If you’re thinking about trading in your Samsung Galaxy phone to BuyMyTronics.com for cash, the first order of business that must be taken care of is identifying what sort of Galaxy phone you have.

The issue of identifying your phone becomes difficult because the regular phones and smartphones under the Galaxy class umbrella are numerous. If you've lost your phone manual and don't remember what sort of phone you have, identifying your phone can get a bit confusing.

But don't give up, we'll give a brief description of the various models and then give you the magic genie solution in answering the question: What kind of Samsung Galaxy phone do I have?

The classes
Samsung makes different Galaxy phones that move up the ladder in features, power, and pricing. We’ll break these categories into two types: high-end phones, which are the top models, and basic phones, which don’t have as many features as the high-end phones, and are geared towards users who just want basic operations with a few extras thrown in.

The High-End Galaxy Phones
The Galaxy S4
This is Samsung’s flagship smartphone and is currently one of the most popular selling Android phones in the world. It features a large 5-inch HD Super AMOLED display, 1.9 GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, up to 64GB of strorage, Android 4.2.2 “Jelly Bean” OS, 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, and many other high-end features.

The Galaxy S4 Active
This model is virtually identical to the standard S4 but with the addition of being waterproof at a depth of 36 feet for up to 30 minutes and being dust resistant. This is a new model and has not been released yet as of this writing.

Galaxy S III
This Galaxy phone literally put Samsung on the map when it was first released in May 2012. There were an amazing 9 million preorders for the device and Samsung shipped over 10 million units in the span of just five months. Features include HD Super AMOLED 4.8-inch display, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, Android 4.1 OS, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, and 2GB of RAM, and up to 64GB of storage.

Galaxy Note I and II
These smartphones from Samsung were the first ones to be named “phablets” because of their huge displays. Its screens sizes were between a phone and tablet, hence phablet. The Note I and II have displays that are 5.29-inches and 5.5-inches, respectively. Features differ slightly between the two models, but in general, the Galaxy Note II has improved specifications over its “little” brother.

Basic Phones
The following models vary slightly from one another regarding display size, processor speed, storage space, and other features. These phones are considered basic cell phones and generally have onboard cameras, expandable storage space, and 3G and/or 4G connectivity.

Instead of going over the features of each phone individually, we’ll just list the most popular ones because the models in this category have similar configurations:

* Galaxy Ace
* Galaxy Aviator
* Galaxy Exhilarate
* Galaxy Express
* Galaxy Indulge
* Galaxy Matrix
* Galaxy Nexus
* Galaxy Prevail
* Galaxy Reverb
* Galaxy Rugby Pro
* Galaxy Rush
* Galaxy S
* Galaxy S Blaze
* Galaxy S Lightray
* Galaxy S Relay
* Galaxy S Showcase
* Galaxy S2
* Galaxy S2 Skyrocket
* Galaxy Spica
* Galaxy Stellar
* Galaxy Stratosphere

The magic genies
With all these types of Galaxy phones, how do you know which one is the one you own? There are two easy ways to do this:

Method One: Go to the settings menu of your phone. At the end of the various listings, you should see “About this device” or something similar to this. Click on this and you will see the model number. This will generally be a combo of letters and numbers.

Each wireless company usually adds additional numbers or letters to the end of the basic ID to identify the model as its own. For your purposes, just take down the first letters and the next four digits. This will be the ID model number and can be entered into the search box on BuyMyTronics.com. Or you can do a search on the Internet to find out which model you have.

So for instance, if your model number is SGH-I747MBBATT, just copy the first three letters and the next four characters for the real ID tag. So this would be "SGH-I747," and so on.

Method Two: Take the cover off of the back of your phone, if this is possible, lift out the battery, and copy down the model number on the ID tag that is on the inside of the case.

Now you know
Once your particular model number is known, you can Google it to see what type of Galaxy phone you have. Jot this info down and enter the model name of your phone, such as “Galaxy Ace,” in the BuyMyTronics.com search box, and you’re all set!

Frank Ling is the National Technology Examiner for Examiner.com. He is a writer, professional photographer, and video editor. One of his all-time favorite jobs was working at a large video game publisher as a QA trainer for testing game software.

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