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Best Samsung phones 2022: finding the Galaxy phone for you

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Looking for the best Samsung phone money can buy? The South Korean giant has long been one of the most prominent phone makers in the world, offering a wide array of devices at a range of price points. Luckily this guide is here to break down which make for the best Samsung phone deals right now.

Samsung's Galaxy-branded devices often rank as some of the best Android phones out there and the brand is well-established as offering up some of the best smartphones overall.

As always, there's no one-size-fits-all 'best Samsung phone', so it's more a case of understanding what is most important to you. Do you want the best Samsung phone for battery life? Or maybe you're after best Samsung camera phone, in which case Samsung's Galaxy S22 Ultra is probably the right fit. After something a little lighter on the purse strings? Consider the capable Samsung Galaxy S21 FE, instead.

Choosing the right Samsung phone hinges on universal factors like battery life, cameras, design and features, as well as understanding how each device compares to the wider mobile market. That's why, beyond pointing you in the direction of the company's best phones, we break down what each handsets strengths are, based on our expert opinion and thanks to some in-depth testing and review.

If the Galaxy you're most curious about isn't in our lineup, check back regularly as we're always looking to keep this feature up to date with the best options on the market.

Should you decide that Samsung doesn't offer the right device for your lifestyle, we've got you covered a host more guides and round-ups, from the best camera phone, to the best iPhone, the best cheap phone and beyond.

Best Samsung phones 2022

A Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra being held in a hand

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The best Samsung phone

Specifications

Release date: February 2022
Weight: 228g
Dimensions: 163.3 x 77.9 x 8.9mm
OS: Android 12
Screen size: 6.8-inch
Resolution: 1440 x 3088
CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 / Exynos 2200
RAM: 8GB / 12GB
Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB
Battery: 5,000mAh
Rear camera: 108MP (wide) + 10MP (telephoto, 3x optical) + 10MP (telephoto, 10x optical) + 12MP (ultrawide, 120-degree)
Front camera: 40MP

Reasons to buy

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Incredible cameras and zoom
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Excellent little S Pen

Reasons to avoid

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No microSD slot
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Battery life could be better

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is the best Samsung phone you can buy right now, combining all the best bits of the S Ultra range and the Galaxy Note range into one sumptuous package.

Really though, this is more Note than S, with a Note-like shape, an S Pen stylus, and a slot to house it. This makes it a dream for productivity, allowing you to sketch, edit, and take hand-written notes with ease.

But the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra also has the excellent camera hardware you’d expect from the range, including an improved 10x optical zoom lens which we were incredibly impressed with in our review.

There’s plenty of power too, whether you end up with the Exynos 2200 chipset (in Europe), or the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 model (in most other places). That coupled with a massive 6.8-inch 120Hz 1440 x 3088 screen makes the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra a joy to use.

And we’ve really only scratched the surface of what this phone offers. A big battery, fast 45W charging, water resistance, and masses of RAM and storage are all here too, among many, many other flagship features.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra review

The Samsung Galaxy A13 on some pebbles

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The best budget Samsung phone

Specifications

Release date: March 2022
Weight: 195g
Dimensions: 165.1 x 76.4 x 8.8mm
OS: Android 12
Screen size: 6.6-inch
Resolution: 1080 x 2400
CPU: Exynos 850
RAM: 3GB (US)/4GB (UK/AU)
Storage: 32GB (US)/64GB (UK)/128GB (AU)
Battery: 5,000mAh
Rear camera: 50MP (wide) + 5MP (ultrawide - UK/AU-only) + 2MP (macro) + 2MP (depth)
Front camera: 8MP

Reasons to buy

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5x camera zoom crushes it
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New useful S Pen features

Reasons to avoid

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‘Ultra’ expensive
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Slower charging

While Chinese rivals offer more bang for your buck, for those after an affordable phone with Samsung's specific take on Android, look no further than the Galaxy A13.

It boasts the same stylish design as the rest of the current A series and as a user experience, One UI is packed with options for customisation, as well as a few unique features you can't find on competing budget devices.

There's a notable difference to the A13, depending on where you pick one up. Across the board, the 50MP main camera impresses for the price, but in the US you lose out on the 5MP secondary ultrawide snapper found on the UK and Australian models, in exchange for 5G connectivity (up from 4G).

