“Galaxy” is Samsung’s catch-all brand for a wide range of its electronics line – phones, tablets, computers – but it’s not just high-end models. The refreshing thing about this brand is that there is something for everyone. You don’t have to be rich to afford quality Samsung Galaxy phones. In fact, Samsung has a phone for almost every budget.
Samsung has already launched several phones this year, so there are plenty of new options to choose from. Thatdebuted in January, followed by the in February and those recently announced a mid-range model that debuted in spring 2022. All these phones have a long life cycle ahead of them as they are still new.
That said, it’s an ideal time to consider buying if you’re in the market for a new device. Samsung has also committed to supporting four generations of Android and Samsung OS updates on these devices, an improvement on its previous three-year commitment.
Ultimately, finding the best Samsung phone comes down to preference. Choosing between so many options can get complicated, so here’s how to decide which Samsung phone is best for you.
The $1,200 Galaxy S22 Ultra is Samsung’s most expensive non-folding phone. With its huge 6.8-inch screen and four-lens camera, it’s the best for those who want the biggest screen and best possible camera in a new Samsung phone. Unlike last year’s model, the Galaxy S22 Ultra comes with Samsung’s S Pen stylus at no extra cost, just like Samsung’s older Galaxy Note devices.
At 6.8 inches, the Galaxy S22 Ultra is significantly larger than the 6.6-inch Galaxy S22 Plus and the 6.1-inch Galaxy S22. The camera is also one of the main reasons you should choose this phone over Samsung’s smaller and cheaper devices. While all three new Galaxy S22 phones can take better photos in the dark and have improved colors and contrast, the S22 Ultra is the only one with dual telephoto lenses. As a result, the S22 Ultra has the tightest zoom of any Samsung phone — and maybe any phone, period. It also has a 108-megapixel main sensor, similar to that in last year’s phone, along with a 12-megapixel ultrawide camera and the two 10-megapixel zoom lenses.
The high price and size of the Galaxy S22 is probably too much for most people, and the battery life could be better. But for those who love big screens and really want a superior zoom camera and S Pen for taking notes, the S22 won’t disappoint.
The Galaxy S22 Plus is the middle child of the Galaxy S22 range, but don’t overlook it. Its 6.6-inch screen size is just right for most people, it has a sharp new glass-and-metal design and the camera has been significantly improved compared to the S21 generation. While it’s a bit pricey at $1,000, it feels like the right option for those looking for a big, but not huge, screen paired with one of the best cameras in the world.
Many of the updates Samsung has made across the Galaxy S22 lineup are iterative, like the phones’ new processors and refreshed designs. But the jump from the Galaxy S21’s 12-megapixel camera to the S22’s 50-megapixel camera is perhaps the most noticeable improvement. Both the Galaxy S22 Plus and regular Galaxy S22 feature this new camera system, along with other internal camera improvements, resulting in better low-light performance, color and detail. The Galaxy S22 Plus also lasted the longest in CNET’s battery test of Samsung’s Galaxy S22 phones, although battery life still felt more average than impressive.
Overall, the Galaxy S22 Plus is the best choice for those looking for a premium phone with a top-notch camera and a large, bright screen.
Android users don’t have much choice when it comes to small phones, but Samsung is changing that with the Galaxy S22. The standard Galaxy S22 has a 6.1-inch screen, while many competing Android phones have displays measuring around 6.4 inches or larger.
The $800 Galaxy S22 otherwise offers many of the same benefits as the Galaxy S22 Plus. That includes a 50-megapixel camera with better low-light photography, a new processor and an overhauled design that feels sleeker than the S21. It’s essentially a smaller version of the Galaxy S22 Plus, except the Plus also has a bigger battery, faster charging, and ultrawideband support.
The Galaxy S22 is the best option for those looking for a more compact phone that still has most of the premium features found in Samsung’s larger and more expensive phones. Just keep in mind that the smaller size of the Galaxy S22 also comes with a shorter battery life than the S22 Plus and S22 Ultra.
