Best smartphone brands Should I buy a Samsung smartphone?
Samsung is a name that will be familiar to anyone one who has ever considered buying anything from a television set to a tablet PC. Samsung is also one of the best known smartphone manufacturers in the world, and it has a large range of handsets.
Most of Samsung’s current smartphones run Google’s Android mobile operating system. This means that many models already have the advantage of being easy to use and adaptable, as well as providing to lots of great apps through the Google Play store. The company has recently introduced smartphones that run Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 operating system as an alternative.
Samsung has a reputation as a good all-rounder and is often perceived to strike a good balance between quality and affordability, but is it a smartphone brand worth buying into?
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Samsung smartphones – our verdict
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Samsung smartphone ranges
There's a huge range of Samsung smartphones to choose between. Here’s our run-down of Samsung’s main smartphone ranges:
Samsung Android smartphones
The majority of Samsung’s current smartphone range is made up by models that run Google’s Android operating system. This includes Samsung’s Galaxy ‘S’ series as well as its huge Galaxy Note handsets, which come with large screens and the option to use a stylus instead of your fingers. Many handsets are spin offs of the hugely popular Samsung Galaxy S4, including a compact version (the S4 Mini), a waterproof version (the S4 Active) and one with an improved camera (the S4 Zoom).
Samsung Windows Phone 8 smartphones
Currently, there is only one Samsung-produced handset running Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 operating system: the Samsung Ativ S. Windows Phone 8 is similar to Android but is, in some ways, much simpler to use, though there are fewer apps available in the Windows Store.