1. Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
A top-level smartphone, and it gets our best crown
Release date: January 2021 Weight: 227 g Dimensions: 165.1 x 75.6 x 8.9 mm OS: Android 11 Screen Size: 6.8 inches Resolution: 1440 x 3200 CPU: Snapdragon 888 / Exynos 2100 RAM: 12 GB / 16 GB Storage: 128 GB / 256 GB / 512 GB Battery: 5000 mAh Rear camera: 108 MP + 10 MP + 10 MP + 12 MP Front camera: 40 MP
Reasons to buy
+ Best camera zoom + Mesmerizing design
Reasons to avoid
- Expensive at any level — No microSD card slot
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is our best smartphone in the world right now: here's why.
Why is it the best smartphone: We think the S21 Ultra is a fantastic choice for you with one of the best camera kits, phenomenal power, great battery life, rugged design and lots of other great features. The Galaxy S21 Ultra is not a cheap phone with a price that, despite being cheaper than its predecessor, is still more expensive than any competing flagship, but if you're looking for the perfect smartphone in 2021, you're going to have a hard time doing it. better than this latest one from Samsung.
Screen: Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is equipped with a 6.8-inch screen with an adaptive refresh rate of 120 Hz and Quad HD resolution. This is one of the best smartphone displays on the market.
Battery life: The battery life of the Samsung S21 Ultra is good, and we found that it can often live a whole day after being fully charged. If you're playing with a 120 Hz refresh rate, the battery life will probably drain faster, but it's the best choice if you need a phone with a long service life.
Please note that the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra does not come with a charger in the box, so you will have to use the existing one or buy it separately.
Camera: Samsung's 108-megapixel camera on the Galaxy S21 Ultra will be a highlight for many, and the camera in this phone will not disappoint. Like its predecessor, you can do2. iPhone 12 Pro / iPhone 12 Pro Max
Our favorite pair of iPhones
Weight: 189g / 228g Dimensions: 146.7mm x 71.5mm x 7.4mm / 160.8 mm x 78.1 mm x 7.4mm OS: iOS 14 Screen Size: 6.1 inches / 6.7 inches Permission: 1170 x 2532/1284 x 2778 CPU: A14 Bionic RAM: 6GB Storage: 128GB / 256GB / 512GB Battery: is unknown Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP + 12MP front camera: 12MP
Reasons to buy
+ Diverse color selection + Clear and bright screen
Reasons to Avoid
— No charging unit in the box — 5G is still an expensive luxury
The iPhone 12 Pro combines the best of the iPhone 12 and takes it to a new level. Then there's the iPhone 12 Pro Max, which offers better battery life, a slightly more powerful camera and a huge screen. The surcharge for the iPhone 12 Pro may not be worth a noticeable price increase to $999 for everyone, but this combination of phones is undoubtedly the best that Apple has released.
Why did they take second place: The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max are the most powerful iPhones to date, and they are also the most expensive in the company. Although for the same amount you can buy a Samsung phone with a large screen and a large amount of memory at a basic level, most iOS users do not want to deal with Android. Instead, they can count on a few key iPhone 11 Pro upgrades like 5G and MagSafe for easy and secure attachment of accessories (as well as wireless chargers).
Screen: Apple's 6.1-inch OLED screen on the iPhone 12 Pro really caught our attention — it's great for video streaming and gaming, even if it's set to 60 Hz, while other phones support a refresh rate of 90 Hz and even 120 Hz. Yes, the cutout at the top is still there, but we find it easy to ignore after a while, even if other phones do a great job with holes in the displays.
Battery life: this is one of the best battery life values we've ever had3. Samsung Galaxy S21 / S21 Plus.
Not the best of the S series, but excellent nonetheless
Release date: January 2021 Weight: 169 g / 200 g Sizes: 151.7 x 71.2 x 7.9 mm / 161.5 x 75.6 x 7.8 mm OS: Android 11 Screen Size: 6.2 inches / 6.7 inches Resolution: 1080 x 2400 Processor: Snapdragon 888 / Exynos 2100 RAM: 8GB Storage: 128GB / 256GB Battery: 4000mAh/4800mAh Rear Camera: 12MP + 64MP + 12MP Front Camera: 10MP
Reasons to buy
+ Fantastic universal camera + Cheaper than the Galaxy S20
Reasons to Avoid
— No microSD support — The screen is not the best
Samsung Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 Plus are not as high-end and powerful as their predecessors - Samsung Galaxy S20 used to occupy the first place in this list - and instead, Samsung Ultra phones are now in the spotlight. But its strength is in its cost: The S21 is a powerful phone that is more affordable than some of its competitors.
Why did they take 3rd place: The Samsung Galaxy S21 will be the perfect smartphone for many with an excellent combination of solid features, excellent design and the fact that it is cheaper than the Galaxy S21 Ultra, as well as its predecessors. If you have a Samsung Galaxy S20, we do not recommend buying it, but for others it will be the perfect smartphone. If you are looking for a larger screen and a better quality battery, choose a very similar but slightly more expensive Plus model.
Screen: A lot has been said about Samsung switching to Full HD for the Galaxy S21 display, but in our testing we didn't notice a big drop in resolution, unless we tested the phone side by side with the QHD display. The Galaxy S21 screen with a refresh rate of 120 Hz and excellent brightness will satisfy many. Looking for a big screen? You'll get this with the S21 Plus.
Battery life: The battery life of the Samsung Galaxy S21 is enough for a whole day from a single charge, and its 4000 mAh battery means that you can use the phone without recharging. The S21 Plus battery is even better with capacity.