Read our full Samsung Galaxy A13 review

A Samsung Galaxy S22 held in someone's hand, against a background of foliage

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The best small Android flagship

Specifications

Release date: February 2022
Weight: 167g
Dimensions: 146 x 70.6 x 7.6mm
OS: Android 12
Screen size: 6.1-inch
Resolution: 1080 x 2340
CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 / Exynos 2200
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 128GB / 256GB
Battery: 3,700mAh
Rear camera: 50MP (wide) + 10MP (telephoto, 3x optical) + 12MP (ultrawide, 120-degree)
Front camera: 10MP

Reasons to buy

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Small and solidly built
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Attractive design

Reasons to avoid

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Not a major update
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Camera system pales in comparison to its Ultra cousin

The Samsung Galaxy S22 is the baby of the Galaxy S22 range, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider it. In fact, as the cheapest of Samsung’s flagship trio it’s a very tempting handset, and easily one of the best Samsung phones.

In our review we praised its performance and its stylish yet solidly built construction. It’s small by flagship phone standards too, with a 6.1-inch screen and compact overall dimensions, making this a great choice for fans of small handsets. That screen is no slouch though, with a 120Hz refresh rate and a crisp 1080 x 2340 resolution.

The cameras – while no match for those on the Galaxy S22 Ultra – are also fairly good, and include a new 50MP main sensor, along with capable ultra-wide and telephoto ones.

And as noted the phone performs well, as it packs a top-end chipset (albeit one which varies depending on your region) and 8GB of RAM. If you need the biggest or best phone around then this isn’t for you, but if you want a capable, compact flagship on a budget then the Samsung Galaxy S22 is well worth considering.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy S22 review

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

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The best 2021 Samsung phone

Specifications

Release date: January 2021
Weight: 227g
Dimensions: 165.1 x 75.6 x 8.9 mm
OS: Android 11
Screen size: 6.8-inch
Resolution: 1440 x 3200
CPU: Snapdragon 888 / Exynos 2100
RAM: 12GB / 16GB
Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB
Battery: 5,000mAh
Rear camera: 108MP (wide) + 10MP (telephoto, 3x optical) + 10MP (telephoto, 10x optical) + 12MP (ultrawide)
Front camera: 40MP

Reasons to buy

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Excellent camera zoom
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Mesmerizing design

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive at any level
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No microSD card slot

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is Samsung’s top, premium flagship for 2021, and what a phone it is. For the first time Samsung offered S Pen support on an S-range handset here, meaning that you can optionally get the Galaxy Note range’s best feature.

But even without that, this is a stunning handset, with a brilliant quad-lens camera capable of 10x optical zoom. In fact, in our review we called it the best camera zoom on any readily available Android phone - though the S22 Ultra has since beat it.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra also looks great, with a smooth Gorilla Glass back that has a matte finish that looks better than the reflective Galaxy S20 range, while around the front there’s a curved edge-to-edge 6.8-inch screen.

And speaking of that screen, for the first time on a Samsung phone you get both a QHD+ resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate at the same time. And being a high-end Samsung screen this is one of the best around.

There’s also oodles of power of course, and while obviously very expensive, this actually has a cheaper starting price than the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra did at launch.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra review

A Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus held in someone's hand

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Samsung's excellent middle child

Specifications

Release date: February 2022
Weight: 195g
Dimensions: 157.4 x 75.8 x 7.6mm
OS: Android 12
Screen size: 6.6-inch
Resolution: 1080 x 2340
CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 / Exynos 2200
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 128GB / 256GB
Battery: 4,500mAh
Rear camera: 50MP (wide) + 10MP (telephoto, 3x optical) + 12MP (ultrawide, 120-degree)
Front camera: 10MP

Reasons to buy

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Lots of processing power
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Useful Portrait camera modes

Reasons to avoid

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Not particularly comfortable to hold
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Software feels slow

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus is Samsung’s middle flagship for 2022, but it has a lot more in common with the standard Galaxy S22 than the Note-like Galaxy S22 Ultra. So if you want the most premium conventional Galaxy S model for 2022 then this is the one to get.

It has a big 6.6-inch 1080 x 2340 screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, loads of power from its top-end chipset and 8GB of RAM, and a capable camera, including a 50MP main sensor, a 10MP telephoto one (offering 3x optical zoom), and a 12MP ultra-wide. In our review we found that it excelled at portrait shots in particular.

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus also comes in a wide range of colors, so you have some choice in how the phone looks, and it supports respectable 45W charging.

