Best Samsung Phones (Besides the Galaxy S10) and Android Alternatives

Samsung’s 2019 class of Galaxy smartphones have landed. Class is an applicable option to put it, too. The cellphone maker introduced 4 variations of its Galaxy S10 on Wednesday, and topped it off with the Galaxy Fold, its brand-new flexible cellphone. They all look wonderful, with edge-to-edge-to-edge-to-edge screens, a small magnificence mark for his or her selfie cameras, neat new images methods, in-display finger­print sensors, and different perks, like the power to wirelessly cost different gadgets you lay on prime of them. They could also be the most effective Samsung telephones ever; they’re additionally the most costly.

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Following Apple’s iPhone worth hikes, Samsung’s Galaxy telephones proceed to rocket upward in worth with the S10 line. The flat-faced Galaxy S10e (that is “e” for “important”) is now $750, and it solely will get worse from there. The commonplace Galaxy S10 begins at $900 and comes with a brand new triple rear digicam, extra RAM, and a barely bigger battery. Its bigger sibling, the Galaxy S10 Plus begins at $1,000 with a good bigger battery and a dual-selfie cam spot constructed into its display. (You can preorder the Galaxy S10 now. We advocate the Unlocked model.)

We do not truly know the worth of the Galaxy S10 5G, however it’s a protected wager it’s going to exceed $1,000. It has 4 rear cameras and is likely one of the first telephones that can have the ability to hook up with 5G networks … at any time when these lastly change into a actuality. (Maybe subsequent yr?) The distinctive Galaxy Fold can be fairly wonderful, however it begins at—brace your self—$1,980.

There’s little question that the Galaxy S10 telephones are technical marvels, however does having a smartphone with the most display actually matter that a lot anymore? If you simply need a very nice cellphone that works effectively and would not decimate your price range, listed below are a couple of older Samsung telephones you need to think about, and a few Galaxy alternate options.

Samsung Galaxy S9 ($420+)


The Galaxy S9 is a couple of yr outdated now, however it’s nonetheless nearly as quick as telephones come exterior of the shiny new S10. It’s additionally a number of hundred {dollars} cheaper. The S9 (8/10, WIRED Recommends) has a digicam that may snap with the most effective of them and a few perks you do not see on each fashionable cellphone, like a headphone jack and MicroSD slot. It has a fingerprint sensor on its again, not a flowery new in-display fingerprint sensor, however that is hardly a deal breaker. The digicam on the usual mannequin can be single-lens, not triple lens, so it is missing the wide-angle and zoom-like options on the brand new S10s. Oh, and there’s a prime and backside bezel on the cellphone as a substitute of a digicam dimple on the display.

The excellent news: Samsung has up to date the S9 to Android Pie, the most recent model of Android, and has even given its interface a little bit of a makeover. Samsung is gradual with updates, however there is a robust likelihood this cellphone will get characteristic updates for an additional yr or two. It additionally comes unlocked, which suggests it’s going to work on any wi-fi community.

Galaxy S9 pricing (varies by community):

Galaxy S9 Plus pricing (varies by community):

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 ($700+)


Think of the Note 9 (8/10, WIRED Recommends) as a bedazzled model of the S9. It has most of the identical strengths and weaknesses—however it’s greater, has extra RAM, higher battery life, and file storage beneath the hood. Like all Galaxy Notes, it has an S-Pen stylus that pops out of the underside so you’ll be able to write or draw straight on the display. It’s extra helpful than ever, and is not one thing you may get in every other new cellphone, till the Note 10 inevitably hits cabinets this coming August or September.

Whether you purchase a Note 9 ought to come all the way down to your measurement preferences and your emotions towards styli.

Galaxy Note 9 pricing (varies by community):

Avoid the Galaxy S8 and Note 8


There’s nothing flawed with shopping for a two-year-old cellphone, just like the Galaxy S8 or Note 8. We simply do not suppose you ought to. Samsung has a spotty historical past of supporting telephones with software program updates after two years, and the S8 has a couple of annoying qualities. The fingerprint sensor is correct subsequent to the rear digicam and nearly indistinguishable by contact. I by no means stopped unintentionally smudging my digicam lens whereas making an attempt to unlock my S8. It’s an issue that sounds foolish however will infuriate you at occasions. Battery life was additionally a tad worse on these telephones than their successors.

The Note Eight additionally has a poorly positioned fingerprint sensor and should not get software program assist for an excessive amount of longer. Both telephones have fabulous cameras, however there have been some noticeable enhancements within the final yr or two.

Alternate Galaxies

OnePlus 6T in-display fingerprint sensor


Samsung makes marvelous Android telephones, however they are not the one telephones price shopping for proper now. Our favourite Android cellphone proper now could be the Google Pixel 3, and there are a couple of others you could wish to take a look at, too.

If you wish to save more cash or discover extra of the highest telephones, take a look at our Best Android Phones, Best Cheap Phones, and Best iPhones guides. (These guides are all updated, although we plan on eradicating the Moto X4 from our suggestions quickly, because of its age.)

  • Google Pixel 3 ($750+) is excellent: The Pixel Three hit cabinets in late 2018, and it is nonetheless one of many quickest, finest telephones you’ll be able to personal. The digicam is a spotlight because of a brand new characteristic known as Night Sight that does precisely what you’d suppose. It’s additionally one of many solely high-end telephones that will get software program and safety updates instantly, straight from Google. I linked to B&H as a result of it has the most effective worth proper now, however you too can get it straight from Google for $799. It runs on all 4 main wi-fi networks.

  • OnePlus 6T ($579) additionally has an in-display fingerprint sensor: It’s not flawless, however the OnePlus 6T is a really highly effective cellphone at a less expensive worth. It will get speedy updates and has an modern in-display sensor. I do not but know if it is as quick or safe as Samsung’s, however it does work and is extra handy than some fingerprint sensors because of its location. It works on AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon—principally, anyplace however Sprint. You may purchase it straight from T-Mobile.

  • LG G7 ($430+) is highly effective and nice for audio: The G7, with its audio jack and highly effective processor, is likely one of the finest telephones for high-quality audio. It ought to work on each main wi-fi community. Read our full evaluate right here. It’s additionally out there for $480–$627 from Amazon and $500–$600 from Best Buy.

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