7 best Samsung phone to buy in 2018

Why Samsung? Samsung is undoubtedly a big player in the Android ecosystem as evidenced by its production of the most competitive handsets in the industry. In this guide, I am going to list some of the best Samsung phones to buy in 2018.

Since its formation back in 1969 as Samsung Electric Industry, in Suwon, South Korea, today it has established its Brand in the smartphone marketplace. The company is now involved in the manufacture of TVs, Fridges etc. However, its core business is the manufacture of Smartphones and it has imaged as the rival to Apple iPhone.

First produced its first Android phones in 2009, and was the first smartphone company to produce a tablet phone in 2010. What makes Samsung unique is its capability to produce a variety of smartphones, both budget and expensive. That’s why it has imaged a threat to Apple’s iPhone because its handset matches every customer

With so many Samsung phones on the market, it may be sometimes a difficult hurdle to come out with the best buying decision of the Samsung phone you are looking for right now. Don’t worry, I have done that hurdle for you.

In my review, I have considered different specs to come up with what is considered “Best Phone”. Let’s take a look at the top 7 Samsung smartphones I recommend you to buy right now.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Specs

Date released: 9 August 2018|Battery: 4000 mAh|Water resistant:IP68-water resistant, up to 5 feet under water|Screen size:6.4″*****|Weight:201g|Expandable memory:MicroSD of up to 512GB|Fast wireless charging:Has a wireless charging option|Display:Infinity display Quad HD+ Super AMOLED|Camera: Front camera has 8MP and dual rear camera with 12MP|Android: 801 version|Storage:128/512GB|Ram: 6/8 GB.

The place to Buy: AMAZON

Read full Samsung Galaxy Note 9 review here

This latest Samsung flagship stands out to be the best so far. Everything on it seems bigger and better than its predecessors. But its expensive, At $875,00 and $1249,99, but sometimes you have to pay more for the best.

There are a bunch of improvements as compared to S9, S9+ and Note 8. Let’s talk about three focus here;

Battery– From Galaxy Note 8s 3500mAh to 4000mAh, was quite a great improvement considering Samsung have been dragging on this issue for quite a long time. Now with the improved battery, you can spend the whole day with one charge. That is 10-11 hours of normal phone use. Battery life will depend on how you are using the phone, like going on the internet, using social media, playing music etc. But to say the list, out of all the Samsung mobiles I have used, Galaxy Note 9 is far better.

Stylus Pen-Though personally I am not a fan of the Stylus Pen, the Note 9 S Pen comes with a number of functionalities. You can now remotely take pictures, open Apps, do presentations through the S Pen.

Storage-with 128/512GB of internal storage and 6/8GB Ram you can definitely do anything with your phone. Besides the internal storage, Galaxy Note 9 has an expandable memory of up to 512GB, meaning to say you can walk with a total of 1TB right in your pocket. The microSD card is not included with the phone though, you can buy it separately.

Camera-Note 9 has a dual camera of 12MP and front camera of 8MP. Though there was an improvement in the quality of pictures, the quality didn’t meet my expectations especially in low light areas but generally, it produces clear and high-quality photos.

The Galaxy Note 9 is still on Android 8.1 version- This is a pure disappointment to some Android users who are concerned about the level of security of the phone because latest updates mean greater security and efficiency. But why on earth could such a big phone come with an older OS version instead of Android Pie? It is even unknown when will it get the update.

Though there are one or two grey areas, Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is my #1 recommendation. If you would spend $700-$800 on a phone, then I would advise you to add $200 or $300 to buy this phone.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S9+

Date released: March 2018|Weight: 189g|Screen: 6,20|Size: 6.2″***|Battery: 3500 mAh|Android: 8.0|Storage:Internal storage 64GB|Ram:6GB|Expandable memory: Can be expanded up to 400GB (MicroSD)|Camera:Rear camera has 12MP, Front camera 8MP|Display:Infinity Display Quad HD+ Supper AMOLED|Wireless charging- It has a fast wireless charging system.

