Samsung makes some of the best smartphones in the world, but should you buy a Galaxy S10, Note 10, Galaxy A or an older generation? We’ve reviewed them all to help you decide which is the best model for you.
From the flagship S-series and similar Note series right down to the A-series, Samsung has a wide range of models for all tastes and budgets. They are often more similar than you might imagine, and the previous generation (or even the one from the year before) are always a strong option too, especially if you like a bargain.
The Galaxy S10 Plus is currently the best Galaxy phone to buy, with the S10 a whisker behind it. Although it doesn’t bring huge changes from the S9, we’re still impressed with the cut-out camera design, improved software – the One UI – and triple cameras. However, the S9 or S8 will be more attractive to many people due to their much lower prices.
The S10e is nearly as good as the S10, but poor battery life lets it down. The Note range is better than ever with a choice of the Note 10, Note 10+ and Note 10 + 5G!
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.
So take a look at the options below. 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 here.
Best Samsung Galaxy Phones 2019
1. Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
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
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+
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
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.
Based on some hands-on time, we love it.
Read our Samsung Galaxy Note 10 review.
5. Samsung Galaxy S10e
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 Note 9
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.
7. Samsung Galaxy S9
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.
8. Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
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.
9. Samsung Galaxy A50
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.
10. Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)
It’s nice to see a Samsung A range phone at a genuinely affordable price and with change to spare from £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 water resistance and an old-school 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.
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