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1 October 2020

Which Samsung Galaxy mobile phone should I buy?

Samsung is the biggest smartphone brand on the planet. But with so many options to choose from, how are you to know which is best for you? Our guide will help you find the perfect Samsung Galaxy mobile phone at a suitable price.
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If you've decided on a Samsung for your next mobile phone, you're only half way there. The real decision is exactly what model to go for. There are dozens to choose from ranging in performance and price. Read on to find out which model is best for you.

It's hard to escape Samsung's presence nowadays – the multi-billion-dollar Korean tech company is involved in a staggering number of products, from smart fridges to LED light bulbs. It's perhaps best known in the UK for its mobile phones and is the most popular brand with Brits by some distance.

With so many models being pumped out each year, you might be wondering not only if you need to opt for the most advanced model, but also if you even need the newest. Perhaps the previous year's edition at a knock-down price could suit you just fine?

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Which Samsung phone should I buy

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If you're in the market for a 5G phone, this is the very best (a lot of) money can buy. Its super-huge 6.9 inch display won't be for everyone, but the vibrancy and attention to detail makes it perfect for gaming and watching films on the go. Battery life, camera quality and the processor are also superb.

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The final instalment in Samsung's Galaxy S10 series, the S10 5G is 5G ready and takes the S10's specs to a new level, with a massive 6.7-inch display and an incredible six cameras. But for more than £1,000, you'll certainly be paying for the privilege. Is it worth it? We've tested the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G to help you make that decision.

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If you’re in the market for a smartphone with a mammoth screen but don’t want to pay a premium price, the Samsung Galaxy A71 might just catch your eye. Its 6.7-inch display looks impressive enough for a mid-range phone, but with a quad rear camera and pretty big battery, it looks as though it could compete with more premium rivals. Specs aside, how did it perform in our tough tests? Our review of the Samsung Galaxy A71 reveals all.

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Anyone looking for something cheaper than the flagship Galaxy S series will be relieved to see that tech behemoth Samsung hasn't forgotten about its budget models. The Samsung J4+ is a smartphone that doesn't exactly jump off the page, but a 6-inch display and Dolby Atmos sound are some neat tricks for a phone that costs less than £200. Is it possible that this Samsung smartphone is a bit of a bargain? Our full review reveals all.

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Pricing, recommendations and test scores correct as of July 2020.

How much do Samsung Galaxy mobile phones cost?

When you think of a Samsung handset there's a good chance something like the Galaxy S10 comes to mind – a high-end, very expensive device. But there's actually a huge variety of options to choose from, and you don't need to break the bank for a great deal of them.

Samsung Galaxy S series

The Galaxy S series is the flagship range. The numerical suffix increases year-by-year, with the Galaxy S10 being released in 2019. There's also the Galaxy S10+, which packs in all of the great features of the S10 but will appeal more to those who prefer a larger display.

Devices in the Galaxy Note series are even larger than the latest Galaxy S+ models. Despite being more expensive and more powerful, they're not usually talked about as being Samsung's flagship effort as they're too big and expensive for all but the most dedicated of fans. They're so big that they're one of the few smartphones that actually still come with a stylus.

Samsung Galaxy A series

Galaxy A models come in at a level below the Galaxy S range. They're mid-range handsets that aim to strike a balance between price and performance. They may lack some of the most sophisticated functions of their bigger brothers, and their design is a little more functional than fanciful, but they're an appealing choice for those who want a smartphone that can do everything they ask of it – without spending more than £30 per month on a contract.

Samsung Galaxy J series

The Galaxy J line is the entry-level, budget friendly option. They aren't quite as cheap as some other manufacturers' budget handsets, but in return you get the Samsung stamp of quality – and a mobile phone that feels more expensive than it actually is. If you don't use your smartphone for much more than the basics, this is a very valid option.

How to save money on a Samsung Galaxy phone

As with anything, waiting a year or more for the model you want to drop in price is a solid strategy. Some phones can be found for half their original price if you buy at the right time. An older phone may be perfectly adequate for your needs, especially if there aren't many features on the newer model that you'll actually use.

Storage size can often have a big impact on price, and if you can add more yourself this is far cheaper than opting for the larger model. Do you need to spend an extra £100 on 128GB of storage when you could just buy the 64GB variant and a £15 micro-SD card to do the same job?

Finally, always consider buying a phone outright to save money in the long-term. If you do opt to buy over contract, carefully work out the total cost to you so you know exactly how much extra you're paying.

Want to save even more money? Take a look at our guide to buying a refurbished or used mobile phone.

What to look for when choosing a Samsung Galaxy mobile phone

There are a few things to think about when deciding which Samsung Galaxy to opt for. Here’s our shortlist of what to consider:

  • Size If you want a Samsung Galaxy that you can easily use with one hand, any model with a '+' in its name is out of the picture – as is the whole Galaxy Note range. That said, some may find the Galaxy Note manageable due to its handy stylus. Galaxy A and J series handsets have displays about 0.5 inches smaller than the S series.
  • Storage space The pricier Galaxy S series handsets understandably offer the most storage, with 64, 128 or a whopping 256GB options, in some cases. At the other end of the spectrum, Galaxy J series models offer 8, 16 or 32GB variants. Big money-savers, but not enough for some. Galaxy A models tend to lie somewhere in between.
  • Speed It's pretty simple: the pricier and bigger the handset, the more power it has. Every modern Samsung Galaxy device, even the most basic of J range models, runs on an Exynos octa-core processor. The model of that processor, along with the amount of Ram it's paired with, improves as you head up the ranges, usually peaking with the latest Galaxy Note.
  • Cameras The latest and best Galaxy handsets have dual rear-facing cameras, wide-angled selfie lenses and advanced software to ensure you get the best images in all conditions. You won't get that sort of tech on the cheaper models, but they should still do a job for those who like to take the occasional snap.

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