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Should You Buy a Samsung Smartphone?

Matthew
Updated 21 August 2021
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should you buy a Samsung Smartphone?

Samsung is one of the most popular smartphone brands as well as being well known for its TVs, PC monitors and washing machines.

If you are wondering how Samsung smartphones compare to other brands, our guide below collates all the key info in a single place. We've compared 0 smartphones by objectively and impartially analysing over 54,000 user and expert reviews and over 1,800 awards from hundreds of different review sites.

Samsung are recognised for their wide selection of mid-range and award winning smartphones. Their smartphones start at $15 for the Galaxy S7 Edge which has a storage capacity of 64GB and a display diagonal of 5.5" and go up to $1,400 for the Galaxy Z Fold3 which has a storage capacity of 512GB and a display diagonal of 7.6". The average price of a new Samsung smartphone is $302.

Samsung are recognised for their wide selection of mid-range and award winning smartphones.

Is Samsung the Best Smartphone Brand?

So are Samsung smartphones any good? We give every smartphone a Kagoo Score by analysing its specs, reviews and prices and comparing this to its competitors. By aggregating this data across all smartphones we are able to impartially rank all the smartphone brands.

Samsung is ranked the No. 1 best smartphone brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that Samsung is the actually best smartphone brand out there.

#1
South Korea
95%
95%
14,558 reviews
#2
88%
88%
7,857 reviews
#3
87%
87%
8,448 reviews
#4
OnePlus
86%
86%
4,272 reviews
#5
Xiaomi
84%
84%
2,254 reviews
#6
Google
82%
82%
1,996 reviews
#7
81%
81%
2,834 reviews
#8
TCL
78%
78%
152 reviews
#9
Sony
Japan
77%
77%
1,200 reviews
#10
Motorola
77%
77%
653 reviews
#11
HP
United States
76%
76%
123 reviews
#12
LG
South Korea
75%
75%
386 reviews
#13
Honor
74%
74%
1,026 reviews
#14
Razer
70%
70%
183 reviews
#15
Microsoft
67%
67%
291 reviews
#16
Alcatel
60%
60%
50 reviews
#17
Nokia
60%
60%
30 reviews
#18
Fairphone
59%
59%
63 reviews

Let's look at how Samsung smartphones compare to the other smartphone brands across each of the key facets that make up the Kagoo Score.

Reviews Value for Money Features Popularity Selection
All smartphone Brands
Samsung Smartphones

There's a wide selection of Samsung smartphones available compared to other smartphone brands, with over 40 Samsung smartphones currently on the market in the US. At an average purchase price of $302, Samsung smartphones also tend to be more expensive than most other smartphone brands however they are still a popular choice with consumers.

The average review score for a Samsung smartphone is 84%.

Samsung have better reviews than the typical smartphone brand, with the average rating of a Samsung smartphone being 84%. Samsung have a number of great features including foldable which sets them apart from the competition.

No. Of Smartphones
Average Price
$0 $50 $100 $150 $200 $250 $300 $350 $400 $450 $13,549
Price Distribution of All Smartphones
No. Of Smartphones
Average Price
$302
$0 $50 $100 $150 $200 $250 $300 $350 $400 $450 $1,849
Price Distribution of Samsung Smartphones

What Do the Samsung Smartphone Reviews Say?

We've added up all the reviews for every Samsung smartphone to work out the average distribution of reviews for Samsung and then compared this to the other smartphone brands.

Samsung logo

Expert Reviews

5 stars
1,364
4 stars
827
3 stars
76
2 stars
13
1 star
1
Samsung logo

User Reviews

5 stars
5,421
4 stars
1,379
3 stars
564
2 stars
341
1 star
762
Samsung has a higher proportion of 4 and 5 star expert reviews for its smartphones than most other brands. However the proportion of 4 and 5 star user reviews are actually lower.

Over 96% of expert reviews and 80% of user reviews for Samsung smartphones are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 95% and 82% respectively across all Smartphone brands.

In the table below we compare the average review score given to Samsung smartphones by some of the most popular technology review sites against their reviews for other smartphone brands. The best review score from each review source is highlighted in green.

