Top 5 Samsung Phones

Brands like Huawei prove that competition can be good for consumers. While Apple struggled to read between the lines early on, Samsung realized that they could no longer just cater to high-end phone users. Granted, they’ve always had low-end and budget smartphones but because of the ever-increasing power and price of their flagship phones, there was a middle area that seemed neglected.      

When it comes to some of the most amazing iPhone smartphones, the cheapest still isn’t affordable enough. Samsung has more tiered options. They looked into what average consumers really want. That’s why their latest midrange offerings have the largest batteries and some of the best quality dual and triple cameras at that price range. 

A wider range of options is a good thing but it also presents new challenges and headaches. How do you choose the best Samsung smartphone for you without suffering buyer’s remorse and regret a little later?   

Thanks to the US government’s blacklisting, Huawei now poses less of a threat in the United States than it used to. Apple still has some of the highest-selling smartphones in the Western world. 

This may soon change if Apple doesn’t change first. But this also presents a great opportunity for companies like Google,HTC and Samsung. If you’re interested in switching over to an outstanding Android phone but have no interest in researching which brands produce the best and most affordable phones, your best bet is to choose a Samsung phone.  

Samsung has one of the best UI launchers, apps and implementation of Android. They also produce some pretty kickass hardware. In this guide, we’ll explore five of the best Samsung Android smartphones. 

Instead of picking five of their most premium smartphones, in this guide we decided to tier our selections so that there’s something for everyone. So if you’re working with a student’s budget, you won't feel like you’re left out in the cold.   

#1 Best Pick: Samsung Galaxy A70

Specifications: 

  • Display Size: 6.7" (17.02 cm)
  • Display Resolution: 1080 x 2400 pixels
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 675
  • CPU Type: Octa-Core  
  • CPU Speeds:  2 GHz (Dual core, Kryo 460)1.7 GHz (Hexa Core, Kyro 460)
  • On-Board Storage: 128 GB
  • RAM: 6 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution: 32.0 MP + 5.0 MP + 8.0 MP (Triple Camera)
  • Rear Camera Zoom: up to 8x Digital Zoom 
  • Front Camera Resolution: 32.0 MP
  • External Memory Support: MicroSD (512GB Max)
  • Other Sensors: Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope
  • Battery Capacity: 4500 mAh

Key Features: 

  • On-screen fingerprint sensor 
  • Face recognition 
  • Dolby Atmos audio 
  • Bezel free display with waterdrop notch  

Pros: 

  • Large battery 
  • Features fast charge capability  
  • Competitively priced  
  • High-resolution AMOLED display 

Cons: 

  • Not waterproof 
  • No optical image stabilization or Electronic Image Stabilization (for shooting)  
samsung galaxy a70 front

Samsung Galaxy A70 Review 

It’s like one day I woke up to find that everyone decided to flatten out their smartphones. Normal smartphones today are actually bigger (in screen size) than phablets were ten years ago. The original Samsung note featured a 5.3-inch display while new phones like the Samsung Galaxy A70 have 6 - 6.7-inch displays.   

As you’d expect, while it’s ultra-slim, the large surface area for the screen means you’ll have issues with fitting it into your pocket. Samsung had to find some way of fitting the large battery into it.  Thanks to the 4500 mAh battery, you can go days without having to charge the phone.With a bit of frugality and savviness, I’m sure you could last five days on a single charge (maybe more). Realistically, the battery will give you 128 hours of audio playback, 24 hours of video playback and up to 28 hours of straight talk time. 

Phones haven’t lasted this long since the days of the Nokia 3310. But it’s not just the battery that’s impressive. This is the most expensive mid-range phone that Samsung has to offer. It basically costs what high-end phones used to cost four years ago and it also outperforms them. Most mid-range phones come with dual cameras. The rear triple camera set up is more than decent. It’s unfortunate that it doesn’t feature optical image stabilization (OIS) for the budding photographer out there. 

samsung galaxy a70 front and back

But it does feature UHD 4k video recording at a resolution of 3840 x 2160 and 30 frames per second. The user interface is fast and responsive. When you compare it to other phones in this price range like the Huawei P30 Lite, you find that the A70 outperforms it in nearly every aspect except the processor. 

But it isn’t a big deal. It multi-tasks well and it has good app management. It’s nearly impossible to use all 6GB of the available RAM. The Samsung Galaxy A70 is more than enough. It has enough high-value features to prove that you don’t need to spend over $500 dollars for a good phone. 

