It brought enough flagship elements to deserve the title, but then experimented with dropping a few non essentials in order to drive the price down at a time when the market needed it think about it. Do you really need your display to be curved? Can you really tell if it’s quad, hd plus does the back really need to be made out of glass and even most important? Would you be willing to trade all of these secondary elements for a less expensive price tag? The result was a massive hit, even if i still debate the name, i feel that fans will drift more to features than the price, but it really helped pave the way for what the company had. Next. This is the galaxy s21. What samsung calls the everyday epic and what i’m gon na call a true phone for the fans see instead of a smaller and expensive flagship or a watered down offering? What we have here is a new approach that is seriously out to compete i’m, jaime rivera with pocket now – and this is our full review, sponsored by sub case – stick around to learn how you can win a galaxy s21 in a galaxy s21 ultra there’s. A reason why i chose to do this review before the ultra. If you look at the s21 lineup, i think this is the sleeper hit in many ways. This is almost the same phone as its bigger brothers, but with a couple of minor tweaks to bring a dramatic drop in the price tag to provide some context.
Do the math? What flagship devices can you buy today for around 700 bucks in the united states? We’Re talking oneplus 8t, which has a debatable camera and less flavors of 5g google pixel 5 with a mid ranger chip and less cameras or iphone 12, which is comparable but has less refresh rate and cameras. Then, once you consider the aggressive pre order deals that samsung is offering, which i’ll be sure to link to in the description. I think you know where i’m going the samsung galaxy s21 is seriously the best offering in this price range. But i know what you’re thinking what’s the catch and honestly not much take the hardware, for example like its most expensive brothers. This is the best looking galaxy s launch i’ve, ever seen with a more cohesive and fashion centric design that can clearly be seen in the color options. With this phantom violet, looking like jewelry, the camera, hump no longer seems like this necessary evil in a corner and is now better protected by this contour cut design same aluminum build the strongest gorilla glass evict is at the front and really what changes is that it’s? A polycarbonate back instead of glass. Now we call it glastic for a reason if it looks like glass and feels like glass but doesn’t break like glass. Is this really a bad idea? I actually think that this is the best option for most consumers. The internals are pretty much the same story.
You get the latest qualcomm snapdragon 888, with the same ram and storage options as the plus model, matched with all flavors of 5g. Reverse wireless charging, water resistance, a pretty large battery and really all you’re missing is the ultra wide band feature that enables tricks like the digital car key that you’ll actually need a new car for anyways and i think another one of my favorite changes with the galaxy S21 is that by popular demand, the display finally got flat heck. If this is another way to drop the price, it should be a general practice like its larger siblings. This is a 6.2 inch dynamic, amoled 2x at full, hd plus resolution, and this means the display adjusts between 48 and 120 hertz based on your usage and reduces eye fatigue with an auto adjustable blue light. Filter colors are vibrant, but under samsung’s new approach to not over saturate there’s, also a larger and faster ultrasonic fingerprint scanner under the display, which proved to be a joy to use during this pandemic. At this price, few phones support hdr, 10 plus or go as high as 1 300 nits, and then the built in dual speakers are pretty loud as a wacom digitizer, and even if there’s, no s pen just keep in mind that, regardless of the materials there’s. No such thing as an indestructible phone that’s, where channel sponsor sub case, has you covered those of you? Looking for the fully rugged experience, there’s the award winning ub pro made of a high quality polycarbonate and shock absorbent tpu, you get all the texture and grip.
You need, along with 20 foot drop resistance. I doubt you’ll find the better quality solution that includes a kickstand and a belt holster for such a low price, simply search s21 case by sub case on amazon or go to subcase.com and use promo code pocket now 15 to get a 15 discount. Yes, we have partnered with sub case to give away a galaxy s21 and a galaxy s21 ultra, so follow the first link in the description and enter promo code pocket now galaxy that’ll enhance your chances to win, and yes, another thing to consider is what you’re not Getting in the box so i’ll be sure to link to my favorite fast charging options from aki as well in the description now, what i wasn’t expecting to praise is one ui 3.1, but this is another reason why i consider this to be a fan edition it’s. As if they’ve been listening to complaints, because they’ve got a lot of things right here, the average consumer might care about the changes in aesthetics, which i seriously consider barely noticeable really i’m. Just glad that this is all based on android 11, because now that means notifications won’t, be this convoluted mess, with conversations now being stacked at the top. What i care about most is choice and to finally get the option to choose. The google feed from the left of the launcher is just huge subtle changes like having google pay set by default, even if you can easily switch to samsung pay and google home devices.
