Which Samsung Galaxy phone is right for you? We compare all of them

    Samsung has all the time had one thing of a scattergun method to its telephone launches, providing all kinds of handsets with various specs and ranging costs. That’s nonetheless very a lot the case in the present day, with its top-of-the-line Galaxy S21 Ultra main the pack, telephones just like the S20 FE providing nice specs at extra cheap costs, and fashions such because the Z Fold 2 utilizing modern folding screens to tempt the money out of your pockets.  On the one hand, meaning there’s seemingly one thing for everybody, it doesn’t matter what your tastes or price range. However, it does make it troublesome to sift by means of every part the corporate affords to see what’s really value contemplating.  We’ve executed the onerous work and have rounded up all of Samsung’s present fundamental smartphones so you possibly can work out precisely which could go well with you greatest. Not certain you even need a Samsung? Then try our information to one of the best Android telephones, or head over to our roundup of all one of the best telephones you possibly can presently purchase in 2021. 

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    With its supercharged processor, 5G connectivity, S Pen stylus help and superb digital camera abilities, the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G represents the top of what Samsung presently affords in its telephones. It’s the one to go for if you happen to actually worth taking superb photographs along with your telephone, or just if you wish to know you’ve got acquired the newest, biggest expertise stuffed into your denims.

    Read our Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G overview.


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    Last 12 months’s Galaxy S20 sequence was good, however the entire vary got here with a excessive worth that meant they had been out of attain for a lot of. The S20 FE (which stands for “Fan Edition”) was Samsung’s try to handle this with a telephone that packs a lot of the identical prime tech — together with an important processor and strong digital camera — however at a extra midrange worth. We beloved the end result sufficient to award it a coveted CNET Editors’ Choice award and it is nonetheless an excellent telephone to think about in case your price range does not stretch to the newest flagships.

    Read our Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition overview.


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    Unlike the Ultra, the S21 Plus does not help the S Pen stylus, it has a barely smaller show and it lacks the unimaginable zoom abilities of the highest mannequin. However, it makes use of the identical processor, has a meaty battery and nonetheless has that 5G connectivity. Its cheaper price makes it a extra reasonably priced possibility 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 good mixture of efficiency and worth that CNET reviewer Patrick Holland referred to as “the no-brainer upgrade phone.” It does not have the zoom abilities of the Ultra’s digital camera, however it could possibly take nice photographs nonetheless, has the identical highly effective processor and a giant, vibrant show. Plus, it is able to benefiting from tremendous quick 5G speeds.

    Read our Samsung Galaxy S21 overview.


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    The Note sequence has usually been the place Samsung packs its very best expertise and that is actually the case for the Note 20 Ultra. Its show is superb, it is acquired immense energy, 5G connectivity and a tremendous digital camera that critically impressed me on a pictures highway journey. The S-Pen stylus makes it nice for observe taking, which implies it is a very strong possibility for the extra skilled amongst you who need a telephone for each work and play.

    Read our Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra overview.


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    Samsung’s unique folding telephone was a novel thought but it surely was the following technology — the Galaxy Z Fold 2 — that refined it. It’s nonetheless basically a pill that folds in half to turn out to be a telephone, but it surely’s acquired an improved hinge, higher specs all spherical, 5G connectivity and an even bigger show on the surface 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 if you happen to’re after a chunk of this futuristic tech, the Z Fold 2 is one of the best one to purchase.

    Read our Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 overview.


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    If the Galaxy Fold is a pill that folds in half to turn out to be a telephone, the Z Flip is a telephone that folds in half to easily turn out to be a smaller telephone. When open, it 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 respectable all-round specs and 5G connectivity and it is a extra reasonably priced folding possibility than the powerhouse Galaxy Fold 2.

    Read our Samsung Galaxy Z Flip overview.



    Samsung’s new A52 5G replaces the A51 launched solely final 12 months and it sits on the prime of Samsung’s extra reasonably priced A sequence of telephones. The A52 5G has a giant 6.5-inch show, 6GB of RAM, a a number of rear digital camera setup (together with 64-megapixel fundamental lens, extensive angle and macro cameras) and 5G connectivity. We’re but to completely take a look at the brand new A sequence, however on paper the A52 5G affords a strong all-round set of specs for a worth that is way more approachable than the highest S21 fashions.


    The A42 5G sits slightly below the A52, offers barely 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 barely larger battery and a slightly larger show, which might make it an important reasonably priced possibility for these of you who watch a variety of movies on the transfer. 


    If 5G speeds are your prime precedence however you do not need to spend a lot cash, Samsung’s Galaxy A32 5G is the place try to be wanting. Its low worth makes it one of many least expensive 5G-enabled telephones it is attainable to purchase proper now, but it surely additionally snags you a giant 6.5-inch show and a multi rear digital camera setup. We’re but to completely overview this telephone so we will not vouch for its general efficiency, but it surely’s troublesome to argue with that worth. 


    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 need a telephone for all of life’s necessities and need not waste cash on extravagant cameras or supercomputer-levels of processing energy. It does not have 5G, but it surely does have 4 rear cameras, a 6.5-inch show and a capacious 5,000-mAh battery which, given the commonly low calls for of the specs, I’d count on to offer simply a full day of energy. 

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

    Read our Samsung Galaxy S20 5G overview.


    Read extra: Samsung Galaxy A Series: New lineup begins at $110, two fashions have 5G

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