The best Samsung Galaxy phone 2023on September 13, 2023 at 09:27 Tech Advisor


For years now, Samsung has been the go-to Android brand for most users. Their steady innovation and generally agreeable phone design make them an easy choice, and their user-friendly interface convinces people to stay loyal to the brand.

Samsung’s other great strength is the depth of its portfolio. The company releases a few phones a year, each in a different price bracket, but it doesn’t go overboard with too many similar models.

Therefore, if you want a flagship-class experience, there’s the Galaxy S range or Z-series foldable phones. If you’re on a tighter budget, one of the more affordable FE models may appeal, or any of the models from the expansive Galaxy A range or the even cheaper Galaxy M line. There’s always something for everyone, but you never feel as if there are too many options to choose from.

We review as many Samsung Galaxy phones as we can every year, and right here you’ll find our pick of the bunch. We’ve not just included the expensive models – though they’re here too – but have also picked out our favourite cheaper Samsung handsets, so there should be something to suit most budgets.

Best Samsung Galaxy phones 2023


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1. Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra – Best overall


Outstandingly fast

Very good cameras

Excellent battery life

S Pen stylus support


Poor selfie camera

Large size


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The S23 Ultra doesn’t do too much to re-write the book after last year’s successful S22 Ultra (which you’ll still find further down this list, as it’s aged well), but it has taken a great phone and made it very slightly better.

The biggest spec change is the jump to a 200Mp main rear camera (up from an already impressive 108Mp last year), backed up by an ultrawide and two telephoto lenses at different optical zoom levels (3x and 10x). The whole rear camera setup is excellent, and among the best in any phone – though let down a little by a dreary, downgraded selfie camera.

The expansive 6.8in display delivers high WQHD+ resolution, an adaptive refresh rate up to 120Hz, and S Pen stylus support. The phone is powered by a custom Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip, and Samsung promises years of software support that should keep this running for half a decade.

If you can put up with the size (and afford the price), this is a whole lot of phone, and nothing Samsung makes can do more.

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Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra review

2. Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 – Best foldable


Elegant folding design


Affordable (for a foldable)

Outer screen is now much more usable


No telephoto camera and no improvements over last gen

Still needs to be tougher

Mediocre battery life

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Samsung continues on its journey of gradual, generational improvements. Galaxy Flip 5 is the best example of that philosophy.

Some parts of it – such as the outer screen – show a move in a great direction. Other, such as cameras or battery life, were forgotten this year and continue to create one of the most contradictory phones of this generation.

Once again this year you’ll have to live without a telephoto camera – included on all of Samsung’s other flagships – and accept the risk that it may not be as durable as a traditional slab-shaped phone.

Still, the combo of a beautiful, compact design with top-notch specs, water-resistance, and with a bit more battery life thanks to the efficient Snapdragon processor. Even the outer screen is much more usable and a joy to use for a quick glance at your notifications.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 review

3. Samsung Galaxy S23+ – Best for most people


Bright, sharp, flat screen

Great battery life

Five years of software support

Solid, versatile cameras



45W charging a little slow

Price When Reviewed:

From £1,049

The Galaxy S23 Ultra may be the ‘best’ phone Samsung makes right now, and the Z Flip 5 perhaps the most fun, but if you just want a standard smartphone that works exceptionally well, then look no further than the S23+.

With a simple, attractive (plain…?) design this is a phone that doesn’t immediately stand out, but the specs are fantastic: a great triple camera, long battery life, crisp screen, and now top performance thanks to adopting the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset worldwide.

Like all Samsung flagships you can expect excellent long-term software support, for up to five years, and the One UI Android skin is easy to get to grips with. The only real downsides are the price, and the fact that the 45W wired charging is a little slow compared to what other manufacturers offer.

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Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus review

4. Samsung Galaxy A54 – Best mid-range


IP67 rating

Excellent screen 

Solid battery life 

Long software support 


Slow charging

Rivals are cheaper

Price When Reviewed:

From £449

Samsung is back on track with the Galaxy A54 5G, its best mid-range phone in a couple of years.

