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Best Samsung phone 2024: The best Galaxy handsets across all budgets

Samsung may be the master of Android phones, but is every Samsung worth buying? Trusted Reviews assesses what's on offer to help you select the best for you

Samsung has established itself as the go-to Android brand with a smattering of smartphones in all shapes and sizes, ranging from budget blowers to top-end tech. That can make deciding which to buy an increasingly hard decision.

That’s where we at Trusted Reviews come in. We’ve got extensive experience reviewing Samsung smartphones, having the privilege of looking at practically every handset the company has released in the past decade. This means we’ve got a strong understanding of which represent the best value for money, and which of those you should flat-out avoid.

As such, this list is the culmination of days, if not weeks, of testing, from synthetic benchmarks to test the smartphone’s performance to in-depth camera testing to ensure the snappers can handle anything you throw at them.

Our team of reviewers even go as far as to transfer all their apps, messages and other data to the phone to ensure that the experience is reflective of both tests and extensive real-world use, to make sure you’re selecting the best phone possible for your needs.

That said, everybody’s needs are unique, so we’ve added specific awards – like best foldable – to make it easier to decide which best suits your needs. So, keep reading if you’re in the market for a Samsung phone in 2024.

We have curated other best lists if you’re looking for a more specific handset. Our best camera phone round-up focuses on a device’s photographic and videography skills. In contrast, our best cheap phone and best mid-range phone lists focus solely on more affordable options depending on your budget.

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How do we test Samsung phones?

All the phones included in our Best Samsung phone list have been thoroughly tested and used by one of our product experts. We never review a phone based purely on specs and benchmark scores. We use them as our everyday device for the review period, which is usually at least five days but often a lot more.

Whenever you read a phone review published on Trusted Reviews, you should be confident that the reviewer has put their personal SIM card into the phone, synced across their most-used apps and logged into all their typical accounts. We do this so you’ll feel confident in our review and trust our verdict.

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra

The best high-end Samsung phone
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Pros

  • Genuinely useful AI features
  • Versatile camera setup
  • All-day battery life and then some
  • Seven years of OS upgrades

Cons

  • Very expensive
  • Average ultrawide camera

If you want the absolute best of the best that Samsung has to offer, and don’t mind the hefty price tag that comes with it, the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra is the smartphone to go for.

It offers a combination of best-in-class display tech, processing power and camera performance that trumps not only every other Samsung phone, but most of the Android competition – though its 6.8-inch display means it’s also one of the biggest phones on the market right now, and not that easy to use one-handed, especially now that the screen has transitioned from a curved to a flat panel.

Still, that 6.8-inch display is one of the main reasons to opt for the top-end model with Samsung’s dynamic AMOLED 2X technology, 120Hz LTPO tech and support for HDR10+ that makes it an absolute treat for watching movies, especially with the screen’s 2600nit max brightness.

It’s also a great canvas for the built-in S Pen stylus that allows you to draw and write on the display with an impressive 2.3ms latency that’s among the fastest in the market.

Another feature you won’t find on many other phones – and certainly none of the cheaper Samsung phones included within this list – is a fantastic zoom camera setup, despite the fact it sports a shorter 5x periscope instead of the 10x option with the S23 Ultra. However, with a much higher resolution and improved OIS, images captured at the 10x level are near indistinguishable while also hugely boosting the quality of photos taken between the 5x and 10x mark.

The capabilities on offer easily beat the competition from Apple and Google. We’re not talking about hitting 100x – these shots still look grainy – but at 10x and below, the results are fantastic and a real reason to pick up this phone over a rival. It also retains the whopping 200-megapixel main camera from the S23 Ultra that delivers stunning results both day and night.

It boasts a 5,000mAh battery that’ll comfortably provide all-day use even with the QHD+ resolution, high refresh rate and always-on display tech, with enough left in the tank to make it well into a second day of use. That’s down to the super power efficient Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 for Galaxy that also allows for on-device GenAI capabilities like real-time transcription and translation, text rewriting tech and new fancy photo editing features too.

It also has one of the best long-term promises around, boasting a whopping 7 OS upgrades that’ll take it through to Android 21.

So yes, it’s certainly the most capable of Samsung’s current smartphone collection, but the overall size – and premium price tag – may put some off. That’s why we have a few more options recommended below.

