Samsung makes some of the best smartphones in the world but knowing which one to go for isn't the easiest of tasks.

Do you want the flagship-class experience offered up by the likes of the Galaxy S or perhaps the Note line? Maybe Samsung's diverse Galaxy A-series has what you're looking for?

With the trends of price, performance and software support as they are in the current phonescape, you might prefer to pick up an older Galaxy from a previous generation -  especially as some entries are still great performers, despite their age.

The company has worked hard to have its phones stand out from the crowd too, with a tailored user experience called One UI and added-value apps and services like the Samsung Galaxy Apps Store and Themes Store. There are also unique camera modes, plus features like AR Emoji, Game Launcher, the company's Bixby assistant and a bunch of other experiences that you won't be able to find elsewhere.

Samsung's latest top-dogs manifest as the Galaxy S10 family, consisting of the Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+ and Galaxy S10 5G - each model increases in size and benefits from more powerful hardware but all offer a flagship-class experience.

If you want a true powerhouse, then consider the latest Galaxy Note 10 devices. For the first time in the product line's history, Samsung is offering two different sizes of Note, with the Note 10 and the Note 10+, while the Note 10 5G is much the same as the Plus model, with the added benefit of superfast 5G connectivity.

If all of these are too rich for your blood, then Samsung's A-Series spans the super-affordable to flagship-like across a number of devices; with the Galaxy A10 at one end and the Galaxy A90 5G at the other.

Thankfully, we've reviewed every single one of Samsung's recent entries to offer up a considered list of recommendations to best suit your needs.

You can also browse our overall list of the best phones to see how rivals like the iPhone 11 and OnePlus 7T compare to the best Samsung phones out there.

Best Samsung Galaxy Phones 2020

1. Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
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  • 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.

It's also very expensive from £899 / $999 and then some, but it's a wonderful experience with OneUI's thoughtful additions, slick day to day use and more features than you can throw a stick at.

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.

2. Samsung Galaxy S10

Samsung Galaxy S10
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  • 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.

Starting at £799 / $899 it is more expensive than ever, but with so many features and the best display on a smartphone you get what you pay for.

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.

3. Samsung Galaxy Note 10+

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+
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  • Reviewed on: 29 November 2019

It's pretty clear the Galaxy Note 10+ is the phone that will satisfy fans of the series, by offering all the things that Note users love.

A big screen, a gorgeous design, and almost all the high-end specs you can throw at a phone. We particularly love the display and new cameras which just about distract from the missing headphone jack.

It is expensive though, so unless you really will make use of the real estate and S Pen, an S10 model might be a better choice - or even the smaller Note 10.

Read our Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ review.

4. Samsung Galaxy Note 10

Samsung Galaxy Note 10
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  • Reviewed on: 29 November 2019

With so many phones being almost identical to the last model, we're impressed with what Samsung has done with the Galaxy Note 10.

The 10+ model still provides the classic Note experience, but this regular one will finally appeal to those that want the S Pen on a much more manageable phone. This is largely due to tiny bezels and the punch-hole camera.

We love it.

Read our Samsung Galaxy Note 10 review.

5. Samsung Galaxy S10e

Samsung Galaxy S10e
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  • 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.

At £669 / $749 it's excellently priced and the most pocket friendly Galaxy S phone in years.

Read our Samsung Galaxy S10e review.

6. Samsung Galaxy A90 5G

Samsung Galaxy A90 5G
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  • Reviewed on: 29 November 2019

The A90 5G feels like a flagship in most of the ways that matter - slick design, fast specs, and a whopping big 6.1in AMOLED display - and the omissions mostly make sense too - wireless charging, waterproofing, and curved edges are the sort of nice-to-haves that most can live without.

The only major letdown is the camera, which is less versatile than it may at first seem with its triple lens array (48Mp main, ultrawide, and a depth sensor), and particularly struggles in even moderately challenging lighting conditions. It’s fine in good light, and has a few extra modes like super slow-mo, but this is nowhere near a flagship camera, and can’t even match many other cheaper phones from rival companies.

If your priority is getting a 5G phone and you don’t mind a slightly limited camera, the A90 is a solid and affordable-ish option. But if you can live with 4G for another couple of years, you can find better phones for less from other manufacturers.

Read our Samsung Galaxy A90 5G review.

7. Samsung Galaxy A50

Samsung Galaxy A50
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  • Reviewed on: 5 November 2019

If you can't afford one of Samsung's flagship phones then the Galaxy A50 is a decent choice from the lower series. It provides a nice balance of value, design and hardware.

This phone doesn't look or feel cheap and has an excellent screen, too. Furthermore, you get a decent set of cameras so you won't feel like you're way off the phones double the price.

In many ways, it's a mid-range phone that can pass as a flagship. However, features like the fingerprint scanner embedded in the screen don't work very well and the performance can be a little sluggish at times so there are downsides to getting a cheaper Samsung phone.

Read our Samsung Galaxy A50 review.

8. Samsung Galaxy A70

Samsung Galaxy A70
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  • Reviewed on: 2 December 2019

The Samsung Galaxy A70 gets enough right to make it a good buy at its price. Its huge OLED screen is perfect for watching video, the phone looks great and Samsung’s software may appeal more than some of the Chinese rivals that offer a little more for your money. 

Very good battery is the final sweetener that makes the A70 very easy to get on with.

Read our Samsung Galaxy A70 review.

9. Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Samsung Galaxy Note 9
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  • 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.

10. Samsung Galaxy S9

Samsung Galaxy S9
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  • 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.