Best Samsung phones 2018

Best Samsung phones 2018
The world's largest phone maker is at the market share top for a reason. Ever since the first Galaxy S, it has been relentlessly pursuing things like unique OLED display panels, or innovative camera tech like Dual Pixel focusing as a market differentiator, culminating in the curved, bezel-less Infinity Display design of the Galaxy S9 or the excellent dual camera of the Galaxy S9+ that takes some of the best low-light pictures among its peers. 

A frequent critique towards Samsung is that it has diluted the brand with too many redundant offerings in all tiers of the market - from entry level devices, to the flagship S series. The company took notice, and trimmed its portfolio, leaving three recognizable lines as its main staples - the J, A, and S-series, with the Note line as a side show. That's still plenty of handsets to choose from, though, and that's why we are rounding up for you the best Samsung phones in each basic category.

Best Samsung flagships


Samsung Galaxy S9 ($720)


There's barely a more value for the price you can get from Samsung than the Galaxy S9, with its more refined Infinity Display design, much improved low-light performance with the new sensitive pixels, and a tougher body than its predecessor. The S9 is the ultimate in the trendy frame-less design as it achieves a screen-to-body ratio larger than the iPhone XS, and didn't have to resort to one ungodly notch to do that.  



Samsung Galaxy Note 9 ($930)


Samsung had a lot riding on the Note 9, and we are glad to pronounce that its high-end phablet was a raging success thanks to the top-shelf specs like a whopping 4000 mAh battery. The camera setup brought an excellent picture and video quality, the adjustable aperture, true zoom, and an artsy portrait mode. The beastly specs and added convenience of the S Pen only round up the top-notch (no, we aren't talking iPhone here) offering, and the only things that can make you pause before you pull the trigger on a Note 9 are the size and the price.


Pros

  • The largest battery in a Samsung Note
  • Great camera
  • Some of the best performances you can get from a smartphone

Cons

  • Price
  • Tall hardware makes reaching certain spots difficult


Best midrange Samsung phones

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 ($599)



Samsung had a lot riding on the Note 8, given the battery drama with the Note 7, but it eschewed the fate of its predecessor (a low bar, we know), introducing Samsung's first dual camera setup. Now that the Note 8 has fallen in price, the only thing standing between you and the phone is its size.


Pros

  • A successful first foray into dual cameras
  • Attractive design builds off the GS8 while going in new directions
  • Some of the best performance you can get from a smartphone
  • Samsung's software is now really coming into its own
  • Big, flexible, beautiful display

Cons

  • Price
  • Tall hardware makes reaching certain spots difficult
  • Battery life is sufficient, but not outstanding
  • Screen brightness could use a tiny kick



Samsung Galaxy S8 ($550)


Last year's flagship is this year's midranger, but the Galaxy S8 held its price well with its unique and polished Infinity Display design, top-shelf hardware, excellent camera, and improved Samsung Experience interface. It ultimately proves that it’s well worth the asking price, despite being surrounded by tempting, lower-cost alternatives. Oh, and it is also available in a larger, S8+ variant, that is no less enchanting, and will reward big-screen lovers with longer battery life than the S8. The S8 Active version is also worth having, as it takes all that's great about the phone, and then makes it rugged, with the top battery life for the category.


Pros

  • Elegant and thoughtful hardware design
  • Solid all-around performance
  • State-of-the-art phone camera
  • A fresh new look for Android

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Default display colors are quite saturated


Best budget Samsung phones

Samsung Galaxy S7 ($350)


The S7 is now very, very cheap, but gives you a refreshingly orthodox 16:9 display, while still keeping itself manageable in the hand, and comes equipped with a great rear camera that excels in low light. As you can see, it also ages well, as the S7 has lost about a half of its pricing since inception two years ago, which can't be said for many other brands. An added bonus - it supports all major US carrier networks out of the box.


Pros

  • Water resistant construction with a premium design
  • Good low-light performance with the camera

Cons

  • Body is fingerprint magnet
  • Display brightness could be higher


Samsung Galaxy J7 ($240)


This might not be Samsung's most popular phone, but at sub-$250, it's available on plenty of the US carrier rosters for a reason, as it sports a metal chassis in your choice of pretty pastel colors, a large high-res display, decent camera, and a huge battery that goes places - what more can you desire from a budget handset that costs a third of what flagships go for, yet offers you premium design, finger scanner, and a selfie camera with its own flash to boot.


Pros

  • Thin metal design
  • Great battery life
  • Selfie camera with a flash

Cons

  • Chipset is a bit dated
  • Slow charging


Samsung Galaxy A5 ($280)


Compact, yet with a large enough display, the A5 (2017) is the sweetest spot in Samsung's lineup. It struts a premium glass-and-metal body, top-shelf battery life, and is waterproof to boot. Toss in fast charging and a high-res selfie cam, and there will be very little to complain about in the Galaxy A5 (2017) at this price point.


