Buying a new Samsung phone - where shall I go? (Unlocked/new to this!)

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Weirdly, I have never actually purchased a new phone. I have always done it through EE as an upgrade.

Is there a main 'go to' website to look at? I would want to have it new and currently looking at the S20.

I am looking/love the Samsung S range and not looking to get the very latest phone but so somewhere with a lot of choice would be great. :)

Thanks.

EDIT: After seeing the Samsung trade in thread, may just sell it to CeX after I have swapped everything across to get back £90-£100.
 
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Weirdly, I have never actually purchased a new phone. I have always done it through EE as an upgrade.

Is there a main 'go to' website to look at? I would want to have it new and currently looking at the S20.

I am looking/love the Samsung S range and not looking to get the very latest phone but so somewhere with a lot of choice would be great. :)

Thanks.

EDIT: After seeing the Samsung trade in thread, may just sell it to CeX after I have swapped everything across to get back £90-£100.

Still looking to buy a new Samsung? I am taking a delivery of a A52s 5G today so i can let you know how it goes. I always look for phones around the £300 range as mid-range phones now days are a no brainer over £1000+ high-end (you just don't gain enough for the huge jump in price).
 
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Still looking to buy a new Samsung? I am taking a delivery of a A52s 5G today so i can let you know how it goes. I always look for phones around the £300 range as mid-range phones now days are a no brainer over £1000+ high-end (you just don't gain enough for the huge jump in price).

If you could that would be great, thanks! I have only used the Galaxy S range - what are you coming from?
 
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If you could that would be great, thanks! I have only used the Galaxy S range - what are you coming from?


I've done 9 trade-ins with Samsung over the years phones/watches and never had a problem . Just document everything photos etc of trade in your sending to them , your likely to have problems on a new phone release due to numbers .
 
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You can get an unlocked, sim free phone in a lot of places, so I wouldn't really say there is a 'best' place to get one. I would suggest trying to get a UK/EU variant, or you may end up with network issues. Though that said my Hong Kong S10 worked absolutely fine over here.

The other thing to consider is the warranty - as whilst eBay can be very cheap, most manufacturers (Samsung included) won't honour a phone bought off Bob's Value Phone Store. So if that bothers you, best to stick to Samsung or a large respected retailer.
 
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If you could that would be great, thanks! I have only used the Galaxy S range - what are you coming from?

Coming from an Honor 8X and it was a great phone but unfortunately after that you can no longer get google play store on later models etc, used the A52s for a few days now and jesus it is lightyears better than the Honor 8X, clean UI not to much bloatware and the 120hz refresh rate damn ( same feeling as going from a 60hz monitor to 120hz ). Inscreen fingerprint sensor is snappy to say its a mid range phone and the camera is very sharp. Very pleased with the overal package but it is still early days but as it stands right now i could definitely recommend it.
 
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I've got the A52s 5g and it really is a great phone. It's rated IP67 waterproof, has micro sd slot, headphone socket, 120hz super AMOLED screen with 800 nits brightness. I'd highly recommend it.
 
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Unless you’re hell bent on having mega specs, the A series is a great option.

The main differences you may notice are:

  • Performance if gaming/using lots of social media apps
  • Camera

But it depends which device you’re upgrading from, and which features you’re looking for.
 
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@MrRockliffe - I have an S9 atm so I think anything would be an upgrade...!

Looking at an A52:

Performance will be similar, I would have thought, given the S9 had a flagship SoC and the A52 has a mid range SoC.


But you’ll find the overall experience much better on the A52, given it has a 90 Hz display and newer software.


The A52 5G might be a better option again, if you’d like a 120 Hz display and a more potent SoC.


Edit: S20 Fe would still be a great shout if you can get one, and a much better package compared to the S20 you’re looking at :)


Better than the A52 (5G) too.
 
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