Samsung Galaxy S21
The Galaxy S21 is the smallest and cheapest of Samsung’s latest trio of flagships and it offers an intriguing mix of features for the price. You’ll get the same top-tier processor as its two bigger stablemates and the same 120Hz refresh rate, but a lower resolution. It has one fewer camera than the S21 Ultra with less-sharp sensors, but otherwise still offers a versatile imaging system. Plus, it has a brand new look, a long-lasting battery and most of Samsung’s useful software. For the money, you’ll have a hard time finding a better Android flagship.
- Attractive new design
- Beautiful display
- Versatile cameras
- Long-lasting battery
- Lower resolution screen than before
- Zoomed in photo quality is muddy
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- 84AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE5 ReviewsWired80Samsung’s new flagship has one of the best cameras in a smartphoneIf you just want a good, dependable phone, you do not need to pay anywhere close to this much money (especially in this economy). Our top pick for Android phones, the Google Pixel 4A, is just $350 and will do the job just fine.Tom's Guide80It’s still a great Android phone for the price.Samsung’s Galaxy S21 is a more refined, smarter and crucially cheaper new flagship phone.CNN90Samsung’s Galaxy S21 and S21 Ultra deliver as premium Android smartphonesYear over year, the S21 is a small upgrade over the S20 –— a refreshed design, a newer processor and faster cameras. So if you own an S20, this is not a must upgrade, although Samsung’s trade-in deals do their best to persuade you otherwise.What Hi-Fi100Samsung makes a few tweaks to its winning formulaThe S21 gives here and takes there, but ultimately strengthens the Galaxy reputation.Digital Trends70Right recipe, wrong ingredientsThe Galaxy S21 makes a smart bet on value with a lower starting price, but in doing so feels stuck in 2020. A good phone, but not a particularly exciting one.