Average Review Score Samsung Apple Huawei OnePlus Oppo
CNET.com logo
86%
48 reviews
85%
53 reviews
80%
31 reviews
86%
32 reviews
84%
17 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
84%
32 reviews
94%
43 reviews
83%
23 reviews
84%
23 reviews
notebookcheck.net logo
84%
25 reviews
90%
11 reviews
84%
23 reviews
88%
8 reviews
83%
12 reviews
notebookcheck.biz logo
84%
24 reviews
89%
15 reviews
84%
21 reviews
87%
7 reviews
84%
10 reviews
notebookcheck.com logo
84%
24 reviews
89%
12 reviews
84%
21 reviews
88%
8 reviews
83%
12 reviews
notebookcheck-ru.com logo
85%
25 reviews
89%
12 reviews
83%
20 reviews
87%
6 reviews
84%
10 reviews
notebookcheck.it logo
84%
26 reviews
89%
7 reviews
83%
21 reviews
88%
7 reviews
83%
12 reviews
notebookcheck.org logo
84%
24 reviews
89%
10 reviews
84%
18 reviews
88%
8 reviews
84%
11 reviews
xataka.com logo
85%
22 reviews
90%
13 reviews
85%
13 reviews
90%
9 reviews
85%
13 reviews
andreagaleazzi.com logo
81%
20 reviews
85%
13 reviews
76%
18 reviews
84%
9 reviews
83%
10 reviews
gsmarena.com logo
78%
25 reviews
81%
12 reviews
79%
14 reviews
84%
9 reviews
79%
9 reviews
frandroid.com logo
78%
24 reviews
84%
9 reviews
71%
14 reviews
81%
9 reviews
75%
12 reviews
androidworld.it logo
81%
28 reviews
78%
19 reviews
85%
9 reviews
82%
12 reviews
Les Numeriques.com logo
75%
21 reviews
88%
13 reviews
72%
15 reviews
89%
7 reviews
82%
12 reviews
hdblog.it logo
81%
20 reviews
89%
16 reviews
86%
10 reviews
86%
9 reviews
80%
10 reviews
Mobil.se logo
78%
27 reviews
84%
12 reviews
80%
15 reviews
82%
9 reviews
Techradar logo
83%
15 reviews
87%
14 reviews
77%
11 reviews
89%
8 reviews
77%
14 reviews
notebookcheck.nl logo
84%
25 reviews
89%
6 reviews
84%
16 reviews
88%
8 reviews
84%
6 reviews
computertotaal.nl logo
80%
18 reviews
79%
11 reviews
73%
11 reviews
74%
9 reviews
74%
11 reviews
techadvisor.co.uk logo
80%
14 reviews
85%
13 reviews
78%
11 reviews
85%
8 reviews
80%
13 reviews
Other Expert Sites
79%
1,523 reviews
82%
1,324 reviews
76%
1,168 reviews
79%
932 reviews
75%
551 reviews
Average
82%
2,010 reviews
87%
1,619 reviews
80%
1,513 reviews
85%
1,134 reviews
81%
757 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have Samsung Smartphones Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 339 industry awards for Samsung smartphones. This means that Samsung has more awards for its smartphones than any other brand. The table below compares the number of awards received by Samsung to other popular smartphone brands. The largest number of awards provided by each review source is highlighted in green.

Samsung has more awards for its smartphones than any other brand.
Number of Awards Samsung Apple Huawei OnePlus Oppo
Lydogbilde.no logo
12
22
5
11
Mobil.se logo
14
12
11
9
Les Numeriques.com logo
8
11
5
7
7
altomdata.dk logo
17
4
7
7
Trusted Reviews logo
8
9
4
8
6
Chip.de logo
11
7
5
4
5
Expert Reviews logo
14
6
3
7
1
gadgetgear.nl logo
3
4
10
5
6
techadvisor.co.uk logo
6
6
3
5
6
Digitaltrends.com logo
8
11
1
5
1
itpro.co.uk logo
5
6
4
5
5
Pocket Lint logo
4
10
2
5
4
hardware.info logo
7
5
5
6
1
benchmark.pl logo
8
3
8
2
3
M3.idg.se logo
10
4
3
6
T3.com logo
5
9
3
5
1
Techradar logo
6
4
2
8
2
profesionalreview.com logo
7
2
6
7
Ephotozine logo
4
5
8
5
tomsguide.com logo
5
6
6
1
Other Expert Sites
177
146
172
156
51
Total
339
292
267
279
100

How Reliable Are Samsung Smartphones?

We checked over 54,000 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Samsung smartphones. over 280 of these reviews mention reliability of which 65% were positive. Therefore the majority of Samsung smartphone owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

65% of reviewers think Samsung smartphones are reliable.

So, most people think that Samsung smartphones are good quality. Now let's take a look at some of the reviews for Samsung smartphones that mention reliability:

RELIABLE

Samsung has built a very nice phone
pickr.com.au
The camera tech is dependable
recombu.com
the Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G is undoubtedly a very reliable all-rounder
teknogadyet.com
metal construction were really something special
phonearena.com
The phone sports a premium design with excellent build quality
mobigyaan.com
superb build quality
exhibit.tech
The Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) is facing some tough competition with the likes of the OPPO F9
filipinotechaddict.net
boasts some clever engineering
vernonchan.com
build quality is superb
Digitaltrends.com
If you're looking for a reliable flagship that's easy to hold in one hand
klgadgetguy.com
robust in the hand
knowyourmobile.com
where it counts the new Galaxy A21s is a reliable choice for anyone hoping to upgrade without having to spend much money
Expert Reviews
each with durable thin glass that
Techradar
Choosing a clear winner here would be tough as each has its strengths
gsmarena.com
Samsung has had a pretty tough year in 2016
reliancedigital.in
With the superior build quality
mensxp.com
The phone has a lot going for it — reliable performance
gadgetsnow.com
a dependable camera
talkandroid.com
Samsung has built one of the best smartphones currently available
cgmagonline.com
This means you can choose the best phone for a great price from a reliable brand
proclockers.com