As an option, over smartthings are also fantastic, if only you could call on the devices menu from the power button instead of bixby and i’d be golden, but don’t get me wrong. This is not me complaining things like smart tags, actually make me praise what smart things is doing. There is now actually a benefit in grabbing the galaxy butts pro and the galaxy watch 3, and even a samsung tv given the reduced footprint and the software philosophy. Using this phone in day to day has been actually quite pleasant, and even if i was expecting issues with battery performance, i’ve been ending the days for the past week. Just fine and the pleasantries also extend to phone calls, they’ve been pretty good and the phone does an amazing job at retaining connection to 5g as well. Now, at this price point, what usually breaks any device that’s, not a pixel or an iphone, is the camera, and this is where things actually get interesting in a weird move. Samsung has chosen to keep the same specifications as last year, though we know the chip now brings a new isp to assist. Also, even if i have no scientific confirmation on this, if you were to compare the specifications of the primary camera with that of the iphone 12 pro max, it even seems like if this is the exact same sensor, or at least just this capable. I recently did a small little comparison in my first impressions, video with the s21 ultra and most viewers were debating which phone was which, during the day, whether you’re going ultra wide primary or 3x telephoto, the results are fantastic.
Samsung continues to tone down its saturation without affecting dynamic range or detail. So long as you stick to what the cameras can do, optically and forget about 30x you’ll be fine. I even get the impression that this primary sensor is large enough to produce some really nice natural bokeh at night. The results are also fairly good. If you stick to the primary sensor, samsung does offer night mode on all cameras, but the results are not at all something i’d blindly, trust. What is impressive is selfies during the day or after applying night mode. Once you disable beautifying modes, you’ll see lots of detail and fantastic dynamic range, even in very brightly lit scenarios, and the separation provided by portraits is also pretty good for this being software. I also see some dramatic improvements in video. I notice less warping, as you walk less over sharpening and an overall very balanced shot. If you have enough light, this might actually be the first time that i’d say i feel comfortable with an android phone for this task and that even applies to selfie video. Now, if i don’t waste your time talking about director’s view or super steady it’s, because they’re still limited to 1080p don’t get me wrong, they’re great ideas, but they are limited at a time when this phone is already doing its second generation of 8k. Video. To conclude, i think that the concern of most consumers when buying a flagship is if their money is well invested, unless the price is right.
In that sense, i think that’s precisely what makes the launch of the galaxy s21 so important. We live in difficult times and to see companies figure out ways to make price tags more. Realistic is what the market needs. Yes, this is a more cohesive design and finally, getting more choice in software is also to praise, but i think the bigger story here is the price it’s not perfect. In any way, i’m sure some of you will be concerned about the glass stick or the lack of expandable storage now or the accessories that you’re losing in the box. But one more time i invite you to do the math. The phone starts at 7.99. That 200 price drop alone is way beyond what the accessories cost. If you want to double the storage that’s, just an extra 50 bucks and then if you were to pre order, you can get it for as low as 99, with a trade in plus a smart tag and the 100 of in store credit are enough to buy The missing accessories, if i had to pick between flagship features and a future proof processor over having the charger in the box like google, did i’d picked. The flagship, processor, heck apple, even dropped the accessories and made the iphone 12 silently more expensive, with oneless camera and half the storage. I think you understand, where i’m going with this review. I actually never expected to like this phone this much but seriously.
If you’re in the market for an affordable flagship, the samsung galaxy s21 is pretty much the best device. We can recommend in this price bracket make sure you don’t miss out on the pre order. Deals in the description and while you’re at it follow us on social media subscribe to our channel for more videos like this. One also follow me on my personal handles to see me be impressed by this phone more than i thought.