Which Samsung Smartphone is right for you?

Samsung is one of the biggest names in the mobile world, and there is the perfect model out there waiting for you. Samsung is always breaking the boundaries of mobile technology to create unique handsets that provide users with a magical experience. With this in mind, it may be hard to know what model is best for you according to both your budget and specifications, so we have chosen to highlight the key advantages of each particular model - Let’s take a look at which Samsung phone is right for you.

Last updated: 13th Aug 2019 at 11:51am

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Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

The Samsung S10 Plus costs £800-£999, cheaper than the iPhone XS but still relatively expensive for a new phone. However, this is Samsung's best model available at the moment due to its incredible triple-lens rear camera and sleek 6.4 inch display.

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.

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 4,100 mAh 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 Plus 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.

Reasons to buy:

  • The best specs a phone can get
  • Great storage
  • Incredible camera

Samsung Galaxy S9

The S9 was an eye-watering £739 when it was launched, however, you can now pick one up for around £400 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 6.4 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.  

Reasons to buy:

  • Top specs in a smaller size
  • Reasonable price
  • Excellent camera

Samsung Galaxy J5

The 2017 Samsung Galaxy J5 is the best Samsung mobile phone for those on a budget, with a super low asking price of £145. 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

Reasons to buy:

  • Cheap
  • Great performance for the price
  • Strong camera 

Samsung Galaxy A8

The Galaxy A8 exceeds expectations as a sub £450 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.

Reasons to buy:

  • Large Pixel perfect display
  • Better than the J5, cheaper than the S9 and S10
  • Fast camera

Samsung Galaxy A3

There aren’t too many pocket-friendly phones around these days with the trend of 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. Despite being 2 years old, this model still has great performance and for just £150 you can't complain. Bottom line, this phone is great for people who prefer smaller more pocket-friendly handsets with long battery life.

Reasons to buy:

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

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