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Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus Review Rundown

Samsung Electronics | Published on 22 Mar 2021 | Last Edited on 24 Mar 2021 | Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer

Overview

Photo of Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus
  • Excellent camera performance
  • Fast charging via USB-C
  • Good battery life
  • 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[*] 74%
Reviewers from Digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The design of the S21 series is Samsung's best yet. It's 200 grams and 7.8mm thick, with a fairly flat 6.7-inch screen leading into the metal chassis and a Gorilla Glass Victus rear panel. The stunning screen matched with the Galaxy S21+'s reasonable in-hand size makes it excellent for video, gaming and general everyday use.
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Pros[**]
  • Beautiful 6.7-inch screen with 120Hz refresh rate
  • Excellent camera performance
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • Camera is only “good”

expertreviews[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 68%
Reviewers from Expertreviews have found the following[***]:
The Galaxy S21 Plus has a bigger battery (4,800mAh) and a larger screen (6.7in) Three cameras make an appearance on the back of the phone, made up of a 12MP main sensor, 64MP telephoto lens and 12MP ultrawide unit. There's no dedicated Bixby button again, although Samsung's bumbling digital assistant is still lurking in the shadows. The phone supports 25W fast charging via USB-C, as well as 15W wireless charging.
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Pros[**]
  • Beautiful 120Hz display
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

nextpit[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 81%
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.
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Pros[**]
  • Great camera performance
  • Great battery life
  • Good performance
Cons[**]
  • Not as good as the Galaxy S21+

notebookcheck[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from Notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The 6.7-inch Galaxy S21+ uses a flat AMOLED display with an ultra-sound fingerprint sensor hidden underneath and a selfie camera placed at the top edge of the display. With its 4800-mAh battery, the smartphone offers the second largest battery of the Galaxy S20 series. The Galaxy S 21 Ultra has four cameras and offers 8 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and two storage models.
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Pros[**]
  • Bright AMOLED display
  • Fast Exynos 2100
  • Fast SoC
  • Long battery life
Cons[**]
  • Mediocre cameras
  • Only one USB-C port

techadvisor[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from Techadvisor have found the following[***]:
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus runs Android 11 with Samsung's One UI 3.1 skin. It's available in silver, black, gold and red, although the latter two options are exclusive to those buying directly from Samsung. There's also IP68 dust and water resistance on offer, meaning it's fine to use in the rain, and it might even survive a dunk in the water – although I wouldn't leave it submerged for too long if I were you. As expected, the main snapper is essentially the same as the S20 Plus, with a 12Mp ultra-wide and a 64x zoom lens.
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Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous 120Hz display
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • Not as powerful as the Galaxy S21 Ultra

techradar[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 80%
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus is designed for those who want the same mix of affordability and features in a larger package. It has a 6.7-inch screen, but Samsung has dropped to Full HD+ resolution from last year's S20 Plus. This is still a phone with an awesome, bright AMOLED screen, which also offers a smart dynamic refresh rate up to 120Hz. On the camera side, essentially nothing has changed since last year, but that isn't a problem if you're upgrading from an older phone than one of the Galaxy S20 range.
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Pros[**]
  • Super-fast 5G connectivity
  • Great camera array
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

tomsguide[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from Tomsguide have found the following[***]:
In the US, the Galaxy S21 Plus starts at $999 for the 128GB model. The phone is not a small phone at 6.36 x 2.98 x 0.31 inches, weighing in at 7.05 ounces. As with the S21 and S21 Ultra, Samsung “downgraded” the display to a 1080p resolution. A few changes include the integrated Google Discover feed into the stock phone app.
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Pros[**]
  • Beautiful, high-contrast display
  • Long battery life
  • Great camera performance
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

trustedreviews[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 77%
Reviewers from Trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
The S21 Plus is the middle-child in Samsung's current flagship phone lineup. It sits between the more affordable Galaxy S21 and the super-expensive S21 Ultra. It's arriving less than a year after the Galaxy S20 Plus, which was one of the best phones I tested in 2020. However, there isn't enough to merit an upgrade if you've purchased a new flagship phone in the past two years.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Beautiful AMOLED screen
  • Bright 120Hz panel
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

references

  1. 1. ^ Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G review: Not as good as one, but better than the other. Digitaltrends. 2021-03-05. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  2. 2. ^ Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus review: Buy the S21 instead. Expertreviews. Retrieved 2021-03-12.
  3. 3. ^ Samsung Galaxy S21+ review: It's gorgeous! But is the beauty just skin deep?. Nextpit. 2021-02-01. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  4. 4. ^ Samsung Galaxy S21+ smartphone review: The Galaxy S21 in large. Notebookcheck. 2021-02-28. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  5. 5. ^ Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus review. Techadvisor. 2021-02-25. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  6. 6. ^ Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus review. Techradar. 2021-02-05. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  7. 7. ^ Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus review: A big-screen phone that gets the big things right. Tomsguide. 2021-02-11. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  8. 8. ^ Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus Review. Trustedreviews. 2021-02-18. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  9. *. 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.
  10. **. 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.
  11. ***. 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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