Best Samsung Android Smartphones 2019: If Samsung was first positioned as an anti-Apple in the smartphone market, the South Korean giant has found a true identity with products that enjoy a real loyalty from users.
According to the results of a YouGov France survey conducted exclusively for Le HuffPost and whose figures we have reported in our robot portrait of the ideal smartphone (the link below), the brand is the first purchase criterion for a smartphone according to the French.
Among these brands, Samsung is the most used in France, ahead of Apple followed by Huawei and far ahead of Xiaomi or OnePlus, which are gaining more and more market share.
Apart from any "fanboyism", the transition to Samsung can be brutal, especially for a former follower of iPhone. Galaxy A, J, S or Note, difficult to find among a supply as abundant as disorganized.
Best Samsung Android Smartphones 2019
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, the best for the photo, and the most beautiful screen
Samsung requires, Super AMOLED screens (6.1 inches for the S10 and 6.4 inches for the S10 Plus) are the best performing currently on the market. They display a Quad HD + definition (four times the 720p resolution) of 3040 x 1440 pixels for optimal eye comfort.
The punch or "punch hole" at the top right of the screen designed to house the selfie camera is much less annoying than the classic notches found on most smartphones.
In terms of power, the Galaxy S10 + range is not left out either. Armed with the brand new Exynos 9820 chip and 8 or 12 GB of RAM (depending on the version), the Galaxy S10 + is a real powerhouse.
Even by launching the heaviest and most computationally intensive games, no slowdown was noted during our tests. The gaming experience is very fluid and you will have no concessions to make in terms of graphics.
It must nevertheless be noted that with all this power deployed, the smartphone tends to heat a little faster. As for autonomy, it is not the best on the market, the screen is very much in demand for food.
It will therefore take a day and a half in intensive use before needing to be switched on. Unlike competitors like OnePlus, the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus does not support ultra fast charging and its power supply is limited to 15 Watts. It will take a little more than an hour and a half for a full charge.
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Galaxy S10E, the best value for a premium smartphone
"E" for "Essentials" and not "Ecoplus", the Samsung Galaxy S10E deserves its nobility by focusing on the essential precisely, all presented in a set design / high-end technology but to (a little more) little price.
For 150 euros of savings when it comes out of the Samsung Galaxy S10, you only lose a photo lens on the back with a 2x zoom, a fingerprint reader under the screen anyway not performing and a concession as for the size of the screen which remains despite everything of a remarkable quality and has nothing to envy the Galaxy S10 / S10 Plus. And that can even be an advantage for small hands.
The Samsung Galaxy S10E is definitely one of the best compact smartphones currently on the market. Its preferential price (it is currently around 500-600 euros) its design and the features it offers remove all relevance to Galaxy S10 in terms of supply.
If you like luxury and you're ready to spend more, go straight to the Galaxy S10 Plus, the S10E offering in all cases a cheaper alternative and as efficient as the Samsung Galaxy S10 anyway for more reasonable budgets.
If he is more powerful than his competitor the Pixel 3, he still sins at the level of the photo opposite the Google phone and his autonomy does not allow him to do the full box that was well launched.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9
Samsung Galaxy Note 9, for pros and gamers
It may be a liner, it does not prevent the Galaxy Note 9 to be a flagship in the same way as its cousins of the S range. S9 + kind of inflated block, the Galaxy Note 9 is one of the most expensive smartphones of the brand.
With its large 6.4 "Super Amoled screen and 84% screen-to-screen ratio, give up all hope of using it with one hand, unless you have pianist pianches.
This hybrid between a smartphone and a tablet - which earned him the nickname "Phablette" - running an Exynos 9810 processor coupled to 6 GB of RAM. What to run all applications without any problem of fluidity.
As for the stylus, it has the merit of being finally compatible Bluetooth. In addition to note-taking, it can be used as a remote control to control the Galaxy Note 9 camera, for example, or to scroll through slides during a presentation. It's a pro smartphone after all.
Its battery of 4000 mAh gives it also an excellent autonomy, most specialized sites displaying a duration of 15 hours with a "classic" use. We are below some "normal" smartphones but when we remember the questionable autonomy Galaxy Note 7, there is a clear progress.
Photo side, the dual sensor 12 Mpx offers pretty good shots, the same order as the Galaxy S9 + of his time. We stay below the Galaxy S10 / Plus but for a smartphone released last year, the rendering is more than honorable.
