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 S9 has launched and is now the best Galaxy phone out there. Although it’s doesn’t bring a huge change, we’re still impressed (if it ‘aint broke). However, we can understand that for many the S8 will be more attractive due to its now much lower price.
After the Note 7 debacle, the Note 8 is a fine phoenix of a smartphone, but at a price. The A series and older S7 are also represented here. Many Samsung phones go down in price not long after launch, so you may end up spending less than you firs thought.
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 including the iPhone X and Huawei P20 compare.
Best Samsung Galaxy Phones 2018
There’s no doubt that the Galaxy S9 is one of the best phones of the year. It offers an excellent all-round experience with Samsung expertly blending 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.
However, we can’t avoid the fact that the improvements – namely the camera and biometrics – are minor and in many ways the S9 is the same as the S8 but with a higher price tag. Those on last year’s model will unlikely be able to justify the upgrade and those on an S7 or earlier might want to grab the S8 at a now much lower price.
Read our Samsung Galaxy S9 review.
The Galaxy S9+ is a gorgeous and almost flawless phone, offering premium specs and features in a sleek and well-made design. There is the issue of it being very similar to its predecessor but we’re glad Samsung hasn’t dropped the headphone jack and introduced a notch – if it ‘aint broke.
It’s easily one of the best smartphones money can buy but 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.
The Galaxy Note 8 is expensive, but the finest things in life don’t come cheap. If you can stomach the price, we are really taken by the Note 8. Until you see it you’ll find yourself wondering why anyone would choose it over the cheaper Galaxy S8+, but the S Pen alone justifies this price difference.
Performance is bang-on, the screen is amazing, and photography is difficult to fault. Even Bixby has shown itself to be anything but the over-hyped, unnecessary feature we feared it could be.
Potential downsides are the expensive price tag, a slightly awkward fingerprint scanner and a very tall glass body that is more fragile than metal-body phones.
Read our Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Even though the S8 changed the design of the modern smartphone, 2016’s Galaxy S7 is still one of the best phones Samsung has ever made. Now at just under £400, it is a massive bargain too.
You could also opt for the S7 Edge which has a curved display, and only costs a little more.
The S7 improved on the S6 in every conceivable way and is still fast and sleek while boasting a camera that is practically the same as the one on the S8. Highly recommended.
Read our Samsung Galaxy S7 review.
The Galaxy A5 2017 is a fantastic mid-range phone, with the looks of a flagship and some decent performance and all-round specs.
It’s a good cheaper option that can be found for around £200, though if you can afford it you might want to look at the Galaxy S7, an older flagship that has a stellar camera and better specs than the A5.
Read our Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 review.
Overall, the A3’s improvements for 2017 are pretty significant and make this nice-size, reasonably priced phone even more appealing if you like the idea of the Galaxy S7 but can’t quite stretch your budget that far.
Its waterproofing and fingerprint sensor are both convenient and practical, and the good-looking design makes it easy to forget that this phone has a price tag that’s way under half that of many flagship phones.
Read our Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 review.
The Galaxy A7 (2016) is a great-looking upgrade over its predecessor, with outstanding battery life and a few other welcome tweaks, but there is no escaping the fact it is overpriced at £399, and that price hasn’t come down loads considering it is nearly two years old.
There are dual SIM versions available if you really want that feature on a Galaxy, but otherwise there are better options.
Read our Samsung Galaxy A7 2016 review.