The place to buy: AMAZON

Not very different to the Galaxy S8 Plus, but as always, Samsung has tried its best to improve with each and every new release coming. The S9 Plus comes with an irresistible impressive screen and dual rear camera. The 3500 mAh battery life, couldn’t impress though. Samsung tried to address the issue by moving a step further by introducing a 4000 mAh on its latest Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

S9 Plus comes with a staggering 64GB of internal storage that is expandable to 400GB using a MicroSD card. The MicroSD card can be bought separately though. 6GB phone memory makes the handset a very powerful machine to bet on.

Samsung S9 Plus supports dual sim, Nano-Sim and has 8.0 Operating system to adds to its uniqueness.

Samsung Galaxy S9

Samsung Galaxy S9

 

Specs

Release date:March 2018|Battery: 3000mAh|Water resistant|e to Storage:64GB, expandable to 400GB via micro SD|Ram:4GB|Camera: rear camera 12MP and 8MP front camera|Weight:163g

The place to buy: AMAZON

So here is a good alternative to Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, cheaper, smaller but has most of the functionality of the S9 Plus. With a screen size of 5.8inch and thinner bezel, it remains a very Good option if you don’t like bigger phones like Note 9 and S9+. But its performance answers most questions on why it is still a bit expensive.

Samsung Galaxy S9 has an internal storage memory of 64GB, is expandable via microSD up to 400GB. It has 4GB Ram which adds to its super performance. Has dual aperture camera of 12MP rear and 8MP front, water-resistant and an immaculate screen resolution of Quad HD+ Supper AMOLED.

The price is a bit expensive at $620, but considering its overall performance, durability and functions, as compared to its predecessors, it deserves it.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

 

Specs

  • Released date: August 2017
  • Ram:6GB
  • Internal memory: 64GB
  • Expandable;Expandable up to 256GB via micro SD
  • Android: 7.1.1
  • Screen Size: 6.3
  • Resolution: 2960 * 1440 pixels
  • Rear and Front camera: 12MP/8MP respectively
  • Battery: 3300 mAh
  • Colours: orchid gray and midnight black
  • Weight: 195g
  • Place to buy: AMAZON

The Samsung Galaxy family of phones has produced some of the best Samsung any Android user can witness. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is not an exceptional to the list. Samsung tried to mend its Brand from the mistakes it made on Galaxy Note 7 battery issue.

Launched in August 2017, the Note 8 has one of the biggest mobile screens you can find in 2018, 6.3inch screen size and Quad DH+ Super AMOLED resolution of 2960 by 1440 pixels adds to its uniqueness. Included with the Note 8 is the Stylus S Pen for screenwriting and taking notes. Who wouldn’t want a phone with 6GB Ram and internal memory of 64GB which is expandable up to 256GB.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 also supports dual sim and has WiFi, Bluetooth, USB OTG, GPS, Headphones, 3G, 4G, NFC. However, the 3300 mAh battery is not removable.

Samsung Galaxy S8+

Samsung Galaxy S8+

 

Specs

  • Place to buy: AMAZON
  • Date launched: March 2017
  • Storage: 64GB, expandable to 256GB
  • Ram: 4GB
  • Weight; 173g
  • Camera: 8MP/12MP front and rear respectively
  • Android: 7.0
  • Screen Size:6.20 inches
  • Resolution: 1440 * 2960 pixels
  • colours:Mable Gold, Coral Blue, Orchid gray, midnight black and arctic silver
  • Battery: 3500mAh

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus was released in March 2017 and remain unarguably one of the best Samsung phones in 2018. Comes with internal storage of 64GB and 4GB Ram, making its performance and speed, superb.

The phone’s surface is, however, 80% glass, that will, of course, makes you a bit paranoid if it falls. If you ever think of buying this flagship, I would recommend you to consider buying a nice protective cover. The resolution at 1440 by 2960 pixels, gives it a stunning display in HD. So if you love streaming, using YouTube etc, this is the best phone for you.

