A few months ago, Samsung released Galaxy S10 and those who have used it can agree that this phone has the best camera ever. Apart from retaining some features of the S9+ model such as the 12-megapixel lenses and the previous model’s dual-aperture megapixel, the S10 model has a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens for higher image quality.

The new phone was just a confirmation that Samsung is an innovative company that provides the most functional and advanced phones for its users. Has this always been true? Let’s take a walk back through history.

 The First Samsung Phone Models – The SGH

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The first ever mobile phone by Samsung was the SGH-100 model, which was released 1988 back in Korea. You should, however, not confuse this with its history as it goes back to 1938 when the company was founded.  The next model, which was the SGH-200 model entered Europe, but its successor, the SGH-600 became the most known back in 1998.

Samsung Galaxy – The Ground Breaking Models

The phone that publicized Samsung as a quality phone producer was Samsung Galaxy, which hit the market in 2010. And before showing you how the Galaxy smart phones have evolved over time, I would like to remind you that Samsung has two major Galaxy models; Galaxy Note and the Galaxy S models. At the moment, not many people understand the difference between the two models just because the names are so similar.

The S series, which is the most famous has several successions, which include Galaxy S, SII, SIII, S4, S5, S6, S7, S8, S9 and the currently released S10. The Note series has Galaxy Note, Note II, Note 3, Note 4, Note 5, Note 7, Note 8, and Note 9. The main difference between these two is the display size and the storage size plus the camera quality and ability. Also, the S series are more advanced and, therefore, more popular among most Samsung devotees. All the models are, however, known for Samsung smart camera, which beats other models in the market place.

The Evolution of the Note Series

The Galaxy Note

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The Samsung Galaxy note entered the market during a time when people preferred small phones to big ones. Samsung fixed this misconception with the birth of the Samsung Galaxy Note. Its large size and performance wooed people into accepting this new phone and within no time, it was the talk of town-everyone wanted to own this phone. The Note Phablet also came with a stylus that allowed its users to take notes.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Like the innovative company it is, Samsung did not rest with the first Note model, but continued to the next model; Galaxy Note 2. It was better, had a lager display with improved batter cell, RAM and processor. The S pen was more evolved in this model with a cursor like functionality added to its purpose.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Next was Samsung Note 3 and as usual, the phone came with more improvements. This time, Samsung focused on the hardware. The new experience with the smart phone camera started with this model as it came with a 13-megapixel camera; an addition to Note II’s 8-megapixel. The screen size also increased to 5.7 inches. There was also a new technology with this as the infrared blaster that could allow its users to send commands to other devices like televisions was introduced.

Galaxy Note 4

This one was introduced in 2014 and it came with a better and beautiful design. The new metal frame feature attracted users who were keen about the design. Its screen resolution was also something to write home about, especially at a time when people needed something new and lustrous. With a QHD resolution and the finger print sensor on the home button, the new design gave Samsung lovers a reason to ditch the earlier model for the new one. Most of those who remained aside jumped into the Samsung world with this model, the best of the Note Series.

Galaxy Note Edge

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During the same time if the release of the Note 4, Note Edge was released. This one was very similar to Note 4 only that its screen was curved. If you can remember, this was released during a time when people were not particularly impressed with a curved screen. However, like all other Samsung models, the Note Edge still made its way into people’s heart. The phone also came with more organized app. For those who dived in the Samsung world because of its high performing cameras, they can attest that they appreciated the viewfinder as it helped in focusing the picture. Because of the new features, its prices were slightly higher than Note 4, but worth the extra coin.

Galaxy Note 5

When using Note 4 and the Note Edge, one would think that Samsung was done with the innovation. This was not the case when they announced the release of Note 5. Everyone was waiting to see what Samsung could do or the far it could go with the new model. During the fall of 2015, Note 5 was released. Like all other new models, this one came with a number of innovative changes such as its lustrous look due to the metal and glass included in its construction. These features were enough to get old as well as new customers on board. More so, its fingerprint sensor was more advanced and responsive. It S pen was also something to behold as it resembled a pen with the auto eject mechanism. Once users ejected the S pen, they could write on a note immediately.

Galaxy Note 7

As people were enthusiastically waiting for Samsung Note 6, Samsung surprised them by releasing the Galaxy Note 7, which means that they skipped the 6 name that people were waiting for. Their reason for this was to keep in line with the S series.

Like all other models, this too came with new and greater functions. The phone had a 5.7 inch curved screen. It had also added some features to its S pen and included an iris scanner, which users could use to unlock the phone.