All that said, it’s an expensive handset, and might be a hard sell when sandwiched between the more affordable and compact Samsung Galaxy S22, and the truly top-tier Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus review

A Samsung Galaxy S21 on a table

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A strong flagship Samsung phone for buyers on a budget

Specifications

Release date: January 2021
Weight: 169
Dimensions: 151.7 x 71.2 x 7.9 mm
OS: Android 11
Screen size: 6.2-inch
Resolution: 1080 x 2400
CPU: Snapdragon 888 / Exynos 2100
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 128GB / 256GB
Battery: 4,000mAh
Rear camera: 12MP (wide) + 64MP (telephoto, 1.1x optical / 3x hybrid) + 12MP (ultrawide, 120-degree)
Front camera: 10MP

Reasons to buy

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Fantastic, versatile camera
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Cheaper than the Galaxy S20

Reasons to avoid

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No microSD support
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Screen isn’t the best

The Samsung Galaxy S21 is the most basic and affordable of the Galaxy S21 range, but it has a lot going for it beyond its relatively low price, making it one of the best Samsung phones, especially thanks to Samsung's extended software support.

The triple-lens camera is highly versatile, including the three core lenses that we’d expect from a premium smartphone – namely a main one, a telephoto, and an ultra-wide. They all perform well too.

There’s also high-end power, solid battery life, and an AMOLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate. At 6.2 inches it’s also a lot more compact than the rest of the S21 range, so it’s ideal if you don’t want a massive phone.

And beyond being the most affordable of the range, the Samsung Galaxy S21 is actually a step down in price from its predecessor, so it’s a bit of a bargain – though to achieve that the screen resolution has been dropped to Full HD+, and the back of the phone is ‘Glasstic’ rather than actual glass.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy S21 review

A Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus in someone's hand

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A strong mid-price flagship

Specifications

Release date: January 2021
Weight: 200g
Dimensions: 161.5 x 75.6 x 7.8mm
OS: Android 11
Screen size: 6.7-inch
Resolution: 1080 x 2400
CPU: Snapdragon 888 / Exynos 2100
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 128GB / 256GB
Battery: 4,800mAh
Rear camera: 12MP (wide) + 64MP (telephoto, 1.1x optical / 3x hybrid) + 12MP (ultrawide, 120-degree)
Front camera: 10MP

Reasons to buy

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Gorgeous new design
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Great performance

Reasons to avoid

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No microSD support
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Expensive (but justified)

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus is perhaps the least interesting of the three Samsung Galaxy S21 models – lacking the sheer excess of the Galaxy S21 Ultra, while costing a chunk more than the Samsung Galaxy S21, but this is still one of the great Samsung phones out there.

It offers a much larger screen than its cheaper sibling, at 6.7 inches, and it packs a glass back, where the standard Galaxy S21 makes do with plastic. It also has a larger 4,800mAh battery – though with the larger display that extra battery power is necessary.

Elsewhere it’s a very similar phone, but that’s no bad thing, as it has a high-end chipset, plenty of RAM, a capable triple-lens camera, an in-screen fingerprint scanner, and a stylish design.

It’s certainly expensive, particularly considering the display is only 1080 x 2400, and the lack of a microSD card slot means you might want to shell out for a 256GB model, but these are minor complaints about what’s otherwise still an excellent phone.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus review

A Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 in someone's hand

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The best foldable Samsung phone

Specifications

Release date: August 2021
Weight: 271g
Dimensions: 158.2 x 67.1 x 14.4-16mm / 158.2 x 128.1 x 6.4mm
OS: Android 11
Screen size: 6.2-inch / 7.6-inch
Resolution: 2268 x 832 / 2208 x 1768
CPU: Snapdragon 888
RAM: 12GB
Storage: 256GB / 512GB
Battery: 4,400mAh
Rear camera: 12MP (wide) + 12MP (telephoto, 2x optical) + 12MP (ultrawide)
Front camera: 10MP / 4MP

Reasons to buy

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S Pen support – finally
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More durable design

Reasons to avoid

-
Still very expensive
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Cameras could be better

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is Samsung’s best foldable phone yet, thanks in part to its support for the S Pen stylus, which makes it a great device for sketching and handwriting on.

That’s helped by the massive 7.6-inch foldable screen, which we found big enough to even work on spreadsheets from. We found the 6.2-inch cover display a bit more cramped, but both screens have a 120Hz refresh rate, which makes them pleasant to interact with.

