Best-Rated Samsung Phones July 2015

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#1. The Samsung Galaxy S6


The MWC 2015 marks Samsung's unveiling of their 6th Galaxy-S flagship, which lists several innovations under the Korean brand's belt.

Its premium-class specs include a 14nm eight-core 64-bit Exynos 7420 processor, a 3GB LPDDR4 RAM, and a Universal Flash Storage 2.0 memory -- a combination of the SSD and eMMC memory types. The S6 also comes with a built-in wireless charging standard, promising 4 hours of battery life after being docked for just 10 minutes on its charging pad. The Samsung Pay mobile payment system headlines its software offering.

Up front, we found a Super AMOLED 5.1-inch Quad HD Gorilla Glass 4 screen alongside its 5-megapixel selfie cam, while a 16-megapixel 4K-recording camera sits on its back side.

#2. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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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 Stardust s766c


Considering that our analysis revealed that its most outstanding feature is its 64GB memory expansion slot (memory card not included), it is no suprise that the Samsung Stardust joins an already large group of low-specs smartphones offered to prepaid network users. Further scrutiny into the specs of this 4-inch smartphone reveal a very low 0.3-megapixel selfie cam (the average, today, is 2 megapixels), a typical 5-megapixel main camera resolution, but a comfortable talk time of 12 hours.

Completing the picture are a dual-core 1.2Ghz processor and Bluetooth 4.0.

#4. The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge


Its 5.1-inch dual-curved Gorilla Glass 4 display might be the Edge's only edge over the Galaxy S6, which is similarly powered by a 14nm 64-bit octa-core processor (2.1GHz + 1.5GHz) and a 3GB LPDDR4 RAM. Just like the S6, the Edge also mixes the eMMC and SSD memory types for its Universal Flash Storage 2.0 available in 32/64/128GB.

Its similarities with the S6 also include the Samsung Pay mobile payment app, a built-in wireless charging mechanism, and the enterprise solution for business usability. The S6 Edge records 4K videos with its 16-megapixel rear camera, and snaps selfies with the 5-megapixel frontal sub-cam.

#5. The Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo Plus


This 2015 sequel to Samsung's Galaxy Grand Neo (2014) comes with a couple of variations, but otherwise retains its predecessor's entry-level spec sheet.

Unlike the first model, which sports a VGA front-facing camera, the Grand Neo Plus offers a 2-megapixel sensor for selfies. It also replaces the Jelly Bean platform, running Android v4.4 KitKat out of the box. It is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and a 2100mAh battery. Memory-wise, the Plus keeps it modest with an 8GB internal memory and a 1GB RAM.

#6. The Samsung Rugby 4


Samsung slaps on a Push-to-Talk function and Wi-Fi connectivity to the fourth member of their Rugby basic flip phone series. The Samsung Rugby 4 also comes with an IP67-certified waterproof and dust-tight casing, making it potentially more durable than older basic models. Other features include Bluetooth (v3.0), A-GPS navigation, and M3/T3 hearing aid ratings. The Rugby 4 comes with a 3-megapixel camera that records QVGA (320 x 240) videos, the same resolution as that of its 2.4 TFT main display. It is powered by a 1300mAh battery.

#7. The Samsung Galaxy J1 4G

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Shortly after the dual-core-powered Galaxy J1's release, Samsung unveils this quad-core 1.2GHz variant that supports 4G LTE connectivity as well. Its 4GB internal memory can be expanded to up to 128GB using a microSD card. Many other of its specs are somewhat similar to those of the first model's, though it does come with a slightly higher 768MB RAM (512MB for the J1). Its 5-megapixel main camera is accompanied by a 2-megapixel front-facing sidekick, while an 1850mAh battery fittingly matches its low-key stature.

#8. The Samsung Galaxy Beam 2

Photo of the Samsung Galaxy Beam 2.
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The Samsung Beam 2 is a 4.66-inch-screen Android for those whose lifestyle revolves around multimedia. Its built-in nHD mini projector enables you to stream sports or videos and play around with apps such as notepad, mappers and environmental modelling. It also runs on a quad-core processor, the same type found on most high-end models. A 5-megapixel camera sits at the back side, while an up-to-64GB microSD memory expansion support most of its features retained from the first Beam model.

#9. 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.

#10. 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.

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