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The best Samsung phones you can buy right now​

1. Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra​

The best Samsung phone you can buy​

SPECIFICATIONS​

Screen Size: 6.8 inches
Android Version: 11 with One UI 3
Processor: Snapdragon 888 (US)/Exynos 2100 (WW)
Cameras: 108MP main, 12MP ultrawide, 2 10MP telephoto, and laser autofocus sensor (Rear); 40MP (Front)
RAM/Storage: 12GB, 16GB/128, 256, 512GB
TODAY'S BEST DEALS

REASONS TO BUY​

+Dynamic 6.8-inch AMOLED display+Dual telephoto lenses+S Pen support

REASONS TO AVOID​

-No charger in box-Lacks microSD card slot

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra takes its spot at the top of our best Samsung phones list for a number of reasons. Start with the Snapdragon 888 system-on-chip, which powers the U.S. version of the phone, which gives the best performance results we’ve seen from an Android device. We also appreciate that the S21 Ultra is the first phone outside of Samsung’s Galaxy Note lineup to support the S Pen, giving your productivity an added boost.


But a couple of features really stand out from those selling points. The Galaxy S21 Ultra features a dynamic display with a refresh rate that can scale between 10Hz and 120Hz, depending on what you’re doing. (Tasks like scrolling get the faster refresh rate, while more static activities get a battery-saving speed.) You’ll find two telephoto lenses on the back of the S21 Ultra — one with a 3x zoom, the other capable of a 10x zoom — cementing Samsung’s place as the phone maker that handles zooms lenses the best.


The Galaxy S21 Ultra remains a pricey phone, but it’s debuting at $200 less than the Galaxy S20 Ultra cost when it arrived in 2020. If you want the best features Samsung offers, snap up this device right away.



2. Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra​

Still a great Samsung phone with an S Pen included​

SPECIFICATIONS​

Screen Size: 6.9 inches
Android Version: 10 with One UI 2.5
Processor: Snapdragon 865 Plus (US)/Exynos 990 (WW)
Cameras: 108MP, 12MP, 12MP and laser autofocus sensor (Rear); 10MP (Front)
RAM/Storage: 12 GB/128, 512 GB
TODAY'S BEST DEALS

REASONS TO BUY​

+Dynamic 120Hz display+Smoother S Pen performance+Powerful 50x zoom camera

REASONS TO AVOID​

-Large camera bump on back-Expensive
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It's been more than a year since the Galaxy Note 20 arrived, and it's since been supplanted as the best Samsung phone by the Galaxy S21 Ultra. Still, the Galaxy Note 20 remains a great choice for phablet fans given all the advances Samsung introduced in this model.


One of the most eye-catching features on the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra remains the phone's dynamic refresh rate that automatically adjusts based on what you're using the phone for. There are other productivity-minded features, too: The S Pen is more responsive than ever, with latency reduced to 9ms, and unlike the S21 Ultra and Galaxy Z Fold 3, the Note 20 Ultra includes a slot for the S Pen. The phone is also powered by the Snapdragon 865 Plus, which is still an excellent chipset even after the Snapdragon 888's arrival.


The Note 20 Ultra's hefty camera bump takes some getting used to, and people who balk at paying four figures for a smartphone will want to look elsewhere. (That's unless Samsung adopts a retractable lens.) But the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra delivers one of the most versatile big phone experiences of any Samsung handset. With no new Note coming in 2021, the Note 20 Ultra remains the best phablet you can get — and a less expensive alternative to the newer Galaxy Z Fold 3.




3. Samsung Galaxy S21​

Samsung’s lower-cost flagship phone​

SPECIFICATIONS​

Screen Size: 6.2 inches
Android Version: 11 with One UI 3
Processor: Snapdragon 888 (US)/Exynos 2100 (WW)
Cameras: 12MP main, 12MP ultrawide, 64MP telephoto (Rear); 10MP (Front)
RAM/Storage: 8GB/128, 256GB
TODAY'S BEST DEALS

REASONS TO BUY​

+Excellent dynamic 120Hz display+Powerful performance+Excellent telephoto lens

REASONS TO AVOID​

-No charger or microSD card slot-Plastic back
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The price is right for the Galaxy S21, the least expensive of the 2021 Samsung flagships. At $799, the Galaxy S21’s starting price is $200 less than what Samsung charged for last year’s Galaxy S20. That price also compares well to Apple's iPhone 12.


