The best Samsung phones for 2022

Looking for the best Samsung phones? Samsung’s lines, particularly the well-regarded Galaxy series, include a wide range of models for different types of users, and there’s something to suit all budgets. Picking one out on your own can be hard, but we’ve fully tested the range to create our list of the best Samsung smartphones.

After much debate, we’ve landed on the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra as our choice for the best overall Samsung smartphone because of its impressive screen, excellent camera, and substantial battery life. We’ve got suggestions for the best midrange Samsung smartphone, Samsung’s best foldable, and the best productivity smartphone from Samsung coming up too, among others. Our list of the top Samsung phones includes details on what makes them great plus links to in-depth reviews for each phone. Check it out below to see which phone is best for you.

Best Samsung phones at a glance

Best overall Samsung smartphone: Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

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Why you should buy this: You get a slim, elegant smartphone with a gorgeous screen, a highly capable camera, and outstanding battery life.

Who it’s for: Anybody looking for the most powerful smartphone Samsung has to offer.

Why we picked the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra: The sleek, elegant design and matte finish of the S21 Ultra is expensive looking — and a good thing too, as this phone is the dearest of the S21 range. It features a gorgeous 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2x screen and weighs in at a hefty 227 grams, so it’s quite a beast.

Despite this, its footprint is actually smaller than the Note 20 Ultra and its predecessor, the S20 Ultra. It comes in a range of colors, including Phantom Black, Phantom Silver, and three Special Edition colors: Phantom Titanium, Phantom Navy, and the rather unappealing-sounding Phantom Brown — which, despite its name, is a beautiful metallic shade that looks a bit like Mystic Bronze.

But it’s the gorgeous display that really stands out on the S21 Ultra. With a 3200 x 1440 pixel resolution, support for HDR10+, and 1500 nits of brightness, colors are bold and vibrant, and everything looks amazing. The 120Hz refresh rate really makes a difference when playing the latest games, and it’s adaptive, which helps conserve battery life.

S21 Ultra

Under the hood, the S21 Ultra is a powerful beast. Pick it up in the U.S. and you’ll get the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, while in the U.K., Europe, and parts of Asia, the S21 Ultra comes with Samsung’s Exynos 2100 chip. There are 12 gigabytes of RAM with the 128GB or 256GB storage options, or you can upgrade to 512GB for 16GB of RAM. Either way, the S21 Ultra is an excellent multitasker, and you shouldn’t experience any performance issues.  It’s worth noting here that there’s no microSD card slot, so choose wisely, as the storage you get is all you’ll ever have.

The powerful 5,000mAh battery will easily see you through a full day of heavy use, including watching videos and playing the latest games. With light use, it may even see you through two days — and with 25-watt fast charging, your phone will be ready to go again in no time at all.

One thing we have to mention is the cameras. On paper they’re nothing we haven’t seen before: a 108-megapixel main, 12MP ultrawide, 10MP 10x periscope zoom, and 10MP telephoto zoom, along with optical image stabilization, laser autofocus, and 8K video recording. But the way Samsung has implemented them means this is quite possibly its best camera yet — and one of the best smartphone cameras available right now. Photos are instantly pleasing to the eye, there’s a beautiful HDR system that brings out the detail in your images, and quirky features like Director’s View, which shoots videos with all the cameras at the same time, add a little something extra to the mix.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is also 5G ready, so when the new network arrives in your area, you’ll be good to go.

Read more in our full Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra review

Runner-up: Samsung Galaxy S21

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Budget can’t quite stretch to the S21 Ultra? The Galaxy S21 is an excellent alternative that will save you around $250. It’s refreshingly compact compared to the S21 Ultra, with its 6.2-inch screen, yet boasts the same processor — although the 4,000mAh battery offers only average battery life, and the rear camera is a triple rather than a quad lens.

This is the model to go for if you’re looking for the Phantom Violet version with its contrasting gold rear camera pod, although it’s also available in Phantom Grey, Phantom White, or Phantom Pink. It’s lighter than the S21 Ultra too, weighing in at just 171 grams, so if you prefer your phones more compact and lightweight, or if you like to operate them one-handed, then the Galaxy S21 may be the better choice for you.

