Samsung has plenty of Galaxy phones to choose from. Those who want a giant screen and the most sophisticated camera on a Samsung phone should consider the $1,200 Galaxy S23 Ultra, as long as you have the budget. But there’s also the more wallet-friendly Galaxy A14, which costs $200. On top of that, there are plenty of options in between.
Samsung typically releases new Galaxy S series phones in February and new foldable phones in the August timeframe. The Galaxy Z Flip 5 and Z Fold 5 are currently Samsung’s newest devices. We’ll be sure to update this list as we test more Samsung phones.
Samsung Galaxy Phones Compared
|Model||US starting price (at launch)||Screen size|
|Galaxy A14 5G||$200||6.6 inches|
|Galaxy A54 5G||$450||6.4 inches|
|Galaxy S23||$800||6.1 inches|
|Galaxy S23 Plus||$1,000||6.6 inches|
|Galaxy Z Flip 5||$1,000||3.4 inches (cover); 6.7 inches (main)|
|Galaxy S23 Ultra||$1,200||6.8 inches|
|Galaxy Z Fold 5||$1,800||6.2 inches (cover); 7.6 inches (main)|
What is the best Samsung phone?
While the $1,200 Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra packs features to the max, although for most people it’s overkill. For us, the $800 Galaxy S23 stands above its Galaxy brethren. It has the same Snapdragon customized chip as the S23 Ultra, runs the same version of Android and costs $400 less. The Galaxy S23 has a very capable triple rear camera setup that is versatile in both bright outdoor scenes and capturing candid moments inside under mixed lighting. Overall, the Galaxy S23 is ideal for Android fans that prioritize fast performance, solid cameras and having a spacious and bright screen in a compact package.
How to pick the right Samsung phone for you
Like many purchasing decisions, deciding which Samsung phone is right for you comes down to what you want in a phone and how much you’re willing to spend. If you want the largest screen available on a standard Samsung phone, enjoy notetaking with a stylus and need a camera with a significantly closer zoom, the Galaxy S23 Ultra is the right choice. But you’ll also have to be willing to spend more than $1,000 unless you score a trade-in deal.
Those who don’t need the stylus, prefer more compact devices and still want a top-notch camera should consider the Galaxy S23 or Galaxy S23 Plus. And if you really just want the basics, like a spacious screen, 5G and a decent camera, consider the Galaxy A54 5G. Those looking for the flashiest tech around — who also have deep pockets — should consider the Galaxy Z Fold 5 or Galaxy Z Flip 5.
It’s also important to consider whether now is the right time to upgrade. If you have a relatively new phone that’s two to three years old and still functions properly, you can probably wait. Samsung has also committed to supporting four generations of Android operating system updates for devices like the Galaxy S23 and Galaxy A54 5G, which improves their longevity.
Finding the best Samsung phone will ultimately come down to preference. Choosing among so many options can get complicated, so here’s how to decide which Samsung phone is best for you. Check out our phone buying guide for more tips on how to choose the right device. Not sure whether it’s worth upgrading to the Galaxy S23? We have a guide for that too.
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How we test phones
We test every phone in real-world scenarios focusing on its features, design, performance, cameras, battery life and overall value. We document our findings in an initial review that is periodically updated when there are new software updates or to compare against new phones from phones from competitors like Apple, Samsung, Google and OnePlus.
Photography is a major focus for most phones these days, so we take pictures and videos of various subjects in a variety of settings and lighting scenarios. We try out any new camera modes such as Action mode that debuted with the iPhone 14 line or the Unblur photo tool that launched with the Google Pixel 7 series.
Battery testing is conducted in a variety of ways. We assess how long a phone lasts during a typical day of use, and note how it performs during more focused sessions of video calls, media streaming and gaming. We also conduct a video playback test, which isn’t always included in the initial review and added later in an update.
We use benchmarking apps to measure the performance, alongside our own anecdotal experiences using the phone for our review. Of particular note are how graphics and animations look. Are they smooth? Or do they lag or stutter? We also look at how quickly the phone switches between horizontal and vertical orientations and how fast the camera app opens and is ready to take a photo.
We perform processor-heavy tasks like editing photos, exporting videos and playing games. We evaluate whether a newer version of a particular phone includes enough features to make it worth upgrading from older models.Read more: How We Test Phones
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