NOT RELIABLE

a build that feels somewhat plasticky
Trusted Reviews
despite being more fragile than plast
androidcentral.com
This review is broken down into a series a key scoring categories
T3.com
they've done lasting aesthetics damage that was pretty much u
phonearena.com
it's certainly not built around a single idea
reviewed.com
We have broken down the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra review into thr
themobileindian.com
Samsung has broken the mould with its Galaxy S8 handsets
Pocket Lint
Plastic body becomes scratched very fast even under protective case
amazon.co.uk
something on the inside is broken
Walmart.com

Features to Look Out For On Samsung Smartphones

There's a number of great features to look out for on the latest range of Samsung smartphones that set them apart from the competition. These include foldable.

Samsung Foldable

'Foldable' smartphones have a hinged mechanism that allows them to fold in half, making them smaller and more portable.

Samsung smartphones that are foldable include the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G ($640), the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 ($1,036) and the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 ($975).

What is the Best Mid-Range Samsung Smartphone?

Samsung Galaxy A51

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6.5"
DISPLAY
1080 X 2400
PIXELS
DISPLAY
7.9mm
THICK
172g

A great mid range choice, priced at $120 is the Samsung Galaxy A51, which has a Kagoo Score of 82.

Features We Love:
Big display diagonal (6.5")
Huge storage capacity (512GB)
Heart rate sensor
Pedometer
Supports face unlocking

Multiple reviews mentioned that this mobile phone has a good display, it's good-looking but it has a bad battery life. It's a storage capacity and multi award winning 6.5" display diagonal mobile phone, with a very good spec and a fair price. It has a heart rate sensor and a pedometer and supports face unlocking and dual SIM cards.

93
Reviews
529 Reviews + 5 Awards
83
Features
Fully-Featured
83
Popularity
Quite Popular
81
Value for Money
Very Good
82
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Our review analysis indicates that Samsung Galaxy A51 has good expert reviews and very good user reviews with 100% of buyers recommending this smartphone to others.

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The Samsung Galaxy A51 is 73.6mm wide, 158.5mm tall, 7.9mm thick and weighs 172g.

Samsung Galaxy A51 front view

The cheapest price that we could find for the Galaxy A51 in the US is $120.00 and in total we found 3 prices for it.

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What is the Best High End Samsung Smartphone?

Samsung Galaxy S21

$1,139.99
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Samsung Galaxy S21
6.2"
DISPLAY
2400 X 1080
PIXELS
DISPLAY
3x
OPTICAL ZOOM
7.9mm
THICK
169g

If you're looking for a high end Samsung smartphone then the Samsung Galaxy S21 takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 74, but is a bit more expensive at $1,139.99.

Features We Love:
Huge storage capacity (512GB)
Waterproof
Big optical zoom (3x)
Supports 5G
Supports face unlocking

A multi award winning and good spec 6.2" display diagonal 5G mobile phone. It is waterproof, supports face unlocking, features wireless charging and has an optical zoom of 3x. Our review analysis indicates that this mobile phone has good 5G coverage, a superb display and it's really well designed.

94
Reviews
246 Reviews + 22 Awards
79
Features
Good Features
65
Value for Money
Good
74
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Our review analysis indicates that Samsung Galaxy S21 has great expert reviews with an average expert rating of 87%, based on 246 reviews.

Ephotozine Highly Recommended
Trusted Reviews Recommended
Expert Reviews Recommended
Techradar Recommended
T3.com Platinum Award
Pocket Lint Recommended
techadvisor.co.uk recommended
creativebloq.com 5 Star
hardwarezone.com.my Editor's Choice
androidheadlines.com Editor's Choice
Digitaltrends.com Recommended Product
tomsguide.com Editor's Choice
androidauthority.com Editor's Choice
planet-sansfil.com 4 Star
altomdata.dk Recommended
purepc.pl Recommended
M3.idg.se Recommended
Chip.de Very Good
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The cheapest price that we could find for the Galaxy S21 in the US is $1,139.99 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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In This Guide
Should You Buy a Samsung Smartphone?
Is Samsung the Best Smartphone Brand?
What Do the Samsung Smartphone Reviews Say?
How Many Industry Awards Have Samsung Smartphones Received?
How Reliable Are Samsung Smartphones?
Features to Look Out For On Samsung Smartphones
Samsung Foldable
What is the Best Mid-Range Samsung Smartphone?
What is the Best High End Samsung Smartphone?

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