Samsung Galaxy S21+ Review

However, Samsung has repeatedly launched some of my favorite handsets, including the S10+, S20+, and Z Fold 2. Now Both S series handsets were phenomenal and perfect examples of what a flagship smartphone is. For the S10+ and S20+ offered top-of-the-line specs, including admirable cameras, a big battery, a quick processor, beautiful designs, and great displays. Now Last year, I said that “for the rest of the year, I’ll be comparing other premium phones to this device and see how they stack up. Such as the S20+ will be hard to beat.” In 2021, however, Samsung seems to have placed most of its attention on the Galaxy S21 Ultra, In leaving the Galaxy S21+ and S21 in the dust. So this year, I can say with certainty that the Galaxy S21+ isn’t among my favorite smartphones of the year and it shouldn’t be the example other manufacturers strive to beat. In fact, Samsung the device offers long-lasting battery life, a cool design, and the snappiest processor available, it lags behind the S21 Ultra in several areas.

Design

The S21+’s design is where the smartphone shines. So It offers the now-familiar ‘Infinity-O’ display with a tiny selfie shooter and very slim bezels. Unfortunately, this time the panel is completely flat. Now some really enjoy smartphones with a flat screen, I think the curve actually feels better in hand and helps the viewing experience feel more immersive. Also Speaking about the phone’s display, Samsung’s S21+ features a 1080 x 2400 pixel resolution, which is somewhat ridiculous when you look back at the S series line. For the last two years in a row, Samsung’s S series flagship models have featured WQHD+ displays, so it’s an odd move on the company’s part to lower the resolution with the S21+. Now images and videos still look good on the S21+, there’s noticeably less sharpness when you hold the device beside the S20+. While Some users who have never used a phone with a higher resolution might not take issue with this change; those looking to upgrade from the S10+ and S20+ will notice the difference. in fact, the screen still features a higher 120Hz refresh rate, which makes scrolling and playing games a much smoother experience.

Then you flip the phone on its side, you’ll notice a bronze frame that offers a nice contrast and flows nicely into the ‘contour cut camera.’ In fact, is a Smooth touch and gives the device a signature look that helps it stand out in an industry full of similar-looking smartphones. So the Phantom Violet also shines nicely in the light, creating different shades of violet depending on how the sun hits it. in fact, the device comes in ‘Phantom Black’ and ‘Phantom Silver,’ as well as ‘Phantom Red’ and ‘Phantom Gold’ if you purchase it directly from Samsung.

Now the rear of the device has a nice matte feel to it that was first featured with the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. So the back of S21+ is actually glass, unlike the S21. Now Some might prefer a plastic rear, but a phone this expensive should offer the highest quality possible. Then the design of the S21+ is a step above the S20+, but in terms of the display quality, the South Korean company took a step back.

Performance

Samsung smartphone’s display and design aren’t all that matters. The Samsung Galaxy S21+ offers Qualcomm’s highest-end processor, the Snapdragon 888. So It’s speedy and handles everything I put it through with ease. Then includes browsing the internet, texting, scrolling through Instagram and Facebook, taking pictures, watching videos on YouTube, and occasionally playing games like PUBG. Benchmark-wise, the S21+ performs exceptionally well. While the Snapdragon 888, the handset’s multi-core score hits 3,244, and its single-core score comes in at 1,065. Now put this into perspective, the S20+, with its Snapdragon 865 processor, achieves a single-core score of 889 and a multi-core score of 2,927. So I don’t put much stock into benchmarks because phones with a lot lower scores, like the Pixel 5 for example, still run great. Samsung S21+ only has 8GB of RAM this time around for some reason. In Last year’s S20+ models all featured 12GB of RAM, but the lower amount of RAM isn’t a big issue. While the phone does keep fewer apps open at once within its overview menu. Moreover, nearly all apps open incredibly quickly due to the S21+’s 888 processor, it’s a weird move on Samsung’s part to lower the device’s amount of RAM.

Battery Performance

So the fewer apps running in the background and the increase in power cell size give the S21+ pretty good battery life. Then I’ve gotten a full day of battery out of the phone, Also me spending roughly an hour on Instagram and the device running Spotify in the background for 8 hours, coupled with an hour spent typing in Google Docs. Now other times, I’ve gotten a little less than six hours of screen on time after scrolling through Instagram and Facebook and watching a few YouTube videos. Now the S21+ definitely doesn’t offer the best battery life on the market. The Samsung pulled an ‘Apple’ and removed the charger in the box of the S21 series, which I’m not a fan of. So the S21+ features dual speakers on the top and bottom of the device, allowing it to provide booming sound.

Camera

The Samsung camera in the S21+ is exactly what I expected from a modern flagship Samsung smartphone. So the colors pop, and the pictures are extremely vibrant. In fact, you’re using the 12-megapixel ultrawide, 64-megapixel telephoto or 12-megapixel primary lens, you can expect the S21+ to shoot high-quality images that aren’t necessarily true-to-life. Samsung cameras on the S21 are the same as the S21+, so you’ll find a similar experience there as well. In telephoto-wise, the shots look good at 3x zoom, but image quality deteriorates the further you push it. So pictures at 30x zoom are horrendous, lack detail, and are grainy, similar to the S21 Ultra 100x zoom. In fact, pushing the camera to 10x hybrid zoom yields surprisingly decent results. Now Previous Next Night Mode with the S21+ is what I’d describe as fine. In fact, Images are bright and in clear focus. While under little to no light, pictures suffer in quality. Also, Night mode with the ultra-wide-angle camera is worse than with the primary shooter, with images losing detail and appearing very noisy.

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