Android Central readers overwhelmingly prefer late-model Samsung Galaxy phones

Samsung Galaxy S8 vs. S9
Samsung Galaxy S8 vs. S9 (Image credit: Android Central)

What you need to know

  • Earlier this week, we asked AC readers which era of Samsung Galaxy phones was their favorite.
  • More than half of the respondents chose recent models from the S8 to the S21.
  • The older the Galaxy S phone, the less love it received in the poll.

Just a few days ago, the iconic Samsung Galaxy S series of smartphones celebrated its 12th birthday. That's right, the crown of the Android world is now officially a tween! In honor of this occasion, we thought it would be fun to ask our readers which version of the Galaxy S was their favorite. Because there are so many variants, we decided to simplify things a bit by grouping them into distinct design eras.

The top vote-getters in our poll were the Galaxy S8/S9 era with nearly 29%, followed closely by the most recent devices — the Galaxy S10/S20/S21 — with approximately 28% of the votes. Coming close behind was my personal favorite era with the Galaxy S6 and S7, getting around 24% of votes. Next came the Galaxy S3/S4/S5 era with just 12%, the Galaxy S1/S with a little over 4%, and the Nexus Galaxy phones at under 4%.

As you can imagine, such a question brought up a lot of nostalgia from our readers. Here is a brief sample of the vibes they shared with us.

Twitter readers @Supercars_13 and @Abhishek echoed the prevailing sentiment when speaking of their love for the Galaxy S8.

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On Facebook, Mark Jarrett told us that while he loved the S8, he was happy with his more recent upgrade. "I had my S8 Plus for 4 years, great phone. Just now upgraded to the S21 Ultra." Rj Achacoso similarly extolled the virtues or more recent phones:

My current phone, the S10+. It was Samsung's first set of flagship that introduced a proper notchless edge-to-edge displays, and under-display ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, and had a triple camera setup with both a telephoto and wide-angle lens, yet was the last to have the headphone jack and the second to last to have a microSD card slot. It was pretty much their most feature-packed phone and one of the most beautifully designed, too. Best part is that thanks to Samsung's new software update promise, my phone managed to get Android 11 with Samsung's One UI 3.1.

Reader sledgehammer was one of the few fans of the original designs and told us that they "liked the S2 so much, I ended up buying three of them over time." And finally, jsabo reminded us of a forgotten gem when they said the "S4 Google Play Edition... So little cruft..."

What about you? If you didn't get a chance to vote in the poll or comment previously, now's your chance. Let us know what your favorite Galaxy S version was!

Jeramy Johnson

Jeramy is proud to help *Keep Austin Weird* and loves hiking in the hill country of central Texas with a breakfast taco in each hand. When he's not writing about smart home gadgets and wearables, he's defending his relationship with his smart voice assistants to his family. You can follow him on Twitter at @jeramyutgw.

  • putting the s10 in with the s20/s21 is tough. the s10 lineup was amazing. it was the last generation before they started taking away stuff. headphone jack, SD card slot, MST....s10 series was peak samsung IMO
  • Still rocking my S9. It's a perfect phone in my eyes.
  • The S20 was the best Samsung galaxy S flagship for me and for a lot of people it was the last Samsung galaxy S with an SD card before they removed it from the entire S21 series.
  • Still using my S 8 plus, best phone I've ever owned. With its beautiful design, amazing screen, and oh, it has a headphone jack and sdcard. Funny story, my wife signed us up for a family plan, back when the S20's were being released, and we ordered the S20 Ultra's, she's been using her's since she recieved it, my S20 Ultra is still in the box unused, thats how much I love the S 8 plus!