In my opinion a phone needs to match a persons individual wants and needs and tick their personal boxes.
What I would suggest is make a shortlist of the phones that you like aesthetically and have the features you know you'd use.
Also look at what ram size they have. The bigger ram size the better.
Look at internal storage capacity. I wouldn't personally go below 256gb.
Look at features such as does it take a SD card so you can add more storage.
Does it take two sim cards if you want to use two networks.
Does it use an eSim if you prefer not to use a physical sim.
How big is the battery.
Look at screen size as this is important especially if you like watching Media content such as YouTube and films as well as surfing the internet.
I would then look at tech blog sites and look at YouTube unboxings and reviews and then visit your most local Samsung Experience Store or Highstreet Network Store to get hands on with the phones to get a feel for them in the hand and how they operate.
Look at saving that little bit more money if you see a Samsung phone that better suites your needs. Personally I wouldn't opt for a phone just because it falls within my price bracket at that particular time.
You could then look at one of the Samsung Galaxy s line phones !
I wish you all the best with your journey.
Current Phone > Samsung Z Fold³ 5G. > Software : Android 12 ~ Samsung One Ui 4.
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