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Best Samsung phones 2022: finding the Galaxy phone for you

A Samsung Galaxy S22 on a yellow background
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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

(Image credit: Future)
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

(Image credit: Future)
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

(Image credit: Future / Lance Ulanoff)
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

(Image credit: Future / Lane Ulanoff)
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