Samsung Galaxy smartphones are among the most popular in the world, and with good reason. They are well built, slick handsets with a popular interpretation of Google’s Android mobile software.
From the top tier S-series and similar Note series to the A-series, Samsung has a strong range of Galaxy phones for all tastes and budgets. They are often more similar than you might imagine, and older flagship phones are always a strong option too.
The Galaxy S10 Plus is now the best Galaxy phone out there, with the S10 a stroke behind. Although it doesn't bring a huge change, we're still impressed (if it ain't broke, etc.) with the cut out camera design, improved software and triple cameras. However, we can understand that for many the S9 or S8 will be more attractive due to their now much lower prices.
The S10e is nearly just as good but poor battery life lets it down.
After the Note 7 debacle, the Note 8 and now Note 9 are fine high-end smartphones, but at a price.
The A series is also represented here. Many Samsung phones go down in price not long after launch, so you may end up spending less than you first thought.
Do bear in mind before you buy that the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus were announced on 7 August, and the Galaxy S11 trails only six months behind. We'll be adding Note 10 to our chart when we've finished our full reviews, but in the meantime you can check out our hands-on.
Let’s take a look at the best Samsung Galaxy phones below. You can also check out our overall list of the best phones to see how rivals like the iPhone XS and OnePlus 6T compare to the best Samsung phones here.
Best Samsung Galaxy Phones 2019
- Reviewed on: 4 March 2019
The Galaxy S10 Plus is the best Galaxy phone ever with outstanding cameras, build, display and performance. The Exynos version is let down by its merely acceptable battery life.
If you want to spend £100 / $100 less there's the regular Galaxy S10 which has most of the same features including the triple rear cameras and outstanding screen. You could even go for the S10e, but it's a different phone with a smaller screen, less battery and fewer cameras.
Read our Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus review.
- Reviewed on: 15 March 2019
The regular Galaxy S10 has the same triple rear cameras as the S10 Plus and is a great option if you don't want an even larger phone. Performance is outstanding, the design is premium as can be and the software is so much better than ever.
Battery life on the Exynos model is merely acceptable though so if this is your main concern you might want to get the Plus, or something else.
Read our Samsung Galaxy S10 review.
- Reviewed on: 8 August 2019
If you want an Android phone with every feature under the sun, the Galaxy Note 9 is it. With premium design, amazing battery life and the unique S-Pen, it's pretty much the most you can spend on a phone right now.
That said, its features aren't for everyone and it will be too big and expensive for many. The regular S9 has similar design and most of the features and costs less (and will fit in most pockets to boot).
But the Note 9 has the best display on a smartphone on its release and the 4000mAh battery has incredible stamina. It even has liquid cooling and can run the most demanding mobile games.
It's still a decent option despite the Galaxy Note 10 models, if you can't afford them or perhaps can't live without a headphone jack.
Read our Samsung Galaxy Note 9 review.
- Reviewed on: 27 March 2019
The Galaxy S10e is nearly as good as the more expensive S10s, but poor battery life lets it down. All three aren't great on this front but it's most noticeable here.
Aside from this, you only lose a rear camera and the curved screen from the S10. There's no under screen fingerprint sensor but otherwise you get an excellent display and the same outstanding performance with the same processor.
Read our Samsung Galaxy S10e review.
- Reviewed on: 8 March 2019
The Galaxy S9 was one of the best smartphones of 2018 and remains an excellent choice in 2019 if you can't afford the Galaxy S10, don't care about its new features or maybe both.
It might technically be out of date in smartphone terms but the Galaxy S9 still has a lot to offer with expertly blended design, hardware and software to make a phone that will appeal to all kinds of users. You only need to spend extra on the Galaxy S9+ if you really want the extra camera, bigger screen and other internal upgrades - more RAM, storage and a bigger battery aren't as noticeable.
The most appealing thing about the S9 now it's 'old' is that you can get it for a much lower price.
Read our Samsung Galaxy S9 review.
- Reviewed on: 8 March 2019
The Galaxy S10 range is here, but the S9 Plus remains one of the best Samsung phones you can get, especially if the new 2019 phones are out of your price range - that's easily done with prices going up futher.
It might not have 2019 features like an embedded fingerprint scanner and reverse wireless charging but it's still a premium handset with high-end specs and features in a sleek and well-made design.
A key question is whether you should get it over the regular S9. The answer is yes, but only if you can afford the extra cost, don't mind the larger size and will make use of the additional features such as the second rear camera.
Read our Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus review.
- Reviewed on: 11 December 2017
Even though the Note 9 is now out and improves the battery life and S-Pen, the Note 8 is still a killer phone.
The huge, amazing display is still among the best you can get while the processing power is still close to the very best. The dual cameras take excellent portrait photos and the only thing the S-Pen lacks compared to the Note 9 is Bluetooth.
You should be able to save a lot of money if you opt for it today over the newer model.
Read our Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review.
- Reviewed on: 13 July 2018
Samsung has taken the best phone from 2016 made it even better with an impressive Infinity screen and premium design. It ticks a shedload of boxes - as you'd expect from a flagship. It's one of the best phones of 2017, and is nearly half the price of the iPhone X. But the biometrics are a let down.
If you want a slightly larger screen and battery, then the S8+ also gets our approval. Though now, the OnePlus 5T, for a non-Galaxy choice, offers staunch competition on specs and price.
Read our Samsung Galaxy S8 review.
- Reviewed on: 3 January 2018
We're really impressed by the Galaxy S8 Plus, just as we are with the regular S8. Samsung has done a great job of making last year's phones even better.
Both offer the infinity edge screen, though you might prefer saving money and going for the regular S8 unless you specifically want the Plus's larger display and better battery life.
Watching video on the display is an absolute treat, too.
Read our Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus review.
- Reviewed on: 12 March 2019
It's nice to see a Samsung A range phone at a genuinely affordable price and with change to spare for £300, the A7 is a great choice if you want a Samsung smartphone without breaking the bank.
It offers nice design, but does have a few downsides such as no IP68 waterproofing and a Micro-USB port. There is one of the best screens you'll find at this price, though, as well as decent core specs.
The cameras are the most interesting thing here with three on the back and one on the front. They're not flawless but at this price it's unusual to find features like a wide-angle lens. Again, at this price, we can't complain too much.
Read our Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) review.
- Reviewed on: 16 July 2019
If you've been missing the mini versions of the Galaxy S range then the Galaxy A8 is pretty much an S8 mini.
Getting some flagship design and specs in a cheaper phone makes the A8 a great mid-range choice. It's not perfect though, namely that you can get some really decent phones for an even cheaper price - if you don't mind not having a Samsung logo.
Read our Samsung Galaxy A8 review.
- Reviewed on: 25 July 2018
The Galaxy A6 is a solid mid-range phone offering Samsung design and specs for a very affordable price. We particularly like the style and the excellent cameras. Performance is good, too.
However, if you're not too fussed about having the Sammy logo on your phone then the Moto G6 offers a little more for less money. It's got a higher resolution screen and the Amazon exclusive model has 4/64GB of memory and storage for just £239 making it a real bargain.
Read our Samsung Galaxy A6 review.