Overall, the Galaxy Note 9 has long been considered the best smartphone at Samsung, may also be the most expensive. So of course we can now find around 600 to 700 euros, but the model begins to date slightly, especially in the photo.
If your budget allows and you are fans of big bricks technology equipped with a stylus, as long as the Galaxy Note 10 release in September, probably at the end of August 2019.
Samsung Galaxy A70
Samsung Galaxy A70, the mid-range that borders on the high-end
Sensitive evolution of the Galaxy A50, the Samsung Galaxy A70 embeds the same Exynos 9610 SoC coupled with 6 GB of RAM (against 4 GB for the A50). Everything runs all the Google Play apps without any problems and without overheating, even on the most resource-hungry games.
As for the screen, the Galaxy A70 offers an impeccable Super Amoled slab, Samsung requires, 6.7 inches (against 6.4 for the A50). In terms of size, we are on a template worthy of high-end smartphones, which will not necessarily facilitate the use of the one-hand phone.
As for the photo, the A70 is equipped like the A50 with a triple sensor at the rear, but with a main module of 32 Mpx (against 25 for the A50), a second sensor of 5 Mpx and an ultra objective wide angle of 8 MP.
Overall, the trio is doing well as well as the A50, ie below the competition, including the Google Pixel 3a remains the reference on this price range.
But the last difference is important and concerns autonomy. Indeed, the Samsung Galaxy A70 is equipped with a battery of 4500 mAh against 4000 for the Galaxy A50. So it's easy to take one more day than its little brother and its 25-watt USB-C charger makes charging faster than the Samsung Galaxy A50's 10-watt block.
Still, the Samsung Galaxy A70 is far from the best choice on this price range, the Xiaomi Mi 9 SE or Google Pixel 3a offering a much better value for money.
If it is still a little too expensive for you, but Samsung is still dear to your heart, we advise you to fall back on the Samsung Galaxy A50 which, apart from the smaller screen, a slightly longer battery life weak and a camera with a few megapixels less, it is identical in all respects and costs 100 euros less.
Samsung Galaxy A10
Samsung Galaxy A10, the best of the cheapest
No, we will not recommend a smartphone from the J range of Samsung, yet the cheapest proposed by the brand. If the products display a price actually competitive, their data sheet is lagging behind and the manufacturer has also announced last April to stop production to focus on the range A.
Exactly less than 200 euros, the Samsung Galaxy A10 is the new reference "low cost" brand. Whether by its general appearance or its technical sheet, this smartphone breathes the entry level, but this is a compliment.
So certainly, the plastic back has nothing to dream, far from it. The 6.2 inch IPS LCD screen is not as flashy as a beautiful Super Amoled slab, you are granted.
It must also be admitted that the SoC Exynos 7884 coupled to 2 GB of RAM will not allow you to run Fortnite with the graphics thoroughly and that the navigation between the different applications will not be as fluid as the models mentioned above in this selection.
The unique 13-megapixel rear-facing photo sensor is not going to ravage photomaniacs at the tightest budget but is surprisingly good. Even some smartphones, which are twice as expensive, do not do better.
The 3400 mAh battery can also hold nearly a day and a half before having to recharge ... with a basic block of 5 Watts.
But at this price, we are ready to forget all these defects and accept that we can not always have more and always pay less. How? What are you saying? "And the Redmi Note 7 then?" Oh yes, we had not thought about it.
Best Samsung Android Smartphones 2019
Galaxy S, A, J or Note ... which Samsung range is right for you?
If Samsung dominates the smartphone market and has nothing to blush at his rival Apple, it's not only thanks to its flagships. In 2016, the Korean giant has cleaned up its far too disparate offer to refocus it around three main ranges: S, A and J.
An SAJ decision that allowed the brand to decline its models in a clearer and more visible way for the consumer. We explain what lies beneath these letters of nobility to help you find the range that best suits your needs and your budget.
Samsung Galaxy J, the entry-level
Beware, Samsung announced last April the discontinuation of production of these models, to fully focus on the Galaxy A range that will include the entry and mid-range.
Floor price for low performance. The J range is the most prolific in terms of offer and concentrates all Samsung entry-level models.
If they are obviously the most affordable, with prices between 100 and 200 euros, so do not expect incredible data sheets or a very licked design.
Note that for now, we do not recommend buying a model of this range. The competition is much better at the same price as Xiaomi and its Redmi Note 7 or Huawei and P Smart + 2019 for example.
It is better to wait for the next renewal of the range with the release of a model more up to standards compared to current standards, but which will be stamped A and not J.