 

#2 Premium Pick: Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

Specifications: 

  • Display Size: 6.4" (16.26 cm)
  • Display Resolution: 1440 x 3040 pixels
  • Chipset: Samsung Exynos 9 Octa 9820
  • CPU Type: Octa-Core  
  • CPU Speeds:  2.73 GHz (Dual core, M4 Mongoose)2.31 GHz (Dual Core, Cortex A75)1.95 GHz (QuadCore, Cortex A55)
  • On Board Storage: 128 GB, 512 GB, 1 TB 
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution: 12MP + 12MP + 16MP (Triple Camera)
  • Rear Camera Zoom: up to10 x Digital Zoom
  • Front Camera Resolution: 10MP + 8MP 
  • External Memory Support: MicroSD (512GB Max)
  • Other Sensors: Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Compass, Gyroscope
  • Battery Capacity:4100 mAh

Key Features: 

  • Auto Flash
  • Face Detection
  • Touch to focus 
  • Dual Pixel autofocus 
  • Water-resistant (up to 30 minutes in a depth of 1.5 meters), IP68
  • Dustproof 
  • Bezel-free punch-hole display
  • On-screen ultrasonic fingerprint scanner 
  • Wireless power share 

Pros: 

  • Comes in a wide variety of colors 
  • Above-average battery capacity
  • Ultra HD dynamic AMOLED display 
  • Exceptional phone design 
  • Pro-grade rear triple camera setup 
  • Slim design 

Cons: 

  • Expensive 
  • Filled with Samsung’s bloatware 
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S10+ Review 

I’m thoroughly convinced that one day expensive phones will become status symbols. So many of a premium phone’s features go unused by its owner (generally speaking). So instead of just a phone, you have an expensive accessory that you can show off while hobnobbing with your wealthy friends. The Galaxy S10 Plus is most high-end Smartphone, well until the Note 10 comes out but that doesn’t really count since it’s a phablet. The Galaxy S10 Plus comes in a wide variety of shiny colors. You can get it in prism white, prism-black, prism green, prism blue, and ceramic white.

But I know most people don’t really pay much attention to the shell color, considering that you can get a case or a cover to dress it up anyway. The screen feels like it’s made out of durable high-quality glass. It’s a bit slippery but it’s strong enough to survive a couple of falls. But I would advise you to get a case or cover as soon you can - if you plan on buying this thing. 

As you’d expect, the user interface is slick and responsive. It has 8GB of RAM and enough processing power to multitask without a sweat. The battery capacity is above average. It has to be large, in order to power the ultra HD dynamic AMOLED screen and octa-core processor. 

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus front and back camera

The screen stretches from corner to corner, even wrapping itself around the front twin-cameras. It’s perfect for gaming. Plus it has a Mali-G76 MP12 to power the graphics. Overall, the phone’s design isn’t that exciting. It’s a bit rectangular, plain and overly pragmatic. Its shape doesn’t really suggest that it’s Samsung’s flagship phone. Superficially, one could say that the iPhone XS looks better. 

The phone comes replete with Samsung’s bloatware. It’s like they’re dead set on controlling how you use their phones. But you can disable these apps and if you’re smart enough, you can remove them too. Android phones were made for the power user, despite companies trying to restrict how far you can customize them because of security concerns. 

The S10 Plus is an amazing phone. Yes, it has its flaws but it also makes you excited for the future. I’d be interested to see if Samsung can fix its mistakes with the next iteration.  

#3 Best Value: Samsung Galaxy A10

Specifications: 

  • Display Size: 6.2" (15.75 cm)
  • Display Resolution: 720 x 1520 pixels
  • Chipset: Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7884
  • CPU Type: Octa-Core  
  • CPU Speeds:  1.6 GHz (Dual core, Cortex A73)1.35 GHz (Hexa Core, Cortex A53)
  • On-Board Storage: 32 GB
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution: 13 MP
  • Rear Camera Zoom: Digital Zoom
  • Front Camera Resolution: 5 MP
  • External Memory Support: MicroSD (512GB Max)
  • Other Sensors: Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer
  • Battery Capacity: 3400 mAh

Key Features:

  • Dual Sim Standby 
  • Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS)
  • Face and smile detection 

Pros:

  • Affordable 
  • Compact and slim 


samsung galaxy a10 blue and red

Samsung Galaxy A10 Review 

Today’s budget low-end phones are basically high-end phones from 3-5 years ago. In some cases, they’re even better. For instance, compared to the 2015 Samsung S6 (32 GB), the A10 has a larger screen, a bigger battery, dual sim support and it can run the Android Pie. However, the Samsung S6 still has an edge (see what I did there) when it comes to RAM, processor power and camera quality. 