For an affordable price you get top-notch styling, IP67 protection, one of the best screens on a mid-range phone, and a dependable set of cameras. Furthermore, battery life is solid and Samsung continues to impress with its software upgrade guarantee.

The A54’s strength is that all of that has been bolstered by a powerful Exynos 1380 processor, so performance is smooth and stable – not always the case on cheaper Samsung handsets.

This isn’t quite the best mid-range phone you can buy, with some excellent rivals at cheaper prices, but it’s easy to recommend even if you’re not a Samsung loyalist.

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Samsung Galaxy A54 5G review

5. Samsung Galaxy S23 – Best small phone


Premium compact build

Slick performance

Improved battery life

Solid OS support


Slow 25W wired charging

Pixel 7 is far cheaper

Price When Reviewed:

From £849

The Galaxy S23 does almost everything that the S23+ does, just a little bit smaller.

You get the same design, same camera, and same performance as the bigger phone, but all for a lower price. The only real changes are the fact that the screen is obviously smaller (though the same resolution), the battery life is lower, and the charging is unfortunately even slower.

Those downsides are enough for us to rank it a touch below the Plus model, together with the fact that the relative pricing leaves this year’s standard S23 a little worse value compared to the competition.

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Samsung Galaxy S23 review

6. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5


Great for multitasking

All-day battery life

S Pen support

There really is nothing else like it in Samsung’s portfolio


Under-display camera is bad

App support is hit-and-miss (but getting better)

The price is astronomical

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Once again, Samsung isn’t trying to reinvent the wheel with the Fold 5. This time, it folds flat thanks to a new hinge, it’s thinner and has a new camera bump, but that’s basically all when it comes to new styling compared to the Fold 4.

An upgrade to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 guarantees top performance, and finally does away with a few generations with overheating problems. Unfortunately, the rear cameras are quite underwhelming – especially their colour science. On the brighter side, Samsung continues its dominance in folding phone software, further introducing improvements to the experience.

Not every app supports that form factor well though, so some software is still a little awkward on the big screen. You’ll also have to put up with a rubbish under-display selfie camera on the inside of the phone, too.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 review

7. Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra


Excellent camera

Phenomenal display

Integrated stylus




Sluggish charging

Price When Reviewed:

From £1,149

While the S21 Ultra dabbled with Note-like features, the Galaxy S22 Ultra is unquestionably a full-blown successor to 2020’s Note 20 Ultra in everything but name, laying the groundwork that the S23 Ultra follows.

The design is distinctly different from the other entries in the Galaxy S22 range (which is to say very ‘Note-like’) and features an integrated S Pen stylus that expands functionality beyond most rivals, especially in terms of productivity.

Despite familiar-looking camera hardware, the upgrades made by Samsung rendered it one of the best systems in any phone at the time, and still excellent now; with a 108Mp main shooter backed up by an ultrawide and two telephoto lenses at different zoom levels – with the zoom performance particularly improved on previous models.

The expansive 6.8in LTPO AMOLED display delivers both high WQHD+ resolution and an adaptive refresh rate up to 120Hz, while long-term software support that surpasses even Google’s Pixels rounds out an impressive list of pros and makes it easy to justify buying even almost two years after launch.

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Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra review

8. Samsung Galaxy A34 5G


Excellent 120Hz screen

Good cameras

IP67 water resistance


Fingerprint reader not the best

Slow charging

Price When Reviewed:

From £349

The Galaxy A34 is a great mid-range phone, especially if you specifically want a Samsung at a more affordable price than an S-series model.

You get a 120Hz AMOLED display, reliable water-proofing, and solid performance from the MediaTek Dimensity 1080. Even the cameras impress for the price, especially the 48Mp main shooter.

Ultimately, the Galaxy A34 is good value and ticks the right boxes for most people. If you want slightly better cameras and performance, there’s always the Galaxy A54.