Read more in our full Samsung Galaxy S21 review

Best productivity Samsung smartphone: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

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Why you should buy this: You get Samsung’s biggest, most powerful productivity phone yet, with a stunning 6.9-inch dynamic AMOLED screen, 5G, and the S Pen for note-taking and sketching.

 

Who it’s for: Anybody who takes notes on their phone and wants more than the standard features.

Why we picked the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra:

It’s by no means a small phone, and will be a two-handed device for most, but the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is super thin and still fairly light, weighing in at 7.34 ounces. If you get the chance, pick up the eye-catching Mystic Bronze color.

The Note 20 Ultra boasts a 6.9-inch dynamic AMOLED screen with 3088 x 1440 resolution — it’s also HDR10+ certified and offers Samsung Display’s variable refresh rate technology, which automatically adapts depending on what you’re doing. For example, it switches to 120Hz when playing supported games, and back to 60Hz for movies, with the aim of being more power-efficient. You can turn this off and stick to 60Hz to conserve battery, if you like.

If you’re buying in the U.S., you’ll get Samsung’s Snapdragon 865 Plus processor (elsewhere it’s the Exynos 990) and 12GB RAM, making the Note 20 Ultra an excellent multitasker, with 256GB internal storage (or pick up the 512GB model) and a microSD card slot.

The 4,500mAh battery should see you through most days with plenty of change, and the phone comes bundled with a 25-watt charger that supports Quick Charge 2.0 — it takes around an hour to reach full charge. It’s worth noting that the Note 20 series doesn’t support 45-watt charging, although 15W wireless charging is supported — and you can also use Wireless PowerShare to charge other Qi-certified devices, like your Galaxy Buds Live.

The Note 20 Ultra doesn’t disappoint with its camera either, thanks to a 108MP sensor, a 12MP periscope zoom lens, and a 12MP ultrawide lens. There’s a new laser autofocus system, and the main and periscope lenses have optical image stabilization. You can record video at up to 8K resolution at 24 fps, and 4K at 60 fps, with both optical and electronic stabilization, plus support for HDR10+.

The S Pen has all the usual features like Air Actions, where you can wave the stylus like a wand to control apps, and fun additions like AR Doodle, letting you sketch in 3D using the phone’s camera. On the productivity front, the handwriting-to-text conversion feature will come in handy for many users, although this only works with MS Word, and text is placed in a text box, so you’ll need to cut and paste it if you want to make changes. The Note 20 Ultra also works with Samsung’s DeX mode, turning your smartphone into a desktop computer as well as providing access to Microsoft’s Xbox Games Pass. In short, it’s everything you want from a phone, and 5G connectivity ensures it will last for years to come. Not to mention, it could be the last of its kind, as Samsung has discontinued the Note series.

You can pick up the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra right now on Best Buy for a shade under $1,200.

Read more in our full Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra review

Runner-up: Samsung Galaxy Note 20

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Our runner-up is the Galaxy Note 20, which is around half the price of the Note 20 Ultra. Weighing just 6.77 ounces, its smaller size and 6.7-inch screen with 2400 x 1080 resolution make it an excellent runner-up. The Note 20 boasts 8GB of RAM and the same processor as the Note 20 Ultra. It comes in an amazing Mystic Green color, but it’s worth noting that it has only 256GB of storage, and unlike the S20 Ultra, there’s no microSD card slot to expand this. With a 4,300mAh battery, it comes bundled with a 25W fast charger and supports 14W wireless charging. The Note 20 is definitely a worthy contender to the Note 20 Ultra if you don’t want to drop over $1,000 on a new phone.

Read more about the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 

Best Samsung camera smartphone: Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

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Why you should buy this: The S21 Ultra packs one of the best smartphone cameras around right now, with 8K video recording and quirky features like Director’s View.

 

Who it’s for: Anybody who loves taking photos — snaps taken on the S21 Ultra are amongst the best you’ll get with a smartphone.

Why we picked the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra: Although it’s already the winner of our best overall Samsung smartphone award, above, the Galaxy S21 Ultra deserves a second mention as the best Samsung camera smartphone. On paper, the quad-camera setup sounds pretty good: a 108MP main, 12MP ultrawide, 10MP 10x periscope zoom, and a 10MP telephoto zoom. But it’s the little extras and the way Samsung’s implemented the cameras that help the S21 Ultra stand out.

