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 range or one of the Z series foldables? Maybe Samsung’s diverse (and cheaper) Galaxy A series has what you’re looking for?
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 Galaxy App Store and Themes Store. There are also unique camera modes, plus features like Game Booster, outstanding long-term software support on most recent models and a bunch of other experiences that you won’t be able to find elsewhere.
Best Samsung Galaxy phones 2022
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra – Best overall
- Pros: Excellent camera | Phenomenal display | Integrated stylus
- Cons: Bulky | Expensive | Sluggish charging
While the S21 Ultra dabbled with Note-like features, the Galaxy S22 Ultra is unquestionably a full-blown successor to 2020’s Note 20 Ultra in everything but name.
The design is distinctly different from the other entries in the Galaxy S22 range (which is to say very ‘Note-like’) and features an integrated S Pen stylus that expands functionality beyond most rivals, especially in terms of productivity.
Despite familiar-looking camera hardware, the upgrades made by Samsung render it one of the best systems in any phone right now; with a 108Mp main shooter backed up by an ultrawide and two telephoto lenses at different zoom levels – with the zoom performance particularly improved on previous models.
The expansive 6.8in LTPO AMOLED display delivers both high WQHD+ resolution and an adaptive refresh rate up to 120Hz, while long-term software support that surpasses even Google’s Pixels rounds out an impressive list of pros.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra review
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 – Best foldable
- Pros: Elegant folding design | Water resistant design | Affordable (for a foldable)
- Cons: No telephoto camera | Middling battery life | Still needs to be tougher
Samsung took its already-envelope-pushing Galaxy Z Flip foldable, improved every aspect – from design to performance – and then made it cheaper too!
The Z Flip 3 is a beautiful expression of the evolution of foldable smartphone tech and somehow manages to incorporate water resistance into its design.
Battery life and the dual cameras could be better but despite flagship-class performance in a groundbreaking design, the Flip 3’s pricing also proves that foldables can tango in the same space as conventional smartphones without any major sacrifices.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G review
Samsung Galaxy S22+ – Great for multimedia
- Pros: Beautiful 120Hz display | Premium build quality | Great long-term support
- Cons: Cameras need tweaking | Slow charging | Underwhelming battery life
In a lot of cases, Samsung sets the bar for what each class of devices needs to aspire to and while the S22+ isn’t the top dog in the company’s lineup, it still looks, feels and handles like a flagship phone.
Great performance, especially in terms of graphical ability, may temporarily be hamstrung by a lack of optimisation but the S22+ feels like a well future-proofed device nonetheless, not least because of the excellent long-term update support that Samsung is offering with it.
You also get a stunning display, superb build quality that’s both elegant yet hardy and some promising cameras. Battery life and fast charging are the biggest speed bumps to making this an instant recommendation, however.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy S22+ review
Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G – Best mid-ranger
- Pros: Nice display | Strong performance | Capable cameras
- Cons: Underwhelming finish | Middling battery life | Slow charging
A subtle upgrade on the A52 5G from earlier in 2021 that addresses one specific shortfall of Samsung’s best mid-ranger: performance.
The Snapdragon 778G renders the A52s far more competitive in the heated mid-range space, outpacing favourites like the OnePlus Nord 2 in our CPU benchmarks. Perhaps surprisingly, it even leaves the A52s faster than its otherwise similar successor, the Galaxy A53, so we’d still recommend this model over the more recent one.
Battery life is good (even if charging is still relatively slow), there’s a rich array of cameras to leverage and a great user experience comes backed up by excellent long-term software support from Samsung.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G review
Samsung Galaxy S21 – Best value
- Pros: Nice 120Hz display | Compact design | Strong performance
- Cons: Some downgrades over S20 | Plastic build
While we wait for the base Galaxy S22 to pass through our reviews gauntlet, we shouldn’t discount the baby of last year’s Galaxy S series: the Galaxy S21.
It doesn’t push the envelope in any one area but at the same time, addressed its predecessor’s bland design with some fresher aesthetic and colour choices – something that Samsung’s continued with the design approach taken by the S22.
