Samsung Galaxy S21 Review Rundown
The S21 shares the light, slim, and IP68-certified case as well as the 20:9 display aspect ratio with its predecessor, the Galaxy S20, which also measures 6.2-inches. Samsung used the same material on the Galaxy Note 20, but it's much less shiny than the matte glass on the Samsung S21. All in all, the Samsung GalaxyS21 feels like a premium device, although it's unlikely to feel as top-end as the Samsung Galaxy S20.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.
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Reviewers from Digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The Galaxy S21 uses the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 (or Samsung's comparable Exynos 2100 internationally) chipset. The camera system is, in simple terms, the same as it is on the Galaxy S20 phones. Most of the camera experience is solid, but at night you're reminded this isn't a 2021-level camera.
Reviewers from Nextpit have found the following[***]:
Samsung took a bold approach when designing the new Galaxy S21 models... to the extent that no smartphone manufacturer has dared before. Great work on the under-display fingerprint sensor did not mean Samsung has forgotten about their front-facing camera either. It's also nice to see Samsung expand the scope of functionality for the ultra-wideband sensor in the Plus and Ultra models.
Reviewers from Notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
Samsung has updated its Galaxy S20 flagship smartphone. The Galaxy S21 shares the light, slim, and IP68-certified case as well as the 20:9 display aspect ratio with its predecessor. The display has a resolution of 2400x1080 pixels, which is actually a clear step backwards compared to the Galaxy S 20, since the latter offers 3200x1440 pixels.
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
Samsung's smallest, most affordable Galaxy S21 sets the stage for 2021 phones with style and without breaking the bank. It's future-proofed with 5G technology so advanced that the networks to support it don't exist yet. But until the inevitable discounts kick in and the new 5G networks are launched, its price feels too high for its capabilities.
Reviewers from Pcworld have found the following[***]:
The Galaxy S21 might be the smartest phone Samsung has ever made. Like the iPhone 12, it doesn't have the best specs or the biggest screen. But it delivers where it counts, at a price that's very attainable for a phone with a full complement of 5G, a high-end camera and the latest Snapdragon processor.
Reviewers from Phonearena have found the following[***]:
The Galaxy S21 looks great and packs the latest Sammy hardware. It's snappy and fun to use, and its camera is pretty great as well. The S20 FE also comes with a flat screen, plastic back, fast hardware, and a beautiful 120 Hz screen.
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
The Samsung Galaxy S21 is an odd handset on paper, but having spent a week using it we've found it to be a highly capable handset that's a pleasure to use. Samsung has switched from a full glass rear on the Galaxy S20 – a design that wasn't too exciting in the flesh – to a ‘Glasstic’ rear that comes with a matte finish and incorporates a new camera block design. The gold camera array on the Phantom Violet variant is particularly good-looking, and it feels slimmer than the glass rear of the phone so it doesn't jutt out from the rear.
Reviewers from Tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The Samsung Galaxy S21 feels as though it's had as much taken away as it has upgraded. The S21 only comes with 8GB of RAM, with no option to get the 12GB of the Galaxy S20. Measuring 6 x 2.8 x 0.31 inches and weighing 6.07 ounces, the S21 is a bit smaller yet a little heavier.
Reviewers from Trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
The Samsung Galaxy S21 isn't the highest tier phone in Samsung's current line-up. The S21 is the lowest entry point to Samsung's flagship phone line and it comes with a few key changes to last year's Galaxy S20. The biggest, especially for those who still want this to be a high-end flagship phone, is the drop in maximum screen resolution. The only drawback is that the phone does not feel quite as expensive as previous headline S series phones.
Reviewers from Whathifi have found the following[***]:
The new Samsung Galaxy S21 is more of a refinement of its predecessor than a revamp. Samsung has stuck with the screen sizes of its S20 line-up, meaning the S21, like its predecessor, has a 6.2in display. The S21 has 8GB RAM and is available in 128GB and 256GB storage options, priced £769 ($799, AU$1249) and £819 ($850, AU $1349) respectively. We plug in our wired Sennheiser Momentum earbuds via the Sony's 3.5mm headphone jack. The Samsung performs well for a smartphone, the Sonys simply perform like a dedicated music player.
- 1. ^ Samsung Galaxy S21 5G review: Right recipe, wrong ingredients. Digitaltrends. 2021-01-21. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
- 2. ^ Samsung Galaxy S21+ review: It's gorgeous! But is the beauty just skin deep?. Nextpit. 2021-02-01. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
- 3. ^ Samsung Galaxy S21 smartphone review: The most affordable high-end Galaxy. Notebookcheck. 2021-02-19. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
- 4. ^ Samsung Galaxy S21 Review. Pcmag. 2021-01-23. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
- 5. ^ Samsung Galaxy S21 review: A premium phone that's a great value. Pcworld. 2021-01-29. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
- 6. ^ Samsung Galaxy S21 review. Phonearena. 2021-01-29. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
- 7. ^ Samsung Galaxy S21 review. Techradar. 2021-03-01. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
- 8. ^ Samsung Galaxy S21 review. Tomsguide. Retrieved 2021-03-12.
- 9. ^ Samsung Galaxy S21 Review. Trustedreviews. 2021-01-21. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
- 10. ^ Samsung Galaxy S21 review. Whathifi. 2021-01-21. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
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