A, J, S, Note… Even though the South Korean manufacturer has streamlined its smartphone catalogue a lot in recent years, it is still difficult to find your way through the different ranges. To guide you, here is our selection of the 10 best Samsung smartphones currently on the market.
With its 5.5-inch screen, the Samsung Galaxy J7, plays in the courtyard of the big screens. Not to be confused with the Galaxy Note because the performances are far from being the same. With its modest characteristics, it remains perfectly in line with the rest of the J range, the small budgets of the brand.
The performance of the smartphone benefits from an Exynos 7870 chip, comparable to a Snapdragon 625. If the 2016 model was disappointing by the quality of its screen, Samsung was able to correct the shot on the 2017 version with a 1080 px slab.
On the other hand, on the photo side, there is little improvement, the rendering is correct but remains average in low light. On the other hand, we note the arrival of the fingerprint sensor and a still interesting autonomy.
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Considered a bit like the “low cost” version of the Galaxy A5, the Samsung Galaxy J5 performs well. Its super AMOLED 5.2-inch display has a limited 720p resolution that would be nice to see evolve along with the J7. The design side, we stay in the all-plastic.
This time, the J5 followed in the footsteps of the J7 by adopting an Exynos 7870 chip that offers rather convincing performance. On the other hand, as far as photography is concerned, we remain in the same line, even if the front photo sensor has been improved.
Once again, autonomy remains one of the strong points of this model.
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The Samsung Galaxy A3 has become a true reference in the segment of smartphones under 5 inches. Although it only has a 4.7-inch screen, it is still excellent and perfectly integrated.
For everyday use of the smartphone, no problem. If we regretted the absence of 2GB of RAM on the 2016 version, Samsung has reviewed its copy this year. We also went from 4 to 8 cores for a more responsive smartphone. The internal memory, on the other hand, has not budged with 16 GB capacity and a microSD slot.
For the pictures, no prowess on the horizon. However, the fingerprint sensor and IP68 sealing are still present. And like the rest of the range, the Galaxy A3 demonstrates a perfectly satisfactory range.
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Released in March 2015, the Samsung Galaxy S6 remains among the best models of the brand. As the first Samsung model to opt for a glass and aluminium design, it integrates components that are always high-performance.
Its 5.1-inch QHD screen displays vivid and accurate colours for impressive results. On the other hand, its high resolution allows it to adapt quite well to the use of virtual reality via the Gear VR.
When it came out, the camera was clearly ahead of schedule. Today, in front of the S7 and S8, it’s a bit behind, but it still offers some nice pictures. A weak point is the lack of a microSD port, which means that you have to make do with the 32 GB internal memory. Nevertheless, at the price we find it today, it is a good alternative.
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With its 6.2-inch screen, the Samsung Galaxy S8+ is quite impressive. Very good quality and with high resolution, it offers an irreproachable comfort.
The Exynos 8895 chip offers very good performance and excellent fluidity of use. The 64GB of internal memory is appreciated, especially since the microSD slot allows it to be expanded further.
For photos, it captures very good quality images and the front sensor has been redesigned and improved for even better selfies than with the S7. The iris scan is coming in, but it’s not quite satisfactory yet. On the other hand, the fingerprint sensor, although effective, is difficult to use due to its location, which is not necessarily well thought out.
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Following in the footsteps of its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) is a smartphone that, without offering overperformance, excels in the essentials. Its meticulous design gives it an aesthetics that we particularly like.
The display does not change, but remains very convincing with the excellent contrast of the AMOLED technology. The processor has been slightly improved and the 3GB of RAM offered offers better fluidity compared to the previous version. Its 32GB of internal storage is very appreciable, especially since it is expandable with a microSD.
Unsurprisingly, the photo still needs to be perfected, even if the camera is a little better worked than on the 2016 version. However, thanks to its no-frills performance and a large-capacity battery, the A5 has a really solid range, and that’s without a doubt one of its big strengths.
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It made a lot of headlines when it came out thanks to its screen curved on both sides, which gives it a design of great finesse. Unlike its successor, the Samsung S6 Edge has a screen the same size as the classic 5.1-inch version.
In terms of performance, the Galaxy S6 is a true all-around performer, with a camera that’s effective in all situations.
Technically, curved edges are of little use. But if you also appreciate a smartphone for its aesthetics and design, you’re sure to love the S6 Edge and its little ergonomic originality.
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The Samsung Galaxy S8 is a real eye-catcher in terms of design. Its display offers near-perfect performance thanks to vivid colours and high resolution.
Navigation is fluid, and the 64GB internal memory is comfortable. Not enough for all your photos? The S8 is also equipped with a microSD slot.
The camera remains on the same line as the S7’s, with few changes; but it doesn’t matter since the latter was already very successful! However, the front sensor gains 3MP, which is not unpleasant. We also note the appearance of the USB-C and the iris scanner which, without being very convincing, has the merit to exist. However, we regret the somewhat awkward placement of the fingerprint sensor.
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With fewer curved edges compared to the Edge version, the Samsung Galaxy S7 is still a great smartphone. And you’ll probably appreciate it better if you don’t like oversized smartphones: its 5.1-inch size is more comfortable to use with one hand than the 5.5-inch Edge version. The QHD resolution, vivid colours and deep contrasts of the AMOLED slab are still among the strengths of the range, especially for the use of virtual reality.
Inside, the components are exactly the same, and the “classic” S7 is still one of the most powerful smartphones of the moment, and one of the most photo-savvy. In terms of ergonomics, it is even more pleasant than its successor.
What was the Galaxy S6’s little weakness, the battery, has been corrected to offer a completely satisfactory range. The IP68 tightness level is also highly appreciated.
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Released in 2016, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge remains in our opinion the best model of the brand. It offers a comfortable grip with its 5.5-inch screen and curved display that limits additional clutter.
The super AMOLED screen is superb and the finishes are close to perfection. In terms of performance, nothing to reproach, the experience is fluid and comfortable. Battery life is also at its best, and the camera is characterized by very good results in low light, impeccable responsiveness and a complete photo layer, including RAW capture.
If anything was to blame him (still), it would be the lack of USB-C.
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