantly brightening up your photos compared to the S8. The phone has a solitary USB Type-C port for charging, a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, IP68 dust/water resistance and (hurray!) a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The biggest difference on the S9 is on the inside, the phone features an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 4GB RAM and 64/128/256GB of internal storage; this is expandable via microSD up to 512GB. All of these factors make the S9 one of the fastest Samsung handsets ever made. What’s more, battery life is fantastic with up to 14 hours of video time before the battery will finally run flat.  

Samsung Galaxy S10

  • Excellent camera
  • Lots of memory
  • The best Android phone currently on the market
  • Expensive

The Samsung S10 costs £800-£999, cheaper than the iPhone XS but still relatively expensive for a new phone. However, if you aren't put off by the price you might be interested to learn that this is the first cutting edge Samsung phone with an on-screen fingerprint, the first triple camera and the first HDR10+ screen.

The standard screen is 6.1 inches (Plus is 6.4 inches) with silver trim and minimum bezels. The screen is extremely bright and has a lot of colour contrast, giving the user deeper and sharper screen colours. The phone has the same waterproofing as the S9 (IP68) which protects against dust and water. The phone has also kept the 3.5mm headphone jack (hurray!) just like its predecessor.

The front camera is built into the screen and has a 10-megapixel resolution. On the back of the phone, you will find the duel-aperture 12-megapixel sensor camera and a snazzy 16-megapixel wide-angle camera.

You will not be short on internal storage with a choice of either 128GB or 512GB, with the option to add an additional 512GB via microSD. The phone has a 3,499mAh battery which can be charged manually or wireless. There is even a new wireless charging feature called Wireless PowerShare. Just like the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, the Galaxy S10 can charge other compatible devices when placing them back-to-back. This is the best Samsung smartphone yet and surpasses the iPhone XS in design, price and camera quality.

Samsung Galaxy J5

  • Cheap
  • Great performance for the price

The 2017 Samsung Galaxy J5 is the best Samsung mobile phone for those on a budget, with a super low asking price of £170. Turn the phone on, and you are greeted by one of the brightest and most vivid screens seen anywhere: a 5.2 inch HD display which uses Samsung’s Super AMOLED panel technology with OLED for amazing colours and contrast.

A 13MP camera handles photography and produces fantastic photos even in low light, while you can shoot HD video and play it back on the high definition display.

Mid-range phones often use weaker CPU’s so performance can be slower than flagship phones. The Samsung J5 uses dual-core Exynos 7870 and 2GB of RAM which means it is a better performer than many of its competitors (Lenovo P2 and Moto G5 Plus). Running on Google’s Android 7.0 operating system, the Samsung Galaxy J5 comes with all the apps you want, such as Google Maps, Search and YouTube. It can also handle up to 18 hours call time and an astonishing 62 hours of music play. To top this off the phone also includes a fingerprint sensor.

This phone will do everything you need it to, it’s a fantastic option for those people who want a Samsung for less than £200. If you want a phone even cheaper than the J5, we sell the Samsung J4+ in store for under £200. Alternatively, read more about the Samsung J4+ here

Samsung Galaxy A8

  • Large Pixel perfect display
  • Camera is great
  • Better than the J5, cheaper than the S9 and S10

The Galaxy A8 exceeds expectations as a sub £500 smartphone with a premium looking 5.6-inch display. This was the first non-flagship all screen phone from Samsung, and the device contains their own 2.2GHz Exynos 7885 processors. The rear camera is 16-megapixel  with a dual 16 and 8-megapixel camera on the front.

The device has the usual USB-C port and the 3.5mm headphone jack. A layer of Gorilla Glass 4 is fitted on the back of the phone for extra protection. The device is also IP68 dust and water resistant and according to Samsung can be submerged up to 1.5m for up to 30 minutes.

Admittedly, the phone isn't the fastest in the Galaxy range, but if you want something faster than the Galaxy J5 but cheaper than the S9 and S10 then this could be the right Samsung for you.

Samsung Galaxy A3

  • Looks great
  • Good battery life
  • Small and light
  • Low-resolution screen

There aren’t too many pocket-friendly phones around these days, with a trend of larger and larger screens. However, the Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) is an exception with its 4.7” HD display. This Samsung phone will slide into a pocket or clutch bag with ease and at 138g - it is extremely light therefore you will hardly notice that it is there.

You can pick one of these up for around £290. Whilst it is expensive this compact phone is made from 3D glass, which gives it a smooth and natural feel in the hand.

Its most attractive features include:

  • An Always-on Display
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Android Marshmallow OS
  • 13MP camera
  • 8MP selfie camera

Bottom line, this phone is great for people who prefer smaller more pocket-friendly handsets with long battery life.

Galaxy Note 4

  • Large Display
  • Great Camera

Samsung’s Galaxy Note has a huge 5.7-inch super AMOLED display, a great camera and a handy S Pen. Admittedly the big screen and stylus aren't for everyone. The Samsung S8, S9 and S10 are more mainstream options, however, the Galaxy Note 4 has a lot to offer. Firstly the device is relatively cheap at around £370.

The design is sturdy, neat and has rounded corners like the Galaxy Alpha but on a bigger scale. One of the drawbacks is the design has a plastic leather back; which doesn't feel very premium but has great grip. The Note 4 has premium features such as Touch ID and runs games and apps smoothly using the Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS.

The battery life on the Note 4 has a great battery life, the device should last a whole day even with moderate usage. Samsung has packed power, a large display and great camera into the Note 4 which makes it a great phone. However, it may be too big for some, and the pen may be questionable if you prefer to use your finger on the smartphone screen.

For many, the iPhone is also a favourite choice of brand, if you would prefer to see which iPhone is right for you - click here

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