Which Samsung Galaxy phone should you buy? We compare all of them

    Samsung has all the time had one thing of a scattergun strategy to its telephone launches, providing all kinds of handsets with various specs and ranging costs. That’s nonetheless very a lot the case immediately, with its top-of-the-line Galaxy S21 Ultra main the pack, telephones just like the S20 FE providing nice specs at extra affordable costs, and fashions such because the Z Fold 2 utilizing progressive folding screens to tempt the money out of your pockets.  On the one hand, which means there’s probably one thing for everybody, it doesn’t matter what your tastes or finances. However, it does make it troublesome to sift by means of the whole lot the corporate gives to see what’s truly price contemplating.  We’ve achieved the exhausting work and have rounded up all of Samsung’s present predominant smartphones so you possibly can work out precisely which could go well with you finest. Not certain you even desire a Samsung? Then take a look at our information to the most effective Android telephones, or head over to our roundup of all the most effective 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 expertise, the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G represents the head of what Samsung presently gives in its telephones. It’s the one to go for if you happen to actually worth taking superb pictures together with your telephone, or just if you wish to know you’ve got acquired the most recent, biggest expertise stuffed into your denims.

    Read our Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G evaluate.


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    Last yr’s Galaxy S20 collection was good, however the entire vary got here with a excessive worth that meant they have been out of attain for a lot of. The S20 FE (which stands for “Fan Edition”) was Samsung’s try to deal with this with a telephone that packs a lot of the identical prime tech — together with an ideal processor and strong digital camera — however at a extra midrange worth. We beloved the outcome sufficient to award it a coveted CNET Editors’ Choice award and it is nonetheless an excellent telephone to think about in case your finances would not stretch to the most recent flagships.

    Read our Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition evaluate.


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    Unlike the Ultra, the S21 Plus would not help the S Pen stylus, it has a barely smaller show and it lacks the unimaginable zoom expertise 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 inexpensive 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 superb mixture of efficiency and worth that CNET reviewer Patrick Holland known as “the no-brainer upgrade phone.” It would not have the zoom expertise of the Ultra’s digital camera, however it might 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 evaluate.


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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 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 suggests it is a very strong possibility for the extra skilled amongst you who desire a telephone for each work and play.

    Read our Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra evaluate.


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    Samsung’s unique folding telephone was a novel concept nevertheless it was the subsequent era — the Galaxy Z Fold 2 — that refined it. It’s nonetheless primarily a pill that folds in half to develop into a telephone, nevertheless it’s acquired an improved hinge, higher specs all spherical, 5G connectivity and a much bigger show on the surface that really makes it usable as a telephone. Folding telephones might not be to everybody’s tastes they usually actually come at a premium, however if you happen to’re after a bit of this futuristic tech, the Z Fold 2 is the most effective one to purchase.

    Read our Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 evaluate.


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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 easily develop into 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 inexpensive folding possibility than the powerhouse Galaxy Fold 2.

    Read our Samsung Galaxy Z Flip evaluate.


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    Usually you possibly can decide up final yr’s fashions for a giant saving over the present era, however not so with the S20 and S21 collection. Last yr’s Galaxy S20, S20 Plus and S20 Ultra are nonetheless obtainable by means of shops like Best Buy they usually’re nonetheless glorious telephones. However, Samsung made a selected push with this yr’s S21 collection to be extra inexpensive and as such all the S21 collection of telephones are cheaper than their equivalents from final yr. Specs-wise there’s not truly an enormous quantity of distinction and arguably among the construct supplies on the S20 collection is a bit of bit extra premium, however total we suggest shopping for the most recent fashions, significantly on this case because it truly saves you cash.

    Read our Samsung Galaxy S20 5G evaluate.



    Samsung’s new A52 5G replaces the A51 launched solely final yr and it sits on the prime of Samsung’s extra inexpensive A collection 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 predominant lens, broad angle and macro cameras) and 5G connectivity. We’re but to completely take a look at the brand new A collection, however on paper the A52 5G gives a strong all-round set of specs for a worth that is way more approachable than the highest S21 fashions.


    The A42 5G sits just under the A52, gives 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 may make it an ideal inexpensive possibility for these of you who watch plenty of movies on the transfer. 


    If 5G speeds are your prime precedence however you do not wish to spend some huge cash then Samsung’s A32 5G is the place you ought to be trying. Its low worth makes it one of many most cost-effective 5G-enabled telephones it is potential to purchase proper now, nevertheless it additionally snags you a giant 6.5-inch show and a multi rear digital camera setup. We’re but to completely evaluate this telephone so we will not vouch for its total efficiency, nevertheless it’s troublesome to argue with that worth. 


    The Galaxy A12 is the most affordable 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 need not waste cash on extravagant cameras or supercomputer-levels of processing energy. It would not have 5G, nevertheless 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 count on to offer simply a full day of energy. 

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

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