Was it worth the price and, if you’re, considering a galaxy s21 ultra at this point, should you consider picking this up or should you consider waiting until it comes down further okay, so discussing the price on this phone right now? If you do pick it up right now, on amazon you’ll see in some cases it’s still 11.99, but in some cases it’s even cheaper. You can still find this thing. You know around 8.99 some areas i found it for in the nines, so it has come down a couple hundred dollars in certain places. However, if you go to, you know best buy or something you’re still going to pay the full price. If you go to samsung.com it’s still the full retail price right now, so it hasn’t come down much there. However, the trading values on samsung.com are still pretty high. So if you do pick this one up and you do a trade in you, get an instant trade and you do have to send the device or they will charge you, but at least you’re getting some pretty high trading value. Overall, i would say the price hasn’t come down too much just yet. But if you look for this on the used market, you should find it quite a bit cheaper, okay, so, three months later with the body now, this thing weighs 227 grams. We talked about that already. However, i just got to tell you the main thing, because we’re comparing this to the iphone 12, the s21 series this year, this one just felt more comfortable to hold, mostly because of its more narrow and tall.
You know kind of statuary just easy to hold in the hand now. Is it easy to one hand things? No, not really, but there is a one handed mode on this phone. You could just bring it down like that, so it is easy to get things done. Even though you know you can’t reach all the way to the top one ui brings the controls way down. Here you can change the brightness really easy and the fingerprint is in the right location here. So i will say three months later, i’m, pretty happy with the overall body. I also really love three months later how clean this phone is staying because of this texture on the back and one thing that samsung doesn’t get a lot of credit for, but is how they made the camera area just very similar to this texture right here. This area around a lot of phones is glass and it will get super smudgy and super dirty. This was a great choice and i hope samsung stays this way and then on the sides of this body. It is like a aluminum build here, but definitely feels very high quality, so very happy with the body. I love the phantom black. I think over three months it’s one of my favorite phones on the market in terms of the look it’s just classy it’s businessy it’s. Just a strong overall design, however, some people could argue that maybe the 12 pro max has a more of a unique design with its squared edges, it’s a little bit conservative, but here with the s21 ultra just love its overall look.
It still feels the price i paid for it now when it comes to the actual screen on this phone. I just absolutely love the screen now. Let me tell you why. First of all, obviously you have very minimal bezel around the entire body, it’s 6.8 inches. So it’s a massive display here. However, a lot of these things i’m going to talk about apply to the other s21 line as well. It gets very bright for an android phone. This is one of the brightest you’re gon na get out there. In addition, if you go ahead and you do adaptive brightness, it will get brighter in sunlight than pretty much any phone i’ve tested. So the peak brightness on this thing is crazy, high at 1500 nits only that but samsung does have 120 hertz on here. But what i’ve noticed is that you know, even if we go into the wqhd mode i’m, still able to get good battery. I’Ve noticed this over my past three months. It doesn’t matter if i’m, a full hd plus or wqhd, plus i can get through a day easily. In addition, i never really went to the standard mode because there’s no real point to go back to a laggier experience and then what i do really appreciate about this is this vivid and natural mode. Now, when i get tired of the popping colors, i go back to natural and i just leave it in natural all day now some people always gon na want them saturated samsung.
Look. So i go over here back to display, and then i just put it back in vivid and you could tweak it to be a little bit more warm now. Samsung doesn’t have the most tweaking of the display anymore. They used to have more features in here on the super amoled panels, but it’s dynamic, amoled. You don’t really need it. You just need vivid and natural, and it does very well texas. Super sharp video looks super amazing and everything has stayed buttery smooth on here. This is not the samsung of yesteryear. The samsung experience on here is super smooth, each and every day, alright guys so software. What do i love about this phone three months later and i got ta say this feature right here: it’s not really s21 ultra pretty much. All samsung device have this now, but it works smoother on this phone than a lot of them. The split screen modes and the app pairing is fantastic anytime. I want to do something like use the browser and read the article. At the same time, i don’t usually do this often, but if i’m typing a note while watching a video, i do that quite a bit and they brought the ability back a while back to go ahead and flip between these really do love this. It takes great advantage of the screen. Second, i love how they brought the s pen. Look how large this s pen is comparatively to the galaxy note series now, if i go ahead and punch in this button right here, you’ll see we have all the similar features create note view note it’s very easy to write on this phone comparatively to the galaxy Note smaller, comparing s pen it’s very easy.
It just feels like a much larger experience on this phone, so loving the s pen compatibility with this software. In addition, i do love the fact that everything in one ui kind of brings it down and that it’s kind of easy to use this. The software with one hand. Now. I also do appreciate the eye comfort shield that came with the galaxy s21 ultra. It makes the screen a lot less. You know straining on the eyes at night time and just all these extra features just really enjoy them, because sometimes you need them. You don’t always need them, but sometimes you do not only that i’m i’m liking how samsung is tightly integrating the watch. Experience with the you know the samsung ecosystem. In addition to that, it’s, not only the watch experience but it’s also, you know the samsung health with ekg. You have this right here, you go here and you go to theme, store, there’s, a whole galaxy store. In addition, they have tablets. That kind of you know match with this, in addition to galaxy buds, it’s it’s, a very tight ecosystem of products, even though it’s still running android. So i got ta say this software also getting a lot of update support for four years. You should be updated. So if you buy this now i’m sure you’re gon na want a different phone within four years and getting software updates pretty regularly on here, as well, once per month or so, and performance i’ve been using.
