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The 5 best Samsung smartphones of all time

It's a tough task, but we want to make this controversial list for all the most famous brands. This time, it's Samsung's turn, which is all the more challenging due to its almost endless portfolio. Without further ado, here are the devices which I think deserve to be on the list of the five best Samsung smartphones of all time.

Galaxy S3 (2012)

It was difficult not to give this spot to the S2 and S2 Lite, but I chose to open the list with the third generation of the Galaxy line because it marked a true evolution in the S series for Samsung. While still betting on plastic, it became a true competitor to the iPhone.

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The Galaxy S3 is where Samsung switched gears. / © AndroidPIT

It came with powerful hardware, an almost 5-inch Super AMOLED HD screen and brought new features such as S-Voice and gesture commands. Though it wasn't the most beautiful, it sold like hot cakes and people lined up to get theirs. It is still in our hearts to this day.

  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (US variant)
  • RAM: 1-2 GB
  • Camera: 8 MP (rear), 1.9 MP (front)
  • Battery: 2,100 mAh
  • Android version: 4.3 Jelly Bean, 4.4 KitKat (depending on RAM variant)

Galaxy Note 3 (2013)

We couldn't leave out Samsung's iconic Note line, which still dominates the phablet market today. The third generation launched without competition and established a firm foundation of success for the future.

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The Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy Note 3, side by side. / © AndroidPIT

The plastic remained, even as Samsung opted for a fake leather look on the back. Back in mid-2013, it came with 3 GB of RAM, a spec which wasn't standard until a couple years ago. It sold much more than previous generations, and it introduced a number of new features for the famous S Pen.

  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
  • RAM: 3 GB
  • Camera: 13 MP (rear), 2 MP (front)
  • Battery: 3,200 mAh
  • Android version: 5.0 Lollipop

Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge (2015)

The S7 Edge is no doubt a favorite among users because it's a top of the line Samsung with the best cost-benefit ratio of all the brand's offerings. However, as some of you might recall, the design revolution and introduction of the Edge variant started with the S6

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Galaxy S6 Edge / © AndroidPIT

The S6 marked Samsung's shift from plastic to new materials, namely glass and metal. It brought a much more refined and serious look, and a camera that could hold its own among its top competitors. With the death of the Duo and Mini came the birth of the Edge, with its curved edges and corresponding features. The rest is history.

  • Processor: Exynos 7420
  • RAM: 3 GB
  • Camera: 16 MP (rear), 5 MP (front)
  • Battery: 2,550 mAh (S6), 2,600 mAh (S6 Edge)
  • Android version: 7.0 Nougat

J7 Prime (2016)

I could almost just list nothing, but with the S series and Note devices here, it's important not to neglect the ever popular mid-range. Of all the J smartphones, I've settled on the J7 Prime as one of the top ones, and at a great price.

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Galaxy J7 Prime / © AndroidPIT

For its price range, it has good battery life, a solid amount of RAM and an nice design. It's one of the few lower end Samsung smartphones with an Oreo update forthcoming. It also has a microSD and second SIM card slot.

  • Processor: Exynos 7870
  • RAM: 3 GB
  • Camera: 13 MP (rear), 8 MP (front)
  • Battery: 3,300 mAh
  • Android version: Oreo 8.0 (via update)

Galaxy A7 (2017)

There's also a 7 representing the A series here. Sitting between S and J, the A series can often be overlooked. But the Galaxy A7 has an attractive price and some interesting features usually only found in the top of the line devices.

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Galaxy A7 2017 / © AndroidPIT

It has three main highlights: its battery, display and design. With a nice finish, its build quality lends it a premium air. It has the look of a Galaxy S, just a bit more square-shaped. The battery capacity is quite large, giving it excellent battery life, and the Super AMOLED Full HD display measures almost 6 inches. Finally, it has IP68 protection.

  • Processor: Exynos 7880
  • RAM: 3 GB
  • Camera: 16 MP (rear), 16 MP (front)
  • Battery: 3,600 mAh
  • Android version: Oreo 8.0 (via update)

Do you agree with my selections? What would be different on your Samsung top 5 list? Let us know in the comments!



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  • why does Samsung give its midrange phones a 3600 mAh battery, but not the overpriced flagships like the S8? This is why I won't wast anymore of my fucking hard earned money on another Samsung phone.

  • S6 Edge for me is the best

  • I have an S8 and when i had S6 edge had me more a wow effect. Of course the s8 display is awesome, but s6 edge was one of the first with curved edges.