Overall, the Galaxy Js are smaller than the other models of the brand, the diagonal of their screens stopping around 6 inches tall maximum. In addition to being quite compact, there are Super Amoled tiles made in Samsung whose quality is difficult to compete with.
Of course, smartphones in the J range are not power monsters. The Exynos 7870 SoC Galaxy J6, the current reference on this range, is more than enough to navigate between the different apps in a fluid way.
But as for the game, it's better not to have too many performance ambitions. The graphics take for their rank and slowdowns are felt especially on the most resource-hungry games.
As for autonomy, batteries rarely exceed 3000 mAh but this is largely enough to take two days with a "normal" use. Only disadvantage, smartphones often have a micro-USB and not USB-C, so you can you sit on fast charging.
The Galaxy J are also not heavyweights in the photo. We are left with a single photo sensor that has trouble producing accurate shots. The photos lack detail, have too little dynamic range and suffer from a too aggressive treatment that forces on the smoothing.
If you are waiting for a purely utilitarian use of your smartphone that is restricted to telephony and some basic applications (social networks, etc ...), the Galaxy J are an alternative of choice.
Samsung Galaxy A, the mid-range that meets the high
Above the J range, the Galaxy A are the mid-range of the Korean giant and offer much more interesting configurations still at a price more or less content, between 200 and 500 euros.
In terms of design, the finishes are slightly more neat than the J range but the materials are not the most noble. Do not expect a glass back or curved screens, we stay on good old plastic.
If the slabs keep the quality of Super Amoled which Samsung has the secret, the rest of the technical specifications of Galaxy A sometimes close what is found in the high end.
Thus, it is common for the models to embark on a triple photo sensor which is doing much better than the Galaxy J, even if the rendering remains very average compared to market standards.
Autonomy is once again an important asset of this range which allows to incorporate accumulators of 4000 mAh as on the Samsung Galaxy A50 which takes longer than the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus, for example. We also find the USB-C for fast charging, a difference in weight compared to the range J.
The SoCs are also newer than the J Series and are easily found in 2018 chips like the Exynos 9610 A50 which can run the heavier apps and push the graphics in most games.
More advanced than their counterparts in the J range, the Galaxy A is intended for the most demanding users who do not want to sacrifice their budget.
Samsung Galaxy S, the most successful flagship
The S range is the flagship of the Korean giant that has earned its acclaim since the release of the first model in 2010, in response to Apple's iPhone. The range includes the most powerful models but also the most expensive, between 500 and 1000 euros which are generally announced at the beginning of the year.
Since then, Samsung has given a true identity to its Galaxy S whose triptych curved screen-edges metal-back glass has set the standards of the high-end market in terms of design.
On the screen side, Samsung has marked with the Galaxy S10 / Plus the culmination of its know-how in the field so far. The 6.4-inch Super Amoled slab of the S10 Plus is simply the most beautiful smartphone screen currently on the market (alongside that of the OnePlus 7 Pro).
The Galaxy S are also cut for the photo with the classic triple rear sensor that allows a very good versatility of shooting. The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is also, waiting for Huawei untangles brushes after the US embargo, the best camera phone market in 2019.
Side autonomy, there are very large accumulators over 4000 mAh that allow at least two days of autonomy or even three even if the screen is very greedy power.
The Exynos 9820, the latest generation of SoC is, after the Bionic A12 and Snapdragon 855, one of the most successful chips to date and allows a very fluid experience cut for the game.
Specifically, these are the phones that should be preferred if you are looking for performance and quality, provided your budget allows. But unlike Apple, models are not immune to price declines. We can for example find a Galaxy S10E around 500 euros now, a few months after its official release.
Samsung Galaxy Note, the "phablets" for the pros
The Note range targets professionals first. This is the pitch of Samsung but in reality, the Galaxy Note are mainly intended for fans of large screens and gamers.
While the touch pen and Bluetooth can handle a lot of applications pro, but it is especially the size of the slab that matters. More expensive than other ranges, the Galaxy Note also stand out with a generally more glitzy spec sheet that allows to better run the applications and push the game graphics to the maximum.
Specifically, we can consider that they are inflated versions of flagship S range, which they often take the design and technical characteristics.
Pro-oriented, the range also focuses on battery life, integrating large batteries around 4000 mAh and better native storage capacities (not to mention memory expansion via SD ports).
We are therefore on very high-end products whose price is the highest of all ranges proposed by the brand, but which are also the most powerful. Notice to the most demanding and the wealthiest users, therefore.