Best Samsung phones 2021

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Best Samsung phones 2021
The world's largest phone maker, Samsung, is at the market share top for a reason. Ever since the first Galaxy S, it has been relentlessly pursuing things like unique OLED display panels, or innovative camera tech like dual optical zoom, culminating in the Galaxy S21 Ultra. So, what is the best Samsung phone?

Best Samsung 5G phones list

  • Galaxy S21 Ultra - the best of the best among 2021 phones, in display, camera, and battery life.
  • Galaxy Note 20 Ultra - the most advanced phone Samsung has to offer with an S Pen silo.
  • Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ - fantastic Android smartphones - they make little compromise and just aren't as overkill as the S21 Ultra.
  • Galaxy S20 FE - the best value for money phone Samsung has ever released.
  • Samsung Galaxy A71 5G - a good price-to-performance ratio with nice screen and good battery life.

Best Samsung flagships


Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra


Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
9.1

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra


The Good

  • The longest, cleanest zoom on a phone, and most versatile camera set
  • The best battery life in its class
  • Brightest display with the most granular adaptive refresh rate
  • Stylish Contour Cut design and richer variety of colors
  • Unique 12-bit color RAW capture at 108MP
  • S Pen stylus support
  • Next-gen Wi-fi 6E standard support

The Bad

  • Still big and bulky to carry and use, especially with an S Pen case on
  • $1200 gets you just 128GB, no charger, earbuds, or memory card slot
  • The new ultrasonic finger scanner is still comparatively slow
  • Softness in the main camera sample edges

The hrandest, the meanest, the best Samsung Galaxy S line phone right now - the S21 Ultra! In a way, it is also the best S Pen-supporting phone, too, all at under a grand right now with Amazon's $200 off promo, the best phone deal in a while.


Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra


No need to panic, but Samsung's best phone with an S Pen stylus is also large and wide. Thankfully, it also has the largest battery in the Note line, the S Pen sensitivity is out of this world, and a giant 108MP camera plus a periscope zoom kit adorn the rear.


Samsung Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+


Samsung Galaxy S21+
8.5

Samsung Galaxy S21+


The Good

  • Excellent performance
  • Great battery life
  • Versatile camera modes and features
  • Great image quality
  • Smooth and vivid display

The Bad

  • No charger in the box
  • Slippery design
  • A bit too heavy
  • Gets hot under heavier load

OK, OK, how about the second best Samsung smartphones? This option is rolled into one since these are very, very similar — from camera modules to hardware and performance but not size and fit.  And yes, you still get adaptive 120 Hz screens!



Best midrange Samsung phones


Samsung Galaxy S20 FE


Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
9.2

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE


The Good

  • Excellent value for the money
  • Impressive two-day battery life
  • Bright and flat display with high 120Hz refresh rate
  • 3 years of Android version updates and up to 3 years warranty
  • Good pictures and video quality
  • Very good stereo sound recording and playback
  • Durable housing in a variety of matte colors to choose from
  • Quick optical in-display fingerprint scanner

The Bad

  • The 5G model is only available in a 6GB RAM/128GB storage version
  • The screen colors are a bit on the cold and saturated side
  • Display is Gorilla Glass 3 only but it does come with protector pre-installed
Where to begin with the Galaxy S20 FE, the best value-for-money phone at launch that has now become even more affordable for its 120Hz display, telephoto zoom, and excellent battery life.

Samsung Galaxy A71 5G


Samsung Galaxy A71 5G

Samsung Galaxy A71 5G


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With a Verizon UW version, the A71 is the best midranger Samsung currently has, and with a 5G connectivity on top. The Galaxy A71 offers most of what's great about flagship Samsung phones for a much lower price now that our Galaxy A72 review didn't find a compelling reason to upgrade from the excellent (and now much cheaper) A71.


Best cheap Samsung phones

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G

Samsung Galaxy A52
9.0

Samsung Galaxy A52


The Good

  • Beautiful, big, 90 Hz AMOLED screen
  • Good camera, OIS helps a lot
  • Stereo speakers sound good
  • Heyyy, headphone jack

The Bad

  • All around plastic
  • A bit bulky
  • Performance can have a few hiccups
In addition to 5G Ultra Wideband support, you get a respectable screen resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels, the same general design language, 128 gigs of internal storage space, quad rear-facing camera system, single 32MP selfie shooter, in-display fingerprint sensor, microSD card slot, and... a headphone jack, woohoo! While not perfect, there is a reason the A51 was been the most popular Samsung phone on the market in 2020, and its 2021 successor can't be an exception at its sub-$400 price point.

Related phones

Galaxy S21 Ultra
  • Display 6.8 inches 3200 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 108 MP (Quad camera) 40 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 12GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, not expandable
  • Battery 5000 mAh
  • OS Android 11 Samsung One UI
Galaxy S20 FE
  • Display 6.5 inches 2400 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Triple camera) 32 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 6GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, 103.4microSDXC
  • Battery 4500 mAh
  • OS Android 11 Samsung One UI

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