  • Nowadays s9, s9+ are grabbing the attention of users. As we all know that Samsung has created a huge market and trust for customers in last several years. So now the users expecting more. Year by year Samsung progressing rapidly, the best and amazing aspects attracting users which is the key point for Samsung.Actually, I am also thinking to design and develop a mobile comparison website but you know, it’s not an easy job to collect mobiles data. A lot of time and cost is required to build a website and I don't want to spend a lot of money as I am new in this field. My colleague has suggested me RevGlue for this purpose as this a UK based registered company and are providing mobiles and its deals data for the UK only with the name of RevEmbed technology as I have read its blog revglue.com/blog-detail/13-setup-free-uk-mobile-comparison-website but I am a little bit confused as it’s a newborn company. Anyone, have experience with RevGlue. Guide me guys in this respect. Waiting for your kind Response.

  • Tom Cat 1 month ago Link to comment

    Galaxy C9pro (SM-C9000)

  • chubs 1 month ago Link to comment

    Yah you kinda crapped the bed by not putting the S2X up first. Mine to too is still running (yes slow)with the new updates. To me the 3&4 failed by comparison. im rockin' the S9 now. Man they load alot of crap on these new phones...cheers

  • My S2 is running Android 7.1 Lineage and I use it for fun and play around.
    My S5 plus kccat6 is on Lineage 7.1 too as daily driver and running smooth and fast.
    I don't need the glass BS phones as I see many users who have those with broken back or fronts...
    They don't have removable battery's either so I'll stick to my S5Plus.
    As we speak, on XDA is the latest Android 8.1 Lineage downloadable for my phone and I think I'll install it this weekend.
    Why spending huge amounts for a fragile piece of glass when having the good old S5 in possession :-)

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 and Note 4 still very popular,because they both offered one of the Best Option Samsung offered on these phone,the REMOVABLE BATTERY OPTION,which we all wish Samsung would bring back to stop people worrying about there Batterylife,S7 or S7 Edge were superb phones that made Samsung bring back the micro sd card option after removing this option on the S6 and Note 5 so the sales struggled after that,S8 and S9 phones are the Best with Brilliant screens,that as really changed the design of phones,really happy Samsung as not used the Stupid Notch on there phones and kept away from copying Apple,that as really cost them dearly

    • I still use my S5 because of the removable battery. Currently mine has a 6k capacity battery which I'm loving. I need to do something to get it off of kitkat but the hardware is in good shape, I've not had any trouble at all with it.

      • If you want to root it and put a custom ROM on it go to xda.com and sign up and do some reading and research. They have everything you need to do anything with your phone. I've never had anything bad happen doing anything to my S5 from their site but all in all XDA is the only site that I download things for my phone and if you have a PC things will go great for you. Good luck and enjoy,

      • Thanks! I have been debating root/ROMing vs moving to a j7 which also has replaceable batteries but is stronger/newer. I'll check out xda.

  • Thanks for including the S6
    My s6 still looks new. The glass doesn't age at all & it still performs like a champ albeit with a debloated stock based rom & minimal lag. The best futureproof Samsung has made I believe. It only has poor battery life & no microsd. Microsd solved by using the 64gb version. Battery life can live with the decent quick charge. It just performs top notch & doesn't age.

  • Mark G. 1 month ago Link to comment

    Ooh where to begin... Obviously the S3 was fantastic (I still have my old faithful S3 performing security in its old age) -

    Though my personal favourite would the fabulous S5 (still goin strong with a nephew, who has zero concern for maintaining or caring).

    Currently on the excellent S7 which until I upgrade to S9 will be number one overall.

    Long Live SAMSUNG

    Peace 🖖

  • Mark
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    1 month ago Link to comment

    The Note 4 is the best phone Samsung has ever produced, and in my opinion the last great phone they ever produced. The all glass gimmick filled phones they produce today, are not worth the money you have to pay for them with their limited life span due to the non removable battery.

    • Mark G. 1 month ago Link to comment

      Totally agree - it's one of reasons why the fabulous S5 is my favourite - I certainly didn't want a glass and metal device (albeit its getting stronger). The removable plastic cover on the S5 was perfectly acceptable and adequate. Sure it could be improved, just didn't need to be removed.

      This move to glass and metal supposedly was the reason for the huge price increase, though the process and costs for materials will most likely be the same, maybe slightly more expensive.

      Now networks are contracting the S8 for min £55 p/m my S7 is £25 p/m 'double the cost for reduced service.


      Peace 🖖