Pros

  • Solid premium build, comfortable size
  • Water resistance is a great extra
  • Excellent battery life and quick charging
  • Very good image quality in daylight
  • Modern USB-C port

Cons

  • No LED notification light
  • Sub-par video rec quality
  • Performance is a bit stuttery, especially with more intense apps

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55 Comments

1. You_Dont_Say

Posts: 431; Member since: Jan 26, 2015

The truth - Samsung phones will never measure up until they fix the lag....ROFL S8, S8+, GS7E, and Note 8 all lag way too much to be considered flagships. Hey Samsung, maybe it's time to do the following: 1. Actually optimize your crappy software 2. Get rid of bixby 3. Get rid of curves 4. Get rid of lag 5. Admit you can never beat Apple in terms of performance

3. Jacksie66 unregistered

Yeah I'm sure the executives over at Samsung are trawling through this website looking for your friendly advice. Sure they might take it on board. You clearly know what you're talking about.

9. You_Dont_Say

Posts: 431; Member since: Jan 26, 2015

I wouldn't be so sure...this is the same company that paid trolls to bash competitors' products ROFL https://gizmodo.com/samsung-just-got-fined-340-000-for-paying-people-to-ba-1451367955

14. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Caught cheating on benchmarks too. Plus their top executive was guilty of bribing South Korean government. Bad mouthers are still rampant today. It became their marketing tactics to gain sales.

17. Jacksie66 unregistered

So who's paying you so?

20. Peacetoall unregistered

He is just too stupid to even get hired

26. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

How much did you get paid to do the same thing? Nothing. So what Samsung got fined. So? You aren't getting paid. I would love to get paid for something I have no problem doing. Wouldn't you? You think other companies don't do this? So because Samsung got caught, is that the thing? Apple's gotten caught and fined for lying, stealing, cheating and more. Are you up on arms about them too?

39. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 376; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

This was 2013 dude

55. sgodsell

Posts: 7416; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The got fined for trolling HTC back in 2013. But a lot of Apple zealots troll anything related to Android and Google. Plus You_dont_say is a know Apple zealot that always cuts up Samsung. Btw the S9 is only $720. Why would anyone buy an iPhone 8 for $700, especially when the S9 only costs $20 more for a superior device over any iPhone 8, 7, 6s, or 6. The S9 has has a much better a camera with portrait mode, much faster slow motion capture. Better video HDR capture. The iPhone 8 display is a joke nowadays, especially since it's only a HD (1334x750) resolution display. The S9 has a QHD+ (2960x1440) resolution display, and even supports VR (Oculus, Daydream, and Steam VR or Steam in general). All of which is missing from all iPhones. The iPhone 8 , 7, 6s, 6, and plus versions of the iPhone do NOT support HDR on screen. LTE, wifi, and Bluetooth are all superior and faster on the Galaxy's. Any iDiot that purchases an iPhone 8 over an S9 is exactly that an iDiot.

4. NickHill

Posts: 388; Member since: May 07, 2016

Infact every OEM should admit that they can never beat Apple in terms of performance.

38. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

What you mean by 'performance'? LOL Samsung beats Apple every year lately on performance. And can perform much more. Not to mention the display beauty and brightness. Even is faster on all main and stock apps. (except ONLY of loading some games) This what you mean by ''performance'' is BS. Any, more simple and dumb phone like dumbphones are faster than real smartpfones. Because of simpler OS, poor functionality, and poor displays. Even with lame SoC.

45. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

"(except ONLY of loading some games)" only when loading game at first time (or after reboot), after that you can keep that game open in memory, compare that to iOS who constantly crashing game apps. Opening games is just like switching apps in android (with big RAM), it's much faster that iOS reloading game

5. DRS1977

Posts: 679; Member since: May 27, 2015

FACT #1: Don't worry, you'll be dead and gone, buried 6-feet underground years from now while Samsung will still be doing business and people buying their products. FACT #2: You won't make the same money in a lifetime that Samsung makes in 1 hour. FACT #3: You are too poor to buy their products and are jealous.

