Samsung first sprang into the world of electronics in the 1960s, offering consumer products including fridges, ovens, laptops, and more recently, mobile phones.
It was Samsung’s S range of smartphones which really blew the socks off the mobile phone world, firmly knocking Nokia from the top of the pedestal. The Samsung Galaxy S hit the market in 2010, sporting a touch screen, 5 megapixel rear facing camera and Android’s Éclair operating system.
Since 2010, Samsung has become one of the biggest smartphone manufacturers in the world, with successful handsets including the Galaxy S2, S3, S4, S5, as well as its range of Note phablets and Tab and Note tablets.
Samsung also offers a wide range of smartphones for every budget; while the S and Note range might sit at the upper end of the scale, handsets such as the Galaxy Y, Galaxy Ace and Galaxy Fame are available for those with a slightly tighter budget.
Not content at offering a smartphone for every possible price range, Samsung has also delved into new technology, launching the world’s first ever camera-smartphone hybrids in the form of the Galaxy S4 Zoom and Galaxy K Zoom. The phablet market hasn’t been left untouched by Samsung either; on top of the Galaxy Note range of large-screened devices, Samsung has launched the Mega range, two smartphones boasting 5.8-inch and 6.3-inch screens.
Outside of the world of communications, Samsung has also made a name for itself for other consumer electronics, including cameras, kitchen appliances, televisions and smartwatches. In 2013 the first Galaxy Gear smartwatch was launched, pushing the boundaries of technology yet further.
This success hasn’t come without controversy though. Since becoming one of the most popular smartphone manufacturers across the globe, rivals such as Apple, Nokia and HTC have all had run-ins with the Korean firm. Most recently Apple has come to blows with Samsung, stepping in and out of the courtroom more times than you can imagine.
At present Samsung is the biggest manufacturer of Android smartphones, beating the likes of HTC, Sony, Motorola and LG. It has also dipped a toe into the Windows Phone market too, launching devices including the Ativ S, Ativ SE and Ativ S Neo.
Samsung is working on its own operating system, called Tizen. A Samsung-built Tizen operated smartphone was rumoured to hit the shelves in March 2014, but this failed to happen, giving Samsung a further air of mystery.
So if you’re keen on picking up one of the best smartphones from perhaps the most famous manufacturers in the world, then Samsung could well fit the bill.