You get laser autofocus, optical image stabilization, and 8K video recording, as well as an amazing HDR system to enhance every little detail in your snaps, plus fun features like Director’s View. Photos are instantly pleasing to the eye, and you’ll have to work pretty hard to take a bad picture with the S21 Ultra, though it’s not impossible. Simply put, this is pretty much the best camera you’ll find on a smartphone right now, making it a must for anybody serious about capturing the best shots.

Best foldable Samsung smartphone: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

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Why you should buy this: It’s the best foldable on the market, with improved screen durability. powerful hardware, and excellent multitasking and productivity features.

 

Who it’s for: Those who simply must have the best foldable phone, or anyone looking for a productivity powerhouse that doesn’t want to buy a Note 20 Ultra.

Why we picked the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3: If you’re in the market for a foldable phone, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is the best foldable there is. Yes, it’s mighty expensive at around $1,800, but in this case, you get what you pay for: a fantastic foldable that’s a productivity powerhouse. It features a 7.6-inch main AMOLED screen and weighs a whopping 271 grams, so if you thought the S21 Ultra was heavy, you’re in for a shock.

The Z Fold 3 feels more polished than its predecessor the Z Fold 2, and it’s more durable too, with a less-noticeable screen crease and slimmer hinge with “Sweeper” bristles to keep out dust. It even boasts an IPX8 rating, so can be safely immersed in water. You can pick the Galaxy Z Fold 3 up in three colors: Phantom Black, Phantom Silver, and Phantom Green.

It’s the display(s) you really buy the Z Fold 3 for, though. With a 2208 x 1768 pixel resolution, 1200 nits of brightness, and support for HDR10+, the main AMOLED screen ensures everything you view looks awesome. The crease is visible, but you’ll only really notice it when the screen is off. The smaller cover screen measures in at 6.2 inches, with a 2268 x 832-pixel resolution — and both screens boast a 120Hz refresh rate that ensures multitasking and gaming are flawlessly smooth.

The Z Fold 3 packs a punch in the power stakes too, with identical specs to the S21 Ultra: a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, 12GB of RAM, and 128GB or 256GB of storage — though there’s no 512GB version on offer — and there’s no microSD card slot to add more storage, so you might want to go for the larger capacity here. The phone handles the latest games without issue, and you won’t notice any slowdowns or crashes when multitasking.

The Z Fold 3 is a productivity powerhouse, with customized Android 11 software that lets you run multiple apps side by side in split view, or run up to three apps in resizable windows. Watch a video while you’re taking notes, or choose a Spotify track while you’re using Google maps to navigate, and send a text to your friend to let them know when you’ll arrive. Flex Mode ensures apps adjust when you bend the screen, which is a pretty handy addition.

Multitasking here is an almost desktop-like experience thanks to the Edge Panel and Taskbar, and the Z Fold 3 supports Samsung DeX to connect (wired or wirelessly) to your monitor, TV, or laptop, if you’re craving an authentic desktop experience. Add in the S Pen Pro or Fold Edition (not included with the phone) for note-taking or drawing and you have yourself the productivity phone of your dreams, though it’s worth adding here that there’s no storage slot on the phone for the S Pen.

Where the Z Fold 3 falls down slightly is battery life. The rather small 4,400mAh battery will see you through around nine to 10 hours of use, but you’ll likely need to top-up come evening. With 25-watt fast charging and 11-watt fast wireless charging, juicing up quickly shouldn’t be an issue.

Finally, the cameras. You get three rear 12MP cameras: a primary sensor with optical image stabilization, a telephoto, and an ultrawide lens. Though they take perfectly crisp, detailed shots and don’t fare too badly in low light and at night, the cameras are no match for the S21 Ultra. You also get a 10MP selfie camera on the cover screen that’s handy for quick selfies, and a 4MP UDC camera on the main screen that isn’t great.

There’s definitely room for improvements when it comes to battery life and camera performance, but the Galaxy Z Fold 3 remains the phone to get if you’re after a foldable right now.

