Best Samsung phone for Australians in 2024

Let's breakdown the best that Samsung has to offer, from A to Z.

Best Samsung phone overall
Galaxy S24 Ultra Titanium Blue
Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra
From
$2,199
Storage
Up to 1TB
RAM
12GB
Resolution
QHD+
Best cheap Samsung phone
Samsung Galaxy A55
Samsung Galaxy A55
From
$699
Storage
128GB
RAM
6GB
Resolution
FHD+
Best small Samsung phone
Samsung Galaxy S24 Marble Gray
Samsung Galaxy S24
Starts at
$1,399
Storage
Up to 512GB
RAM
8GB
Resolution
FHD+
Best foldable Samsung phone
Samsung Galaxy ZFlip5 Flip phone
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5
Starts at
$1,649
Storage
Up to 512GB
RAM
8GB
Resolution
FHD+
Fergus Halliday
Apr 12, 2024
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Whether you’re looking to away from Apple smartphones or have long been an Android aficionado, the chances are good that you’ve at least considered a Samsung Galaxy smartphone when looking at a new handset.

But while the Samsung Galaxy S range is the one you might hear the most about, the Samsung Galaxy range runs deeper than that. You can save money with the Samsung Galaxy A range or dabble with the latest bendable-screen fad of the Samsung Galaxy Z options. If you're unsure where you should start when it comes to the heavyweight of the Android arena, we've put together a quick guide to help you find the best Samsung smartphone for your needs and budget.



If you're looking for a simple-to-read Samsung phone comparison chart that weights up how the brand's best compares to the rest of the range, look no further than the table below.

Model
Price
Colours
Display
Rear camera
Front camera
Memory
Processor
Water-resistance
Battery
Wireless charging
5G
Galaxy S24 Ultra
From $2,199Titanium Black, Titanium Grey, Titanium Yellow, Titanium Violet6.8-inch QHD+ AMOLED 2X with 120Hz200MP + 12MP + 10MP + 50MP12MP selfieUp to 1TB storage with 12GB of RAMSnapdragon 8 Gen 3IP685000mAhYesYes
S24 PlusGalaxy S24 Plus
From $1,699Sapphire Blue, Jade Green, Sandstone Orange6.7-inch QHD+ AMOLED 2X with 120Hz50MP + 12MP + 12MP12MP selfieUp to 512GB storage with 12GB of RAMExynos 2400IP684900mAhYesYes
Galaxy S24 Sapphire BlueGalaxy S24
From $1399Sapphire Blue, Jade Green, Sandstone Orange6.2-inch FHD+ AMOLED 2X with 120Hz50MP + 12MP + 12MP12MP selfie cameraUp to 512GB storage with 8GB of RAMExynos 2400IP684000mAhYesYes
Galaxy Z Fold 5
From $2,599Phantom Black, Cream, Icy Blue7.6-inch FHD+ AMOLED 2X with 120Hz50MP + 10MP + 12MP4MP + 10MP selfie cameraUp to 1TB storage with 12GB of RAMSnapdragon 8 Gen 2IPX84400mAhYesYes
Samsung Galaxy ZFlip5 Flip phoneGalaxy Z Flip 5
From $1649Mint, Graphite, Cream, Lavender6.7-inch FHD+ AMOLED 2X with 120Hz12MP + 12MP10MP selfie cameraUp to 512GB storage with 8GB of RAMSnapdragon 8 Gen 2IPX83700mAhYesYes
Samsung Galaxy A55Galaxy A55 5G
$699Navy and Lilac6.6-inch FHD Super AMOLED with 120Hz50MP + 12MP + 5 MP32MP selfie camera128GB storage with 8GB RAMExynos 1480IP675,000mAHNoYes
Galaxy A35Galaxy A35 5G
$549Navy and Ice Blue6.6-inch FHD Super AMOLED with 120Hz50MP + 8MP + 2MP13MP selfie camera128GB storage with 6GB RAMExynos 1380IP675,000mAHNoYes
Galaxy A25Galaxy A25 5G
$499Blue6.5-inch FHD Super AMOLED with 120Hz50MP + 8MP +2MP13MP selfie camera128GB storage with 6GB RAMExynos 1280No5,000mAHNoYes
Galaxy A15Galaxy A15 5G
$349 Blue Black 6.5-inch FHD Super AMOLED with 90Hz 50MP + 5MP + 2MP 13MP selfie camera 128GB storage with 4GB RAM Mediatek Dimensity 6100+ No 5,000mAH NoYes