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Samsung Galaxy A34 5G review

9. Samsung Galaxy S22


Premium design and build

Excellent AMOLED display  

Solid flagship camera performance


Sub-par battery life

Only 25W charging


Price When Reviewed:

From £769

The Galaxy S22 5G is a dream handset for small-phone enthusiasts.

Highlights include a premium compact design, excellent camera performance, 120Hz display, IP68 rating, and Samsung’s One UI skin.

Battery life aside, there are barely any major downsides to the S22. If you are a heavy user, get prepared to charge the phone more than once a day or carry a portable power bank.

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Samsung Galaxy S22 review

10. Samsung Galaxy A14


Sleek S23-inspired design

Long battery life


Display not as good as rivals

Mixed cameras

Shorter software support than other Samsungs

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Samsung hasn’t historically made especially good budget devices, so the A14 is a welcome change of pace.

This $150/£179 handset is far from the most powerful around, but it offers basic performance and Samsung’s usual slick software at a really affordable price. Spend a little more, and there’s also a 5G version that improves connectivity and bumps the display to a smooth 90Hz refresh rate.

Given the price it should be no surprise that the cameras here aren’t as good as on other phones in this list, and you also won’t get the same five-year software support. But the bang for your buck is very good indeed.

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Samsung Galaxy A14 review

Samsung Galaxy phone buying advice


Is every Samsung phone a ‘Galaxy’ phone?

Yes. The ‘Galaxy’ brand is now found across every single Samsung smartphone, so don’t worry too much about it. The company also uses the brand for its headphones, tablets, smartwatches, and laptops – pretty much all of its tech outside of its appliances and TVs.


What do the S, Z, A, and M letters mean?

Samsung uses letters to distinguish its various product lines.

‘S’ is used to mark its flagship phones – the S23 line is the latest, having launched in February. These are among Samsung’s most expensive and powerful smartphones, marked by powerful specs and capable cameras.

The ‘Z’ branding is reserved for the company’s foldables, which are further split into the ‘Fold’ (larger book-style foldables) and Flip (smaller ‘clamshell’ foldables).

Then the ‘A’ and ‘M’ lines are Samsung’s cheaper phones. The A-series sprawls from mid-range phones right down to cheaper models that cost as little as $100/£100, while the M-series overlaps with the lower end of the A-range and goes even cheaper – though Galaxy M phones often don’t launch in the US and Europe.


Why should I buy a Samsung phone?

There are a few reasons to opt for Samsung over other Android brands. The main one right now is the company’s commitment to software support, which makes it the best phone brand for Android updates. Samsung flagships are guaranteed five years of security updates and four years of Android feature updates, and even its cheaper phones get years of support. That’s even better than Google.

Beyond that, Samsung phones are known for slick designs and impressive cameras. They also all run One UI, the company’s customised Android skin, which is among our favourites – making Samsung phones easier to use than a lot of Android alternatives.


What are the best Samsung phone alternatives?

Obviously Samsung’s biggest rival worldwide is Apple, but you probably already know if you want an iPhone or not.

Within the Android space, the other options depend on where you live. If you’re in the US or Canada then the main alternatives are Google Pixel, OnePlus, and Motorola phones. Google and OnePlus offer stiffer competition at the flagship end, but Motorola has a range of handsets to match Samsung’s at every price point.

Outside of the US you may have more options. Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo are just a few of the Chinese phone companies that ship handsets across Europe and Asia, though not in the US. They tend to have a little less polish than Samsung’s offerings, but often deliver better specs for the price.


Why aren’t there more cheap Samsung phones in this list?

While Samsung’s phone range covers every price, from the cheapest phones to premium folding flagships, our ranking is dominated by more expensive options.

There are two reasons for this. One is that we can only review the phones we have to test, and Samsung doesn’t tend to send us samples of its cheaper phones, making it harder for us to review them.

The other is that, to be honest, we don’t think Samsung’s cheaper phones are usually all that great. While its flagships and foldables are excellent, we often find that Galaxy A and M phones are under-powered and over-priced, meaning we usually point budget phone buyers towards other brands. On the other hand, when there are Galaxy A phones included here, you can know that means we really do think those models are worth it.

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