The Samsung Galaxy S8+ comes packed with a 12-megapixel rear camera and 8-megapixel front camera for selfies, have noted, that the camera does not produce a smooth finish in a low light though, you may need to consider Pro mode for a better finish in low light areas.

In terms of security, Samsung has worked around two main biometrics here, alongside the usual passwords lock. The fingerprint has been moved right next to the camera, not my favorite position though, as it is far from reach if you happen to have small fingers, you will always have to do by the help of another hand, which is a hurdle. You can also use the newly Iris scanner, though this one need light and you need to be closer for it to work.

Samsung Galaxy S8

Specs

  • Place to buy: AMAZON
  • Date released: March 2017
  • Storage: 64GB, memory is expandable to 256GB via micro SD
  • Ram: 4GB
  • Weight: 155G
  • Camera: 12MP/8MP front and rear respectively
  • Android: 7.0
  • Screen Size: 5.80 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1440 by 2960 pixels
  • Colours: Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, Mable Gold, Midnight Black, Orchid Gray
  • Battery Capacity: 3000 mAh

Samsung Galaxy s8

The Samsung Galaxy S8 was released in March 2017 and have been on top of the list for Samsung’s big flagships until otherwise early 2018, when Samsung Galaxy S9 was introduced (March 2018). In fact, the S9 is a minor migration from the S8, it remains a top phone to consider. Let’s jump to the main factors triggering the S8 to the top 10 Samsung list;

Storage-Samsung Galaxy S8 is packed with 64GB of internal storage that can be expanded to 256GB via a microSD card, also, to enhance its exceptional performance and speed, the S8 has a 4GB Ram and is powered by a 1.9GHz Octo-Core processor.

Security– Three biometric lock system is employed on this flagship, that’s fingerprint scanner, an iris scanner, and facial recognition, making it one of the high tech-phone available on this day. The position of the fingerprint scanner has not certified many though.

Camera-Samsung Galaxy S8 has a 12MP rear camera and 8MP front camera for selfies. The camera produces clear superb pictures that few smartphones can produce. It still brags of its big 5.8-inch screen and HD+ Super AMOLED 1440 * 2960 screen resolution that will give you a great satisfaction when viewing the photo gallery, playing YouTube videos etc. If you are a fan of bigger screen smartphones, then, this is a great choice for you. The dual, front-facing cameras is a plus to the S8 uniqueness as many top phones doesn’t have this feature.

The flagship is also compatible with 20 audio formats and has dual audio for Bluetooth devices.

Overall, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is a good bet for the value of your money in 2018

Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro

Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro

Specs

  • Place to Buy: AMAZON
  • Data Released: June 2017
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Ram: 3 GB
  • Android OS: 7.0 Nougat, Samsung Experience
  • Screen Size: 5.50 inch
  • Screen Resolution: 1080 by 1980 pixels
  • Battery Capacity: 3600 mAh
  • Camera: 13 megapixel front and rear
  • Colours: Gold and Black
  • Body: Aluminum unibody
  • Misc: Fingerprint reader, Samsung Pay
  • Connectivity: nano SIM (Use Dual SIM), dual- band wifi, Bluetooth, FM radio t

A great phone, this is one of the best phone where value, efficiency, and performance share a room. The price is very reasonable, just a little aover$200. If you are thinking of buying a mobile phone of a budget around that figure, then, this is my #1 recommendation.

The Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro comes packed with an internal memory of 32GB, however, this includes the space occupied by the Operating System and default Applications. So after the OS and default Apps, you remain with around 24G or so. Its still a great amount of storage which you may struggle to fill up.

The J7 Pro’s 13MP cameras (front and rear) produces exceptionally brilliant photos, with the phone’s resolution at 1080 * 1980 pixels, video quality on YouTube, Facebook are awesome. Also, with Dual SIM, you can set one SIM on 4G and the other on 3G if using different networks.

The 3600 mAh battery is a Power house, that is also another attribute that made it possible for the Samsung Galaxy J7 to shoot to my top 7 best in 2018. Though it has no a fast charging system, the only thing you need to do here is to be patient and charge the battery full and you will not have battery problem for the whole day. I am a heavy internet user, I spend most of my time on YouTube, Facebook and on different browsers, I used to have problems with my previous Note 3, but not anymore with J7 Pro.