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra

Best overall Samsung phone

Galaxy S24 Ultra
Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra
4 out of 5 stars
4
Display
6.8-inch Quad HD+
Processor
Snapdragon 8 Gen 3
RRP
Starts at $2,199

The reason you hear about Galaxy S smartphones so often is because it’s Samsung’s flagship range with yearly iterating core entries like the Samsung Galaxy S24 and Galaxy S24 Plus. This is where you look when you don’t mind starting your budget at around $1,000 and are seeking a speedy phone with a great display and camera versatility. However, if you want to go all the way to the best handset that Samsung will sell you then look no further than this year's Galaxy S24 Ultra.

While it's got the price to match it, the lavish looks and high-end hardware here make it an obvious winner when it comes to performance. In his review of the device, Alex Choros had a few reservations about the device's new AI features and price but still found plenty to like about it.

"The Galaxy S24 Ultra is clearly the Android flagship to beat. It almost matches the iPhone in battery this year, and outclasses it in display, The Pixel 8 Pro takes better low-light photos, but as an overall package, the Galaxy S24 Ultra takes the cake."

If you're buying outright, the RRP for the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra starts at $2,199. However, if you'd prefer to buy on a plan, there are plenty of options. Check out the widget below for a snapshot of the cheapest Galaxy S24 Ultra plans in Australia.

Samsung Galaxy A55

Best cheap Samsung phone

Samsung Galaxy A55
Samsung Galaxy A55
4 out of 5 stars
4
Display
6.6-inch AMOLED 2X
Processor
Exynos 1480
RRP
Starts at $699

Samsung's A-series has evolved to become an all-star lineup of budget-friendly devices over the past few years and this year's Galaxy A55 is the brand's most formidable effort to date.

With a 6.60-inch FHD Super AMOLED display and an Exynos 1480 processor, the gap between Samsung's more-expensive-but-still-cheap Galaxy smartphone and its flagship counterparts isn't as large as you might think.

In his review of the device, Fergus Halliday found that the device did a great job of ticking the boxes that its predecessors left empty.

"It's faster, feels nicer to use, takes better photos and doesn't cost a cent more. It's too early in the year to say whether it'll hold its own as the best budget smartphone that 2024 has to offer, but right now it can probably rest easy on the throne."

If you're buying outright, the RRP for the Samsung Galaxy A55 starts at $699. However, if you'd prefer to buy on a plan, there are plenty of options. Check out the widget below for a snapshot of the cheapest Galaxy A55 plans in Australia.

Samsung Galaxy S24

Best small Samsung phone

Galaxy S24 jade Green
Samsung Galaxy S24
4 out of 5 stars
4
Display
6.2-inch AMOLED 2X
Processor
Exynos 2400
RRP
Starts at $1399

It's not quite cheap enough to be considered budget-friendly but if you'd prefer to save some money and don't mind missing out on a larger screen, superior camera and the S-Pen stylus then you'll probably find a lot to like in this year's Galaxy S24.

If you're someone dismayed at the trend towards heavier handsets, the Galaxy S24 is a breath of fresh air that doesn't compromise when it comes to performance. In his review of the device, Fergus Halliday found that the new Galaxy AI features were as problematic as they were promising.

"Even if not all of it lands and a lot of what works feels built on the back of what Google and others have spent the last few years doing with generative AI, I'll take a Galaxy S23 with a bucketful of new software features over one that offers little more than incremental hardware gains any day of the week."