In some ways, the feature set reflects that lower price, as Samsung uses plastic for the case on the S21 and leaves out a microSD card. You’ll also have to deal with a 6.2-inch screen with scaled-back resolution. But that display also has a dynamic refresh rate, altering the speed at which the screen refreshes based on the task on hand. And the Galaxy S21 has the same Snapdragon 888 chipset that powers the S21 Ultra to the best performance for an Android phone.


Throw in excellent cameras that fare well against comparable models from Apple and Google, and you’ve got a great phone for a less astronomical price.






4. Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus​

Another big screen option from Samsung​

SPECIFICATIONS​

Screen Size: 6.7 inches
Android Version: 11 with One UI 3
Processor: Snapdragon 888 (US)/Exynos 2100 (WW)
Cameras: 12MP main, 12MP ultrawide, 64MP telephoto (Rear); 10MP (Front)
RAM/Storage: 8 GB/128, 512 GB
TODAY'S BEST DEALS

REASONS TO BUY​

+Gorgeous 120Hz AMOLED display+Excellent performance+Crazy zoom feature

REASONS TO AVOID​

-Bulky and unwieldy-No microSD slot or included charger
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There's not much separating the Galaxy S21 Plus from the Galaxy S21, though the former phone offers a larger screen, bigger battery and a more polished design than the less expensive S21. Whether that's worth the extra $200 depends on how you feel about extra screen space, as the S21 Plus lasted about as long as the S21 on our battery test even with the larger power pack.


You will get an excellent phablet if you opt for the Galaxy S21 Plus, particularly when it comes to the 6.7-inch OLED panel. That's because like other members of the S21 family, the Plus' screen has a dynamic refresh rate that adjusts based on what you're using the phone to do. (It matches the S21's 48-120 Hz range.) Cameras are also excellent, particularly the Galaxy S21 Plus' telephoto lens, which features a 3x optical zoom and a 30x zoom digital zoom.


Fans of big phones won't mind how bulky the Galaxy S21 Plus can be. They'll just be happy to have a solidly designed phone that gives them the display real estate they demand.





5. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3​

Samsung’s best foldable phone​

SPECIFICATIONS​

Screen size: 7.6 inches (inner), 6.2 inches (outer)
Android version: 11 with One UI 3.1
Processor: Snapdragon 888
Cameras: 12MP wide, 12MP ultrade, 12MP telephoto (rear); 10MP (front); 4MP (under-display)
RAM/Storage: 12GB/256GB, 512GB
TODAY'S BEST DEALS

REASONS TO BUY​

+Dual 120Hz displays+Durable design with water resistance rating+More apps supported for multitasking

REASONS TO AVOID​

-S Pen isn't included-Still expensive
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Samsung’s premium foldable phone remains the Galaxy Z Fold 3, especially now that the new version has added 120Hz displays both inside and out. What’s more, the new Galaxy Z Fold 3 is more durable than ever, thanks to an IPX8 water resistance rating, The Armor Aluminum body is stronger than before while the phone’s use of a Gorilla Glass Victus display should reduce the likelihood of scratches and other damage.


One of the best things Samsung did was to convince more app makers to optimize their software to work with the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s foldable display. You’ll see popular apps like Spotify and TikTok now take advantage of the Z Fold 3’s unique form factor. Samsung added S Pen support, too, and while the main display certainly gives you a lot of real estate for sketching and taking notes, it’s a shame the stylus is an optional accessory (meaning you’ll have to pay extra to pick up both an S Pen and a case for holding the stylus).


Battery life on the Galaxy Z Fold 3 could be better, and while the debut price is lower than what it was for the Galaxy Z Fold 2, $1,799 is still a lot to pay for the phone. Nevertheless, if you want a premium device that gives you plenty of screen to work with, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is the best Samsung phone yet to offer a foldable display.

 

DrylPol

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Thanks for a helpful post! This is literally the review I’ve been looking for at this forum. I’m a student and need to buy a new phone (the old one is broken, I dropped it into the bath full of water). I’m thinking between Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and https://degoogledirect.com. But due to your post the first model’s not the best variant. What do you guys know about Pixel? Is it good? I’ve read a lot of reviews, most are positive. I like that it’s easy to use and has all apps available. And WATER RESISTANT XD. So, if you have or had one, or even have friend who had, please, reply and tell your opinion
 
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