What do you think of this list? Do you have any Samsung flagship you think I must have included to the list based on your experience? Will greatly appreciate your suggestion on the comment box below.

He likes to play with the latest phones, gaming consoles, PCs, laptops and when he gets some spare time he likes to do VFX stuff. You can always find him playing with tools like Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere Pro, After Effects, etc. His current gear is Galaxy Note 9+

16 Replies to “7 best Samsung phone to buy in 2018”

  1. Although this is a very comprehensive article in many was, I do struggle to take any Samsung review too seriously if the reviewer doesn’t even mention the incidents surrounding the recall of over 1.5M products not once but twice for battery malfunction and spontaneous combustion. and deal with the negatives. Especially Samsung, are indeed one of the giants of the industry, however their reputation was very badly tarnished due to the incident and have struggled to recapture their previous market share.

    It is fine to concentrate on the positives of any products obviously, but to be trusted you do have to be truthful in your content and deal with the negative, especially as it is still so current in the mind of the audience.

  2. Although I am a big fan of Samsung, I don’t agree that their latest phones are even in competition with other flagship brands at the moment.

  3. I love Samsung and it’s all I’ve ever had really, but I have been without a mobile phone for nearly 2 years now just to see what it would be like without the hassle of always checking it and logging into my social media sites, and out was great I must admit but noise its time to get a new phone and a Samsung was my obvious choice.

    I haven’t found many thorough phone review posts online, it’s been mainly a brief intro to the phone and a big Buy It Now buttons underneath, I like to read all the pros and cons first to see if I’m making the right choice.

    This page is exactly what I’ve been looking for and it looks like I have found my new mobile phone, the Samsung Galaxy Note  9!

    It has everything I need from a mobile, and then some more. I don’t mind paying the extra money as I will be using it a lot for my online business so having that stylus pen would help me out when I have to draw diagrams for my live webinars that I do, my fat fingers would just mess it up, lol

    Having a long life battery for me is very important so would it last very long if I were to be doing a huge amount of writing and typing on there?

    1. Samsung has been trailing for long on battery power, but on Samsung Note 9, their was much improvement. The 4000mAh battery can take you through the day with a single charge, which you can hardly do with other phones. In a recent test carried out, out of the top Android phones, Huawei p20 Pro come at the top, Followed by Google Pixel 2 and Samsung Note 9 was on third position. So Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is among the best phones with powerful battery at this age.

  4. Glad to find this post, 

    I love Samsung and will never change it for any other brands. My phone is a bit old and I would like to replace it with a new one, Samsung Galaxy S 8 looks great, especially storage. The memory is expandable to 256GB?, thats great. 

    thanks for great info 

  5. This is a great review of the different Samsung phones!

    It is so hard to actually decide on which phone is most suited to you so thanks so much for sharing all of this information! How do you know so much about the phones? It must take some work to find all of this information out.

    I’m unfortunately a techie illiterate Apple guy so I’ll have to check out your reviews on iPhones…

    Mike

  6. Hi Ngonidzashe!
    This is a very informative and well-written article. I am currently an iPhone user but who knows, nothing stays the same forever right!
    I was surprised that Samsung makes so many different phones at different prices. That is certainly a big plus.
    Thanks again for your review.

    1. Even if you are not using Android, knowing what’s happening in the smartphone community is best, knowledge is power. The information you have read will definitely help you or your close friend in choosing the right phone.

  7. Such a comprehensive list of phones my friend. I have the Samsung Galaxy S8 still and absolutely love it. I think if I continue to look after it and not drop it, it will last me for many years to come. I love the weight and camera quality. Thanks!

  8. I used to be a huge android fan, but my main reason to switching over to Apple was the fact that I used. Mac and also an iPad for my work and the seemlessness between all my devices it was just a no brainer to switch. Although at times I miss all freedom of being on android but the ease of use kept me with Apple. Great article!

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