Read more in our full Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 review

Runner-up: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

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Our runner-up is the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3, although it seems strange to compare these two phones when they’re totally different beasts — technically, the Z Flip 3 has more in common with ye-olde flip phones of old than the Z Fold 3. Rather than packing a huge screen for productivity and multitasking, the Z Flip 3 is designed to be compact, with its smaller 6.7-inch 120Hz screen and 1.9-inch cover screen. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G chip, with 8GB RAM and 128GB or 256GB of storage, but is let down by its minuscule 3,300mAh battery, which will really only see you through the day if you’re the lightest of users.

That said, if you’re after a Samsung foldable and don’t want to drop almost $2,000 on your next phone, the Z Flip 3 comes in at almost half the price of the Z Fold 3, at around $1,000 from Samsung.

Read more in our full Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

Best Samsung smartphone for gaming: Samsung Galaxy S21 FE

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Why you should buy this: You get flagship specs including an impressive 120Hz display, powerful performance, and a solid camera, plus Android 12 out of the box.

 

Who it’s for: Anybody who doesn’t want to buy a year-old phone (or wait for the Galaxy S22) but wants flagship specs and a gorgeous 120Hz screen for playing the latest games.

Why we picked the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE: The S21 FE launched at a bit of a strange time, almost a year after the S21 series landed (and its predecessor the S20 FE) and right before the S22 reveal in February 2022. That doesn’t mean it’s not worth your time though. It may be nothing to write home about design-wise, but it features a stunning 6.4-inch dynamic AMOLED screen with 120Hz refresh rate that’s great for gaming, and comes in Graphite, Olive, Lavender, or White, depending on where you’re buying the phone.

First: that screen. With a 2400 x 1800 pixel resolution, the 1080p panel may not have the highest resolution but this actually helps battery life, great for those lengthy gaming sessions. The phone is comfortable to hold one-handed, whether you’re grinding in Genshin Impact or playing COD: Mobile with friends. The display’s extremely bright too, so you’ll rarely need it set at full brightness, another boon for battery life. If we had one negative to say about the screen, it’s that accidental touches on the screen edge are frequent and could become annoying when playing some games, and those with larger fingers may also experience some issues with pressing small touch targets while gaming.

Under the hood, the S21 FE packs the same chip as the S21 Ultra: the Snapdragon 888 — though it’s a little disappointing Samsung didn’t pack in the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor. That said, performance is great and this phone should be able to handle the latest games and multitasking with ease, although you may notice the occasional stutter with some more demanding games. You get 6GB or 8GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB of storage too, but no MicroSD slot.

Heavy gamers might feel a little let down by the 4,500mAh battery. Yes, it should see you through a full day (unless you’re spending the entire day on Genshin Impact), but you’ll almost certainly need to top up come evening. Speaking of topping up, the phone has 25W fast charging and 15-watt wireless charging, the same as most of its competitors, so you’ll be back up and gaming quickly.

The cameras here aren’t anything particularly special and are very similar to the S20 FE. There’s a triple camera sensor with a 12MP main, 12MP ultrawide, and an 8MP telephoto, though the S21 FE can capture 1080p at 240fps. Results are great in daylight but you’ll need some ambient light to get anything good at night. Portrait mode does a brilliant job of picking out your subject’s edges while nicely blurring the background, but the zoom isn’t fantastic on this phone.

Overall, the S21 FE may seem like a strange buy in the run-up to the S22’s release, but for gaming enthusiasts looking for a phone with a bright 120Hz display and solid performance, it’s a great pick. Right now you can grab the 128GB version starting from $700 over at Samsung.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy S21 FE review

Best Samsung smartphone for battery life: Samsung Galaxy A52 5G

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Why you should buy this: As well as two-day battery life and a 6.5-inch 120Hz screen, the A52 5G packs a range of useful features including a microSD card slot, IP67 water resistance, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

 

Who it’s for: Anybody looking for a capable, great value 5G phone offering two-day battery life.

Why we picked the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G: For $500, the Galaxy A52 5G is a no-brainer. At less than half the price of the S21 Ultra, it feels great in hand and looks more expensive than it is. It’s packing a gorgeous 6.5-inch super AMOLED screen and 4,500mAh battery, and comes in white, black, blue, or violet.