Reviewer: Lewis Painter

Full review: Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra review

Samsung Galaxy S23

The best Samsung phone under £1000/$1000
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Pros

  • Pocketable, minimalistic design
  • All-day battery life
  • True flagship performance

Cons

  • Near-identical to Galaxy S22
  • Slow charge speeds
  • Display only drops to 48Hz

There’s a lot of love for the smaller Galaxy S23. We expect the S24 to take the S23’s place in this chart, but we can’t say for certain until we’ve spent more time with it. It’s not only much cheaper than the top-end Ultra model but it’s easier to hold, especially one-handed, with a pocketable compact design that’s still very much premium.

In fact, the Galaxy S23 is one of few Android smartphones to offer truly premium specs in a smaller chassis. The 6.1-inch display, while smaller than the 6.6 inches of the S23 Plus and 6.8 inches of the S23 Ultra, boasts the same dynamic AMOLED 2X display with a super smooth 120Hz refresh rate, delivering vibrant colours and impressive brightness.

We found it perfectly fine for watching TikToks and YouTube videos, but those who like to watch Netflix on the go may prefer the larger, but near-identical, Galaxy S23 Plus.

That premium experience extends to the chipset, using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy (which is exclusive to the S23 range, by the way) to deliver top-end performance with benchmarks that comfortably surpass the standard 8 Gen 2 used in many competing flagships. The improved battery efficiency also means it’s a comfortable all-day device despite packing a relatively small battery, fixing one of the biggest issues with last year’s model.

We also love the versatility of the camera system, sporting three rear sensors including a rather powerful 3.5X telephoto zoom and an ultrawide for expansive shots. As you’d expect, images are reliably detailed and well-lit, even as light levels begin to drop, though it does suffer from Samsung’s signature OTT vibrancy which can be a little too much in some shots.

There are also a bunch of ‘nice to have’ features like wireless charging, full IP68 dust and water resistance and a long-term software update promise of four OS upgrades and five years of security updates.

It’s not perfect, lacking the impressive main 200MP sensor of the top-end Ultra model, and it’s slow to charge at just 25W, but it’s a tempting pocketable flagship that ticks most boxes.

Reviewer: Lewis Painter

Full review: Samsung Galaxy S23 review

Samsung Galaxy S23 FE

The best mid-range Samsung phone
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Pros

  • Very similar design to the Galaxy S23
  • Great performance from the Exynos 2200
  • All-day battery life

Cons

  • The regular Galaxy S23 can be found cheaper
  • Slow charging
  • Fairly heavy for its size

Sitting below 2023’s flagship S23 series, the cheaper Galaxy S23 FE remains a very good, mid-range Samsung phone that brings the core Galaxy experience down to a cheaper price point.

Based on our time with it, the S23 FE offers great value for money as a result, especially in the camera department, sporting a dedicated telephoto lens that is rarely seen in the mid-range market. It also has a bright, colourful display along with strong everyday performance and extras like wireless charging and an IP rating for added protection usually saved for flagship-level tech.

Crucially, it shares the same Galaxy S23 design DNA, making it pretty hard to tell the difference between it and the flagship Galaxy S23 when side-by-side.

Samsung has opted for a chipset split with the S23 FE, meaning you’ll either get the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or Exynos 2200 depending on where you are in the world. The good news for European users is that the Exynos-powered variant we reviewed delivered exceptional performance and strong battery life, though it’ll be interesting to see how the 8 Gen 1 variant from the US compares.

In essence, if you want the core Galaxy S23 experience without spending flagship-level cash, the Galaxy S23 FE offers a comfortable middle ground.

Reviewer: Lewis Painter

Full review: Samsung Galaxy S23 FE review

Samsung Galaxy A54 5G

The best affordable Samsung phone
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Pros

  • Premium look and build
  • Great 120Hz AMOLED display
  • Huge 5,000mAh battery
  • New and improved 50MP camera

Cons

  • Inconsistent battery life
  • No display HDR support
  • Can be a bit slow at times
  • Slow charge times

A solid mid-range handset that includes most of the features you’d want from a smartphone, the Galaxy A54 5G may not be Samsung’s flagship model but it is more than capable for everyday use. 

A substantial upgrade from its predecessor, the Galaxy A53, the A54 is equipped with a glass back and a minimalist rear camera layout, which make the handset look and feel more premium. Not only that but the A54 is impressively durable too, with an IP67 dust and water resistance rating that promises to keep it protected from accidents. 

It’s not just the design that’s had a refresh as the A54 now boasts an upgraded trio of cameras trio that boast a 50MP main, 12MP ultrawide and 5MP macro lenses. Although on paper the A54’s 50MP main lens appears less than the A53’s 64MP, it is fitted with enhanced OIS and a larger pixel size too. 

Although not as flashy as the latest S series, the A54’s camera setup is more than capable at producing a decent image in most lighting conditions. 

