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Whether you're on a strict $200 budget or looking to make a $1,800 splash for the latest and greatest foldable, Samsung has you covered. The smartphone and electronics titan has lofty expectations of itself and, luckily for Android fans, usually paves the way with some of the best Android phones money can buy. Some may criticize Samsung for its design choices or One UI's occasional heavy-handedness, but these quibbles usually range from unwarranted to wildly inaccurate.

So check out the best Samsung has to offer, including the recent launch of the Galaxy S23 FE. With such a wide range to choose from, you're bound to find something that fits your expectations — and your budget.

Our selection of Samsung's top Galaxy phones in 2023

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Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Best overall

Premium, powerful, pen-touting perfection

$1000 $1200 Save $200

Not only is the Galaxy S23 Ultra the best Samsung phone, but it's also the best Android phone around if you can stomach that price tag. Power may come at a price, but it also comes with multi-day battery life, captivating cameras, and more One UI software features than you can shake an S Pen at.

Pros
  • One of the best smartphone screens available
  • All-day battery life to match the beefy performance
  • Best stylus software and design in an Android phone
Cons
  • Feels boring compared to the S23 Ultra, despite how impactful this year's upgrades were
  • Too expensive for most outside carrier incentives or major sales
  • Samsung's "Super Fast Charge" is no longer super or fast

Samsung isn't scoring any points for an exciting upgrade this year, but that doesn't mean the Galaxy S23 Ultra isn't an incredible phone. It takes everything we liked about last year's device and makes it better — or, at the very least, keeps the experience surprisingly consistent. A slightly refined design means the curved display is now flatter than ever (though the company could just, you know, make it flat), while the squared-off frame fits better in the palm of your hand. It's a small design change but an appreciated one nonetheless. While S22 Ultra owners might find the look and feel pretty familiar — and, ultimately, not worth an upgrade — it's still some of the best Android hardware around.

And that extends to the specs. Powering the S23 series, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy chipset is impressive. Everything feels buttery smooth, from endlessly scrolling through Twitter to playing even the most demanding mobile games. And with a couple of exceptions, the chipset handles it all while keeping cool under pressure. Battery life is also exceptional. You can expect about a day and a half of runtime on a single charge. Unfortunately, charging speeds can't quite measure up. 45W isn't too slow, but you'll need a compatible PPS brick, and one isn't included in the box.

The cameras on a Galaxy S23 Ultra phone

Really, though, the camera is where you'll find the biggest upgrade. With a massive 200MP ISOCELL HP2 sensor, the images this thing is capable of can blow your socks off. It struggles with motion and shutter lag, but all four lenses can score phenomenal photos and videos. All that, and we didn't even mention the S Pen. Truly, this is a powerhouse of a device. You'll have to shell out a pretty penny for it, but we doubt you'll regret picking one up.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5
Premium pick

The foldable to beat

$1500 $1800 Save $300

Samsung won't win any awards for innovation with the Galaxy Z Fold 5, but if you're looking for a reliable foldable, this is the one to buy. This year's device takes everything we liked in last year's model and upgrades it with a thinner, lighter chassis, bringing it closer than ever to the size of a standard phablet.

Pros
  • Thinner and lighter than ever
  • One UI is excellent on foldables
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No new sensors
  • Design is feeling outdated
  • Slow charging speeds

If you thought the Galaxy S23 Ultra was an incremental upgrade, the Galaxy Z Fold 5 makes it look like a revolution. While Samsung's Note replacement came packed with new camera tech and a meaningfully refreshed processor, the Z Fold 5 only makes a couple of small leaps ahead of its own predecessor. The result is something that won't (or shouldn't) convince Z Fold 4 or even Z Fold 3 owners to pull the trigger on an upgrade but could swing newcomers to finally pick up a foldable.

The big difference in this generation is the elimination of the gap between the two halves of Samsung's display. Although the company has ensured a small amount of space remains to protect from debris causing accidental damage, the result is a much thinner 13mm chassis. It's a difference you'll really feel in day-to-day use, especially once the phone is in your pocket. Otherwise, you won't find much more than iterative, by-the-numbers changes here. The overall design remains the same, as does the ultra-tall 6.2" outer screen that may push you to actually unfold the phone to get real work done.

The Galaxy Z Fold 5 resting on a red blanket

The camera lineup is unchanged, though some improvements to Samsung's processing seem to deliver slightly better results compared to last-gen if you're willing to pixel peep. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 powering it is Qualcomm's latest chip, with the same exclusive upgrades as the S23 line, but compared to the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 in the 2022 model, you won't see any massive jumps in performance or battery life. Really, this year feels like an obvious skip for anyone who's bought into the Z-series over the last two years, but if you've been waiting to get on board, this is the best version of this particular design.