This thing really hardcore trying to slow it down and you can’t do it. The snapdragon 888 on here the 12 gigs of ram 120 hertz, no slow down ever in sight. This thing performs like a boss, each and every day, i’ve actually never had this one lag once no apps have ever crashed really on me at all on this phone it’s, never rebooted itself in my entire three plus months of using it so really strong. If you want the strongest android performance, look at the s21 ultra, this is gon na, be the one – and i know just swiping through these screens don’t mean much, but definitely if you checked out my speed tests already, you would have seen this thing is an absolute Absolute monster in the performance area, so storage, now i’ve i’ve, already used 45 of my storage. So at this rate, i’m, probably gon na be fully full here. I’M gon na have to get some stuff off within six months, or so. However, you know 128 gig. Starting is strong, however, you know, i think they could have started this price. They could have started at 256 gig, considering the price of the s21 ultra, no more expandable memory, i kind of missed this. Definitely do i wish it still had expandable memory. Hopefully they bring it back on at least on the ultra model, because people that buy this one are more of a power user. They want extra storage, they want extra everything so hopefully samsung.
If you’re watching this video bring back the sd card for the micro sd card for the top level phone, just the ultra model, i think most people will actually use that okay. So where do we stand on the battery life of this phone? Well, i got ta say it’s good, but it definitely doesn’t overly impress me for a 5 000 milliamp hour battery. What i mean by that. Well i mean that you know this phone if i’m using it, i have to charge it every day. You would think 5. 000 milliamp hour battery, this phone is gon na be just two days three days. It can do that if you’re like not using it at all, but if you’re using this phone throughout the day, this is a day phone, even with 5 000 milliamp. Look look. Look at what the kind of display this thing is pushing right here. This is a one day phone, if you’re, using it hardcore, so yeah not overly impressed. I wish it would be a little bit better, but you can use power saving modes. You can definitely get pretty fast charging on here if you put this on a higher watt charger so overall not not overly impressed but not underwhelmed. Either i’m it’s fine like if you get this phone you’re gon na use it throughout the day, which you probably definitely will at this size, you’re not buying a phone like this just to leave it in your pocket and never use it.
You’Re gon na get one full day on heavy use, which is good enough for me thumbs up on the battery okay. So when discussing the camera after three months, there’s actually other manufacturers that are trying to compete with the system here, because samsung knocked out of the park with all this versatility on the camera, we’ve already covered it in my review and stuff and showed samples and things Like that, but look at the versatility, 4x. 10X. 30X. 100X. 10X is optical, though here you do have the ability to go ahead and change out those things like those aspect ratios and look at all these modes here, almost anything you could think of. You got some food go ahead and turn on the food mode use night time turn on the night mode. You need some pro stuff pro video. We don’t need no extra apps for this on the samsung phone. You want to hit the director’s view and do some dual angle: video i’ve done video on the channel with this already pretty freaking amazing right here, so you can set up those features and drop them down here as well, and that front facing camera is not playing Around either this thing is at 40 megapixels sharper than what i’ve seen on the iphone. However, i will say that some people are not going to prefer its overall look when the final results come, but here’s. What i was impressed super impressed by the other day check.
Take a look at this. I took this like a week ago, 100x zoom yeah that’s. What you’re gon na get on a phone like this? So when you’re wondering about the price you’re paying for a camera, that you would need lenses that are this freaking long to hit on a regular camera, it probably won’t even fit in the frame to get a picture like this. So this periscope camera pretty freaking. Amazing, 100x, and not only that it has 8k video that also turns out very well and for some other photos, here’s some night stuff. It can really brighten up at night time due to its aperture. Definitely very good in pretty much every scenario that you would want to use this phone for you’re, going to get the result that you’re looking for and the focus is far improved over the focus that you see on the last version, so you’re paying for a top Dog phone and let’s just put it this way. Three months later, i’ve been getting nothing but top dog shots on this one. If you get this one, you will get that too, and the audio is also extremely loud. Very nice setup here fun to use it’s so loud. I don’t even want to disturb the neighbors right now, especially at this price point. You have a lot of creative options. Also, if you go here and you go to adobe atmos, you can tweak this audio to be. However, you want it now.
We don’t have no headphone jack on this phone, but man is the audio ridiculous loud on this phone. Further completing the package of the galaxy s21 ultra and so yeah using the fingerprint sensor on here, has been great as well. I also also use the face unlock on this phone because it’s just very simple to use you kind of can set it up where it just goes right into the phone itself and just overall the ecosystem advantage of this s21 ultra with the watch right here. You know samsung health really tightly combines with the galaxy watch experience, so you can track your sleep very good on here. This was my sleep. Yesterday, seven hours, 50 minutes i’m. Pretty happy with that. You can see this stuff weekly. You can see your stress blood oxygen. Ecg it’s just a tightly knit system with the watch experience as well. So if you want an android phone with a great watch experience, i think samsung is kind of where it’s at and if they go to the wear os for the next system and they keep kind of the galaxy watch system here. But they also switch to wear os at the same time, it’s going to get even better likely also have a much better phone experience with 5g performance that’s top of the game. So after three months i pay like a thousand for this. I can tell you it’s worth every penny, so wrapping things up, if you have the s21 ultra, please consider sharing your experience down below in the comments section of this video.
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