Samsung Galaxy is the world’s most popular phone brand, thanks in part to its ability to compete with the latest Apple and Huawei models at the premium end of the market while also providing consumers with a variety of budget and mid-range options.
Here, we’ll take a look at Samsung Galaxy phones including the latest models, what makes them what they are and what kind of mobile deals you can find. We’ll even touch on the alternatives.
Samsung Galaxy phones range from the latest and among the most technologically-advanced handsets available to solid, reliable phones that don’t cost the earth. They all run on the Android operating system, so you use Google Play or Samsung’s own Galaxy Store to find your apps, games and such.
Samsung manufactures a lot of phones to help it cater for multiple markets. They are all called Galaxy, with the series to which the phone belongs denoted by a letter or word (like S, A or Note) and the specific model represented by a number. With the S series in particular, the higher the number the newer the phone. There are also Samsung phones for particular working environments like construction or the military, but we will stick with consumer models here.
The Galaxy S series is Samsung’s premium line of mobile phones. The Galaxy S with the largest number tends to be Samsung’s current flagship model which in recent years has been numbered according to the year of release (for example the S22 was released in 2022), accompanied by a Plus version with a bigger screen and an Ultra version with a still bigger screen and more expensive features.
It is with the S series that we see Samsung’s most innovative features, like multiple, high quality cameras for different uses, Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with Vision Booster, designed to cut out glare on sunny days. Extra tough Corning Gorilla Glass Victus+, to help protect the screen from knocks and drops and IP68 water resistance, in case you drop it in the loo. There are also plenty of the features you’d expect in a modern smartphone, like fingerprint sensors and 5G.
The Samsung Galaxy Z series is made up of handsets with foldable screens - which open and close like a laptop or make-up compact. The Z Flip, is a flip style phone which opens up to the size of a regular (if large) smartphone. While the Z Fold opens up along its vertical edge to create a square (ish) screen around twice the size of a regular smartphone. At the time of writing , the latest Fold model is the Z Fold 3 which includes S Pen compatibility, allowing the user to take advantage of the larger screen to sketch or take notes. These phones also have the features you would expect to find in a high end smartphone, including fast processors, fingerprint sensor, 5G (in later models) and good cameras.
The A series is made up of budget to mid-range phones, some of them pretty high-spec but coming in cheaper than Samsung’s top-of-the-range S series. The latest A series handsets come with features that not long ago would have made them premium devices, like a triple camera, Infinity screen and in-screen face and fingerprint scanner.
The Galaxy A series includes Samsung’s popular Tab A range of tablets, which feature the S pen stylus.
The Galaxy Note seems to have been replaced by new products in the S and Z series. The last model was released in 2020. It was a pen enabled smartphone with a large screen, of the type previously called phablets. This term seems to have fallen by the wayside, since so many phones have 6-inch plus screens now. When the Galaxy Note was still a thing, they tended to be a slightly pricier alternative to the S series, aimed at professionals and those who like to use a pen for sketching or note taking on their phone. At the time of writing, you can still pick up a Note 20 from some suppliers for quite a lot less than it cost on release.
You’ve probably heard good things about Samsung phones and that’s why you’ve found yourself on this page. You may even have had a Samsung phone before. But which model to go for? There is such a wide range of Galaxy phones that there should be one to suit you – so let’s take a quick look at what’s around.
To stop this list getting too long (Samsung make a lot of phones!) we’ve only included models that are still available from UK mobile providers.
The S22 is Samsung’s current flagship phone so it’d be remiss of us not to look a little closer at its specifications, as well as those of the S22+ and the S22 Ultra.
The 2019, Samsung Galaxy S10 5G was the company’s first 5G phone. Since then 5G has become more of a standard feature in mid and top-range devices. Pretty much all of Samsung’s currently available S, Z and A range models are 5G ready, with the exception of some phones in its A range.
Rather than replacing existing 4G and 3G networks, 5G is currently used in addition to the more widely available 4G, offering more capacity, increased speeds and more reliable coverage in the busiest parts of the country. As things currently stand, 5G is available in (parts of) most large towns and cities in the UK.
Most handset manufacturers are now offering 5G phones as part of, or all of their range.
If you’re not completely sold on getting a Samsung Galaxy phone, these are the brands that we’d consider to be genuine alternatives, especially at the top end of the market.
These days you can find unlimited data deals from most UK providers. This, of course, includes deals with Samsung phones.
All of Virgin Mobile’s pay monthly phones come with no upfront cost and there are Samsung Galaxy deals with no upfront cost available from other providers, although they generally aren’t for the latest S series phones.
If it’s the Samsung Galaxy phone with the best camera you’re after, you have to go to the very top of the range, which right now is the S22 Ultra. It features quad cameras on the back and a 40MP selfie camera on the front. The zoom camera can enlarge distant objects 100x.
The price of the S22 will remain relatively high while it’s still Samsung’s flagship model but when the next flagship phone is launched (most likely at the start of 2023), you might see some discounts on the S22 or if Samsung continues its recent trend, a new S22FE (Fan Edition) model will be launched in 2023 as a mid-range phone.