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Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Best value

All the essentials of a solid Android phone

The number of truly reliable phones you can buy for $300 or less is rather small, but even if it weren't, the A23 would still be the one to buy. This phone has four years of security updates ahead of it, the same software stability and features you'd expect of One UI.

Pros
  • 120Hz display
  • Sub-6 5G connectivity
  • Security updates into 2026
Cons
  • Budget price, budget camera performance
  • No IP-rated water resistance

For $300, the Samsung Galaxy A23 is a meaningful upgrade from Samsung's more entry-level smartphones like the ultra-affordable Galaxy A03s. Compared to that much less expensive phone, the A23 boasts a Snapdragon 695 chipset (whereas the A03s has a budget MediaTek CPU), plus the A23 has an additional gigabyte of RAM for 4GB total. This smartphone also has double the built-in storage at 64GB, and its screen — a 120Hz, 1080p LCD panel — is excellent for the price. Plus, it has a 5,000 mAh battery to keep it going all day. It's also guaranteed security patches for four years from its initial US release. That's well into 2026.

The Galaxy A23's cameras aren't anything special, though, despite the primary sensor's 50MP resolution. The better-equipped and newer Samsung Galaxy A54 has also seen sale prices as low as $375, occasionally complicating the A23's value proposition. Still, if you cannot get a higher-end phone at a steep discount, the A23 is a great way to spend 300 bucks, especially if your carrier is offering any appealing incentives.

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Samsung Galaxy S23
Best small Galaxy

As powerful as the Ultra for far less

The "baby" of Samsung's flagship series, the Galaxy S23, features the same powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 that the S23 Ultra does. Still, instead of being super-expensive and too big to fit in the sad excuses for "pockets" they put on women's clothes, the S23 is a reasonable price and perfect for one-handed use, even for more petit hands like mine.

Pros
  • Improved battery life thanks to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2's efficiency
  • The screen we already loved is brighter
  • Excellent performance
Cons
  • Cameras are fine, but starting to feel stale
  • 25W charging is too slow these days

These days, there's no such thing as a truly small flagship. The last one we had was the Galaxy S10e (RIP, you tiny angel), but the Galaxy S23 is as close to one as you can get today. Featuring the same Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 (admittedly with slightly less RAM), a screen that's just as bright but more reasonably sized, and a new camera design, this 6.1-inch phone is sensible and reliable. While its big brothers might steal the spotlight, the Galaxy S23 is just as powerful and packs 95% of the same features, costing hundreds less than the S23+ and Ultra. It's also free with trade-in at all three major carriers, which is how I got my lovely little Lavender S23.

After years of preferring smaller phones, you get used to needing to top off your battery early, but I regularly get over eight hours of screen time on my Galaxy S23, though that may be slightly skewed by my tendency to use my phone on lower brightness. The cameras here are virtually identical to last year's Galaxy S22. While that means they're still pretty decent for photography during daylight hours or well-lit interior shots, they can still struggle a bit in lower light. Samsung's well-known photo processing can leave photos feeling oversaturated or over-brightened, but it'll still be fine in most instances. Hopefully, the Galaxy S24 gets an upgrade to its main and zoom cameras.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5
Most fun foldable

The small phone with double displays

$850 $1000 Save $150

You can keep your folding tablets; the Galaxy Z Flip 5 is a foldable phone that's a reasonable price, a captivating size, and super fun once you get a good case on it. This phone will fit into any pocket you own, including the front pocket of your shirt, and is more useful than ever thanks to a larger external display that can even run a few full apps.

Pros
  • Fun form factor
  • Speedy performance
  • Larger, more useful cover screen
Cons
  • The cameras aren't the best
  • Still a bit expensive

The Galaxy Z Flip 5 is Samsung's more affordable foldable phone, although you'd never call it cheap. Unlike the Fold 5, it has had a bit of an overhaul this year, with an all-new external display that fills most of the phone's front side and is now large enough to offer a keyboard and even run a limited selection of full Android apps. That means that in addition to the old widget and selfie options, you can send text messages, watch videos, or navigate with Google Maps, all without ever opening the phone.

The Flip 5's hamburger-style folding screen means it's more or less a normal phone when it's open and an eminently pocketable little square when it's closed. It also benefits from similar hinge upgrades to the Fold 5, closing flat for a thinner and more durable device.

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There are downsides. Samsung hasn't touched the cameras, meaning you get the same mediocre pair of main and ultrawide lenses as before, though computational upgrades deliver some slight improvements to photos despite that. It's a similar story with the battery, which is still smaller than your average flagship phone, though the added efficiency of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip helps a little there.

