Samsung is one of the biggest phone manufacturers in the world, and with good reason — it makes some pretty incredible phones, combining outstanding hardware design with long lists of handy features that differentiate its phones from the competition. The Galaxy Note 9 is the company's top phone, but thee S9 and S9+ offer a similar experience in a smaller package.

Best overall

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

The Galaxy Note 9 is one of the most powerful phones on the market, with every high-end spec you could name packed into a stunning glass and metal design. It features dual cameras with a telephoto lens for getting a closer shot, and the battery lasts all day and then some. Of course, you also get the S Pen, which is new and improved with the ability to wirelessly control features like your camera shutter or music playback.

$879 at Amazon

Runner-up

Samsung Galaxy S9+

The Galaxy S9+ isn't much different from its predecessor, but that's not a bad thing. This phone is all about giving you the most features in the most beautiful package. You get top-end specs across the board, plus all of the hardware features you expect: waterproofing, wireless charging, microSD support, a headphone jack, and more. The camera even features dual apertures, and the secondary camera uses a telephoto lens.

$695 at Amazon

Best small phone

Samsung Galaxy S9

The Galaxy S9 shrinks the Galaxy S9+'s proven formula into a size that easily fits in your hand and pocket with a 5.8-inch display and an otherwise nearly identical experience. Of course, there are a few fringe differences; the S9 doesn't have a secondary rear camera, and it has a smaller 3000mAh battery. But if you're not a power user and don't want to spend the extra money, the Galaxy S9 will get everything you need done and do it in style.

$650 at Amazon

Best durable phone

Samsung Galaxy S8 Active

The S8 Active may be a generation old at this point, but it's still the most rugged phone Samsung makes. It trades in the curved glass design for a tough plastic exterior that's equal parts shatter-, water-, and dust-resistant. Beyond the hardware, it offers an identical core experience to the regular S8, down to every little feature like wireless charging and specific hardware components, but it has a gargantuan 4000mAh battery.

$850 at AT&T

We still think the Galaxy Note 9 is the best phone in Samsung's roster, but it's definitely not made for people with smaller hands; those people will want to look at the Galaxy S9. If you like the size of the Note 9 but don't need the S Pen, the S9+ is a great alternative, and although a bit dated, the Galaxy S8 Active will give you the Note 9's incredible battery life in a much more durable package.

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