Samsung is the number one (sometimes number two, depending on the time of year) smartphone maker in the world for one big reason. That is because Samsung releases a ton of different models. From the Galaxy A line, the Galaxy S line and now the Galaxy Z foldables line. If you head to your carrier’s website and look at Samsung phones, it can be very confusing. Verizon has over 20 different Samsung Galaxy models on sale on its website – and some you should definitely not purchase due to how old they are.
So we are here to help you pick out the best Samsung smartphone that you can buy right now. This list will include flagships, mid-rangers and low-end smartphones. So there’s something for every budget.
Top 10 Best Samsung Smartphones
Samsung probably does this better than any other smartphone maker. And that is making a handful of smartphones available in each price range. So if you only have $400 to spend on a new phone, you aren’t stuck with just one phone. There’s a few you can choose from.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
As you might expect, the Galaxy S21 Ultra is now our pick for the best overall Samsung smartphone. That’s mainly because it is not a foldable. While foldables have gotten way better in recent months, it’s still not quite good enough to be mainstream.
The Galaxy S21 Ultra sports a 6.8-inch QHD+ 120Hz AMOLED display, along with 12GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. You can get 16GB of RAM and 512GB of RAM for $180 more too. It is the best of the best, and now it works with the S Pen, though that is not available in the box. You will have to pay extra for the S Pen.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra – Samsung.com
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3
For many, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is going to be the best foldable available. That’s because of the larger cover display, and then it opens up to be almost a tablet-sized display.
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 has a 6.7-inch cover display, which unfolds to reveal a 7.6-inch main display. It’s a larger, and almost square display that works really well for those that like to take notes with the S Pen. It also has a Snapdragon 888 5G processor, 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage inside. There’s a 4400mAh capacity battery inside, which is somewhat small by today’s standards.
Fold 3 is really great because it allows you to do a lot more on your phone, and really be productive while you are out and about. Which is really nice.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 – Samsung.com
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3
With the new Samsung foldables now out, our pick for the best foldable smartphone is the Galaxy Z Flip 3. We feel that it is a better option for most people because of the price and the size. The Galaxy Z Flip 3 is available for $949 – though you can get it much cheaper with trade-ins and other sales.
Essentially, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 is a 6.7-inch phone that folds in half. Making it great for those with smaller pockets. It sports the Snapdragon 888 5G processor, with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. There is a somewhat small 3300mAh capacity battery inside though. However, it is waterproof now.
The Galaxy Z Flip 3 is mostly the same as any other smartphone, but now it folds in half. Which is really cool.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 – Samsung.com
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE
The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE is the latest smartphone from the company. It’s the “Fan Edition” of the Galaxy S21 that was released last year. It sits in a relatively odd position in Samsung’s portfolio. That’s because it is very similar to the smaller Galaxy S21, but a bit worse in some areas. However, it’s barely cheaper than the regular Galaxy S21.
The S21 FE has a 6.4-inch FHD+ 120Hz display (it’s not adaptive though). It also has the Snapdragon 888 5G processor, 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. There is also a model with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage as well. It boasts a 4500mAh capacity battery too.
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE – Samsung.com
Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
The Galaxy A52s 5G was announced back in September of 2021, as a successor for the Galaxy A52. Which was one of the most popular smartphones that Samsung ever made.
It sports a 6.5-inch FHD+ display, along with the Snapdragon 778 5G processor, with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage. It also has a massive 64-megapixel sensor for the camera. So you’re going to get some really good pictures out of this phone. And it’s all powered by the 4500mAh capacity battery.
Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G – Amazon
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
The Galaxy A32 5G is one of the more affordable smartphones on the market today. It comes in under $300 – and you can probably find it on sale for under $200.
This smartphone boasts a 6.5-inch HD+ display, along with the MediaTek MT6853 Dimensity 720 5G processor inside. Which is pretty rare for a Samsung smartphone, they typically use Qualcomm or their own Exynos chipsets. It also sports up to 8GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage.
Like most other smartphones in this price range, it does also have a massive battery. Coming in at 5000mAh capacity, which should last a few days.
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G – Amazon
Samsung Galaxy S21+
The Galaxy S21+ is the middle-child of the Galaxy S21 series. It sports a 6.7-inch display, and other than that, it is the same phone as the S21. So you’re looking at a plastic-backed phone here, with an adaptive refresh rate – but not LPTO.
Along with that larger display, there is also the Snapdragon 888 5G processor inside, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. That is powered by a 4800mAh capacity battery. It also has a 64-megapixel telephoto camera, with 12-megapixel wide and ultrawide sensors.
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
The Galaxy A42 5G is a bit older than most of the other phones on this list, coming out in late 2020. And the design definitely indicates that. But this prism design on the back is pretty neat.
It boasts a 6.6-inch HD+ display, the Snapdragon 750 5G processor, up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage (across all variants). There is also a pretty massive 5000mAh capacity battery that should keep it running for a couple of days on a single charge.
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G – Amazon
Samsung Galaxy S21
Finding a “compact” smartphone is pretty tough these days. But Samsung did make the Galaxy S21 this year, which is probably the smallest flagship phone you’ll find on the market.
It sports a 6.2-inch screen, which is still pretty large. But because the bezels are quite thin, it turns out to be smaller than most other phones. It’s a bit smaller in all dimensions than the Pixel 5a.
It also boasts the Snapdragon 888 5G, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. So for $799, you’re getting quite the phone here. There’s also a 4000mAh capacity battery inside to keep it running all day long.