7. You_Dont_Say

Posts: 431; Member since: Jan 26, 2015

#1 - Same applies to you ROFL #2 - Same applies to you ROFLLLL #3 - I'm a banking professional. I've done very well for myself, but refuse on buying a device as laggy as a Samsung. #iPhoneXcometh

28. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

You rather buy a laggy iPhone. Oh and its video documented as being such. Pick your poison, but again to say bad things about one OEM that is true of your own is pretty hypocritical. But you don't care. Why? Because you're a troll. lol

53. Tipus

Posts: 893; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

"Banking professional" :))) Stop playing Monopoly, that doesn't count dude :)))

6. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

LOL Well said!! LMAO

10. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I have had no trouble with with lag since the S6E and the S7 which I got a year ago is still performing like it did when purchase. I understand your hate for Samsung but really to keep reiterating the same thing over and over again is really childish. These like the iPhone are good devices you may not like them and thats okay and you have the right to express your opinion but if you have not tried and handled an S series device in a while then you should. Now we can turn around and talk about all the bugs, lag, Battery, WiFi issues etc. all iPhone have been having since iOS 10.x to 11.x but why? we all know that all software is never perfect and that all devices have issues. We can also say to you enjoy all the components like Nan Flash, DDR4, Oled display etc.. that Samsung has provided for the iPhone X because they are the best. So please lets be civil here and just just agree to disagree on our preferences which are all subjective any way. 1. The new SE is much more refine than TW ever was and because of that the need for rooting a Samsung device has become less and less needed. 2. I agree Bixby is redundant but to others it does things tha neither Google Ass or Siri can right now and with Samsung push it into the IoT for all its appliances and smart homes as such we should take a wait and see position. 3. Curves this is what made Samsung a power house of the display industry so much that even Apple is using their tech. Why? remember everyone ridiculed them for Oled displays ( bad colors, not life like, you'll get eye cancer) did they give up no. They dug in and kept innovating and became the best and like I said even Apple had to admit the flexible Amoleds are the industry gold standard now. 4. see above. 5. They don't have to the win in other areas while Apple wins in others. They push each other to do their best and that is what we need in this arena Competition.

29. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

Dude. you don't have to explain. Nothign you say or do matters to a troll. They know the true facts. He isn't here to debate. He is here to troll. PLEASEEEEEEE I BEG YOU. DON'T FEED THE TROLLS!

44. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2013

You calling someone else a troll Techie, boy thats rich. Guess it takes a troll to know one huh? You of all ppl would know how one acts. And until you stop acting like one, especially flooding Apple articles with your essays of trolling then I will continue to call you out as one.

46. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"Guess it takes a troll to know one huh?" So, you're saying that you have to be a thief to figure out another thief or scoundrel? Or that you have to be a murderer to know a serial killer, huh? That's rich!

22. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 590; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Go watch thishttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqSE9e60RIA The Note 8 can hold its own against the latest iphones even with the Note 8 pushing out a bigger display and even more pixels which is cpu and gpu demanding. Maybe its time for Apple to do the follwoing 1. Open up your crapy software dont be a closed up eco-system, 2. Get rid of Siri (google assistant is the best, 3. Get rid of your cheap 720p lcd screens that dont cost as much as Samsungs AMOLED curved versions, 4. Bring back the audio Jack 5. Let people use SD cards which is faster than using cloud storage, 6. Admit you can never beat Samsung in terms of value for money, features, cant beat Samsungs displays, camera's and battery life Hey at least you open apps a second faster with your performance oh wait nope you cant even say that any more can you :D

24. Heisenberg

Posts: 377; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

You sound like a crying baby whose mother stopped breast feeding.

32. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

The truth, you are brainless

47. SaRPeR

Posts: 147; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

I am using my 5th Samsung phone and i also have a Samsung tablet. I've never seen any of them lag. When did you last use a Samsung device, 2010 ? Samsung beat Apple in terms of performance long ago.

48. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

iSheep Alert....!!!

56. ColinW

Posts: 412; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

The truth is the phones you mention have been top of their class and all of them are fast and reliable. The latest models embarrass the equivalent iPhones in speed, reliability and overall performance. The current OS on the S9 is far better optimized and feature rich than an iPhone X for example. Bixby if you actually use it is class leading in some areas, like controlling the phone. Give me Bixby over Siri any day, much more useful and improving at a far faster rate. The curves are one of the best features of the S series phones, that is why they are way better looking than either the ancient designs of massive bezelled pre-X iPhones. Not to mention the X with its annoying and butt ugly notch and awful camera hump. iPhones are now some of the slowest flagships despite lacking in the features and functionality of its peers.

2. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

I got my S8 Plus for $720 xd where the Kek did $750 come from?

41. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

The BEST Samsung phone could be Note4S if they make it. Period. If Samsung ONLY put on Note4 the newest SoC, newer FPScaner(for Samsung Pay), and wireless chaging, will make the best selling Note ever. Everything else could be same. Removable back and battery, IR, 16MP great camera, same great display ... And the profit for Samsung will be huge, because they don't need to invest anything to make it. Even if the price of Note4S, is same as the original Note4 first price.

8. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

I wish Samsung would stop trying to implement their own apps and just adopt Googles. I find it annoying that I have two assistants, calendars, messengers, app stores, etc. on my phone. Yes I know I can disable one of them but a user shouldn't have to do that.

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