If you can live with a midrange camera and a battery that demands a daily charge, it's hard to deny that the Flip 5 is extremely cool. You'll be paying a premium compared to picking up another Samsung phone, but none of those other phones fold in half — well, not more than once, anyway.

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Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
Affordable flagship

90% of the flagship experience for $200 less

The Galaxy S23 FE aims to make Samsung's flagship line more accessible by cutting some of the luxuries while providing the parts of the flagship experience people care about.

Pros
  • Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 for $600
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Average cameras
  • Exynos 2200 outside the U.S.

We loved the S20 FE when it launched. It was a phone that made sense when the smallest S20 cost $1,000. Fast-forward to today, and the regular Galaxy S23 is $800, which makes it difficult for Samsung to produce a more affordable phone. Thankfully, the S23 FE makes smart sacrifices. If you're in the U.S., you get the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, which is still a fantastic chip. The main camera is the same as the regular S23, and it's backed up by slightly downgraded telephoto and ultrawide lenses.

My daily screen on time with the Samsung Galaxy S23 FE

Unfortunately, some more notable compromises needed to be made due to the already lower cost of the S23 versus its predecessors. While the screen is good, with a 1080p resolution and 120Hz refresh rate, the bezels are significantly larger than those on the S23, larger even than the S20 FE that came before it. The cameras aren't awful, but they're worse than expected. And despite sharing the same primary sensor as the S23 and S23+, the photos that come out of the FE are consistently worse.

Still, for the price, this phone is a good buy, and it'll be even easier to recommend if it goes on sale. If you live outside of North America, you may want to be cautious due to the return of the Exynos 2200, an infamous chip that is best left forgotten. However, there's a chance Samsung has done something to tame it for the S23 FE.

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Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Best mid-range

Stellar features at a great price

$400 $450 Save $50

Samsung's Galaxy A54 serves as the successor to one of our favorite mid-range phones from last year, and it's somehow even better. With a 120Hz AMOLED display, a 50MP camera that promises to be capable even in low-light situations, and a faster processor, the A54 looks to be one of the more impressive phones of 2023 under $500. It has stiff competition from Google, but with an excellent update policy, this device should last buyers for half a decade before it needs an upgrade.

Pros
  • Beautiful display
  • Improved design
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • Only Sub-6 5G in the U.S.
  • No wireless charging

The Galaxy A53 was one of our top picks for the best budget phones for all of 2022, and the Galaxy A54 is a worthy successor in every way. Samsung is still using a vibrant and smooth 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate that makes everything from watching content to just scrolling through your settings look immaculate. Plus, it even maintained excellent battery life once again, thanks to the 5,000mAh capacity that can keep you going for two days. While there's no doubt that the Samsung Exynos 1380 isn't the most powerful chip — meaning you'll still run into some sluggishness if you try to push it too hard — all of your day-to-day tasks can be handled with no problem.

Sideways image of the Galaxy A54

While the new design brought some perks like a glass back instead of a plastic one like the A53, it didn't bring the ability to charge your Galaxy A54 wirelessly; although you won't have to charge often, it will take a while when you do. Still, you'll be hard-pressed to find a midrange Android phone for under $500 that will be as stable and reliable as the Galaxy A54 — especially going into the future, thanks to Samsung's commitment to keeping it updated for four years.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4
Yesterday's flip, today's bargain

Frequent sales make this the affordable foldable

The Z Flip 5 might be getting all the attention right now, but that doesn't make the Flip 4 a bad phone. Larger cover screen aside, this offers a similar experience for a lot less if you can find it on offer.

Pros
  • Frequently discounted
  • Easily fits in any pocket or bag
  • Useful features tied to the hinge
Cons
  • Already a year into its update cycle
  • May need topping up before bed

The Z Flip 4 was the foldable to connect with the masses. While it looked almost identical to the Flip 3, it made some vital improvements in performance and battery life. The Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 is a fantastic processor that can run any game or app you throw at it while remaining efficient and cool. That helped the battery a lot. It can be drained fast if you use it heavily, but under average conditions, the Flip 4 can easily last a full day.

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The main attraction here is the pocketability. There are a lot of people who have to make a compromise because they need a small phone to fit their bag or clothes but still want to enjoy a large display. The Flip 4 ticks that box as well today as it did when it launched. Because of its age, you'll often find the Flip 4 heavily discounted, at which point it may be more appealing than the pricier Z Flip 5. Remember that the Flip 4 is already a year into its support window, so once it gets One UI 6, you'll only have three Android versions to go.

