The best and worst Samsung smartphones we've ever reviewed

Say what you want about Samsung, but one can't deny that the company has released hundreds, if not thousands of different phones overt the past few years. Naturally, we have reviewed a fair amount of them, and just as you might suspect, Samsung has had its highs and lows. 

We've seen devices that have carved their way in smartphone history, one way or the other; the factories of the South Korea based giant have also churned out some cringe-worthy handsets that best remain forgotten.

What you'll find below are five of Samsung's handsets that we've rated the highest and another five ones that have received the lowest review ratings. Note that due to the sheer numbers of Samsung phones we've only included such devices that run an iteration of Google's Android platform. Ladies and gentlemen, here are the best and worst Samsung smartphones we've seen so far!

Samsung Galaxy Nexus

PhoneArena rating: 9.5

With its superb display, commendable performance, and stock Android experience, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus was one of the best phones of 2011. What's more, it's one of the best devices Samsung devices of all time. It scored a rating of 9.5 in our review. The only gripes we had with it were the somewhat unimpressive design and the video recording, which left something to be desired.

Samsung Epic 4G 

PhoneArena rating: 9.5

One of the greatest QWERTY-enabled Samsung handsets, the Epic 4G came with a Super AMOLED display, amazing battery life, and great overall performance. This was more than enough to make it one of the very best Samsung devices you could get it 2010. The Samsung Epic 4G got launched as a Sprint-exclusive, but nonetheless, scored an impressive 9.5 in our review.

Samsung Galaxy S III 

PhoneArena rating: 9.3

The Samsung Galaxy S III was quite different from its predecessor, the Galaxy S II, in many aspects, but that's totally not a bad thing. On the contrary, the Galaxy S III provided an overall Android user experience to behold (as per 2012's standards). That's why it also earned a rating of 9.3.

Samsung Galaxy S4

PhoneArena rating: 9.3

Yes, it was uninspiringly plastic, it did not perform very well in the call quality aspect, but in the end, the Samsung Galaxy S4 has more pros than cons in its bag. We were particularly wooed by the large display that was fitted in the S4's compact body. The Galaxy S4 secured a rating of 9.3 in our review.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

PhoneArena rating: 9.3

Don't act surprised, there's hardly anything not to like about the Galaxy Note 4. The computational power, the stunning Super AMOLED display, as well as the mind-boggingly amazing camera were the reasons why the Note 4 is one of the best-received and more acclaimed Samsung devices of late.

Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo

PhoneArena rating: 5

Let's be honest - we didn't like the Galaxy Grand Neo at all. And why should we? It came with a totally-disappointing display, bezels as large as the Grand Canyon, poor video recording capabilities, etc. Shall we continue? We guess we've been in a good mood when we reviewed this Samsung device, as it has scored a rating of 5.

Samsung Galaxy Exhibit

PhoneArena rating: 5

The Samsung Galaxy Exhibit had a pretty good battery life and... that was pretty much it. Almost every other aspect of this phone was extremely disappointing, most notably the poor display, the cheap plastic build, and the extremely bad performance. Ugh.

Samsung DoubleTime

PhoneArena rating: 4

Where to begin with? This entry-level device is certainly among the very worst entry-level Samsung phones that we have ever reviewed. With this device, in particular, enjoying the beauty of Android proved worthy of a masochistic Herculean task.

Samsung Gravity Smart

PhoneArena rating: 4

If you think that the Gravity Smart was a "good" phone, then you are certainly not understanding the gravity of the situation. To be honest, its physical QWERTY keyboard was not that bad, but the uninspiring design, cheap build, and unacceptable performance dragged it all the way down to a rating of 4.

Samsung Dart

PhoneArena rating: 4

The only good thing about the Dart was its price - you could get it free with a two-year contract. We don't know how many users jumped on the bandwagon, but we are somewhat sure that most of them have sorrowfully regretted this decision afterwards.  



1. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

The Note 4 is awesome, my dad has it. agree with the grand neo thing I hate the device, but hey, where I live .. it's priced at 150$ with one year warranty .. the back camera is okay, it's not bad but man the front camera is terrible! My list: Great samsung smartphones Note 4 - Note 3 - S5 - S4 - Alpha - Grand 2 - Grand Prime - Core 2 - Core Prime - Mega 6.3 - A Series. they work exceptionally well. Worse samsung phones? well Grand - Grand Neo - the original Core ( man it's TERRIBLE and it costs more than a Core 2 or Core Prime! )

14. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

S4 and S5 basicly the same phone....

18. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

I owned an S4 then switched to an S5 .. big difference man ..

19. g2a5b0e unregistered

Only someone who has never used both phones would say that. Go troll elsewhere.

23. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

I agree with the first five and the last one. Samsung's mid-range and low-end phones are usually very overpriced, extremely poorly built, and have horrible specs.

2. barcas

Posts: 59; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

I still think the S4 looks so much smarter & more grown up than the S3 (for those who said they are exactly the same)

12. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Yea. The S3 & S4 are night day. They're not the same at all.

