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Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus Review Rundown

SamsungPublished on 22 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Overview

Neoscore* 83%
Pros**
  • Excellent camera performance
  • Fast charging via USB-C
  • Good battery life
Cons**
  • Not as good as the Galaxy S21

Summary

Galaxy S21+ is almost identical to the Galaxy S21 in software, performance, and camera ability. The phone supports 25W fast charging via USB-C as well as 15W wireless charging, and it can wirelessly reverse-charge compatible devices, such as the Galaxy Watch 3 and Galaxy Buds Pro.
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.

Rundown

digitaltrends[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 81%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The Samsung Galaxy S21+ may appear to be the middle child of the 2021 S-series range. It's pretty and capable, but it doesn't push any boundaries, or spearhead any exciting advancements. Provided you're not set on an Android phone, the Apple iPhone 12 Pro is the better purchase for $1,000. If Android is an essential, the OnePlus 9 series is on its way very soon.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Excellent camera performance
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent performance
Cons[**]
  • No IP68 rating
  • No wireless charging

nextpit[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 77%
Reviewers from nextpit have found the following[***]:
The Galaxy S21+'s camera delivers a good performance, but it probably still lags behind the S21 Ultra. It is probably left further behind the likes of the Mate 40 Pro(+), the Huawei P40(+) and also the iPhone 12 Pro Max. The new fingerprint sensor does a very good job, as I've mentioned.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Bright 120 Hertz display
  • Long battery life
  • Good camera performance
Cons[**]
  • Slow charging
  • No aptX codec support
  • Slow Wi-Fi

notebookcheck[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
Samsung has equipped the Galaxy S21+ with a large 4800-mAh battery. The two Dolby Atmos speakers produce an acceptable sound with balanced mids and highs. Headphones and speakers can be connected via USB-C adapter or wirelessly via Bluetooth 5.0. Samsung supports the Bluetooth SBC, AAC, aptX, and LDAC codecs.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Very good battery life
  • High-end hardware
  • Very good camera equipment
  • Good system performance
Cons[**]
  • No UFS 3.1 storage
  • No microSD card slot
  • Slow SoC performance

techadvisor[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 88%
Reviewers from techadvisor have found the following[***]:
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus sports a 4,800mAh battery. Samsung has dropped the fast charge of this year's range, capping it at 25W compared to 45W on offer from last year's model. There's also 10W wireless charging support, and if you need to top-up your Qi-enabled wireless earbuds or smartwatch, there's 5W reverse wireless charging on offer too. It's much cheaper than the S20 Plus, particularly in the US, which launched at a whopping £999/$1,199.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Fantastic performance
  • Great cameras
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • No ultra-wide-angle camera
  • No headphone jack

techradar[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 84%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus runs Android 11 with Samsung's interface One UI 3.0. It may take up to a year before you can get Android 12 on this phone, even if Google releases the update in August. Samsung has followed Apple in choosing not to include a charger in the box, with the thinking being that most people will have a USB-C charger at home.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Great battery life
  • Fast performance
Cons[**]
  • No microSD card slot
  • No expandable storage

tomsguide[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 85%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following[***]:
With the Galaxy S21 series, Samsung introduced One UI 3.1. Samsung wants you to use its features out of the box, including Edge Panels and the Bixby shortcut. The paginated app drawer in the One UI launcher is frustrating. The Galaxy Z Flip 3 is right around the corner, and it's rumored to start at $999.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Great performance
  • Great battery life
  • Good camera performance
Cons[**]
  • One UI is a relic of the past
  • No telephoto camera

trustedreviews[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 85%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
The Galaxy S21 Plus comes with a near-identical camera setup to the S20 Plus. Around the back you’ll find a tri-camera comprising a 12-megapixel main, 64- megapixel telephoto and 12-Megapixel ultra-wide sensors. Round the front is a 10-megixels camera in a central hole-punch placement in the screen. In reasonable light the camera performs well, with the main sensor proving wonderfully reactive and offering fast autofocus speeds. Portrait mode also manages to produce a much better bokeh effect than that seen of many rival phones, such as the OnePlus 8T.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Fantastic performance
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent cameras
Cons[**]
  • Battery life could be better
  • No wireless charging

References

1. ^ Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G review: Not as good as one, but better than the other. digitaltrends. 2021-03-05 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Samsung Galaxy S21+ smartphone review: The Galaxy S21 in large. notebookcheck. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus review. techadvisor. 2021-02-25 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus review. techradar. 2021-02-05 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus Review. trustedreviews. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.
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