Best Samsung Phones As Of December 2014
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Until our next update, the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime, Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge are our recommendation for best Samsung phones. The first one is a Dual-SIM smartphone, the second one a 5.7-inch phablet phone and the third one, a Android smartphone.
#1. The Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
The Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime is a dual-SIM Android that runs on mid-range hardware (1.2GHz, quad-core with 1GB RAM), but sports pretty decent cameras. It packs an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel one sitting up front with a wide angle of 85 degrees -- most other comparable models sport 70-degree-angle snappers. Behind its 5-inch 1080p display is an 8GB internal memory, with support for up to 64GB of expansion via microSD. The Prime“s battery power is rated at 2600mAh, leveling with most mid-level benchmarks. Unlike some of its series-mates, though, the Grand Prime does not offer LTE.
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#2. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Samsung“s S Pen-equipped sub-series moves forward with the Galaxy Note 4, a clear attempt at another premium seat for the Korean brand. Fronting this metal-framed Android is a 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED screen, a resolution that is larger than the 1080p FHD ones on most high-end devices. A Gorilla glass panel adds a touch of durability to it as well. Underneath, we found a 2.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 engine paired up with an Adreno 420 (600MHz) GPU - both relatively recent versions. The Note 4“s 3220mAh battery promises to maximize usage time with the Fast Charge and Ultra Power-Saving features. Its front and back cameras also saw a boost, this time with 3.7 and 16 megapixels respectively, with 4K-recording loaded as well.
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#3. The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
Samsung unveils a pretty novel design in the Galaxy Note Edge. Its 5.6-inch screen extends outwards (right-hand side), giving room for an alerts and quick-access panel -- visible even when the cover is closed. Multitasking and productivity features, such as Photo Note and Smart Select, are also built around the S Pen accessory. Performance-wise, this 2014 Galaxy Note model joins the premiums with a 2.7GHz quad-core processor, a 3GB RAM and a 32GB internal memory. Its 3000mAh battery power is also quite hefty, possibly more so with Samsung's Ultra Power-Saving mode. Its 4K 16-megapixel camera and QuadHD display resolution might also secure its shelf among other premium Androids.
#4. The Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo
Seemingly a business-oriented makeover of the S3, the Galaxy S3 Neo improves on enterprise data security over previous models, supporting 338 IT policies with Samsung“s Latest MDM system. It features the Smart Stay feature, which they say improves your concentration as you work over the phone. It also offers an array of pre-installed PC-standard document management applications on top of Samsung“s S Voice feature. A 1.4GHz quad-core processor places it among some of the fastest mid-spec Androids on paper.
#5. The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active
Ruggedization meets the fifth-gen flagship smartphone from Samsung and gives us the Galaxy S5 Active. As their product naming suggests, its MIL-STD-810G certified casing and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 is an attempt to cater to different outdoor activities. It also has a feature that automatically launches all adventure-related apps such as maps and compasses onto the screen, which could take some pounds off your backpack. It still runs the same set of features that made the S5 a flagship model, including the 2.5GHz quad-core processor, 16-megapixel camera as well as LTE connectivity.
#6. The Samsung Gusto 3
The Gusto 3 succeeds the previous Gusto models from Samsung, retaining the convenience of a large and simple UI and a one-touch speakerphone button. The new version runs a Qualcomm QSC6055 192Mhz processor and a 1000mAh battery deemed able to yield 771 hours of stand-by time (roughly a month) Its flip lid sports a 1-inch external display (showing the time and notifications) and a 1.3-megapixel camera for snapping quick pictures on the go. The M3/T3 hearing aid ratings and its expanded array of fonts also add to the convenience of Samsung“s third attempt in the Gusto series.
#7. The Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport
Sprint borrows Samsung“s Galaxy S5 flagship and gives it a slightly sportier profile with the S5 Sport“s IP67-certified casing, Side Grip Enhancements and MapMyFitness app. It also retains the S Health app suite from the S5, allowing it to act as a handheld personal trainer. The original model“s hardware also seems to be intact, as the Sport runs on a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor with a 2GB RAM to match. Along with its 5.1-inch FHD display is a 16-megapixel CMOS camera that records in 4K. The S5 Sport starts you off with 16GB of storage and has room for up to 128GB of memory expansion via microSD.
#8. The Samsung Galaxy A5
Taking after Samsung's Galaxy Alpha flagship is the 5-inch 6.7mm thin Galaxy A5, replacing the brand's traditional plastic casing with a full metal unibody design. It sports a 13-megapixel camera at the back, with a pretty respectable 5-megapixel one on the front side. Unlike the octa-core-equipped Alpha, it runs on a 1.2GHz quad-core processor paired with a 2GB RAM -- a duo that we have seen on several other mid-level models. It offers a pretty spacious 16GB internal memory, and allows up to 64GB worth of expansion though its microSD slot.
#9. The Samsung Galaxy Alpha
Samsung joins in on the octa-core sensation with the Galaxy Alpha“s two quad-core CPUs: Cortex-A15 (1.8GHz) and Cortex-A7 (1.3GHz). It also seems to pack top-notch imaging with its 12-megapixel camera“s 4K max video recording resolution. It lacks a microSD card slot, but does cap off at 32GB with 2GB RAM to boot. The Alpha also offers the fastest data rate available as of 2014, with up to 300Mbps on LTE-Cat6. All of its features, including an Ultra Power-Saving Mode (1860mAh battery) are packed within a metal frame, scrapping the plastic shell from previous Galaxy models.
#10. The Samsung ATIV SE
The sequel to the Samsung ATIV S, the ATIV SE features upgrades from its predecessor such as a quad-core 2.3Ghz processor (from a dual-core 1.5Ghz) using 2GB of RAM. It adds a 5-inch 1920 x 1080 pixel Full HD main display (the ATIV S had a 4.8-inch 720p) along with its 13-megapixel rear-facing camera that could record videos in 1080p and a 2-megapixel front camera which can be used for dual recording (add yourself in the picture).
It also offers LTE support, 16GB of on board memory and a 2,600 mAh battery that can reportedly yield a talk time of up to 23 hours.
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