We were also impressed by the durability of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, and it’s not just sturdier than before, it also packs water resistance. Add to that a top-tier chipset and this is almost a perfect foldable – though its high price still holds it back, and makes the Galaxy Z Flip 3 a more tempting option for buyers on a budget.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 review

A Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 in someone's hand

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The best affordable Samsung foldable

Specifications

Release date: August 2021
Weight: 183g
Dimensions: 166 x 72.2 x 6.9mm / 86.4 x 72.2 x 15.9-17.1mm
OS: Android 11
Screen size: 1.9-inch / 6.7-inch
Resolution: 260 x 512 / 1080 x 2640
CPU: Snapdragon 888
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 128GB / 256GB
Battery: 3,300mAh
Rear camera: 12MP (wide) + 12MP (ultrawide, 123-degree)
Front camera: 10MP

Reasons to buy

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Good lower price
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Refined design and displays

Reasons to avoid

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Middling battery
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No telephoto lens

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 isn’t as impressive as the Galaxy Z Fold 3, but it’s a whole lot cheaper and therefore far more accessible for the average buyer, so it still ranks among the best Samsung phones.

It doesn’t lack for wow-factor either, with a design that lets you fold it down to a compact size or flip open a 6.7-inch 1080 x 2640 screen. So in a sense it offers the best of both worlds – small like a compact phone when not in use, but with a big screen when it is.

Of course, you don’t even need to open it to do some things, as the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 also has a tiny 1.9-inch screen on the front.

In our review we praised its design, display, specs, and price, with this foldable delivering on all those fronts, though we were less impressed by its battery life, and lamented the lack of a telephoto camera.

Still, for the most part this has specs in line with a typical flagship, plus a foldable screen on top of that, all for a price that should just about be affordable for high-end buyers.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 review

A Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G in someone's hand

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The best Samsung mid-ranger

Specifications

Release date: January 2022
Weight: 177g
Dimensions: 155.7 x 74.5 x 7.9mm
OS: Android 12
Screen size: 6.4-inch
Resolution: 1080 x 2400
CPU: Snapdragon 888
RAM: 6GB/8GB
Storage: 128GB/256GB
Battery: 4,500mAh
Rear camera: 12MP (wide) + 12MP (ultrawide) + 8MP (telephoto, 3x optical)
Front camera: 32MP

Reasons to buy

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Vibrant display
+
Lots of processing power

Reasons to avoid

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Far too expensive
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Unimpressive battery life

The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE is basically a remixed take on the Samsung Galaxy S21, and one that landed almost a year after that phone.

Highlights of the S21 FE include a vibrant 6.4-inch 1080 x 2400 AMOLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, a powerful Snapdragon 888 chipset, and a sleek 7.9mm thick build. The triple-lens camera setup (with main, ultra-wide and telephoto lenses) is capable too, bringing this very close to being a great all-rounder, but it also has two big flaws.

In our review we found that the battery life wasn’t great, with the phone just barely lasting a day of average use despite a respectable 4,500mAh power pack. Compounding the problem it doesn’t charge all that fast compared to non-Samsung rivals.

The other issue is the price, which approaches the high-end despite the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE feeling a bit mid-range.

This all makes it hard to fully recommend, but if you want an almost-flagship from Samsung at a slightly lower price than the brand’s proper flagships then it’s still well worth considering, especially if you can find it reduced.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy S21 FE review

How to choose the best Samsung phone for you

Different things are important to different people, but price, screen size and battery life are three key considerations for many buyers. 

A big screen has obvious benefits - making the phone generally better for watching videos and playing games on, and even for using other apps, but this also makes the phone larger and generally heavier, as well as making it harder to use with one hand.

There are other important aspects to a screen too, such as their refresh rate and resolution, with higher numbers being universally better here.

Beyond that, consider what else matters to you in a phone - be it the power, the camera or anything else - and focus on getting something that's good for that.

The entry for each of the best Samsung phones above details the key points, but if you're still unsure then head through to our full reviews for more in-depth information.

What is the best Samsung phone in 2022?

The best Samsung phone at the time of writing is the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. However, this won't be the best choice for everyone, so consider what you need from a phone and how much you want to spend.

Do I need a high-end handset?

Samsung makes phones at all different price levels, and if you're a lighter user - for example mostly just using the web browser, social media and a few basic apps - then you don't need to spend a lot. High-end handsets are for those who want it all, including a great camera and the power to run demanding games.

How we test

We only include phones that we've fully reviewed in this guide, so every entry has been extensively tested. As such, we can be confident of how each model compares to other Samsung phones, and to the wider smartphone landscape.

As well as the review score, we consider the specs of a phone, how well it all comes together in practice, how much it costs, how good value it is, and how it compares to the competition.

To come to these conclusions we'll make use of every key feature of a phone, see how it performs under different circumstances, and see how the battery holds up under different use cases. We'll also run benchmarks.

With all that information combined, we're then able to see exactly how each Samsung phone stacks up.