Unlike all the other models, this phone was recalled as soon as it hit the market. Most users complained that it was overheating and bursting into flames. Although the company recalled the model and tried to amend the problem, the same problem was reported among its users. This led to a complete recall and stoppage of production by the company. However, some software updates were issued to those who wished to keep their phones to avoid the same problem from recurring.

Galaxy Note 8

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The product problem that arose with Note 7 did not stop Samsung from producing another Note model. The company had learned from its previous mistakes and in 2017, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 was released. Unlike the previous versions, this one had the biggest screen. Its resolution display was also more advanced. The new version also had an improved storage as it moved from the previous 4GB RAM to 6GB RAM.

For those who appreciate the phone because of the Samsung smart camera, Note 8 camera was more advanced than the previous models and even better than other company’s phone of the same caliber.

The phone included another Samsung Galaxy camera at the rear with the main one having 12-megapixels and a wide angle lens. The second camera came with the same megapixels, but a lens that allowed more zooming for better pictures. The camera in this phone was excellent to say the least as it allowed users to produce colorful shots with many modes to choose from. The camera also overcame the motion blur problem because of the OIS or the optical image stabilization technology.  This second picture also allowed users to capture even more quality pictures as it made it possible to take distant pictures with its increase focal length ability.

The phone also came with a Live Focus tool on its camera that allowed zooming of images while still defocusing the background to create elegant portrait pictures. It was still possible to adjust the blur after the shots had been taken as it eliminated the defectiveness created by the blurring. These and other features made the Note 8 model more powerful than others in the same category and it is still a choice of many to this date.

Galaxy Note 9

Late last year, Galaxy Note 9 followed the Note 8 model and it immediately received the phone of the year award from its users. Unlike the previous version, this one has a 6.4 inches super AMOLED display with a front design that is very similar to the previous model. The model also comes with a variation of RAM as some have a 6GB RAM with others having a RAM of 8GB. The microSD card in this one can support 512GB data. It is also dust and water resistant and also comes with high performing stereos.

Its battery is also of high quality as it is 4000mAh, which is different from the 3300mAh in the previous version.

The S-Pen in this model is more developed than that of the Note 8 model as it has come with Bluetooth capabilities. It is also possible to perform some tasks with the S-Pen by tapping the button. The S-Pen also comes with a better, which charges when it is in the silo.

For the Samsung smart camera lovers, the Note 9 model’s camera is very similar to the previous model as it has come with a dual camera system that has a dual aperture and one lens.

At the moment, I can gladly vote Note 9 as the phone with the best camera set up as it makes it easy to take daily shots whether for personal or professional use. Just the other day, Samsung released an update for this model, which allowed the night mode among other fixes. This has obviously enhanced the phones capability and it’s is also a relief to those who have been eagerly awaiting this update.

The Evolution of the Samsung Galaxy S Phones

Just like the Galaxy Notes, the S phones have been very successful since the first model was released back in 2010. However, the Galaxy S phones to be more popular and competes directly with the iPhones.

Galaxy S

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This was the first phone in the S series, and was released back in 2010. The phone was an instant hit, and this prompted Samsung to continue to the next model. Some of its main features that distinguished it from other phones was its 4-inch display-a large display during a time when people were still conservative when it came to the size of the screen. The model used the Android 2.1 Éclair and later used Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Its RAM was at 512 with a 16GB and 8GB storage. Its camera was a VGA camera located at the back, which was quite functional during this time when the current developments could not have been predicted. The phone also had a removable battery with 1,500mAh capacity, which was also a big deal back then.

Galaxy S2

The SII model was released the next year after the first model was released. Like all Samsung models, this was an improvement from the previous with an increased battery capacity of 1,650 mAh. Its camera was very capable during the time of its release as it had an 8-megapixel sensor. The AMOLED panel had also increased to 4.3 inches from the previous 4 inch model. Like the previous model, this one became even more successful due to its high quality and performance.

Galaxy S3

As it was now common with Samsung, the company continued with its innovative spirit and did not rest with S2. In 2012, Galaxy S3 was released and it was better than S2. The display was more improved to a Super AMOLED display of 4.8inches. Its RAM was 1GB from the previous 512RAM. The camera was still at 8-megapixel and was located at the back like in the other models. Also, it had a plastic casing like the other previous two, but its removable battery had an increased capacity of 2,100 mAh.

Again, this model became an instant hit and it became clear that the company was headed for greater success with its innovative phones.

Galaxy S4

2013 came and Samsung released Galaxy S4, which was so similar to S3, but with a 5-Inch AMOLED display. The camera improved to 13-megapixels while the battery improved to a new capacity of 2,600 mAh.