When you’re shopping for a smartphone, you might be tempted to buy an old second-hand model. But new is always better especially if you consider that models from the last five years do not come with user-replaceable batteries. So when you buy a second-hand phone, you’ll have to worry about getting the battery replaced sooner than later. 

The A10 sports full bezel-less thin-film-transistor LCD. While it can’t really match up to the latest AMOLED displays, it still presents some vibrant colors and a near high definition experience. The phone features a single rear camera. With a phone this affordable, you may have low expectations when it comes to the phone’s photographic capabilities. 

samsung galaxy a10 camera

But it has a surprisingly good camera. It comes with exposure compensation as well as ISO control. It has digital zoom capabilities, supports auto flash and even comes with face detection.  The maximum image resolution is 4128 x 3096 Pixels. Which means you can capture ultra-HD images even if your phone’s display can’t render them completely. 

It has a 5MP front camera which is the same one you’d find in a Samsung Galaxy S6. Videos can be recorded at a resolution of 1920x1080 at a frame rate 30fps. Depending on where you buy it, the Samsung A10 will cost you around $130.00. If you’re buying a phone this inexpensive, you’re probably just worried about taking phone calls, viewing messages, chatting, downloading a few apps and maybe listening to music. You’re probably also hoping for a decent battery. With the Samsung A10, you have all of this and more.  

What Samsung does with the A10 is deliver an affordable smartphone that doesn’t feel cheap. It brings a sense of class and sophistication that was missing with most lower-tiered models.  

#4 Best Mid-Range Smartphone: Samsung Galaxy A50

Specifications: 

  • Display Size: 6.4" (16.26 cm)
  • Display Resolution: 1080 x 2400 pixels
  • Chipset: Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 9610
  • CPU Type: Octa-Core  
  • CPU Speeds:  2.3 GHz (Quad-core, Cortex A73)1.7 GHz (Quad-Core, Cortex A53)
  • On-Board Storage: 64 GB, 128 GB
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution: 25MP + 5MP + 8MP (Triple Camera)
  • Rear Camera Zoom: Digital Zoom 
  • Front Camera Resolution: 25 MP
  • External Memory Support: MicroSD (512GB Max)
  • Other Sensors: Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer and Gyroscope
  • Battery Capacity: 4000 mAh

Key Features:

  • Type C fast charging 
  • On-Screen Fingerprint sensor
  • Super AMOLED display 
  • Triple camera set up 
  • Bezel-free display with waterdrop notch 
  • Capacitive multi-touch touchscreen 
  • Continuous Shooting
  • Dynamic range mode (HDR)

Pros:

  • Long-lasting battery 
  • Features fast charging    
  • High-resolution AMOLED display 
  • Sleek and smooth design 
  • Above-average Processor speed and performance 

Cons: 

  • No water resistance 
  • Comes with Samsung bloatware
  • No NFC 
Samsung Galaxy A50

Samsung Galaxy A50 Review 

The Samsung A50 can be considered the middle child of Samsung's mid-tier phones. It’s the A30’s more powerful younger brother and the A70’s more affordable older sibling. Which means it’s a good middle ground if you’re searching for a phone that’s a lot more powerful than the A10 but a bit cheaper than the A70. The A50 is practically indistinguishable from the A30 and A70. 

The A70 has more inches though (and a larger battery). But they sport very similar bezel-free water drop designs. They’re also available in the same colors: white, black and blue. The best thing about phones these days is not just their large batteries. Most of them come with a phone case. 

Packaged with the phone, you’ll find a data cable, a charger, an ejection pin for the sim card and micro-SD slot, a clear cover and a protective film for the screen.  The phone itself comes in two main flavors. There’s the 64 GB version and the 128 GB version. The 64 GB version is significantly cheaper than the 128 GB version. 

Samsung Galaxy A50 Back

As with most Samsung phones, it features some of Samsung’s bloatware. But it isn’t really pre-installed. After setting up your phone for the first time, it will download all of the phone’s Samsung apps from the Google Play store, ss soon as you get connected to a network. The most annoying part about this is you can’t really opt out of these downloads.  

However, this is just a minor pet peeve. The phone is beautifully designed. The AMOLED screen was made for gaming. While it’s a mid-level phone, it feels and responds like a premium one. You might have some trouble fitting it into your skinny jeans.  