3. arjunezdaz

Posts: 32; Member since: Nov 30, 2014

Where is Galaxy S2??? That should have scored 10 on 10!

15. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

well at least a 9.8/10 that was a great phone at the time

4. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

It's very simple really... I doubt that a lot here can disagree with the worst list. These were all made when Samsung were enjoying a nearly unchallenged ride in the Android race and can literally just barf out any ill thought models they can come up with across the lower price points. Now that there's Android One along with the onslaught of Chinese/Taiwanese OEMs' far better quality offerings at the sub $300 downwards price range, Samsung can no longer afford to pull this joke anytime soon more over on themselves. ..but then there's still that Galaxy J1 thingy...

5. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

This is a pointless review. Your comparing high end phones to mid and low end phones. Obviously the high end phones will be the ones with top marks.

7. FluffyBled unregistered

This is not a comparison. PA reviews every phone on launch and they rate it with other phones of the time they are reviewed! (Price included ofc)!

24. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

Well, they usually grade the phones relative to their price.

6. Tejas9

Posts: 95; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

I see many many stupid phones. Lol...

8. sram145

Posts: 127; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

S4 is selling in amazon india for 18k which is a good deal i guess

9. Zekreon

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 18, 2015

F**ing s**t my dad still has the shamesung gravity smart which he bought two years ago but a least its not being used.

10. tedkord

Posts: 17509; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I had the Galaxy S3 and now the Note 4. Both were the best smartphones of their respective time.

11. twens

Posts: 1186; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

The s4 is still a good phone to get. A friend has it running 5.0.1 and it's flawless. We have become too addicted to phones we upgrade like it's necessary. Most phones on the market are still holding their own.

13. tokuzumi

Posts: 1999; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Personally, the S4 is mostly meh. The following is the best one word description for the S4: Lag. The S5 is what the S4 should have been. The Google Play Edition would be the only version of the S4 worth owning. I'll be glad when I can get rid of my Verizon S4. I love the design, but the software and performance pretty much ruin the phone. I'll be curious to see how the lollipop update changes the phone, if at all.

16. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

Out of the phones listed, I own the Epic 4G and the Note 4. I would also like to think that the Note 2 is a great phone as well since I also own it and it still works great to this day as my back up phone (I use it at music festivals like EDC Las Vegas since I have a ZeroLemon battery in it for super-long battery life).

17. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Looks like all the hated devices were ugly low-end [hones that only broke people buy. These are not top end devices. No mention of the original Note or Note II is surprising. Also what about the original S?

20. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

The worst samsung phones are the pocket, pocket neo and s duos

21. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3186; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The title should have been best/worst Samsung Android phones. Best: Omnia HD (Symbian) or Omnia i8000 (WinMo) Worst: Blackjack (WinMo) or Propel Pro (WinMo)

22. epdm2be

Posts: 830; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

No I'd score the SGH-I900 Omnia 1 higher than the Omnia 2 i8000. WinMo 6.5 sucked. Plus it had LESS featurees than its predecessor. One example the Omnia 1 had full 2-way call recording unlike the i8000.

25. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3186; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

WM 6.5 still supports EAS to this day. The 5MP camera in the i8000 was much better than the i900/i910 3.2MP shooter and the i8000 supported more 3G bands. Not to mention that 3.8" screen and the 800 mHz Hummingbird CPU.

30. epdm2be

Posts: 830; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

The i900 had the same 5MP camera as the i8000. Granted, the i8000 had a better screen. In fact the lo-res screen was the single major let-down o/t i900 IMHO. For me call-recording was of utter importance and the sole reason why I returned my i8000 after one day. I bought an Acer F1 (the last WinMo phone that I ever bought) instead which had Winmo 6.5 and was able to do full calrecording. But don't talk to me about THAT abysmal camera of that phone..... :-) Even Nokia C7 had a better resolution screen than the i900 back then. In fact after my Acer F1 I turned to Nokia as a direct replacement for WinMo-devices because they had (more or less) the same feature-set (including full 2-way call-recording as standard), had better screens, much better build quality and were also able to fully Sync locally with MS Office Outlook. Not to mention Nokia's oflline navigation was unbelievable good (in europe) at that time (and for that price).

26. needa

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

the galaxy nexus was such a piece. the reception, wifi, and bluetooth issues it had made it to where you could hardly use it. someone was definitely drinking the kool-aid when they reviewed that thing. the exynos gs2 on the other hand was the best android phone money could buy back then.

27. Ds.venkatesh

Posts: 7; Member since: Jan 21, 2014

What About Note 3 Neo ? It Is Better Than Note 2.

28. GeekMovement unregistered

I still have the Samsung Epic 4G, and in fact I've switched to it for now. It's definitely not the smoothest flowing UI with 362MB of RAM and 500MB of on board storage, but simple tasks like texting seems to work well. Really makes me appreciate the newer flagships (and just the advancements in mobile technology) a WHOLE lot more.

29. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

The S2 deserves it more than the S4!

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