If you're buying outright, the RRP for the Samsung Galaxy S24 starts at $1,399. However, if you'd prefer to buy on a plan, there are plenty of options. Check out the widget below for a snapshot of the cheapest Galaxy S24 plans in Australia.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5

Best foldable Samsung phone

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5
4 out of 5 stars
4
Processor
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
Display
3.4-inch + 6.7-inch
Storage
Starts at 256GB

The Samsung Galaxy Z series is where you'll want to look if you’re after a Samsung smartphone with a folding display. There are two main options in the Galaxy Z range: the Z Flip5 and the Z Fold5. The Z Flip folds open vertically and is the cheapest entry point into the Z range while the Z Fold is a high-performance hybrid between a tablet and smartphones.

While the former has as many strengths as it does weaknesses, our take is that it wins over the Z Fold5 because its significantly more affordable. While folding displays still relatively new tech and you should expect to pay a premium for the privilege of using one, there's a big difference between paying a little more than you might for the latest iPhone compared to the sum that the Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold commands.

In his review of the device, Alex Choros called the Galaxy Z Flip5 the Tesla of smartphones.

"The Galaxy Z Flip 5 is a really fun phone, but Samsung hasn't been innovating as fast as its rivals. It's still a good buy if you're after a flip-style foldable, as long as you're aware of the inherent compromises associated with the form factor."

If you're buying outright, the RRP for the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 starts at $1,649. However, if you'd prefer to buy on a plan, there are plenty of options. Check out the widget below for a snapshot of the cheapest Galaxy Z Flip 5 plans in Australia.

Older Samsung Galaxy smartphones

Regardless of whether you shop across Samsung Galaxy S, A, Note or Z categories, there’s money to be saved by opting for an older-model smartphone. The more recent the Samsung Galaxy smartphone, the more expensive it is, which helps drive down the price of older models, even the S23 range from last year. If you don’t mind going down the refurbished route, there’s even more money to be saved from telcos like Boost Mobile.

Galaxy S23 Ultra
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra 5G
  • pro
    Flatter curved screen
  • pro
    S-Pen
  • con
    No big new features
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
  • pro
    Powerful innards
  • pro
    Great cameras
  • con
    Stylus not included
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4
  • pro
    Much better multitasking
  • pro
    Excellent performance
  • con
    Very expensive
  • con
    Just okay battery
Samsung Galaxy S21 5G
  • pro
    Great screen
  • pro
    Variable refresh rate
  • con
    No charger
Galaxy S22 Green
Samsung Galaxy S22 5G
  • pro
    Pocket-friendly form-factor
  • pro
    Smart camera improvements
  • con
    Struggled with more demanding games
Samsung Galaxy S22+ Product Image
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus 5G
  • pro
    Great build quality
  • pro
    Solid battery
  • con
    Camera not as good as competitors
  • con
    Very iterative
Galaxy S23 Purple
Samsung Galaxy S23 5G
  • pro
    Compact size and clean design
  • pro
    Speedy performance
  • con
    Only 25W wired charging
  • con
    Only an iterative update on the S22
Samsung Galaxy A34
  • pro
    Respectable power
  • pro
    Great battery capacity
  • con
    Light internal storage
Galaxy A53 5G
Samsung Galaxy A53
  • pro
    Lovely screen
  • pro
    Great value
  • con
    Average low light photography
  • con
    Smudgy back
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Samsung Galaxy A54
  • pro
    Slick feel-factor
  • pro
    Looks more expensive than it is
  • con
    No wireless charging
  • con
    Processor could be snappier
Samsung Galaxy A73
Samsung Galaxy A73
  • pro
    Gorgeous screen
  • pro
    Large camera sensor
  • con
    Lacks wireless charging
  • con
    Iffy night mode
Fergus Halliday
Written by
Fergus Halliday
Fergus Halliday is a journalist and editor for Reviews.org. He’s written about technology, telecommunications, gaming and more for over a decade. He got his start writing in high school and began his full-time career as the Editor of PC World Australia. Fergus has made the MCV 30 Under 30 list, been a finalist for seven categories at the IT Journalism Awards and won Most Controversial Writer at the 2022 Consensus Awards. He has been published in Gizmodo, Kotaku, GamesHub, Press Start, Screen Rant, Superjump, Nestegg and more.

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