#5 Best Design: Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Specifications: 

  • Display Size: 6.4" (16.26 cm)
  • Display Resolution: 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Chipset: Samsung Exynos 9 Octa 9810
  • CPU Type: Octa-Core  
  • CPU Speeds:  2.7 GHz (Quad core, M3 Mongoose)1.7 GHz (Quad-Core, Cortex A55)
  • On-Board Storage: 128 GB, 512 GB
  • RAM: 6 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution: 12 MP + 12 MP (Dual Camera)
  • Rear Camera Zoom: Digital Zoom 
  • Front Camera Resolution: 8 MP
  • External Memory Support: MicroSD (512GB Max)
  • Other Sensors: Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyroscope
  • Battery Capacity: 4000 mAh

Key Features: 

  • Wide Angle Selfie (Front Camera)
  • IP68 (Water resistant and Dustproof)
  • Screen off memo
  • Comes with S-pen 
  • Features dual optical image stabilization 
  • Bezel-less infinity display
  • LED Flash 
  • Continuous Shooting
  • High Dynamic Range Mode 
  • Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital and Dolby Digital Plus sound 

Pros:

  • Innovative 
  • Rugged 
  • Decent battery life 
  • Comes in a wide variety of colors 
  • 512 GB version has a large onboard storage capacity
  • Features an iris scanner and face detection 

Cons: 

  • Pricey
  • Curved surface a little unpragmatic for drawing and writing  
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 front

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Review

It’s important to note that this guide was written before the impending release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10. Either way, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has earned its place on this list. Because it’s a year old, it means you can most definitely get it at a reduced price. And you should. 

Compared to other phones, the Note 9 may not be the best phone for photography. It uses dual rear cameras which are a bit low resolution compared to what phones are rocking today. However, what most of these phones don’t come with is OIS and a wide-angle selfie feature on the front camera. Overall, it’s still a pioneer as it sets a precedent for current phones. For instance, at the time of its release, it had Samsung’s biggest infinity display with an 84.42% body to screen ratio. 

Today, you can find mid-range phones like the Samsung A50 and A30 sporting screens that are as large. The A70 has a screen and a battery that’s a bit larger. But the Note 9’s display still delivers better performance. Its silky smooth Quad HD Super AMOLED is perfect for gaming, capturing videos and/or gawking at high-resolution images. To power the graphics, the Note 9 contains a Mali-G72 MP18 micro GPU. To keep things cool, the phone uses a water-carbon cooling system. Which means the phone runs cooler than the iPhone X and can maintain its performance during prolonged usage with screen and processor-intensive tasks like gaming.       

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 back

Since it uses water cooling on the inside, it should be quite obvious that the Note 9 is also water-resistant on the outside. It can survive up to thirty minutes submerged in water at a depth of 1.5 meters. It’s a hefty and rugged phone. It weighs 201 grams. It often feels like a brick in your hand. 

The S-Pen doesn’t just allow you to write and draw, but it also gives you remote access to your phone. For instance, you can use the S-Pen to take photos remotely as well as control and change your music. Yes, it can be said that it's in the twilight phase of its cycle and but it’s not really bordering on the steps of obsoletion. It’s still worth the purchase. 

Best Samsung Smartphone Buying Guide 

Samsung has a myriad of Smartphones with different models which all have different versions and specs. For instance, you can get an A50 with a dual sim or single sim set up. It’s also available in two different ram sizes and capacities. While shopping by brand may narrow things down a little for you, shopping for the right Samsung smartphone can still be challenging. The following short guide should provide you with a cheat sheet. Not only can it be applied to Samsung phones, but you could use it as a reference for any other brand.

Storage Capacity: How Much Can Your Phone Hold? 

The less capacity a phone has, the cheaper it’s likely to be. Most Samsung smartphones have expandable memories. Which basically means they have slots for micro-sd cards. The maximum is usually 512 GB. If you buy a Note 9 with 512 GB of onboard memory and purchase an SD card with 512 GB of capacity, you could establish an entire 1 TB of free space on your phone. I’ve never met anyone who needs that much space.

Not even pornography addicts need that much space. But when you’re shopping for your phone, you need to analyze your own space requirements. Will you be loading the phone up with memes, videos, and music or are you just going to use it for day to day activities like chatting, using apps, making phone calls, etc. Always keep in mind that our needs change but luckily there's cloud storage and micro SD cards to help us. So don’t waste your money on the 128 GB version of the phone, if you know you’re only going to use 10 GB. 

