Samsung Galaxy S21 Full Review: S21 Samsung Price in Pakistan
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After seeing the review of Galaxy S21 Ultra, today it’s the turn of the smallest of the new range of smartphones from the Korean manufacturer. Samsung Galaxy S21 certainly does not have an easy task as, in addition to a series of small minuses compared to its predecessor, it must demonstrate the goodness of the new Exynos 2100 which, on this model, must make the difference in terms of autonomy, temperatures and pleasantness of use daily. Will Samsung have succeeded?
HARDWARE AND DIFFERENCES WITH S20
Let’s start straight away: Galaxy S21 does not have the MicroSD, does not have the charger in the package and does not have the glass in the back of the body, characteristics all present on the 2020 model. Differences that are evident but which can be perceived differently by the user and potential buyer.
The absence of MicroSD, for example, becomes a lesser evil if we look at the model with 256GB and even with considering the 128GB variant we cannot fail to take into account that the speed of access, reading and writing of the internal memories is considerably greater than a external card.
The absence of the power supply in the package is then mitigated both by a green message that is sold to us by the marketing department of these companies (on which I do not agree) and by the fact that Amazon includes the charger in the purchase package (and that makes that message useless). Finally, the Glastic, a beloved and hated material that combines fiberglass with polyester and which we also saw on the Note 20 last year and on other Samsung smartphones.
A material that has its pros if we look at the general robustness of the S21 which, in addition to an excellent assembly, if it falls, it will hardly see the rear body crack as this is much more resistant than classic glass. What is certain is that for almost € 900, the same Victus glass I wouldn’t have minded older brothers.
In the hand the S21 and S20 are very similar and the qualitative differences are limited to the feeling of “cold” that the rear glass gives and little else. In the Phantom Violet version that I am testing, I cannot fail to notice a “double border” around the screen, an effect that is created when the very thin black frame collides with the gold-colored metal frame that encloses the phone. In black the effect probably disappears as for the S21 Ultra but it is a compromise to accept if you prefer flat edges over a curvature that has the advantage of making the side frame practically invisible.
Among the details I noticed there is certainly a great attention to the alignments of the holes, grids, microphones and antennas. Small things perhaps from Nerd but who note a care in the engineering of the product typical of a top of the range of course. There are many “cuts” for the antennas that allow the smartphone to always be perfect in receiving the various signals regardless of the way in which the product is held.
For the rest, the technical sheet can be found below and I cannot add anything in this part that is not what you can read in the list.
GALAXY S21 Full Specifications
Display: 6.2 “FHD + Dynamic AMOLED 2X (2400×1080 pixels), Infinity-O, HDR10 +, 421 ppi, adaptive refresh rate (48-120Hz), eye protection
body: Gorilla Glass Victus + Glastic back, AL7s10 metal frame
processor: Exynos 2100 (octa-core), 5nm
8GB of LPDDR5 RAM
128 or 256GB of internal memory
audio: AKG stereo speaker, Dolby Atmos
water and dust resistance: IP68 certification
connectivity: 5G SA / NSA Sub-6 / mmWave, WiFi 6E, Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, NFC, GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou – eSIM supported
fingerprint sensor: ultrasonic, integrated into the display (1.7x larger)
battery: 4.000mAh, 25W Super Fast Charging, 15W Fast Wireless Charging, Wireless PowerShare
front camera: 10MP – Dual Pixel AF, FOV 80 °, f / 2.2, 1.22um pixel
12MP ultra wide angle
colors: Phantom White, Phantom Gray, Phantom Pink, Phantom Violet
OS: Android 11
Before testing the S21 I wanted to try the S20 for a couple of weeks with the good fortune of having both the Exynos and Snapdragon variants available, both updated to One UI 3.0. As we know, there were performance differences last year and the One UI 3.0 has significantly improved both smartphones, while leaving the discrepancies between the two products unchanged.
My approach to the Galaxy S21 was therefore deliberately cautious and in the days of testing I paid particular attention to all those aspects that had not convinced the S20. The result is what many were hoping for even if at the end of this review I will give you a “different” advice.
SUPER RELIABLE BATTERY
Autonomy is finally in line with the type of product. 4000mAh are not considered many today but the 169 grams allow for a light and comfortable to use product. The day ends without real problems with 15 hours of average use for 4 hours of full screen on. In a normal one you do 18 hours with 5 hours of screen especially if you watch videos that allow the smartphone to consume little but significantly increase the hours of screen turned on in the counter. The only drawback is the charging speed which, although it is not slow, is still not very fast and for a full charge you spend an hour and a half.
The 5nm manufacturing process of the Exynos 2100 and the improvement of the One UI 3.1 eliminated that unpleasant feeling of heat. We reviewers have a sort of initial benchmark that concerns the first hour of use and configuration of the smartphone.
In fact, in this phase not only the phone is exploited to the maximum, but it downloads an enormous amount of data, contents and programs and is used continuously without pause to be able to “set” it in our image and likeness. In general, this, along with prolonged gaming, is the time when the highest temperatures are reached. On the S21, in both cases, I did not perceive any significant change in temperature and I did not feel a heat that can be considered anomalous. So great job finally!
Samsung has always accustomed us well in terms of connectivity and connections. S21 manages to do even better than its predecessor not only by integrating further technological steps for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, but also bringing to Italy a complete 5G capable of supporting all the networks that are foreseen in our country from now to the next 5 years at least.