Samsung Galaxy S22
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Samsung Galaxy S22
Premium phone, palatable cost

When on sale, this phone offers unbeatable value

The Galaxy S23 is getting all the headlines these days, but that doesn't diminish how good the S22 still is. If you're in the US, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is still a fine chip, and when discounted, this phone offers unbeatable value.

Pros
  • Great design
  • Solid performance
  • Often on offer
Cons
  • One year into its software updates already
  • Exynos 2200 chip outside North America

The Galaxy S22 is still one of the best-looking phones Samsung has ever made. The wraparound camera bump looks great and keeps away dust, unlike the newer design the S23 series uses. The S23 is a better phone in almost every way, but this is still a phone worth considering, especially if it's on offer. Right now, you can get it for just $400 if you buy the Verizon version through Samsung.

Camera module on back of Galaxy S22

So, what do you get with the S22? The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 runs a little hotter than newer chips, but it's still a performant processor that can keep up. The 50MP primary camera takes solid photos, and the display is a highlight as ever, thanks to its brightness and 120Hz refresh rate. The only asterisk that must be applied to this is region. If you live outside the U.S. and Canada, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is swapped for an Exynos 2200, and that is a chipset to avoid at all costs. Remember, the S22 is a year into its support window, so you have three Android upgrades and four years of security patches left.

Samsung Galaxy A14
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Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Budget Galaxy essentials

The lowest-priced Samsung phone you should buy

While Samsung makes phones in the Galaxy A0xx series, you shouldn't go any lower than the A14. At $200, you still get decent overall performance and a gangbusters battery, but it still has to compromise somewhere. That compromise is the cameras, which is to be expected from every phone in the sub-$200 category.

Pros
  • Excellent display
  • Large 5,000mAh battery
  • Less expensive than the Galaxy A13 5G
Cons
  • Only the main camera is useful
  • Chipset is the same as the previous generation
  • Only available in black in the U.S.

If you're on a tight budget, you can’t do much better than the Samsung Galaxy A14. With a retail price of $200, this device gives you a fantastic screen and solid performance. Just don’t expect great results from its cameras. Samsung didn’t alter the power of the Galaxy A14 as it shares the same MediaTek Dimensity 700 chipset, 4GB of RAM, and 5000 mAh battery as its predecessor.

A Samsung Galaxy A14 in someone's hand

It does bump the display up to FHD+ while keeping the same 90Hz refresh rate, which is impressive for a device at this price. To make it even better, the Galaxy A14 is $50 less expensive than the Galaxy A13 5G, and it ships with Android 13 and One UI 5.0. The Galaxy A14 is only available in black if you live in the United States. The rest of the world gets to choose between black, green, red, and silver.

The best Samsung phone for you

The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra and Galaxy Z Fold 5 are both high-end devices focused on productivity above all else. They're quite different — only one folds, after all — but like Samsung's best smartphones, they share a few things in common. On both phones, you'll find some of the best screens you can get in any electronic device today, immaculate build quality, and hardware that can do things most other phones can't right now.

If you aren't ready to buy into the foldable lifestyle, as it's not for everyone, the Galaxy S23 Ultra might be the phone for you. It's running on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, the most powerful chipset you'll find in any Android phone today, complete with a higher clock speed exclusive to Samsung hardware. Its 200MP camera is also seriously impressive. It's an expensive phone — priced even higher than one of the company's two folding options — but with five years of upgrades ahead of us, think of it as an investment in your mobile future.

The Galaxy Z Fold 5 is an even pricier device, but with the form factor of a small tablet, it's sure to win over plenty of buyers. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Z Flip 5 delivers everything we loved about previous iterations of Samsung's clamshell but with the addition of a much larger 3.4" outer screen.

On the less expensive side

The Galaxy S23 and Galaxy A54 cost substantially less than Samsung's top-tier offerings. If you prefer a smaller screen, can deal with middling battery life, and need a phone right now, go for the base-model S23. Meanwhile, the Galaxy A54 is a great midrange option and larger than the S23.

Looking for basic smartphone functionality at an even more affordable price? Go for the A23 or A14. Neither's a powerhouse, but if your budget can bear it, we recommend the A23 over the A14. The two devices share much of the same DNA, but the A23 is a better all-around performer with a slightly better 120Hz display. However, it costs $100 more at retail, so if your budget doesn't allow for it, the A14 will suit your needs.

If you're interested in entertaining less expensive phones from companies other than Samsung, there are some great budget Android phones from other manufacturers, too.

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Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Best overall

Premium, powerful, pen-touting perfection

$1000 $1200 Save $200

Not only is the Galaxy S23 Ultra the best Samsung phone, but it's also the best Android phone around if you can stomach that price tag. Power may come at a price, but it also comes with multi-day battery life, captivating cameras, and more One UI software features than you can shake an S Pen at.