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus camera

Battery Size: How Long Will Your Phone Last Between Charges? 

One of the most annoying things about smartphones is how many times you have to charge them during the day. Newer smartphones now come with larger batteries. If you know that you’re going to use your smartphone for a lot of gaming, video shooting, editing, and social media, you need to make sure that it can last a while before it prompts you to charge. This is important especially if you consider that most contemporary smartphones don’t come with user-removable batteries. What this means is that you can’t keep a spare battery which can be used to swap out a tired one. But you can get a power bank - which every smartphone user should have. 

The best way to determine potential phone usage and charge cycles is by looking at the battery’s capacity which is quantified and measured in milliamp-hours (mAh). The more milliamp Hours battery has, the longer it can last on a single charge. When you’re shopping for a Samsung smartphone, look for one with a capacity of 4000 mAh or better. It’s also important to find a phone with fast charging capabilities. It can take a while to fill-up a large battery - even longer if your phone doesn’t have fast charge. 

Ruggedness: Is Your Phone Water Resistant and Dust Proof?

The first waterproof smartphone was the Sony Xperia Z. Today, every other phone has an IP68 rating. I guess people were tired of leaving their phones in rice. Personally, I’ve never had the need for a waterproof phone. As clumsy as I am, I’ve never dropped my phone in the toilet bowl, got it damp while camping or got pushed into a pool while it was one me. Maybe you face such problems. If you’re an outdoorsman then it might be important to invest in a rugged smartphone or at least a rugged cover.  While the manufacturers have no problem in telling you how rugged and durable a phone may be, it’s still important to look at the IP code.

The IP code, known as the International Protection Marking or the Ingress Protection Marking, quantifies and rates the amount of protection a casing, electronic device or enclosure has against dust, contact, water, and any other intrusions. The IP code is usually written as a string of four alphanumeric characters. Sometimes the IP marking can contain up to five characters. The first four characters are always mandatory. The first two characters are the IP indication (IP), followed by the first digit which is the solid particle protection(0-6), then second digit which marks the liquid ingress protection (0-9). The third digit marks mechanical impact persistence, is no longer used. The fourth character which is often denoted by a single letter is optional. It’s used to mark any additional protection.

Reference Chart of IP Rating Codes

When you’re looking for a rugged or waterproof phone, you should use the above chart as a reference, especially if the only information the manufacturer has supplied you with is the IP rating/code. 

Best Samsung Smartphone FAQ

Is Samsung Coming Out With A New Phone in 2019? 

Samsung has already had a number of notable announcements and releases this year such as the Galaxy Note 10 (23 August 2019) and the S10 Plus (8 March 2019). But there’s still a lot to look forward to. In the coming months, Samsung is expected to release the Galaxy A60 (1 September 2019), Galaxy A90 (8 September 2019), Samsung Galaxy M60 (10 September 2019) and the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Fold (18 September 2019). Ultimately, the short answer is yes, Samsung is coming out with a new phone in 2019. They’re almost always coming out with new smartphones. 

Is Apple or Android Better? 

The answer depends on the type of user you are. Android is better for power users who want complete control of the way their phones work. Since Apple has a more limited range of smartphones than Samsung does, they can keep a tighter lid on their phones. Which means iPhones are a lot more secure and their operating systems and user interfaces tend to be less buggy. Even with its leaks in the past, Apple has still proven to be more secure than Android has been. If you want freedom, go with Android. If you want security and simplicity, go with an Apple Smartphone. 

samsung galaxy a10 hands on

Is a Samsung Smartphone an Android?

Most (if not all) Samsung smartphones run a version of Samsung’s implementation of Android. It’s basically Android with a few of Samsung’s own apps. For instance, you’ll get Samsung’s custom launcher, the One UI Home (Samsung Touchwiz on older phone models) as well as Samsung’s own video player and audio player. Samsung’s firmware and bootloader is secured by Knox, an enterprise security solution for Samsung smartphones. While Samsung smartphones aren’t literally Androids, they run the Android mobile operating system. 

Conclusion 

In terms of raw power, it’s amazing how far smartphones have come in a span of a year. It’s almost advisable to replace your smartphone every year. This isn’t really possible for most consumers unless you’re incredibly rich or have a good phone plan. The Smartphones in this list are the best Samsung Smartphones of 2019. Because of Samsung’s tenacious release schedule, you can expect the 2020 list to look completely different. I hope this guide leads you to your next phone purchase. Thank you for reading.