Add to that still-great performance from the Snapdragon 888/Exynos 2100 and improved long-term software support courtesy of Samsung and the S21 still has a lot to offer, especially now that it’s dropped in price.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy S21 review
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3
- Pros: Great for multitasking | Water resistant design | Consistent cameras
- Cons: Some apps require manual optimisation | Terrible UDC | Cumbersome
There are a host of refinements that the Galaxy Z Fold 3 lords over its predecessor; with a cleaner, hardier design that somehow integrates water resistance, an expanded feature set (including S Pen support) and a lower starting price.
While processing, gaming and camera performance may not be industry-leading, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 focuses on making the foldable concept more attainable, without presenting any real sacrifices in any particular area.
What the Fold 3 does highlight within this burgeoning product category, however, is that building experiences for folding form factors is hard and right now, Samsung is the principal driving force behind that getting any easier.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 review
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE
- Pros: Clean design | Good cameras | Great long-term support
- Cons: No water resistance | Pricey | No 5G
A great phone that arrived late to the party, the Galaxy S21 FE carries the torch from its predecessor but made it to market far later than expected (thought to have been caused by the global chip shortage).
The result is great hardware that looks far less competitive than it would have, had the S21 FE gone on sale only a few months earlier, as originally intended.
Nonetheless, if you can find it at a discount, it sports a sleek, understated design, great cameras and top-notch long-term software support from Samsung.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy S21 FE review
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
- Pros: Rich camera experience | Great performance | Stunning screen | Good battery life
- Cons: Big and heavy | Expensive
After 2020’s disappointing Galaxy S20 Ultra, Samsung finally earned the ‘Ultra’ name with a follow-up that delivered almost everything you could want from an Android flagship; admittedly at a price that only a few could afford (but has since started to drop), and in a form factor that will simply be too big for some.
In terms of versatility, the camera stands unrivalled, with a 108Mp main shooter, backed up by an ultrawide and two telephoto lenses at different optical zoom levels (3x and 10x) – a trait that Samsung’ decided to carry across almost verbatim on its 2022 successor.
The expansive 6.8in display delivers both high WQHD+ resolution and an adaptive refresh rate up to 120Hz – making it great for gaming, while Samsung’s long-term software support means this Ultra has the potential to outlast equivalent Pixels.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra review
Samsung Galaxy A73
- Pros: Nice 120Hz display | IP67 rating | Attractive design
- Cons: Middling performance | Slow charging
The Galaxy A73 is an attractive mid-range phone with a great design, decent camera, and excellent display.
It’s held back by the fact that its Snapdragon 778G chip is outclassed by rivals at the same price, and the 25W charging is pretty sluggish. Still, few other phones at this price offer IP67 water-resistance or a commitment to four years of Android updates.
Just bear in mind that the A73 isn’t available worldwide, so readers in the US or Europe may find it harder to buy.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy A73 5G review
Samsung Galaxy A13
- Pros: Decent main camera | Slick design | Headphone jack
- Cons: Poor performance | No 5G
Samsung’s cheaper phones are often a mixed bag, as the company can be out-paced on value by some of its more aggressive rivals.
That’s true of the A13 too, which offers a lot to like – especially the under-stated design and surprisingly strong main camera – but is let down by poor performance which leaves it feeling rather sluggish.
It’s also one of Samsung’s few phones to be limited to 4G (note that the Galaxy A13 5G, available in the US, is a completely different phone).
If you can put up with a slightly slow smartphone though, this is one of the better-looking budget phones around right now, and Samsung’s software (and update guarantee) is still a winner.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy A13 review
Samsung Galaxy phone buying advice
The Galaxy S22 series is the company’s latest mainstream flagship range – consisting of the standard Galaxy S22, the S22+ and the mighty S22 Ultra, with its newfound integrated S Pen. The Galaxy S21 phones remain good options at their lower prices though, and they’ve also been joined by the Galaxy S21 FE.
If you want a true productivity powerhouse, then consider the Galaxy Z Fold 3, which delivers a versatile folding form factor, embraces S Pen functionality and offers up an expansive 7.6in screen that’s tailor-made for multitasking. If you like the idea of a foldable that’s more compact, however, then the Galaxy Z Flip 3 is probably your best option on the market, right now.
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 A13 and A73 among the highlights from the current line-up, though in fact we still prefer last year’s A52s. The M-series costs even less, but these rarely get released in the West, so keep an eye out for worthwhile deals, if you spot one.