Weighing in at 189 grams, this isn’t a large or heavy phone, but it’s a little chunky, which can make one-handed use a challenge. That 6.5-inch screen boasts 2400 x 1080 pixels and a 120Hz refresh rate, easily dialed down to 60Hz to save battery life. The screen is beautifully bright, making it visible in most lighting conditions, even on a sunny day. Colors are vibrant and contrast levels are excellent, so the latest games look as good as your favorite Netflix show.

Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G with 6GB of RAM, the A52 5G does everything you need and should be able to handle most tasks flawlessly. It doesn’t overheat while gaming, and you get 128GB of onboard storage, with a MicroSD card slot should you need more.

But it’s the battery that ensures the A52 5G stands out from the crowd. The 4,500mAh cell provides two-day battery life with general use at 120Hz, though expect this to drop with heavy gaming. This is definitely the phone for you if you’re tired of scrambling for a charger at the end of the day. There’s 25-watt wired charging to get you back to full battery in around 80 minutes, but no wireless charging here, though that’s not uncommon for phones at this price point.

If we had to say anything negative about the A52 5G, it’s that the in-display fingerprint sensor really isn’t fit for purpose. This older, less reliable sensor poses a serious security risk when enabled. Face unlock also isn’t the greatest, so you might find yourself relying on a good, old-fashioned PIN, which isn’t ideal.

For the price, the A52 5G packs a lot of features lacking from phones twice the price, including IP67 water resistance, a MicroSD card slot, and the much-revered 3.5mm headphone jack. It’s also 5G ready, making it an excellent, future-proof choice.

Best midrange Samsung smartphone: Samsung Galaxy A71 5G

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Why you should buy this: It’s a fantastic midrange phone with a gorgeous display, quad lens camera, and excellent battery life.

 

Who it’s for: Anybody looking for the best bang for their buck — or an alternative to the iPhone SE.

Why we picked the Samsung Galaxy A71 5G:

You’d be hard-pressed to find a better midrange phone than the Galaxy A71 5G. Boasting a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display with 1080p resolution, its razor-thin bezels give the phone an ultra-modern look, and it weighs just 6.63 ounces.

The Galaxy A71 5G runs on Samsung’s Snapdragon 765 processor, making it excellent at multitasking and gaming, with 6GB of RAM and 128GB internal storage, expandable up to 1TB via microSD. The 4,500mAh battery is impressive for a midrange phone and should see you through most days with plenty of change. The phone comes bundled with a 25-watt charger that takes it from empty to 50% in around 30 minutes — but there’s no wireless charging. There’s a headphone jack too — great if you’re not a fan of wireless earbuds.

When it comes to the camera, the A71 5G boasts a quad-lens setup, with a 64MP main sensor, a 12MP ultrawide lens, a 5MP macro lens, and a 5MP depth sensor. It takes great shots, but isn’t the best in low light conditions, as you might expect from a midrange phone.

With support for both mmWave and Sub-6GHz 5G, the Samsung Galaxy A71 5G is the phone to buy if you want 5G connectivity on a budget. If we had one criticism, it would be that it’s only available in one shade: Prism Black — but if you can live with that, you can pick one up on Amazon right now for just under $500.

Read more in our full Samsung Galaxy A71 5G review

Runner-up: Samsung Galaxy A51 5G

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Available for under $350 on Amazon, the Samsung Galaxy A51 5G runs Android 10 and boasts a 6.5-inch OLED display, Exynos 9611 CPU, 128GB storage, and 4GB of RAM. Add to that a quad-lens camera, a 4,000mAh battery, a headphone jack, and 5G, and the A51 is hard to beat for the price.

Read more in our full Samsung Galaxy A51 5G review

Best budget Samsung smartphone: Samsung Galaxy A50

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Why you should buy this: If you’re on a budget, this is one of the best under-$400 phones around, with its 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display, triple-lens camera, and impressive battery life.

 

Who it’s for: Buyers on a budget looking for a stylish, slim phone that packs an impressive processor and all-day battery life.

