From mini versions to larger tablet designs, the full line of Samsung Galaxy devices falls into two main groups, the S series and the Note series.
Here's a tip if you are buying a new phone: the first time you power-up with the SIM card installed, immediately switch it to flight mode. Otherwise it will start downloading updates and use all your phone account data in just a couple of minutes. In flight mode, work through the settings for data and wireless.
The Galaxy S series includes high-end Android smartphones that are often considered the greatest competitors to Apple's iPhone. They run on Google's Android operating system, and utilize super AMOLED thin-film-display technology for their responsive touchscreens. Devices in the S series typically have front and rear cameras as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Models include the Galaxy S, the Galaxy S II, the Galaxy S III, the Galaxy S4, S5 and the Galaxy S6.
Primary differences between the models characteristically lie in the display size, storage capabilities, and camera functionalities. S series devices are great for business professionals and students alike because they are customisable, capable for work and play, and sized just right.
The Galaxy Note series from Samsung is a blend of high-end smartphones and tablets often called "phablets." Each device in the Note series comes with a stylus pen and utilizes a pressure-sensitive digitizer, which allows users to write and draw on the screen with clear results. Because the screens in the Note series are typically larger, the software is designed for users who want a computer-like experience with split-screen multitasking and transcribing capabilities.
Although they have large screens that work well for productivity, they also have full cell phone functionality. Smartphone models in the Note series include the Galaxy Note, the Galaxy Note II, and the Galaxy Note 3, 4 and 5. Typically, devices in the Note series come with front cameras, rear cameras, and video recording capabilities.
For buyers concerned with phone safety, certain security features provide extra protection. For example, the Galaxy S5 offers an innovative fingerprint scanner that can unlock the phone and authenticate online purchases via websites like PayPal. The S5 also has a "Private Mode" to ensure that certain applications cannot be accessed without proper authentication.
The new (2016) Note 7 has battery problems and is currently withdrawn from sale.
The J Series budget phones were released in 2015 J1 through to J7 all with quad-core processors and two reasonable cameras. Most come in a prime version with 5 inch screen. J2 comes with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and there is also an upgraded J2 (2016) version. J5 to J7 comes with 13 MPixel main camera.
|Model||Storage (GB)||Diagonal Display (Inches)||Camera (MP)||Best Suited For|
|Galaxy Fame||4||3.5||5||Buyers on a budget that want a small phone with great Android technology.|
|Nexus S||16||4.0||5||Early 2010 device now obsolete, Android 2.3, 4.1.2. 480 X 800 pixels, GPS, NFC.|
|Galaxy Trend||4, 32, 64||4.0||3.15||Dual-core 1.0 GHz Processor, Android 4.1, 480 X 800 pixels, GPS, no front camera.|
|Galaxy V||4, 32, 64||4.0||3.15||Single-core 1.2 GHz Processor, Android 4.4, 480 X 800 pixels, GPS, FM radio, VGA front camera.|
|Galaxy Ace 4 Neo||4, 32, 64||4.0||5||1.0Ghz Dual core processor, Android 4.4, 480 X 800 pixels, GPS, VGA front camera.|
|Galaxy Core Prime||4, 32||4.5||5||1.2GHz Quad- Core Processor, Android 4.4. 480 X 800 pixels, GPS, NFC, FM radio.||Galaxy Xcover3||8 to 128||4.5||5, 2||MIL spec vibration, dust and water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes, 480 X 800 pixels, GPS, NFC, FM radio. Android 4.4.|
|Galaxy S III||16, 32, 64||4.8||8||Lower-cost later-model device while attaining suitable technology.|
|Galaxy S4||16, 32, 64||5.0||13||A bigger version of the S III with a more capable camera.|
|Galaxy J2||8||4.7||5,2||Quad-core 1.3Ghz processor, 1 GB RAM, 540 X 960 pixels, Android 5.11 Lollipop, micro-sd storage can be added.|
|Galaxy A5||16, 32, 64||5.0||13||Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 Processor, Android 4.4. 720 X 1280 pixels, higher resolution rear camera - face detection, GPS, NFC, FM radio.|
|Galaxy S5||16, 32||5.1||16||The latest technology and advanced security features.|
|Galaxy S6 Edge||32, 64, 128||5.1||16||The latest technology 'Phablet' 2560 x 1440 screen and optical image stabilisation.|
|Galaxy S7 Edge||32, 64||5.1||5, 12||2016 release, up to 200 MB microSD storage, 2560 x 1440 screen, Android 6.0.1, larger battery than S7|
|Galaxy Note 3||16, 32, 64||5.7||13||For students and professionals that need to multitask with split-screens and stylus pens.|
|Galaxy Note 4||16, 32, 64||5.7||16||'Phablet' 2560 x 1440 screen Quad Core processor, optical image stabilisation.|
|Galaxy Note 5||16, 32, 64||5.7||16||'Phablet' 2560 x 1440 screen Octa-Core processor, 3000 mAH battery.|
|Galaxy Note 7||64||5.7||12||'Phablet' 2560 x 1440 screen Octa-Core processor, 3500 mAH battery. Iris scanner, fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2.|
|Galaxy Mega||8||6.3||8||Students and professionals that need a large screen for productivity.|
|Galaxy E7 Duos||16 to 64||5.5||13||Samsung Galaxy E7 is a 2015-launched large screen dual SIM 'phablet' with a sleek and stylish profile, a speedy Quad-core 1.2GHz processor on board a chipset with 2GB RAM. No NFC.|
|Galaxy Grand Max||16 to 64||5.25||13||Samsung Galaxy Grand Max 16GB 4G LTE is the 2015 addition to the Galaxy Grand series. It comes with a larger 5.25-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen 1280 x 720p with multitouch.|
|Galaxy Round G910S||32 to 64||5.7||13||Dual shot camera, 1080 X 1920 curved screen, Quad-core CPU, Android v4.3. Similar to a Note 3|