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Top 5: The best Samsung phones of 2021

Top 5: The best Samsung phones of 2021

Samsung – arguably the best Android-based smartphone maker – launched a range of phones this year. Here is the best of the lot.

Samsung, the multinational conglomerate based in South Korea, is perhaps best known for its production of smartphones. And every year it comes up with a plethora of high-quality phones. As such: figuring out which one to choose on can be confusing. Price is always an issue for some when it comes to determining what is best for them, while others are always drawn to buying the newest and best model on the market.

The list below captures the five Samsung phones that we believe outperform others in today’s market (all offer 5G capabilities).

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

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As a member of Samsung’s Galaxy line (along with the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+), the Ultra is the king of the lot. They’re all top-notch devices, but if you want the best of everything Galaxy has to offer – and if price isn’t an issue – the Ultra is what you need. Its battery capacity is a monster (5,000 mAh), its screen is incredible at 6.8 inches, it provides a quad camera module and its camera’s Space Zoom feature fires at 100X. Its storage is also massive at 512GB and can be purchased with 12GB 16GB of RAM. Another plus is that it supports Samsung’s S Pen stylus (neither the S21 nor the 21+ offer this feature). The S21 Ultra, simply put, deserves to be considered Samsung’s best phone, although the S21 and 21+ are still more than worth buying.

Galaxy Z Fold 3

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This one may fall into the wants versus needs category, but if you’re in the foldable phone market, this is the one. A foldable phone, which essentially has two screens that can be opened to expand into a tablet, may be ideal for those who use their phone more for watching YouTube than checking email. The screen is gorgeous, using a 7.6-inch panel. The battery is a 4,400mAh cell; it is water resistant and durable, thanks to the use of Gorilla Glass Victus; and it supports S Pen. A word of warning: when folded up, it’s quite bulky, so it’s not ideal for slim phone lovers.

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

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Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

Although released in 2020, it’s still a solid buy (Samsung has decided not to release a 2021 version of the Note). It offers an amazing 6.9-inch 120Hz display; you can stream Xbox with it and it comes with an S Pen. The camera is excellent, with 50x zoom and class-leading autofocus. Aesthetically, the body of the phone is sleek and its video recording capability is sound: it can record 8K video with an aspect ratio of 21:9 at 24 frames per second. Lastly, it enables Microsoft Windows integration, which lets you access your Windows 10 apps on your phone. All around, it’s a rock-solid device.

Samsung A52

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For those on a budget, this phone is the best value for money. The camera doesn’t disappoint, boasting solid battery life and a 120Hz refresh rate display. It also incorporates a fingerprint sensor and is semi-water resistant: the phone can be immersed in water for about 30 minutes. To boot, it has a sleek design and features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G chip with 6GB of RAM.

Galaxy S21

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Among the company’s midrange devices, the S21 is a solid buy. It’s got Full HD resolution, it’s got a 6.2-inch display (with what it calls Dynamic AMOLED 2X), and longevity doesn’t lag behind (with its 4,000mAh battery) and packs a Snapdragon 888 chip, as well as 8 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage. In hand it feels great and strikes you that it is well made and durable. And besides black, there are also other colors such as gray, pink and white. There are a few downsides, though: it doesn’t have a MicroSD slot, and the wall charger isn’t included in the box of the device. But if those things aren’t a dealbreaker, it’s a no-brainer purchase (and the S21 is also more expensive: the S21+ and S21 Ultra).