The best Samsung phones are all exceptional handsets, but they also vary a lot, so finding the best option for you personally can still take some work. But that's where this guide comes in, as we've ranked and detailed them all.
But you also need to consider what you actually want from a smartphone. Do you want a foldable phone like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3? A top-tier flagship like the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra? Or something more affordable like the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE?
There are lots of options, and that's before you factor in things like battery life, camera performance, design, and more. But we've extensively tested all of these phones (and many hundreds more), so we know exactly what's good and bad about each, and you'll find that articulated below, giving you a clearer idea of what to choose.
Or if you're set on a Samsung but just not one of these then check back soon, as new Samsung handsets regularly launch, and the best of them will always be added to this list.
Best Samsung phones 2022
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is the best Samsung phone you can buy at the time of writing, 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 (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 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
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is a beast of a handset with a beast of a price, but it has the specs to match, with a 108MP main camera, a 12MP periscope one, and a 12MP ultra-wide one, while the screen is a massive 6.9-inch 1440 x 3088 AMOLED one with 496 pixels per inch and a refresh rate of up to 120Hz.
But the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra doesn’t stop there, as it also stands out from rivals thanks to its S Pen stylus, letting you doodle on the screen, sync voice recordings with your hand-written notes, and more.
Plus, the phone also has top-end power of course, including 12GB of RAM and either a Snapdragon 865 Plus or Exynos 990 chipset. Which you get depends on where you are in the world, but they’re both exceedingly powerful.
There’s also 5G, loads of storage, a premium design, an in-screen fingerprint scanner, and a big battery, so this is a phone that almost has it all – though the charging could be faster and it’s slightly disappointing that you can’t use both a 120Hz refresh rate and a QHD+ resolution at the same time.
The biggest stumbling block though is simply the price, but if you have the money and want everything that the Note 20 Ultra is offering, then it’s a fantastic choice.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra review
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 isn't a major upgrade on the original Galaxy Z Flip or the Galaxy Z Flip 5G, but it's still better overall, making it the best clamshell foldable in the world right now.
It's solidly built, has flagship power from its Snapdragon 888 chipset and 8GB of RAM, and has an attractive 6.7-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate.
The secondary display is slightly bigger - and therefore slightly more useful - this time around too, coming in at a still-small 1.9 inches.
As usual with foldables the cameras aren't anything to write home about, and the battery is smaller than we'd like, but for the most part the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 is an accomplished smartphone, and one that comes in at a normal flagship price, making it a bit of a bargain by foldable phone standards.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 review
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.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 review
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
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is Samsung’s top, premium flagship for 2021, and what a phone it is. For the first time Samsung has 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.
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 more: Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra review
Moving from flagship phones to the mid-range realm, the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G offers great capabilities with a reasonable pricing
A solidly dependable choice for a mid-range handset, the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G doesn't offer anything you'll love but with a high refresh rate screen and a better rear camera than elsewhere in the A-series, you'll appreciate what it can do.
And, of course, there's 5G connectivity at a good price, as well as a solid design that may feel a little cheap, but also feels robust and workable.
The main highlight here is the Super AMOLED screen that looks fantastic, especially when watching videos, so streaming fans should take note of this one.
Read the full Samsung Galaxy A52 5G review
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
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.
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 more: Samsung Galaxy S21 review
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