The first S20 FE seriously impressed us with its balance of performance and price, and the new Galaxy S21 FE takes it a step further with a solid triple camera, vibrant display and the same powerful processor found in the flagship S21. It has a 6.5-inch screen, making it an ideal choice for those looking for a phone that’s larger than the regular Galaxy S22 without the hefty price tag of the Galaxy S22 Plus. Although it lacks some of the Galaxy S22’s bells and whistles – like improved night photography and a newer processor – this phone has a sharper front camera for selfies and video calls.
The Galaxy S21 FE faces stiff competition from Google’s Pixel 6, but if you’re looking for an overall great Samsung phone and don’t want to pay top dollar for the flagships, then the S21 FE is worth considering.
New for 2022, the Galaxy A53 brings you a wealth of Samsung features and performance at a fraction of the S Series price. It has a far larger screen and a more versatile camera cluster than the iPhone SE, although Apple’s budget model offers faster performance.
Still, given the affordable price, Samsung fans will appreciate what they’re getting here. The Galaxy A53 5G features an ultrawide lens for taking photos with a wider field of view and also supports night mode photography. Picture quality isn’t as good as a more expensive Samsung phone like the Galaxy S21 FE or Galaxy S22, but it’s certainly clear and colorful enough for basic shots. Other highlights include a long-lasting battery, four guaranteed generations of Android OS updates, and a microSD card slot for expandable storage.
Overall, the Galaxy A53 5G is a suitable choice for those who value a large screen and long battery life for less than $500. Just keep in mind that you might struggle with occasional lag and the camera isn’t as advanced as on pricier phones. Read our Samsung Galaxy A53 5G review.
Samsung’s original foldable phone was a novel idea, but the latest generation – the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 – refines it further. It’s still essentially a tablet that folds in half to become a phone, but this smartphone has an upgraded hinge, better specs all round, 5G connectivity, and a larger display on the outside that actually makes it a phone phone can be used. Foldable Samsung Galaxy phones might not be to everyone’s taste and they’re certainly pricey, but if you’re looking for a futuristic folding device, the Z Fold 3 is the best you can buy.
Read the Galaxy Z Fold 3 review here.
If the Galaxy Fold is a tablet that folds in half to become a phone, the Z Flip is a phone that folds in half to become a smaller phone. When open, this Samsung Galaxy smartphone has a large 6.7-inch display, but fold it in half and it becomes a small square that slips easily into a jeans or jacket pocket. We like its neat design along with its decent all-round specs and 5G connectivity, and it’s a more affordable folding option among Samsung Galaxy phones.
Read our Samsung Galaxy Z Flip review.
Samsung’s A52 5G is at the forefront of the more affordable Samsung Galaxy phones. It sports a large 6.5-inch display, 6GB of RAM, a multiple rear camera setup (including a 64MP main lens, plus wide-angle and macro cameras), and 5G connectivity. It’s a mid-range phone option that offers solid all-round specs at a price that’s a lot more accessible than the top S22 models.
The A42 5G Android phone sits right below the A52, offers less RAM, loses the macro camera and has a lower-resolution front camera. However, it still has 5G connectivity, along with a bigger battery and a marginally larger display, which could make it a great affordable Samsung phone option for those of you who watch a lot of videos on the go.
If 5G speeds are your top priority for Android phones, but you don’t want to spend a lot of money, consider the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G. Its low price makes it one of the cheapest 5G-enabled Samsung Galaxy phones available right now, and you still get a large 6.5-inch display and a multiple rear camera setup. It doesn’t challenge the overall performance of the S21 range, but it’s a solid all-rounder for the money.
The Galaxy A12 is one of the cheapest phones Samsung sells and it’s the one to consider for those of you who just want a phone for all the important things in life. If you don’t fancy fancy cameras or supercomputer-level processing power, you don’t have to pay for it with this model. It doesn’t have 5G, but it does have four rear cameras, a 6.5-inch display and a large 5,000mAh battery. Given the generally low demands of the specs, this battery should easily last a full day.
Samsung also recently launched the Galaxy A13, which has 5G, more storage and a sharper 50MP camera, which might be worth considering when looking for Samsung Galaxy phones.