Unlike its flagship handsets, the Galaxy A54 runs on Samsung’s own Exynos 1380 processor. Of course the Exynos 1380 should not be considered as a competitor to the newer Exynos 2400, which is what the S24 runs on. Even so, we still found this chipset to be perfectly able and consistent for casual smartphone users. 

What is worth noting is that although Samsung promises a two-day battery life, we found this claim depends heavily on how you’re using your A54. While on an average day the A54 was serviceable, reaching 11pm with a decent 40% battery remaining, we noted that the battery drained by a substantial 7% when streaming Netflix for 60-minutes. 

For those looking for an affordable Samsung smartphone that doesn’t compromise on quality and features, then the Galaxy A54 is one of the best options out there.

Reviewer: Lewis Painter

Full review: Samsung Galaxy A54 5G review

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5

The best foldable phone
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Pros

  • Large 7.6-inch foldable display
  • Most powerful foldable phone around
  • Better app support than other book-style foldables

Cons

  • Very similar to the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
  • £100/$150 price increase
  • Identical camera setup

Samsung’s latest edition of its flagship foldable is the best we’ve reviewed, though it’s far from a redesign of what we already know.

It’s incredibly similar to last year’s Z Fold 4, with plenty of similarities. It sports the same combination of a tall-and-narrow 6.2-inch cover display, flanked by a larger 7.6-inch AMOLED panel within, the same trio of rear-facing cameras, the same battery capacity and the same charging speeds despite costing a little more in the UK and US.

However, there are a bunch of small improvements that bring the Z Fold 5 closer to its initial vision. That includes a new teardrop hinge system that finally allows the phone to fold completely flat with no gap, and it’s both lighter and thinner as a result. There’s also the Snapdragon and 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy delivering some of the best performance around, foldable or not.

Samsung has also done a lot of work with app developers to bring support for the boxy inner display, with Samsung’s book-style foldable boasting much better support than the likes of the Google Pixel Fold.

So while it might not be a complete reimagining of the foldable, the Z Fold 5 does just enough to make it the best book-style foldable around.

If you’re after a foldable that’s a little cheaper and smaller, there’s the Z Flip 5. This is Samsung’s other foldable and it mimics the look of a classic flip phone.

Reviewer: Lewis Painter

Full review: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 review

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5

Best clamshell foldable
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Pros

  • Premium look with no gap when folded
  • Powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy chipset
  • Much more useful 3.4-inch cover display

Cons

  • Same 12MP cameras as Z Flip 4
  • Middling battery life, even for a foldable
  • Cover display software is surprisingly limited

The other foldable in Samsung’s 2024 range, the Z Flip 5 is the cheaper, more consumer-friendly option. If you’re keen on trying out a foldable phone but don’t want something quite as elaborate or expensive as the Z Fold 5 then we recommend the Flip.

Instead of utilising a foldable screen to give you a tablet-sized screen in a phone, the Z Flip 4 takes a regular 6.7-inch display and lets you fold it in half. This creates a small, pocketable device that doesn’t skimp on features or tech.

When unfolded, the OLED display is sharp and colourful with just a small crease running across the middle. When you have the phone closed, there’s a Cover Display that highlights calls, the time, notifications and so on.

That cover display is now much larger at 3.4 inches, boasting better functionality compared to the smaller 1.9-inch display used until now, with support for widgets, a full QWERTY keyboard and even the ability to run some apps, though the list of apps is rather limited. It also closes completely flat with no gap for the first time, reducing the overall thickness of the foldable when in its compact form.

Throw in great performance from the custom Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, decent 12MP snappers and all-day battery life and you’ve got a tempting clamshell foldable.

Reviewer: Lewis Painter

Full review: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 review

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FAQs

Do all the Samsung phones come with a charger?

None of the phones here come with a charger in the box, however, they all support USB-C charging and do come with a cable so you just have to provide a plug.

Are all these phones 5G capable?

All of the phones listed have some form of 5G support. You’ll want the S23 Ultra or S23 Plus (or last year’s S22 variants) if you’re in an area that supports mmWave 5G.

Trusted Reviews test data

If you want the best of the best, the S23 Ultra is the choice. It has the most accurate display that can get very bright and impresses in various tests.

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Geekbench 5 multi core
Geekbench 6 single core
Geekbench 6 multi core
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30 minute gaming (light)
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15-min recharge (no charger included)
3D Mark – Wild Life
3D Mark – Wild Life Stress Test
GFXBench – Aztec Ruins
GFXBench – Car Chase

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