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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you prioritize camera performance and display quality, the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE has a better camera system and a high-quality OLED screen. However, if you value longer-lasting battery life and a larger screen size, the Motorola Edge (2021) would be a better fit, with its sizable LCD screen and longer battery life, although its camera and overall display quality are not as high as the Galaxy S21 FE's. Both phones have plastic backs and offer similar storage options. The Galaxy S21 FE is slightly newer and may provide more future-proofing with its more recent chipset. Both run Android, but Samsung's phone has extra features like wireless charging and a superior processor which can make it a smoother experience overall, albeit at a slightly higher cost. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Motorola Edge (2021)
  • Very good battery life
Advantages of the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE
  • The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE has no clear advantages over the Motorola Edge (2021).

Key differences

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Overall Camera Quality

5.2
Edge (2021)
Galaxy S21 FE
7.0
The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE has good overall camera quality, while the Motorola Edge (2021) has poor overall camera quality.

Photo Quality

5.3
Edge (2021)
Galaxy S21 FE
6.9
The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE takes only fair photos, while the Motorola Edge (2021) takes poor photos.

Video Quality

4.7
Edge (2021)
Galaxy S21 FE
5.9
The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE and Motorola Edge (2021) both have poor videos, though the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE takes somewhat better videos.

Battery

8.7 Hours
Edge (2021)
Galaxy S21 FE
6.7 Hours
The Motorola Edge (2021) has 8.7 hours of battery life. The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE has 6.7 hours of battery life.

Screen Size

The Motorola Edge (2021) has a screen size of 6.8 inches and the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE is 6.4 inches.
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Key similarities

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Cost

$600
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$600
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The Motorola Edge (2021) has a price of $600 and the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE costs $600.

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How the Motorola Edge (2021) and the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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Motorola Edge (2021)Samsung Galaxy S21 FE
Motorola Edge (2021)Samsung Galaxy S21 FE

GENERAL

Price
$600
$600
Brand
MotorolaSamsung
Operating System
AndroidAndroid
Release Date
September 2, 2021January 29, 2022

SCREEN

Screen Size
6.8"6.4"
Resolution
2460 x 10802400 x 1080
Variable refresh rate
YesNo
Pixels Per Inch
395401
Display Type
LCDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
SD778GSD888
Internal Storage
128 GB128 GB
RAM
8 GB6 GB

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
5.3/107.1/10
Photos Score
5.4/106.9/10
Videos Score
4.7/105.9/10
Rear Cameras
Main, UltrawideMain, Ultrawide, Telephoto
Main Camera
108 megapixels12 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
8.7 Hours6.7 Hours
Battery Capacity
5000 mAh4500 mAh
Wireless Charging
NoYes
Wireless charging Speed
0 W15 W
Reverse wireless charging
NoYes (4.5 watts)

PHYSICAL

Size
6.65" x 2.98"6.13" x 2.93"
Weight
7.05 oz6.24 oz
Back Material
PlasticPlastic
Stereo Speakers
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
NoYes
Bluetooth Version
5.25.0
A2DP
YesYes
WiFi Version
6e6
NFC
YesYes
US 5G Bands
(SA/NSA/Sub6)2, 5, 25, 41, 66, 71, 77, 78(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave)41, 66, 71, 260, 261

OTHER FEATURES

Biometric unlock
Face unlock, Fingerprint sensor: SideFace unlock, Fingerprint sensor: Under Display
Unlockable Bootloader
NoNo
Color
Nebula BlueGraphite, Lavender, Olive, White, Navy Blue
Stock Android
YesNo
SD Card
NoNo

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Tom's Guide

Philip Michaels | October 2021
"If you've overlooked Motorola's higher-end phones in the past, the Motorola Edge 5G UW does a very good job at trying to regain your attention. Improvements to the main camera impress. I'm also impressed by how quickly the phone recharges. It's the affordability that ultimately wins the day for the Motorola Edge. this phone offers enough premium features to put it at the forefront of midrange options."

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE

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Philip Michaels | March 2022
"The Galaxy S21 FE is a fine addition to Samsung's S21 lineup, retaining the very best features of those flagship phones for a more modest price. This is a solid phone, matching the performance of the top Android flagships from a year ago and delivering photos that hold their own against some of the best camera phones we've tested."

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About Motorola

Motorola, a well-known name in the smartphone world, has a long-standing legacy in the industry, with a history dating back to the early days of mobile phones. The brand is mostly known for striking a balance between affordability and functionality, as well as providing a clean and straightforward interface with their software skin on top of Android. While they have traditionally been prominent in the budget and midrange categories, Motorola has also occasionally ventured into the high-end category for smartphones.

About Samsung

Samsung is one of the most recognizable names in the smartphone industry, standing as the undisputed best-selling brand of Android smartphones in the United States for many years now. Samsung is known for offering a variety of smartphones in all available price points, as well as for implementing cutting-edge technology and innovative features in their flagship devices, ones that often shape the market going forward. The company offers its own unique spin on Android, called One UI, which focuses on offering a multitude of features and is heavily customizable, according to user preference.

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