Samsung Galaxy S21

Samsung Galaxy S21

Samsung Galaxy S21

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BEST RATING
Performance:
4.2
CAMERA: Good7.2/10
SIZE: Medium Android
BATTERY: Fair6.6/10

The Samsung Galaxy S21 is a budget-friendly phone with a plastic back, released in 2021 with Android OS. It features a 6.2-inch OLED screen without curved edges. The camera system includes a 12MP main, 64MP telephoto with a 29mm focal length, and a 12MP ultrawide lens, offering good photo and video quality. The phone supports HDR10+ for videos and RAW output for photos. Its 4000mAh battery can last up to around 6.7 hours. It is equipped with the SD888 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage, but does not have expandable memory via an SD card. The S21 has 5G capability, under-display fingerprint sensor, wireless charging, and is rated IP68 for dust and water resistance, but lacks a headphone jack and front-facing stereo speakers. Its screen supports a 120Hz refresh rate and has a punch-hole design for the selfie camera. The device offers a solid performance, and is a suitable choice if you are looking for a modern smartphone without breaking the bank. Give Feedback

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Evaluation

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Pros
  • High-quality OLED display
  • Good overall camera quality
  • Fast processor for performance
  • 120Hz refresh rate for smooth scrolling
  • 5G capable for faster data
Cons
  • No 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Lacks SD card expansion
  • Battery life could be better
  • No charger included in the box

Ratings by Category

Performance:
4.2
The Performance rating is based on GeekBench performance benchmark scores, combined with PerfectRec’s assessment of real-life typical use cases.
Overall Camera:
4.1
The Samsung Galaxy S21 stands out with a very good photos software experience, ensuring that images are processed nicely for great results across various scenarios. Additionally, the phone's good camera versatility and selfie quality indicate it's capable of capturing a wide range of photos, including high-quality self-portraits, making it a solid choice for photography enthusiasts.
Photos:
4.0
The Samsung Galaxy S21 takes good photos partly because it offers a very good software experience that enhances the photo-taking process, which is important for obtaining high-quality images. Additionally, the phone's selfie camera has been evaluated as providing good quality selfies, and this aspect is especially important for many users.
Battery Life:
3.6
The Battery Life rating is based on overall actual measured battery life during typical usage.
Videos:
3.6
The Samsung Galaxy S21 captures high-quality videos owing to its excellent stabilization and dynamic range, ensuring smooth footage with well-balanced light and color. The microphone quality also contributes to clear audio, pairing well with the visual capabilities for a superior video recording experience.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$145
Brand
Samsung
Operating System
Android
Release Date
January 29, 2021

SCREEN

Screen Size
6.2"
Resolution
2400 x 1080
Variable refresh rate
No
Pixels Per Inch
421
Display Type
OLED

INTERNAL

Processor
SD888
Internal Storage
128 GB
RAM
8 GB

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
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7.2/10
Photos Score
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7/10
Videos Score
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6.6/10
Rear Cameras
Main, Ultrawide, Telephoto
Main Camera
12 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
6.7 Hours
Battery Capacity
4000 mAh
Wireless Charging
Yes
Wireless charging Speed
15 W
Reverse wireless charging
Yes (4.5 watts)

PHYSICAL

Size
5.97" x 2.8"
Weight
5.96 oz
Back Material
Plastic
Stereo Speakers
No

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
Yes
Bluetooth Version
5.0
A2DP
Yes
WiFi Version
6
NFC
Yes
US 5G Bands
(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave)2, 5, 25, 41, 66, 71, 260, 261 (SA/NSA/Sub6)1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 77, 78

OTHER FEATURES

Biometric unlock
Face unlock, Fingerprint sensor: Under Display
Unlockable Bootloader
No
Color
Phantom Gray, Phantom White, Phantom Violet, Phantom Pink
Stock Android
No
SD Card
No

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Huseman Joe | February 2022
"The Galaxy S21 delivers the flagship Samsung experience in a phone that's much more pocketable (and affordable) than the top-end S21 Ultra.The triple-camera system is incredibly capable, Samsung's One UI 3.1 software is chock-full of features and settings to mess with, and I've not once missed having expandable storage."

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