Galaxy S5

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In 2014, the company released the S5, another one of the S series. Though the phone had some slight design changes, the company still went with its plastic casing like it was the case with the previous models. The Super AMOLED display was now at 5.1 inch while its RAM was at 2GB with a 16 or 32GB storage. The battery also had an improved capacity of 2,800mAh and was still removable like all the previous models. Another new feature in this phone was that it was both dust and water resistant unlike the previous ones.

S5 also came with a groundbreaking technology as it came with a finger print scanner. Like others, it sold a lot though not as much as Samsung had hoped for.

Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge

If you can remember, both S6 and S6 Edge were announced at the same time. During this time, phone lovers were now used to eagerly waiting for Samsung’s phones as each successful unit came with some revolutionary technologies. When the two were released, the S6 Edge came with a curved display while the S6 one had a normal display. Both of the screens were of a 5.1 inch.

Unlike the previous phones, these ones were made of glass and metal instead of plastic. Both phones also came with an increased RAM of 3GB from the previous 2GB. The finger print scanner was also more functional with the new releases.

Later, a better version of the S6 Edge was released with a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display. The S6 Edge+ display was still curved like the S6 Edge one, but its RAM had increased to 4GB and the battery capacity increased to 3,000mAh.

Galaxy S7

Samsung never stopped with the S6, but in 2016, the S7 and the S7 Edge was released with a flat and a curved display respectively. The display was now a 5.1-inch QHD Super AMOLED one for the S7 and 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED display for the Edge. The storage was at 4GB RAM with a 12-megapixel back camera. Included in these two models was the finger print scanner, which was obviously more developed than in the previous model.

Galaxy S8

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In 2017, S8 was and S8+ were released with an identical display, but different size. The phones had a curved QHD+ Super AMOLED display, but one had a 5.8 inch display while the other one had a 6.2-inch display.

With this model, the finger prints were now moved to the back, but users complained that it was hard to reach them.

The camera in the S8 was only slightly improved from the S7 one. Instead of the dual-sensor system and the variable aperture and wide-angle lens, a single 12-megapixel sensor was included behind the f/1.7 lens.

The battery was a 3,000mAh and because of the problems with the last model, many people went for the S series models, which was also because of their increased features.

Galaxy S9

Early last year, the S9 were released and came into twos, the S9 and the S9+. Like some of the previous models, they were made of glass and metal and had a Curved QHD Super AMOLED display like the previous model. The screens were also at 5.8 and 6.2 inch with the battery capacities being at 3,000 and 3,500mAh. This time, Samsung included the finger print scanner at a better position on the rear part probably due to the failure of the previous models. The new models were also dust and water resistant like some of the previous.

Most people are in love with this model because of its 12-megapixel Samsung smart camera, which is both unique and has a new feel for Samsung smart camera lovers. The S9 doesn’t have a fixed aperture lens, but instead comes with an ability to shift from f/2.4 to f/2.4 and f/1.5 thus allowing day and night photography. During the day, the camera shoots at f/24, but changes to f/15 when there less light.

Galaxy S10

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From DigitalTrends.com

Early this year, the S10 series was released and the new series came just in time for the company’s 10th anniversary of the S series. Four devices were introduced during this year’s launch and these are S10, S10e, S10+ and S10 5G, which look similar, but of course with some variations.

Among these, S10e is the smallest and its display is at 5.8inch and flat with a full HD+ Dynamic AMOLED display. The finger print scanner is at the side and has two cameras on its back. S10 and S10+ displays are 6.1 and 6.inches one with a curved QHD+ Dynamic AMOLED display. Unilike S10e, these have three cameras located on the back. As for the S10 5G, it is very similar to the S10+, but with four cameras and a 6.7-inch display. The phone also has a 5G connectivity ability, which is different from other S models. Another distinguishing features of the S10+ is that its backplate is ceramic, which is different from the metal and glass plates on the previous models.

Like I have emphasized in all the other models, the new Samsung S series model is Samsung best camera phone for those who love phone cameras. The S10 has a 12-megapixel camera and a megapixel unit that allows zooming for better quality pictures. The phone has also retained the capabilities of the previous model where you can shift from f/2.4 to f/2.4 and f/1.5 for both day and night photography

If you like the functional capability of Samsung phones, you will definitely fall in love with the different settings and mode in this series. The autofocus abilities are super good because of the ultra-wide and the telephoto cameras that has a white balance. Another new improvement is the 16-megapixel ultra-wide camera that has a higher focal length than the previous model.