Furthermore, the physical dual SIM slot is not sacrificed and the possibility of an eSIM is still present. Nothing to say about GPS, network signal stability, tethering management and all possible options, passing from contactless payments to bluetooth connected to Android Auto (tested on 500 electric) or more.
Softness, there is no other word that can describe the pleasantness of use of these new S21. I speak in the plural precisely because all Galaxy S21 give the same feedback to the user and therefore an experience that improves every day and makes this new range of Samsung smartphones truly enjoyable.
The merits are various and certainly I also put the new One UI 3.1 which brings not only Android 11, but a different management of processes, RAM and the system in general. Everything is really super fluid, fast, reactive, immediate and not only in the opening of the applications, but also in the management of the same, in the use of multitasking and in the passage between the 4/5 programs that we almost always use when we take one in hand smartphone.
Added to this is a dynamic refresh rate that goes from 48Hz to 120Hz depending on the application and the type of content that is displayed. A feature that allows you to save battery while taking advantage of the new animations of Android 11 and a renewed fluidity of the whole system.
Mind you, in all this I don’t want to say that the S20 is a tractor and the S21 a Ferrari, the experience on top-of-the-range smartphones has been excellent for at least 2 years and the differences between generations are increasingly limited, but here are small details and the combination of hardware and software that make the difference.
In all this, they cannot fail to talk about the Ecosystem and Samsung’s winning strategy. Having an Apple approach, taking the good that the main competitor has achieved over the years, making it your own and bringing it into an open and much more customizable operating system is a strategy that can only be a winner.
In the last year between Fold 2, S20, Tablet S7 +, Buds headphones in various variations and TVs that I use at home, I was able to touch the step forward and the acceleration that Samsung has given to its ecosystem. Not just “mundane” things like my Xbox Game Pass appearing on my S21, but an interconnection between products that even surpasses Apple in some respects.
DeX Wireless in the first place, the possibility of taking advantage of Microsoft services and the agreement with Samsung which allows greater integration into the system and, perhaps underestimated, the Samsung Cloud which with 15GB of free basic plan, allows a truly excellent synchronization enormous potential given the continuous evident development that the company is having cross device.
In short, the usual super Android with steroids that can boast the best customization on the market, a series of proprietary level applications and a set of unique customizations in the mobile sector as well as an open operating system that allows you to have a smartphone in your own image and likeness . Of course, many things you will never use but the fact that they are there and do not bother and that it may take months before you know them and discover them, is certainly not bad.
DISPLAY, AUDIO and VIBRATION
We are used to displays with OLED technology for years on smartphones and Samsung has always excelled in this sector. S21 is no exception and although the maximum resolution is still FullHD +, the automatic adaptation system of the Refresh Rate and the exceptional brightness of the panel, make the Galaxy S21 better than the S20 in this respect too.
Furthermore, as mentioned in the video, the fingerprint reader under the glass is now not only physically larger, but very fast, I would dare to say lightning fast and above all it never misses a beat. A boon in this historical moment where the masks make the face recognition practically unusable.
Another great thing about the display is the oleophobic treatment. Emphasizing that we have removed the pre-applied film to check the quality of the panel, the glass does not collect practically fingerprints and, should you see any, these will go away simply by inserting it in your pocket. Also good is the absence of curved edges and excellent smoothness to the touch and the response of the touch screen. In short, we have a top of the range in our hands and what we expect is done correctly.
Vibration and audio are then closely linked to the “display”. In fact, the haptic vibration allows you to have a very pleasant touch response with dry, precise and modulated feedback depending on what you are doing. The One UI 3.1 has also improved this management on the software side and the result is truly remarkable.
Analogous speech for the audio that uses a classic lower case and the ear capsule as a reinforcement. This is not a new solution but Samsung has engineered the upper part of the screen really well and the audio is not only high and clean even via the capsule, but it is really difficult to attenuate it by covering the top of the phone with a finger or simply resting it. Speech that applies to both stereo hands-free and multimedia content.
Conservative choice, the most focused phrase for S21 from a photographic point of view. The sensors, or rather the potential expressed by the number of megapixels of S21 are the same as those of S20:
What changes, however, is the speed of the interface, shooting, photo and video processing and the pleasantness in the daily use of this department. The point and shoot is always precise with the only limit of the zoom that with moving subjects has a certain wake effect (which does not happen with the other two lenses).
The quality is really excellent with a color management that, yes, tends to saturate the whole scene a bit but also makes it richer in terms of color and, personally, I don’t find it a wrong choice, quite the contrary. Also noteworthy is the definition obtained by making a crop of the photos with all the sensors: the details captured are in fact remarkable and there is no too marked watercolor effect even with high zoom or in non-exceptional lighting conditions.
Should I buy Samsung Galaxy s21 2021?
We have reached the conclusions and this year I can safely say that S21 can be a smartphone to be recommended without particular reservations, net of the objective hardware data listed in this review. Samsung wants to differentiate its proposal and I can understand the Glastic on this model but at the same time I have to slightly criticize the choice linked to the photographic sector which is a bit too conservative.
However, it must be said that today from the technological point of view, not much is moving in this field and the maximum expression Samsung has inserted it on S21 Ultra going to satisfy that slice of users who do not want to compromise on photos and videos.