Why we picked the Samsung Galaxy A50: At under $400, the Galaxy A50 has the best display you’ll find for this price, featuring an impressive 6.4-inch super AMOLED screen with 2340 x 1080 resolution. The A50 has Samsung’s Exynos 9610 processor, 4GB RAM, and 64GB (or 128GB) internal storage — expandable up to 512GB with a microSD card. This is a solid midrange processor that’s comparable to the Snapdragon 670 (also used in the Google Pixel 3a), and although it offers excellent performance, things can get a little heated when playing the latest games with maxed visuals.

The A50 has a headphone jack and a triple-lens camera with a 25MP wide sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide sensor, and a 5MP depth sensor, as well as a 25MP front-facing camera for selfies. The 4,000mAh battery provides enough juice to get you through a busy day, although charging is a bit slower than some of Samsung’s flagship phones, with a 15W charger, and wireless charging isn’t supported. In-screen fingerprint recognition proves a reliable feature that’s a definite boost for such an inexpensive device, although expect a slight delay when using it compared to traditional capacitive sensors.

You can pick up the Samsung Galaxy A50 new for $399 at Amazon right now, or grab a preowned version for $230.

Read more in our full Samsung Galaxy A50 review

Runner-up: Samsung Galaxy A20

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With its 6.4-inch Super AMOLED screen (1560 x 720-pixel resolution), Exynos 7904 processor with 3GB RAM, 4,000mAh battery (with 15W fast charging), and dual-lens camera, the Galaxy A20’s specs are impressive. It may only have 32GB of onboard storage, but that can be expanded up to 512GB with a microSD card. You can pick up a renewed Samsung Galaxy A20 for around $160 from Amazon right now.

Best rugged Samsung smartphone: Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro

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Why you should buy this: It’s a rugged, military-grade phone with IP68 rating against sand, water, dust, and dirt that can withstand falls up to 5 feet — and it boasts a replaceable 4,050mAh battery.

 

Who it’s for: Those who want a rugged phone that can withstand anything.

Why we picked the Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro: Although it’s designed for industrial use, the Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro is a great choice for anybody who is tough on their phone. It can withstand falls up to five feet, has an IP68 rating, making it resistant to dirt, dust, water, and sand, and is MIL-STD-810 certified, meaning it won’t pack up at high altitudes or in hot conditions. There’s more to this phone than its rugged features, though — it boasts a 6.3-inch 1080p edge-to-edge display with Gorilla Glass 5 and a 2GHz Samsung Exynos 9611 octa-core processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage (that can be upgraded to 512GB with a microSD). The screen boasts Enhanced Touch capabilities so that you can use it with wet hands or gloves, and the phone runs Android 10 and Samsung One UI 2.0.

Its best feature is its replaceable 4,050mAh battery that supports 15W fast charging and can be swapped out, not to mention the pogo pin connectors for docked charging or connecting accessories like scanners and card readers — the XCover Pro is EMV Level 1 certified, so you can use it as a point-of-sale terminal.

There are two cameras on the back — a main 25MP camera and a secondary 8MP ultra-wide one — plus a 13MP front-facing camera and a headphone jack so you don’t need to worry about losing your wireless earbuds at work. You can pick up the XCover Pro for under $500 on Amazon right now.

Read more about the Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro

Runner-up: Samsung Galaxy S10e

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You might be wondering why we’ve included a phone that isn’t particularly rugged as our runner-up. You can pick up a Rebel Armor military-grade case for the S10e for under $20 on Amazon, with a 10-foot impact rating, solid core frame, and edge-to-edge rubber protection to absorb impact. We’ve chosen the phone itself as it boasts a smaller screen — 5.8-inches — than many of the Samsung smartphones on our list, with a dynamic AMOLED display, Full HD+ resolution, and HDR10+ certification.

The S10e is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage plus a microSD card slot, and runs Android 9.0 Pie and Samsung’s One UI interface. The only downside? The 3,100mAh battery supports Quick Charge 2.0 and Fast Wireless Charging 2.0, and should see you through most workdays. But if you’re planning a late one, pack your portable battery pack. Right now, you can pick up the S10e on Verizon for under $600.

Read more in our full Samsung Galaxy S10e review

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