Best Samsung Galaxy phones to buy for 2022

    Samsung has a telephone for each price range, from the top-end Galaxy S21 Ultra, with its superb zoom abilities, and the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 folding telephones, proper by way of to a budget however nonetheless 5G-enabled Galaxy A32. Then there’s the brand new Galaxy S21 FE, which boasts some premium specs at a extra cheap price ticket. The quantity of telephones the corporate presents could be dizzying, however it means there’s possible a Galaxy telephone for everybody, it doesn’t matter what your tastes are. However, it does make it tough to sift by way of the whole lot the corporate presents to see which Samsung telephone is definitely value contemplating. I’ve performed the laborious work and have rounded up all of Samsung’s present major smartphones so you possibly can work out precisely which is perhaps the perfect one to your wants. But earlier than you store too critically, remember the fact that the corporate is because of launch its subsequent flagship — the Galaxy S22 — in February, so when you’re in search of the newest, biggest cell expertise Samsung has to supply (and you do not thoughts paying what is going to little doubt be fairly some huge cash) then it is value ready to see what the brand new mannequin has to supply. 

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    With its supercharged processor, 5G connectivity, S Pen stylus assist and superb digital camera abilities, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G represents the head of what Samsung at present presents in its telephones. The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is the one to go for when you actually worth taking superb pictures along with your telephone, or just if you wish to know you have bought the newest, biggest expertise stuffed into your denims.

    Read our Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G overview.


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    The first S20 FE (seen beneath) critically impressed us with its stability of efficiency and worth, and the brand new S21 FE takes that additional with a strong triple digital camera, a giant, vibrant show and the identical highly effective processor discovered within the flagship S21. It’s bought some powerful competitors from Google’s Pixel 6, however when you’re after an awesome total Samsung telephone and do not need to pay high greenback for the flagships, then the S21 FE is effectively value contemplating. 

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    Although the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE has come alongside to switch it, you possibly can nonetheless purchase final 12 months’s S20 FE for $100 lower than its alternative. We liked the S20 FE sufficient to award it a coveted CNET Editors’ Choice award and its lineup of strong specs and reasonably priced worth means it is nonetheless effectively value contemplating in 2022. Especially if you will get it with a neat low cost by way of a provider.

    Read our Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition overview.


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    Unlike the Ultra, the S21 Plus does not assist the S Pen stylus, it has a barely smaller display screen show and it lacks the unimaginable zoom abilities of the highest mannequin. However, this Samsung smartphone makes use of the identical processor, has a meaty battery and nonetheless has that 5G connectivity. Its lower cost makes this smartphone a extra reasonably priced Samsung cell choice than the Ultra, however you are still getting a premium flagship expertise with the Gorilla Glass Victus backing that additionally options on the S21 Ultra.

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    With its extra modest worth, the bottom Galaxy S21 is a superb mixture of Android telephone efficiency and worth that CNET reviewer Patrick Holland known as “the no-brainer upgrade phone.” It does not have the zoom abilities of the Ultra’s digital camera, however this smartphone can take nice pictures nonetheless, has the identical highly effective processor and a giant, vibrant display screen show. Plus, it is able to benefiting from tremendous quick 5G speeds.

    Read our Samsung Galaxy S21 overview.


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    The Note collection has sometimes been the place Samsung packs its best possible expertise and that is actually the case for 2020’s Note 20 Ultra. The cell phone’s show is superb, it is bought immense energy, 5G connectivity and an incredible digital camera that critically impressed me on a images highway journey. The S-Pen stylus makes it nice for observe taking, which implies this smartphone is a really strong choice for the extra skilled amongst you who desire a telephone for each work and play.

    Read our Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra overview.


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    Samsung’s authentic folding telephone was a novel thought however the newest era — the Galaxy Z Fold 3 — refines it additional. It’s nonetheless a Samsung system that’s primarily a pill that folds in half to develop into a telephone, however this smartphone has an improved hinge, higher specs all spherical, 5G connectivity and a much bigger show on the skin that really makes it usable as a telephone. Folding telephones is probably not to everybody’s tastes they usually actually come at a premium, however when you’re after a futuristic foldable, the Z Fold 3 is the perfect one to purchase.

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    If the Galaxy Fold is a pill that folds in half to develop into a telephone, the Z Flip is a telephone that folds in half to develop into a smaller telephone. When open, this Samsung Galaxy smartphone has a giant 6.7-inch show, however fold it in half and it turns into a small sq. that is simple to slip right into a denims or jacket pocket. We like its neat design, together with its first rate all-round specs and 5G connectivity and it is a extra reasonably priced Samsung Galaxy Z Flip folding choice than the powerhouse Galaxy Fold 3.

    Read our Samsung Galaxy Z Flip overview.


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    Samsung’s A52 5G sits on the high of Samsung’s extra reasonably priced A collection of telephones. It has a giant 6.5-inch show, 6GB of RAM, a a number of rear digital camera setup (together with 64-megapixel major lens, broad angle and macro cameras) and 5G connectivity. It’s a price range telephone choice that provides a strong all-round set of specs for a worth that is rather more approachable than the highest S21 fashions.


    The A42 5G Android telephone sits just under the A52, gives much less RAM, loses the macro digital camera and has a decrease decision front-facing digital camera. It nonetheless has 5G connectivity although, together with a much bigger battery and a slightly greater show, which might make it an awesome reasonably priced Samsung telephone choice for these of you who watch numerous movies on the transfer. 

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    If 5G speeds are your high Android telephone precedence however you do not need to spend a lot cash, Samsung’s Galaxy A32 5G is the place you ought to be wanting. Its low worth makes it one of many least expensive 5G-enabled telephones it is potential to purchase proper now, however it additionally snags you a giant 6.5-inch show and a multi rear digital camera setup. It’s not difficult the general efficiency of the S21 line, however it’s a strong all-rounder system for the cash.


    The Galaxy A12 is the most cost effective telephone Samsung sells and it is the one to think about for these of you who merely desire a telephone for all of life’s necessities and needn’t waste cash on extravagant cameras or supercomputer-levels of processing energy. It does not have 5G, however it does have 4 rear cameras, a 6.5-inch show and a capacious 5,000-mAh battery which, given the widely low calls for of the specs, I’d anticipate to provide simply a full day of battery life energy. 

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    Usually you possibly can decide up final 12 months’s Samsung telephone fashions for a giant saving over the present era, however not so with the S20 and S21 collection. Last 12 months’s Galaxy S20, S20 Plus and S20 Ultra are nonetheless out there by way of shops like Best Buy they usually’re nonetheless wonderful telephones. However, Samsung made a selected push with this 12 months’s S21 collection to be extra reasonably priced and as such the entire S21 collection of telephones are cheaper than their equivalents from final 12 months. Specs-wise there’s not truly an enormous quantity of distinction and arguably a few of the construct supplies on the S20 collection are just a little bit extra premium, however total we advocate shopping for the newest fashions, notably on this case because it truly saves you cash.

    Read our Samsung Galaxy S20 5G overview.


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