Samsung offers a wide range of smartphones under the Samsung Galaxy label. All the Samsung phones use the Android operating system and get their apps from the Google Play store or off the web. Phones can be locked or unlocked, prepaid or contract, and have a wide variety of features.
With many models to choose from, you have to look through the specifications to make sure you get the features you want. Key factors in choosing one of these phones include whether you want a phone that uses a pen for some of its functions and the quality of phone itself. One of the Samsung lines uses a pen and the company has top-of-the-line phones and lower-priced units.
Samsung Galaxy Models
As of early 2013, the most popular Samsung smart phones are the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Samsung Galaxy Note II. Both are quality phones available with plans from a wide variety of carriers. The Note II is the latest version of what Samsung calls a “phablet” or cross between a phone and a tablet. It has a larger screen than most smart phones and has a pen for drawing on the screen or selecting commands.
The Galaxy S3 is a top-of-the-line phone with comparable to Apple’s latest iPhone and with a similar price. Older versions of both phones, the Galaxy Note and the Galaxy S2, may still be available from some carriers at a lower price. The Galaxy Nexus is an older, less expensive model which some carriers are still offering and the Galaxy Proclaim is an entry-level, prepaid smart phone.
Most smartphones have screen falling within the 3.5-inch to 4-inch range but Samsung has pioneered larger, high-resolution screens successfully. The Note II has the largest screen at 5.5 inches and has a resolution of 1280×720 pixels. The S3 has the same resolution but on a smaller, 4.8-inch screen. This compares to market leader iPhone 5 at 1136×640 pixels on a 4-inch screen. The Galaxy Nexus has the same resolution as its newer rivals but a slightly smaller screen at 4.65 inches. The entry-level Proclaim has a small screen at 3.5 inches and a 320 x 480 pixel resolution.
The larger galaxy models make viewing videos and movies almost like seeing them on a laptop. In that respect they act more like small tablets. The larger screen and high resolution also make mobile work such a typing more efficient.
Samsung is offering the Note as a mobile workstation for employees to stay connected, but also to perform a wide variety of work-related tasks. The pen lets you take notes just as you would on paper, and the large screen lets you see documents and work content clearly.
The S3 combines its large, high-resolution screen with an 8 Megapixel camera and easy sharing of photos and videos by touching the backs of two S# phones together. The Samsung Nexus was advanced when the company introduced it and still has the quality display but doesn’t have the latest features of the new phones.
All the Samsung phones have adequate battery life. The batteries tend to be on the large side because of the bigger displays but Samsung gives realistic values for talk times and other uses. For the Note II, Samsung claims 15 hours of talk time and 7.5 hours for the battery intensive video playing.
For the S3, talk time is 8 hours. The older models have talk times similar or slightly longer than the S3 and the Proclaim features a talk time of 5.5 hours. The numbers are in line with most cellphones on the market and allow intensive use without running out of power very often.
Al the Samsung Galaxy phones have mobile, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi built in. The Note II, S3 and Nexus are all 4G-capable while the Proclaim is only 3G. The actual speed you get will depend of the carrier you choose and your location. Once you have chosen the model you want, you can shop around because the Samsung phones are available on a wide variety of carriers and plans.
The Note II is available on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and U.S. Cellular. The S3 is available on the same carriers but also on C Spire and Metro PCS. AT&T and T-Mobile still carry the older Note model and Boost Mobile, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular carry the older S2. Verizon and Sprint still carry the Nexus and the prepaid Proclaim is available without a contract and will run on carriers like Net10 and StraightTalk.
With the different speeds and varying reliability of the carriers in varying locations across the country, your best bet is to check on local offers and talk with people who are on the carrier where you plan to use the phone.
If you are looking for a high-end smartphone that has a bright, slightly larger screen than average, the Samsung S3 fits the bill. If you need a bigger screen to do work but don’t want to get a tablet, the Note II is worth a look. For older models that are still serviceable but cost less, the Note, S2 and Nexus are excellent possibilities. The Samsung Galaxy Proclaim fits the bill for a less expensive model with fewer features.