The 8 Best Samsung Phones to Buy in 2018

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Samsung, the big competitor to Apple’s iPhones, continues to unveil some of the best, high-tech and innovative phones available (and it doesn't seem to be slowing down). Samsung has also focused on delivering smartphones that set a standard with affordable price points, large, high-definition displays and ultra-fast CPU processing speeds that never stall or lag on multitasking.

Need some help finding the best Samsung device for you? We researched the best Samsung phones to buy, so whether you're a social media influencer who wants a high-quality camera or you're more interested in other features such as expandable memory, amazing battery life and lightning-fast battery charges in under two hours, we have you covered.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Samsung Galaxy S9

The Samsung Galaxy S9 is the flagship competitor to the iPhone and is the biggest new release for Samsung’s smartphone lineup. Of its differences, the Samsung Galaxy S9 outdoes the iPhone 8 with a bigger 5.8-inch screen and quad HD+ resolution (2960 x 1440) display, 3000 mAh battery, 4GB of RAM, eight-core processor and expandable memory.

Under the hood, the Samsung Galaxy S9 uses Qualcomm’s latest processor combing a quad 2.8GHz and 1.7GHz speed with 4GB (S9) or 6GB (S9 Plus) of RAM and a new LTE modem for faster gigabit downloads, setting a standard for the market. Its speakers use surround sound with Dolby Atmos technology for a high-quality audio feedback. The S9’s cameras have a 12MP AF sensor rear camera with dual aperture mode and a front 8MP AF sensor camera, giving it a slightly better improvement from its previous S8 model. Colors come in midnight black, lilac purple, and coral blue, as well as an upgraded S9 Plus model.

 

Best Value: Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro

The Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro is where affordability meets reliability. Its fast CPU speeds, upper-midrange camera, and long-lasting battery life make are just a few reasons it snagged the best value spot. The Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro has a 5.5-inch super AMOLED display with full HD resolution at 1080 x 1920 pixels that give it a full robust image quality with one of the most color-accurate displays for current smartphones. The J7 Pro’s CPU processor is an Exynos 7870 octa-core with 1.6GHz with 3GB of RAM for fast mobile app use. Both its front and back cameras are 13MP, with an autofocus and LED flash option for multiple photography options. Its 3600mAh battery charges to 24 percent in 30 minutes, offering 18 hours of video playback, 26 hours of talk time and standby time of 107 hours. Colors come in black, gold, silver and pink with a 16GB and 32GB model.

Best Budget: Samsung Galaxy G550T

For under $100, the Samsung Galaxy G550T is a solidly built phone with adequate tech features. It has a 720 x 1280 pixel resolution, 8GB of memory with a card slot expandable up to 128GB, as well as a 1.3GHz processor to handle basic app usage.

The Samsung Galaxy G550T is a five-inch HD smartphone with a rear camera that has a 5MP camera resolution with 720p video recording, and a front camera with 2MP for clear selfie shots. Its 2600mAh battery offers a little under 24 hours of battery life with regular use and is replaceable in case you want to upgrade it. The phone is unlocked for GSM services, so it will work with AT&T or T-Mobile but not with CDMA carriers such as Verizon and Sprint. It comes with a 90-day warranty.

Check out our guide to the best budget smartphones you can buy today. 

Best 2017 Release: Samsung Galaxy S8

The Galaxy S8 is a sleek curved glass aluminum shelled 64GB memory smartphone with a huge 5.8-inch screen and a quad HD+ super AMOLED display boasting a 2960 x 1440 resolution. The super smartphone has three biometric lock types that allow you to unlock it via fingerprint sensor, facial recognition or through its eye iris scanner, making it one of the most high-tech smartphones on the list.

Unique to the Samsung Galaxy S8 is its compatibility with over 20 audio formats (from high-quality FLAC files to MP3), its dual audio for Bluetooth devices (you can stream to two speakers simultaneously) and its AOD (always on display), so you can pin relevant widgets such as clocks, images and calendars to your lock screen. Its 3000mAh battery may not be its high point (20 hours of talk time, 16 hours of video playback and 44 hours of music listening), but it still shines with 4GB RAM data and an eight-core CPU processor that combines 2.3GHz quad with a 1.7GHz quad for one of the fastest setups for smartphones available. Colors come in midnight black, orchid gray, coral blue and arctic silver, to name a few.

 

Best Display: Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Like a mini-movie theater in the palm of your hands, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 provides one of the biggest and gorgeous screen displays for a smartphone ever. The huge 6.3-inch curved display is a dual edge super AMOLED quad HD+ (2960 x 1440 pixels) screen.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 — as its name suggests — is perfect for taking notes on, and includes an S Pen stylus used for the phone’s multiple applications such as Samsung Notes and screenwriting. The large smartphone has an accommodating CPU system with a powerful 6GB of RAM and octa-core system (4 x 2.3GHz and 4 x 1.7GHz) for blazing fast speeds when using apps or exploring the Internet. Such a precious instrument is fortified with an IP68-rating for water and dust resistance, so you don’t need to be overly protective. It comes with a 90-day warranty. Colors come in midnight black, deep sea blue, orchid gray and maple gold.

Best for Texting: Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy J7 Sky Pro

Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy J7 Sky Pro

This Samsung smartphone gives you unlimited talk, text and data for under $50 a month and offers a large 5.5-inch screen display and wide body measuring 5.99 x 3.10 x .30 inches.

The Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy J7 Sky Pro gives texting lovers 4G LTE network access for reliable data speeds and a super AMOLED display with a 720 x 1280 pixel resolution for visual clarity. Its CPU is a 1.4GHz quad-core processor with 1.5GB of RAM. With the J7’s 3300mAH battery, you’ll get a long lasting talk and text time of around 31 hours, while its standby mode (when you’re not using it) can go up to 22 days.

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Best Flip Phone: Verizon Samsung Alias 2 U750

With a kind of retro-future look, the Verizon Samsung Alias 2 U750 is one of the most innovative flip phones around and is built with a dual-hinge design for both a traditional portrait mode and landscape sideways mode like a smartphone. Though it’s a bit older, the Alias 2 is one of the last phones with a full physical QWERTY keyboard, giving the impression like it’s a handheld computer.

The Verizon Samsung Alias 2 U750 may be old but still pulls off a few tricks like Bluetooth 2.0 wireless connectivity, a GPS system, charging and uploads via USB connection, a music player and even a 2MP camera. The flip phone has an 880mAh battery, giving five hours of talk time with 366 hours on standby. Its full body isn’t as massive as smartphones either, measuring 4.01 x 2.04 x .67 inches with a 2.6-inch screen that gives a 240 x 320-pixel resolution. When the phone is closed, its second mini LED screen displays the time, battery and signal bars.

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Best for Seniors: Samsung Galaxy Express Prime 2

The Samsung Galaxy Express Prime 2 is a prime choice for seniors and can even be configured to Samsung’s “Easy Mode” option that configures the home display to provide an easier experience for users with a simpler layout and larger icons.

The Samsung Galaxy Express Prime 2 features a five-inch HD display with a 720 x 1280 resolution that makes its picture clear and easy to see. Under the hood, it contains a quad-core Exynos 7570 processor with 1.5GB of RAM. Depending on the senior in your life, the phone is operable and easy to access when making and taking calls, but otherwise isn’t the strongest smartphone out there for running a lot of apps at the same time. The phone’s 2600mAh battery is replaceable and gives 23 hours of talk time with a 17-day standby time.     

Check out our other reviews of the best phones for seniors available on the market today.

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